11 Foods That Make People Healthier

Updated on August 9, 2019
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I worked alongside top natural health professionals and experience as a fitness instructor educated me on health tips I am proud to share.

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Weight Loss

Eating quality food is more than an excellent idea. It is a practical idea that will help people feel refreshed and healthier. Some of the benefits are lowering body weight and cleansing the whole system—it even helps people look and feel great.

It is pretty simple to do because people can start eating more foods that are better for their body. It simply means making the right choices at the grocery store. It is best to gradually add these foods into your diet more and more until you are eating foods that are good for your body.

Detoxing the Body

Realize that the body is used to food that contains toxins. Peoples' bodies will heavily detox as they begin to eat healthier food. That is why you gradually add these new, healthier foods into your diet. The kinds of food I listed will effectively help anyone who wants a healthier body.

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Drink Lots of Filtered Water

People must drink lots of filtered water while they add these foods into their diet. Quality water helps effectively rid the body of toxins. The daily recommended amount of water is 64 ounces. Add 16 ounces more, and you will notice the difference.

Get accustomed to drinking so much water, take it slowly; it takes some time to feel comfortable drinking so much water.

“The food you eat can be either the safe & most powerful medicine or the slowest poison.”

— Sukhraj S. Dhillon, A simple solution to America's weight problem

Eat Green, Leafy Vegetables

Start by eating green, leafy vegetables. Spinach and kale are the most common leafy greens. I prefer spinach because it is easier to digest.

Eat them as raw as your body can handle it. Adding leafy vegetables to instant miso soup is a great way to get used to raw greens. Slightly warm broth softens the veggies, so the body has an easier time digesting them. Leafy greens contain vitamins and minerals, which are so good for the body.

Cabbage

Cabbage is another vegetable that helps repair the body while building it back up. My husband likes to eat it by itself chopped up with a little olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

I write about the benefits of apple cider vinegar in my article 9 Benefits of Natural Apple Cider Vinegar. I recommend reading it because there are health benefits to taking ACH.

I add about a cup of chopped cabbage to my salad. Some people juice it and claim it helps their digestion. However one eats cabbage, it's not too expensive and is large enough to last a good five days in the refrigerator.

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Lemon and Water in the Morning

Every morning I drink lemon water, and my body loves it. I drink filtered water with fresh lemon juice. I call it "breaking my fast" (using the original meaning of the word "breakfast").

I squeeze a lemon into an empty glass, then fill it with filtered water. I drink it down and rinse my mouth out with just filtered water because lemon juice wears on the enamel on the teeth, otherwise. If I have time, I take a 20 to 30-minute walk.

Cashews

People tend to feel a little depressed over changing their eating habits. It can happen because they can no longer eat at their favorite fast food establishment or munch on their afternoon bag of chips.

While getting used to the new lifestyle, they will mentally struggle, but persistence pays off.

With that, eat a handful or cup of cashews. Cashews contain minerals and vitamins. They also include an amino acid called tryptophan. The amino acid regulates moods, lowers stress levels, and depression.

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Garlic

The benefits of eating garlic go back to ancient times. It builds up the immune system and helps keep the liver functioning. People add garlic to sauces, spreads, roasted vegetables, and smoothies.

Beets

The first time I heard about the benefits of beets was when a nutritionist told me it cleans my blood. That was an intriguing thought because, until he told me, I never thought blood needed cleaning.

Looking into the benefits of beets, I learned that, yes, beets do clean the blood because they do so much for the cardiovascular system. The root vegetable improves circulation and blood pressure.

I like beets because they are naturally sweet, and for breakfast, I sweeten my oatmeal with beet powder.

Green Tea

Another way to counteract people's mood swings is by brewing up a cup of green tea. The ancient tea is rich in antioxidants. Green tea speeds up liver function, and its natural caffeine perks people up. It makes delicious ice tea.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are not just for the Thanksgiving table. The root vegetable contains vitamins and minerals. A nutritionist suggested I serve my daughter, who was a competitive swimmer at the time, sweet potatoes. So, I did, and she eats them at least once a week still.

I like sweet potatoes because of their anti-inflammatory properties. They are so tasty and need little spices or even butter. I usually sprinkle cumin and curry on them with a little bit of olive oil and roast them.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an ideal breakfast because it is easy to prepare. People add their favorite toppings to the steaming bowl of grain. Some healthy toppings are dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, almond milk, cinnamon, and raisins.

Oatmeal is known for helping people lose weight because it is filling and provides minerals the body can use to start the day. That way, they don't get hungry before lunch.

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Carrots

Grabbing a carrot or carrot stick to munch on is a smart move to living healthy. The root vegetable is rich in carotenes, which means a valid source of vitamin A, and contains potassium, vitamin B6, copper, thiamin, and magnesium. It also carries falcarinol compound that is capable of fighting cancer

The vegetable is low in calories, so it makes for an ideal snack between meals.

Take a Bite of Fruit

People cannot go wrong if they eat seasonal fruit. Buying fruit in season means people are getting their fruit and vegetables when they are at its peak quality of nutrition.

Oranges are filled with vitamin C, improve skin tone, and build up the body's immune system. Mangos contain enzymes, and for me, they are my comfort food. I add them to my smoothie.

Other fruits are apples, berries, pineapples, and bananas. All of these carry loads of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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“Things that you are unlikely to regret: exercise, eating healthily, challenging yourself, making a plan, being kind.”

— Freequill

Make the Right Choices

The more people eat foods that are healthy for the body, the healthier their body will feel. So, remember to make the right choices at the grocery store, and the diet will slowly change for the better.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

        Kenna McHugh 

        10 months ago from Northern California

        Mohan, Thank you for your comments. Cashews are my favorite, and I make cashew cheese, sauces, and so forth. Pistachios are a favorite but not as easy to digest as cashews and almonds. I also like nut butter. As a general rule and per my dentist instructions, I rinse my mouth out after I eat or drink anything besides water.

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        Mohan Babu 

        10 months ago from Chennai, India

        On the list of good food items shared by you, I take almost everything but the green tea. I am yet to get used to that taste. I too prefer cashew nuts over almond or pista. It was a good suggestion from you to rinse mouth with water immediately after taking lemon water to protect the teeth enamel. I guess it should apply to all acidic foods.

      • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

        Kenna McHugh 

        10 months ago from Northern California

        Jeff, Thank you for your comments. I agree. Spinach is one of the best green leafy vegetables to add to your diet.

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        Jeff Zod 

        10 months ago from Nairobi

        Hi Kenna,

        I have really enjoyed reading your sumptuous article. You have very solid advice for anyone who wants to lead a healthier life. Spinach is among the healthiest vegetables. The cartoon character Popeye owed his great strength to spinach. Spinach is more nutritious than kales and chard. Cabbages aids in digestion and prevention of some certain forms of cancer. Lemon is high in vitamin C.

        Thanks for the informative article.

      • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

        Kenna McHugh 

        10 months ago from Northern California

        Zia, Thank you!

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        Zia Uddin 

        10 months ago from UK

        Nicely detailed hub.

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