7 Power Foods To Super-Charge Your Health!
Eat Power Foods For A Super-Charged Life
Building a better, healthier body begins with what you eat. And a variety of power foods should top the list!
Come on, be honest . . . are you truly giving your body the nutrients it needs to take care of itself?
If you are lacking energy, feeling stressed out, battling digestive problems, weight problems, skin problems, suffering from aches and pains or any number of other health-related issues . . . it's time to take a good hard look at what you've been consuming . You may discover that the choices you've been making in the name of convenience, saving time or satisfying a craving, are actually detrimental to our overall health.
Begin, right now, to look for ways to "cut the junk" out of your daily eating and start incorporating several power food options. By nourishing your body with these nutrient-dense foods, you'll experience the most wonderous changes in your health. And your body, mind and spirit will rejoice!
What Are Power Foods?
Any food known to yield immense health benefits (or help decrease the risk of illnesses).
For example, they may:
... contain a high amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients,
... help boost metabolism and energy or,
... provide other health and beauty enhancements.
Beans . . . For Healthy Low-Fat Protein - Power Foods Group: Legumes
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Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, Northern) are high in healthy protein. This is plant protein so it contains very little fat, carbs and calories.
If fiber is a problem in your diet, eating a healthy portion of beans each day can keep your digestive system healthy. If they give you gas, take precautions before you eat them. Soaking them first can help.
Berries . . . For Immune System Boost - Power Foods Group: Fresh Fruit
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Berries, especially blueberries have the highest amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer.
A special mention goes to the acai berry which has been touted in the news. Acai berries are rich in antioxidants and increases energy. In other words, you can get more done and look better while doing it. You can get Acai juice and supplements online or in your local health food store.
Needless to say, fresh fruit in general, is good for you. The antioxidants in fruit boost the immune system to fight the effects of aging in the body. Just make it a habit of choosing a variety of "colors" for maximum health.
Flax Seeds . . . For Disease Fighting Support - Power Foods Group: Nuts & Seeds
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Flax Seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds also contain omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. You get a lot of power to fight high cholesterol, diabetes and even heart disease with flax seeds.
Ground flax seed can be added to fruit smoothies, sprinkled in yogurt, eaten with cereal or added to pancake mix.
Generaly speaking, raw nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios are all providers of "good" fats and protein and help to lower cholesterol.
Garlic . . . For Lowering Cholesterol - Power Foods Group: Allium Foods
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Garlic, a member of the allium food group, has long been used as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments. Packed with protein, potassium, calcium, zinc, and vitamins A, B and C, studies have shown that garlic is instrumental in lowering cholesterol. Additionally, it's great at fighting infections and helping to guard the body against the risk of cancer.
Garlic and other members of this food group (leeks, onions, shallots, scallions) also help lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots. Of course, eating these particular power foods in their natural state increases their health benefits.
Oatmeal . . . For Fiber - Power Foods Group: Whole Grains
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Oatmeal is made from oats, a grain that supplies your body with much needed fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol and keep your blood sugar constant. Oats are also a good source of seveal nutrients, including Vitamin E, selenium and zinc.
It's best to make an oatmeal dish yourself with rolled oats . . . but if you are really, really in a hurry, the plain (not sugared) instant kind can provide some benefit.
Peppers . . . For Reducing Inflammatory Ailments - Power Foods Group: Fresh Vegetables
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Peppers of all kinds contain antioxidants like beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Peppers come in a variety of colors and range from mild and sweet to fiery hot. In addition, all peppers contain a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin has the properties of an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, lowers cancer risk and heart disease.
Try them . . . sliced in salads, cut up in salsa and all sorts of dishes.
Wild Salmon . . . For Reducing The Risk of Heart Disease - Power Foods Group: Omega-3 Rich Foods
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Wild Salmon is a fish rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids which has a reputation for reducing the risk of heart disease and other conditions (like atherosclerosis, a condition in which an artery wall thickens as the result of a build-up of fatty materials such as cholesterol).
Try seasoned wild salmon . . . grilled, baked or broiled for brunch, lunch or supper.
There's No Excuse
not to incorporate some of these power foods into your daily eating.
Go ahead . . . super-charge
your health, you only have
one life to live!