By Dr. Paul Haider
If you could only have one healthy food what would it be? There are many great healing foods around… here is my list of the top 7 healthiest foods.
Eat them as often as possible for great health.
Kale is full of lots of nutrients found in green leafy veggies that will alkalize your body… and it’s full of Vitamins, A (more than 500% of your RDA of Vitamin A), C (More than 200%), and B6 and K (About 700%) and also calcium, manganese, and potassium. Kale also contains iron for building up your red blood cells and preventing anemia and boosting your vitality.
Plus it has lots of lutein and zeaxanthin that are great for preventing macular degeneration. And Kale boosts your immune system, promotes healthy blood clot formation, and Kale is also loaded with beta-carotene helping to prevent cancer and other diseases… and it’s also anti-inflammatory too!
And Kale is part of the cabbage family… all of which contain colon cancer preventing nutrients, plus Kale Juice boosts your metabolism and helps you lose weight.
Broccoli Rabe is full of lots of Vitamins C and A (one serving provides 1/2 your daily needs) and these two great vitamins are important antioxidants that help rid the body of free radicals thus slowing the aging process. Plus live B vitamins from live foods are important for metabolism, mood enhancement, and for preventing birth defects.
And this great tasting veggie has lots of important trace minerals such as calcium for strong bones and muscles, potassium for cardiovascular health and water regulation, zinc for preventing colds and flues, selenium for enzyme reactions and for relaxing, magnesium for lowering blood sugar, and iron and copper for preventing anemia.
Broccoli Rabe also contains Vitamin K… that keeps your blood moving freely preventing platelets from sticking together and forming clots that create strokes and heart attacks. It also contains lots of lutein and zeaxanthin which is important for eye health and for preventing macular degeneration.
Broccoli Rabe is a good anti-inflammatory agents and helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, strokes, arthritis, and cancer.
Lots of people love nuts and Almonds are one of the best. Almonds help lower cholesterol especially LDL or bad cholesterol and thus help to reduce heart attacks and strokes. They also help to prevent atherosclerosis and alkalize the body thus helping to prevent debilitating disease from taking over your life.
At the same time almonds are good brain food, helping you to keep mentally on top of your game. And Almonds are good for the nervous system in general and they also help lower blood glucose levels… and thus help with diabetes. And Almonds contain phosphorus for strong bones, and a 1/2 cup Almonds contains more protein than 2 eggs, thus they’re great for building strong muscles.
And Almonds are good source of manganese creating enzymes and helping with free radicals, Vitamin E for cardiovascular health, magnesium for preventing diabetes and osteoporosis, tryptophan for a good nights rest, copper for anemia, and B Vitamins for more energy and vitality.
Spirulina like Chlorella boosts up your immune system and keeps all of your various systems working. Studies show that Spirulina helps your body produce special NK cells to repair areas damaged by free radicals. Plus it stimulates the body to produce stem cells thus helping the body to regenerate, recover, and fight off flus and colds.
Spirulina is important for stress, helping to prevent stress related disease and also gives you the nutrition you need during stressful situations. And studies show that Spirulina may even prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Spirulina is wonderful for helping the liver to detoxify and regenerate, plus heal chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver.
Spirulina improves concentration, memory, and even helps you focus so you can get your work done more effectively. Some people call it a superfood because it also helps with brain development, helps with anxiety and depression, and improves sleep.
And studies show that Spirulina can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower blood glucose and help with insulin resistance, also help with anemia, fight off cancer, and even help those suffering from fibromyalgia, asthma, bronchitis, allergies, and even headaches.
Spirulina might be a very cost effective way to feed the masses of hungry people on this planet.
Lentils and Brown Rice
One third of the calories in Lentils comes from protein, protein that does the body good creating lean muscle mass and at the same time helping with hormone production. In fact as far as legumes nuts go only hemp and soybeans have more protein than Lentils.
Plus Lentils have lots of fiber that help to stabilize blood sugar levels… and because Lentils contain iron they help with anemia and boost metabolism and energy levels. Lentils are also a low glycemic index food helping to slowly releases energy into the body and stabilize blood sugar.
And because they contain fiber they give long lasting energy that sustain you all day long. In studies those who consume fiber from lentils and other legumes can lower their bad cholesterol by over 12 %.
One cup of Lentils contains 230 calories so they are good weight loss food. And because Lentils contain lots of fiber (both soluble and insoluble fiber, 1/4 being soluble) they also help with IBS and diverticulosis. The soluble fiber becomes a gel that combines with cholesterol and also helps with colon health. Lentils lower cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease and strokes, and like oats they also keep vessels clean of all those heart clogging fats.
In fact the George Mateljan Foundation, a non profit organization that promotes healthy foods rates Lentils as one of the healthiest foods in the world.
And if you add brown rice to Lentils you have a complete food with every protein you need.
Chlorella contains zinc, copper, selenium, manganese, iron, calcium and even B, C, E and K Vitamins, and 8 essential proteins and 10 non essential proteins you will not get many other places.
That’s why they call Chlorella green super food, and that’s why you see so many nutrient pack drinks on the market containing Chlorella. Almost 100% of the nutrients in Chlorella can be absorbed into your body… compared to around 20% with vitamin and mineral supplements… thus you get more nutrients helping your body.
Chlorella has more than 60 vitamins, lots of protein (up to 75% protein, one of the highest protein foods around… much more than beef or even fish. Protein is important for healthy muscles, skin, hair, and nails), great enzymes, and minerals that are essential for health.
Be sure to use broken cell Chlorella so it can be digested.
Yams and Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes are full of B-6 Vitamins which is great for helping reduce inflammation and which also helps reduce arthritis, cardiovascular problems, and also strokes.
Sweet Potatoes are also filled with a good amount of iron that helps your blood transport more oxygen and powers up your muscles, boosts your immune system, and also helps with stress.
And most people don’t get enough magnesium which helps you feel relaxed and is important in the integrity of your blood vessels, heart, nerves, and your bones.
And potassium is great for anyone with electrolyte problems and irregular heart beats–you will find a lot of potassium in Sweet Potatoes. And you can get Vitamin D from Sweet Potatoes which is great for enhancing your mood and giving you a boost of energy, and building a strong and vital organ system.
Sweet Potatoes are full of beta carotene which is a great anti-oxidant that helps with those nasty free radicals… and what I like most about Sweet Potatoes is that they break down into glucose much slower than other starches thus making them great for diabetics.
Bake them, mash them, grill them, make long strings out of them with a peeler and make Sweet Potato pasta–it’s great!
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