For some reason, the latest trends in health and fitness seem to be either “magic bullet” workout machines or the next supplement that will solve all of your problems. Yet for thousands of years, humans have met their nutritional requirements through various foods and not pills or powders.
These days, nothing has changed. Our bodies are still perfectly equipped to draw in the nutrients that we need through our diet. In fact, doing so is actually far more beneficial than putting your faith in nutritional supplements. Listed below are some more foods with excellent health benefits. Eating them will likely help you far more than anything you purchase off an infomercial.
Imagine an ingredient that is not only healthy, but it will also add tremendous amounts of flavor to your food without adding any additional calories. Believe it or not, such a food does indeed exist! The chili pepper has been enjoyed in such a capacity for thousands of years.
Chili peppers actually stimulate your metabolism and release endorphins that make you feel better. As if this wasn’t enough, they also help your body fight disease and infection through Vitamin A and inflammation reducing capsaicin. A recent study even found that Chili peppers have properties that help fight against prostate cancer.
Best known these days as the pink stuff that comes with your sushi or the ingredient found in every energy drink on the market, the Chinese have actually sworn by Ginger for thousands of years. Recent research has shown that they’re on to something. Ginger seems to have some interesting immunity boosting properties, and this is particularly true about colon cancer. Best of all, you can buy it in bulk and add it to a wide variety of foods.
One of the biggest health buzzwords of the decade is “antioxidants”. Creams, pills, and even makeup have all claimed to be chock full of them. Yet nothing found in nature is higher in antioxidants per serving than blueberries. Eat a handful a day to fight everything from cell damage to cancer. Don’t go for the juices. Blueberries are best when they are eaten fresh.
Cinnamon has long been used to flavor foods and sweeten desserts, yet recent research has suggested that it is useful for far more than just pleasing your palate. Cinnamon is full of antioxidants that help stabilize your blood sugar (thus preventing weight gain and Type II Diabetes) and fight bacteria growth (including the kind that gives you bad breath). It may even help reduce your bad cholesterol levels. Add a teaspoon to your breakfast cereal every day. It will add flavor and nutrients without increasing calories.
Known as regular potatoes’ healthier cousins, sweet potatoes are generally mistaken for yams. What they really are is one of the healthiest foods in the world. They have been proven capable of reducing your risk for a wide variety of diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, HIV, heart attack, stroke, and even liver disease. What’s more is that they seem to be able to counter the effects of smoke inhalation. Eating one sweet potato a day will do absolute wonders for your health.