Many of us lead our lives in state of lethargy, poor health conditions and moderate obesity. Even though our quality of life rises in terms of material success, our health deteriorates and robs our ability to make the most our success. Increasing rate of obesity has mounted to epidemic proportions especially in the western countries, and several diseases associated with obesity have taken their toll. According to a research conducted across the United States, the expenditures to deal with obesity alone is more than 75 billion dollars in a year.
We continue living a reckless lifestyle and indulging in eating unhealthy foods until one day chronic pain sets in, and from there starts an unending saga of doctor visits, surgeries, which serve only as a mean to mask the real problems. This is just the beginning of discomforts and health problems including migraines, arthritis, joint inflammation, skin problems, insomnia, back pain, threats of cancer and so on.
So, why wait for such an unfortunate condition to set in? I’m sure no one would like to add discomfort to his/ her life, and it is very much possible to choose a healthier and pain-free life if you start acting now. Superfoods are the healthiest foods on the planet and these living raw foods that strengthen you from inside to sight all sorts of health complications and stay agile and active.
A new age has dawned with the superfoods. Many people have argued that a diet that includes superfoods that be the solution for a healthier life. Choose organic fruits and vegetables, and whole foods, over high-calorie beverages and highly-processed foods, and this could be your first step to control the ever-expanding waistline that is a result of high calorie western diet. Get back to the basics, start the transition. In this chapter we will discuss why after all superfoods is called the healthiest form of foods that you can find on earth.
Helps Develop A New Immune System
If you research on the new and improved diets of today, you will find a common pattern and that is to eat foods that will promote a better immune system. The fresh foods and fruits are chosen with great care to ensure that your body gets the right amount of nutrients, mainly vitamins and minerals that help boost your immune system. With a strong immune system, you can prevent colds and flu, and also some fatal diseases.
Superfoods contain immune-boosting antioxidants that help you stay strong from within and fight infections. The antioxidants mainly consist of minerals, vitamins and other vital nutrients that repair and protect cells form damage by free radicals. According to some health experts, this damaged brought upon by free radicals results in hardening of the arteries, arthritis, cancer and so on.
To get a new improved immune system, we would recommend that you include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Please remember that some foods contain higher antioxidants than others; and the three main antioxidants are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Fruits and vegetables that have a colorful shade such as purple, orange, blue, red, and yellow hues are said to have higher amounts of antioxidants than others.
Foods containing Beta-carotene: Apricots, broccoli, asparagus, beets, corn, green peppers, cantaloupe, carrots, turnip, collard greens, kale, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, sweet potato, pumpkin, tangerines, squash, spinach, pink grapefruit, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Foods containing Vitamin C: Berries, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, honeydew, mangoes, nectarines, orange, green or yellow peppers, papaya, red, snow peas, strawberries, sweet potato, and tomatoes.
Foods containing Vitamin E: Broccoli, mangoes, carrots, chard, nuts, red peppers, papaya, pumpkin, mustard and turnip greens, spinach, and sunflower seeds.
Zinc and selenium: You will find other antioxidants such as zinc and selenium in foods such as oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, tuna, seafood, whole grains, Brazil nuts, fortified cereals, fortified breads, and dairy products.
Further researches have proved that there are several other kinds of antioxidants apart from vitamins and minerals. For example, Quercetin is a plant-based chemical which is found in onions, apples, red wine, tea, and other foods. It aids in fighting inflammation and reducing allergies.
Luteolin is a flavonoid found in large quantity in green peppers and celery. It helps in fighting inflammation, and there was one study that showed that it might also help protect brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Catechin is a flavonoid found in tea; and it helps in lowering risk of cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.