Posted on 05/07/2015 at 12:00 AM by Embria Health Sciences
By Lisa Metzgar, PhD in Holistic Medicine
Remember the phrase, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Well, in today’s world we are conditioned to take medication to treat symptoms. In 2011, doctors wrote 4.02 billion prescriptions for drugs in America.1 The list includes statins to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure medicine and even drugs to help us lose weight. So, whatever happened to prevention? The fact is that a lot of the symptoms we suffer are a result of our poor eating habits.
What if I told you that you could use your food as preventative medicine? How would you like to experience no side effects to the “medicine” you take while your body starts to thrive? What about experiencing more energy and even losing weight? All these “medical” benefits and more are possible if you incorporate certain foods into your diet. I am not talking about totally changing your diet or going on a restrictive diet to get healthier; just add some of these foods into what you already eat. I like to have my clients think about adding healthy foods instead of telling them they have to eliminate everything they enjoy. The upside of adding healthy foods is that you start to eliminate the unhealthy ones, and you very soon start to notice how good you feel.
I want to introduce you to a few foods that are termed “Super foods”. Super foods are a class of nutrient-dense foods that pack powerful health benefits when added into your daily food choices. They are rich in nutrients like antioxidants, good fats, proteins and many vitamins and minerals to balance the body and help it to function more optimally. Super foods are whole, unprocessed foods. Organic is best in order to avoid pesticides and hormones. Best of all, these foods are easy to incorporate into any diet. So, pick a few of these and start adding them into your menu planning.
- Blueberries - These sweet little berries are packed with antioxidants and have the highest concentration of all the fresh fruits.2 Antioxidants help protect the body from free radical damage.
- Salmon – Choose wild salmon over farm-raised. Wild salmon is a great source of quality protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Protein breaks down into amino acids that are used for cell regeneration, making hormones and enzymes, and building tissue among other life and healing functions. Omega 3 fatty acids are “good” fats that benefits heart health and helps increase our metabolism by helping the body to balance blood sugar and insulin levels. These healthy fats are also beneficial to our brain health and helps in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers.3
- Aloe Vera – As a kid, my mom used topical aloe to help sooth my sunburns, but did you know that consuming aloe can also help sooth your gut, provide antioxidants, and can help in the treatment of metabolic syndrome?4 You can add aloe to smoothies or just take a little shot of it to start your day.
- Green Tea – Green tea contains a very powerful antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). EGCG has many therapeutic benefits and has been studied in the treatment of many diseases including cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome.5 Drinking a cup of green tea every morning may also help you to burn fat by increasing thermogenesis.6
- Kale – Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense veggies. It is a member of the cabbage family and packs in a ton of nutrients with very few calories. It is a great source of powerful antioxidants like quercetin and lutein, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber and even protein. There is some evidence that eating Kale may help reduce cholesterol7 and even help prevent cancer.8
Try adding a few of these super foods to your diet and see how you feel! Of course we know it isn’t always easy to eat healthy all the time so incorporating natural, and effective supplements like EpiCor(R) into your daily routine will help strengthen your immune system to keep you healthy.