Regardless if you eat the gluten-free way, are vegan or follow a paleo diet, or maybe none at all – these curious healthy food facts can benefit almost any kind of lifestyle.
Want to add more Vitamin C into your life? Look no further.
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– is dense in Vitamin C and antioxidants not to mention it is double the amount of magnesium, potassium, and pathothenic acid than oranges. It is a great way to beat the common cold and some research has shown that it can even prevent heart conditions. Try the actual cherry or order the powder and add it to your morning smoothie or bowl of porridge.
Another Vitamin C powerhouse is Goji Berries. This Chinese tradition was used as medicine and is a great addition to organic seeds and nuts, your porridge, smoothie, or even in your hot tea. Kick start your vision with these berries thanks to the antioxidant, zeaxanthin, which protects your eyes from ultraviolet rays and has been known (along with lutein) to decrease the chance of cataracts. Other benefits include improving circulation, promoting healthy skin and hair, and protecting the liver.
– is another seriously healthy food – as a vegetable it has one of the highest sources of vitamin C ranking at 81mg of Vitamin C in just one cup of florets. It also provides a ton of vitamin A and K, which are needed to rebuild or absorb vitamin D. Thanks to its rich source of flavonoid, kaemperol, specifically it has anti-inflammatory benefits to suit. Ever bought a floret and chopped off the stem? You can actually eat the stem. Be sure to cut it up into small pieces so it cooks faster. Try it steamed to experience a cholesterol-lowering benefit or cultured.
The best way to eat curiously healthy vegetables especially if you are not a fan of anything green is to ferment them.
– have been a staple dish to certain cultures for centuries. The great thing about fermented foods is that they are a natural probiotic. Since they are loaded with essential enzymes and good bacteria they assist your digestion, which builds a super strong immune system. Crunch on this – why not make your own raw cultured carrots? Here is one easy recipe (I recommend using Himalayan salt).
Many people avoid avocados because they are known to be high in fat. This is actually why it is healthy. This raw fat form is something many people do not have enough of. Avocados are loaded with potassium (more than bananas), vitamin E, B, folic acid, and fiber. Avocados are a perfect banana replacement – they make lusciously thick smoothies without the added sugar.
Beets are quite unique in that they contain a special kind of phytonutrient called betalains.
– support the detoxification process and are linked to key anti-inflammatory processes. Another added benefit is that you can use the beet greens, which are in the “dark, leafy” category making them packed with antioxidants, not to mention vitamin A, vitamin B6, magnesium and other amazing vitamins. It is recommended to not boil or steam the veggie for too long – 15 minutes tops so that the betalain is not damaged. Either chop it up finely before heating or try it raw as a slice or in a juice. Just know that after using the loo it may cause slight reddening.
Last but I think most importantly a great addition to a curious healthy food lifestyle is Himalayan salt
The jury is out on salt. Many holistic health professionals agree that this type of salt contains less sodium than refined salt, has naturally occurring iodine, contains many minerals and elements, and creates a perfect balance of electrolytes. That means you can regulate water content (no retention there) and it is pH balanced. There are many other benefits but I suggest you read up on it.
Onto investigating what else provokes my curiosity with food.
All the best with health and happiness,