The foods we eat impact every single part of our bodies, so eating healthful foods isn’t just part of maintaining a fit physique. Eat This, Not That! put out this list of foods that help maintain focus, improve memory, decrease the likelihood of issues like Alzheimer’s disease, and more. They also list some harmful foods to avoid, which we should all consider reducing or eliminating for a myriad of reasons. Some of the items on the list were what we’d all guess–spinach is good, soda is bad–but there were some foods that I found a bit surprising. Check out their article: 30 Best and Worst Foods for Your Brain.
I’ve been taking adaptogens for several years and I think they’re an important part of my ability to cope with my high-impact line of work. What are adaptogens? They’re super-foods, plants, and herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and maintain inner balance. Different adaptogens target different parts of our bodies and brains and give them a boost to function optimally. They’re basically vitamin-like supplements that specifically target parts of your brain that are most effected by stress.
I was first introduced to the concept when I was researching the ingredients in Isagenix (which I don’t recommend, by the way–there are better alternatives). With the demands I face at work, I’m often looking for quick and easy things to eat and I want to make sure I’m getting the best nutritional bang-for-my-buck as possible. I find myself feeling best when I stray from traditional grocery store products and seek out organic, minimally-processed foods geared toward holistic wellness. It can be difficult to consume enough vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need through food alone, especially with a hectic schedule. Supplements are a helpful way to make sure our bodies needs are adequately met.
Recently I was speaking to my dad about adaptogens and I was surprised he didn’t know what they were. I got this article from Eat This, Not That! which explains some of the benefits. Adaptogens may be a vital addition to your supplement regimen to help yourself feel your best!
Your diet plays a major role in your overall well being, not just your level of physical fitness. For one, when we like the way we look and feel more confident it elevates our mood. Additionally, the vitamins and nutrients we take in through food (or not) can have a major impact on focus, headaches, and even our ability to manage stress. To be your best self and get the most from life, take a look at what’s on your plate. You can read more in this Eat This, Not That! article, 8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health.
One of my favorite sites, Eat This, Not That, sends me regular emails with great nutrition and weight-loss secrets. They have some awesome lists and are very informative, but this one article is a really new concept to me: you can get SPF benefits from food! The idea never crossed my mind before. And not only do you get sun-protection benefits from foods, but some of my most favorite foods in particular, like wine, bell peppers, almonds, and even dark chocolate! No wonder I never burn–I’m making up for my lack of external sunblock by eating it. Ha! Seriously though, as I’ve been getting way more serious about skin-care, it’s so important to protect your biggest organ from harmful sun rays, regardless of the weather. Now you can do it from the inside out. 🙂
P.S. The photo credit goes to Daily Burn and they have some tips for sun protection as well: https://dailyburn.com/life/lifestyle/sun-safety-best-sunscreens/