This blog post covers the top-secret nutritious foods that you probably didn't know were so beneficial to eat — or drink! These lesser-known foods are beneficial to help you optimize your well-being and feel your best!
So let's dive right in!
I remember when a friend of mine told me that she drinks bone broth. I was shocked, but she went to school for nutrition, so I figured she was onto something. Turns out, bone broth is super beneficial. Whether you drink it plain or have it in your soups, it is amazing for your body.
Bone broth supplies your body with vitamins, nutrients, and beneficial amino acids, including collagen. It's actually a better way to get collagen than supplements. Bone broth also benefits your digestive tract and gut health. It also supports your joints, bones, skin, hair, and nails. Finally, it helps you sleep!
Okay, I know we all know about avocados. Obviously, they're amazing in guacamole, and they're green, so they're healthy. But did you know just how beneficial avocados are for you?
Avocados are nutrient-dense, providing your body with vitamins C, E, K, B-6, omega-3 fatty acids, and more. Avocados also help you maintain heart health by lowering your unhealthy cholesterol levels. They also benefit your eyes and your bones, and protect you against colon, stomach, pancreatic, and cervical cancers. It also lowers your risk of depression!
I know all of these benefits seem abstract — or hard to conceptualize in your everyday life — but one that I've noticed is that it helps your digestion. Whenever you have an upset stomach from indigestion, eat an avocado. The fiber in it (14 grams) will help your stomach feel better, prevent constipation, and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Eating avocados have definitely soothed my stomach aches. However, be aware, if your stomach hurts after eating an avocado, you may have an intolerance to it.
I grew up knowing this stomach ache cure, but that's because my mom is a Physician's Assistant and she always lets me in on the secret cures. Whenever you have a stomach ache or feel nauseous, try chewing on some mint gum.
But why? According to LiveStrong, menthol is why mint is soothing to an upset stomach. The menthol relaxes your stomach to get rid of the tightness and cramping. It acts as a cooling massage to your stomach.
You don't have to chew gum to get this effect! You can have mint candies, peppermint oils, tea leaves, or anything minty to alleviate nausea. For me, this is why I always buy mint Tums or Pepcid instead of other flavors. Mint can even help people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and helps relieve indigestion.
Not only is mint beneficial for stomach pain, but it is also rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Mint can also improve brain function by increasing memory and alertness and decreasing levels of frustration, anxiety, and fatigue.
You probably know that again, ginger is great for an upset stomach, digestive upset, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. To soothe an upset stomach, you can make fresh ginger tea. But ginger is especially effective for morning sickness. Pregnant women can ingest ginger in order to relieve the symptoms of nausea! Ginger also treats chronic indigestion and soothes menstrual pains.
Ginger is also full of antioxidants, which reduces oxidative stress due to too many free radicals in the body. Ginger is also thought to be effective in aiding weight loss, as well as reducing infections with its antibacterial properties. It also helps osteoarthritic pain! It also can help lower cholesterol levels, prevent cancer, and improve brain function to help against Alzheimer's Disease.
Garlic doesn't just keep the vampires away! Garlic actually contains compounds with potent medical properties. Throughout history, the main use of garlic was for health and medicinal purposes. For example, its use was documented in many major civilizations, including the Greeks, Romans, and Chinese.
Like many of the other foods on this list, garlic is highly nutritious with only a few calories. Garlic supplies your body with manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, and fiber!
Garlic also boosts your immune system, reduces blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, prevents diseases with antioxidants, detoxifies your body of heavy metals, and improves bone health!
Include these Healthy Foods in your Diet!
Now that you know the extensive health benefits of bone broth, avocados, mint, ginger, and garlic, why not include these foods in your diet?
Hopefully, this article helped you realize that leafy greens aren't the only foods that are extremely healthy for you — even lesser known foods can positively impact your well-being!