What we eat – and how much – affects our overall health and mental well being. It’s estimated that 80% of disease can be tied to food and lifestyle choices. This kit is filled with resources that celebrate healthy foods and provides tips for incorporating them into one’s daily routine. 

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It’s been shown over and over that eating a balanced diet of whole foods can keep body and mind in good form. We’ve rounded up five studies that examine how fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes support good health.

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Chronic inflammation is at the heart of many diseases, but eating the right foods and maintaining a wholesome lifestyle can help achieve better health. We look at some foods that may help fight inflammation and provide tips for lifestyle changes.

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Leafy greens, containing vitamins and alpha-linolenic acid, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Now that’s another great reason to power up on more leafy green vegetables — and these tips make it easy!

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Fermented foods have been around for centuries — kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir are just a few. Research shows that “true” fermented foods (as opposed to overly-processed versions) contribute to good bacteria in our gut. In this resource we take a look at the basics of bacteria, fermentation, and show why these foods are good for digestive health.

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Many Americans fall short of the Recommended Daily Allowance for fiber. With our chart listing a dozen delicious sources, we show just how easy it can be to get the recommended daily dose. We discuss the two main forms of fiber and why both are important in a healthy diet.

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Vitamin D, the only vitamin produced by our bodies, can be obtained from only a handful of foods. We share how the body produces D from sunshine, and which foods are sources of this important vitamin.

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Say “protein” and most people think of beef, but there’s more to protein than just a juicy steak. In fact, there are plant-based options that can be enjoyed any time of day including the six foods we highlight in this resource.

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Some fad diet books claim that grains – even whole grains – contribute to inflammation. Not so. In fact the opposite is true. We review four studies that show how eating whole grains can help lower inflammation – with details on why it works and the amounts needed to be effective.

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A Caribbean classic, Brown Rice & Red Beans is filled with fiber and protein, and the light coconut milk gives it a deliciously creamy texture.

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Fiesta Quinoa Salad

As colorful as it’s healthy, this recipe for Fiesta Quinoa Salad is a complete meal, pairing a whole grain with vegetables, and finished with a touch of spicy heat.

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These Tweet ideas coordinate well with the resources in this ONE “Food as Medicine” Toolkit.