A list of the top 10 healthiest foods may seem like a come-on. Magic food? We all know there are no real magic foods. The road to optimum health is not in a pill or one magic food. But there are foods that pack such a nutritional wallop and possess such powerful health benefits, that they are referred to as "super foods".
This healthy food list consists of foods that are nutrient dense. That is, they have more nutrients per calorie than most other foods. They have also been proven to contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that prevent disease: from cancer to heart disease to arthritis, and many more.
These super foods are perfect for heart healthy, low fat cooking and most fit perfectly into a low carb lifestyle as well.
The 10 healthiest foods are foods that are so exceptionally good for us that we should include them in our healthy diet on a regular basis. Our list of super foods is arranged alphabetically, not in order of importance. Each is an amazing food, jam packed with health giving benefits.
The 10 Healthiest Foods to Eat
Berries are extremely rich in antioxidants which help protect the cells in our bodies from damage and therefore from diseases like cancer. Among other things they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C and soluble fiber. Blueberries may help reverse the short term memory loss that often comes with aging.
Broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cage) helps fight cancer, especially breast, colon and lung. It boosts the immune system. Broccoli also contains antioxidants and a substance called sulforaphane, which research is showing to be a powerful cancer fighter and preventer.
3. Citrus Fruits
The citrus bioflavanoids in oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit have anti-cancer and antioxidant properties.
Many of these citrus bioflavanoids have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and blood clot inhibiting abilities.
Numerous studies have shown that regular consumption of garlic can lower our blood pressure. It also prevails the blood from being overly sticky and decreases LDL cholesterol (the "bad" one) while increasing the good HDL cholesterol.
Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a special type of fat that is essential for our bodies, but that the body can not produce. Omega-3 essential fatty acids protect us against heart disease.
Almonds are also known for their ability to help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Oats also help reduce cholesterol. Research shows that one bowl of oatmeal per day can reduce cholesterol by up to 23%. Oats are also considered an excellent grain for diabetics as they have less impact on blood sugar levels than some other grains.
The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other fatty fish may help prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the body's rate of blood clotting.
Spinach's secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, …
In February 2009, the National News reported that, the Sheraton Delfina located in Santa Monica, California started using acid water instead of chemicals to clean their hotel rooms. The acid water is electrolyzed with low-voltage electricity creating a powerful and non-toxic cleaning agent. The water ions are converted into sodium hydroxide; which becomes hypochlorous acid and is another name for acid water. Acid water degreases and cleans like a detergent. The switch to acid water created more than $3,500 a month in savings, for the hotel, in cleaning chemicals; and provided an unquantifiable savings in their staff’s health. The maids no longer have to deal with harsh fumes and peeling skin much of which was caused by the chemicals. A house keeper with the hotel, Flor Corona said, “I didn’t believe in it at first because it didn’t have foam or any scent. But I can tell you it works. My rooms are clean.”
Upon testing many scientists assert that acid water is powerful enough to kill anthrax spores, without harming people or the environment. Professor Hen Con Hung, a professor of food-science at the University of Georgia- Griffin, who has been researching electrolyzed water for more than a decade said, “It (acid water) is ten times more effective in killing bacteria and it’s safe for humans and pets.”
The news, however, failed to mention that the machines which are capable of producing this disinfecting acid water; as well as, antioxidant rich drinking water have been used in Asia for nearly four decades. This is great news for chemically sensitive people as well as people who are concerned for their health. These machines, known as water ionizers in the U.S. can be attached to your kitchen faucet or connected underneath the sink for a less cluttered look.
When tap water is run through a water ionizer, it comes into contact with electrolytic plates and is transformed into alkaline ionized water; by a process called “electrolysis”. First the water travels through a charcoal filter where toxins and other contaminants are removed from the water. When filtered water then goes through the electrolysis chamber the water molecule becomes smaller and better able to penetrate the body’s cells. Alkaline ionized water contains negatively charged hydroxyl ions; the negative electrical charge also gives the water antioxidant characteristics which, helps in eliminating toxins from the body. Alkaline ionized water is more hydrating than any other drinking water due to its unique crystal structure. It has a higher pH level (alkalinity) than normal tap or bottled water (usually acidic) so the alkaline water helps the body maintain a more neutral pH level in the body. Alkaline Ionized Water also brings more oxygen to the human brain and the body’s cells enabling us to think better, sleep better and have higher energy levels. A by-product of the machine’s production of Alkaline Ionized Water is the acid water which is separated at the time of electrolysis. The acid water is highly oxidative and therefore acidic; however acid water …