Eating a variety of healthy foods is the key to a good diet which will improve your overall health. No single food will do this but researchers have found that some foods do have disease-fighting properties that can make you healthier. I will examine a few of these foods.
Salmon: Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease the risk of abnormal heartbeats, lower triglyceride levels, slow the groth of artery-clogging fat deposits, and reduce blood pressure.
Blueberries: Blueberries are another healthy food that can help protect against disease. They, like many other brightly colored berries, area great source of antioxidants, which are natural compounds that are thought to decrease inflammation, and reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Yogurt: Yogurt is a great source of "friendly bacteria", similar to the bacteria that are naturally found in your gut. These bacteria (probiotics) help support the immune system, protects you against diseases, and helps your body digest and absorb foods and other nutrients. Growing evidence suggests that yogurt and can help prevent certain cancers, and treat some health conditions including diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a good source of potassium, which can help lower your blood pressure. They also have loads of vitamin A, whic is important for your vision, bone health, reproduction, and cell growth and maintenance. And due to its natural sweetness, it tastes great on its own...no need for fattening toppings.
This has been Part 1 of "Eating Our Way to Better Health". I'll discuss other healthful foods in my next blog post.
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