The old expression ‘You are what you eat’ sounds cliche and boring. However, if you’ve ever been on a diet before and lost weight, or if you’ve ever had success losing weight by eating salads, fruits and vegetables, you know it’s true. When we eat chocolate and fried foods- we feel disgusting, bloated, greasy. We get an upset stomach and we may have digestion problems. This only gets worse as we age. On the other hand, when we eat salads and vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains- our stomachs feel satisfied and we feel good about our choices. Not only do we feel good in our minds, but our bodies digest natural foods better. If our organs could talk, they’d say ‘Thank you for the nutritious vitamins, this makes me work well for you.’
Did you know that some ‘super foods’ act as natural medication to our organs and bodies, and help us heal from the inside out? Some of these super foods include:
Ginger: Strong antioxidants, strong anti-inflammatory, cures nausea and morning sickness, drastically lowers blood sugar, lowers blood pressure, helps with menstrual cramps and lowers cholesterol.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium. You can sprinkle them on cereal or you can eat them plain. They can prevent heart disease.
Garlic: One clove of garlic contains the following::
Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
Fiber: 1 gram.
and Decent amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.
Aside from chasing away the vampires, garlic can also stave off the common cold, reduce risk of cancer, reduce risk of Alzheimer’s, detox the body and lower cholesterol- and must more.
Brussel Sprouts –Delicious when cooked with a little olive oil- and so good for you. Truly a super food packed with vitamin c, vitamin k, iron and fibre- great for heart health and digestion.
Legumes -Beans are actually good for weight loss. When you eat beans, your body and digestive system has to work to get to the fibre and break it down. You might have a little ‘gas’ on the side, but it’s a sign your body is working!
Artichokes -Artichokes are packed full of magnesium which is a mineral vital to more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body- including generating energy. It allows your muscles to work less hard during day to day activities and therefore increase your energy level!
Strawberries – Strawberries are packed with vitamin C and they are also extremely good for your skin as well. Their antioxidants help repair skin damaged by UV rays.
The above are just a few foods that show you that your body feeds off what you eat, and you are treating it kindly when you eat nutritious foods. Read up on some of your favourite fruits and vegetables and see their caloric makeup and how they help your body heal. You might be surprised. Give your body the gift of nutrition and it will thank you for it!