Once you have taken the decision to eat more healthily, the next step is trying to figure out exactly what food to eat for good health as opposed to those foods that are not so healthy. Although that may seem like an easy choice, you will soon find out that it is more difficult than you might have imagined.
The first step on the road to healthy eating is healing the damage that you have already done to your body. Most of us already know that we should include sufficient vegetables, fruit, protein and good fats in our diets. That is all so well and good until you go to the supermarket and waste so much time deciding which healthy foods you are going to buy.
Much of the problem is that most of us do not have a clue which foods are key to a healthy eating regime. To help speed up you next shopping trip, here is a useful list of five healing foods to include in your basket.
Apples contain no cholesterol, fat or sodium, which is linked to high blood pressure. Instead, they contain potassium, which lowers high blood pressure rather than increase it. Apples are also a rich source of the fiber pectin, which binds fats and cholesterol and takes it to be excreted, thereby lowering blood cholesterol levels. Apples also contain a large amount of antioxidants, which act to protect your cells from free radicals. Free radicals have been found to be a part of cancer, aging and heart disease. Do not peel your apple since many of their nutrients are in the skin. It really is true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away while also making it a convenient healthy snack.
These have some of the highest antioxidants among many fruits and vegetables. Blueberries have been found to maintain mental capacity and memory, which is reduced due to aging. The chemical that gives blueberries their color, anthocyanin, protects neurons and gives blueberries their anti inflammatory properties.
These are full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, also known as linolenic acid, together with omega-6 oils. These oils prevent atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries by preventing cholesterol and toxic substances from sticking to your artery walls. They can also help prevent diabetic heart disease. Omega-3 is also needed to maintain the fluidity of cell membranes. Our cell membranes determine what goes in and out of your cells. They make sure that necessary nutrients get in, and toxic substances are excreted and kept out of the cell.
Apart from its famous cardiovascular benefits, garlic also contains:
- Vitamin C – primarily an antioxidant
- Vitamin B6 – protects blood vessels
- Selenium – protects against cancer and works with vitamin E
- Manganese – a co factor to several substances and maintains a high level of HDL (good) cholesterol.
The kale plant has beautiful dark-green leaves that have an earthy flavor. Kale is an excellent source of magnesium and calcium, which strengthens bones. It is also full of sulfur containing phytonutrients that prevent cancer. It is not only carrots that are good for your eyes since kale contains carotenoids, which prevent over exposure to ultraviolet light through a filtering system.
Now that you know some of the food to eat for good health that may not be ordinarily on your shopping list, I hope you will find that next supermarket trip to repair your health a little bit easier and enjoyable.