5 Nutrient-Rich Foods to Include in Your Daily Diet

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Eating well has far more benefits for your body than a trim waistline; with the right diet and addition of nutrient-rich foods, you can improve your digestion, boost your immune system, and rejuvenate your body. Click through the gallery to learn about the benefits of broccoli, berries, fish, herbs, nuts, and seeds, which will not only help you maintain your figure, but also boost your overall health and appearance.

Broccoli

Not only is broccoli one of the tastiest vegetables available, but it’s also packed with vital vitamins and the alkaline our bodies need. If you are serious about living with health, energy, and vitality, you simply have to eat broccoli at least four times per week. Benefits of the little florets include inhibiting cancers, supporting your digestive and cardiovascular systems, detoxifying the body, and supporting the skin, metabolism, and immune system.

Berries

Eating a lot of fruit is not as beneficial to your health and wellbeing as you may think, as fruits contain lots of simple sugars. Berries, however, should become your go-to fruits. These small powerhouses of nutrition are delicious, healthy, and have a low calorie count. They’re bursting with antioxidants, which are responsible for protecting you against free radicals, and full of Vitamin C and anthocyanin, a plant pigment that protects from cancer, dementia, and cardiovascular diseases,. Whether you juice them or add them to a salad, don’t miss out on their benefits.

Fish

Fish is the lightest source of protein available, so it will give you the protein boost you need without leaving you feeling sluggish and uncomfortable as your body works to digest it. Busy, modern lifestyles require us to fuel our brains and keep our energy levels up, and fish does just that. Low in calories, it also contains the all-important omega-3 fatty acids that are vital to our wellness. Keep fish healthy by having it poached, grilled, or baked. Whatever you do, don’t fry it or add mayonnaise, butter, or cream sauces.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds have the power to charge up your body’s communication network and provide a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids, and fibre. They hold the unsaturated fatty acids that your system’s cells are made of and recharge those cells to ensure that your body is operating at optimum level. Add flaxseeds to your morning smoothie, a sprinkling of cashews to your lunchtime salad, or even a nut crust around a piece of baked fish.

Herbs

Herbs are more popular for their ability to add flavor to a dish than they are for the immense amount of health benefits they offer. Recent studies have shown that herbs and spices enhance the immune system, protect against infections, lower cholesterol, have a favorable effect on blood-sugar levels and blood pressure, and prevent vascular blockages. When selecting your fresh herbs and spices, remember that the stronger their color, the more nutrient-rich they are.

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