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National Oatmeal Month



January is National Oatmeal Month, meaning this is the perfect time of year to include some oats to whip up some oatmeal if you have not done so already. If you have fallen off the healthy eating wagon for the first few weeks of this year, that is quite O.K; oatmeal can get anyone back on track when eaten in moderation more times than not.



What is Oatmeal?


Oatmeal is a powerhouse nutrient-dense food filled with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to help just about anyone get through the day. It is a gluten-free whole-grain that offers so many benefits to living a healthy lifestyle, including heart health. Oatmeal is not new; on the contrary, it has been around for centuries and has been a staple throughout generations. No, oatmeal is not just a breakfast food; one can eat oatmeal any time, day or night, even for dessert. Oatmeal is quite hardy and very versatile. Many add oatmeal to smoothies and to make crusts, cookies, cakes, and other desserts. Toppings added to oatmeal takes a meal to delicious heights that only imagination can contain. Let your creativity improve your heart and overall health.



The benefits of oatmeal.

  • Loaded with Fiber - Oatmeal is packed with fiber, yeah. This means constipation is a thing of the past because no longer will un-digested food be stuck inside the body for long periods of time. A half of cup or one serving yields approximately 3 to 4 g of fiber. Two servings will net out to about 8 grams of fiber. Seeking to see a difference in overall health? Start making oatmeal a part of your weekly routine, eating as little as 5 servings a week will input well for the body.


  • Reduces Inflammation - Oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory packed with vitamins, minerals such as B complex, manganese, magnesium, iron, prosperous, selenium, and zinc. It helps to limit oxidative stress within the body. Long term oxidative stress causes damaging chronic conditions.


  • Lowers LDL - Low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol). Oatmeal absorbs cholesterol floating around in the body and works to push it out of the body via excretion.


  • Complete Health - Oatmeal has been studied for years and has come up as one of the beneficial foods to intake if one suffers from heart disease, diabetes, inflammation, or certain cancers.


  • Weight Loss - One shall not be mad if they seek to lose a few pounds and do so by eating oatmeal. Oatmeal is hardy; it makes one feel full quicker and more prolonged, allowing one to eat less. Also, since it is high in fiber, it will help clean out the internal system and cause one to release lots of junk from the body, some of which may have been lingering around for years. This releasing of fecal matter will in place cause one to lose weight


Conclusion


Now that you know how good oatmeal is for you, try some oat milk with your next cereal. Make an oat shake or ice-cream or whip up some instant or steel/rolled oats topped with your favorite fruit or savory topping any time of the day. Heck, you can even treat your outer body to an oatmeal facial, rub and body soak in the tub. Simply, make a unique natural ingredient paste recipe and apply it to the skin. Your skin will thank you for it. Guaranteed!



Side Effect(s):

Some people have had minor adverse effects to oats. They have shown signs of bloating, gas or digestive issues like an upset stomach every now and then. Monitor your intake and stop using it if it bothers your system in any way.



Simple Oatmeal Body Mask/Rub Recipe – This is recipe is designed to be used on the body for smooth soft itch free skin; however, feel free to eat it if you want. That is what is great about all natural and minimum ingredient products that one can make on their own.

1. (5) Tablespoons of ground oats,

2. (¼ )Cup of water/or milk

3. (3) Tablespoons of honey. If vegan use agave or maple syrup.

(Either of these sweetener ingredients will make for a wonderful soothing body mask too.) Yum!


Mix everything together well, leave on body for 15 to 30 minutes and just relax. Then wash off and go about your day or evening stress free.




Reference:

Mayo Clinic: Cholesterol: Top foods to improve your numbers

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol/art-20045192

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