You can fight health problems by eating certain foods. Food is Mother Nature’s medicine!
Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” Wise words from ancient Greece.
I fight my high cholesterol by eating foods that are high in fiber. Enjoying foods high in omega 3-fatty acids is an excellent way to fight heart health problems. Superfoods packed with antioxidants help our bodies fight free radicals that make us ill.
But with so many different foods out there, how do we know which ones to eat to fight health problems?
For fun, l picked the letter from the alphabet and created a list of foods you should get more of 😀
B-Foods That Help You Fight Health Problems
Mother Nature’s perfect snack. No preparation, no washing or refrigeration. They are prepackaged in a biodegradable wrapper for perfect enjoyment. Since they are easily digestible, they are often served as babies’ first food. Women suffering from PMS can get a healthy serotonin rush by consuming a banana. Bananas help build a shield against heart disease. They are packed with potassium that helps fend off high blood pressure. In short, the goodness of bananas battles cancer, heart diseases, high blood pressure, kidney stones, premenstrual syndrome and strokes.
Barley with all its magic ingredients is good for heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Fiber lowers cholesterol, while vitamin E deactivates an enzyme that tells the liver how to produce artery clogging cholesterol. Barley is a quick fix for constipation. Just 1 cup of cooked barley can provides approx 14 grams of fiber to get things moving.
Originally a cooking herb, basil has found many uses as a medicinal herb too. Basil weakens the ulcer producing activity of aspirin and alcohol, fight inflammation and swelling and battle infection causing bacteria. It also prevents colon cancer and helps build strong bones. Basil helps reduce bloating.
These luscious legumes are loaded with fiber and other nutrients to keep body running in top shape. Beans fights cancer and cholesterol. Folate reduces the risk of heart disease. People having type 2 diabetes benefit from the soluble fiber present in the beans. It slows down the passage of carbohydrates from foods into the bloodstream. Beans fight the battle of bulge as they control your appetite by taking up lots of room in your tummy. If you suffer from foggy brain, boost your brainpower by eating a serving of beans few times are week.
Just 1 cup of these heart shaped veggies gives 1/3 of your daily folate requirement. In short vitamin B that keeps homocysteine in control so that it does not trigger a heart attack. Betacyanin, which gives the deep red color, is a cancer fighter. Beet juice curbs normal healthy cells from changing into cancer cells. Beets are good source of fiber for good bowel function. Beets battle cancer, diabetic and heart disease.
Ring in health benefits with bell peppers! A red bell pepper packs in twice as much vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant eating up free radicals that cause cell damage leading to heart disease and cancer. Vitamin C also bolsters your immune system helping to lessen the severity and duration of a cold. Lutein and zeaxanthin – two plant compounds in red bell peppers – prevent age related macular degeneration.
To learn about additional B-foods to help you fight health problems, read part 2 of this article – More B-Foods That Help You Fight Health Problems: Natural Medicine 🙂
Do You Fight Health Problems With Food?
What foods do you eat to fight health problems? I’d love to hear about that and about the success you’ve had! Feel free to comment below or reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to speak with you.
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!