A wholesome nutrition plan is vital throughout life to maintain healthy body weight, support bone growth, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
People who regularly consume saturated fats, sugars, sodium/salt, and do not eat enough fruits or vegetables are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Proper nutrition along with physical activity can reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, reduce the risk of some illnesses, and improve your overall well-being. Proper nutrition means your body gets all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to work like a well-oiled machine.
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5 Nourishing Strategies That Will Help You Get Back On Track
1. Plant Based Probiotics
Probiotics have a significant impact on several areas of wellness especially for immune health and the digestive system. An imbalance in our gut bacteria is associated with liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colorectal cancer, and more.
Plant-based probiotics have become a trend in the nutrition world for many years. Plant-based probiotics come in many forms including juice infused drinks, vitamins, bars, and shots.
They are also found in cultured and fermented foods including sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, and yogurt.
Healthy fats, including omega-9s, are known to promote healthy weight and regulate blood sugar levels. These vital fatty acids reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic degenerative conditions such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Unlike omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, omega-9s are naturally made in our bodies. They are then put to use when omega-3 and omega-6 are not readily available.
Algae oil is an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Seaweed is the new nutrient-rich superfood taking the health and snacking industry by storm. It's low in calories and fat and provides essential vitamin and minerals including vitamins A, B, and C, fiber, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and fiber.
The concentrated source of the amino acid tyrosine and iodine that kelp contains ensures proper function of the thyroid gland.
Seaweed boasts a wide variety of plant compounds and antioxidants that are proven to protect the body from free radicals. It has over 13 times the antioxidant capacity as vitamin E.
While it's a staple in Asian cuisine, you will find seaweed snacks in several places besides sushi bars.
4. Plant Power
Plant-based diets don't have to be boring or restrictive. Meat-free recipes using plant proteins, nuts, beans, grains, and vegan snacks have become increasingly popular and are delicious.
Most restaurants don't treat vegetables as the main course. Plant-based diets aren't necessarily vegetarian or vegan. You will reap the same benefits and improve your health even consuming a small serving of meat.
Our busy lifestyles with work, school, and children have lead to fewer sit-down meals and more snacking. Healthy snacking curbs cravings, regulates mood, gives you energy, and improves overall health.
You can make a big difference in your health if you reach for convenient plant-based snacks instead of chips, or candy. Healthy snacking helps you avoid extreme hunger and keep your weight under control.
Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products are not only satisfying but packed with the nutrients your body needs.
Food should be thought about as fuel.
A diet that is nutrient-poor will give you a burst of energy followed by a crash leaving you cranky, and unable to concentrate. Eating healthy snacks will act like a slow-burning fuel that will keep you alert all day.
Author Bio: Dominic LoBianco is a Public Relations Specialist for Wholesale Health and Beauty Care. She regularly produces content for a variety of blogs that cover topics on healthy living and beauty tips.
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