"The first wealth is health."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's sensible to give up unhealthy foods, but you may feel deprived. Why not focus on filling your diet with foods your body loves you to eat? As a result, you'll consume healthy varieties without having to think about what to avoid.
Berries are your friend as you age, helping to reduce mental decline, urinary tract infections, heart problems, and certain cancers. They boost memory and are high in antioxidants, protecting you from damaging free radicals. They are also excellent sources of vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals. As they are low in calories, you can eat them without expanding your waistline.
Broccoli is a superfood due to all the goodness it contains. Your body loves it because it supplies antioxidants, beta-carotene, fiber, and vitamins K, C, E, and B. It's also full of iron, calcium, potassium, and selenium.
Among its health benefits, it protects against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and eye problems, including macular degeneration; and it fortifies the immune system and helps keep bones healthy.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil boosts the immune system with its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Although it's a fat, it may have slimming powers because the body makes use of the fat rather than storing it and the metabolism is enhanced. It's said to lessen the risk of a heart attack and high cholesterol and fight digestive problems.
Immune-boosting spinach is helpful to the digestive system, prevents constipation, and helps keep blood sugar low. It has anti-prostate cancer properties, including flavonoids that can cut cell division in cancer. Spinach also regulates inflammation in the body, and its potent antioxidants, beta-carotene, zinc, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and selenium combat high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Calcium-rich watercress protects bones and teeth, and its antiviral properties help stave off the flu and the common cold, along with coughs and bronchitis. The ingredient chlorophyll aids digestion when watercress is eaten raw. It's ideal for helping skin conditions such as acne and eczema, and the potassium it contains may aid weight loss. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, it may reduce the risk of cancer.
Walnuts are considered a brain food and the walnut actually resembles a brain with its crinkly structure. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and iodine which ensures optimum brain functioning. Science-backed studies have shown that walnuts in the diet help prevent coronary heart diseases and they lower LDL and increase HDL. Walnuts are a superfood!
Heart-healthy avocados are rich in vitamins C and E and contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that help you feel full and eat less. Excellent sources of lutein and potassium, they may help to inhibit prostate cancer cells.
Seaweed is packed with calcium, iodine, and vitamins C and D. Besides regulating thyroid health, it's thought to have a medicinal influence on the body, preventing and treating specific illnesses. Because the alginate in brown seaweed slows the energy release of food and safeguards the wall of the gut, eating it increases healthy gut bacteria. Research shows there's a possibility seaweed can help regulate hormones, aid heart health, detoxify the body, and act as a tonic.
Immune-boosting sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamins A, B5, and B6, and are good for your skin, aiding cell production. They are fat-free and low in calories, and their antioxidant content has anti-aging benefits. They may also support eyesight and help prevent cancer.
Calcium-rich kale keeps bones and teeth healthy, and it boosts the immune system with its high levels of vitamins A, K, C, B1, B2, B3, and B6. Kale also contains manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acid, and potassium. It aids nerve health and effective blood clotting, has antiviral and anti-cancer properties, and can lower blood pressure and reduce depression. I love baby kale…please see my blog post on Kale for my in-depth review of kale.
When you eat plenty of what your body loves, you are likely to be rewarded with good health. The 10 foods mentioned will boost your wellbeing and help keep you satisfied, energized, and healthy.
©ANJENETTE LLC / ANJENETTE.COM
INHALE EXHALE SMILE® / LIFESTYLE MEDICINE
This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical issue or disease. The author does not in any way guarantee or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this article and will not be held responsible for the content of this article. The information in this article is not intended to replace a personal relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your personal health care provider for specific medical advice.