5 Foods To Eat For Great Health

It’s funny how us humans make things complicated. The creator of this planet, God, the Universe, whatever higher power you believe in, has put in place a beautiful world that we should be able to thrive in.

Unfortunately, we don’t follow natures clues. Instead we go against mother nature… one thing I’ve learned in my lifetime is that mother nature always gets the last laugh.

I wrote this article, and recorded a video (watch below) for you to help you thrive. It’s a fun way to remember 5 foods that will make your health great.

Nature gives us clues. What do I mean by that? The sun goes up, and we’re suppose to get up. The sun goes down, and we’re supposed to go down (sleep). Instead we have manufactured a brand new daytime with the invention of electricity. Sure, it’s awesome that we did this, but it’s also costing us with our health. As long as you follow natures clues you will thrive, but when you go against it, sickness and disease happens.

I want to share 5 foods that are great for your health, and how nature gave us clues for them.

#1 CLUE: EGGS

The yolk from eggs looks like eyes, and it turns out they are beneficial to eye health. Egg yolk is a source of both lutein and zeaxanthin along with healthy fat and protein, and while the total amount of carotenoids is lower than in many vegetables, they’re in a highly absorbable, nearly ideal form.[1]

According to recent research,[2] adding a couple of eggs to your salad can also increase the carotenoid absorption from the whole meal as much as nine-fold.

Keep in mind that once you heat egg yolks (or spinach) the lutein and zeaxanthin become damaged, and will not perform as well in protecting your vision; so cook your eggs as little as possible, such as poached, soft-boiled, or raw.

#2 CLUE: WALNUTS

Walnuts are good for your brain, and they look like a little brain. Walnuts contain neuroprotective compounds, research shows walnut consumption may support brain health, including increasing inferential reasoning in young adults. [3]

#3 CLUE: CELERY

Celery is actually good for erections, and it looks like…well..

You may have read about how boosting nitric oxide in your blood can help you get and maintain better erections. One way to do this is to consume natural nitrates — something found in abundance in celery.

Nitric oxide is a molecule your body produces that signals smooth muscle cells to relax, increasing blood flow and reducing the production of plaque in the arteries.

#4 CLUE: AVOCADOS

Avocados are good for libido and they look like little testicles. Avocados are rich in heart-healthy fats, and anything that keeps your heart beating strong helps keep blood flowing to the right places.

#5 CLUE: TOMATOES

The skin of tomatoes kind of look like a sunburn, and lycopene (the antioxidant found in tomatoes) is good for your skin. In fact, many studies have shown that lycopene has beneficial effects for skin health.[4]

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References and Rescources:

[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/03/best-foods-for-eye-health.aspx

[2] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150329141005.htm

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21923981

[4] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/01/lycopene-reduces-stroke-risk.aspx

7 Foods That Make You Smarter

Guest post by By Suzy Buglewicz  

These days, it seems like we’re all trying to stretch our dollars. If the new school year has you scrambling for tips on how to help your kids do better in class, or if you’re looking for ways to increase your own productivity, start by examining your diet. Studies have shown that certain foods serve as fuel for our brains, helping us increase concentration and memory function—they’ve even been shown to help slow down the mind’s natural aging process. The next time you really need to stay alert or pay attention, try to eat more of these 7 foods that have been shown to help improve brain function and increase our ability to focus. Combine this practice with other good habits, like working out (with ShredFat inc) and you’ll soon find yourself at the head of the class—at any age.

Organic Spinach

Spinach-MainAt only 40 calories a cup, a serving of spinach contains almost half your daily requirement of folic acid, an essential nutrient for cell growth, blood production, and preventing memory loss. And spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available—just 1 cup of spinach also contains all your body’s daily requirements of vitamins A and K, plus most of the folate and manganese you need each day too. These nutrients improve brain function and slow down the effects of premature aging by helping to prevent the negative effects of oxidation on the brain. Spinach is also rich in iron, as well as lutein, which helps promote healthy eyesight. Smart Tip: Try losing the iceberg lettuce and adding spinach leaves instead to your next dinner salad or add fresh spinach to an omelet!

Organic Oatmeal

oats_250As a good source of insoluble fiber, oatmeal provides a stable energy that helps your brain maintain consistent focus and concentration. Eating oatmeal can also slow down the digestion of starch, reducing the frequent spikes in blood sugar that can often occur after a big meal. The iron, magnesium, and zinc in oatmeal encourage cell growth and can help rev up the metabolism and regulate blood sugar. To get oatmeal’s maximum nutritional benefits, avoid the pre-flavored instant packets, which are loaded with sugar, and stick with the plain, slower-cooking kind that will still cook in the microwave in just 2 or 3 minutes.
Smart Tip: Turn up oatmeal’s flavor naturally by preparing it with topping it with fresh organic blueberries or banana slices.

Wild Caught Fish

wild-caught-seafood-heroXL_279129Many studies have shown that eating oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help boost memory, concentration, and mental acuity. Omega-3 acids also appear to strengthen the brain’s synapses that are directly related to learning and memorization. And if that’s not reason enough to eat more fish, the omega-3 fatty acids also help slow down cognitive decline. Smart Tip: When choosing fish, watch mercury levels, and consider wild salmon, albacore tuna, and mackerel, which all contain omega-3s with minimal environmental contaminants.

Organic Walnuts

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Eating just a handful of these nuts every day can help prevent the decline of cognitive and motor function, increase brain resiliency, and improve cell function. Walnuts are loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids that help balance the unstable neurotransmitters that can contribute to depression and mood swings.
Smart Tip: Sprinkle a handful of chopped walnuts on salads, or fill a travel container for a healthy on-the-go snack. You’ll feel full longer, reducing the temptation to binge between meals.

Organic Berries

Organic berries Many types of berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, contain flavonoids, which have been linked to brain cell growth and improved memory. Berries with the darkest, richest colors generally offer the most nutritional value. Eat the real thing to reap the benefits, and avoid anything that contains “berry flavoring.” The antioxidants, vitamin C, and anti-inflammatory properties in berries have been shown to help preserve brain function and can be a helpful factor in battling the onset of dementia.
Smart Tip: Sprinkle berries on salads, cereal, or yogurt, or make yourself a fresh berry fruit smoothie.

Organic Full Fat Yogurt 

yogurtWidely known as a top calcium source for bone development and strength, yogurt also contains enough protein and carbohydrates in just one serving to help keep both the body and the brain energized throughout the day. Yogurt also contains amino acids that can encourage the production of neurotransmitters, and enough vitamin B to contribute—along with the protein—to the growth of brain tissue, while helping to slow down the aging process.
Smart Tip: Eat yogurt topped with berries for breakfast or lunch, or if you’re having a salad, nix the bottled dressing and make your own by mixing a quarter of a cup of plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt with fresh herbs. (Ben’s note; make sure it’s organic AND from grass fed cows)

Cage Free Organic Pastured Eggs

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These low-calorie, nutrient-dense wonders are rich in protein as well as choline, an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain and nervous system by acting as a messenger between muscles and nerves. If you’ve been avoiding eggs because you’re worried about your cholesterol, take note: Numerous research studies have indicated that eating eggs as part of a healthy diet has not been shown to be a contributing factor to heart disease. The nutrients in eggs also help increase memory development and aid in concentration. Another plus? Egg yolks contain lutein, which has been shown to help maintain and sometimes improve eye health.
Smart Tip: Enjoy an egg and spinach omelet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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