We hear this all the time, but it is so true. Every day we need to drink a half ounce of water for every pound of body weight. Water is great to help us detoxify, and to keep our skin clear and hydrated. It helps to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles.
The best fish to eat is cold-water fish. Include sardines, tuna, mackerel, cod, herring, and trout as well. All of these have the best essential fats for smoother skin, increased energy, improved immunity, decreased pain, and all are very beneficial for your heart.
Plain, old-fashioned, whole-grain oatmeal is inexpensive and has no added sugar or fat. Oatmeal provides great fiber for the colon, helps reduce cholesterol, and it’s full of B-complex vitamins.
4. OLIVE OIL AND OLIVES
Mediterraneans have one-third the cardiovascular disease of Americans. They eat lots of olive oil. It is great for salads or sauteeing and is very heart healthy. Remember that fat does not make you fat! The right fats actually help you lose weight.
The best are walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts. These little packages of protein, good fat, and fiber are also chock full of minerals. The good fats provide cardiovascular protection as well as help to lower cholesterol.
6. SEEDS – PUMPKIN, SUNFLOWER, FLAS, AND SESAME
All of these seeds provide vitamins and minerals to help us use our fuel efficiently. They also contain good fats that help soften our skin and increase our energy.
Make sure to have several servings of green vegetables every day. The magnesium helps to keep us relaxed and regular, and is necessary for the normal function of our muscles, including the cardiac muscle – our heart.
8. ALL ANTIOXIDANT CONTAINING FOODS
See article “Best Antioxidant Foods.”
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