Following on from supporting our external defences in Part 1, we now look inside to focus on.....
Feel Good Food! - Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables - its just that simple!
We all know our 5 a day helps us get an array of beneficial vitamins and minerals, but here's a few to be sure to get in your diet to help support us from the inside out -
Polyphenol rich foods (particularly anthocyanidins and flavonoids). These include:
- Red Grapes
And yes, for those of you that enjoy it, red wine is made from red grapes, as well as polypehnols also being found in yummy dark chocolate (70%+)
Beta-glucans - if you dont have access to reputalbe mushroom supplements such as Reishi (Ganoderma lucidicum) try adding the following to your dishes:
- Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
- or other mainstream varieties
Whilst there is no direct evidence linking their beneficial effect when eaten instead of taken in supplement form, they're pretty tasty and very versatile so worth giving them a go!
Vitamin C - it's not all about the oranges! Vitamin C is found in lots of other delicious fruits and vegetables such as:
- Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Watercress and Kale
- Peppers (red) and Tomatoes
- Strawberries, Kiwi Fruit, Raspberries, and different varieties of Melon
Its also important to increase your daily Vitamin C intake if you are a smoker so be sure
to get enough either in your daily diet or by supplementing
Zinc - as this important mineral is involved in many of the bodies processes, including the immune syste, it's a great one to add in when you can by adding some of the below into your diet:
- Carrots, Cauliflower and Cucumber
- Potatoes and nuts such as Brazil nuts, Peanuts and Walnuts
- Sardines, Chicken and Liver
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