10 Super Foods That Help Fight Illness ...

The food and drink that you put in your body is the fuel for your body. The fuel that you consume significantly effects how your body functions. The following foods are recommended by medical professionals as promoting and maintaining optimal health, helping you ward off the conditions, germs and bacteria that can make you sick. Here are 10 super foods that help fight illness.

1. Whole Grains

Whole grains are high in fiber. They help reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. And heart disease is deadly, but preventable.

2. Fat Free Dairy Products

Fat-free dairy is the best way to provide your body with the levels of calcium and vitamin D recommended for good health. Calcium keeps the bones strong and prevents bone degenerating diseases, such as osteoporosis.

3. Fish

Omega-3 Fatty acids are extremely important to our health. Omega-3s promote good cholesterol, diminish triglycerides and encourage lower blood pressure. Our body does not produce Omega-3s so it must be consumed. Fish (especially salmon) is a rich source of the Omega-3s; there are many supplements available for those who don’t like to eat fish.

4. Nuts

Nuts may be loaded with calories (especially almonds and walnuts) but the benefits from eating nuts outnumber the negatives. Eating nuts helps reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

5. Antioxidants

Berries are loaded with compounds called “antioxidants”... and these compounds are effective in lowering the risk of cancer. They help your body dispose of aging chemicals called "free radicals," too.

6. Legumes

Legumes are vegetables, they include peas and beans. Legumes are a protein substitute often favored by vegetarians. Legumes work to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol levels.

7. Soy

Modern man is concerned with “Going Green” and making our world a better place to live. Instead of consuming animal protein, many green consumers opt for soy. Soy is not only rich in proteins, but is full of body-benefiting fiber.

8. Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the best overall foods. It is a cruciferous vegetable that is known to lower the risk of cancer. Broccoli is a part of all low fat diets; it is very low in fat and calories. In addition, it contains no cholesterol.

9. Green Tea

Green tea, is nearly as popular as coffee for a morning boost. Green tea contains flavenoids that are reputed to reduce the risk of cancer. Flavenoids function to inhibit the enzyme that is necessary for cancer cells to multiply. Most health care professionals recommend green tea as part of a daily diet plan.

10. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are very good for your overall health. Cooked tomatoes contain more vitamins and beneficial lycopene than raw tomatoes. Cooking causes lycopene to be released in greater quantities.

We all need to be kind to our bodies, not just for quality of life but for longevity. What are some changes you need to make in your diet? What other super foods can you add to my list?

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