If you want to up your game in the health stakes, a few tweaks to your diet can get you feeling the benefits in just a few weeks.
Coconut water is the definitely one of the health trends du jour. Not only is it 100 per cent natural and fat-free, it contains five essential electrolytes, potassium (190mg to 250mg per 100ml), a vital mineral that keeps the brain, nerves, heart and muscles in shape. Coconuts are also being touted as a powerhouse in the beauty world for its all-natural moisurising benefits that are great for your hair, body and even to remove your makeup!
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Juicing is a great way to get all your day’s vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in one fell swoop. The basic rule is the greener the juice, the more detoxifying it is – so favour green veggies over fruit to ensure the best benefits (as fruit smoothies can be packed with natural sugars). A tasty juice to begin with is a cleansing concoction of apple, celery, carrot and ginger. It’s best to incorporate juicing into a balanced diet – this isn’t a meal replacement!
More and more people are becoming advocates of ‘clean’ eating, the health world’s new buzzword. This basically means using simpler, purer (and less) ingredients when cooking, to cut down on processed foods and other nasties. So, think like a caveman and detox on veggies, fruit, legumes, pulses and decent quality meat to nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants.
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CUT DOWN ON SUGAR
As hard as it is to resists the biscuit tin some days, cutting back on your sugar intake can do wonders for your body. But, it’s not just the obvious sugary foods we’re talking about; you might surprise yourself with the amount of off-the-shelf items that are laden with sugar, such as sauces, soups, fruit yogurts and even packaged meat! Watch out for ‘fat-free’ products too as often manufacturers compensate by adding extra sugar, salt and additives, which can be worse for the body and digestion than tucking into the full-fat version.
CAULIFLOWER IS THE NEW KALE
Vitamin and antioxidant-packed kale has been the health food du jour for quite some time, but it looks like there’s a new kid (or should we say veggie) on the block – cauliflower. And for good reason too, it’s packed with nutrients and minerals. If you’re trying to cut down on the carbs, it’s a great stand-in too. Cut it finely to resemble rice or use to bulk out your soups instead of using starchier potatoes.
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