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Recent dietary research has uncovered 14 different nutrient-dense foods that time and again promote good overall health.
Coined “superfoods,” they tend to have fewer calories, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, and many disease-fighting antioxidants.
2 – Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
It seems like everywhere you look, there’s a new pill or medicine that will ‘instantly cure’ your sickness, disease or health issue.
And while taking a pill to cure what ails you might be convenient and simple, maybe it’s really time to sit down and take a good, long look at what you’re feeding your body, or as it might be, not feeding your body. Are you truly giving your body the nutrients it needs to take care of itself?
3 – Color Your Way to Daily Health
It’s important that we eat plenty of different fruits and vegetables every day.
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.
4 – Getting Your Nutrition from Real Food is a Good Habit for Life
Many people think popping a multi-vitamin supplement to get their nutrients is just as good as what comes from real foods.
They don’t realize that it is far better to get vitamins and minerals from natural foods and juices.
Our bodies utilize the vitamins and minerals from real foods more efficiently.
5 – Super Foods for Super Weight Loss
Experts say there are two basic categories of foods that can be considered “keeping it off superfoods” because they fill your tummy without piling on the calories: fruits and vegetables.
And the nutrient that gives fruits and vegetables that ‘staying power?’ Fiber. So, if fruits and vegetables are the “keeping-it-off superfood groups,” fiber may well be the “keeping-it-off super-nutrient.”
6 – Flush the Fat With Smart Food Choices
Flushing the fat? As crazy as the concept might sound, the Fat Flush Plan can help you reshape your body while detoxifying your system.
This low-carbohydrate, three-phase diet regimen was created by nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.
7 – Superfoods that Squash Stress
Life has a way of getting the best of us some days.
Whether it’s working too many hours, shuffling your kids all over town for their activities, taking care of your household, or dealing with personal or family matters, stress can take its toll on you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
But there are simple steps you can take to combat stress, starting with the foods you eat.
8 – Superfoods for your Brain
We’ve all had days when we didn’t feel like we were ‘on our game.’ And as we age, both our bodies and our brains grow old as well.
By making smart food choices though, we can preserve our precious gray matter longer and improve brain function.
Here are some brainy choices for keeping our noggins in tip-top shape.
9 – Superfoods to Rejuvenate Body, Mind and Spirit
When the goal is rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit, the method should be smaller, more frequent snacks and meals.
This will help keep energy levels on an even keel, and regulate your blood sugarlevels to avoid spikes and dips. When you choose the right combination of foods, your body gets the much-needed boost it needs to sustain itself properly, even through those slumps later in the day.
10 – Superfoods that Help Heartburn
Heartburn and indigestion make millions of people miserable. Continuous digestive problems can be a symptom of overeating, bad food choices or something more serious.
Thankfully simple changes in the foods you eat can provide relief. A number of foods can trigger heartburn or indigestion by relaxing the band of muscles at the end of your esophagus so it can’t keep out stomach acid.
11 – Superfoods to Stomp out a Cold
Not only do healthy, nutrient-dense foods nourish your body and help the cells grow and reproduce, they also help arm your body’s defenses to ward off attacks from germs that cause colds.
Low-fat meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and whole grains all play a part in preparing your body to do battle.
Another important component of your anti-cold defense system is water.
12 – Superfoods for Fighting the Flu
Breakouts of the flu are responsible for millions of lost hours at both work and home each year, not to mention many miserable days trying to recover.
If you’re wondering what you can do to naturally boost your immunity and prepare your body’s defenses, study the foods you’re eating, look at your family’s meals, and make the changes needed to ensure everyone is eating a well-balanced diet abundant in nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, low-fat proteins, and complex carbohydrates.
13 – Superfoods for Super Bones
Many people believe that the primary cause of osteoporosis is the lack of calcium in their diet.
However, in the overall picture, calcium is only a small piece of the puzzle. Though calcium supplements can certainly help, there are other dietary concerns that need to be examined.
14 – Superfoods that have your Heart in Mind
Heart disease is number one killer among both men and women in the United States.
And though we all realize that eating nutrient-dense healthy foods help reduce the risk, we may not know which foods are the best choices to battle this deadly disease head on. The key is stepping up fiber and choosing unsaturated fats.
