It can be hard to ignore the slick packaging and ubiquitous TV promotions of major restaurant chains with mega budgets for making you drool over hamburgers and fries. But if you can overlook the hype and the lure, there is more power in choosing healthy eats when food cravings hit.
A healthy balanced diet low in saturated fats and processed, fast foods improves your health, enhances energy and increases productivity. Real food--whole food, not processed, with a leaning towards plant-based, living foods not only helps you maintain a healthy weight over time, but helps you through emotional ups and downs more evenly. Here's a few of the heavy hitting items to make yourself healthy and happy.
Antioxidants are found in many plant-based foods and include beta-carotene, vitamins A, E, and C, and lycopene and lutein. "Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals” (NIH) such as disease. Free radicals play a role in heart disease and cancer. A plant-strong diet provides a wide range of antioxidant rich foods including blueberries, black beans, tomatoes, kale.
When the body has an infection or an injury, it tries to cure the problem with inflammation to help heal or defeat the problem. When the inflammation doesn’t subside, research suggests it leads to disease. Preventing chronic internal inflammation leads to better health.
Plant-based foods can mitigate inflammation in the body and potentially reduce chronic health problems. Raw ginger and turmeric both have anti-inflammatory properties. Cabbage and kale are also great along with onions.
The health of the digestive system is important for everyone. A properly function digestive system and gut helps fight off disease and may boost the immune system. Within the digestive system are a large amount of bacteria – some are good and some are harmful. Probiotics help support good bacteria. You can take advantage of several probiotic foods with a vegan diet including tempeh, miso, soy yogurt along with active bacteria, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
Our bodies function better when the toxins and pollutants from food and the environment are removed from our systems. By removing toxins, our digestive system regulates better, the immune system improves, and the body feels better. Eating fresh healthy food will start detox-ing the body and makes you feel better quickly! A healthy diet is great for detox-ing. Many common ingredients perform this function including kale, broccoli, ginger, onions, lentils, and spinach. Apples, berries, and melons are also great detox fruits.
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