6 Foods Fit People Love and Why
March 26, 2012
By Dr. Josh Axe
“If you want to know what types of food to eat, just look at what healthy and hit people consume.” –KTRN
Being fit and living healthy isn’t about gym memberships and health stores. It’s a lifestyle, a mindset and a habit. Deciding how and what to eat can be a bit overwhelming if you’re just starting your journey towards getting fit and healthy, so I put together a list of 6 foods fit people love and why you should consider adding them to your diet.
1. Cultured Dairy (Amasai, Kefir, or Greek Yogurt)
Why? Improved digestion, Detox, weight loss.
Cultured dairy like Amasai and Kefir are among the greatest of the superfoods. The high levels of probiotics found in cultured dairy don’t just help you detox, they’ve also been proven to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, promote weight loss, and boost immunity (British Medical Journal 2001). Cultured dairy is the highest quality when it’s organic, comes from green-fed cows, is low-temperature processed or raw, and is free of a harmful protein called beta- casein A1.
Why? A tasty alternative to grains, with more protein and fiber.
Quinoa is a grain-like food that has become very popular as a gluten-free alternative to grains. It can be cooked like an oatmeal, used in powder form as a flour or even sprouted to make a gluten free sprouted “grain” bread. What you’re actually eating is the seed of the quinoa plant, which is nutritionally similar to beets and spinach. Quinoa is a great source of protein, and is also a good source of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.
3. Grass-fed Beef
Why? High amounts of Omega-3 and CLA.
Cattle raised naturally on grass, rather than grain–fed cattle, will not have the problems associated with antibiotics, pesticides and hormone residues. This is why those looking to build muscle will find that green-fed beef, raised on pastures free of pesticides and fertilizers, are an essential superfood for body-building needs. High in protein and vitamin B12, beef is a great source of B vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron and phosphorous.