15 – Superfoods that Fight Cancer
As the nation’s second most deadly disease, cancer brings with it several risk factors. Therefore, it’s logical that we take a good look at the foods we’re eating, and start introducing nutrient-rich foods that are known to help reduce the cancer risk.
A diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits, including juices made from 100 percent fruit juice, can make a big difference in your cancer risk.
16 – Superfoods for Conquering the Pain of Arthritis
With some thought and planning, it’s easy to make these nutrient-dense foods part of your daily diet.
With choices from virtually every food group, you’ll soon be well on your way to arming yourself to battle the pain of arthritis and begin to manage it from the inside out.
Salmon is among the richest sources of healthy fats, making it an ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, salmon contains calcium, vitamin D, and folate.
17 – Superfoods to Fend of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and the ability to think and reason.
Recent estimates show approximately 4 million people in the U.S. have dementia, most with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number could be as high as 16 million.
18 – Superfoods for a Super Long Life
Recent research shows that specific chemicals in foods — such as sulforaphane, a phytochemical in broccoli — work with your genes to ratchet up your body’s natural defense systems, helping to inactivate toxins and free radicals before they can do the damage that leads to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even premature aging.
And the hope for the future is to be able to tell someone what diseases or maladies they are might be genetically pre-dispositioned to early on, so their diets can be focused accordingly.
19 – Superfoods for Healthy Hair
We’ve all learned through the years that a well-balanced diet is healthy for our body and critical for optimal health and performance.
Our hair is no different. A mixture of protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and iron are all required for healthy, strong hair. Good hair nutrition begins with getting enough protein, which is the building block of your hair.
20 – Superfoods that Fight Depression
We’ve all had the blues once in while. But when they happen on a more frequent basis, it becomes cause for concern.
But there are ways to adjust your diet to help stabilize your mood. It’s imperative to eat meals at regular intervals in order to keep your serotonin levels in check, a chemical in the brain that has a calming effect.
21 – Superfoods for Super Sex
Every aspect of a food – its color, shape, scent and texture – can make it sexy.
In addition, certain foods contain substances that make us feel good by interacting with our hormones or stimulating our brain. Consider incorporating some of the following into your next candlelight dinner to help you and your partner get in the mood.
22 – Superfoods to Help you Manage Your Monthly Menstruation
Every month it’s the same thing. You’re bloated, tired, cranky, fighting cravings, and trying to get rid of headaches.
You wish you could be like your friend or your sister, who seems to just breeze right through her cycle with little or no problem. Take a look at your diet and see if these superfoods are a part of it.
23 – Superfoods To Help You Manage Menopause
Including these superfoods in your diet can help to alleviate symptoms associated with menopause, maintain your memory power, and prevent osteoporosis.
Tofu is an alternative protein source to meat. Along with other soy products, tofu can be beneficial for lowering your cholesterol and preventing heart disease.
23 – Superfoods for a Smooth Transition into Menopause
Menopause is a tough transition for many women. It usually begins to occur in late middle age when the efficiency of the ovaries begins to decline.
Problems associated with the related estrogen deficiency that occur may include arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, decreased skin elasticity and changes in the sympathetic nervous system that result in “hot flashes.”
24 – Superfoods for a Healthy Prostate
The prostate gland has a reputation as a health destroyer. Hypertrophy of the prostate gland, which affects nearly every elderly male, strangles the urethra.
This troublesome condition makes urination difficult and increases the risk of bladder infections and kidney damage.
25 – Superfoods for Erectile Dysfunction
There are many underlying physical and psychological causes of erectile dysfunction. Reduced blood flows to the penis and nerve damage are two of the most common physical causes.
Underlying conditions associated with erectile dysfunction include vascular disease, diabetes, drugs, hormone disorders, neurological disorders, pelvic trauma, surgery, radiation therapy, a venous leak or psychological conditions.
26 – Superfoods for Healthy and Natural Conception
In both the female and male body, the balance of hormones has to be just right for conception to occur and for pregnancy to proceed.
Nutrients that are in excess or that are in depletion can throw off balance and disrupt the pregnancy process. When we can choose whole foods for our diet, we are increasing our chances of obtaining the most nutrients we need.
27 – Super Strategies for Stamping Out Acne
Most people with acne attempt to treat their irritated skin with external face washes, soaps, lotions and treatments.
