Feeling under the weather? Did you know that by including some specific food you can boost your immunity. Lets take a look at a few super foods.
Broccoli: It is charged with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Broccoli is one of the most healthiest vegetable. Key is to cook, them to a minimum. This prevents essential nutrients from washing away. Broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has anti oxidation and detoxing capacity. Broccoli can also control obesity and improve healthy bacteria in the gut.
Spinach: Searching for that super veggie? Spinach could be your go to vegetable. Similar to broccoli, spinach is healthiest when it’s cooked as little as possible so that it retains its nutrients. Popeye was right, spinach does has supernatural powers!
Avocado: Avocado is a well-known source of carotenoids, minerals, phenolics, vitamins, and fatty acids They are a very good source of Vitamin K and folates. Potassium is necessary to maintain electrical gradients in the body. Avocado is rich in potassium. Do you care for your heart? Loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, avocado is a wise choice for the health of your heart.
Yogurt: Yogurt helps boost healthy bacteria in the gut and improve digestion and health of your tummy. Opt for fresh fruits to naturally sweeten it. Vitamin D in the yogurt helps regulate the immune system. There are yogurts with "live and active cultures" labelled on them. These cultures help strengthen the immune system.
Beetroot: Research at University of Exeter found that drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could prevent fatigue while exercising. Beetroot juice help to continue exercising about 16 percent longer. Betroot juice also has the power to reduce blood pressure. Beetroot juice also proved to be helpful in combating dementia in older pateints. This finding was as a result of the research findings at Wake Forest University. Drinking beet juice increased blood flow to the brain and helped prevent progression of dementia to a great extent.
Almonds: Loaded with vitamin E and fat soluble vitamins, almonds are a healthy snack. A handful a day can help you snack healthy and keep hunger at bay. They also help to reduce heart risk. Replacing salty and processed snacks with almonds are a smart way to eat right!
Turmeric: Ever wondered why curry has a way of curing your blues when down with a flu? Turmeric has healing properties. Research conducted at Monash University found that adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes. Turmeric, not only lowers the chances of getting cancer and Alzheimer's disease, but may reduce the size of a hemorrhagic stroke. This is not just a fact but a research finding at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dark chocolate: Regular dark chocolate consumption is known to boost heart health. Atrial fibrillation(heart flutter) affects more than 33 million people worldwide. Dark chocolate can help lower risks of heart flutter. 1 serving/week for women and 2-6 servings/week for men is the recommended intake for gaining heart flutter related benefits. Antioxidants present in chocolate help in reducing high levels of stress hormones as well.
Ginger: It is not simply an old wife's tale that ginger is the one stop solution to all digestive problems. It also has anti inflammatory properties that help reduce joint inflammations. Ginger tea also helps relieve nausea, motion sickness, aids digestions and even reduces bloating.
Garlic: It contains Allicin which has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Garlic infused tea is excellent to combat colds. Garlic is low in in calories,but high in Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and fiber.
Bell peppers: Bell peppers contain capsaicin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are rich in vitamic C and contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids. Red bell pepper, contain the maximum amount of vitamin C. They are also a rich source of vitamin E and is low in calories.