Healthy Foods – the Easiest Stress Management

Category : Managing Stress

Healthy food is to take Stress-management under your control, and it’s easy with the 7 colors to help your whole being feel full of vitality and avoid stress related ailments.

A bland diet is the main cause of bad nutrition, iceberg lettuce and French fries, which have virtually no nutritional value at all, are not healthy foods. Crack nature’s secret code to counterbalance this, with my healthy foods list. You will be amazed how easy it is to make healthy eating a part of your life.

Eating healthily foods in vivid colors is the key to good nutrition, which in turn is the key to stress-management, as they contain a store of disease fighting chemicals called phyto-nutrients.

To get enough of these vital ingredients, just add a single serving, (a piece of fruit, glass of juice, one to two servings of vegetables) from each of the following seven healthy food color families to your usual whole grains, proteins and healthy fats. Once accomplished, eating healthy foods will become second nature to you.

So here’s my healthy foods ladder, please include some of the following in your diet, healthy eating for stress should includes extra vitamin C and B6, because vital nutrients are being used up more quickly.

Eating healthy is the key to managing stress. These foods will help you feel better:

RED/PURPLE.
These foods contain powerful antioxidants that may cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by inhibiting clot formation.

To eat: Aubergines, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Cranberries (or sauce),Plums, Prunes, Red grapes, Raspberries, Red apples, Red cabbage, Red wine, strawberries  (read more)”.
Contain: Vitamins: A, C, B group, E, magnesium, potassium
Berries contain most of the antioxidant vitamins (A,C,E) which protects against infections, premature ageing (learn how to lengthen your lifespan), PMS, and menopausal problems. Arthritis may be eased by strawberries. Raspberries aid the digestion. Blackberries and cranberries – for sore throats and coughs.

RED

To eat: Any tomato based food. Even salsa and ketchup, provides a hefty dose of lycopene, a cancer fighting antioxidant. Try also: Guava, Pink Grapefruit, Watermelon.”
Contain: Vitamins A, B group, C,E, folate and calcium, iron and zinc.
Tomatoes have all the antioxidant vitamins (A,C,E and zinc) to strengthen the immune system and reduce age-related macular degeneration, heart disease, strokes and some cancers. Because of the zinc tomatoes are also good for sexual dysfunctions, such as infertility and impotence.

ORANGE
The beta carotene in orange foods boosts eye and skin health and may decrease risk of certain cancers (url).

To eat: Apricots, cantaloupe melon, carrots, mango, pumpkin, sweet potato, winter squash.
Contain: Vitamins A, C and E, iron and potassium
Beta-carotene is beneficial for the digestive system, improves healthy eyes, aids the immune system. Potassium is good for blood pressure. Pectin helps to lower cholesterol.

ORANGE/YELLOW
These cousins to the orange family are rich in beta cryptoxanthin, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage.

To eat: Nectarines, Oranges, Papaya, peaches, pineapple, tangerines, yellow grapefruit.
Contain: Vitamins C B group and E, flavonoids, folates, folic-acid.
Citrus fruits have high levels of antioxidant vitamin C, which helps white blood cells fight infection and boosts immunity in general. Folates protect against heart disease by lowering blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. Folic-acid is essential for the forming of red blood cells to prevent fatigue (http://usehealthguide.com/chronic-fatigue-a-real-disease) and anemia.

YELLOW/GREEN
More protection for your eyes, these foods contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help fight cataracts and macular degeneration.

To eat: Avocado, courette,cucumber (both with skin), green beans, peas, green or yellow pepper, honeydew melon, kiwi, Romaine lettuce, spinach, spring greens and sweetcorn.
Contain: Vitamins A, B group, C, E and folate, iron, selenium and zinc.
The B group vitamins together with the antioxidants E and zinc help to neutralize free radicals, and thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, strokes, cataracts and some cancers. Vitamin E is particularly important for maintaining healthy skin, heart and circulation, nerves, muscles and red blood cells. Folates work with iron, magnesium and zinc to prevent anemia. Zinc is needed for sperm production and is also essential for the development of the reproductive organs. A lack of zinc can cause infertility and impotence. Oysters contain more zinc than any other food.

GREEN
Green foods pack natural chemical called isothiocyanates-such as sulforaphane-and indoles, all of which stimulate production of cancer-fighting liver enzymes.

To eat: Broccoli or broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, swiss chard and kale. Vitamins A,C,E, iodine, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folic-acid.
Contain: Cabbage has high antioxidant vitamins (A,C,E) so protects against free radicals, for good skin and helps acne. The high vitamin C content of these vegetables help build up resistance to coughs, colds and other infections. Iodine is important for thyroid function, energy and growth. Magnesium for healthy muscles and nerves. Calcium for bones and teeth. Potassium is vital for a healthy heart and kidneys.

WHITE/GREEN
Garlic and onions contain allicin, a real tumor fighter. Mushrooms have other disease-battling chemicals. These foods are rich in flavonoids, which protect against cell damage.

To eat: Garlic, onions, mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus, celery, chives, endive (chicory) leeks.
Contain: Vitamins A,C,E, flavonoids, folates, potassium, selenium, sulphur.

Potassium is needed to regulate blood pressure, the cells, nerves and muscles of the body. Selenium is an antioxidant mineral and protects against free radicals which cause tissue damage. It also helps the liver to function normally. Sulphur acts as an antifungal and antibacterial agent, and is especially concentrated in skin, nails and hair.

With healthy eating, an exercise regime, and weight loss program, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it all before. This is stress management at its best. Start your little exercise regime now.

Your feeling of well-being and vitality will increase your feelings of self worth and confidence.

Healthy eating plays a crucial role in your ability to deal with times of extra stress. And knowing you’ve cracked the healthy food code will help make you feel every day much better.

Fight Stress with Healthy Food

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