Food for a healthy body and a healthy mind

Food for a healthy body and a healthy mind

I think most of us know that good nutrition is vital to our health. But did you also know that eating certain foods can reduce your risk of developing certain diseases and other health problems? In today’s society, people seem to eat more for comfort than they eat for their health and well-being. Are we really too busy to do more than just fill our stomachs with snacks and prepared or processed foods? For me, a little preparation is worth the benefits.

The plain truth is that foods have unique benefits even though some of them are nothing more than a delicious snack without nutritional value. You might have seen TV ads about colors being healthy or maybe 150 vitamins and minerals would make you play golf in your 90s. Choose age. The truth is that they are both right but they only tell their part of the story.

Taking the time to prepare fresh foods instead of buying processed foods or just taking a pill provides a better sense of well-being for both physical and mental health. Lots of foods that we either have in our homes or that we should eat. Some you will absolutely love and some you may not. George Bush famously admitted that he does not like broccoli. Those tasty veggies got a bad reputation instantly. Some foods are commonly used as a seasoning and are not usually eaten as a separate dish. Many foods have value that we often don’t realize.

Let’s start with COVID, my favorite topic from a year or so ago. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in very close, unprotected, contact with people who tested positive for COVID later in the day. In fact, I lost count. I never got sick. I think, in my opinion, my diet played a big role in my not getting sick. It’s not necessarily that I’m trying to eat healthy because the doctor is going to look at my diet and get freaked out. I just love eating fresh foods and growing my own vegetables. Some of the foods I eat regularly are tomatoes, garlic and onions. These foods, along with others like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale, are rich in an antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin has many benefits that include being an antiviral chemical. In other words, it fights viruses, like the common cold. And … COVID is a virus, like the flu. Early in the so-called pandemic, quercetin was found as a preventative and treatment for COVID-19. Fauci and the government tried to remove the product from store shelves and it worked until Amazon didn’t stop selling it and it didn’t sell out. Green tea and red wine are also rich in quercetin. If you eat several servings of fresh vegetables each day, you are probably getting plenty of quercetin in addition to dietary fiber because all fruits and vegetables contain different amounts of quercetin.

Fiber is lacking in American diets today. According to Nutrition Review, April 2009, James Anderson et al. al. , “Individuals with a high intake of dietary fiber appear to have a significantly increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Increased fiber intake lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber improves Blood sugar and insulin sensitivity in people without diabetes and diabetes. In obese people, fiber supplementation greatly aids weight loss. Increased fiber intake benefits a number of gastrointestinal disorders including the following: gastroesophageal reflux disease, and duodenal ulcers, diverticulitis, constipation, and hemorrhoids.” When you skip the medical talk, they say fiber helps cleanse the digestive system and aids in the digestion of food. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber creates a gel inside the intestines and calms digestion while slowing the absorption of sugars and cholesterol. Insoluble fiber cleanses the intestines. It is very soft and helps with constipation as it passes through the intestines.

A lot of the foods we usually associate with fiber really lack processing. Wheat is well known for its fiber but the fiber content of white sandwich bread is very low because a lot of the fiber is removed during processing. Whole wheat flour or “broken grain” flour will have a higher amount of fiber. Simply put, the less processed a vegetable or grain, the more fiber it contains. This is another benefit of eating fresh vegetables instead of restaurant foods or other processed foods.

Colorful foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that our bodies need. Red vegetables contain lycopene which reduces the risk of a variety of cancers and dilates blood vessels to promote healthy circulation. Strawberries in particular have been shown to prevent and reverse esophageal cancer according to Michael Gregor, MD FACLM in a study released May 15, 2013 and supported by several other researchers.

Orange and yellow foods are rich in carotenoids, which are converted into vitamin A when eaten. Vitamin A is important for eye health and vision. Citrus fruits contain phytochemicals that increase blood flow and reduce the risk of stroke.

Green foods, including broccoli, are some of the most nutritious we can eat. Their list of benefits is too numerous to list here but they boost the immune system, boost bone health, and slow down cognitive degeneration. And the list goes on.

Violet and blue fruits have a variety of benefits. Among these are anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. The list of benefits is not necessarily common across the color group but is unique within the subgroups. For example, the phytochemicals found in berries repair damage caused by oxidative stress and inflammation. Blueberries and red grapes may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cognitive decline, and type 2 diabetes, as well as support the maintenance of a healthy weight and a normal inflammatory response. Red grapes contain resveratrol, which promotes heart health. Red cabbage is high in antioxidants which is the best value in price per unit antioxidant.

White fruits and vegetables are also a colorful food group and have additional benefits. Garlic is in this category and is one of my favorite foods to talk about. Along with onions, chives, leeks, and other members of the allium family, it contains dialyl sulfate that promotes heart health, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. Garlic is high in quercetin. Mushrooms and broccoli are also in this group and reduce the risk of some types of cancer. Mushrooms have an antimicrobial benefit as an added bonus.

All of these foods are best when eaten fresh. For the freshest produce, talk to local gardeners and farmers. Harvest now. If you can’t get fresh produce, frozen comes in second. Canned foods are so processed that their nutritional value is minimal. They are just easier to store. On the other hand, if you’re canning your own product, you have more control over the end product and don’t have to worry about litigation. This means that you do not have to over-process the food to ensure its safety. You have complete control over the process.

As you can probably tell, I’m a strong advocate of eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. I also eat meat but I buy it from a local farm breeder rather than the grocery store. When you know the breeder, you can get a good idea of ​​how their animals are raised and treated and you can cut the meat however you like, not necessarily how to cut it for the general public. Knowing these anecdotes and controlling the foods you eat can have a huge impact on better health. If you have any questions, ask an expert gardener. This is what we do.

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