The key to good health and disease prevention is the food you eat every day. In order to have optimum health, you need to take particular vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. To enhance vitality, intelligence, beauty, and optimum health you require super nutrition.
Use any of the following superfoods to build up your immune system and bolster your defences. They are easy to assimilate into your diet and go a long way to defend against many diseases, help you live life more abundantly, and improve complexion.
Yogurt. Researchers have found that yogurt can make your system more resilient, says Dolores Riccio US Dietician and author of Superfoods for Women. This probably due to its probiotic activity which helps to feed friendly bacteria in the gut, where half of your immune system is situated. In addition, yogurt contains an array of vitamins and minerals.
Try to have a serving of yogurt everyday. You can use it in many different ways; spoon it over fruits for breakfast, starting the day with a healthy punch. Eat it as an individual pot or add it to a fruit smoothie.
Brazil Nuts. Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of the mineral selenium which is a super anti-cancer nutrient and is often lacking in modern day diets. Selenium is a trace mineral that is only needed in small amounts. Brazil nuts are an excellent choice for adding selenium to your diet and is the number one food providing 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce.
Mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms are packed with potent phytochemicals called beta glucans, which stimuate the immune system and have anti-cancer properties. Shiitake and maitake are types of Japanese mushrooms that are high in beta glucans, and procini and morels are rich in antioxidants.
Go to your local supermarket and find exotic mushrooms and then add them to stews, stir-fries, and sauces.
Sweet Potatoes. These should be your first choice over the white potato or new potato. Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene and vitamin C, two vital antioxidants. You can replace the standard white potato with these nutrient-rich potatoes and you can have them mashed, roasted, or baked. They are sweet and delicious and make a lovely sweet potato pie.
Spinach. This vegetable contains 377% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, an important immune booster. It also contains a wide range of antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. It is recommended that you eat spinach in it raw state rather than cooked. Add baby spinach leaves to salads, sprinkle on soups or mix with tuna mayonnaise in a wholemeal sandwich for maximum effect.
Pomegranate. Pomegranate has experienced a surge in popularity in recent times, and this is because it has been shown that it is unusually high in antioxidants, helping you fight off the free radicals that cause ageing and illness. Drink a glass of the juice every day as it contains the highest antioxidant content.
These are a few of the life enhancing foods you should eat to bolster your defence system. For more information on superfoods, check out Superfoods for Women.