Part 3: Preventing Disease through Disease-Fighting Foods
In Part One of this series, we discussed the importance of living now for the life you want to lead when you are in your 60s, 70s and 80s, and surrounding yourself with healthy “mentors” who are currently living the life you wish to live. In Part Two, we looked at the foods that directly hurt us - sugar, fat and salt - and learned some ways to replace those with healthier alternatives.
In the final part of this series, we take a look at the foods that actively fight against certain diseases and how we can integrate those into our daily lives as a way of to prevent disease. Below is a chart of the eight healthiest disease-fighting foods. Try to include these foods in your diet at least 2-3 times per week.
BERRIES: specifically blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries
FISH: specifically salmon and tuna
BEANS and LENTILS
Phytochemicals, minerals, folic acid, protein, fiber
NUTS: particularly almonds and walnuts
Healthy fats, vitamins, selenium, protein, fiber
For more information on disease-fighting foods, check out http://www.runningforourlives.org/nutrition.html. And remember, eating in moderation and making wise choices in what you eat - at least most of the time - is your best defense against chronic diseases. See you next time!
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