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Every person who is in the pursuit of health is constantly looking for ways to get healthy. That being said, finding healthy foods is a very important part in the process of staying healthy. Now, you must have definitely come across some popular foods that everyone talks about when it comes to staying healthy but do you know the benefits that these popular foods have?
Read on to find out the benefits of popular foods:
Green tea: Green tea is the new ‘fitness mantra’ for a reason. Green tea not only benefits the body but sharpens the mind as well. The credit goes to two key ingredients- caffeine and L-Theanine. Caffeine is known to make a person more alert and increase attention levels. L-Theanine is the perfect complementary ingredient to caffeine as it increases ‘alpha-wave’ activity in the brain which in turn increases tranquillity and doesn’t allow the caffeine to hit the person all at once, but in small chunks which allows him to remain alert and focus for a comparatively longer duration.
Dark chocolate: Over the years, dark chocolate has earned a well-deserved spot in the list of stress-relieving foods. According to research conducted by Dr. Lee S. Berk, Associate Dean of Research affairs at Loma Linda, ‘the higher the cacao consumption, the happier you become.’ In addition to being heaven for the taste buds, dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants like flavonols and polyphenols which help free the mind and minimize stress. Dark chocolate also helps in lowering blood pressure which keeps the mind and the body calm.
Honey: As honey has antifungal and antibacterial properties, it helps fight infections caused by bacteria, fungi and other viruses. Buckwheat honey has the highest number of antioxidants which restrict the production of free radicals which are known to cause damage to the cells. According to the National Honey Board, one tablespoon of honey is fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free and contains only 64 calories. That being said, adding honey to your breakfast or pre-workout meal is a great way to improve your immunity and get kick a kickstart on your day. Honey is also known to minimize sinus-related issues.
Avocados: To be honest, avocados are a blessing in disguise. When it comes to health, avocados have plenty of benefits and as research has it, avocados are an essential source of Vitamin B, Vitamin E and other healthy fatty acids. They are rich in Vitamin K and folate which help prevent blood clots in the brain which protect against stroke and improve concentration and memory. In addition to that, they are also rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin C which are essential for healthy brain functioning.egular consumption of avocados helps reduce stress and anxiety as they are rich in Vitamin B nutrients which are known to calm the nerves and keep the brain healthy and active. Avocados also contain magnesium which is known to ease down anxiety-related symptoms.
Green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables: Let me tell you that putting green veggies on your plate is the best thing you can do for a stronger immunity and an active mind. This is because they contain an array of important nutrients like folate, magnesium and iron which helps boost mood and reduce stress. According to Calm Clinic, magnesium is highly involved in regulating over 300 chemical reactions in the body, many of which are related to stress and anxiety.
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