In these times of being constantly “plugged in,” we tend to become busy with hundreds of e-mails and endless “To Do” lists. This excessive overstimulation can lead to an increase in Cultural Stress—the constant and pervasive stress of everyday modern living. So what’s the danger? That Cultural Stress can cause changes in your body that lead to the breakdown of your body’s cells.
One of the best things you can do to fight back against cultural stress is to give your body the building blocks for stronger cells that are better able to withstand the assault that cultural stress can inflict. Even the busiest among us have to stop to eat so when you do make your foods count and ensure they are packed with the highest nutrient quantities possible for the health of your entire body.
Here are five of my favorite foods that also help to strengthen every cell in your body:
Eating eggs is statistically associated with the promise of a number of health benefits including lower rates of breast cancer, prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts, higher HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol), and the strengthening of collagen, among others. Why are eggs such a powerful source of nutrients? Because they are embryonic, which means they contain all the ingredients needed to create a baby chick! And that includes nutrients for strong, healthy cells. Eggs contain lecithin that softens, tones and moisturizes skin. Lecithin also restores the barrier function of the skin, helping cells keep water in to hydrate deeper layers. It is also a powerful antioxidant, which helps protect cells from free radical damage.
USDA researchers say that eating 1.5 ounces of tree nuts daily can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Nuts are also natural anti-inflammatories, especially almonds. This means they can help protect the skin from conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Rich in healthy fats, vitamins A and C and fiber, eating avocado helps your body create elastin and collagen which helps bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure. Also, avocado consumption has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
Blueberries are one of the best anti-aging foods you can eat. They are packed with antioxidants, which help fight the signs of aging and aid cells in protecting the body against environmental aggressors. They also make for a great, portable snack.
Not only are pomegranates rich in antioxidants, eating them (and applying products containing pomegranate extract to your skin) can help prevent sun damage. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, participants who ingested polyphenols found in pomegranates for 12 weeks experienced improved blood flow and oxygen to the skin, leading to improvements in their overall skin quality.
These are just a few of the many wonderful cell-strengthening foods anyone can easily add to their diets, but they are five of the best.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.
Check out an Inclusive Health Grocery Shopping List put together by Dr. Murad which includes many of these great cell strengthening foods.