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Nearly 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This is still true today- the right foods help you stay healthy and are powerful disease fighters.

Who knew that there were seven?

According to Steven Pratt, MD, assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine recommends the foods listed below would result in a healthier life style.

Beans: It’s recommended to eat one half cup of beans four times a week. Beans are loaded with soluble fiber, the same type of gummy fiber found in oat bran in oatmeal. This fiber helps bind and eliminate cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Broccoli: Most people avoid vegetables such as broccoli, but what they do fail to realize is that broccoli is very good for you. Eating a half cup of raw or lightly steamed broccoli a day is what is recommended by bottom line publications.

Eggs: Eggs are more than just breakfast. Eggs are an excellent source of protein, and they contain all the amino acids your body cannot produce on its own. You should eat 1 to 6 eggs a week.

Blueberries: The blueberry fruit contains Vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, and fiber. Blueberries promote good eyes health, prevent bacteria adhering to the lining of the urinary tract, which may help guard against urinary tract infections.

Oatmeal: One of the most nutritious complex carbohydrates contains several vital minerals, including manganese, selenium, magnesium, zinc, and copper. A daily bowl of oatmeal can reduce cholesterol by as much as 23%. Eating oatmeal 3 to 4 times a week is highly recommended.

Walnuts: The perfect snack! Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the body. They also reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. It’s recommended to eat 4 to 8 walnuts daily in cereals, salads and yogurt or eat them plain.

Yogurt: Yogurt appears to protect against the colon and rectal cancers. Yogurt also reduces the compounds that contribute to bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Half cup of yogurt should be kept within your daily nutritional and dietary habits.

Achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important steps to wellness.