28 May Food for healing
We all know food is fuel and that quality nutrition is a key part of overall health and fitness. But it can also be natures first aid kit. Before you head to the medicine cabinet check out your pantry for improved health and fitness solutions.
Are you nursing an injury or fighting pain during a training session? Try these natural pain relief options.
Ginger: Try a ginger compress on aching muscles. The gingerols in ginger act as a circulatory stimulant and warming remedy.
Olive oil: Olive oil contains a chemical that acts similar to ibuprofen. Incorporate 1 Tbsp into your day to reduce inflammation.
Turmeric: Turmeric contains curcumin, an anti inflammatory that helps with joint pain. Add a Tbsp to your smoothies, curries or casserole.
We all know how important a stress free life is for our mental and physical health, check out these stress busting foods.
Oats: Oats are rich in a special protein that soothes the nervous system, which is why they feel like a comfort food. Start ing the day with a bowl of oats is a sure fire way to feel calm.
Mango: Mangoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce cortisol (stress hormone), which is also responsible for excess belly fat. Adding a mango to your smoothie will do the trick.
Dark Chocolate: Most of us have experienced the feel good effects of chocolate. But scientists have now proven that eating chocolate every day can reduce anxiety and stress.
Without a healthy mind our bodies cannot function to their full potential. Add these brain boosting foods to your diet for some extra mind power.
Brazil nuts: Brazil nuts contain selenium which help to boost the brains positive signals. Six to eight nuts per day is all you need.
Turkey: Adding a serve of turkey to your diet a couple of times a week can stimulate your brain. This is due to an amino acid called tyrosine found in turkey.
Fish: Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids that produce healthy brain cells. Think salmon, tuna and sardines a few times per week.
We all know how hard it is to train when you are feeling sick! So boost your immunity and avoid common viruses with these immunity boosting foods.
Garlic: Garlic has antibacterial properties that can help ward of colds and flu and boost the body self defence system. One clove of garlic a day will do it but raw is better.
Yoghurt: The live bacteria in yoghurt keeps our gut free of harmful bacteria. A serve of natural probiotics yoghurt every day is enough to avoid sick days.
Berries: Berries are super high in antioxidants that fight disease. A handful of berries (fresh or frozen) each day will fight off a virus.
A good nights sleep is paramount to a healthy body. Ensure you head off to dreamland with these sleep inducing foods.
Milk: Milk contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that can help produce the hormones need for sleep.
Bananas: Also rich in tryptophan bananas help aid sleep. The added carbohydrates bananas have also have a relaxing effect on the body.
Honey: Honeys natural sugar levels gently raises your insulin levels which in turn release tryptophan into the body.
A varied diet full of unprocessed natural foods can not only nourish your body, increase your health and fitness but also aid the body’s natural healing and defence mechanisms, heal common ailments and make you feel amazing.