15 Amazing Ways Oats Can Improve Your Health Every Day.
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How do you start off your day? Maybe it's with a cup of coffee and a couple of pieces of toast, but you're digging into the snack jar just a couple of hours later, and maybe your digestion isn't that great. Good news. There's an easy way to improve a variety of health issues and it's as simple as a bowl of oatmeal. For example, it can actually treat some of the most common skin problems, like acne and eczema. How? Oatmeal has a wide variety of vitamins and trace elements in its composition like zinc, manganese, and magnesium, which all help to cleanse the skin and remove toxins and other harmful compounds. But that's just the beginning.
The Holistic Ingredient
You know that your muscles need protein, and most of the time when you hear the word "protein" you think of meat. That's not always the case. One serving of oatmeal gives your body 15% of the recommended daily amount of protein. In addition to having good complex carbs and protein, oatmeal also contains nutrients that the body uses for building muscle. Pair it up with a hard-boiled egg and you're well on your way to getting in adequate protein for the day. Or, as I do every morning, make it with cashew/almond milk, add in a cup of pumpkin and a TBSP of almond butter or tahini for increased protein. Delicious!
Whole oats are high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols. Specifically, there is a unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides, which are almost solely found in oats. Why are they important? Avenanthramides may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide. This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. In addition, avenanthramides have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects. Win-win!
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You know the feeling — it's only 10am and you're already starting to nod off at your desk and that extra cup of coffee (and maybe a sugary donut) will only give you a quick boost before you come crashing down again. If you had oatmeal for breakfast, you could avoid that whole situation. Oatmeal is rich in carbohydrates and provides more energy for the body, and because of the fiber, you'll feel fuller longer. Who doesn't want more energy?
Possible Weight Loss
Natural Healthy Team
Speaking of feeling full, eating oats could aid in your weight loss journey, if that's your goal. Not only is oatmeal delicious, it's also very filling. By delaying the time it takes your stomach to empty of food, the beta-glucan in oatmeal may increase your feeling of fullness. Beta-glucan may also promote the release of peptide YY, a hormone produced in the gut in response to eating. This satiety hormone has been shown to lead to reduced calorie intake and may decrease your risk of obesity. And that's not all...
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