We all know that we should eat healthy. Yet most of us don’t do it as much as we know we should. But as it turns out healthy eating may be a little bit more important than most of us think. You see food isn’t just fuel. Food is information.
Why Healthy Eating is So Important:
Food Changes Your Genes:
The food you eat has a direct impact on the way your genes are expressing. The food you eat can literally turn on or off disease-causing genes.
See more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2137135/
Food Affects Your Brain:
One of the biggest things affected by the food that you eat is your brain. Choosing the right or wrong foods will determine how well or not so well your brain functions.
See More: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626
Important Brain Foods and Nutrients:
Essential Fatty Acids:
Essential fatty acids are crucial for brain function.
Some of the best sources of Omega 3 & 6 are:
Salmon, sardines, mackerel, avocadoes, flax seeds, chia seeds, almonds and walnuts.
Proteins and amino acids:
Proteins and amino acid found in whole plant-based foods and animal products influence how we feel and behave.
Healthy Sources of Protein include:
– Hormone and anti-biotic free Chicken
– Grass Fed Beef
– Fatty Fish
– Nuts and Seeds
– Beans and lentils
Fruits and vegetables:
Eating fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants strengthen your brain to fight off free radicals and thus enable your brain to work more efficiently and for longer periods of time.
Low Gi foods:
Opting for Low Gi foods helps sustain a steady energy level and focus.
Some Low-Gi Foods:
– Beans and Lentils
– Sweet Potato
Food and the Gut:
The food you eat has a massive impact on the health and diversity of your microbiome.
Keys to a Healthy Microbiome:
– Wholefoods Based Diet (Real Food)
– Non- Starchy Fibre Rich Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Asparagus, leafy green etc)
– Healthy Fats (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts and seeds)
– Low Sugar (cut down on processed foods and soft drinks)
– Kim Chi
– Yoghurt (Natural and no added sugar)
– Raw Garlic
– Sweet Potato
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