Complete Health in a Bowl

Eating oatmeal is greatly beneficial to overall health. ¬†That is why, oatmeal should become¬†a staple on everyone’s breakfast table. ¬†Here is the breakdown of oatmeal’s magic on various body’s systems:

1. ¬†Cardio-vascular system (heart and¬†vessels)–oatmeal consumption¬†is linked¬†with lowering LDL (bad cholesterol). ¬†With good cholesterol, there is less chance of developing cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.

2. Gastrointestinal¬†system (stomach and intestines)–oatmeal has high fiber content, which increases motility through the intestines and prevents constipation. ¬†By lessening contact time of toxins with the GI tract, the risk of developing colon cancer decreases as well.

3.¬†Integumentary system (skin, hair, nails)–good skin begins with good diet and since oatmeal is protein rich and high in fiber, it is a great way to nourish and remove toxins. ¬†Also, oatmeal works great as a topical remedy and¬†can be¬†used as facial masks and hot bath soaks.

4.¬†¬†Nervous system–oatmeal is especially rich in tryptophan, a chemical that is a precursor to serotonin. ¬†Adequate amounts of serotonin¬†have been linked¬†in improving ¬†seasonal affective disorder, symptoms of PMS. ¬†Ithas been noted¬†to be¬†a mood enhancement as well as¬†effect¬†amplifier of antidepressant medications.

5.¬†Endocrine system–oatmeal helps to regulate blood sugar and prolong sense of satiety. ¬†By preventing ups and downs in blood sugar the risk of obesity and diabetes also decreases.

7.¬†Muscular system–oatmeal is rich in protein and can work as a protein delivery system when one sprinkles nuts or flax seeds, or a scoop of protein powder, over a bowl of plain¬†oatmeal. ¬†It is a great pre-workout food.

8.¬†Skeletal system–oatmeal mixed with milk ¬†or almond milk (my favorite) both are rich in calcium. ¬†Adequate calcium is essential for strong bones and osteoporosis prevention.

9.¬†Reproductive system–some studies claim that oatmeal can help to balance testosterone and estrogen and¬†improve libido.

Oatmeal is inexpensive and easy to make plus there are endless variations on a basic oatmeal recipe. Steer clear of any pre-packaged portioned oatmeal.   Instead, choose only steel-cut oats  because they are the least processed and therefore have highest nutritional value and  lowest glycemic index.


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