What To Add To Your Diet To Maximize Your Health

Written By Alla Levin
February 04, 2021
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What To Add To Your Diet To Maximize Your Health

Don’t we all love food? Food is fun, social, and beautiful in any way you want it to be. With so many flavors, multicultural cuisines, and amazing ingredients to choose from in the grocery store, it’s now so easy to cook incredible meals at home. 

Going out for food is always fun. But, not enough people learn to love to cook for themselves and their loved ones. Going out is an easy way of enjoying food. Yet, you can get the same pleasure every day at home. 

This guide will guide you through the nutritional know-how and self-care habits that will keep you feeling and looking great. The goal is to make eating beautifully easy. Easier than you could ever imagine. By the end of this, you will feel inspired by your food, be motivated to eat well, and maintain optimal health. 

Nourish your body with pre + probioticsbenefits of taking a daily prebiotic

Many assume that pre and probiotics are very similar. Whilst they are both great for your health, they play quite different roles.  

You may be wondering: what exactly are the differences between the two? Well, probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live and are found in certain foods. At the same time, prebiotics comes from fibrous foods, which our guts find hard to digest. Prebiotics eat this fiber. There are many benefits of taking a daily prebiotic

Gut bacteria, sometimes known as gut flora, plays a vital role in many bodily functions. Good bacteria helps fight off invading bad bacterias. They can also help fight inflammation and promote a strong immune system. As well as offering mood-stabilizing benefits. 

Thus, eating the right amount of pre and probiotics is essential for good gut health. As much as supplements are a great idea to increase your pre and probiotics consumption, you can get the same benefits from eating certain foods.

Healthy balanced diets provide the best gut health. Buying whole, fresh and nutritious foods is an easy way to prioritize your health on a budget. They are packed with pre and probiotics. 

Find your favorite adaptogensadaptogen herb

Now is the time to add an adaptogen herb to your daily diet. These natural plant compounds (herbs, mushrooms, berries, roots, and spices) are believed to help regulate our bodies and have been around for centuries, specifically in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. 

Ashwagandha, turmeric, maca, and Rhodiola are the real power players. All are mood influencers that are known to help with depression and anxiety. They all help balance cortisol levels, which are stress hormones. Think of it as a natural bodily alarm system. It works with your brain to release stress and control your mood. In high-stress situations, cortisol helps fight off fear instincts and lower stress and fear. 

They are called adaptogens, as they can ‘adapt’ to how your body works and feels. Whether this is chemically, physically, or biologically, they help moderate the body’s stress levels. 

Adaptogens will make you feel good in the same way food and exercise can. Therefore, finding ways to add them to your diet is essential and simple. They can be used as powders, supplements, and teas. Or added to recipes for flavor and wellness. 

But, never replace foods with supplements. Implementing both into your diet is key, especially the real food over the supplement. Having both in your diet will maximize the benefits as well as your health. 

Adaptogens can work with many physiological responses. From your mind to your energy levels and immune system. They help reject stressors that attempt to enter your body. In turn, this rejection improves health. 

These benefits include preventing stress-induced fatigue, maintaining energy levels, increasing focus and concentration. The right adaptogenic foods and adaptogens can also help balance blood sugar and boost immune health. 

Some adaptogens work for long-term stress on the mind the body. Whilst others work on acute and short-term stressors.

Long-term stress adaptogens are ashwagandha and ginseng—these work to balance hormones. Hormone stress is a regular and uncontrollable bodily stressor. The release and build-up of hormones can also affect our minds. Controlling hormones can dramatically lower stress levels.

Acute or short-term stressor adaptogens are turmeric and maca. Both contain active compounds that work to fight fatigue and anxiety. Turmeric’s main compound is curcumin. Curcumin is a known ingredient that elevates neurotransmitters, like serotonin, which works to suppress anxiety hormones and stress levels. Acute stressor adaptogens can also improve energy, immune response, and memory. 

It really is effortless to consume adaptogens and make your mind and body feel beautiful. Increase the number of superfoods and adaptogens in your diet, and you will start seeing and feeling the transformation. 

Never see your food as a ‘diet.’ Instead, see it and know it as your lifestyle. Food exists to be enjoyed and appreciated. Therefore, never restrict yourself if you fancy a comfort meal. Life is about balancing your needs and wants.

Mushrooms, such as lion’s mane, oysters, and reishi, can also be adaptogens. They are loaded with antioxidants and compounds that support the immune system, endocrine system, and nervous system. They also help bolster the adrenals, which are responsible for stress management. These mushroom species can be grown indoors using ready-made grow kits, making them more accessible and affordable.

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