Can you trick your body into living longer? That is a question scientists have been pondering for many decades now and it may seem like we’ve stumbled on an answer – Eating Better.
Over the years research has pointed us to a number of different food groups that can help counteract the body’s natural tendency to succumb to wear and tear. Here is a look at some of the foods researchers have zeroed in on which promise to boost your health and vitality.
We’ve been told leafy greens are good for us but many still ignore the green section of a produce aisle. Some leafy greens are so nutritious they rank on top of the healthiest foods on the planet. Fiber-heavy kale has the highest antioxidants of any other food while Swiss chard, bok choy, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, broccoli and spinach are all essential for a diet focused on boosting health and vitality.
The reason a lot of people shy away from leafy greens is because they don’t know how to cook them. One alternative could be a group of new brain enhancing compounds called nootropics, which are made entirely from natural substances.
A perfect food ingredient to pair with leafy greens is olive oil. A lot of Mediterranean food is based on the oil, which is considered a powerhouse of energy.
‘Extra Virgin’ in terms of olive oil simply means less processed and this makes it better for ingestion. Unlike other oils, olive oil doesn’t cling to arteries. Rather, it releases antioxidants that are normally found in tea. Olive oil is supposed to be so good for you that recent studies show that it helps cut the rate of breast cancer by 12% and even acts against colon cancer.
A fiber-rich food that prevents constipation and lowers cholesterol, flax seeds are considered super-healthy. They also contain lignans that help prevent certain forms of cancer and omega-3 fatty acids that are meant to be great for your heart.
Although they are available in pill form, flaxseeds are also very simple to use. You can simply grind them up in a coffee grinder and sprinkle them in your yogurt or cereal.
The benefits of oatmeal are down to more than just clever marketing from the guys at Quaker. Oats tend to dispel cholesterol from the body, cleaning your system thoroughly. Studies show that even half a cup of oatmeal with blueberries contains more antioxidants than most people in the country get in an entire day.
Plus, you can add them to almost anything. Oats can be had in meatloaf, casseroles, fruit salads, cereals and even cookies.
Swapping soda for green tea could very well save your life. Green tea (and to a lesser extent black or white tea) contains a lot of free radical fighting polyphenols. These help you burn food by boosting the natural metabolism process.
And it doesn’t matter what sort of flavors or sugar is added to the tea, any variety beats soda or alcohol by a long margin.
This list isn’t exhaustive. Experts agree that foods like peanut butter, apples, tomatoes, watermelon, turmeric and sardines all have health boosting benefits. Although there is no ‘perfect food’, swapping donuts for any of these healthy alternative will work better for your body over the long run.