We’re sure you’ve heard it countless times. Healthy eating is good for you. So you probably already know that incorporating whole foods into your diet can make you feel and look healthier. However, in today’s fast paced world, our food intake is mostly influenced by convenience and technology, making it easier and faster to get. Many a times, these foods are processed, high in calorie, sugar, sodium and fats, which ultimately can provide detrimental effects to your health.
So let’s go back to basics and explore the benefits of whole foods. Whole foods are foods that have not been processed, refined or had ingredients added to them. They include fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat, fish and eggs. Imagine foods that you can recognize as something that exists in its natural state.
Whole foods provide vast array of nutrients acting together which can help decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Even better they provide health benefits that can impact your body from inside-out. Let’s have a look:
Beautiful luscious hair. I want!
Wish to have long, shiny and strong hair? Add spinach and some fish (especially deep sea fishes like salmon) to your diet.
Hair loss can be a sign of nutrient deficiency. Omega-3 fatty acids from the fish or eggs (with omega), B vitamins and iron from the spinach can help with promoting hair growth. The vitamins A & C from spinach can also help with activating skin glands and moisturing the scalp.
Vision 2020? Sign me up!
Get 2 eggs for your breakfast today! They are packed with vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin which can help protect your eyes against the blue light’s harm. When you think eye, think of the colour orange and yellow (fruits & vegetables) such as carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes! The beta-carotene in these foods not only help with good eye health but also preventing night blindness.
Brain boost. I sure need it!
As the main control panel of your body, you need the best for brainpower. Make a salad with some salmon and flaxseeds to give you a boost of omega 3 fatty acids to support building brain and nerve cells which are essential for learning and memory.
Or make an omelette with some tomatoes and dark leafy vegetables for the added E vitamin, a strong antioxidant to help protect the brain from any kind of free radical damage.
Who wants clear, glowing skin?
Start packing up on those sweet potatoes. Why? Why they are natures natural sunblock! Its high beta-carotene content protects the skin from UV radiation. Go nuts! Walnuts in particular. They contain fatty acids that prevents inflammation and contributes to the integrity of healthy skin.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. Just fill up your plate with Mother Nature’s rainbow and add a variety of flavours and colours.