You probably hear it often: that your diet influences your health more than you think. It is not just an apple a day that keeps the doctor away but a complete grocery list of healthy produce, lean meat, and other food items. In an article by Kathleen Doheny, a health and fitness journalist for Everyday Health, the seven foods that can reduce your risk for high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and prostate cancer are discussed. Time to take out your last grocery list to see if what you are eating makes the cut.
The foods featured in Doheny’s article include:
Mushrooms – Quoting the director of the sports nutrition sector of the University of Pittsburgh, Doheny says that “mushrooms can beef up any dish, even vegetarian fare.” Although mushrooms are only 20 calories per cup, they are rich in potassium, which offset the effects of high sodium content. Dohney recommends barbecuing Portobello mushrooms the next time you grill.
Tart Cherries – There is a phytonutrient in cherries that help reduce inflammation. Many athletes will actually drink tart cherry juice after vigorous training sessions. Furthermore, Doheny states that cherries, “minimize the pain of osteoarthritis and gout,” thanks to the substance known as anthocyanins. Cherries also promote more restorative sleep.
Eggs – No doubt, now that you are 40 years or older, you are experiencing muscle loss. Eggs, however, are an excellent source of protein that minimizes the atrophy. Second, the lutein in eggs helps prevent macular degeneration, an eye condition common in higher eyes that may lead to blindness.
Berries – Blueberries are noted for their powers in inhibiting inflammation, which has a direct effect on reducing the risk for developing cancer. Dohney notes that blueberries are not the only berry with magical properties. Even blackberries and strawberries were found to inhibit the growth of esophageal cancer and colon cancer. The author suggests adding berries to your cereal, yogurt, and even to salads.
Kefir –Though the media has everyone scrambling for Greek yogurt, Doheny recommends reaching for Kefir. This drinkable fermented milk is rich in prebiotics, food for gut bacteria, and probiotics, which are the microorganisms that eat those prebiotics. When the GI tract has a plentiful amount of good bacteria, you digest food better and experience fewer stomach issues.
There are a few more foods that Doheny recommends. Be sure to add them to your diet if you wish to make the rest of your life the healthiest part. Read Kathleen Doheny’s full article to learn more. Follow her on Twitter @DohenyKathleen.