Functional Foods

Hippocrates is considered to be the father of western medicine, and even back in Ancient Greece, wrote medical publications containing information that we still consider to be true in modern day. He believed in the healing powers of nutrition. It was Hippocrates who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” a phrase that in recent years, has taken on new significance, as the food market has shifted toward “functional foods.” These are foods that promote some sort of health benefit or disease prevention. Some are fortified with vitamins, such as milk with added vitamin d, or orange juice with added calcium, but many foods have naturally occurring vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Omega 3 Eggs

Have you heard of the Omega 3 egg? Wonder how those healthy oils appear in some eggs and not in others? If the chicken is fed flaxseed, which is high in Omega 3, then the oil appears in the eggs it produces! Omega 3 is important in brain and cardiovascular functioning, and has the added benefits of great looking skin, hair and nails.

Get Fiber from Fruit

Eat the actual fruit, don’t just drink the juice, and you will receive the added benefits of fiber. Fiber helps the body absorb sugar from food more evenly, and helps to mitigate the sugar highs and lows where can i buy xanax online legally that can trigger overeating. It is also important for digestion.

 

Vitamin D

Fish, liver, and egg yolk are the only foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. However, since the 1940’s, milk, orange juice and many other products have been fortified with Vitamin D. The average adult needs 400 IU/day each day, which is approximately 4 glasses of milk. Salmon and tuna have high amounts of Vitamin D, and often one serving can contain your daily requirement of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is instrumental in building bone density and boosting your immune system. It is also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” because your body produces it after exposure to the sun. For this reason, it is important to maintain your required amount of Vitamin D in the winter months, when your exposure to sun may be limited.

Yogurt

There is such a thing as good bacteria. Probiotics are live microorganisms similar to the ones naturally found in your gut that can aid digestion and help keep you regular. They naturally occur in yogurt. Don’t believe the hype you read or hear about, concerning special yogurts that feature probiotics. Purchase unsweetened Balkan or Greek yogurt and sweeten it with honey and berries. Don’t purchase the specialty yogurts with synthetic flavours! The more you know about what is in your food, the better.

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