FIVE FOODS TO GIVE YOUR BODY A BOOST
Wednesday 25 March 2020
If going to the supermarket is the only reason we have to go for a walk, it’s easy to see how we might seek consolation in junk food or unhealthy snacks. Here are five tips to keep healthy without giving up the pleasure of eating!
Tuna, fatty cheeses, butter, egg yolk and mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D, a fundamental element to make up for the lack of natural sun light in this period, during which we spend little time in the open air. Vitamin D is good for everyone! It promotes the calcium deposition in the bones and helps children grow strong.
Tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruits and fresh vegetables contain high quantities of Vitamin C, which strengthens our immune system and can keep us away from seasonal flu. But pay attention to how you store and prepare them: light, oxygen and heat can quickly disperse Vitamin C. When cooked, foods lose most of their vitamin C.
Vitamin B12 is found in fish, crustaceans, meats and dairy products. It helps red blood and nerve cells staying healthy and strong. Now we might be doing less physical activity than usual, Vitamin B12 can be useful to prevent weakness in the arms and legs, as well as to keep our brain active and our immune system strong.
Apples, pears, whole grains, carrots and fennel are all high-fiber foods. Fiber is essential to regulate the physiological mechanisms of our intestines and improve how they function. Fiber has a strong satiating effect – i.e. it makes us feel full – so it can help us eat less and stay in shape!
Whole meal bread and pasta, legumes, fresh or dried fruit have a high content of “good” carbohydrates. Unlike other types of sugars, these have a low glycemic index, which means they are absorbed, digested and metabolised more slowly. Good carbohydrates help us control the levels of glucose, bad cholesterol and triglycerides present in our blood.