You are what you eat! How you feel today, tomorrow and in the future depends on the choices you make today. Everyone aspires to live and eat healthy but many lose motivation on the way. We present to you 7 foods that when included in your diet can do wonders to your mind and body.
There are plenty to choose from – broad, black, kidney, chickpea, lentil, green and lima. Beans are a great source of iron, a mineral that can help transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells in our body. As our body cannot absorb the form of iron in plant based foods, beans with lemon juice or with any source of vitamin C can help boost the iron absorption. It also helps to boost fibre. Half cup cooked navy beans has about 7 grams of fibre, lentils has about 8 grams and kidney beans about 6 grams. Much of these are soluble kind that benefits the cholesterol levels.
Eat your greens. There is a reason why mothers persuade their children to eat green veggies. The rich sulphur compounds found in Broccoli make it one of the best cancer fighting vegetables. When you cook broccoli, you can smell the sulforaphane. These sulphur compounds help boost the enzyme production that helps to detox all the cancer causing compounds. Broccoli soup with breadsticks makes for a great evening snack or light dinner.
A great source of bone building calcium, yoghurt has its real strength in the live beneficial bacteria known as probiotics, which helps to minimize the growth of the harmful bacteria in the gut. Yogurt can help us fight various infections of the bowel, ulcers and urinary infections. Depending on your mood, you can have it plain or add some of your favourite flavours.
Everyone seems to be talking about avocadoes and the associated health benefits. An excellent source of healthy fat, rich in fibre, potassium, Vitamin E-B and folic acids. It also helps in absorbing the fat soluble nutrients. You can increase your calorie intake by having one avocado every morning without gaining any carbs. The best way to have it – whip up some guacamole.
Nuts are very healthy source of unsaturated fats. Walnuts are a rich source of alpha linoleic acid, that help in keeping your heart healthy and staying happy. They also help reduce bad cholesterol and help in maintaining good cholesterol. People who are nuts about nuts, tend to add extra years to their lives!
To everyone’s surprise, garlic makes it to the top 7 foods. With properties of antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, garlic has immense disease fighting potential and that too comes from its sulphur compounds. It acts as an antioxidant which has many cardiovascular benefits. Just six or more cloves of garlic a week can help you be away from the risk of colorectal, stomach and prostate cancer. Don’t forget to chop or crush garlic and let it stand for 10 minutes to fully release its healing potential.
Tea leaves are a source of antioxidants and protect us from heart diseases, stroke and cancer. Tea breaks down the bad cholesterol, prevents blood clots and improves blood vessel functions. Drinking tea between meals is a great way to not only stay fresh but also reduce the risk of narrowed arteries. A healthy heart likes a good cup of tea.
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