All too frequently, people make healthy changes only by eliminating unhealthy foods from their diets. But the key to successful weight loss and long-term health is to replace unhealthy foods with healthier choices. The foods you eat play a major role in the way you feel and the scope of the health issues you face. Food has the ability to reduce a person’s risk for disease. It also makes it easier to manage many symptoms associated with certain health conditions. Women have unique health challenges that can be controlled or eliminated by eating certain foods. Even minor health issues, such as PMS and headaches, can be controlled with the right dietary choices.
What are the 12 superfoods every woman should eat?
Yogurt contains bacteria that clean the digestive system. It also contains beneficial yeast which destroys the destructive yeast that tends to wreak havoc on the body. Additionally, researchers are investigating how the bacteria and fatty acids in yogurt affect incidence and treatment of cancer. Try our Skinny Strawberry Yogurt.
Kale is believed to reduce a woman’s risk for cancer and to help lower her cholesterol. This leafy green is loaded with antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and K. Kale’s antioxidants include carotenoids and flavonoids, considered two significant soldiers in the battle against cancer. Kale also contains a great deal of fiber, which helps cholesterol levels and reduces the risk for heart disease. Try our Kale and Mung Bean Soup.
Beans are packed with fiber and contain a variety of phytochemicals. Research shows that these properties protect against cell damage. Beans also make a great substitute for meat and are delicious in soups and salads. Learn more about the health benefits of beans here.
Dark chocolate is one of the healthiest indulgences available. It is rich in antioxidants, which are believed to prevent free radical damage to cells. Chocolate is also being used topically because of its skincare benefits. Suffering from dry, flaky skin? Consider a moisturizing cocoa mask. Indulge and have a slice of Dark Chocolate Cheesecake smothered with fresh raspberries.
Wild salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are believed to prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells, and also provide your body with unsaturated fat. They also help you to meet vitamin D requirements, with which many women struggle. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to both breast and colon cancer. You’ll love our Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing.
Walnuts are another great source of omega-3 fatty acids. They make a great snack food and are also delicious as a salad topping.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants. In addition to all of the internal health benefits of eating blueberries, research also shows that eating blueberries can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Blueberries are not the only healthy berry option. Raspberries are low in calories and high in fiber. These is evidence eating raspberries might reduce your risk for certain types of cancer and protect against diabetes by helping to balance blood sugar.
Tomatoes are often associated with prostate health, so they are considered a great superfood for men, but women also benefit from eating tomatoes. In addition to prostate health, the lycopene in tomatoes is believed to reduce risk for breast, cervical, bladder, digestive, and lung cancers. Try our Classic Cucumber and Tomato Salad.
Cantaloupe is a sweet fruit treat and a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. It also promotes lung and cardiovascular health, and is a great source of vitamin C. There are plenty of superfood recipes for women containing cantaloupe.
Peppers, especially hot chili peppers, contain capsicum, which aids in digestion and strengthens the heart and blood vessels. Eating peppers has been shown to reduce inflammation and promote heart health.
Pomegranate, both the seeds and juice, are a bit of a cult favorite. Pomegranates are a low calorie food that is great for snacking. They are also packed with antioxidants. Eating this juicy red fruit has been shown to reduce risk of breast cancer, reduce cholesterol, and fight cell damage. Pomegranates are also effective for controlling diarrhea.
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