Monday, June 11, 2007

High Five to Top Five Foods

To get a lean, fit and healthy body, you know you need to exercise regularly by lifting weight and cardiovascular training.

But this cannot be done withour proper and timely nutrition to fuel your body. You need to eat nutrient-rich well-balanced meals based on real whole foods to help you recover from your hard-core training.

Fat loss is simple, but not easy!

So what exactly are the most important types of foods you should be eating?

Many people over-complicate a basic nutrition plan for healthy eating. Instead, they opt for those crack diets or pills. They may see the results quick, but mess up their body in the long run. Most people regain the weight that they lost (mostly water weight) plus some more.

The following five top priority foods should be considered on your regular meals to achieve your top performance body.

Say Yes to These Top Five Foods

1. Omega-3 Fats
Omega-3 fats are essential fatty acids (EFA) that make up the basic bulding blocks of our cells. They regulate many different functions.

Omega-3 fats have been shown to reduce cardiovacular disease, stroke and heart attacks and to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia. In addition, they help reduce inflammation, autoimmune disorders and many other diseases.

Cold water fish such as wild salmon, herring, sardines, black cod or sable are considered relatively safe sources of Omega-3 fats. Flaxseeds are also good sources of omega-3 fats.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables
They are powerful sources of nutrients for health, such as folate, the B vitamins and magnesium.

Cruciferous vegetables also have powerful compounds called phytonutrients that can help fight aging and diseases and detoxitfy heavy metals and pesticides.

Common cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, Chinese broccoli and broccoli sprouts.

3. Nuts
Nuts are very good sources of magnesium, vitamin E, fiber and vegetable protein.

Nuts can help with weight loss and reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases when eaten in moderation.

Almonds, walnuts, pecans area all healthy choices.

4. Deeply Colored Fruits
These fruits are rich in anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-aging compounds.

Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red grapes, pomegranates, mangoes and papayas are great sources of these nutrients.

5. Green Tea
Green tea contains a class of compounds called catechins that have many health benefits, including increase metabolic rate, reduce inflammation, increase enzymes to prevent cancer and help detoxify the liver.

Go for the higher quality, whole-leaf green teas to get the most beneficial compounds.

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