We all have a basic understanding of the foods we need to eat: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. There are ways to kick start your body, however, a lot more than normal. Give your system the healthiest shock of its life and start incorporating these three foods into your daily eating habits. All three of these foods help to lower high blood pressure too!
SpinachWhere do we even begin? Let's start with the vitamin K in spinach, which will help you fend off cardiovascular disease and stroke, and promotes a healthy nervous system and proper brain activity. Spinach can also help lower your blood pressure, and it can even aid in fighting cancer! It's packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory capabilities, and fights off cataracts.
If you're paying extra attention to the way you look in addition to the way you feel, then you better start eating more spinach, stat! According to Health Diaries, just one cup of spinach carries almost 20% of your daily dose of fiber. This means that you'll digest food more easily and won't suffer from such massive cravings, if you have a problem with that. What's more, spinach helps keeps your skin moisturized--thanks to the vitamin A it carries. Do you have acne or wrinkles? Chow down on some spinach leaves!
What's cool here is that even if you hate the taste of spinach, you can throw it in a smoothie with fruits like strawberries, banana, and blueberries, and you'll never even taste it. If you do enjoy the taste, toss it into your omelet, have a spinach salad, or incorporate it into your sandwiches.
AvocadoUnknowledgeable friends may have warned you not to overindulge in this delicious snack since it's packed with fat--but it's the good kind of fat. In fact, these monounsaturated fats, according to MSN, flatten your stomach, lower the dangerous cholesterol in your body, and encourage the good kind.
On top of that, you can munch on avocado slices and treat your body to nearly 20 vitamins and minerals--all in one food!
Here's another cool tip: If you store a lot of fat around your belly--a very dangerous place to keep it--Dr. Oz recommends you pair avocado with oranges! The combination will help you shed the weight.
Greek YogurtThis one might cost you a little more, but it's totally worth it. While regular yogurt can be a very healthy addition to your diet, Greek yogurt certainly has some advantages over it. For starters, it can carry twice the protein and is packed with calcium. As a matter of fact, registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association Sarah Krieger tells US News Health that a six-ounce cup of Greek yogurt can give you 20% of your daily calcium.
As if you weren't already convinced, the probiotics in Greek yogurt aid in digestion and give your immune system a friendly nudge.
You'll be shocked to see how many different ways you can use Greek yogurt. While you can mix it with fruit, granola, and other common ingredients--or just eat a plain--since it's less sweet and has more of a kick to it, you can even use it as a replacement for sour cream and mayo! It's a much, much healthier alternative.
And you can get all of this in half the calories, sodium, carbs, AND sugar of regular yogurt!
Here you've got three foods that are versatile, super easy to prepare, and can give you an extraordinary amount of healthy ingredients and protection in just one serving. Take great care of your body now, keep your blood pressure under control and be even happier later.
Haley Brown writes for several business blogs. Many businesses have kiosks, especially a blood pressure kiosk, which can help promote health awareness.