Many of us stay away from our favorite foods because they have a reputation for being “bad” or unhealthy for us. Being constantly bombarded by nutritional information, it’s often hard to cut through the clutter for a clear answer on which seemingly unhealthy foods are actually not so bad when balanced with an overall healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Josh Sandell of Orthology, a world-class solution for rapid recovery from physical injuries and chronic pain, is bringing attention to several foods that, when consumed in moderation and with regular exercise, have multiple health benefits.
Chocolate: The cacao bean, which is what chocolate is derived from, is full of theobromine and flavonoids, an antioxidant known to help improve heart health and shield cells from negative effects of aging
Beef: When shopping for beef, opt for a lean beef option at your local grocery store. Beef provides a mass amount of vitamins and minerals including B-vitamins, iron and protein.
Peanut Butter: Peanuts are high in protein and provide a good dose of potassium, which lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. It’s important to note that choosing natural or organic peanut butter is much healthier option.
Coffee: Coffee can help to reduce the possibility of premature death by lowering the chance of cardiovascular disease and systemic inflammation, not to mention increasing cognitive function and mood.
Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are loaded with important nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and magnesium which can aid in stabilizing blood pressure. When preparing potatoes, choose a healthy method like baking, and don’t over do it with salt and other fixings.
Balance is crucial to implementing a successful approach to healthy eating. When certain foods are consumed in moderation and paired with consistent exercise, it creates a more balanced lifestyle. By taking a deeper look into these foods that have long been associated with negative thoughts, we are able to uncover numerous health benefits.
Dr. Josh Sandell, DC, DACBSP, CSCS, ICSSD is a sports medicine specialist for the Minnesota Vikings, Dr. Sandell currently serves as advisor to some of the country’s foremost sports training facilities, medical clinics, NFL agencies, and health care organizations. His list of patients includes over 500 professional athletes from the NFL, CFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, WNBA, MMA, and PGA as well as Olympic athletes from around the country and the world. He has had the privilege of working at the United States Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, CO, and was selected as the official Team USA chiropractor for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Dr. Sandell attended undergraduate school at University of Minnesota Duluth and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology as well as Human Biology. He is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and has earned two post-graduate professional certifications in Sports Medicine (DACBSP and ICSSD). In addition, Dr. Sandell is also a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).