Eating The Right Foods Can Prevent Illness

Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
More often than not, we wait until we are so sick that we cannot possibly go to work, although we may try. Sometimes we will go to work medicated with over the counter medicines, even though we are really sick.  Not only is this not good practice for our own bodies, it is not fair to those around us, either.
It would make more sense if we only set up the good practice of eating right for good health in the first place. While it may seem time-consuming to prepare and eat healthy foods, there are many foods that can go along with us as we race through our day. Foods such as broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower are great as snacks with a dip such as hummus or artichoke dips.
There are many ways that eating the right foods can do for preventing illness. Food is for our benefit.  It should be considered our medicine.  Like anything else, you just have to know how to use such a powerful tool.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables have so much to offer us, but how many do we really eat during the course of our day? If you knew just how much fruit and vegetables have to offer, you would certainly want to take more of these into your body rather than taking more pills and medicines.
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer may be preventable by eating the proper foods in the first place. Five servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables daily, whether it is fresh or frozen, are optimal for preventing illnesses in the first place.
Eating fruits and vegetables may even lower cholesterol and the risk of stroke, and may lessen obesity. But make sure you stick to only 2 fruits per day and focus more on your vegetables.  Aim to have a minimum of 2 cups of vegetables at lunch and 2 cups at dinner.
Legumes
Legumes such as beans, lentils, and kidney beans are high in fibre, potassium, protein, folate, and magnesium just to name a few. Beans are great to mix in a salad, throw in a wrap, or make into a hearty soup.
Legumes offer protein and vitamin C as well. Eating legumes can help prevent illnesses such as migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and even arthritis.
Fish and Shellfish
Fish has always been a great source of Omega 3, but also offers protein, B-vitamins, niacin, and iron. Eating fish and shellfish can assist with maintenance of certain types of diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis, not to mention being an excellent source for healthy skin and hair.
Food provides us with everything we need to keep and stay healthy and fit. So, why not explore some healthier food choices and incorporate them into our daily routine for optimal health.

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