We are so bombarded with food choices that are unhealthy that it can be challenging to make wise decisions when selecting foods and preparing meals for our family. What kind of choices are you making? Are you choosing the best and most optimum foods for you and your family?
Beginning when I was pregnant with my first child, I became more and more interested in nutrition. I realized that before all the man-made drugs that we currently have on the market to fight illnesses, people turned toward nature to cure their ailments. And, newly pregnant, I wanted to provide the best nutrition for me and my child and receive all the benefits I could from eating healthy foods. After pregnancy, I continued to research the best foods that would increase my energy while breastfeeding and aid in losing the baby weight, and also help my child grow healthy and strong.
There are many healthy foods to eat that can reduce certain symptoms, lower risks, or eliminate ailments. Did you know that flax oil can help with ADHD and salmon and sardines with depression? Did you know that certain types of nuts have been shown to aid in weight loss for women?
It is a fact, you can improve your life by choosing certain foods that can provide the same benefits of man-made medicines. Acai, hazelnuts, and barley are just three, among others, that you can add to your diet. They can improve how you feel, improve your immune function, and help fight off sickness. They are considered actual “power house” food choices.
The physical stress that the body encounters on a day to day basis is more protected by consuming acai on a regular basis, and acai is high in antioxidents which can help increase the immune function of the body. It comes in pulp, juice, or smoothie form and is imported from Brazil, where it is a food staple in Amazon communities.
Hazelnuts also contain an array of beneficial antioxidants including Vitamin E and other phytonutrients that help the immune system remain strong. There are actually many ways you can add hazelnuts to your diet. You can sprinkle diced hazelnuts on salads or in yogurt, add into baking or stir-fry, or roast in your own conventional oven and add to a trail mix.
Barley is a third healthy food to eat. While you may associate barley with beer-making, it actually has been a food staple for 10,000 years. Barley can aid in immune function and it also has cholesterol-lowering properties called beta-glucans. Barley can be used in a variety of ways, most notably in soups; however, you can grind it into flour and use for baking, make a hot cereal out of it, or just simply add it to stews and salads.
These are just three of the many healthy foods to eat that can benefit your life AND improve your immune function. Also, all of them can be found in your local grocery or health food store.