The Foods You Need to Feel Good

posted by Katherine Ross -

It's no surprise that what we eat directly affects how we feel. Food is the fuel we all need to get through our busy lives, but can a pantry overhaul really improve our overall health that much? Researchers say, "yes!" They've highlighted the best foods that we should be consuming to positively impact both our short-and long-term health. 

So start getting the most out of your food and the next time you head to the grocery store, be sure to place these items in your cart!

1. Legumes

For those who need an extra boost for their workouts, look no further than legumes. Peas, beans, and peanuts will help you stock up on magnesium, an important player in your body's energy production.

2. Spinach 

Not a meat eater? Then spinach is your source for iron to help you get energy-sustaining oxygen to your cells.

3. Quinoa

All nine of the essential amino acids in one tiny little grain? Quinoa's got them all. Rather than experiencing a blood-sugar crash caused by white rice, try quinoa for a more constant stream of energy. 

4. Tomatoes

If you're an allergy sufferer and over-the-counter medication isn't cutting it, try a natural fix. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant "lycopene" which is believed to help reduced inflammation in the lungs.

5. Apples

An apple a day... we all know the story. What we might not know is why. Well it's because apples, besides being a delicious snack, are filled with an antioxidant called flavonoid quercetin that acts as a natural antihistamine. 

For the full list of the 19 best foods click HERE.

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