Top 6 Foods That Can Earn You A Few More Years

Posted on June 24, 2014 and updated July 2, 2014 in Health Tips, Life Insurance Canada News 7 min read
 

It’s becoming seriously hard for people in today’s society to wrap their heads around the concept of healthy choices in regards to food, and it’s even harder when there seems to be fast-food stops at every corner! Most people will resort to spending less than 10 bucks on foods that are soaked in oil or have gallons of sugar — yes I’m looking at you, sodas! Yes, cheap food is more readily accessible and easier on the wallet. But guess what. Those foods are terrible for you and your heart! If you want to improve your health and longevity, incorporate these foods into your diet. And if quick and readily accessible food is your concern, do yourself a favour and pre-prep these healthy foods. Trust me — your body will thank you later.

 

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1. Yogurt

So, you may think, “What could possibly be the benefits of eating yogurt on a regular basis?” Well, for one, yogurt contains active bacteria that is beneficial to your health. A healthy body requires a good amount of good bacteria for it to function properly. Good bacteria that found in probiotic yogurt and helps in maintaining the proper function of the digestive system. Many of these bacterias can adjust the microflora, which means they will balance out the natural organisms in the intestine. Yogurt also has benefits in preventing the occurrence of osteoporosis — low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Since yogurt comes from milk, you get calcium by eating it! Calcium, along with vitamin D, offers great skeletal benefits. Remember your mom nagging you to drink milk as a kid? Well, yeah, hope you listened!

 

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2. Olive Oil

I’m pretty sure most of you have heard that Olive oil is a better alternative to sunflower or any other kinds of oil when cooking your food. Well, you heard right. Olives in general offer numerous health benefits. Lets go through some of them.

Listen up, ladies! Olives are known to control and minimize the occurrence of breast cancer and colon diseases and are packed with Phenolic antioxidants. Monounsaturated fatty acids and oleic acids prevent free radicals from forming, meaning there will be less of a chance for your cells to malfunction, which means less of a chance for cancer. Besides preventing cancer, olive oil can also help in the reduction of ulcers and pain since it has a compound called Oleocanthal that mimics the painkiller ibuprofen. And what’s best out of all this? Olive oil is known to be good for your heart. It helps reduce the bad cholesterol LDL, lowering many chances of cardiovascular problems — all thanks to its active ingredient, Biophenols. I mean who doesn’t want a healthy heart?

 

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3. Spinach

As a kid, you probably learned to hate this disease-busting green superhero! But now that you’re an adult, guess what. You need to learn to love this butt-kicker and incorporate it into your diet as much as possible. Having trouble in the bathroom? Well, you’ll see improvements when you eat spinach. It prevents constipation and aids in digestive processes. The most common element about these foods listed here, as you probably have noted, is that they help in preventing cancer. Spinach is not new to this. This green superhero has an abundance of anti-cancer properties called Flavonoids. They’re known to break down cancer cells in the stomach and help prevent aggressive prostate cancer in men. Antioxidants are abundant in this leaf, to name some: vitamin C, vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Manganese, zinc, and selenium. What do these antioxidants do? They prevent or help control blood pressure, osteoporosis, immunity, and much more!

 

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4. Salmon

Not many people realize this, but salmon offers numerous health benefits, ranging from the heart to the brain and nerves. Proteins in salmon strengthen muscle and tissues, containing amino acids that are vital for the human body. And who can forget the Omega-3 fatty acids? They help you lower cholesterol—the bad one of course, LDL. They raise the good one — HDL. Since we are talking about the benefits, let’s take a moment to recognize that eating salmon will prevent arteries from hardening. So there will be less of a chance of a heart attack.

Lets look at how it helps the brain and nerves. Well, all these acids help in memory and prolong the deterioration of the nervous system that comes with age such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease. Another perk of Omega-3 fatty acids? They can prevent blood clots, lowering your chances of strokes. And we all know how dangerous having a stroke can be. Some people don’t even realize they’re having one, and getting to the hospital on time can be the only solution to save a life!

 

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5. Dark Chocolate

Is this possible? Chocolate is a healthy food? No way! Actually, yes way. Dark chocolate with high cocoa content has been proven to have numerous health benefits. Let’s look at some. Dark chocolate is rich in iron, magnesium, fibre, copper, and other minerals, so itcan be very nutritious. Dark chocolate is also known to provide good blood flow and lower blood pressure — again Flavanol appears again and it helps our body with circulation. The bacteria in your gut can release dark chocolate’s powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, which can prevent the inflammation of cardiovascular tissues.

 

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6. Nuts

You probably already know this one. That’s right! Nuts are healthy for your body! Nuts are packed with protein that your body needs, and not only are they a good source of protein, but they are also rich in fibre and essential fats. For example, almonds are a great source of calcium. And listen up, all you milk haters or lactose-intolerant people. Almond milk can be a great substitute for dairy milk. Want your skin to look healthier and more vibrant? That’s right! Almond can help. Why? Because it’s filled with vitamin E. Our friend flavanol appears once again, this time in almonds, which can help in maintaining a healthy pumping heart! And if you’re a vegetarian, cashew nuts are great to use since they too are a great source of protein and are rich in mineral magnesium.

So there you have it. The listed foods will definitely aid you in maintaining a healthy body along with a good mind and spirit! Most problems stem from the fact that good, healthy food usually takes some time to prepare and junk foods are so easily available at a cheap price, so people settle for that instead. Trust me. Once you get into the habit of preparing good food, you’ll never go back to the cheap way! 
 

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Stephen @ HowToSaveMoney.ca
Stephen @ HowToSaveMoney.ca

If you’re interested in food and health, you may want to check out The China Study. One of the biggest studies ever done on the impact of food on disease.

After reading you may want to rethink your recommendation of dairy products.

http://www.amazon.com/The-China-Study-Comprehensive-Implications/dp/1932100660

Also check out “Forks Over Knives” documentary on Netflix Canada.

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LSM Insurance

Thanks Steven. The Health Risks and Dangers of dairy is certainly a hotly debated topic.

Daisy Gonzalez
Daisy Gonzalez

Great information all I above I have

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LSM Insurance

Thanks for the comment, Daisy! I’m happy that you liked the article.

Patricia Stanley
Patricia Stanley

Interesting article. Some food are good in moderation, wouldn’t it be bad to eat too much of something even if it’s healthy? Or is that not the case? Do life insurance companies consider your health life style (exercising, eating) during the application process?

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LSM Insurance

Thanks – too much of anything is likely a bad thing. But it is hard to overeat when it comes to green vegetables.

Insurance companies definitely do look at lifestyle when underwriting an application.