September is officially National Self-Care Month, and we're celebrating alongside you with this article that is all about foods to keep you fueled and feeling good. You know that feeling good starts with the foods you feed your body. Without the proper fuel, you're going to feel more tired, irritable, less energized, and just lousy overall. This is especially true if you're moving your body daily through exercise – even a short walk can feel difficult if you're undernourished.

Just like there isn't one magic 'diet' or one specific exercise to get us feeling our best, it takes a variety of foods to help, protect, and nourish different part of our bodies. So, take a look at the list of foods below and incorporate them daily to give you the best mood-enhancing, energy-boosting, and body-fueling self-care month ever!

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Plum / Prune

Prunes are widely known for their digestive benefits, but you can also support your bone health by eating more plums, prunes, and drinking prune juice. Prunes contain vitamins and minerals essential to bone health like potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, and the plant-based compound polyphenols. Read more about how prunes protect your bones here.

Avocado

Avocados are one of the only fruits that contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (the good-for-you fat) that helps boost good (HDL) cholesterol and lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol. Avocado also provides you with 25% of the recommended daily value of potassium, which helps maintain a normal heart rhythm.

Try this new recipe Potato & Black Bean Tacos

Potatoes

Potatoes provide complex carbohydrates to fuel our body with the proper fuel that busy bodies need. Did you know that about 20% of potato nutrition is found in the skin?

Artichoke

Everyone is talking about the important of gut health these days – there's so much we're learning about gut health and its connection to symptoms like brain fog, bad breath, and even insomnia! One of the major sources of fiber found in artichokes is inulin, which is a prebiotic and probiotics feed on prebitoics. Which means, prebiotics can increase the proportion of probiotics or ‘good bacteria’ in the gut.

Turmeric

Lower inflammation in your body by consuming more turmeric. Curcumin, the pigment that gives turmeric it's yellow color, has demonstrated anti-inflammatory qualities similar to hydrocortisone and Motrin. However, Curcumin is poorly absorbed in the bloodstream – consuming turmeric with black pepper (piperine) and fat (like coconut oil) enhances the absorption.

TIP: find a recipe online and make a Turmeric Latte aka Golden Milk Latte for a warming and totally sippable way to enjoy the benefits of turmeric.


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