Lydia’s Newsletter July 2008
"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what
happens to you." Aldous Huxley
Experts at Manchester and Newcastle universities have done some
research that suggests that eating five tomatoes a day improves the
skin's ability to protect itself against ultraviolet light, helping to keep you
safe from sunburn and premature ageing of the skin.
Be sure to clean out your ice-maker, if it has been lying dormant over the
winter months, before you re- use it. I checked out mine recently and
found the container had mould around the edge and a bad taste.
Several of you e-mailed me to complain that I counted 140/90 blood
pressure as high rather than raised. What I probably should have said is
that 140/90 is top of the normal range.
And also the book I called “Secrets” is actually called “The Secret”. Ho
hum. Glad to see you are paying attention.
The newest Super food
Celery has been in the news recently as protecting against Alzheimer’s
disease. It creates luteolin and diosmin which fight Alzheimers by blocking
the inflammation that causes the brain to start misfiring. According to Dr
Terence Town of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles research
is still in the early stages. It is a source of vitamin C and minerals such
as Folacin and Potassium and contains negative calories, that is to say
that the eating of it burns more calories than it supplies, due to the effort
of digesting the tough fibre. This is why it is such a dieting favourite.
Research has found that it also reduces blood pressure, containing
active compounds called pthalides which relax the muscles of the arteries
regulating blood pressure and allowing these vessels to dilate. Actually it
was used as a medicine before a food. I also have it on good authority
that it is an aphro