What is the best way to optimal health? Is exercise the key factor? Vitamins and Supplements? How important is diet? We believe that food is the body’s best medicine; The fresher the better.
Sadly, city and suburban living is actually working against us. Food is harvested from farms it’s true, but it is boxed, warehoused and distributed to Supermarkets long after the 12 hour period just after it is picked where it is most beneficial to our bodies.
Yes the highest nutritional value of food is to be had only if eaten within 12 hours of being picked. Still we can thrive and attain to our optimal health by preparing and eating our food as soon after bringing it home as possible. Also frequent trips to the supermarket may not seem to be efficient but get to know the restocking cycles of your local supermarket and plan your trips around those times.
Here is a list of the most healthful foods according to Dr. Perricone’s 10 Super foods:
This little red berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. It can often be found in juice form in health food and gourmet stores.
Anything in the “Allium Family”
Garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives and shallots can all help the liver eliminate toxins and carcinogens. Onions and Garlic have long been known for their medicinal qualities.
This can be used as a breakfast cereal, in soups and stews, and as a rice substitute. Barley is also high in fiber, helping metabolize fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates.
Green foods like wheat and barley grasses can be bought in powder, tablet or juice form, and offer greater levels of nutrients than green leafy vegetables. They also help cholesterol, blood pressure and immune response.
Buckwheat: Seed & Grain
Buckwheat is loaded with protein, high in amino acid, stabilizes blood sugar and reduces hypertension.
Beans & Lentils
You can reduce cholesterol while beefing up on antioxidants, folic acid and potassium. Try kidney, black, navy, pinto, chickpeas, soybeans, peas and lentils.
Both bell and chili peppers contain antioxidants, have twice the Vitamin C as citrus fruit and work as great fat burners.
Nuts & Seeds
You can’t go wrong with a handful of nuts a day—walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia and pistachio nuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for your heart. Raw, unsalted nuts and seeds are the best.
Numerous varieties of sprouts are great with any meal. They’re a great source of protein and Vitamin C. Try adding them to any dish and your immune system will get a boost.
Yogurt and Kefir
These cultured foods contain healthful bacteria that aid immune function, and the calcium helps burn fat. Try using them as a base for a smoothie.
Do all you can to have access to the freshest fruits and vegetables.