What petrol is to a car, food is to a body. You put the wrong kind and it shuts down.
Most often we don’t pay attention to what we are eating and eat whatever fills the belly. Then to make healthier changes, we resort to technical recipes which only sustains for a short duration and we are back to eating what’s in our sight.
As a result of eating the wrong foods, we are always exhausted, hungry and prone to sickness.
1. Complex Carbohydrates: What are those? you ask! They are foods that provide Vitamins, Minerals and Fibres that are beneficial to our diet. For eg: Brown Rice, complex carbohydrates slowly release energy in your bloodstream thus resulting in optimized energy levels and stamina throughout the day.
2. Bananas: The most ignored food in the fruit basket. Yet a superfood when it comes to your body’s immune levels. Studies show that One medium banana, which is 7 to 8 inches long, has 2% of the recommended daily intake of five of the 11 nutrients: iron, zinc, vitamin A, selenium and protein. It also provides larger amounts of four other nutrients essential to normal immune response. Want to increase your stamina for running? Have a Banana! Can’t get any simpler than that.
Did you know? One medium banana supplies 11% of the recommended intake of vitamin C.
3. Peanuts: My dad used to call it a poor man’s cashew. Peanuts are very high calories and the body takes time to digest it, hence making it an excellent energy source.
Did you know? In the United States of America, peanuts are rarely eaten raw? It’s eaten in the form of peanut butter.
4. Ashwagandha (also known as Withania somnifera or Indian Ginseng): This Sanskrit word means ‘Smell of a horse”. This medicinal herb builds your strength naturally, ‘Like a stud’, show me someone who wouldn’t want that!
The easiest way to consume this herb is in powder form. Whip up Ashwagandha Banana smoothie and BAM! You have a power drink.
5.Shilajit (also known as Mumijo): A 2012 study shows, that Shilajit improves cell functions and reduces fatigue. It naturally increases energy levels. A quick home remedy with Shilajit powder, mix it with water or milk and drink away. The Recommended dose of Shilajit is 300-500 mg per day. However, consult your doctor before starting it.
6. Coffee: No, prizes for guessing this. Lol. Much dreaded stimulant called Caffeine isn’t all that bad. Recent studies show that Caffeine causes resistance to fatigue.
7. Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Guess, it’s not always a good idea to ignore what elders tell us. New Studies at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows us that soluble fibres found in apples reduces the inflammation and boosts the immune system naturally.
8. Strawberries: They are packed with Vitamin C, Fibre and antioxidants. Reduces inflammation, improves our immune system and Antioxidants in Strawberries fight fatigue and provide energy to our body. A healthy strawberry smoothie can be a good healthy breakfast.
9. Red Bell Peppers: Oranges have the most Vitamin C, right? WRONG!
Red Bell Peppers are laden with Vitamin C and antioxidants which reduces inflammation in the foods that boost immunity naturally.
10. Spinach: Spinach is a miracle green, which shields immune cells of your body from damage thus boosting our immune system naturally. That’s not all, the antioxidants in spinach protect the enzymes that repair DNA damage.
A good tip to cook Spinach is don’t overcook it.
11. Yoghurt: It’s the best ready-to-go snack for any age group. It’s loaded with Vitamin B and B12, carbs in yoghurt which is in the form of simple sugars. Breakdown of the sugars releases energy into bloodstream leaving us feeling energetic from the word Go.
Eating right doesn’t only feel good but also pays respect to the body that it deserves. I am taking a vow to incorporate these foods into my everyday diet.