Optimum Wellness Presented by King Soopers

Author- Dr. James Rouse

Almonds - Evidence consistently shows that almond consumption positively affects total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Daily consumption of almonds (or any treenut) is linked to lower rates of obesity.

Avocado – Don't be fooled by all the fat ‘phobes’ who are afraid to eat avocados because of their fat content. Avocados are truly amazing. The cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering, blood pressure lowering, blood sugar stabilizing, anti-obesity, and heart protective effects of avocado have been verified in numerous studies. Eating one avocado daily as part of your overall healthy dietary strategy has been shown to have positive effects on cardio-metabolic risk factors including and extending well beyond just lowering cholesterol.

Blueberries – Eating blueberries may help improve insulin sensitivity and lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Green Tea - Green tea helps burn fat and increase metabolism.

Hemp Seeds/Hemp Protein – High fiber and protein that is well digested, but requires more energy to digest helps increase metabolism.  Hemp contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help improve insulin sensitivity, promote healthy weight and heart health.

Quinoa -  Initial research shows that eating quinoa can lead to an increase in energy expenditure, which means it may help burn calories and rev up metabolism?

Salmon - contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help improve insulin sensitivity, promote healthy weight and heart health. Also supports healthy thyroid function.

Spinach – Contains a fair amount of B vitamins, which support healthy metabolism. Also a good source of minerals like potassium, magnesium, and zinc that also support a healthy metabolism.

Walnuts – Another good, plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, which combine to keep the metabolic fires burning.

Whey Protein - Consuming whey protein has been shown to improve blood sugar levels and insulin response, help reduce pressure, improve vascular function, and improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Whey protein may have a positive effect on metabolic syndrome, as well as on reducing risk for heart disease.

Always consult your doctor before embarking on any new dietary program as part of your overall strategy for optimum wellness.