Health and wellness professionals agree that certain foods can make a big difference in your life and it isn’t hard to add most to them to our daily diet. Here are five foods that have the potential to transform you . . .
1. Coconut oil
The coconut may be one of the few true “super foods.” Coconut oil alone has many benefits and uses. It’s an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal that can be used as a skin moisturizer, hair softener, and mouthwash. It may improve cholesterol, leading to a reduced risk of heart disease; reduce appetite, helping with weight loss; and help prevent brain disorders like dementia and Alzheimers. You can cook and bake with it, but an easy way to add it to your diet is to stick a tablespoon of coconut oil each day on a muffin or piece of toast, in a smoothie, or just on spoon as a supplement by mouth.
2. Leafy greens
Everyone knows that greens are good for you, but many of us don’t realize just how good. Darky leafy greens are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and a host of phytochemicals. Because of how nutrient-dense they are, greens help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and a host of other diseases. Adding them to your daily diet – both raw and cooked - may substantially improve your health.
Adding any of these five foods into your daily diet and you may find a giant boost to your general health and wellness!
3. Grass-fed butter
It’s funny to think butter used to be considered unhealthy. Studies now show that it has some big-time health benefits, especially if it’s made from the milk of grass-fed cows. Why? Because foods from grass-fed cows are much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin K2. Butter also includes a fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which researchers say can have a powerful effect on health, including aiding in weight loss. Grass-fed butter is five times higher in CLA than butter from grain-fed cows. Adding it to your diet is pretty easy – use it on bread, in sauces, and for sautéing eggs or veggies.
Berries are excellent health boosters. They’re a great source of fiber, help the digestive tract, and aid the body in fighting oxidative stress. Berries help prevent disease and can protect your skin, hair, and nails. Acai and blueberries are two berries particularly known for their health properties. Any berry is best eaten in season, but out of season you can buy them frozen as well as dried and use them in desserts and baking, on cereals and as snacks, and also as a base for smoothies.
Honey is one of the oldest natural sweeteners and another true “super food.” It’s a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory and high in flavonoids, which helps reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, ulcers and gastero-intestinal disorders. Some studies suggest that consuming local raw honey assists with pollen allergies and boosts the immune system. Buckwheat honey has been shown to help children’s coughs (but do not give raw honey to children under one year of age) and Manuka honey is particularly known for its health properties. Honey is a delicious alternative to refined sugar, and can be used raw as well as in baking and cooking.
Build these five foods into your daily diet and you may find a giant boost to your general health and wellness!