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What Are Good Power Foods For Healthy Living ?

Jun 11, 2008
As we get older, we naturally become much more focused on our health. Perhaps we feel our clock is ticking and see the toll that premature aging takes on those around us.

Maybe it's just that we're not consumed with worrying about who's talking about us, what our test scores will be, how we're going to make ends meet or if our career is rewarding enough. Either way, recent research indicates that there are certain "power foods" we can add to our diets that will steer our health goals in the right direction.

For snackers, texture is a big thing. You love the crunch of a potato chip or the way a chocolate chip cookie just sort of melts in your mouth. The good news is that one of the power foods on our list has just the crunch you need to feel satisfied: almonds! Two ounces or 48 of these tasty nuts will give you 50% of your daily magnesium, which ensures heart health, as well as providing vitamin E, fiber and monosaturated fat, which is the good kind.

One study last year found that participants who ate 2.5 ounces of almonds per day lowered their cholesterol significantly after just one month! Other studies suggest a link between almonds and reducing the risk of colon cancer.

For carnivores, a salmon, if cooked properly, can sometimes have that steak texture you crave in your dinner foods. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon make it one of the all-around best fish to eat.

According to the Pharmacological Research journal, adding 200 mg of DHA daily, which is one of the fatty acids in salmon, will decrease your risk of heart attack by 50%. DHA also helps keep the brain and memory in its best shape, so you needn't worry about Alzheimers or Dementia if you take this into consideration and adjust your diet appropriately.

Perhaps you find that warm foods and drinks make you feel naturally happier. Maybe you're a reformed coffee junkie. Instead, why not try a cup of tea? Chai tea is a delicious blend of vanilla, cinnamon and comforting spices.

Generally black and green teas are the most doctor-recommended for fighting breast, lung and digestive cancers and heart disease. Additionally, a hot cocoa can provide you with antioxidant flavonoids, which fight heart disease and cancer, will reduce toxins in the blood and improve cholesterol ratios.

Other power foods include avocados, walnuts, soy, tea, split peas, kale, apples, broccoli, blueberries, beets, cherries, honey, onions, oranges, whole wheat, garlic, ginger, cranberries, avocados, pumpkins, olive oil, tomatoes and cocoa. By varying the fodder you eat, health experts say you can ensure that you get all the vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting elements you need to live a happy and healthy life.

Of course, don't forget to take the dog for a walk or do some morning yoga! Nothing helps lower your cholesterol and boost your heart health like a little bit of exercise, no matter how big or small.
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