Health Food No. 1 – Kimchi
Health food number one is Kimchi! 🙂
I’ve just recently been introduced to Korean cuisine by a close friend of mine. The first thing I fell in love with is kimchi. This health food is literally strategically spoiled cabbage and various vegetables. This means it comes loaded to the gills with great probiotics for your gut biome.
There are many places you can find kimchi in stores and what not, but my favorite thing about it is that you can make it at home. This food also comes covered in a spice that is my number 2 food.
Health Food No.2 – Gochujang/Gochugaru
The Korean word “gochu” refers to the crushed Korean chili pepper. This comes in two forms, the “garu” ,which is the powder form, and the “jang” form which is a fermented paste with several added ingredients. Korean chili pepper comes packed with vitamin c primarily, but many other micronutrients as well. This also contains capsaicin, a compound often used topically for pain relief.
When consumed, capsaicin has been shown to reduce blood pressure, blood clotting, and inflammation. There has also been a reported 8% increase in metabolic thermogenesis observed in people who eat chili peppers, so it definitely aids in weight loss.
Health Food No. 3 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most talked about health foods that I’ve ever come upon. I was recommended to buy “Bragg’s” ACV with “the mother” in it. Supposedly there are many naturally occurring proteins and bacteria that aid the human digestive tract in absorbing fats and carbs.
This also has many other uses in the way of cleaning, inside and out. I once used a paper towel soaked in apple cider vinegar to dry up a plantar wort that was developing on one of my feet. I believe that the acidity of the vinegar kills off many harmful organisms. I’ve even witnessed this amazing liquid used to clean the inside of living spaces, and certain hairstyles that demand natural products.
I can positively say that a cap full of this dropped into a cup of water can help you start to lose weight. I don’t fully understand it, but its been working for me on my journey.
Health Food No. 4 – Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is a regular thing that I started taking to keep up with my micro nutritional intake. I’ve read from many sources that not only is it one of the most nutritional juices on the planet, but also aids in fighting inflammation.
Pomegranate juice also helps fight against blood clots and heart problems. This one habit I keep up with the thought of aging a bit more gracefully. If you start this habit early you could really reduce the chances of cardiovascular problems further down the line.
Health Food No. 5 – Lime Juice
Lime juice was introduced to me on a chicken taco with pico de gillo and jalapeno remoulade. I honestly never thought about using lime juice before that point, but a coworker gave a the tip and I’ve been in love with limes ever since. I’ve used this one cooking stir-fried anything, and also regularly put lime juice on salads. There are so many uses.
I also regularly use lime juice with water as a digestive cleanser and energizer when I’m feeling like I need it. This definitely has benefited in my weight loss, and I believe drinking lime juice has a purifying effect on the body so I try to get some in once a week at least.
Health Food No. 6 – Turmeric
Possibly the most effective health food I’ve found is Turmeric.
Turmeric was recommended to me as an anti-inflammatory supplement in powder form. Only recently I found the actual root in the organic section of the Kroger that i shop at. I’m not a fan of eating this stuff on its own, but I used as a spice all of the time while cooking.
This is also used as a pain reliever, and comes with many other medicinal benefits. I chop up turmeric root and mix it in with water and lime juice about once a week.
Health Food No. 7 – Ginger
This is my second favorite root that I ingest regularly. Ginger is a more obvious ingredient, and seems to have been around my whole life but I just now started using it. Ginger is number one for settling an upset stomach or some type of indigestion. This root is also said to help ease muscle soreness and recovery.
I mix up chopped Ginger, Turmeric, and Lime Juice, as I mentioned before; at least once a week. Sometimes I skip it if I’ve been eating too much acid products. This mix is super acidic, not what you want right after a cup of coffee.
Food No. 8 – Maca Root
I found Maca Root when trying to help even out my hormones. There are many dynamics involved in the human body, and for a man to decrease his body fat percentage enough to reveal definition he has to have high enough testosterone levels. In any human, regardless of gender, there is a balance of estrogen and testosterone. Men manifest traits like manboobs and beer-bellies whenever their estrogen levels get too high.
Maca root comes from South America, where the altitude is high that it makes people lethargic and lazy. Men there are vital and strong, and made that way by Maca. In their culture this is not a supplement, but a viable and regular health food source. I take a powdered form and have noticed an improvement in my mood, energy levels, muscle mass, and body fat percentage.
I wouldn’t recommend it right before bed, as it does have a stimulant effect and will keep you awake.
Food No. 9 – Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes were a health food introduced to me as a replacement for regular potatoes. I was reading one day that the regular potato is part of a family of plants called “nightshades”. These “nightshade” plants have the tendency to cause inflammation in people of indo-europian descent. I’m scotch-irish, so I definitely qualify.
Not to mention the fact that in comparison to sweet potatoes, the regular potato is relatively void of micro-nutritional value. Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals that help nourish your body and recover your muscles. I’ve been going on about sweet potatoes for like two years now, they might be my favorite on this list next to kimchi. You really should give them a try.
Food No. 10 – Coconut Cream
I’m an avid coffee drinker, but I love to have fats in my coffee. I picked this up when every one was going crazy about “Bulletproof” coffee. This is basically coffee with butter, or ghee, combined with MCT oil. This stands for medium-chain trigylcerides.
The problem I ran into was that my primary fat had become dairy based. Whether it was heavy whipping cream, or butter, or ghee, they’re all processed dairy fats.
One day I was looking for a replacement, and someone told me to look in the Asian foods section in Kroger for coconut cream. There’s a particular brand, you’ll know it because it’ll be mainly fats in the nutritional content. If it’s got any sugar or carbs more than one gram it’s no the right one.
Now I stay stocked up on coconut cream, and put it in my coffee on the regular. It tastes amazing, and coconut products are very good for you.
Thanks For Reading
This is it for my list, if you’ve got anything you enjoy that you’d like to recommend, feel free to comment or email or send me a message on FB or IG. I’d love to interact with my readers.
Have a great day, Love you all.