Superfoods: The Ultimate Solution to Your Health Problems
With a huge array of delicious and enticing food selections being advertised on television, Internet, newspapers, and billboards, one cannot help but give in to the temptation. Most of these foods are the unhealthy ones, fast food being the most popular as it’s the most advertised. Burgers is one of the obvious staple foods of Americans and contain so much preservatives and calories. These in the long run will cause much detriment to one’s health.
Eating unhealthy foods leads to severe health problems and obesity. According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, over 78 million adults and about 12.5 million children and adolescents from the US are obese, in 2009-2010. Obesity also aggravates the risk of health conditions like hypertension and diabetes.
Once these fast food-loving people realize they need to go healthy, they turn to all kinds of weight loss treatments and techniques. So much has been offered in the market as well – so many diet pills, diet teas, and exercise techniques. Some people even spend a large amount of money to achieve the fit and healthy body they wish to have. These diet techniques however, are not always are effective and results vary from person to person.
What if there is an ultimate solution to one’s health? Something that has good effects on your body, will effectively reduce the risk of certain illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases, with no harmful side effects? A food that effectively lowers cholesterol and obesity risk. Believe it or not, the so-called superfoods may just be the solution to health problems that everyone is waiting for.
The following article written by Susan Seliger and published at Webmd.com, enumerates a number of superfoods and discusses their helpful health benefits.
The ultimate solution to your health problems: Superfoods
Imagine a superfood — not a drug — powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and, for an added bonus, put you in a better mood. Did we mention that there are no side effects? You’d surely stock up on a lifetime supply. Guess what? These life-altering superfoods are available right now in your local supermarket.
“The effect that diet can have on how you feel today and in the future is astounding,” says nutritionist Elizabeth Somer, author of Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy, Food & Mood, and The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals.
“Even people who are healthy can make a few tweaks and the impact will be amazing,” Somer says. “I’d say that 50% to 70% of suffering could be eliminated by what people eat and how they move: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension can all be impacted.”
You don’t need specific foods for specific ailments. A healthy diet incorporating a variety of the following superfoods will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, and live longer. One thing they all have in common: “Every superfood is going to be a ‘real’ (unprocessed) food,” Somer points out. “You don’t find fortified potato chips in the superfood category.”
Top Superfoods Offering Super Health Protection
- Tea (green or black)
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Who knew that the ultimate solution to all health problems can be found in groceries and super markets? The superfoods discussed by Seliger is useful information for people trying to lose weight and stay healthy. Not only do they taste delicious, they also aren’t expensive compared to weight loss and health treatments.
So many antioxidant supplements are sold in the market. People should now be aware that blueberries and dark chocolates are less expensive alternatives. Blueberries also have phytoflavinoids which protect our bodies from stress, are high in Vitamin C content, as well as potassium. On the other hand, dark chocolates also effectively lower one’s blood pressure.
As for the heart, Omega 3-rich fish can lower risks of heart diseases, mitigate the pain of arhtritis and lessen the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Look for cold-water fatty fish as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, and herring. Omega 3 is also available in walnuts, fortified eggs, and flax seed.
Cholesterol can now be lowered by consuming soy, fiber-enriched foods, and drinking tea. These include almonds, oats and barley, whole grains, tofu, beans, some fruits and vegetables. A high fiber diet can also help in weight management. Aside from having antioxidants, green tea can be considered a health elixir as it has ECGC – a very strong antioxidant.
Dairy products are obvious sources of calcium. To avoid brittle bones in old age, 1,300 mg of calcium is recommended at age 9-18; 1,000 mg at age 19-50; 1,200 mg at age 51 and older.
Finally. People with health problems may easily acquire inexpensive and convenient solutions to health problems — superfoods.
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