Top 12 Foods with Medicinal Benefits
Prevention is key when it comes to health, and food is one of the very best ways to prevent disease and dysfunction from occurring in your body. Improve and optimize your diet today to prevent having to rely on expensive medications and procedures in the future.
Below lists top disease-busting foods to add to your diet:
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries have certain properties that may help to fight inflammation and decrease cancer risk.
Try it: Enjoy fresh berries as a snack or add them to your oatmeal or protein shake.
This spice has been found to help prevent blood sugar from spiking, thereby keeping your blood sugar at a normal and healthy level. We worry about high blood sugar because too much sugar in the blood is highly toxic to the body and results in conditions such as Type II Diabetes
Try it: Add cinnamon to any sugary or carb-rich meal to blunt a surge in blood sugar. For example, sprinkle cinnamon on a sweet potato or banana.
Research has found that cranberries may be able to prevent urinary tract infections because they may prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder cells.
Try it: You can use raw cranberries to add a bit of tartness to salads or a fruit bowl, or go for a low sugar cranberry juice.
4. Green tea
Green tea has been found to possibly have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects.
Try it: Instead of reaching for a second cup of coffee, have a mug of green tea.
This spice may have anti-cancer properties because it is very high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory.
Try it: Turmeric is a great spice to add to savory dishes such as rice, vegetables, eggs, and meats.
Ginger is anti-inflammatory and has pain-relieving properties. Ginger may also help easing nausea and vomiting.
Try it: Add ginger to your next smoothie or shave some ginger on top of your oatmeal.
Research that suggests garlic has anti-cancer properties.
Try it: Garlic adds great flavor to savory dishes. Add it to your rice and protein dishes.
8. Fermented foods
These include foods such as kefir and kimchi, which are thought to possess properties that help with digestion and the immune system.
Try it: Most fermented foods are great on their own. Add some kefir to your smoothie.
9. Fatty fish
This includes fish such as salmon and sardines, and the medicinal benefits come from their high omega-3 content. Omega-3s are incredibly beneficial and have disease busting properties.
Try it: Aim to get a serving of fatty fish 2-3 times per week. Either cook it at home or plan to order it when you go out to eat.
Broccoli along with other cruciferous vegetables, contains compounds that fight inflammation, support a healthy heart, and may help to prevent certain cancers.
Try it: Roast some broccoli in the oven or steam on the stove and add to your dinner.
Nuts have been found to be beneficial for the heart as well as helping with obesity.
Try it: If you are hungry for a snack, have a handful of nuts. Nuts are also great to incorporate into smoothies, oatmeal, and even savory dishes.
Shiitake mushrooms in particular have been found to have anti-cancer, cholesterol-lowering, and immune boosting effects.
Try it: Mushrooms are a great vegetable to add to a sandwich or a savory meal. Try steaming or roasting some mushrooms the next time you are cooking in.
If you aren’t enjoying the above foods already, start including them into your diet now! Your body will thank you.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy League trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in women’s health and preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab.
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