10 Foods for a Longer Life
Albuquerque Home Care understands that one of the best things you can do to increase your life span and live a happier and healthier life is to eat a balanced diet. The following foods are proven to be capable of helping you boost your metabolism and burn fat, fight disease, lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and live a longer life. Here are the top ten foods that will help you live a longer life:
1. Green Tea
Researchers believe that catechins and antioxidants found in green tea are effective at boosting metabolism. Those who drink five or more cups of green tea per day live longer lives compared with those who average less than a cup per day.
Allicin, an antibacterial and antifungal compound, is the main ingredient found in garlic. Allicin is produced by the garlic plant as a defense against pests, but inside in your body it fights cancer, strengthens your cardiovascular system, decreases fat storage and even fights acne inflammation.
Grapefruit contains a massive dose of lycopene, which is the cancer-preventing antioxidant found most commonly in tomatoes. Studies show those who ate grapefruit once a day exhibited a decrease in insulin levels, indicating that their bodies had improved the ability to metabolize sugar. Even a moderate increase in grapefruit intake should have results.
4. Greek Yogurt
A single cup of Greek yogurt has about a quarter of your day’s calcium and studies show that individuals on calcium-rich diets have an easier time losing body fat. Greek yogurt has no excess sugars and three times as much protein as regular yogurt.
More than half the calories in each avocado comes from one of the world’s healthiest fats called monounsaturates. Numerous studies have shown that monounsaturated fats both improve your cholesterol profile and decrease the amount of triglycerides in your blood.
Those who eat eggs often enjoy more vitamins and minerals in their diets than those who eat few or no eggs. With only 72 calories, each large egg holds 6.3 grams of high quality protein and a mass amount of vital nutrients. People who replace carbs with eggs for breakfast lose weight 65 percent quicker than those who do not.
Quinoa contains a stronger distribution of nutrients than any grain you’ve probably ever had. It has about twice as much fiber and protein as brown rice and a perfect blend of amino acids. The combination of protein, fiber, healthy fats and a small dose of carbohydrates, help insure a low impact on your blood sugar.
8. Bell Peppers
All peppers are loaded with antioxidants, but the red, yellow and orange bell peppers contain the highest amounts. These colors result from carotenoids concentrated in the flesh of the pepper also found in tomatoes, carrots and grapefruits. Some of the benefits include improved immune function, better communication between cells, protection against sun damage and a diminished risk for several types of cancer.
An ounce of almonds, about 23 nuts, provides nearly 9 grams of heart healthy oleic acid. This monounsaturated fat is known to have a great deal of health benefits, including improved memory. Nearly a quarter of an almond’s calories come from the fiber and protein.
10. Swiss Chard
In just 35 calories of cooked Swiss chard, you get more than 300% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, 100% of vitamin A and 16% of vitamin E. In addition to the nutritional benefits, emerging research suggests that the combination of phytonutrients and fiber in chard may provide an effective defense against colon cancer.
At Home Care Albuquerque we know that a nutritional diet is especially important for seniors to help them live a healthier life. Our Albuquerque caregivers attend trainings to teach them how to cook nutritional and delicious meals for our clients. If you or a loved one needs assistance with activities of daily living and meal preparation, call a Care Manager today and discover our wide range of services for a happier and healthier life for seniors.