Eat The Rainbow. Incorporate a range of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Each fruit and vegetable has its own benefits so by eating a range of them your body is getting a whole range of vitamins and minerals! The colours in fruits and vegetables come from specific phytonutrients and natural compounds which indicate an abundance of nutritional value and each colour indicates its own
Here is a short guideline of some the different colour groups and their specific benefits:
Fruits and Vegetables which are an orange/yellow colour contain high levels of beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A and assists with cell growth, healthy skin, immune system function and vision.
Fruits and vegetables which are red contain essential phytochemicals which have been suggested to be cancer-fighting. They are also high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fibre which are great for your skin, immune system and digestive system!
Green fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods we can put in our body. I’m sure you have heard ‘eat your greens’ many times and there is a great reason why! Green fruits and vegetables are high in Vitamin K which is essential for your bone and blood health as well as an array of essential minerals and compounds such as phytonutrients and isoflavones.
Purple and Blue fruits and vegetables have been suggested to have an anti-aging effect due to their high levels of phytonutrients, anthocyanins and resveratrol. Berries in particular contain high levels of bioactive phytochemicals which have the ability to fight free radicals, oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.
- Drink at least 2 litres of water per day.
Drinking enough water assists your body with getting rid of toxins and decrease water retention. Water keeps your cells happy and keeps your digestion regular as well as hydrates your skin keeping it looking youthful and plump.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
Did you know that one of the worst things for your overall health is stress; especially chronic stress. Stress raises the level of cortisol in your body and this hormone is what could be having a negative impact on your health and the way you feel including your mood and energy levels, even if you are doing everything else right. Reducing your stress by starting a yoga practice, meditating or morning journaling can really assist with a decrease in your cortisol levels and therefore boost your overall wellbeing.
Article by Holly Zoccolan