However, the best way to treat acne is by changing your diet and getting rid of acne-causing ingredients such as fried foods. A healthful diet rich in natural whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans is the first recommendation for treating acne.
28 – Superfoods to Fight Flatulence
There are many causes for flatulence, such as overeating, eating too quickly, excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates or artificial sweeteners, food allergies and intolerance, a deficiency of vitamin B, excessive consumption of alcohol, emotional stress and parasites.
One of the most common causes can be lactose, found in dairy products such as milk and cheese. Many other healthy foods can also cause gas, such as cabbage, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower, whole wheat flour, radishes, bananas and apricots.
29 – Superfoods that Battle the Herpes Virus
Herpes outbreaks can be embarrassing, not to mention uncomfortable and painful. And sometimes, prescription medication doesn’t fend off the flare ups.
But with some consideration and creativity, we can add superfoods to our diet that will help our body fight off the herpes virus.
30 – Superfoods for Hives Relief
Hives are also known as urticaria, and they cause raised white or yellow, itchy wheals surrounded by an area of red inflammation. It is an allergic reaction by the skin, causing the body to release histamine into the effected tissues.
The size of the wheal itself varies, with the larger ones sometimes joining together in places to form an irregular rash. They usually cause severe irritation and usually appear on the limbs and trunk, but can appear anywhere.
31- Cranberries- The Superfood to Stave Off Bladder Infections
Cranberries may help to fight off urinary tract infections (UTIs).
They reduce the power of certain E. coli bacteria to adhere to and penetrate the walls of the bladder. In about half the cases of UTIs, the E. coli responsible have special little hairy tips called P fimbria.
32 – Superfoods for Getting Over Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is an all-encompassing term involving the consumption of contaminated food, stomach flu, stress, drug interactions, nutrient deficiencies or their excess.
It can come on rather suddenly after eating; diarrhea or vomiting can begin 30 minutes to one hour after eating foods that are chemically poisonous; within one to 12 hours with bacterial poisoning, and 12 to 48 hours with viral or salmonella poisoning.
33 – Superfoods to Alleviate the Symptoms of Gout
Gout, also called gouty arthritis, is caused by an accumulation of uric acid in the blood.
The disease usually appears in midlife and primarily in males. It can be hereditary or the secondary to some other disease process.
34 – Superfoods for a Super Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life.
It can also be very taxing and exhausting for your body, mind and spirit at times. But by nourishing your body with these great superfoods, you’ll be energized, strong, and sharp, and ready to welcome your pending bundle of joy healthy and happy.
Beans and legumes are good sources of protein, fiber, calcium, iron, thiamine, and niacin.
35 – Nutritional Hope for Schizophrenic Patients
Schizophrenia is a difficult malady, both to diagnose and to treat.
It’s defined as any of a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances.
Recent research suggests that those who suffer from schizophrenia could benefit from incorporating more B3 (niacin), essential fatty acids (EFAs) and eating more whole grain carbohydrates to help level out blood sugar levels so that bouts with hypoglycemia are lessened.
36 – Superfoods for Sinusitis Relief
Sinusitis simply means inflammation of the sinuses, but this gives little indication of the misery and pain this condition can cause.
Chronic sinusitis, sinusitis that persists for at least 3 weeks, affects an estimated 32 million people in the United States and Americans spend millions of dollars each year for medications that promise relief from their sinus symptoms.
37 – Superfoods for Super Skin
It’s been said we are what we eat, and that sentiment definitely holds true when it comes to our skin. It’s our body’s biggest organ, and it deserves all the nutritional TLC we can give it.
So take a look at what you’ve been feeding yourself, and therefore feeding your skin. One the most important components of skin health is vitamin A, and probably one of the best sources of it is low-fat dairy products.
38 – Superfoods for Relief from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The main indications of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), on the other hand, are overall general physical and mental weariness. There are many different causes of tiredness.
Just because you’re frequently tired doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got CFS. The condition must persist for more than six consecutive months and include other symptoms such as memory loss, sore throat, headaches and muscle/joint pain without swelling or redness.
39 – Superfoods for a Spiffy Circulatory System
Circulation problems can be felt in a number of ways. Some symptoms include fatigue due to poor circulatory function, which may bring on other symptoms such as dizziness and fainting.
