With the New Year upon us, many of us have new goals and resolutions for the year. For those who want to focus on improving their health and overall well-being, these healing foods might be a great start. Add these fruits and vegetables to your diet to help you kick-start a healthier lifestyle this winter.
These aren’t always everyone’s favorite vegetable, but they do offer great benefits. As part of the cabbage family, Brussels sprouts promote the production of glutathione, which is an antioxidant that aids in minimizing cellular damage from free radicals. They contain high levels of glucosinolates and sulfur compounds, which are anti-parasitic. And overall, Brussels sprouts are great for your body, mind, and soul.
If you want to improve your digestion, try adding horseradish root to your diet. Horseradish fights against multiple bacterial species and intestinal worms, and also helps to stimulate digestion, enhance circulation, and can aid in naturally lowering elevated body temperatures.
Grapefruits have been used to reduce the severity of asthma in the past. This is thanks to their abundance of vitamin C, which helps to combat inflammation of the respiratory tract.
There’s a reason kale became such a popular superfood so quickly. During the winter, we may not get as much sunlight and vitamin D as we usually do, which can cause hormonal fluctuations. Eating kale can help to strengthen your bones and create an estrogen-balancing effect to keep us healthy and happy. Kale is also high in antioxidants to fight inflammation.
Kiwifruit is a great source of important flavonoids as well as vitamins C and E. These help to reduce inflammation, stave off colds and the flu, and work to repair damaged skin by boosting collagen formation. The black seeds of the kiwifruit provide omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for our brains during the dark days of winter.
You may have heard that leeks can help to defend against cancer cell formation, but its benefits don’t stop there. When it comes to digestion, leeks can act as a mild and safe diuretic and laxative to keep our urinary and intestinal tracts regular. Leeks also contain the prebiotics inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides, which promote a healthy microbiome. And the sulfur compounds within leeks are powerful antibacterial and antiviral agents.
It’s no secret that oranges are a great source of vitamin C (great for the immune system), but its citrate prevents adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract wall. This, in turn, helps to prevent kidney stone formation and urinary tract infections.
Containing potassium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, and B vitamins, it’s no wonder pears can help to calm and rejuvenate our nerves. Pears can also stimulate the production of serotonin and norepinephrine, which helps to boost our moods.
The vibrant, high-fiber seeds are great for our blood circulation as they help to maintain the lining of our blood vessels. They also contain unsaturated fats which provide important antiviral protection.
Often times, potatoes get a bad rap for their starch and calorie content, but they are good for our bodies. They help to generate heat and promote efficient biochemical reactions to help maintain health and wellness. When it comes to sweet potatoes, they contain ample amounts of beta-carotene and vitamin C which supports and boosts our immune system. If we include sweet potatoes in our regular diet, we can even develop a protection from infectious illness.
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