While genetics, environment, and activity level all play a role in your overall health, few factors affect your entire body like your diet.

Oftentimes, we focus on what not to eat—simple carbohydrates, added sugars, trans fats, etc. But on the other end of the spectrum, there are several foods that that can fight or ward off diseases and help you live a longer life.

As a caregiver, you’re likely in charge of the foods your loved one eats. With that in mind, Centers Choice Home Care has a look at four foods that will keep you healthy and happy.

  1. Legumes

Legumes allow people to get the protein they need without having to ingest too much fatty meat. Beans, peas, lentils, peanuts, and chickpeas are also fantastic natural sources of fiber, which works better in the body than taking a supplement.

  1. Eggs

The messaging on eggs always seems to be mixed, as they are high in cholesterol, but studies show that eggs do not affect total blood cholesterol all that much. In addition, a study found that people who ate around seven eggs per week had a 12% reduced risk of stroke compared to those who ate none or one egg per week.

  1. Leafy Greens

Whether it’s spinach, kale, or some varieties of lettuce, leavy greens are high in folate and antioxidants that protect your skin, bones, teeth, and vision. Folate is another nutrient that is far more effective to ingest naturally than in supplement form.

  1. Fatty Fish

Fatty fish like wild salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna, and sardines are full of omega-3 fatty acids that promote brain health and have other health benefits. These types of fish are also a great source of protein.


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