When it comes to food, the only stuff we all remember in high school biology were carbs, proteins, and fats. Sure, we can recall Vitamin A with the image of Bugs Bunny and his carrots in the back of our heads, and likewise Vitamin C for the surge in Airborne sales during winter.
Perhaps more than the calories we get from macronutrients, vitamins and minerals are essentially the backbone for our health. We get them either from the foods we eat or the supplements we take. Either way, we need them to keep our basic systems functioning. It’s important to get your RDI for these micros, as your body can go haywire when it’s short of them.
Below is a simple yet definitive infographic that can serve as your daily checklist:
Instead of popping pills, knowing where you can get these vitamins and minerals naturally will push you to make a significant change in your diet. Just make sure you’re getting all these essentials on your plate to lower your chances of getting nasty problems, and if you must do with supplements, do it in moderation.
As a health nut, I do take supplements, but that doesn’t mean I have a license to eat junk. For further info on supplements, I recommend getting your hands on the National Institute of Health’s Fact Sheets. It’s never too late to start eating healthy.
Because I eat a lot of bread and pasta and won’t be totally cutting them off my plate anytime soon, this recent Harvard study caught my eye.
43,685 women of ages 50 to 77 who had no prior history of depression participated in a 12-year study that revealed how our sinful indulgences can not only hurt our physical health, but also our mental health. Turns out those who consume a large percentage of carbs in their diet (think refined grains, like pasta, white bread, and white rice) as well as soft drinks, red meat and margarine are up to 41% more at risk of being diagnosed with depression than those who eat less of the carb-rich foods (think wine, coffee, leafy greens). While it’s not exactly clear how they correlate, clinical depression has long been linked to inflammation. So does refined grains, sugary foods, and processed meats.
Unless you’re already seeing a psychiatrist and taking over-the-counter meds, you don’t have to completely wipe out the comfort foods our of your meal (phew!), which is old news, really. It’s the age-old adage to have everything in moderation. Study researcher Michel Lucas, M.D., told HuffPost that it’s essential to look at the whole diet instead of looking for one single food to label as the culprit for inflammation or depression. Despite so, it’s still wise to incorporate a more Mediterranean-style diet, which is often pegged as mood-elevating, inflammation-fighting foods. Heavy in veggies, olive oil, and fish, your future self will thank your present eating habits before you know it.
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Hello guys! Can’t believe we’re almost at the end of February already! Hope you’re still taking good care of yourselves. Today I’m excited to introduce you to a fruit so beautiful, so exotic, you can’t help but stop to admire its colors.
Pretty magentas on my plate, awesome health benefits for my body
Slumbering blissfully these days? Good – keep up with your cherry-picking routine. Every other Monday I’ll be filling you up with a juicy fruit that quells your sugar cravingsandfully satisfies your appetite. With bite-sized information and easy-to-grab fruits, I aim to make you eat more of these goods so you canfeelgood andlookgood.
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Hello everyone! Hope you had an awesome weekend. For those who are celebrating Chinese New Year, I’m sure you’ve received numerous hongbaos to kickoff another healthy and prosperous year ahead
Whether they come in red or black, they do you well.
Enjoying better vision? Clearer memory? Trimmer waist? Good – keep munching on those blueberries. Every other Monday I’ll be filling you up with a juicy fruit that quells your sugar cravings and fully satisfies your appetite. With bite-sized information and easy-to-grab fruits, I aim to make you eat more of these goods so you can feel good and look good.