As a health coach I am a great believer that the food we eat can highly contribute to our health and wellness, or highly impair it. After all we eat three times a day, and what you eat everyday goes to support your everyday cellular and whole body functions.
When it comes to food, most of us tend to be stuck in rut, and most people ignore the amazing power that natural foods have on our health and wellbeing. So here you go with some tips from a health coach.
- Pumpkins are not only delicious but they rich in Vitamin A and lots of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory.
- Pumpkins seeds are nutrients rich and they are especially rich in zinc which is a mineral needed to support a healthy immune system and collagen production. Try them on your pumpkin soups or your daily porridge or yogurt.
- Sardines are naturally rich in Vitamin D which is needed especially during the dark winter months, and to support a healthy immune system and hormonal health. Sardines are also rich in calcium, and being up the food chain, are also low in mercury.
- Brazil nuts are one of the most naturally rich food in magnesium and selenium. It is estimated that magnesium is one of the most undetected nutrients deficiency in the world, and eating only a couple of these nuts will cover your basic daily needs of this mineral. Selenium on the other hand is a mineral that has an important anti-oxidants function as it is needed to make glutathione, which is the most abundant anti-oxidant in the body. Selenium also support the thyroid function, and it is needed to transform the inactive T4 thyroid hormone to the active form known as T3. Selenium though, can be toxic at high levels, so you should never eat too many brazil nuts at once.
- Mushrooms are good sources in vitamins b, selenium, magnesium and even vitamin D. Their nutrients ratio really depends on the soil they are grown on, so I would always recommend to buy the organic variety
- Pomegranate is a an amazing fruits with huge anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also rich in Vitamin C that support the immune system and the ellagic acid they are in, has been linked in recent research to an improvement in people who suffer from inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract.
- Swiss chard is a green leaf vegetables that is part of the beetroots family. They are really rich in nutrients like Vitamin K, folate and magnesium, but they also have plenty of anti-inflammatory properties, similar to those of beetroots.
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