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Super Foods Can Help Keep You Healthy This Spring

There are some things about life, such as how long we get to be here with our loved ones that are simply out of our control. We can’t control our family’s health history and the genetic risk factors that may influence our life span. We however can work towards a healthier tomorrow with certain lifestyle changes such as the foods we eat.

If you are looking to eat and drink for a long and healthy life, it’s important to remember that what you eat and how often you eat it can make a positive difference in your overall health.

Super foods can multi-task for you by providing more than adequate daily required nutrients, while avoiding an excess of calories. These foods can also strengthen your immune system while giving you boosts of energy throughout the day. 

 

10 Super Foods to Add to Your Daily Diet

Incorporate these recommended super foods into your daily snacks and meals, and get on the fast track to an energized and healthy body.

1.Nuts- provide rich sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats.  Walnuts in particular help reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

2.Avocados- high in fiber, low in calories and raises good cholesterol. Avocados are even higher in potassium (blood-pressure-reducing mineral) then bananas.

3.Salmon- rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. 3-ounce serving of salmon contains almost half of our daily dose of niacin, which hand help prevent memory loss and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

4.Spinach- contains so many anti-oxidants.  Can be equivalent to 2-3 servings of vegetables in one. Rich in calcium, vitamins A and K, and omega-3 fatty acids.

5.Dark chocolate- satisfies our sweet tooth and helps reduce blood pressure by consuming just one-fourth ounce of dark chocolate daily. The cocoa powder in dark chocolate can help reduce bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels.

6.Berries-provides a great source of fiber, which can help maintain a healthy digestive system.  Fiber can also help to promote weight loss.

7.Beans- great plant-based source of iron which helps move oxygen from our lungs to the cells in our body.

8.Sweet potatoes- one medium sweet potato (1/2) cup provides nearly 4 times the recommended value of vitamin A, plus vitamin C and B6, potassium, manganese and lutein.

9.Broccoli- just one medium head of broccoli gives us more than 100% of our required daily intake of vitamin k and almost 200% of our recommended daily doses of vitamin C.

10.Whole grain oatmeal - significantly reduces cholesterol. The fiber in oatmeal forms a gel that slows down our body’s absorption of bad cholesterol. The protein and fiber in oatmeal makes us feel fuller longer, resisting the temptations for mid-morning snacking. 

MedicAlert Team Member