Superfoods

With so many Americans popping pills to control an array of health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and so many other life-limiting illnesses, the discovery of top superfoods has come not a moment too soon.

Now that information about superfoods has been made public, thankfully people are taking heart and making changes for the better. We don’t need to be on so many prescription pills when adding a few superfoods into your meals incorporates such delicious and healthy improvements.

A recent episode of the sitcom “Parks and Recreation” illustrated a process very well when the office staff sat around the table eating fitness bars marketed as the next big thing in healthy eating. The sugar high had them dancing around until the inevitable crash. Slumped in their desks they were unable to think straight. Sure it was just a skit on a sitcom, but the premise is very real, when you eat stuff that’s bad for you, you feel bad.

The same is true for the opposite statement. The better the quality of your food, the better you feel and the quality of your work goes up. This increases your productivity. Not your money’s worth, but your time’s worth. I don’t know about you, but my time is very important to me. I speak from my own experience when I say that the more superfoods I consume, the better I feel. The more alert and alive I am, better able to concentrate and the more productive I become. My bank account has seen a change also. Do I mean to say that there’s a correlation between my blueberries and my income? You bet your beans I do!

So let’s take a look at ten cheap superfoods you shouldn’t avoid:

1.Oranges.

How do they pack so much vitamin C in these things? Naturally helping the immune system fight infection, there may be no more sick days for you.

2.Pumpkin.

Beta Carotene (converts to vitamin A) is the hero in this fruit, and it’s full of fiber which helps keeps the cholesterol numbers low, right where we want them!

3.Blueberries.

Dark berries contain an anti-inflammatory excellent for those suffering from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases.

4.Soy.

Since soy is such a versatile a product, it deserves rock star food status. As a dairy substitute, we can count on soy to be used instead of milk and thus skip the saturated fat from our cow friends and the growth hormones from the shots they get.

5.Spinach.

A dark leafy green, and the choice vegetable of Popeye. No wonder, with all the calcium and iron, this plant doesn’t fall short of amazing.

6.Legumes.

Beans and peas can go in hundreds of dishes and they contain much-needed protein, iron, and fiber. Be it in tacos or minestrone, the health benefits of beans are too many to list.

7.Walnuts.

Harbor an oil that helps keep down low-density cholesterol and raises levels of high-density cholesterol, which is just what our bodies need.

8.Tea.

Black and green teas are diuretics and help us to shed water weight all that nasty bloat and excess water weight. Who knew?

9.Tomatoes.

Jam-packed with powerful antioxidants, this delicious red vegetable competes with oranges as far as being an excellent source of vitamin C. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, which is a recognized cancer-fighting agent.

10.Oats.

You’ve heard the expression healthy as a horse? Must be all those oats they eat, which are chock full of fiber, which lowers your risk of heart disease and contains both protein and iron.

These foods are just the tip of the iceberg and the top of the list. There are plenty of other great nutritious foods that you can add to your cart the next time you hit the supermarket. You may be glad to know that chocolate also has its place on the superfoods’ list. Luckily, red wine and many nuts and seeds are also on the longer list.

Some of our favorite snacks and delicious treats are actually good for us – Who would have thought? Deciding to eat delicious foods and saving money on prescription pills can bring health benefits too. Not only does it sound like a great plan, it sounds like living well. Correction sounds like living very well.

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