Are you wanting to improve your overall health through nutrition? Here are some of the top common and uncommon foods that are listed by nutritionists as the healthiest foods on earth.
The healing properties of food
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” said the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. It turns out that he had a point. More and more Americans are turning away from the side-effects of medication and the complications of surgery to prevention and healing through nutrition.
If you do want to raise your energy levels, improve immunity, enhance circulation, and prevent major diseases, here are three common and three less common healthy food choices:
Here are three foods that are great for you and are often found in the typical American household:
- Lemons – A single lemon will give you enough Vitamin C to meet the recommended dietary allowance from the National Institutes of Health. “Add a slice of lemon to your green tea,” suggests Fitness. “One study found that citrus increases your body’s ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent.”
- Broccoli – A broccoli stalk fulfills nearly 200% of your daily vitamin C and 100% of your vitamin K needs. These nutrients help strengthen the bones. Broccoli also prevents cancer.
- Salmon – Salmon is rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, great for reducing pain and fending off depression. Choose wild rather than farm-raised salmon. Studies have found the latter contains 16 times as much polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), which is certainly not nutritious.
3 uncommon healthy foods
These are three foods you might not typically buy but that are also powerful for your health:
- Kale – Kale is filled with antioxidants, which prevent cancer. It also has more vitamin A, which is good for your skin and eyes, than just about any other vegetable.
- Sardines – Sardines, like salmon, are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, helpful both in cutting inflammation and preventing heart disease. Plus, sardines tend to be low in chemical contaminants compared to larger fish.
- Pomegranate – Finally, don’t miss out on pomegranate. “This vibrant fruit is chock–full of antioxidants, natural chemicals found in plants that mop up harmful free radicals,” notes EatingWell.
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