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by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

 
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When it comes to eating a healthy diet, there is a broad range of what that means for different people. Some people have or are at risk for diabetes and need to watch their sugar intake, while others need to watch their fat and cholesterol levels. There are, however, a new category of foods known as “Superfoods” that are becoming more and more universally recognized as being a crucial part of everyone’s diet. Here are 4 great superfoods and why you want to include them in your everyday diet.

Oranges
While most everyone knows that oranges (and other citrus fruits) are an excellent source of Vitamin C, not as many people are fully aware of the mighty power this simple vitamin wields. We know that Vitamin C is great for fighting off colds and other infections, but not necessarily why. The reason is that Vitamin C is a critical element in producing the white blood cells and other antibodies that help our immune system fight off viruses and infections. Just one large orange a day during cold and flu season, in particular, can go a long way towards helping you sail through the season virus-free.

Tea
While not technically a food, tea offers a wide number of health benefits, not the least of which is that it is a far preferable alternative to soda. Technically speaking, only beverages made with actual tea leaves can genuinely be called tea, but there are a number of herbal and fruit-flavored infusions we also call tea. Teas made from actual tea leaves, however, are packed with a particular kind of antioxidant known as a flavonoid.

Flavonoids have been linked to a reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s and diabetes and even certain types of cancer. As an added bonus, they also promote stronger, healthier teeth and gums as well as better bone strength. Tea is best consumed freshly brewed since the flavonoids are strongest in that state, but if you want to make some to store in the fridge, add a little citrus juice to it. The Vitamin C in the citrus will help retain the power of the flavonoids.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes derive their brilliant orange color from the same source as carrots. Both contain alpha and beta-carotene, which your body needs to convert into an active form of Vitamin A. Vitamin a is necessary for good vision, strong bones, and a healthy immune system. A single medium sized sweet potato will offer more than four times the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A you need, not to mention offering a little extra Vitamin C and B6. The power of the mighty sweet potato also doesn’t stop there, offering a number of other crucial minerals such as potassium, manganese, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Yogurt
In the 1970s, the Soviet state of Georgia became widely known for having a wealth of its citizens seeing their 100th birthday and beyond. Researchers concluded that the most likely cause of this was the abundance of yogurt in their diet. While there are still a number of mysteries surrounding the curious power of this superfood, true yogurt contains a number of different kinds of “good bacteria” that help promote good intestinal health. Be careful, however, because a number of products that call themselves “yogurt” are really nothing more than essentially a fruit-flavored pudding. For yogurt to have true health benefits it must contain the active, live cultures that give yogurt its positive health benefits.

In addition to eating healthy foods, be sure to consult medical professionals periodically. Even if you eat right and maintain good habits, health problems can still arise. You may also notice changes in your health that you need to be proactive about. In these cases, find the right professional to help you as soon as possible. If you’re not sure where to go, just search Google with terms like “dentures bryant arkansas” for your needs and location and scope out your options.

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