Just because you’re eating for the ultimate long life, that doesn’t mean your diet has to be dull. Wonderfully, some seemingly indulgent foods such as candy and booze can aid in longevity. For instance, dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and boost endorphins, and has recently been found to help prevent the cardiac arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation. Red wine is also famously good for your health. And isn’t that the ultimate goal here?
The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” actually has some weight to it. Not only does this crisp, refreshing fruit contain antioxidants and dietary fiber, but it’s also said to lower your risk of developing dementia.
Beans, beans, the magical fruit… sure, this limerick means one thing, but beans are quite magical. They are packed with protein and fiber while simultaneously being low in fat.
Not only is beet juice more hydrating than water, it is also a packed protein source. Beet juice increases muscle power, giving you the power to make it through a workout without harming your heart. It also boosts all the general nutrients of root vegetables with potassium, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, carotenoids, iron, manganese, and magnesium.
Mom was right when she told you to eat your broccoli. This green vegetable is a great source of all kinds of vitamins and nutrients, such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, and plenty more. The sulforaphane in broccoli is also linked to defending your body from environmental carcinogens.
See? Not all healthy food is gross! Dark chocolate is actually heart-healthy and can lower your bad cholesterol numbers and blood pressure. Of course, because it’s a “happy” food, it will also calm you and boost endorphins. But you can’t just munch on a Hershey bar. Find out how to eat the healthiest dark chocolate by clicking here.
Eating a handful (or so) of nuts a day can be truly beneficial to your health. And it doesn’t matter what nut you love the most. Pistachios reduce cholesterol levels, walnuts contain more polyunsaturated fatty acids than any other common nut, and even the humble peanut can reduce cholesterol levels and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sweet potatoes help to boost a healthy immune system, allowing you to fight off illness. They also help build healthy bones with vitamin D and are a major source of vitamin C, which reduces the risk of certain types of cancer.
Tomatoes really are the jewel of the food world. Their signature bright red hue comes from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help battle certain kinds of cancer. They also support heart health thanks to healthy doses of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and choline.
Everyone knows they should drink more water, but it truly is vital. Water helps the body release harmful toxins and is essential for cardiovascular and renal health. Being hydrated also helps keep you trim.