Beyond Fruits and Veggies: 4 Farmers' Market Finds that Improve Health

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When you think of farmers’ markets, fresh, local produce of course comes to mind. And while you can’t beat locally grown fruits and veggies, don’t overlook these 4 farmers’ market finds that can dramatically improve health.
1. Fermented foods. Foods such as pickles and sauerkraut introduce probiotics to your gut to help balance micro flora. Since approximately 80% of your immune system comes from your gut, keeping a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut is essential for optimal health.
2. Honey. In addition to being a great natural sweetener, you can use honey to help soothe throats irritated from colds and seasonal allergies.
3. Grass-fed meat. You may think you need to avoid red meat all together for optimal health, but the truth is that the type of red meat you choose makes all the difference. Grass-fed beef contains less unhealthy saturated fat and contains higher levels of healthy fats such as omega 3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid, which has been shown to fight belly fat and kill of cancer cells in animal studies.
4. Seasonings and spices. Farmer’s markets can be a great place to explore seasonings and spices you may never have considered cooking with before. Stock up on super seasonings such as turmeric, which contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon, known for helping promote healthy blood sugar, and cayenne, which may boost metabolism and lower blood pressure.
I’m Erin Palinski-Wade for KnowMore TV. Live smart. Be healthy. Know more.