Superfoods to Start your School Year off Right !
Whether or not you believe in the power of supposed “superfoods,” the latest nutrition science research—as well as data collected from people living way beyond 80—strongly suggests what (and how) we eat has a significant effect on the quality and duration of our lives.
So if you want to go the distance and keep pumping iron well into your golden years, consider incorporating these foods with proven health benefits into your daily diet.
FISH🐟🍣🍤 Along with being rich in protein and other nutrients such as selenium and Vitamin D, fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and other medical problems. One recent study from the University of Hawaii found that men who ate the most baked or boiled fish reduced their risk of heart disease-related death by 23 percent compared to those who ate the least.
COLORFUL VEGGIES 🥦🥗🥕🥒🍅
Consuming veggies in a variety of bright colors like red, yellow and orange is a great way to ensure you’re getting a healthy mix of nutrients, and many nutrition experts believe that red ones, specifically, can enhance your wellness and longevity. Top selections include, red cabbage, red peppers, and beets.
BANANAS 🍌🍌🍌🍌 Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, which is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The average banana contains approximately 450 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, making it the perfect fruit to fight high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis. Along with helping to lower blood pressure, potassium prevents the weakening of the body’s bones. The potassium found in bananas neutralizes the high amounts of sodium in one’s diet, thus allowing for healthy amounts of calcium to remain within the body.
AVOCADOS 🥑🥑🥑🥑 When it comes to heart-healthy foods, the avocado is right up there at the top. Avocados have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol while raising your “good” cholesterol levels, and they help your body absorb heart-healthy vitamins such as lycopene and beta-carotene.
According to the USDA’s nutrient database, broccoli has, ounce for ounce, more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk. One medium spear has three times more fiber than a slice of wheat bran bread. Broccoli also happens to be one of the richest sources of vitamin A among all vegetables. As if that weren’t enough, through its presence of strong anti-cancer agents like glucoraphanin, beta-carotene, selenium, and other nutrients, broccoli is a natural wonder-drug for many types of cancer, including breast, prostrate, lung, colon, liver, and kidney.
You may not appreciate the way it makes your breath smell, but the health benefits of including garlic as part of your regular diet far outweigh any odorous drawbacks. That’s because garlic can help thin the blood, which can be helpful in the prevention of heart disease, such as heart attacks and stroke. It has also been shown to improve joint health and increase absorption of iron and zinc. In addition, studies have found that phytochemicals in garlic can stop the development of carcinogenic chemicals in the body.
Hopefully you can find a way to incorporate these foods into your plan and if not, I know a girl who can help! 😜
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