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Superfoods

Superfoods

Superfoods

Life comes at your fast--and if you're working too hard, you might miss the opportunity to hack your way to an easier existence. Life Hacks are sneaky ways to save time, money, and effort by finding clever new uses for items you already own, using psychological tricks to get ahead, and otherwise subtly gaming the system. We've researched and tested literally thousands of tips, tricks, and techniques to produce the ultimate collection of Life Hacks: the absolute best ways to live an easier, more efficient, and more triumphant life. Dig into this special bookazine!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Heinrich Bauer Publishing, L. P.
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One-off
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1 min.
nutritious and delicious ways to make healthy eating easy.

EATING RIGHT IS HARD. The grocery store is filled with a million evil temptations in the form of sugary treats, salty snacks, and overly processed Frankenfoods. And even when they seem to be doing the right thing, you have to keep your wits about you. “Chocolatey,” as the late George Carlin pointed out, means nothing more than “there’s no chocolate in it.” Words like “natural” and “farm fresh” can actually mean nothing at all. But we know there are exceptions. There are foods so good for you they deserve a special name: superfoods. Healthy proteins like salmon and grass-fed beef; antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries and lemon, vitamin powerhouses like leafy greens and broccoli, even the rich, delicious majesty of dark chocolate and honey. In this book we don’t want to just celebrate…

2 min.
avocados

WE’VE ALL HEARD the good word on healthy fats stored in avocados, but that’s just scratching the surface of their nutritional punch. This green-fleshed fruit (yes, fruit—avocados are technically berries with one large seed) are incredibly and efficiently nutritious. One cup of mashed avocado offers doses of 20 different vitamins and minerals, including about 15 percent (3 mg) of your recommended daily vitamin E intake, high levels of vitamin K (which helps with blood clotting, calcium metabolism, and strong bone development), anti-inflammatory phytosterols (combating the symptoms of osteoporosis and arthritis), cancer-fighting carotenoids, folates (great for pregnant women and cell repair) and the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein (critical for vision repair and eye health). Avocados also contain a ton of potassium, as well as a very beneficial fat called avocatin B,…

2 min.
salmon

IF YOU’RE SQUEAMISH about salmon, you’re missing out on serious health benefits, especially outstanding levels of potassium and B vitamins. The fish doesn’t get nearly enough good PR for lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke, repairing DNA, converting food to energy, reducing inflammation that could lead to heart disease, and more. Omega-3s are another big reason to choose salmon over other proteins: These important fatty acids can curb the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis, reduce anxiety and depression, lessen the inflammation associated with asthma, improve memory and brain function, and reduce the risk of heart disease. The trace mineral selenium is also found in salmon and has been found to promote bone health, improve thyroid function, and reduce cancer risk. Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and vitamins,…

2 min.
blueberries

NO EVERYDAY FRUIT or veggie carries a stronger antioxidant punch than blueberries. They’re also great for your digestive tract (loaded with fiber), your skin (with vitamin C and collagen boosters), and bones and joints (with magnesium, calcium, zinc, and vitamin K). The antioxidants in blueberries can improve memory, protect the body from free radicals, reduce tumor size, and ward off lung, mouth, pharynx, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate and colon cancers. Plus the fruit’s anthocyanins (which give it its dark blue color) have been linked to improved insulin sensitivity. Native Americans first used blueberries to treat coughs; early American colonists boiled blueberries in milk to make gray paint. In the early 1900’s, a botanist named Frederick Coville joined forces with New Jersey resident Elizabeth White to grow blueberries in her family’s acidic soil…

2 min.
leafy greens

FROM SPINACH to Swiss chard, collard greens to kale, lettuce to watercress, leafy greens are the ultimate in foods that feed and fuel your body. They contain living enzymes, improve oxygen transport throughout the body, decrease inflammation, increase red blood cell production, purify the lymphatic system and liver, and help rid the bloodstream of harmful pollutants and pesticides. Many greens (collards, kale and chard, especially) contain a high level of vitamin K, while nitrates, magnesium, potassium, and iron also play big roles in the nutritional profile of many greens. And don’t overlook two of the biggest underdogs in the leafy green family: watercress (which contains high levels of nitrates, known to lower blood pressure) and red lettuce (which boasts 40 percent more antioxidants than ultra-healthy spinach or kale). Leafy greens add…

3 min.
garlic

THIS VERSATILE cousin of the onion can improve blood pressure, lower LDL levels, prevent heart disease, boost immune function, and improve blood circulation. Some folk remedies even claim that swallowing garlic cloves whole can combat an oncoming cold. A much healthier flavoring alternative to salt, garlic contains at least traces of nearly every nutrient that our bodies need, while the sulfur compound in garlic (called allicin) has been shown to boost the disease-fighting response of the body’s white blood cells. Garlic also contains plenty of antioxidants, which may help protect brain function and keep Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay, and it has cleansing properties in both the bloodstream and digestive tract (particularly the colon and large intestine). With a more than 3,000-year history, garlic was widely used by ancient Egyptians, Babylonians,…