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Top 4 Foods for a LONG and Healthy Life

What’s the secret to living longer?  It’s all in the foods we eat.  Eat the wrong ones and they can increase the risk for numerous chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  Eat the right foods and they can improve our longevity while also helping prevent these diseases. Let’s take a closer look at the best ones.

 

  • Berries

We’re all aware of the dangers of too much refined or added sugar in our diets.  Yes, it is as addictive as heroin or cocaine for starters.  It can also prematurely age us, lead to multiple chronic diseases and also kill us due to complications associated with heart disease and diabetes.  So how do we get the taste of sugar WITHOUT an added risk to our health?  Start eating berries of course!  They’re a great source of naturally occurring sugar and low on the glycemic index, reducing the risk for diabetes.  Additionally they’re loaded with fiber and antioxidants to help minimize other deadly diseases as we age.

 

  • Olive Oil

Use it for cooking and also as a meal topper.  It’s a great source of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, both of which lower heart disease risk and cholesterol levels.  Current studies have even found that olive oil is more effective at reducing heart disease risk compared to regular low-fat diets.  

 

  • Avocado

This one also contains a heaping portion of monounsaturated fatty acids.  Just one half can contain up to 10 grams!  The added bonus: they have plenty of fiber and protein, both critical in losing weight.  Lastly, are bodies need to be efficient at absorbing vitamins and minerals.  The fats found in avocados help increase this absorption, helping reduce heart disease in the long run.

 

  • Garlic

It can boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and inflammation, reduce fat cell accumulation and also further reduce the chances for heart disease and cancer.  A quick tip when using it to cook: let it sit for a bit after cutting it.  This allows the cancer fighting properties to really take hold.  Also try to avoid pre-minced garlic as they are loaded with preservatives, leading to cancer and other diseases.

 

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