Are You Really What You Eat?
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.
Are you really what you eat? Well, I like to say you are actually what you absorb and digest, which is why our gut health is so important.
With that said, there is enough support and research that poor nutrition is significantly related to many chronic diseases in America. According to the USDA, about half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns.
So what can you do?
Fight back with your fork! We get 3 chances every day to change the state of our health. When you sit down to eat, you have the power of choice . Food first as medicine is what I say. It's powerful and healing.
What to choose?
Beans (legumes), organic berries (especially blueberries), broccoli, green tea, nuts (especially walnuts), oranges, pumpkin, salmon (wild caught), spinach, tomatoes, organic turkey, whole grains and oats, and yogurt (greek with no sugar added) can all help stop and even reverse diseases and symptoms from autoimmune diseases, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and some forms of cancer, including endometrial (uterine) cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer.
And where one might have an effect on a certain part of the body, it can also affect the health of other body functions and performance, since the whole body is connected.
With these foods as the base of a balanced diet, weight loss gimmicks and other fly-by-night programs can become a thing of the past in your life.
Conversely, the ill-effects of an unbalanced diet are several and varied. Low energy levels, mood swings, fatigue, headaches, weight gain, digestive issues, feeling uncomfortable with the body are just a few signs that your diet is unbalanced.
An unbalanced diet can cause problems with maintenance of body tissues, growth and development, brain and nervous system function, as well as problems with bone and muscle systems.
Symptoms of malnutrition include lack of energy, irritability, a weakened immune system, and mineral depletion that can trigger a variety of health concerns including anemia. And since the body is connected, an unhealthy body may also result in an unhealthy mind and spirit too.
When we nourish our body with superfoods like these and complement them with other nutrient-dense and healthy fresh foods, our spirit will be vital and healthy as a direct result.
Many modern diets based on prepackaged convenience foods are sorely lacking in any or most vitamins and minerals which can affect our mental capacities, mood, and overall well-being.
Superfoods can be the basis of a sound, healthy, nutritious solution to curing many of these ailments and more.
To your health & happiness,