In a fast-pace world of today, many people do not even have the chance to find something healthy to eat – we usually stick to the well-proven and easiest fast food and do not even invest time in preparing food on our own. But, if we would know how much that can damage our organism, we would never even come near it. Heart disease, obesity, bad immune system, skin problems, thin hair and bad nails – these problems all come from an unhealthy diet. If you have recognized at least one problem in the list above, it is high time you learned how to change your nutrition and live a happier life with healthy food. In the following few paragraphs you will learn about the basic nutrients that can help you stay fit and in a top shape from head to toe.
We will start from the most important one – the brain. Your brain needs a lot of oxygen, and it is provided with it via blood. This is why you need to eat food which have high Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity scores (ORAC). High ORAC score means that the food you are eating is rich in antioxidants, such as cherries, red grapes, avocado, berries, and plums. If you want to check the status of your food, follow this link here, and learn about its ORAC value. Of course, it cannot be stressed enough that you need to take more water and, in order for your brain to stay sharp, eat a lot of fish, olive oil, and nuts which contain essential fatty acids (which our bodies cannot produce on their own).
Hair, Teeth and Bones, Joints
If you seem to lose a lot of hair or if you want your hair to grow ‘more’ or faster, you need to take in food which contain Zinc, which prevents hair loss and balances hormones within your body. Try adding lean meat and beans to your diet, and get B vitamins from peas, tomatoes, leafy greens and carrots and improve hair cell growth. When it comes to bones and teeth, everybody knows that this is the time for Calcium. Get more of it from cheese, yogurt, almond, soybeans, milk and spinach, and use it in combination with vitamin D, which helps Calcium to be absorbed properly. Find vitamin D in fish and eggs and build your bones and teeth naturally. And what keeps your bones together are joints, so in order to have healthy bones you will need gelatine and vitamin C, which you can find in oranges, pineapple, strawberries and green peppers.
If you want your gut to work properly and be protected from bad bacteria, you ought to use probiotics, which fight microorganisms which can cause disease, thus keeping your intestine environment in perfect balance. The food which is bursting with natural probiotics are dairy products, such as kefir, yogurt and milk (L. Acidophilus). Healthy gut also needs fibres, so introduce whole grains, beans, nuts, oats and fresh fruit and vegetables – at least 30 grams of fibre will keep your gut and intestines on the course of reaching your final goal: healthy and happy living.
When it comes to heart protection and better blood flow, you will need to add cholesterol-lowering phytochemicals to your diet, of course, in a combination with soluble fibres. These you will find in soy milk, tofu and other soy and flaxseed products that also contain omega-3 fatty acids – which can help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Also, there is the option of introducing wholefoods to your regular diet – not only are they rich in nutrients and good for losing weight, but they can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases as well. Talk about a win-win situation!
And finally, it cannot seem to be stressed enough how much healthy diet can help improve your lifestyle and the overall state of your organism. Especially if you are planning to have kids or already have them and want them to eat only the good stuff. If you combine the aforementioned foods, it is most likely that you will extend your lifespan and live a fuller and happier life. And of course, do not hesitate and be free to tell us what you think in the comments section below.