16 March 2009

Eating is one the most important events in everyone’s life. We depend on eating: the foods we eat are the sole source of our energy and nutrition. But we also know so little about eating - about how the foods we eat everyday affect our health. Does the food that we eat every day is a healthy food? What is healthy food it self?

Healthy food has to contain a lot of minerals and vitamins, antioxidants and help to build the immune system. Those foods also have to be friendly for your digestive system because digestive system is the key to good health So, what are those healthy food?

GreensGreens. Greens are high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron and calcium also a good source of fiber, which is necessary for a healthy digestive system. Some of the compounds found in greens are thought to fight some cancers as well. Those greens are spinach, collards, cabbage and other dark green leafy vegetables.

BlueberriesBlueberries. Blueberries are high in anti-oxidants and are high in vitamins A, C and E. and potassium. The special thing of this fruit is that they are grown with the least amount of pesticides Strawberries are also very good and high in potassium but higher in pesticide residue.

BeansBeans are a good source of non animal protein and high in fiber. More studies are finding that beans have what’s called a protease inhibitor, these inhibitors make it hard for cancer cells to get into the tissues. Lentils are also considered beans, as are lima beans.

Soy BeanSoy Bean. There are many vegetarian and non-vegetarian products made with soy. The best and the healthiest soy foods are miso and edamame. You can find Edamame as a snack or in salads. While miso can be found in drink product to keep you away colds and the flu.

SeedsSeeds and nuts are very high in magnesium and Omega fats, which is good for heart. Pumpkin seeds are very good as are sunflower. The best nuts are brazil, almonds, cashews, pecans and macadamia.

LeeksLeeks, garlic and onions are all part of Allium vegetables. These vegetables are anti-oxidants and have antibiotic properties. They also can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

SpicesSpices are very healthy, as more and more studies are showing certain spices to be very healthy and healing.

TurmericTurmeric, long time ago Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and colitis. It also has powerful antioxidants which neutralizes free radicals throughout the body, and inhibits cancer cell growth.

CayenneCayenne is used to treat poor circulation, poor digestion, chronic pain, headaches and some heart disease. It stimulates circulation and digestion.

GingerGinger is mostly known for helping with nausea. It is good for circulation and digestion, and for cleansing of the body.

Green TeaGreen tea, can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer because it can inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Green tea also helpful other disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, heart disease, infections, the immune system and also has bacteria fighting abilities. Green tea is thought to increase the metabolism and promote weight loss.

Sweet PotatoSweet potato is high in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C, which you need for healthy skin and good eye health, high in fiber which helps the digestive system and possibly a cure for stomach ulcers and inflamed colons. Good for diabetics since it stabilizes blood sugar levels. Squashes, such as Butternut, Acorn and Pumpkin also has the same contain as sweet potato.

Fermented FoodsFermented foods. These foods include Miso (fermented soybeans), sauerkraut and yogurt. Fermented foods like these promote the healthy bacteria in the digestive system which in turn gets rid of the bad bacteria in the colon. Have you ever taken an antibiotic like Penicillin and noticed your stomach wasn’t right, that’s because the medicine killed the good bacteria along with the bad in the digestive tract, take some of these fermented foods to correct stomach problems and rebuild the good bacteria. Also helpful with IBS and constipation.

ApplesHonorable mentions : Apples, brewers yeast, brown rice, cinnamon, wheat germ, bananas, flax seed, radish, daikon, salmon and other fish that contain Omega-3 fats.

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