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Best Foods for Specific Human Body Organs

 

The purpose of this Blog is to describe a better way to conduct your weekly or bi-weekly grocery shopping, and maximize the potential for bringing into your home only the most healthful full-body array of nutritionally healthy grocery items.

A lot of people already include or incorporate healthy foods (and some not so good healthy foods) into their diets. I eat a modified vegan diet by including fish (no beef or chicken) and a few eggs (technically I’m an ova-vegetarian). I still struggle with desserts every time I shop. I only include healthy sources of protein (primarily salmon and eggs) so I can maximize muscle growth for my particular exercise program of cardio and weight training.

While fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are staples in healthy diets, I posed to myself the following question? What would happen if I looked at only the best foods for specific major body organs: Heart, Brain, Liver, Kidneys, Lungs and Pancreas? Would I be creating a better shopping list that actually maximizes eating foods that will better protect every major organ in the body? Since no one can predict when a major body organ is going to give us trouble or fail, wouldn’t it be good to give ourselves a little better insurance policy of prevention?

Consequently, here is what I found out on the internet. Mind you such lists are a matter of opinion and sometimes subject to change by those reporting on the foods they list. Also, remember everyone’s physical state is very individualistic; there may be reasons your doctor doesn’t want you to eat certain foods. MY RECOMMENDATION IS ONCE YOUR MASTER GROCERY LIST is CREATED GET a BY-OFF FROM YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN.  

As you peruse the following foods by body organ, remember that there will be duplication in places. This is good because you can generate a more efficient smaller list to manage at the grocery store.

Good Foods for Specific Body Organs

Heart

 

Oatmeal

Salmon

Avocados

Olive Oil

Nuts (walnuts, almonds, macadamia)

Berries

Legumes

Spinach

Flaxseed

Soy

 

Brain

 

Whole Grains

Avocados

Nuts and Seeds

Wild Salmon

Blueberries

Coffee (3-5 cups a day)

Apples

Chocolate

Cinnamon

Spinach

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Curry

Concord grape Juice

 

Liver

 

Garlic

Grapefruit Juice

Beets

Leafy Greens (spinach and lettuce)

Green Tea

Avocados

Broccoli and Brussels sprouts

Lemons

Turmeric

Walnuts

 

 Kidneys

 

Turmeric

Salmon

Red Grapes

Flaxseed Oil

Garlic

Green Tea

Quinoa

Berries

Nuts

Broccoli

Red bell peppers

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Onions

Apples

Cranberries

Blue berries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Cherries

Red grapes

Egg whites

Fish

Olive oil

 

Lungs

 

Water

Fatty fish

Apple Juice

Apples

Apricots

Broccoli

Poultry

Walnuts

Beans (kidney, black, pinto)

Berries

 

Pancreas

 

Jalapeno Peppers

Raspberries

Green Tea

Turmeric

Carrots

Salmon

Kale

Cabbage

Broccoli

Water Cress

Fish Roe

Horseradish

Arugula

Cherries

Chicory Greens

Sweet Potatoes

 

     As one can see there are best foods that appear as a kind of theme that is needed for every body organ. While some people will like certain healthy foods, personal preference might dictate what foods you actually purchase. For example I might not buy Fish Roe from the Pancreas list. I also might only use Chicory Greens very sparingly. But I definitely would buy and eat all the other items on the pancreas list individually. Some items lend themselves better in a recipe. 

     To save you time, I’ve constructed a master list for my weekly grocery list. Slight modifications of my master grocery list may be needed as preferences do differ from one person to another. Being an ova-vegetarian I probably won’t include poultry on my list. However, in general I think my general master list will give you all the healthy foods your body needs. Stay healthy my friend! Life is good so stay around to enjoy it!

 

Here is my Master Grocery List (in no special order). Drum roll please!

 

Salmon

Blueberries

Cherries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Blackberries

Avocados

Carrots

Whole Grains

Legumes

Onions

Arugula

Water (tap water okay or bottled)

Sweet Potatoes

Apples

Apple Juice

Horseradish

Water Cress

Broccoli

Cabbage

Kale

Cauliflower

Spinach

Turmeric

Green Peas

Green Tea

Apricots

Beans (kidney, black, pinto)

Nuts (walnut, almonds, macadamia)

Seeds

Red grapes

Egg whites

Fish in general (cod, halibut, haddock, sardines, shrimp, crab, tuna, trout, etc.)

Cranberries

Red bell peppers

Quinoa

Jalapeno peppers

Flaxseed oil

Garlic

Grapefruit Juice

Beets

Leafy Greens (spinach and lettuce)

Brussels sprouts

Lemons

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Curry

Concord grape Juice

Chocolate

Cinnamon

Coffee (3-5 cups a day, caffeinated or decaf)

Flaxseed (sprinkle on soups or salads)

Soy

Oatmeal

 

Health Tip:

     We all lead busy lives. But just as that is no excuse for not exercising, it is also no excuse for not getting back to cooking meals at home. Use your kitchen most of the time. Soon it will become a good habit and will seem second nature to you.

Post Script

Here are 21 healthy lifestyle quotes I found on the internet to help inspire you to kick-start your healthy lifestyle or make you appreciate your good health:

  • “The greatest wealth is health.”  –Virgil

 

  • “The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around. Throughout history, ‘tender loving care’ has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.” – Larry Dossey

 

  • “He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” – Chinese Proverb

 

  • “If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.” – Elbert Hubbard

 

  • “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb

 

  • “Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” – B.K.S. lyerngar

 

  • “Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” – George William Curtis, author of Lotus-Eating

 

  • “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

 

  • “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White

 

  • “Health and intellect are the two blessings of life.” – Menander (ca 342-291 BC)

 

  • “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” –Plato

 

  • “To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” – William Londen

 

  • “There are lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.” – Josh Billings

 

  • “The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.” – Harry J. Johnson

 

  • “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Siddartha Buddha

 

  • “Men worry over the great number of diseases, while doctors worry over the scarcity of effective remedies.” – Pien Ch’iao

 

  • “Prevention is better than cure.” – Desiderius Erasmus

 

  • “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

 

  • “People who laugh actually live longer than those who don’t laugh. Few persons realize that health actually varies according to the amount of laughter.” – James J. Walsh

 

  • “The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” – Kenneth H. Cooper

 

  • “The groundwork for all happiness is good health.” – Leigh Hunt

 

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