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In the last post, I discussed the essential vitamins and minerals needed to have a healthy body. I discussed all the great things these vitamins and minerals do for your body, and where to get them.
That is, what foods to eat to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need.
The conclusion was that we need to be eating a well-rounded diet with the majority of the items being whole foods: a whole apple, whole vegetables. Our food items need to be as natural as possible and cooked as little as possible,
Today I would like to take a few items and share the benefits of eating them. Hopefully this will open your eyes to the goodness of whole foods and all the benefits they have for our healthy lifestyle.
Let’s get started!
Health Benefits of Carrots
Carrots are a great source of Vitamins A and K and also a great source of potassium, fiber, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.
There are also a myriad of health benefits from carrots:
- Improves Skin
- Improves Digestion
- Improves Kidney Function
- May Reduce Incidences of Stroke
- Maintains a Healthy Heart
- Improves Liver Function
- Ant-Bacterial and Anti-Viral
- Great for Eye Health
- Healthy Teeth
- May be Anti-Cancer
Health Benefits of Bananas
One banana will give you about 10% of your daily potassium needs and is low in sodium. This combination of high potassium and low sodium may help control blood pressure. Other benefits include:
- Instant Energy
- Helps Keep You Regular
- May Reduce Blood Pressure and the Risk Of Heart Disease
- Seek Out Harmful Oxygen-Free Radicals
- May Reduce Menstrual Cramps
- Contains Lots of Vitamins and Minerals
- Helps Bones Grow Strong
- Gives Energy to the Brain
- May Help Prevent Ulcers
- May Reduce Depression
Health Benefits of Aspargus
Asparagus is rich in Vitamins A, C, and K, low in calories and has lots of fibre and folate.
Also, eating asparagus has other health benefits, such as:
- It Is a Natural Diuretic
- It Is Full of Anti-Oxidants
- It Contains Pre-Biotic (good bacteria)
- It may Improve Heart Health
- It may Fight and Prevent Cancer
- It may Regulate Blood Sugar
- It Is a Good Source of Fibre
- It Is Anti-Inflammatory
- It Is a Good Source of Protein
- It Is Anti-Aging
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple is a great source of Vitamin C, and also contains Vitamins A and B6. There is also some calcium, iron, and magnesium in pineapple. And, it tastes good!
- May Fight Disease
- Rich in Anti-Oxidants
- Helps Digest Food
- Maintains Strong Bones
- May Prevent Coughs and Colds
- Could Reduce Hypertension
- It Is Anti-Inflammatory
- Rich in Vitamin A
- High in Vitamin C
- Low in Calories
Health Benefits of Onions
Onions are high in anti-oxidants and amino acids, as well as sulfuric compounds, flavonoids, and phytochemicals. They are also a great source of Vitamin C.
Phytochemicals are able to react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. Flavonoids may help reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
Other benefits of onions are:
- Detoxifying the Body of Metals and Parasites
- Assist with Respiratory Issues
- Strengthens Bones
- Prevent Cancer
- Protects the Brain
- Aids in Digestion
- Purifies the Blood
Health Benefits of Butter
I don’t often talk about dairy products here, as they are meant to fatten the calf and help it grow by hundreds of pounds in the first few months of its life. But there are benefits to butter, if you chose the correct butter.
Remember, you are what you eat eats, so it is important to eat grass-raised butter. It may be difficult to find, and it will be more expensive, but it is ultimately better for you.
Butter is a great source of VitaminsA and D and contains some calcium. The fat that is in butter is considered a good fat and will assist your body to use the stored fat as energy. There are also Omega-3 fatty acids in butter that will lower the levels of Omega-6 fatty acids and therefore may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Regulates Hormone and Thyroid Function
- Combats Fungal Infections
- Improves Fertility in Men and Women
- Prevents Night Blindness
- Boosts Immunity
- Great for Teeth and Bones
- Gives you Energy
- Prevents Oxidative Stress
- May Prevent Cancer
- Improves Nutrient Absorption
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate is one of the greatest sources of antioxidants known to man. Be sure to choose a dark chocolate that contains at least 70% or higher cocoa percentage (avoid the sugary chocolate bar types of candy. Go for the good quality stuff).
Dark Chocolate also contains many of the essential minerals we need such as iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese, as well as 11 grams of fibre per serving.
And, again, it tastes good! Other health benefits include:
- Slows the Signs of Aging
- Lowers your Blood Pressure
- Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
- Helps Control Blood Sugar
- Increases Blood Flow to the Heart and Brain
- Contains Anti-depressant Agents
- Prevents Heart Disease
- Contains Antioxidants that Protect Cells
- Reduces Stress
- Protects Your Skin from the Sun
Health Benefits of Eggs
Eggs have long been considered the enemy of cholesterol. But recent studies have shown there are actually many benefits to eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein, selenium, zinc, copper, and iron, and rich in Vitamins B2, D, B6, and B12.
Here are a few more benefits of eggs:
- Raise HDL, the good cholesterol
- Improve Nutrient Adequacy of the Diet
- Do Not Increase Blood Cholesterol
- Can Help With Weight Loss
- Help Promote Brain Health
- Help to Prevent Cataracts and Protect EyeSight
- A Great Source of Protein
- Help Protect our Bones
- Promotes Healthy Hair and Nails
- Gluten Free
Again, we are what we eat eats, so choose free-range, pasture raised eggs.
So there you have it.
I included butter and dark chocolate so you would see that eating a healthy lifestyle does not need to be all fruit and vegetables. There are lots of good options to choose from to make your eating pleasurable.
Remember, if a health professional is telling you something different than I am, listen to them. I present my opinion here for your entertainment and interest. I am not a professional.
As always, if you have questions or comments about my opinions, please leave them below.
Also, if you are a father (or mother) (or anyone for that matter) who would like an easy to follow program that includes a menu and work out information, check out this article from a few months ago.
Thanks for listening.
See you in the next post.
Have a great day!