Why Real Food Matters
What goes into your mouth is not just going to effect your weight but your overall health such as skin health, organ health, blood, energy and how your body functions on a day-to-day basis.
It is not important to eat lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, organic meats and fish just too see the numbers on the scales drop dramatically- in my eyes thats just a huge bonus! For now put the weight loss aside and start focusing on being "WELL".
The best way to focus on being "well" is to start taking more care of what is going on your plate and into your mouth. How do you expect your body to function properly if you are not feeding it the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to do so.
Cleanse your body of processed foods and artificial sugars and start giving it what it requires, make nutritious food choices to support your health and general well being.
THE ESSENTIAL VITAMINS & MINERALS:
- Vitamin A: Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes (ever heard of the old saying, "eat your carrots so you can see in the dark?") Vitamin A is also essential for general growth and development, as well as healthy teeth. Vitamin A can be found in carrots and sweet potato, it can also be taken in a supplement form too.
- B Vitamins: Your B vitamins help with energy! Ensuring you are getting enough of your B's will give your body more energy, help with boosting your immune system and iron absorption. The B vitamins are: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7, Vitamin B9 and Vitamin B12. You can take vitamin B supplements or find it in the majority of whole foods such as avocado, salmon, eggs and lentils to name just a few.
- Vitamin C: This amazing vitamin is great for strengthening blood vessels and giving skin its elasticity and anti-oxidant function. Vitamin C is also great for your immune system and sustaining energy levels. You can find Vitamin C in oranges, strawberries, lemons, kiwifruit, brussels sprouts and grapefruit.
- Vitamin D: Get outside and let your skin feel the sun, this is how your body will absorb and stimulate the production of vitamin D the best! You can also get vitamin D from eggs, mushrooms and fish. Ensuring you are getting enough vitamin D will help support stronger healthier bones.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is great for blood circulation, and protection from free radicals.(Free radicals are atoms, ions, or molecules that contain an unpaired electron.) Vitamin E can be found in almonds, sunflower seeds and tomatoes.
- Vitamin K: Eat your greens! Ensuring that you are getting enough leafy greens into your everyday diet will give your body a lot of nutrients especially vitamin K. You will find Vitamin K in greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Vitamin K is important for blood coagulation (the process by which your blood clots).
- Folic Acid: Folic acid is great for cell renewal and preventing birth defects in pregnancy. You can source folic acid from dark leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits, beans, peas, lentils, seeds, nuts, cauliflower, beets and corn.
- Calcium: Calcium as we all know helps with strong teeth and bones. Do not let Television trick you into believing that "milk" is the best and only way for your children and yourself to get stronger healthier bones (thats just marketing done very well) ! There are many foods that will give you more calcium than a glass of milk would such as almonds, black currents, chickpeas, broccoli, blackberries, sesame seeds, chia seeds, kale, kidney beans, sardines, herring or wild salmon.
- Iron: Iron is great for maintaining healthy blood and muscle development and growth naturally. It is essential for the formation of red blood cells and transporting oxygen in the body. Foods rich in iron include oysters, clams, liver and other organ meat, spinach, beans, lentils and pumpkin seeds.
- Zinc: Zinc is amazing for your skin, it can help to prevent stretch marks, and is great for your skins over all complexion. Zinc is also great for your immunity, fertility and growth. You will find zinc in oysters, natural cashews, beans, spinach and even in a good natural full strength dark chocolate (the chocolate of course consumed in moderation).