Everybody desires to lead a healthy life. But super healthy living does not happen by accident, it comes through personal choice and the willingness to discipline oneself in order to achieve that choice. Even as people want to enjoy a healthy life, not everyone is prepared to pay the price to get what they desire.
According to Mike Adams, “Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.”
Good enough, there are still a lot of people who know the value of good food and how they contribute to good health and they do anything in their power to build their health by eating healthily.
But how do we achieve that goal? It’s simply by eating some foods which are termed “Essential foods.” What makes them important, you ask? They are simply indispensable; you cannot achieve optimum health if you are not eating these foods. In this post, I shall show you the top 7 essential foods for a super-healthy living. Make sure you pay attention to #5 because is really important.
Now, let’s get down to business by examining these foods one after the other.
Research results have shown that garlic contains phytochemicals which are known to stop the formation of carcinogenic chemicals in the body. It would not be irrational to say that garlic is a super food because of the various health benefits it possesses.
Garlic is made up of a compound called Allicin, which has a lot of medicinal and health properties. Allicin has the ability to help your body recover fast from illnesses. This wonder herb assists in boosting your immune system, thereby preventing common sicknesses such as cold or flu.
That’s not all. Garlic also contains Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin C, Fiber, Copper, Potassium, Iron, and Phosphorus. All these supplements the body’s minerals and trace elements.
Above all, the sulfur compounds that are contained in garlic assist in protecting body organs from being damaged by heavy metal toxicity. People who eat more garlic have been proven to lower their chances of developing some forms of colon cancers.
Having seen the health benefits of eating garlic, another food to look at is the avocado. A report from the National Center for Health Statistics has advised people to consume foods that assist in keeping their hearts healthy. One of those foods with heart benefits is the avocado.
A half an avocado has 14 grams of healthy monounsaturated fat, which plays a role in reducing your LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol otherwise known as the bad cholesterol.
Avocado also enables your body in absorbing heart-healthy compounds such as lycopene and beta-carotene. Taking enough of this fruit would help you live longer.
3. Beans and Legumes
Beans may be the commonest and cheapest source of plant protein. That’s not to say that it cannot help in building your health.
A study carried out in 2004 on elderly people in Japan, Greece, Australia, and Sweden showed that for any 20 grams of legumes consumed every day, people were able to reduce their chances of death by 7% to 8%.
Apart from helping the body to build up new cells, beans and legumes help the body in boosting its fatty acid butyrate level. How does Butyrate help us? It plays a role in the fight against the growth of cancer. So, if you don’t want to develop cancer, you should increase beans and legumes intake.
Chocolate contains flavonols, which is an antioxidant found in cocoa beans. This is particularly more in dark chocolates.
According to the result of a study carried out by Harvard University in 1999, of the over 8,000 people that were studied, those who ate average quantities of chocolate up to thrice monthly outlived those who didn’t, by up to a year.
Chocolate equally assists you in recovering from heart attack. Research carried out by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in 2009 showed that eating chocolate at least once weekly helped people who had survived a heart attack to possibly live an additional eight years, compared to those who did not.
5. Nuts and Seeds
In January 2015, research was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, regarding how female-pattern hair loss could be reversed. The subject was given nutritional supplements containing antioxidants as well as omega-3 and omega-6 essential acids over a period of six months.
While hair loss was reduced to 90% of the subjects, there was an improvement in hair growth in 86% of them, and a thicker hair was noticed in 87% of them.
Omega-3 fatty acid provides nourishment to the whole of your scalp. The essential nutrients take care of your hair shaft and the cell membranes of the scalp. It nurtures the follicles and makes your hair grow healthily.
How about growing an elastic hair with luster and hair that does not easily break up? The omega-3 acid will help you do that. Unfortunately, the body is unable to produce the omega-3 fatty acids it needs; you have to get them from your diet.
So, it’s best to eat foods like walnuts, tuna, flaxseeds, Brussels sprouts, salmon, rapeseed oil, sesame, grape seed, and kale. They are rich in omega-3. They will help you get those celebrity-like hairs that are envied by all.
You will never be able to appreciate the beautiful things around you if you have no good eyes. This is why you must eat lots of carrots. They have lovely taste as healthy snacks and are quite satisfying too.
But carrot should not be eaten only for their crunchy nature and sweet taste; they contain high levels of antioxidants such as lycopene (which lowers the risk of some forms of cancers), and beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A for better eyesight.
Moreover, carrots contain vitamin K, which is required for clot formation (for a natural arrest of bleeding) and a healthy bone.
I am sure you know that animal proteins are some of the most balanced proteins your body needs. Chicken is an excellent source of animal protein. And one thing that makes chicken the favorite source is because chicken meat is low in cholesterol.
Chicken contains a hormone called cholecystokinin, which gives you a sense and feeling of being satisfied thereby minimizing your chance of developing obesity.
Chicken contains vitamin B12, a B vitamin that is hard to get and that plays a key role in the production of red blood cells in your body.
Super-healthy living is a thing you can easily achieve through a conscious effort. So, if you are really keen on enjoying life to its fullness, without regularly suffering from illnesses, you need to follow the tips I have provided in this post. Always eat healthy foods.