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10 Nutrition Tips To Keep Your Entire Body Happy and Healthy

10 Nutrition Tips To Keep Your Entire Body Happy and Healthy

It’s no secret that a balanced approach is the way to go when it comes to a healthy diet. But, what if you could target specific problem areas, with food alone?

If you’re dealing with skin irritations, for example, you can look at increasing your intake of berries, avocado and pumpkin seeds as a preventative measure. This may save the headaches involved with treating pesky zits, before they erupt all over your face.

Check out what the experts have to say and give it a go with these 10 tips for nourishing different parts of your body.

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1. Feed Your Brain

If you’re having trouble focusing, remembering things or retaining clarity while concentrating (that “foggy” feeling in your mind), research has shown that adding blueberries, wild salmon, nuts, seeds and avocados can help. Omega-3 fatty acids are the key here, as they contain anti-inflammatory substances that are essential for brain function.

2. Illuminate Your Eyes

An overall healthy diet, including drinking enough water, will give your eyes that healthy glow. But, what about preventing the dreaded onset of age-related issues? Research, including studies by The National Eye Institute, suggests foods rich in zinc, vitamins C and E and omega-3 fatty acids are the way to go. Load your diet up with carrots, leafy greens, citrus fruits, berries and almonds.

3. Give To Your Gut

Being bloated all the time can be an instant ‘good mood’ killer and this is one that tends to affect women more than men. Co-author of the book, ‘No More Digestive Problems: The Answers Every Woman Needs’, Dr. Cynthia Yoshida says, “Women have the same digestive organs as men, but they are squeezed, along with reproductive organs, into a smaller abdomen. This means our digestive organs don’t have much give when they get filled with excess gas, air or food.”

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That’s definitely not fair! But, rather than complain about it, let’s try and fix it with fibre and antioxidant rich foods, including leafy greens, citrus fruits, spinach, carrots, beans, broccoli, whole grains, cranberry juice, garlic, sauerkraut and onions.

4. Treat Your Teeth

Having regular issues with our teeth and gums is not something any of us want to deal with! Top orthodontist, Dr. Oleg Drut, says, “Many of the patients I see lack a healthy diet and consume far too much soda and junk food. A diet high in sugar and acids can erode tooth enamel, which is irreversible. Enamel is not like hair, once cut, it will not grow back.” In an oral health guide, Dr. Drut suggests eating a wide variety of vegetables, fish, nuts and whole grains such as brown rice, legumes and barley.

5. Help Your Heart

As you probanly realize, your heart’s a pretty important body part and deserves the best nourishment you can give it! Exercise is an all-important factor here, but you can also stock up on omega-3 fatty acids by eating wild salmon or tuna. Antioxidant rich fruits and veggies protect against disease and tea is believed to increase blood flow.

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6. Love Your Liver

Our livers take a bit of a beating if we consume lots of over-processed, fried and fatty foods. The fabulous news is, you can regularly cleanse your liver with foods it will love, like garlic, grapefruit, beets, carrots, green tea, leafy greens, avocados, apples, olive oil, quinoa, millet, lemons, limes, cabbage and what may soon be your liver’s new best friend–turmeric.

7. Be Kind To Your Kidneys

All hail the super foods that science has proven to lower your risk of disease and help keep your kidneys happy and healthy! Best of all, this includes ultra-delicious blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, cherries and red grapes. You can also top up on apples, capsicums, cabbage and onions, for maximum benefit.

8. Cleanse Your Colon

Yep, it’s a bit of a gross one but necessary all the same, because food can stay trapped in there for a long time–so you want it to be good food. The winner here is water, so sip on it all day! Naturopaths recommend raw vegetables to provide digestive enzymes, fibre to stimulate the intestinal lining and probiotics, such as sauerkraut and miso, to maintain that wonderful, healthy bacteria!

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9. Celebrate Your Skin

You can give your skin a lot more love by treating it from the inside, rather than the outside via expensive (mostly useless) lotions and potions filled with chemicals. Studies suggest that boosting your intake of berries, as a great source of vitamin C, helps the skin’s collagen production. Vitamin E, found in avocados, can help neutralise free radicals and pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, which helps skin conditions and balances oil production.

10. Help Your Hair and Nails

No amount of product is going to help your hair and your nails if your diet is heavy in foods that inflame your cells and break down collagen, keratin and elastin–the key elements for healthy hair and nails. Munch on oats, leafy greens, raw almonds, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and pumpkin seeds, instead of processed foods. Then, watch your hair and nails transform quickly, from frumpy to fabulous.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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