7 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

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By Jim - 11/14/2011 11:16:02 AM
7 foods you should eat everyday

While every natural, whole foods has it own health benefits, some of them shows to have a specific nutritional value that makes them special. Those particular foods are often called super foods. But when we hear the word super food, we often think of an exotic and pricey supplement. But there are “regular” foods that truly show a superior health benefits than others, and that we should eat on a regular basis.

1- Dark leafy greens: Dark leafy greens are so beneficial for your health that you should eat at least 1 portion everyday. Eating a combination of raw and cooked greens will help your body to detox naturally, stabilize your body’s acid/base balance as well as supply you with essential minerals and oligo-elements essential to health. Among other things, dark leafy greens support the whole detox system, help to build stronger bones and fight cancer. It’s also important to have some variety in your greens. Besides spinach, kale and chard, try to add dandelion, collard, beet and turnip tops, arugula or mustard leaves.

2- Berries: Berries have among the highest antioxidant levels for fruits. They are lower in carbs so they help to keep your blood sugar levels steady. They help protect your skin from sun damage, fight cancer, provide your liver with essential detox nutrients, and of course, they are always delicious!

3- Quinoa: Eaten as a grain, quinoa is in fact a seed that shares more genes with green vegetables than with cereals. Very rich in vitamins and essential nutrients, quinoa is one of the few vegetable sources of complete protein. In fact, quinoa is so complete when it comes to its nutritional profile that some Southern American populations still rely almost only on this seed as their food source. Easy and quick to sprout, quinoa also makes a wonderful ingredient for raw food dishes.

4- Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are an excellent way to get nutrients that are otherwise hard to get in a plant-based diet. Zinc-rich pumpkin seeds, protein powered hempseeds, omega3-rich walnuts and flaxseeds as well as calcium boosting almonds and sesame are delicious ways to get hard to find essential nutrients.

5- Fresh herbs and spices: Herbs and spices make a wonderful addition to any dish. They have the power of enhancing the flavors of almost anything! With their potent aromatic oils, herbs and spices are packed with healthy compounds such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances.

6- Lemon: With over 35 detox substances, lemon is definitely among the best liver cleansing foods. Lemon is also great to alkalinize the body and lower LDL cholesterol. Try adding a slice of lemon to your daily glass of water to reap all the health benefits of this detox food.

7- Seaweed: This is probably one of the most complete foods you can eat. Very rich in vitamins and minerals, seaweed makes a great alternative to nutritional supplements. It helps regulates thyroid problems as well as replenish your nutrients supply.

By Nadia - 11/14/2011 4:08:13 PM
Radio Man,  I enjoyed reading this post.  Right on.  I eat those foods regularly.  Quinoa and seaweed are my favorites, as well as, dark leafy collards, arugula, dandelions...Mmmm...loaded with vitamins and minerals.  Healthy eating is important.  Thank you so much for posting this!