Monday, February 14, 2022

How we eat can help us heal

One thing that I do when I’m having a bad day of muscle spasms or excessive fatigue or just having a day where I’m just not feeling well at all, I try to clean up my nutrition. So I have a super food smoothie, some fruit and really focus on trying to have food that is high in potassium, vitamin C and omega 3s. These are really good nutrients that my body is starved for. So let me tell you a little bit about my ‘go to’ plate on the first slide (fish, broccoli and sweet potato that I had most recently on a bad day.

According to medicalnewstoday.com, Broccoli is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. As you may know, vitamin C is a great way to boost your immune system. Potassium is a great way to increase the functionality of your muscles and reduce muscle spasms. Vitamin K is a great nutrient to help the blood clot. If you are taking blood thinning medication, it is advised that you should limit your intake of vitamin K which is found in broccoli and another cruciferous vegetables. Switch the broccoli out for spinach, which is, in my humble opinion, the ultimate superfood.

According to healthline.com, The sweet potato is a fantabulous source of potassium (and it’s delicious too😋 ). It’s also great source of vitamins A and C and is full of antioxidants which prevents free radicals from taking over your body which is known to increase inflammation. So I try to eat sweet potatoes as much as possible. Granted, I treat myself to a little bit of butter, a pinch of salt and as much cinnamon as I can stand! Since cinnamon has little to no calories but a whole lot of flavor, I enjoy it with my sweet potato whenever I eat them with dinner. I have found that sweet potatoes are a great way to replace rice and macaroni and cheese (some of my favorites) on your plate especially in terms of nutritional value. So when choosing a carb, I like to choose sweet potato for that carb portion of my plate.

Finally, the fish. According to the Washington state department of health, Fish is known to be an incredible source of omega-3‘s fatty acids and high quality protein. Omega-3s protect the heart and the brain by helping to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. As we age, a good diet of omega-3s will help us reduce our risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s as well. It is recommended that we have fish at least twice a week as part of a healthy diet.

Whenever I’m feeling a little sluggish, I check in with myself and my nutrition. A plate like this gives me energy and helps me rest better at night. All of this helps me feel stronger, better faster!

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