Healthy Ideas

Useful tips that make staying
healthy, easy and fun to do!

Antioxidants

If you make all meals as naturally colourful as possible, you will ensure your daily intake of antioxidants.”

Antioxidants are a natural part of some foods. They can decrease the oxidation that occurs in our bodies. Consider a piece of iron, which can rust over time. This rust is actually oxidized iron.  The oxidation is a chemical reaction and we have many of these chemical reactions occurring in our body constantly. By eating certain foods we can decrease the damage caused by this oxidation within our bodies. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Anthocyanins, Catechins, Carotenoids and Flavanols are all examples of different types of antioxidants. Fresh fruit, grains, nuts, tea and vegetables all contain different types of antioxidants. Your health is reliant on a wide variety of naturally colourful foods.

Probiotics, Prebiotics

Increase your fibre intake to improve gut health and increase your overall feeling of well being

Probiotics are good bacteria that assist our health. There are millions of them naturally occurring in our gut. Occasionally their numbers may be diminished from antibiotics, disease or a diet lacking in prebiotics (dietary fibre). We can increase the numbers of these probiotics again by eating healthy yoghurt with a label stating the types and amount of probiotics it contains and eating a diet containing fibre (prebiotics). Fermented foods such as Kombucha, Saukraut, Miso and Tempeh are additional sources of probiotics.

Prebiotics are the food that these good bacteria eat. This food is in the form of non-digestible fibre that we eat. Fibre is in the skins and flesh of fruit and vegetables, the outer layer of grains and in cold cooked potatoes. If we eat a diet containing 30 grams of fibre each day, we will maintain our gut bacteria, which will in turn assist our health.

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