All too often, healthy eating tips are about things to avoid: processed foods, white sugar, white flour, maybe even gluten, fats, carbs (and who knows what else). You name it and it seems that at some point we’ve been told not to eat it (or at least not too much). What if, though, instead of focusing on what to avoid, we told you what to focus on – the foods that you can eat in practically unlimited quantities for a healthier, stronger, more sound body and mind? Sounds good, huh? (We thought so too!) Well, that’s what Kathy Gruver, Doctorate in Traditional Naturopathy and author of the new book The Alternative Medicine Cabinet, has us focusing on.
Using food as preventative medicine, Gruver has created a list of the 10 foods key in helping us take charge of our health naturally.
The 10 foods she has us eating now:
Blueberries: rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, blueberries can help prevent Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis associated with inflammation.
Wild Caught Salmon: high in omega 3 fatty acids, salmon benefits heart and brain health, reduces inflammation, improves circulation, supports memory and helps regulate blood sugar. Although it does have a high content of mercury, the health benefits outweigh this risk.
Broccoli: with generous amounts of potassium, protein, fiber, calcium, vitamins C and A, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and beta- carotene, broccoli is quite the power-house. Plus, it can help prevent some types of cancer.
Garlic: this tasty seasoning not only can help lower cholesterol, but also is rich in antioxidants and even has antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-parasitic properties.
Olive Oil: high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and oleic acid, olive oil is a heart healthy monosaturated fat. You can also use it on your skin to help hydrate, naturally.
Eggs: a great source of protein that also contains all 9 essential amino acids.
Spinach: high in vitamin k, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, manganese, folic acid, iron, vitamin C and quercitin, spinach provides more nutrients than almost any food on the planet.
Avocado: High in monosaturated fat, oleic acid and beta-sitosterol, avocados can help lower cholesterol, protect the prostate gland and decrease the chances of developing certain types of cancer as well as diabetes. Also, avocado’s contain a great deal of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin A and other vitamins essential for eye health and glowing skin.
Filtered Water: not only hydrates our bodies and skin, but also helps our bodies flush out toxins, digest food and absorb nutrients and vitamins. Plus, it can improve energy and increase mental and physical performance.
Red Wine: rich in antioxidants and anti-aging compounds, red wine can help lower the risk of heart attacks and prevent blood clots.
For hundreds of other ways to use food as medicine, check out Gruver’s book: The Alternative Medicine Cabinet, $8.90 at amazon.com.
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