May 2014 | Newsletter archives
Thinking about summer
By Eva Cwynar
As summer fast approaches, we find ourselves thinking about what we can each do to be healthier. It entails starting to eat some summer foods that are better for you than you previously thought. There are the usual suspects of blueberries, salmon and tomatoes for antioxidants but here are some surprising entrants into your summer fare:
• Watermelon. This refreshing fruit is packed with vitamins A and C, potassium and the known cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene. It’s also a rich source of amino acids like L-citrulline that helps regulate arterial function and may even lower blood pressure.
• Lettuce. Everyone knows about the wonders of leafy greens like spinach, but a nice wedge of iceberg can deliver 20% of your daily needs of vitamin K, and 15% of vitamin A.
• Popcorn. Popped-at-home corn is actually a fairly healthy snack, with its high content of antioxidants. It’s also low in fat and high in fiber. If you have to snack, this is a pretty good way to munch.
• Potatoes. I’m not talking about French fried or dressed up with cheese. But potatoes that are baked contain quite a bit of nutritional value, containing heart-healthy potassium and fiber.
• Celery. Celery tends to be a vegetable you either love or hate. If you’re in the latter category, you might want to try it again because celery is loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe your digestive track, antioxidants to help fight disease and vitamins like folate, vitamin K and vitamin C.
• Sunflower seeds. A terrific source of vitamin E, sunflower seeds also contain manganese, magnesium and selenium.
• Sauerkraut. Not usually thought of as a summer food, this unique form of probiotics can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut. A healthy gut can help a range of issues including allergies.
• Mushrooms. Mushrooms are the only vegetable source of vitamin D which is good for healthy bones.
• Shrimp. This shellfish is high in protein, low in fat and a good source of omega-3s and vitamin B12, so throw another on the barby and enjoy your summer.
Summer means days at the pool, family barbecues, picnics, sports and vacations. Making a plan to stay healthy will keep you happy. And a summer shape up will help even more. We’ll talk about that next month.
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A multi-vitamin will provide the body with the essential vitamins needed daily.
An antioxidant provides needed and strong immune defense.
An ultra omega provides essential omega 3 fish oils to help strengthen your heart and even your brain.
Probiotics provide the good gastrointestinal microflora that keeps the gut healthy and the digestion healthy.
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