“10 Ways to get healthy…” “7 Ways to boost your health lifestyle…” “Get the healthy body you deserve…” “Healthy body tricks your doctors doesn’t even know…”
Come on. We’ve all seen the magazine headlines promising exclusive tricks to help you boost your healthy lifestyle, quick fixes to find your ultimate healthy body.
While there are no quick fixes to reach a healthy lifestyle, you can take charge of your lifestyle by eating healthier. Men’s Health published The 40 Best Age Erasing Super Foods about well, 40 amazing foods that will rock your body. Not only will your body thank you, but you can also save money on your health care insurance. Sound crazy? It’s not. Did you know that the healthier you are, the cheaper you health insurance? By living a healthier lifestyle (i.e. exercise regularly, eat well, don’t smoke, etc) you can get an even cheaper health insurance quote.
So without further ado, number 8 on the 40 Best Age Erasing Super Foods is……. blueberries.
Yum. I love, I mean love, blueberries. Like other fruits, blueberries are jam-packed with vitamins like A, B, C and E. Plus a whole slew of minerals like iron and zinc. Blueberries also have the highest concentration of antioxidants in fruit. Antioxidants help repair damage to cells in our body, either by preventative measures or by slowing down the damage.
Blueberries also fight free radicals. Free radicals are the mean little reasons we age, have damage in our tissues and other complicated diseases. Free radicals have been found in the causes of cancer and strokes. Antioxidants create a barrier between molecules and free radicals. While free radicals can’t stop certain inevitable changes in our body like aging, antioxidants can slow down those changes or make them not so bad.
Aging is not the only thing blueberries help slow down. Loss of vision can be prevented or at least halted with an increase of blueberry consumption. Vitamin E and A are very beneficial to your eye sight.
Did you know that blueberries can help you lose that pesky muffin top? For those who don’t know, a muffin top is that annoying belly fat that hangs over your pants, looking remarkably like a muffin top. Best part of the muffin, but not when it is compared to your belly! While the study conducted was only tested on rats, the little test rodents responded by losing overall mass, lowered cholesterol and a reduced liver size. Now what does a small liver mean? Well, a large liver is a tell-tale sign of diabetes because of an increase of insulin.
While purchasing blueberries can be kind of pricey, even when they are in season. Frozen blueberries can be purchased at a warehouse store for a decent price.
If you are not really sure how to start adding blueberries to your diet, look no further.
- Toss into a smoothie. Add a few frozen bananas, some strawberries, a cup of ice, a dash of milk or yogurt, add in a handful of blueberries and you have a really healthy smoothie. Any combination of fruit makes a healthy smoothie. Just make sure not to add ice cream to your smoothie. That, my friends, is a milkshake.
- Homemade blueberry muffins are a perfect way to add blueberries. Healthier than your store-bought dried blueberries, it is a delicious breakfast. Adding your own blueberries control your blueberry to muffin ratio, making them healthier and tastier. Try not to add too much sugar and butter, and you are in business.