This time of year is always filled with a cycle of unrelenting colds that leaves many of us rundown and frustrated. No matter how often we wash our hands to rid ourselves of germs, and no matter how many vitamins we take, or how much medication we use to mask the symptoms, some of us seem to always be in a losing game of health versus sickness. We feel the telltale tickle in our throat and just hope this cold won’t last as long as the previous one.
Here’s the problem: many of us try to regain our health after we’ve already caught a cold. We’re always playing catch-up. What we need to do is strengthen our bodies with the nutrients they need so our immune systems can fight off sickness once and for all. What we need are G-BOMBS!
G-BOMBS is an acronym, used by nutritional researcher and author Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., that makes it easy for you to remember the most nutrient-dense, healthy foods out there. These foods naturally strengthen the immune system to prevent chronic disease, and they promote health and longevity. Below, we’ll give you some quick insight into what these foods are and how they support better health. But if you want to learn more about the benefits of G-BOMBS, check out Dr.Fuhrman’s book Super Immunity.
Greens—Leafy greens are packed with nutrients that protect blood vessels and can reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer. A rich source of antioxidants, they help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. There’s no need to limit the amount of greens consumed, because they’re so good for you; the majority of calories found in greens comes from plant protein, which is rich in phytochemicals.
Beans—Beans are the most nutrient-rich carbohydrate source. They lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes. Like greens, beans are a good weight-loss food; they are high in fiber and are digested slowly, which stabilizes blood sugar and helps us steer clear of food cravings.
Onions—Like greens and beans, onions also contain healthy chemical compounds that prevent cancer and diabetes. They benefit our cardiovascular and immune systems, and they have anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects that are most effective when they’re chewed, chopped, or crushed.
Mushrooms—Eating mushrooms consistently can provide an array of health benefits; but keep in mind they should be cooked. They are anti-inflammatory, they prevent DNA damage, they kill cancer cells, they strengthen the immune system, and, according to Dr. Fuhrman’s science-based research, they have been linked to a decreased risk of breast, stomach, and colorectal cancers.
Berries—Berries are naturally sweet and delicious! Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are the best bang for your buck—they are low in sugar, high in nutrients, and full of antioxidants. They reduce blood pressure and inflammation, and they prevent DNA damage. Like the other nutrient-dense foods above, berries have anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties, but they also slow and help prevent cognitive decline and have been linked to improved motor coordination and memory.
Seeds—Seeds and nuts are rich in plant-based proteins, healthy fats, and antioxidants. They help maintain a stable, healthy weight and prevent diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. When eaten with vegetables, seeds and nuts help you absorb nutrients. Seeds are a rich source of minerals and vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, calcium, and zinc.
If you’re looking for a way to strengthen your immune system and avoid the stream of colds being spread, look no further! Fill your body with these nutrient-dense foods. You’ll be unstoppable, and you’ll feel better than ever! There’s no need for the medication, just power-up with some G-BOMBS!
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