Oatmeal is a common fixture in many household pantries, but although many are familiar with its reputation for being a heart-healthy food, few are aware to the great extent it can help us lead a healthier life and prevent disease. The health benefits of oats have been known and enjoyed for approximately 4000 years – not only was oatmeal consumed, but it was also used topically to treat a variety of skin problems such as hives and itchy skin.
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Fitting it in to your routine…
Starting your day with oatmeal is a great way to get a dosage of heart-healthy fibers. If you don’t like the taste by itself, try adding apples, blueberries, or honey to it. You can also add oatmeal to vegetable soups. It gives soups a creamy texture that many will enjoy!
Besides providing cholesterol-reducing benefits, oatmeal has a nutritious and restorative action on the nervous system, which can soothe anxiety and hyperactivity as well as promote concentration. It also has mild sedative properties, which can help regulate sleeping patterns. The high soluble fiber in oats makes it a great food for the digestive tract and can help keep your bowel movements regular.
Topically, oatmeal can even be used as a soothing agent for dry, flaky skin. This is especially helpful during the winter months when skin is exposed to cold temperatures, as well as artificial heating systems. Just soak in a warm bath tub with finely ground oats and enjoy almost immediate relief! …If only everything was that simple…