7 Foods That Heal

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Bananas aid in stress and anxiety.

Just one banana gives you a slight blood sugar boost and 30% of your vitamin B6 for the day, which causes the brain to produce serotonin and you’ll feel more relaxed. Easy! Bananas are high in potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. A banana a day can also protect again atherosclerosis.

Pears flush out bad cholesterol.

Pears contain Pectin, a fiber in the peel and pulp of citrus fruits. Research has shown that Pectin can prevent cholesterol from absorbing into the bloodstream. One pear also has 5 grams of dietary fiber, about 20% of what your daily fiber intake should be. Embrace the pear’s skin for its texture and nutrients – that’s where most of the fruit’s fiber is.

Avocados are anti-inflammatory.

These tasty little guys contain naturally healthy fats. Diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis can be aided by eating avocados. The fruit is widely used for skin care regimens, such as face masks to decrease redness and puffiness. Avocados can regulate blood circulation with potassium, and have also been found to reduce breast-cancer causing cells with the oleic acid they contain.

Beets detox the body.

The liver works to remove toxins and other harmful stuff from our bodies, allowing us to live without getting sick all the time. But what flushes out the liver? Beets are extremely high in antioxidants and contain important substances – like fiber and iron – that fight liver toxins and leave you feeling fresh. Try drinking beet juice for an easy way to incorporate it into your diet.

Blueberries are good for your brain.

A recent study suggests that blueberries reverse age-related memory loss. Flavonoids, the antioxidants found in blueberries, have been found to trigger parts of the brain controlling memory and learning. Not only can diets rich in blueberries improve learning capacity and motor skills, but they can also break down belly fat. I recommend enjoying 1 cup of blueberries per day!

Citrus lowers your stroke risk.

A recent study in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke tracked over 60,000 women for 14 years and evaluated their eating habits. The study showed that women who at the most oranges, grapefruits and lemons, had a 19% lower chance of having a blood-clot-related stroke than those who ate less citrus. Not to mention, the pulp and juice from a Satsuma mandarin is said to help prevent cancer!

Walnuts are good for your vision.

They contain a valuable omega-3 fatty acid – alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – that’s effective in alleviating eye dryness, irritation and inflammation. Walnuts are also a superfood for your skin; the omega-3 fats strengthen membranes of skin cells and lock in moisture and nutrients.

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