Monday, April 6, 2009

Under Stress? Eat Superfoods

While the stock market is better than it was in January, the unemployment rate continues to rise, and a financial noose seems tied around every neck. April 15th is fast approaching, and the stress of preparing tax returns compounds the existing concerns about our economy. Throw in the routine medical and dental appointments; the routine auto checks; the kids' new soccer equipment; the dog's vet appointment; the grocery bill, and your stress levels could be dangerous. Enter the Superfood Diet.

We all know that "white" foods such as breads, pastas, potatoes, and sugars are not healthiest choices. But do you realize that they can elevate blood sugars and increase everything from insulin production to headaches to yeast infections? Therefore, make sure that your diet is loaded with antioxidants and foods that keep your body balanced during stressful times. Following is a quick list to help you:

1. Fish. Any fatty fish is an excellent choice that helps keep cholesterol low and increases brain function.
2. Think Spring Colors. Cantaloupe and Grapefruit both have a tremendous amount of vitamins and decrease inflammation in both the heart and sinus areas.
3. Green Foods. Whether you choose broccoli, spinach, kale, or lettuce, any green food is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
4. Blue Foods. Cabbage and eggplant are the best choices because they do not contain sugars, but blueberries are definitely part of this category for the amazing antioxidants they offer.
5. Garlic. Garlic lowers cholesterol, reduces inflammation, and strengthens the immune system.
6. Nuts. Be careful with the amounts consumed as nuts have a lot of fatty oils; however, the benefits of almonds and walnuts to the heart are excellent.
7. Take a B-Vitamin. B-Vitamins are excellent at reducing stress, but do not take more than the recommended daily amount.

St. Andrews from the Cathedral