New Year’s Resolutions get pushed to the back burner more easily than they are embraced. They tend to scream for attention again in the spring, and for good reason. Research has shown, again and again, that we are in a far better frame of mind to adopt new lifestyle habits in the spring than we are at any other time of the year. Diet, of course, is at the top of the charts as far as personal improvement efforts are concerned. Thankfully, it’s not rocket science. It’s simply a matter of choice. Here are 5 healthy foods that do your body good.
Apricots – For the Potassium and Vitamins A. Apricots are believed to be among the healthiest fruits in the world. In fact, some claim it should replace the apple in the famous “Apple a day” proverb. Potassium is essential in the proper use of carbs and fats by the body. It also helps reduce water retention and it maintains a well-tuned metabolism. Vitamin A is not only good for eyesight, it also promotes healthy skin.
Artichokes – For the Cynarin and fiber. We know all about the benefits of the second nutrient. It promotes a healthy digestive tract, lowers blood sugar and has been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol and inflammation. Cynarin, for its part, is hardly ever mentioned, but its powers are far from negligible. It is a potent, natural diuretic and contributes to the proper digestion of fat.
Broccoli – For sulforaphane and Vitamin C. Did you know that a mere cup of Broccoli supplies as much vitamin C as an orange? Not only is this good during a change of seasons, but vitamin C can keep cortisol levels in check, thus reducing stress and all the ill effects it has on the body. Sulphoraphane is a compound with a good track record in the area of reducing inflammation and excessive fat storage.
Collard Greens – Glucosinolate, the compound that gives collard greens and other cruciferous vegetables their characteristic (and frowned upon) bitterness, boasts significant antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. More than this, it is a proven cholesterol inhibitor, shown to outperform common cholesterol-blocking drugs. It benefits cardio-vascular health as well. Add this to your plate along with a good workout regimen.
Rhubarb – For the Catechins. You may hear different pronunciations of this word depending on who you ask, but the benefits are clearly spelled out in research, and irrefutable. Catechins are among the most beneficial nutrients for the liver, assisting it in the conversion of fat into energy. The health benefits of rhubarb do not stop there, however. It has been associated with cardiovascular, digestive tract, skin and bone health as well. Yes, even when it’s served in a pie!
As a matter of fact… always leave room for playful deviations. It’s a matter of balance.