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Good foods, Greater benefits!

by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan
 
 
 
Today I am writing about some common foods with wonderful health benefits which we eat and sometimes hesitate to eat. These good foods indeed have greater benefits, as they can work postitively in our body to reduce inflammation, give energy and such. So let’s get started.
 

 

Fats and oils-

 
I am talking about the “good” fats here…. Like omega 3 fatty acids [related article here] . Salmon, sardine, herring, mackerel are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acid.
 
Olive oil, canola oil, rice bran oil, grape seed oil, walnut oil these are linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

 

poor olive oil from Popeye cannot take competition!
 

 

Nature’s Sweetner: Honey-

 
Honey is an excellent product offered by nature that has many benefits. You can skip your daily white sugar intake by replacing it with honey. Websites like Gold Bee sell organic honey that contains protein and fiber, so you can consume something sweet while knowing you’re being good to your body. 
 

 

Spices-

 
Garlic

 

Yes it tastes awful but garlic is one of the anti-inflammatory foods nature offers us. It is rich in sulfur which helps the body by boosting our immune system. It also balances our blood pressure.

 
 
How to take- 
  • Use raw garlic when you are mixing spicy blend.
  • Chop it in little pieces and add to fried vegetable.
 
 

Ginger-

 

Ginger contains four substances (gingerols, paradols, shogaols, and zingerone) that have analgesic (pain relieving) qualities similar to aspirin or ibuprofen. It also helps in curing indigestion, nausea, and to ward off colds, flu, and sore throats.

 
How to take-
 
Ginger Tea Recipe:-
 


  • Water, 4 cups
  •  2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • optional: honey and lemon slice
Ginger tea

Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Onion- 

 

It makes us cry but the body is going to thank you later for onion’s wonderful health benefits. It has an anti oxidant named “Quercetin” which helps decreasing the inflammation. It also has sulfur which improves our immune system.

 
How to take-
 
  • Use it in your salad or spice up any other dish with it.
Indian onion salad
 
 
 

Fruits & veggies-

 
Banana- It is loaded with potassium.
 
Broccoli, apple, and grape– These 3 foods have one thing in common, an anti oxidant named “Quercetin”.
 
Berries– Berries are amazing for your body. A recent study of strawberries has revealed that “strawberries are loaded with nutrients and are a great source of folic acid, Vitamin A, B &C, Calcium, Phosphorous and Potassium. They contain salicylic acid and are packed with anti oxidants that help the skin look younger and brighter. The anti oxidants in this fruit repair the skin that’s borne the brunt of sun damage. They have excellent skin whitening capabilities and help take off a tan. They effectively & efficiently deal with acne and oily skin.”
 
Did you know that blueberries are helpful in chronic pain situation?
Well, I didn’t.
 
Apparently blueberries have an anti oxidant named “Anthocyanin” which reduces the inflammation causing free radicals.
 
 
 
 
 
Remember- The greener and brightly colored the vegetables are, the more health benefits can be obtained from those.


 
 

Proteins-

 
Lean poultry, fish and seafood are known as Anti inflammatory protein sources. Soy and soy foods such as tofu along with other legumes and nuts and seeds can be used as plant-based protein sources. The best nuts are walnuts, almonds, pecans and Brazil nuts.

 

 

 
 
 

[Did you know that there’s a strong link between low levels of the sunshine vitamin and chronic pain? Emerging research suggests supplementing your diet with vitamin D may help ease the discomfort. A 3-ounce serving of Salmon has nearly half the Real Age-recommended daily dose of vitamin D: 1,000 international units (IU), or 1,200 IU if you’re older than 60.]

 

 

Carbohydrate-

 
 
 
Just switching from white to wheat bread or using wholegrain pasta can make a great difference in your diet.
You can read this article about the health benefit of whole grain.
Last but not the least, Drink water…not soda or anything else…plain simple H2O.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hope this article is helpful!
 
 
Have you tried any special diet due to any ailment? What was it?

Do share!!
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Wasifa Ahmad October 15, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Thanks for the great feedback darling!

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NoOne October 14, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Hey, it was long since I checked your website. And you kept writing well, thats really inspiring and It was great to know this food values. Thanks for that. and fornutaely I can have all the fruits but not 'Banana'. Also I loved that 'Olive Jealousy'.

Great work, keep us informing……..

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Wasifa Ahmad October 11, 2012 - 9:35 am

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Wasifa Ahmad September 17, 2012 - 9:13 am

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Wasifa Ahmad August 1, 2012 - 8:37 am

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Gi Lee July 31, 2012 - 10:17 pm

I'm eating Ramen as I read this and feeling sooo guilty lol…

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