We all know that one of the secrets to living a long and healthy life has a lot to do with the foods we eat. With not all foods being created equal, making choices to eat healthier can not only change your quality of life, but the longevity as well.
Here are ten of the top power packed foods designed to give you energy, vitality and all around good health! Many of them are those types of foods you can eat on the run too, so you’re saving time as well as saving your health.
1. Beans – If they give you gas, it’s easy to find precautions you can use before you eat them. Also, soaking them first can help a great deal. Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, Northern) are high in protein. This plant protein 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. And they are easy to make ahead, freeze or heat-and-go!
2. Oatmeal – Oatmeal is coming back into popularity, now that it’s stated as a food lowering blood cholesterol. You can make it yourself with rolled oats or eat the instant kind if you are in a hurry. Oatmeal is a filling grain which also provides more of that much needed fiber to keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar constant.
3. Fruits – Fruits are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer. Berries, such as blueberries and grapes have the highest amount of antioxidants. Choose an array of fruits in a wide variety of colors for maximum health. The antioxidants in fruit boost the immune system to fight the effects of aging in the body.
4. Allium foods – This class of foods includes garlic, onions, leeks and shallots. Garlic is known for lowering cholesterol. Allium vegetables help guard the body against the risk of cancer as well as many other ailments. They also help lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots. Eating these power packed vegetables in their natural state, especially garlic and wild garlic, increases their health benefits.
5. Salmon – Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of heart disease and other conditions like atherosclerosis. Wild salmon is a fatty fish, however containing good fats proven to improve health in both children and adults. Salmon is rich in protein which is of great use after an exercise session to build muscle tissue.
6. Flax seed – Like salmon, it contains 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, heart disease and diabetes with this seed. Ground flax, which is the most beneficial way to consume this seed, can be added to fruit smoothies, sprinkled in yogurt, eaten with cereal or added to pancake mix to name a few.
7. Peppers – Peppers are colorful. They contain antioxidants such as beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Peppers range from mild and sweet, to so hot you’ll be calling the fire department. All peppers contain a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin has the properties of an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, lowers cancer risk and heart disease. They are good in salads, salsa and all sorts of dishes. Grab some with a great low-fat dip for a quick snack.
8. Nuts and seeds – Nuts may be high in fat, but those fats are the good kind. Peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios are all providers of good fats and protein. Crush them into a fine powder to use as a coating instead of higher carb bread crumbs. Nuts help to lower cholesterol. Eat them right out of the shell with no additives.
9. Açai – This berry has been in the news lately. It is rich in antioxidants and increases energy. You can get more done and look better while doing it. You can get Acai juice and supplements in your health food store.
10. Yogurt – The fat free variety is incredibly good for you. Yogurt contains calcium, Vitamin B, and protein. There are even newer types with added health benefits which you might want to look into. If you don’t drink milk, yogurt is an alternative to get your calcium in to build strong bones and teeth. Live yogurt also contains friendly bacteria to help promote a healthy digestive system.
Building a better healthier body begins with what you eat. Try these super foods to get started on the right foot.
While most people worry about cold and flu season beginning in October or November, some of us end up feeling miserable, exhausted, and looking for the number of the dump truck that just ran us over the minute any sign of spring hits.
Some areas of the country are enjoying beautiful signs of spring, with flowers having already poked through the earth to present us with their radiance. Other areas are finally seeing patches of grass poking through the mountains of snow collected over the last few months. One this is for sure, no matter what part of the country you’re in…spring is in the air.
Unfortunately for some this means the dreaded “spring cold or flu”, which for some reason or another tends to hit us with more gusto than any other illness did over the winter. Perhaps this is because we aren’t expecting it, or perhaps we have been busier than usual, and it finally had a chance to find that foothold it needed to hit us. And hit us it does.
I want to first clear up some of the differences between colds and the flu. While both can make us equally miserable, they don’t provide the same symptoms or hazards. Take a look below at the chart, and you’ll be able to better see which of these two culprits has hit you. Following that, we’ll take a look at some natural ways you can deal with these symptoms, instead of spending a fortune at the pharmacy for medications which may or may not help in the first place.
Please note: I am not a medical doctor. This information is provided to you simply for that – informational purposes. If you are ill, and think you may have the flu, or anything other than a common cold, please consult your physician.
Now that we know what we’re dealing with, here are some natural remedies for cold and flu. You might want to keep this handy for NEXT autumn, when things are likely to start all over again.
The first thing you can do to help diminish or eliminate your chances of getting a cold or the flu is to remember to was your hands…often. It never hurts to keep a bottle of Purel or similar product around as well. Throw one in your purse, keep one in various rooms in the house and remember to use it.
To get ready before cold and flu season hits, it is recommended that you eat lots of garlic, combined with daily doses of Echinacea. If, however, that cold or flu grabs hold anyhow, you can start feeling better reasonably soon after a footbath of dried mustard in a bowl of very hot water. This will help bring down that fever, as well as loosen any phlegm that might be building up. There is also the popular remedy of lemon and honey. Lemon because of it’s high levels of vitamin C, as well as it’s power to expel toxins. The honey will soothe your throat.
Another way to get rid of that congestion is by drinking hot ginger water. Just slice up some ginger root and boil for 15 minutes. This will chase that cold away in no time. Ginger or peppermint can be added to a hot bath for some comfort. Either of these will make you perspire, and this in turn gets rid of the toxins.
Onions, although not known for keeping your breath fresh, are excellent when it comes to colds. You can put a generous slice into a cup of boiling water. Add to this a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and drink before bedtime. Eating plenty of yogurt can help to kill any bad bacteria on its own. It will also help the production of much needed antibodies that will kill off any unwanted organisms.
At the first sign of fever, lemon juice and honey diluted with hot water will help. You can also use apple cider vinegar and honey. For that stubborn fever, remember to drink lots of liquids. The preferences are unsweetened fruit juices. And for that sore throat that won’t quit, make up a mixture of salt, lemon juice and hot water. Using this to gargle with can soothe the throat and get rid of the burning sensation that often comes with a sore throat.
There are several herbal tea recipes that are easily made from scratch, or bought at your local health food or grocery store. One favorite that helps you sleep when you aren’t feeling your best is lavender. Peppermint tea and green tea are also great choices when you aren’t quite feeling up to par. You can also try hibiscus and basil for fever or aches and pains.
For fighting infection and inflammation, try a spoonful of crushed black currants in a cup of boiling water. Let it infuse for about 10 minutes, then sip slowly and chew on the pieces of the fruit.