In her new cookbook, Jillian Michaels highlights these power foods for their extraordinary health benefits. Try introducing them to your diet to achieve your healthiest self and your healthiest body:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a natural bacteria fighter that contains numerous beneficial minerals and trace elements. This wonder food is said to help with weight loss and cholesterol management as well. It is also said to work wonders for your overall health and may even help fight diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer, memory problems, and diseases associated with aging.
Apples stand out among other fruits when it comes to aiding in the general support of lung function and lung health. If you suffer from asthma, eat lots of apples!
Seaweed naturally detoxifies the liver and aids in removing heavy metals from the body.
Studies have shown that artichoke leaf extract helps reduce symptoms of IBS.
Having an extra order of asparagus may help to protect against unsightly varicose veins. Why? Asparagus is a good source of a flavonoid compound called rutin. Rutin not only has anti-inflammatory properties, but also helps improve circulation and strengthen veins and tiny blood vessels known as capillaries—all of which reduce the appearance of varicosities.
Bananas are loaded with potassium. Potassium helps suppress calcium excretion in the urine, thus minimizing the risk of kidney stones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Barley is loaded with insoluble fiber, which has been shown to help prevent gallstones.
Black beans contain insoluble fiber, which studies have shown not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders like IBS and diverticulosis.
Brown rice is very high in magnesium, which has been shown to be helpful in reducing the severity of asthma, boosting bone strength, lowering high blood pressure, reducing the frequency of migraine headaches, and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps provide protection against macular degeneration and the development of senile cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.
Chile peppers have a bad—and mistaken—reputation for contributing to stomach ulcers. Not only do they not cause ulcers, but they can help prevent them by killing bacteria you may have ingested, while stimulating the cells lining the stomach to secrete protective buffering juices.
Cilantro functions as a form of natural chelation therapy, helping to detox the liver and remove heavy metals from the body.
Cinnamon may significantly help people with Type 2 diabetes improve their body’s ability to respond to insulin, thus normalizing blood sugar levels. Both test tube and animal studies have shown that compounds in cinnamon not only stimulate insulin receptors, but also inhibit an enzyme that inactivates them, thus significantly increasing the cells’ ability to use glucose.
Cranberries’ powerful anti bacterial properties help to fight gum disease and urinary tract infections. It is also a mild diuretic.
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