Protect your memory, stress level, bones & immune system
Of course a diet chock full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats is the ticket for an overall healthy body…that goes without saying. In case you missed my “How Food Savvy Are YOU?” segment on WKYC, here are ten foods that will help you stress less, get fewer colds, strengthen your bones and memory and protect your brain!
Want to avoid Alzheimer’s disease?
1. Drink COFFEE! Because of its caffeine content, research shows that drinking three cups per day may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease. We are all born with proteins in our brain, called beta-amyloid protein. As we age, however, it can accumulate in our brain and lead to Alzheimer’s Disease. Caffeine appears to inhibit the production of beta-amyloid protein.
2. Don’t like coffee? Try GREEN TEA!
Want a better memory?
3. Eat EGGS! Eggs are rich in choline, a form of B-vitamin, which aids in focus and memory. Eating one whole egg a day is safe for most people!
4. Don’t like eggs? Try WHEAT GERM.
Want to avoid the flu?
5. Eat SWEET POTATOES! Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins A and C, both antioxidants known to boost your immune system.
6. Don’t like sweet potatoes? Try MANGOS!
Want less stress?
7. Eat BROWN RICE! Whole grain foods like brown rice and popcorn help to boost levels of serotonin—a powerful brain chemical that makes you feel happy and calm.
8. Don’t like brown rice? Try OATMEAL.
Want stronger bones?
9. Eat KALE! Leafy greens like kale are calcium-rich. In fact, two cups worth of kale packs an amazing 200 mg of calcium! That’s the amount of calcium you’d find in 6 ounces of yogurt! Toss a handful of kale in your morning smoothie and you’re good to go! Or, be part of the kale chip craze! Click here for a simple Kale Chip recipe. P.S. Don’t knock ’em till you try ’em…they are delicious!
10. Don’t like kale? Try TOTAL CEREAL. A 3/4-cup serving offers up 1000 mg of calcium! Not bad, considering the daily recommendations are between 1000 mg-1300 mg based on your age and gender. Click here to learn more about how much calcium YOU need!