I thought of providing you with a list of wonderful power foods.
But then I remembered that the most powerful of all foods is a multitude of them…
Encouraged by the media there are many, seniors included, who tend to concentrate on some particular food item as the cure-all, the magic bullet.
The blueberry is a good example. It's one of the world's healthiest foods.
Of course, I could have picked any other food that is
being touted as a miracle food. Goji
berries, anyone? How about Chia
Blueberries deserve to be popular for having one of the highest antioxidant capacities to fight free radicals.
Their nutrient data indicate the presence of all three macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat, protein), and scores of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).
The list goes on with dietary fiber, healthy fats (including omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), lots of amino acids (including all essential ones – which makes the blueberry a "complete protein").
Of particular interest to you as a senior may be the fact that the blueberry has been shown in studies to slow down, even halt and reverse cognitive problems (like memory loss) that are often associated with aging.
Eating large amounts of blueberries however won't cure you of what ails you.
The point I'm making is this –
While almost ALL plant-based foods are full of incredibly beneficial nutrients (literally thousands of phytonutrients), the greatest health benefit comes from consuming a wide variety of them on a daily and weekly basis.
Without going into details about their specific super powers (it would be a very long page) –
These are some of the power foods that can help you fight disease, boost your immune defenses, strengthen bones, lubricate joints, and help you live longer.
I have placed them in no particular order.
The saying "an apple a day will keep the doctor away" is no accident. They're simply delicious…
Lentils are among my all-time personal favorites.
So are broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale. And sweet potatoes.
And while I'm naming some of my favorites, avocados are a vital part of my dietary intake, along with mushrooms and red bell peppers.
Walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds.
Asparagus, basil, garlic, celery, and the good old carrot.
All of these are power foods.
Want to make them even more powerful?
How about 30 times more powerful (nutrient-dense) than the source?
Take legumes, grains, nuts, and all kinds of seeds and sprout them.
Yes, grow your own sprouts. Cheap, easy and incredibly healthy.
Spices of all kinds (special mention turmeric and thyme) make your foods taste even richer.
Next up – a confession I'm very happy to make…
I love – and enjoy daily – dark chocolate (produced without cow's milk or slave labor). Dark chocolate boosts happy endorphins and kicks the stress hormone cortisol right out of my body.
If enjoyed in moderation, it's a powerful treat. Same goes for coffee.
Dishes with whole grains or whole-grain pasta are on the menu.
Before I forget – green tea. It does a body good.
Okay, if I'm not mistaken, you do get the picture now…
Fresh (or minimally processed), plant-based foods are your building blocks to senior health and longevity.
Think multitude, think cornucopia (abundance in nourishment).
I enjoy this dietary lifestyle of nutrient-dense power foods tremendously. I owe my excellent health to it.
I'm happy to answer your questions. Contact me. Thank you.
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