Feeling good starts with how you feed your body. Without the proper food– or fuel, you're going to feel more tired, irritable, less energized, and just sluggish 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!
Plum / PrunePrunes 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.
AvocadoAvocados 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.
PotatoesPotatoes 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?
ArtichokeEveryone 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.
TurmericLower 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.