Our health is the most valuable investment we can make for not ourselves and our future. Time and again, we continue to see reports, studies, and insistences from professionals in the health industry that we should be doing all that we can to ensure and validate our health. Whether it is picking out the highest quality juicer for greens, or going to see a nutritionist about which supplements you should be taking for your body specifically, we seem to have a more fine-tuned focus on our health than we ever have before.
There is no getting around the fact that sometimes certain aspects of our health are dictated by genetics or other factors that are outside our control. One of the contributions to our health we can control, however, is our diet. Feeding our bodies with healthy foods and drinking lots of water has significant impacts on our internal health, it is true, but it also impacts our external physical health. For example, the healthier one’s diet is, the clearer and more healthy their skin is. With that being said, here are four kinds of foods that have been proven to have not only a positive impact on the body, but a higher rate of long-lived health benefits.
- Salmon and other fatty fish (or algae)
While not all omega-3 fatty acids are equal in their creation, the long-chain omega-3 acids found in fish are abbreviated EPA and DHA.
These properties are renowned for being significantly beneficial for the brain and the heart in the long term. This in turn contributes to the decrease in risk of illnesses like dementia and heart disease.
- Vegetables and (in moderation) fruits
Widely referred to as “eating the rainbow”, having a diet rich in vegetables and (some) fruits has long been an avid suggestion of health professionals the world over.
Brightly coloured vegetables in particular – including sweet potato, dark leafy greens, purple onion, red peppers, avocado, lemon, and lime – have several health benefits, including the prevention of poor health, increased energy levels, and healthy digestion and cognitive functions.
In the way of fruits, berries (especially blueberries), tomatoes (yes, tomatoes are a fruit), bananas and apples are among those that are said to be high in vitamins and fibre. Fruit is also a much healthier snacking choice than other potential snacks. It is important to note that a lot of fruits are high in natural sugars, and so the need for moderating personal consumption is important.
- Fermented products
The most obvious of these is apple cider vinegar, but there are other fermented products – including tempeh, pickles, and kimchi – that also aid the health of the body in several ways.
Fermented products are good for the general digestion and the gut, as well as the beneficial bacteria in them having a positive impact on the body’s overall health.
- Turmeric and other spices
There are a handful of spices that have been linked to significant long-term health benefits like better cognitive function, better glucose metabolism, and reduced risks in some cancers as well as dementia.
Turmeric specifically has been linked to reduced inclination of Alzheimer’s disease. It is thought that this is because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.