The Outstanding Benefits of Oatmeal

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there’s nothing better than a warm bowl of oatmeal to start your day off right especially when the weather is cooler. With its high content of dietary fiber, and loads of vital vitamins and minerals, you most definitely can’t go wrong with oatmeal. But what if I told you that humble little bowl of oats benefited your body both inside and outside in a huge way?

Now, when I say huge I mean cancer preventing, healthy heart, immunity boosting huge! And that’s just naming a few. Oatmeal, or Avina Sativa, is prepared by crushing, grinding, or rolling oats. It’s used in a variety of recipes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They’re known to grow in temperate climates, having a low tolerance for hot summers. However, oats have a high tolerance for cold and water, which is why they’re grown mostly in Europe and North America.

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Oats are a great source of energy. They contain protein, high dietary fiber, and a low content of sugar. Plus, they have plenty of vitamins and minerals. This includes calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E, and vitamin K with zero cholesterol.

Saint Hildegard von Bingen, a legendary holistic healer and named Doctor of the Church in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, had this to say about oats in her classic work Physica:

“Oats are a happy and healthy food for people who are well, furnishing them with a cheerful mind, and a pure, clear intellect. It also provides good color and healthy flesh.” [12]

Let’s take a closer look at oatmeal’s many amazing benefits!

Controls Diabetes

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Good oatmeal is integral to a diabetic diet because of it’s high fiber content and low calorie value. It decreases blood sugar levels, and helps maintain optimal blood sugar levels in the body.

To achieve this, avoid instant oatmeal, processed oats or cold breakfast cereals since they tend to contain preservatives and too much sodium. Steel cut oats is the way to go if you’re looking for the best oatmeal to add to your diabetic diet or any diet. It’s whole grain, possessing vital nutrients and fiber, low in sodium and fat, and is the closest to its natural form.

Healthy Heart

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Highly recommended by the American Heart Association, eating oatmeal can significantly help prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. It helps inhibit the body’s absorption of bad cholesterol, and reduces high blood pressure.

Antioxidant

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Oats are an excellent source of antioxidants. They help fight free radicals that can attack the good cholesterol in the body, and keep away bad cholesterol that could cause cardiovascular disease. Plus, antioxidants help fight cancer and keep you looking younger!

Treats Hypertension

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Regular oatmeal consumption helps reduce the risk of high blood pressure, and has been prescribed as one of the foods to be used in the treatment of hypertension.

Weight Loss

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If you’re looking to maintain or gain a trim waist then oatmeal is highly recommended. Oatmeal contains plenty of fiber and nutrients, and contains low amounts of calories and fat, making it an ideal choice as a weight loss aid. Plus, because of its complex carbs, oatmeal takes longer to digest and makes you feeling fuller longer, which will help prevent you from snacking between meals.

Anti-Cancer

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Consuming high-fiber food is excellent for preventing and combating cancer, making oatmeal a great addition to any diet. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties and cancer fighting compounds due to its high dietary fiber content.

Stops Constipation

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The fiber in oatmeal can help oust constipation by stimulating digestion, and successfully moving food through the intestinal tract.

Boosts Immune System

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The nutrients present in oatmeal are key in strengthening the immune system. They help the body maintain proper bone health, and fight off dangerous diseases and cancer. A happy and strong immune system means less visits to the doctor, and fewer chances of catching a cold.

Skin Care

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Among all the nutrients that can help nourish and protect skin, Beta-glucan is most definitely the most unique and significant one. It works as a skin-protectant, providing a protective layer while also moisturizing skin. It boosts wound healing, and encourages collagen disposition and activation of immune cells in skin. Now, oatmeal can do quite a bit for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin.

For starters, if you suffer from eczema or dermatitis an oatmeal bath is a great way to reduce itching and inflammation caused by it. It’s anti-inflammatory properties helps calm and cleanse skin, removing dead skin cells, and exfoliating skin.

An oatmeal bath not only helps protect skin, but also moisturize it. Regular oatmeal baths can help improve the elasticity of skin and make it softer.

For alleviating inflammation and itchiness, oatmeal baths are highly beneficial for certain skin issues such as chickenpox, shingles, insect bites, sunburn, diaper rash, and poison ivy.

Oatmeal baths also have certain anti-aging properties due to antioxidants. It can be used to remove blemishes, whiteheads, and blackheads as well as improve skin tone and texture. You can even use oatmeal to treat acne, and reduce scarring. It’s excellent for dry skin and helps reduce the size of pores.

For a skin nourishing oatmeal bath, fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and add colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is very finely ground oatmeal added to water. Soak for 15-20 minutes, and pat dry. If there is only one disadvantage of oatmeal baths is that you have to use it regularly in order to reap the full benefits. Nevertheless, taking an oatmeal bath or using products containing oatmeal is still worth using for skin!

So, it’s easy to see now why oatmeal is a complete game changer when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle. While some may say, especially youngsters, that oatmeal is too bland and boring to be taken seriously you can most definitely make it your own. Try adding some of your favorite ingredients in your bowl of oatmeal. Fruit, nuts, coconut, maple syrup, yogurt, cinnamon, honey, pumpkin, raisins, peanut butter, chocolate, nutmeg, spinach; I’ve even seen oatmeal recipes with bacon, fried eggs, and avocados. The possibilities are endless!

As for your oatmeal baths, you can also try adding certain essential oils to turn them into a completly relaxing, nourishing spa bath! You can add lavender, chamomile (or both), which are fantastic for skin and help you unwind after a long day.

Here are some recommended oatmeal items to consider. Be sure to shop around for prices, though, as sometimes you might find them cheaper at your local store than at Amazon.

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