You don't have to be a football fan to know about Tom Brady's stellar career:
5 Super Bowl MVPs
3 League MVPs
The appeal of blue
Blue is the most popular color worldwide. One out of every three people prefer it over any other color. Blue is also the rarest color found in nature.
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Forty-four and going strong
According to one analysis, the average age of an NFL quarterback is early-to-mid 30's. While every position on a team is important, the quarterback is considered the most vital, requiring the most skill, leadership, and quick thinking.
Brady is the NFL's winningest player. His 581 passing touchdowns are the most in NFL history, while his 79,204 yards thrown stands in second place. But his career isn't over yet.
He has the most Super Bowl MVPs and is the only NFL player with seven championships. Brady is inarguably the greatest player in the league's history. And much of his success has come since the age of 36.
A look at his diet
Exercise along with diet are the major components of peak health. Brady primarily eats vegan and low-carb foods. His diet is comprised of 80% vegetables. He doesn't eat starches like bread and potatoes and drinks at least 25 glasses of electrolyte water daily. He also consumes protein shakes.
Brady's chef adheres to a long list of ingredients he doesn't eat. Among them are white sugar, white flour, MSG, iodized salt, cold cuts, white rice, dairy, and members of the nightshade plant family, such as tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.1
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Powerful blue and purple foods
There’s a reason blueberries and other blue/purple berries are considered to be brain food. These fruits get their color from flavonoids, which may help slow cognitive decline, improve motor skills, and reverse memory loss. The anthocyanins in blueberries, blackberries, plums and eggplant have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that help to prevent cell damage linked to a wide range of chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
(Photo of butterfly pea tea is mine)
In addition to brain-boosting benefits, the polyphenols in these fruits and vegetables are being studied for a wide range of potential health benefits. Resveratrol, found in the skin of purple grapes, has been studied for possible protection against heart disease and cancer. Blueberries and blackberries contain ellagic acid, which has been linked to a reduced risk of some cancers.
Beetroots contain anti-inflammatory properties, and may help lower blood pressure and improve heart health. Beets may also help prevent cancer, improve digestion, and enhance gut health.
Purple corn is thought to help prevent diabetes and certain types of cancer. It can also boost weight loss, reduce inflammation, and improve vision.
Purple potatoes may aid in reducing the body's inflammatory responses while increasing immunity and lower lowering the risk of colon cancer. The strong antioxidant activity of purple sweet potatoes is due to their high anthocyanin content.
Eggplants are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, including ascorbic acid, phenolics, and flavonoids. Their polyphenol content could help prevent liver damage. Eggplant may also help improve inflammatory conditions, such as bronchitis and asthma.
For a boost to your health this year, make it a point to include more purple and blue foods in your diet.
1Dietary preferences are those of Tom Brady and are not recommended for everyone.
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