You Are What You Eat, So Eat Right!

The idea of using nutrition to promote good health is nothing new. In fact, over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
 
As children we grow up hearing “you are what you eat” or “finish your vegetables.” As we become adults we start ignoring those annoying little phrases, which actually serve as important nutrition tips. Instead we create our own ‘normal eating habits’, whatever they may be.
 
Before my injury, I believed that anything allowed on a supermarket shelf must have been good for me. I mean if it wasn’t good for me, they wouldn’t sell it, right? Wrong.
 
In a world where it’s never been easier to stop at McDonalds or a convenience store for your next meal, it’s now even more crucial to pay attention to what we put in our bodies.
 
If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”  ~Unknown
 
You better believe the hype, because what you put into your body is in fact what you’re made of. It’s important to understand what you put in your body and how it can help promote healing.

1.Eat More Whole Foods

Avoid sugar and processed foods since they serve little to no health benefits. Instead try to eat primarily whole foods, plant based if possible, such as: grains, vegetables and fruits. They provide the most vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates (starch and dietary fiber) and other nutrients to promote good health.

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2.Eat Organic (when you can)

I never believed in the organic hype, but what I’ve come to realize is that it’s not hype. You can find chemicals in almost all our foods. Growth hormones and antibiotics are in our meat and dairy products.
 
While pesticides as well as other chemicals are used on the fruits, vegetables and nuts we buy. These chemicals are terrible for our health and should be avoided. When possible try buying organic foods from trusted stores or your local farmers market.

3.Add Antioxidant Foods To Your Diet

Antioxidants help fight oxidation, a normal chemical process that happens in our bodies every day. The process can be accelerated by stress, smoking, alcohol and other toxins. When there are disruptions in the oxidation process, the body creates free radicals. Overtime free radicals can cause damage to the cells within your body and potentially cause disease.

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Antioxidants can safely interact with free radicals and stop the chain of damaging reactions before damage is done to cells. Antioxidants are more prominently found in plant foods. Berries and green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants. So start adding antioxidant foods to your diet!

4.Drink More Water

Water is often an overlooked commodity in our day to day activities. Water is an absolute necessity, yet often we don’t drink enough of it. Inadequate amounts of water can lead to fatigue, worsen moods, headaches and even constipation. It is also an excellent detoxifier as it helps flush out toxins from your body.

5.Probiotics Are Your Friend

Your gut is filled with both good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are the ‘good bacteria’ and play an important role in keeping your gut healthyAlthough, we already have tons of good bacteria in our digestive systems, things like antibiotics can destroy them.
 
Thus it is a good idea to counter antibiotics with some form of probiotics. You don’t necessarily have to take supplements to add probiotics to your diet either. Foods such as yogurt, kefir (one of my favorites), sourdough bread, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, and other types of fermented vegetables can all be good sources of natural probiotics.
 
And remember, as with anything in life, moderation is key.

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