You really are what you eat! That is why there are days when you end up feeling more like a cream-filled Twinkie than the lean cut of beef. To get the body you want and a healthy life, you need to make every bite of food you put in your mouth count. You have to build your diet around the most potent, nutrient-dense, disease-fighting, muscle-growing foods.
But where do you start? What foods are the healthiest? Here, we give you an A–Z list of superfoods that will keep you fit and healthy!
Avocado contains more potassium, which helps lowers blood pressure. It is also rich in glutathione, which protects the body from toxins, helps neutralize bad fat, and is the most powerful antioxidant, fighting the free-radical damage to cells that accompanies aging.
Bananas are among the most convenient food sources of potassium. This mineral is essential for maintaining proper heart function and regulating normal blood pressure.
Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.
Dates are a rich source of protein; dietary fiber; and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamins A1 and C.
The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin (found in the yolks) help protect the eyes from light and free radicals (and may even help prevent eye degeneration that can present with age).
Flax seeds are high in fiber content; research suggests that the omega-3s in these seeds can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Modern research has confirmed that ginger reduces nausea and vomiting from multiple causes: morning sickness, postoperative upset, chemotherapy treatments, and motion sickness.
Hemp contains essential fatty acids and protein. These fatty acids include polyunsaturated fats and omega-3s that help fight coronary heart diseases, cancer, and even symptoms of depression.
Incan berries, also known as cape gooseberries, are packed with vitamins C and A, iron, niacin, and phosphorous. They’re also high in protein and fiber.
Jalapeños are filled with capsaicin, a compound found in spicy peppers that’s credited to speeding up metabolism and suppressing appetite.