Without your health, what do you have? A huge part of staying healthy is how you nourish your body. Nutrients are chemical compounds contained in the food that you eat. These nutrients energize the operation and maintenance of your bodily systems and functions. They provide fuel and building blocks to power your physical and mental activities and to grow and repair your cells. A healthy body needs an adequate and balanced supply of nourishment from key sources: food, water, exercise, sleep, oxygen, and sunlight. It's important to incorporate "Super foods", into your diet. A Super food is loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and essential amino acids. They are considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Here are a variety of 5 Super foods you should eat regularly:
Avocados have anti-aging benefits and are high in fiber, protein, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium. Eating just a half of an avocado daily helps shed weight and satisfies your hunger.
This low calorie and high fiber vegetable is known to reduce the risks of some types of cancers, boosts your metabolism and immune system, builds stronger bones, supports cardiovascular health and fights birth defects. 1 cup of broccoli is recommended daily.
These nuts are high in protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and other antioxidants. They also help lower blood cholesterol. It is recommended to eat about 35 pieces (1 ounce) of almonds daily.
Dark chocolate contributes to lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, boosting heart health and revving your metabolism to burn fat and calories. Choose portions wisely, 1 ounce is recommended and has about 150 calories.
The skin of grapes contains over 400 health-promoting substances, like antioxidants, that help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage. Research also shows that drinking wine can block fat storage and help burn calories. Drink responsibly, two 5 Oz. glasses are recommended daily for those that are able to drink alcohol.
These are just a few of the Super Foods that you should be regularly consuming. Be sure to find others to incorporate into your diet as well.
Until next time, stay healthy!