Superfoods for Better Health

To be healthy, one must eat a wide variety of vitamin-rich foods. But with the growing number of people consuming fast food today, most would probably prefer it over homemade food which is a much better healthier choice. This daily consumption of fast food and junk food is so bad that it is putting the health of many people at risk. In order to prevent serious health problems and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should consume foods that are rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals.

Eating a variety of antioxidant vitamins and mineral enriched foods can contribute to improving your quality of health for many years to come.

Now, here is a list of some superfoods that can help you achieve better health:

1. Berries including Blue Berries
All kinds of berries are rich in fiber that can help promote weight loss. Raspberries contain ellagic acid which has a compound that prevents cancer.

2. Avocado
Avocados provide Vitamins A, B, C, E and K that are several important antioxidants along with glutathione.

3. Beans
It is a source of iron that transports oxygen from the lungs to all the cells in your body.

4. Bananas
It is a highly alkalining nutritious superfood that contains the best sources of potassium which help in maintaining heart function and normal blood pressure.

5. Salmon
Superfoods are not only categorized as fruits and vegetables. This kind of fish contains Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. It is anti-inflammatory and can alleviate joint pain and reduce the risk of heart-disease.

6. Broccoli
Broccoli is one of the healthiest leafy green vegetables which is rich in vitamins A, C and folic acid. It also has sulforaphane that is considered a cancer-fighting agent.

7. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are high in alpha and beta carotenoids which are converted into an active usable form of Vitamin A by your body. These compounds can help keep your eyes, bones, and immune system healthy.

8. Cacao (Should be more than 60% Dark Chocolate)
Cacao is high in essential minerals that most people do not get in their diet. It has magnesium which is used in more than 275 biochemical reactions in the body. Cacao also contains manganese, zinc and iron.

Try to consume at least three to four servings daily of a variety of superfoods (even more is better) for optimal health.

Achieving better health is not only about the foods you consume. You must also include proper exercise that can help you become physically fit.

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle For The Rest of Your Life

A healthy lifestyle encompasses all of the components of healthy living, eating food which your body finds highly nutritious, exercising the body on a consistent basis, getting enough rest and sleep, drinking plenty of fresh water etc.

The real way to maintain that kind of lifestyle is to take action on all of those things above on a consistent basis. There’s no point in just having one healthy meal every now and again then the rest of the time eating frozen and processed foods. It simply won’t work for you. You have to eat great food all of the time.

Yes now and again we all have ice cream or a pizza and that is fine, I’m not advocating a permanent diet, in fact eating healthy food is not like being on a diet, you are not counting calories or measuring foods out like that, it’s more of giving your body what it needs rather than what you want.

Live by the motto:

“Eat to live not live to eat ”

Apart from food your body also craves exercise, it was designed to exercise and move on a regular basis. All of the joints in your body, your knees, your elbows and your hips were designed to move in a certain way, pushing and pulling in all of those joints will keep your body healthy but not just the body, your joints and tendons will be healthy and if you exercise on a consistent basis into your old age they will remain healthy your entire life.

Isn’t that more important than looking good in the mirror? What is the point in only wanting big biceps and a six-pack, or for women to get toned and in shape? Isn’t it more important to stay healthy, keep your weight under control and exercise your body the way is was designed to move, for your entire life?

That is a healthy lifestyle,

It’s not getting into shape for the summer.

Yes, I know everyone wants to look good in their shorts or swimsuit in the summer months, but it’s better to have a life goal of keeping in shape and building a strong, functional and balanced body and maintaining that body your whole life not just for the summer.

The biggest contributing factor that will help you to maintain that kind of lifestyle is self-discipline. Have the discipline to eat the right foods, to control your portion sizes, to follow an exercise program and keep going even when you don’t feel like doing it.

So even when you feel a little tired and you would love to eat some chocolate and ice cream and kick your shoes off and sit on the couch and watch TV, you have the self-discipline to know that doing that will not move you towards your life goal of maintaining or moving towards having a fully functional and strong body.

This means that you have to push yourself, step by step and little by little every single day and doing this will make you feel good, your self-esteem and self-image will improve because you know you are one of the few people on this planet who has the self-discipline to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

And of course over time the consistent action that you take now, right now, will slowly begin to show outwardly in your physical body. That means looking toned and fit and strong, both men and women, all year around and year after year for the rest of your life.