By Renae Pearce – Nutritional Medicine Adelaide
Here are five simple, but effective ways you can boost your health today using items you probably already have in your fridge. And the best part? Implementing these simple changes to your diet will improve your overall vitality, without breaking the bank.
What’s not to love about berries? They taste amazing and are full of all the good stuff to boost your vitality. Blueberries and strawberries contain a powerful dose of antioxidants and vitamin C for healthy ageing, as well as fibre to support gut health and digestion. Plus the natural sugars they contain are a perfect boost to your energy throughout the day. Add a handful to your smoothie, your brekky or enjoy them after a tough workout.
Increase your water intake
So simple, yet so effective for increasing your overall health and vitality. Your body is comprised of around 60% water, so it makes sense that ensuring you receive adequate daily amounts of water can improve your vitality. Water can reduce fatigue, help with digestion and make your skin glow. It is readily available, low cost and can be implemented immediately. This is why water gets a tick of approval from me! Aim for two litres a day; more if you are exercising.
Try bananas for energy and sustenance
The combination of natural sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) makes bananas the go to choice for an energy ‘pick me up’. They are a fantastic choice to replace glycogen stores pre, during and post workout. Making your workouts more effective and your recovery more efficient. If you find your energy dropping in the afternoon, grab a banana with a handful of nuts. You’ll be powering through your afternoon in no time!
Want post workout vitality? Incorporate eggs
These little powerhouses of nutrition are just a bundle of vitality on their own. They are an excellent source of protein post workout, B vitamins to help with stress and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E. Eggs also contain good amounts of Iodine and Selenium for thyroid function, Zinc for immune health, calcium for bone health and Iron for red blood cell production. Boil them up for a snack on the run, scramble them with some veggies or make an egg quiche for dinner.
Boost your oily fish intake
Oily fish are categorised as ‘essential’ fatty acids for a reason. They are beneficial in regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation, improving brain health and easing joint and muscle pain. Not only will you feel good on the inside, but your skin, hair and nails can all benefit from a good dose of oily fish. Aim to have 2- 3 serves of oily fish like salmon or tuna per week, or look for a fish oil supplement that has been tested for its purity and quality.This article provides general information and is not intended to constitute advice. All care is taken to ensure information is accurate and relevant. Please see your Practitioner for health treatments and advice.