Food that Keeps you Healthy

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Healthy FoodThe best way to fight off viruses and keep your immune system strong is by getting the right nutrition. Certain foods are known for their high vitamin content that boost your immune system and even help fight some diseases. Here’s a list of foods that I always add to my diet to keep me strong and healthy.

Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s been said for hundreds of years, and with good reason. Apples are full of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels. And they are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which helps the body absorb necessary minerals.

Dark Leafy Greens

Broccoli, spinach, kale, arugula and bok choy are some examples of these vitamin and mineral rich vegetables. Not only are they a great source of fiber, but they also contain very high levels of anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C which boosts your immune system. They are sometimes called cancer fighters, and may also help prevent diabetes and heart disease.  In addition, broccoli and spinach in particular are high in calcium, which helps keep strong bones. These vegetables are best when consumed raw or steamed to preserve all the nutritional value.

Garlic

Smelly medicine! Garlic has so many wonderful healing properties. It’s an anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. High in Manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium, garlic helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure; improves poor circulation; detoxifies the body; and boosts immune system to help fight infections. And besides all that, it tastes great in cooking!

Nuts

Eating raw unsalted nuts can supply your body with lots of fiber, vitamin E, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and protein. When consumed in moderation, nuts can help lower bad cholesterol levels in your blood. Some nuts like walnuts, contain essential fatty acid Omega-3, which is good for your brain.

Fish

Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and halibut are high in essential Omega-3 fatty acids. It keeps your heart healthy by lowering bad cholesterol levels in your blood.

Tomatoes

Often called “cancer fighters”, tomatoes are rich in fiber, lycopene, and vitamins A, C and E.  Eating tomatoes every day may also prevent heart disease.

Yoghurt

Rich in calcium, vitamin B12, zinc, and potassium, yoghurt helps keep your bones strong.  It also contains good bacterial cultures that promote healthy digestive and immune systems. Look for the words “live and active cultures”, such as L. acidophilus and Bifidus, on ingredient labels to see if the brand you’re buying contains these amazing disease fighters.

 

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