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Foods to Help You Live Longer

By Sara Butler

What you eat has a huge impact on your quality of life -- and the length of it! Diet, along with exercise, is helpful in the prevention of disease and the promotion of longevity and health. Is there a secret to harnessing these benefits? No! However, there are a few nutrient-dense foods that, if you eat enough of them, can help boost your health and may prolong your life.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are good for you because they’re full of nutrients but low in calories. On average, leafy greens have just 100 calories in a pound, which makes them a great tool in maintaining a healthy weight and keeping you satisfied.

Greens also promote good eyesight, protect blood vessels, and lower risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes. You should include the following foods in your diet to help you stay healthy:

  • Bok choy
  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Collard greens

Cruciferous vegetables are especially known for their association with cancer prevention, so eat up!

Beans

You know the old saying that beans are good for your heart! Beans are proof positive that good things do come in small packages. They’re good for your health, fill you up with fiber, and have a stabilizing impact on blood sugar. Plus, the soluble fiber in beans helps to lower cholesterol levels. Eating lentils, peas, or beans twice per week can have a huge impact on your overall health and continued wellness.

Onions

Onions, as well as their cousins garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, and shallots, are great for your immune system and cardiovascular system. Just like cruciferous vegetables, you need to make sure to crush, chew thoroughly, or chop onions to get all the benefits. Studies have found that increased consumption of this type of vegetable lowers the risk of certain types of cancer. Plus, onions are full of a flavonoid called quercetin, which helps to suppress the growth of tumors.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are incredibly good for you. They’ve been found to have anti-cancer properties, such as anti-inflammatory effects and the support of a healthy, optimally functioning immune system. So, add some to your salad, your soups, your side dishes -- anywhere you can and begin to reap the benefits!

A healthy diet will help you live your best life -- for longer! So make sure you're getting enough of the good stuff to be at your best no matter what age you are.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Richardson, Tex.

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