As you’ve already noticed, food has both the power to make you ill and the power to nourish your health and well-being. So it’s only natural that a healthy lifestyle has to revolve around the diet – you cannot expect to feel good and look even better if you stuff yourself with junk food. Eating food has more to it than pure survival.
Consuming fresh, quality whole foods will not only optimize the normal functioning of your body, but will also help you maintain a healthy weight, high levels of energy and a sharp mind. Let’s see which food choices can greatly improve your health together with plenty of other amazing benefits, such as reducing the negative effects of aging!
1. Oily fish
Besides being a great source of high quality protein, selenium and vitamins D and B, oily fish such as salmon and tuna are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which protect the heart and help keep the skin firm and elastic. They also provide a variety of anti-inflammatory benefits that can fight off cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia.
Eggs have always been considered a superfood because of their unbeaten nutritional richness. One whole egg will provide you with a full package of vital amino acids and many essential minerals and vitamins, including vitamin D. And don’t worry about the yolk – it’s not only safe, but also recommended to eat it.
The egg yolk contains high amounts of HDL or the “good cholesterol”, which helps reverse all the negative effects of the bad one you consume from overly processed fatty foods. Making whole eggs a staple of your diet will help protect your heart health, eye vision and cognitive functioning.
3. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens like spinach, kale and turnip and collard greens are famous for being an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that prevent macular degeneration and decrease the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On top of that, they pack a decent amount of beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K and sulforaphane, all of which are top-notch cancer-fighters. Dark leafy greens will also enhance your immune system, improve your skin health and even protect your DNA, so make sure you eat them regularly in all their fresh or cooked variants.
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