Do you have high cholesterol? Eat plenty of organically grown vegetables that are rich in nutrients like vitamin E, C, beta-carotene and niacin to help reduce cholesterol oxidation and LDL levels. Garlic and onions have been known to help reduce LDL levels as well due to their sulfur containing phytonutrients. Include oats, barley, nuts, chia seeds, and brown rice into your meals.
Not only are papayas beautiful and delicious fruit, they possess amazing healing properties. Did you know that eating papayas can improve the clarity and texture of your skin, lessen the severity of cold and flu symptoms, and help to promote a healthy digestive system? They are full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, dietary fiber, potassium, and B vitamins. Green papayas are rich in an enzyme called papain which helps to aid in the digestion of protein. Pick up a papaya today!
Do you suffer from breakouts and acne? Are your lotions and creams just making your complexion more irritated and red? Try eating a diet full of protein (wild-caught fish, chia seeds, beans, goji berries), organic vegetables and fruits (especially ones full of antioxidants, like berries), nuts, and seeds. Also be sure that you are including plenty of “good fats” in your diet from foods like coconuts, olives, and avocados. Stay hydrated with plenty of good quality water during the day and avoid soda, caffeine, and alcohol.
Did you know that olives are actually fruits from the Olea Europaea tree? They have been enjoyed by many people, for thousands of years, all around the world. These tasty little treats are a great source of iron, vitamin E, and copper. Olives are also a good source of dietary fiber which is needed to promote healthy digestion and regular elimination. Studies have shown that eating olives can help to lower the risk of heart disease while promoting healthy cells. Olives are also a great food for promoting a healthy inflammatory balance, making them a good food for people with arthritis. Snack on some fresh olives, add them to your salad, make an olive tapenade, or start using cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil today! Your body will thank you.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that protects cell membranes from damage. It also protects the liver from fat soluble oxidative damage in addition to protecting nerve and muscle function. You can get vitamin E from foods such as wheat germ, sunflower seeds, whole wheat, raw nuts, and extra-virgin olive oil. It’s also found in fresh foods like Swiss chard, kiwifruit, spinach, papaya, bell peppers, and Brussels sprouts.
Your body gets most of it’s energy from the foods that you eat early in the day. That’s why it is so important that you never skip breakfast! Eat foods that provide your body with a natural lift of energy like oatmeal, yogurt, berries, bananas, and smoothies. You can also get in the habit of juicing your own fruits and veggies. This is a fantastic way to get a lot of nutrients your body needs early in the day. Need an early morning-mid afternoon snack? Try some raw nuts or veggies dipped in hummus. You can even add some chia seeds to your hummus for an added boost of protein. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of good quality water, especially first thing in the morning. This helps to flush the toxins out and gives you natural energy. Have a good morning!
Do you tend to experience a lot of mood swings? One minute you are feeling fabulous and the next moment you are down in the dumps? Be sure that you are including plenty of good fats in your diet from foods like avocados, nuts, fish, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Saffron has been shown to aid in promoting emotional stability and it’s easy to add to rice and vegetable dishes. St John’s Wort and black cohosh are great for managing your moods. Be sure to talk to you natural health practitioner before taking any new herbs or supplements. One of the easiest things you can do to manage your moods is get outside at least once a day. Walk around or meditate in your favorite park!
Did you know that raw foods are full of enzymes that help boost our immune system, aid in digestion, and help with the metabolic and regenerative processes in our body? When we aren’t getting enough enzymes in our diet, we can feel tired and generally unwell. Try eating raw nuts, fruits and vegetables. You can also start sprouting your own seeds for some added enzymes in your diet! Some of the easiest seeds to sprout include lentils, quinoa, mung beans, and alfalfa. Make a mental note that cooking food destroys the beneficial enzymes, so make an effort to eat raw as often as possible.