Randy Bird of the University of Virginia advises on “what type of foods can help kick start you toward a healthy life style in 2012?” He says the most important are water, nonfat milk and produce. Water has a good effect on all areas of the body including the muscles and the brain. Lack of water can cause headaches and fatigue. He says most people don’t eat enough vegetables and fruits. The vitamins and minerals we get from vegetables and fruits help our bodies function at a higher level of health, as well as strengthening us against illnesses and inflammations. Colorful fruits and vegetables provide more nutrients and more variety of nutrients to the body. “So get plenty of red (apples, cherries, red bell peppers, tomatoes and strawberries), yellows/orange (butternut squash, carrots, oranges and sweet potatoes), white (bananas, onions and cauliflower), green (asparagus, broccoli, spinach and kale) and blue/purple (blueberries, plums, raisins and purple grapes) in your diet,” says Bird. Athletes are under a lot of stress and by eating a nutritious fruit or vegetable at every meal, you help provide your body with the nourishment it needs to ward off the effects of stress.
Bird also says eating nuts, especially walnuts and almonds is also highly recommended for your health. The nutrients that nuts provide help control hormones; they help improve blood flow and also reduce inflammation.
Bird says there are many common foods that should be avoided if you want to live healthy. He gives logical reasons to avoid energy drinks, sodas and most fast foods.
We recommend one step further to improve your lifestyle. Begin growing your own vegetables. Then you will know the quality and freshness of what you consume. Grow them organically and you will avoid eating the chemicals that commercial farms use on the produce. In addition to better food, you will be getting healthy exercise. Use quality heirloom seeds to give you a good start.