The inability to concentrate, coldness in the hands or feet, headaches, angina, and high blood pressure are also other signs there could be problems with the circulation system. There are nutritionally-dense foods we can incorporate into our diets to ensure our circulatory system is functioning at its best.
40 – Superfoods to Combat Cirrhosis of the Liver
Cirrhosis refers to the replacement of damaged liver cells by fibrous scar tissue which disrupts the liver’s important functions. Cirrhosis occurs as a result of excessive alcohol intake (most common), common viral hepatitis, obstruction of the bile ducts, and exposure to certain drugs or toxic substances.
People with cirrhosis often experience loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and weight loss, giving them an emaciated appearance. Diet alone does not contribute to the development of this liver disease. People who are well nourished, for example, but drink large amounts of alcohol, are also susceptible to alcoholic disease.
41 – Superfoods that Get you Moving
It’s no wonder so many Americans suffer with constipation (4 million of us, to be exact). Our diet of meat and processed food contains little fiber.
Most of us are lucky if we’re getting in half of the 30 grams of fiber that we should each day. Without that bulk in our diet, it can make bowel movements practically immovable.
42 – Super Solutions for Crohn’s Patients
When the small intestine is inflamed — as it often is with Crohn’s disease — the intestine becomes less able to fully digest and absorb the nutrients from food.
Such nutrients, as well as unabsorbed bile salts, can escape into the large intestine to varying degrees, depending on how extensively the small intestine has been injured by inflammation. This is one reason why people with Crohn’s disease become malnourished, in addition to just not having much appetite.
43 – Superfoods for a Superior Thyroid
An estimated 27 million Americans have thyroid disease, and more than half are undiagnosed. Frequently misunderstood, and too often overlooked and misdiagnosed, thyroid disease affects almost every aspect of health.
Taking care of it with good nutrition is a smart step in the right direction. Here are some superfoods that research has shown can nurture a healthy thyroid, as well as some ones to avoid.
44 – Jump for Joy and Juice!
Juice can actually be considered a natural water source and provides the body with protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that can be absorbed quickly and efficiently.
Fresh juice also contains necessary enzymes, and pigments such as carotenes, chlorophyll, and flavonoids. Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables provides numerous nutritional advantages that are extremely important to weight loss.
45 – Organic Foods Equal Improved Health
Organic food is food that is free from all genetically modified organisms, produced without artificial pesticides and fertilizers and derived from an animal reared without the routine use of antibiotics, growth promoters or other drugs.
Once only available in small stores or farmers’ markets, organic foods are becoming much more widely available
Organic foods have been shown to improve your immune system, help you sleep better, shed the excess weight more easily, and improve your blood work just to name a few.
46 – Raw Foods Diet is Beneficial to Your Health
The benefits advocated from eating such a diet seem endless: lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, eliminating cravings, preventing overeating, purging the body of accumulated toxins, balancing hormones, maintaining blood glucose levels and reversing degenerative diseases.
Followers of a raw diet cite numerous health benefits, including increased energy levels, improved appearance of skin, improved digestion, weight loss and reduced risk of heart disease, just to name a few.
47 – Hay Diet Treats Chemical Condition of the Body
The basic rules of this diet are: starches and sugar should not be eaten with proteins and acid fruits at the same meal; vegetables, salads and fruits should play a major part in the diet; proteins, starches and fats should be eaten in small quantities and only wholegrain unprocessed starches should be used; and finally at least 4 hours should elapse between meals of different food groups. It is also known as the “food combining” diet
48 – Water is our Body’s Lifeblood
Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the by products of the body’s metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few.
49 – Macrobiotic Diet Helps Balance Your Diet and Your Life
Macrobiotics devotees believe that food, and food quality, affects our lives more than is commonly thought. It is thought to affect our health, well being and happiness.
They focus on moving away from processed foods, and moving toward more natural and more traditional methods of food preparation. They claim it is better to choose food that is less processed, more natural, use more traditional methods of food preparation for themselves and their family.
50 – Healthy Diet Essentials
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a healthy diet as one that Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
But just what minerals and nutrients are vital to our health and well-being? Consider these nutrient-dense foods when you’re looking to improve your vitamin and mineral intake.
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