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10 foods you should be eating for optimal health
Did you know that foods have a direct impact on your health and longevity? Foods have the power to heal, but they also have the power to destroy. Today, cancer, diabetes and heart disease are the leading causes of death. Many degenerative diseases are mainly the result of our diet. But unfortunately, many are unaware of it and are rather looking for pleasure or ease.
If you do too, it's not your fault. Life runs at a thousand miles an hour. And the food industry and restaurants are constantly finding ways to seduce you and excite your taste buds to make you addicted to their prepared products.
And why are they so tasty, huh? How can we resist them?
It’s not so simple and the answer often lies in the desire and motivation to achieve ideal weight, strong immunity and total well-being. If that's what you want, you've come to the right place. I put together a general list of foods that are beneficial to health. Let's take a look...
10 types of powerful foods
There is a wide array of foods that are conducive to achieving optimal health. But the ones listed below are the richest in nutrients, including micronutrients (vitamins, trace elements, antioxidants/phytonutrients), and fiber. They could greatly protect you against several degenerative diseases.
1. Leafy greens
These are the richest and most nutrient-dense foods. They are rich in folates (natural form of folic acid) and calcium and contain small amounts of omega 3. They are full of powerful antioxidants, such as carotenoids, known to improve vision. Leafy greens specifically contain glucosinolates. These compounds would have anticancer effects .
The nutrients in leafy vegetables help protect you against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases and cancer . Ex.: kale, collard leaves, mustard leaves, spinach, lettuce, bok choy ...
2. Cruciferous vegetables
These vegetables belong to the Brassicaceae family. They contain phytonutrients that modify hormones, detoxify compounds and prevent toxins from deteriorating your cells . It’s believed that this would be due to sulforaphane, a substance almost exclusively found in this family. Ex.: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes ...
They support heart health, improve blood glucose levels and reduce inflammation . They would also help to fight cancer, cognitive impairment and oxidative stress. Ex: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, Concord grapes, blackberries, cherries and other varieties.
Filling and versatile, they contain a large amount of soluble and insoluble fibers, as well as resistant starches, which resist the digestion process (they are not decomposed into sugars during digestion) and pass through the intestine. This helps to promote weight loss, reduce hypertension and improve cholesterol levels .
Some can be sprouted to increase their nutritional density (lentils, adzuki beans, chickpeas) or simply cooked.
They would reduce the risk of respiratory infections . and the same for breast cancer. This is due to aromatase inhibitors, which are responsible for reducing estrogen production . Ex.: Portobello, shiitake, oyster mushrooms and other varieties.
6. Onions (especially red and green), leek, shallots, chives, chives, and garlic
These foods belong to the allium family and possess antioxidants that fight infections and viruses. They would protect you against cancer and inflammation .
7. Nuts and seeds
Walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds and other varieties are rich in compounds that reduce "bad" cholesterol. Several seeds are very rich in omega 3 (flaxseed, chia, hemp) and contain anticancer lignans , These regulate hormonal levels (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seeds).
This fruit has anti-inflammatory effects that would protect against chronic diseases and cancer  and phytonutrients that reduce the risk of heart disease , cognitive disorders  and oxidative stress .
With curcumin, a powerful antioxidant, this spice, fights inflammatory diseases, slows the development of colon cancer and speeds up the healing process..
Eat better and live betterHealthy eating helps you maintain a healthy weight, gives you energy and helps your immune system fight infections. And it must include lots and lots of fresh and natural whole plants (more than 70-75%). That’s because they are the richest and the densest in micronutrients (vitamins, trace elements, antioxidants), and fiber.
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