Follow this advice for your healthiest bod, ever!
You’ve only got one bod, so look after every part of it with these easy tips from the experts.
Allow oxygen to be taken in, and carbon dioxide to be eliminated.
Lily Soutter, Nutritionist and weight loss expert recommends eating a diet rich in colourful fruit and veg, for optimum antioxidant intake.
She adds: ‘Magnesium rich foods are useful for asthma sufferers; dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocado, yoghurt and dark chocolate.
Healthy gut equals healthy digestion. Oh, and a whopping 70 per-cent of your immune system lies here as well as 3.5lbs of bacteria. Keep your good bacteria topped up with these probiotic rich foods…
Natural yoghurt with ‘live or active cultures’
Kefir; a fermented milk which can be added to soups or smoothies.
Sauerkraut; fermented cabbage, great in salads and sarnies.
Remove toxins from the blood and keep our alkaline/acid balance in check. So, kind of a big deal. Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com recommends the following:
- Drink six-eight glasses of water per day; your urine should be a light colour.
2. Add onions and garlic to your food; they contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which provides protection against kidney damage, especially to smokers.
3. Eat cranberries to protect against bladder infections but avoid cranberry juices, which have added sugar.
Producing bile, cleaning your blood, storing energy in the form of glycogen AND storing most of our nutrients; what a machine!
- Limit alcohol as it can cause cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol damage can take many years to show up so always be aware of your intake.
- Swap your daily coffee for green tea as it contains catechins, antioxidants known to help liver function.
- Add carrots to your smoothie; they contain beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A to reduce fat in the liver.
AKA The Boss. Our brains control just about everything we do so treat it right…
- Snack on blueberries; high in antioxidants to help protect cells in the body and brain against free radical damage.
- Keep hydrated! (With water, NOT wine). Dehydration can cause confusion and poor memory and lack of concentration.
- Brain train with activities such as crosswords and quizzes to keep your brain functioning properly.
Well we really wouldn’t be anywhere without our hearts, which pump blood to all the organs, tissues, and cells in our body.
- Aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day; whatever it takes to increase your heart rate.
- Include oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and herring in your diet. These are packed full of omega 3 essential fatty acids for great heart health!
- Reduce salt in your food; too much contributes to high blood pressure.
Lily Soutter, Nutritionist and weight loss expert at lilysoutternutrition.com