Foods For The Body and Healthy Food Choices

foods for good health,healthy foods,total healthEveryone wants to be well and enjoy good health, and because it’s so important, you might want to know what healthy food choices you can make for every part of your body. Here’s how it all breaks down:

  • Bones.  Everyone knows calcium is one of the most important thing you can do for your bones, but most people overlook canned salmon with bones as a source. Beside providing calcium, canned salmon is swimming in Omega-3s, which also boosts bone density.
  • Brain.  When it comes to the brain, some of the most important nutrients are found in B vitamins, particularly folic acid, thiamine, B6, and B12. These vitamins boost and revitalize the brain, as well as prevent senility. They are often found together, and the best B vitamin sources are turkey, cod liver oil, tuna, chili peppers, lentils, bananas, and potatoes.  
  • Breasts.  Studies indicate sulforaphane may stop breast cancer, and sulforphane can be found in three-day-old broccoli sprouts. Johns Hopkins researchers discovered broccoli sprouts offer 20 to 50 times as much sulforphane as its full-size adult counterpart.
  • Digestive Tract.  Three foods can keep you digestive tract in tip top shape. They are prunes, tempeh, and yogurt. Prunes are a high fiber food and known for their ability to prevent constipation. In addition, prunes decrease the time needed for food to move through the bowels, which decreases the risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids. Tempeh, which is made from soybeans, helps populate the gut with live, beneficial microorganism, as does yogurt. Both tempeh and yogurt microorganisms reduce bloating and gas, improve digestion, kill ulcer-causing bacteria, and may even help prevent yeast infections in women.
  • Eyes.  Two key antioxidants—lutein and zeaxanthin—are needed for good eye health and to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. The best sources of both of these antioxidants is collard greens.
  • Hair.  Beautiful hair is no accident. Because it’s primarily protein, it takes protein to have great hair. Foods that are good sources are low-fat dairy, fish, legumes, and lean red meat.
  • Heart.  Grape and apple juice may be one of the best things you can do for your heart, according to researchers in Glasgow. They claim grape and apple juice contain high levels of phenolics, and phenolics are antioxidants that attack and mop up free radicals responsible for heart damage.
  • Joints.  Joints function better when they’re not inflamed and the best anti-inflammatories are found in Omega-3s. Unfortunately, most people eat twenty times more Omega-6s than Omega-3s. So, cut back on Omega-6s—processed foods and corn, soybean, and sunflower oil—and eat oily fish, walnuts, spinach, kale, flaxseed, and canola and olive oil.
  • Muscles.  Whey protein is the best thing to build muscles, and ricotta cheese is the whey left behind when cheese is made. Moreover, ricotta cheese is packed full of amino acids that enables your body to repair itself.
  • Nails.  Iron is vital to prevent brittle nails, and the best sources of iron come from beef. However, you need to choose lean cuts, such as top round and then broil rather than fry them.
  • Nose.  Vitamin E calms the the immune system and when allergies hit, the immune system goes into high gear. The best sources of vitamin E are sunflower seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts.
  • Prostrate.  Lycopene is known to prevent cancer, and it is suspected that quercetin also prevents cancer. The food highest in lycopene is watermelon; the food highest in quercetin is the onion; the best food with both lycopene and quercetin is raspberries. 
  • Skin.  As skin is the largest organ, it’s important to good health, and nothing is better for healthy skin than tomatoes. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, particularly when cooked, and lycopene is important because it limits and prevents UV rays from damaging the skin.
  • Urinary Tract.  When it comes to your urinary tract, there’s nothing better than cranberry juice. Even scientists agree cranberry juice inhibits the bacteria that clings to bladder walls and causes infection.

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