Spring and summer calls for a change in diet and other healthy living tips.
Power up your diet with these spring superfoods. Food can also improve your mood, focus, energy, skin, and metabolism.
Here’s how to graze your way to a supercharged you:
- Walnuts are packed with tryptophan, an amino acid your body needs to create the feel-good chemical serotonin.
- Asparagus spears are one of the best sources of folate, a B vitamin that could help keep you out of a slump.
- Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which gives garlic its pungent smell. Allicin may keep you from overeating by stimulating satiety in the brain,
- Legumes. Beans are one of your best bets if you’re trying to drop pounds, your body has to work to break down the bean to get through the fibre, so you’re actually expending energy to digest it.
- Spinach leaves are a great source of iron, which is a key component in red blood cells that fuel your muscles with oxygen for energy.
- Artichokes loaded with magnesium, a mineral vital for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including generating energy.
- Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants that help your skin repair damage caused by pollution and UV rays. Plus, they’re packed with vitamin C, the vitamin associated with fewer wrinkles and less dryness.
- Blueberries. Eat them regularly and you may reap made significant improvements on memory. The secret component is a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been shown in animal studies to increase signals among brain cells and improve their resilience, enhancing learning and memory
- Cold foods such as watermelon, yogurt and berries. Naturally, eating such chilled low-calorie foods feels good in the summer months.
- Including a variety of foods in your diet. All essential nutrients are required in the summer months. It is possible to replenish these micro- nutrients if the diet includes varied food groups such as fruits, vegetables, milk, cereals, meat, pulse and fats.
- Importance of choosing fats carefully. The essential fats that the body needs are available through diet alone. It is therefore sensible to limit the fat intake to just the essential requirement but to avoid any extras.
- Maintain good food-hygiene levels. Many dangerous bacteria and viruses thrive in the summer months as the temperature is conducive for their growth. The bad bugs usually enter the body through food and water. This is why maintaining food hygiene is crucial in this season.
- Information courtesy of qualified Therapeutic Massage Therapist and member of the SA Natural Health Practitioners Board (SANHPB); Zelda Fourie.