Kenna works with doctors and natural healthcare professionals. Her experience as a fitness instructor helps her share positive health tips.
Healthy Food Makes for a Healthy Life
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 healthier foods for their bodies right now. It means making the right choices at the grocery store. It is best to gradually add these foods into your diet until you eat primarily good nutrition for your body.
Detox Your Body
Realize that your body uses food that contains toxins. People's bodies will heavily detox as they begin to eat healthier food. You gradually add these new, more nutritious foods into your diet. The kinds of food I listed will effectively help anyone who wants a healthier body.
Drink Lots of Filtered Water
People must drink lots of filtered water while adding 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 a lot of water. Take it slowly; it takes some time to feel comfortable drinking so much.
11 Foods That Make People Healthier
- Green, Leafy Vegetables
- Lemon and Water in the Morning
- Green Tea
- Sweet Potatoes
“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
1. 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. Adding leafy vegetables to instant miso soup is a great way to get your body used to digesting the natural greens. Slightly warm broth softens the veggies, so the body has an easier time breaking them. Leafy greens contain vitamins and minerals, which are suitable for the body.
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 bit of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
I write about the benefits of apple cider vinegar in my article 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 five days in the refrigerator.
3. 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.
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.
They will mentally struggle while getting used to the new lifestyle, 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 and lowers stress levels and depression.
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.
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 they 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.
7. 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.
8. 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, a competitive swimmer at the time, sweet potatoes. So, I did, and she still eats them at least once a week.
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 is an ideal breakfast because it is easy to prepare while 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.
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 valuable source of vitamin A, and contains potassium, vitamin B6, copper, thiamin, and magnesium. It also carries a falcarinol compound that is capable of fighting cancer.
The vegetable is low in calories, making for an ideal snack between meals.
People cannot go wrong if they eat seasonal fruit. Buying fruit in season means people get their fruit and vegetables when they are at their 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.
“Things that you are unlikely to regret: exercise, eating healthily, challenging yourself, making a plan, being kind.”
Make the Right Choices
The more people eat healthy foods 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.
- Seek out these immunity-boosting foods - The Washington Post
What you eat makes a difference in your health, whether you’re recovering from surgery or just trying to get through the winter healthfully.
- Top 10 Foods Highest in Tryptophan
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid needed for overall growth and development, producing niacin and creating serotonin in the body. High tryptophan foods include nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, oats, beans, and lentils.
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.
© 2018 Kenna McHugh
Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on January 05, 2019:
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.
Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on January 05, 2019:
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 (author) from Northern California on December 26, 2018:
Jeff, Thank you for your comments. I agree. Spinach is one of the best green leafy vegetables to add to your diet.
J Zod from Nairobi on December 26, 2018:
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 (author) from Northern California on December 25, 2018:
Zia, Thank you!
Zia Uddin from UK on December 22, 2018:
Nicely detailed hub.