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Dr. B’s 9 Daily Superfoods and Beverages

In the last issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, you learned how ultra-processed foods can destroy your health. On the other hand, eating a nutrient-rich diet is one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of a long and healthy life.

But trying to figure out what to eat can be overwhelming. In fact, patients often ask me if there are certain foods they should be eating more of.

This is a great question. And I’ll share with you the same answer I give my patients.

There are nine nutrition-packed foods and beverages that I feel everyone should be enjoying more of, every single day. They aren’t weird or exotic… and you can easily pick them up at your local market when you do your shopping. (At the same time, you can avoid all of those pesky aisles filled with processed foods!)

7 Super Healthy Foods you should eat Every Day

#1 – Green leafy vegetables like lettuce, kale, spinach, collard greens and turnip greens should grace your plate at least twice a day. These green foods are rich in vitamins K1, A, C, E and many of the B vitamins. They also provide minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. And they’re chock full of fiber, folate and antioxidants.

Eating greens regularly can protect against cardiovascular disease, boost your immune system, enhance your bone health, slow down mental decline and protect against all types of cancer. I suggest eating at least two servings of leafy greens every day.

#2 – Vegetables of all colors of the rainbow should also be a big part of your diet. Tomatoes, rutabagas, broccoli, squash, cauliflower, carrots, avocadoes, sweet potatoes and other veggies all have a place at your dinner table. So in addition to your leafy greens, it’s a good idea to eat two servings of other colorful vegetables each day.

#3 – Organic berries are one of my favorite treats. Not only are they tasty, they also contain a wealth of anti-inflammatory flavonoids and anthocyanins.

People who eat berries every day have brains that are about 2.5 years younger than people who don’t. Plus, I like the fact that berries can help reduce plaque in your arteries, lower blood pressure and potentially reduce your risk of a heart attack by about 33%. They also help keep cancer from invading your cells and spreading through your body.

It doesn’t take a lot of berries to get all of these amazing health benefits. Just one serving a day – about a half of cup – is all it takes.

#4 – Other fruits are just as important to your overall health. This includes things like apples, bananas, melons, mangos, citrus fruits… mix them up and enjoy 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit (in addition to your berries) each day.

#5 – Tree nuts are best known for their heart-healthy benefits. They improve blood pressure and endothelial function, reduce inflammation, protect against the development of type 2 diabetes, help you maintain a healthy body weight and support a healthy gut microbiota. Additionally, recent data shows that eating more nuts may help ward off numerous types of cancer.

A nice thing about nuts is that a little bit goes a long way. It only takes about 1.5 ounces of them each day to gain all of this protection. (This is the equivalent of about 12 Brazil nuts or 21 walnut halves. It takes around 25 cashews to make 1.5 ounces, or 36 almonds.)

#6 – Beans/Legumes are loaded with protein and health-giving nutrients like potassium, magnesium, folate, iron and zinc. They’re also a great source of soluble fiber, which is sorely lacking in today’s American diet. If you have any concerns about their lectin content, cooking them very well will take care of that.

Because of the high fiber content, beans are absorbed very slowly by your body. This is great for your sugar metabolism, because the slow absorption rate helps prevent glucose and insulin spikes. Beans also reduce inflammatory markers (CRP, IL-6) linked to heart disease. They really are good for your heart!

I recommend getting, at minimum, one serving of beans and legumes a day. (That’s about three-quarters of a cup.)

The best way to get more beans in your diet is to eat bean soup. But you can also add them to other soups, stews and salads… or use them to make a bean dip or bean salsa. Eating more hummus, which is made from chickpeas, is another excellent option.

#7 – Extra virgin olive oil is brimming with natural antioxidants called polyphenols. These compounds repress pro-inflammatory genes, which gives olive oil a powerful role in the fight against aging.

Polyphenols can also change the expression of genes that influence your risk of heart disease and plaque build-up in the arteries. So unlike other oils found in so many kitchens today, it’s an extremely heart-healthy oil.

You can easily get more olive oil in your diet by using it for dressings, dips and drizzles. I like blending it with garlic and herbs… then I dribble it over my fish, meats and vegetables at almost every meal (other than breakfast).

Then, add 2 Beverages to Boost Your Health

In addition to the foods listed above, there are also two extremely healthy beverages (other than water) that you should consume regularly.

#8 – Green tea is my beverage of choice. Not only does it taste delicious, it also slashes the risk of diabetes by about a third. It improves bone density and protects against arterial stiffness. People who drink three or more cups a day have a 21% lower risk of stroke than those who drink less than one cup a day. Drinking green tea every day can even reduce your risk of cardiovascular death.

I recommend enjoying anywhere between three and five cups of green tea to reap the incredible health benefits that it offers.

#9 – Add Kombucha to your daily beverage choices. It’s a slightly sparkling, fermented tea that makes a fantastic replacement for water. And for soda, too. I love it and drink it frequently. It’s a fizzy, tangy, and sometimes sweet drink. It’s delicious.

What I love most is that it has probiotic properties that help balance and diversify the gut microbiome. And since the microbes in your gut play an important part in all aspects of your mental and physical health, kombucha is an excellent choice of beverage.

When you make these foods and beverages the foundation of your meals you will automatically start feeling better, have more energy, face fewer illnesses and have a much better chance of living a longer and healthier life.


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