Our food intake and the direct link to our health and wellbeing has been well documented.
How we nourish ourselves and what we consume daily, directly impacts our mind, our mood, energy levels, how we function and overall wellbeing. Nourishing, healthy foods consumed regularly, assist in reducing disease, anxiety, depression and stress, while enhancing our immune system, gut health and mind function.
In the same light, when our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing is compromised, we often make poor decisions on what we are putting into our body. It is vital in living an optimal and energetic life to avoid processed foods, coffee, alcohol and sugars. Depression, adrenal fatigue, low energy, moodiness, and illness are some of the repercussions of unhealthy eating. When we begin to use healthy eating as a wellness tool, we can empower ourselves to take charge of our health and very simply improve our daily quality of life.
Here are our top pantry picks for enhancing your health:
Citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, and tangerines, are jam packed with of Vitamin C. Vitamin C aids to pump oxygen throughout a person’s brain and body, while helping the immune system become stronger, improving the body’s overall resistance against diseases. It also helps the body absorb iron, a vital mineral that fights off fatigue.
Did someone say chocolate! It’s best, however, to avoid the processed ones with added sugar, dairy, and other artificial ingredients that add toxins to the body. Real chocolate is made from Cacao, and in its unprocessed and raw form, it has the highest antioxidant levels out of all the food in the world, minus the caffeine. So you no longer need an excuse ladies to chop down on some choccie, just make sure it’s the good stuff! Organic and above 70% cocoa is ideal.
Cocoa also includes Serotonin and Tryptophan (feel good hormones), and PEA, short for, Phenylethylamine (love hormone), along with Anandamide responsible for Endorphin release.
A banana houses an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is also rich in potassium, carbohydrates, and natural sugars, all of which aids in the body’s circulatory system. It is rich in magnesium, which promotes good sleep and reduces anxiety. Bananas also assist with promoting good gut health, due to the protein and dietary fibre they contain
Studies reveal that low levels of magnesium can lead to irritability, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Eating walnuts regularly will help increase your magnesium levels, thus reversing these mentioned symptoms. Walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which makes them the perfect snack on the run.
Avocados are rich in folic acid, Vitamin B, and tryptophan, all of which makes the body have sufficient amount of feel-good chemicals. It also contains Vitamin E and Vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium. There are also omega-3 fatty acids in them, making them a food that’s highly sufficient in antioxidants.
So let’s ditch the processed foods and get excited about the healthy wholefoods from mother nature! Aim to enjoy a mostly plant based diet, including an array of coloured vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds and legumes. Empower yourself through your food choices and watch your quality of life transform. Health is wealth, so never trade temporary bliss for long-term happiness and well-being.