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New Year…The New You!

New Year…The New You!
We all love to eat don’t we? But ever wondered how what we consume affects us? Yes! The nutrients in the food we eat work inside our bodies in different ways and with the right selection of food we can get all the required nutrients to be healthy and-of course beautiful. Therefore, for optimum health and beauty read on and discover the new you this year.
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  • We all love to eat don’t we? But ever wondered how what we consume affects us? Yes! The nutrients in the food we eat work inside our bodies in different ways and with the right selection of food we can get all the required nutrients to be healthy and-of course beautiful. Therefore, for optimum health and beauty read on and discover the new you this year.

  • Brain Nutrients

  • In order to work effectively, the brain requires chemicals namely neurotransmitters. Since these neurotransmitters are in the form of amino acid which is present in the food we consume, these foods are called ‘brain foods.

  • Other essential nutrients are proteins which are used to make neurotransmitters and are vital to improve mental performance.

  • Carbohydrates are also essential as these improve the absorption of the tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin in the brain. Carbohydrates also provide glucose for the energy of the brain. Brain is 60% fats and these play an important role as messengers of the brain and are involved in memory and mood. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial in the performance of the brain.

  • Vitamins A, C & E are powerful antioxidants and help to preserve memory. Vitamin B-complex especially thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and cobalamin, aid in the proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system by improving the blood circulation to the brain and converting the food we eat into energy that the brain can use. B-vitamins enhance the functioning of the brain neurotransmitters and can prove the ability to think, reason, learn and imagine.

  • Minerals like magnesium and manganese are important for brain energy, whereas, sodium, potassium and calcium are important in thinking process. 

  • Good Mood Nutrients

  • A burst of good cheer is what we experience when we are happy and feel and sees things positively. Studies reveal that foods that are mood-boosters raise the brain’s level of serotonin, which decreases depression.

  • Experts suggest protein should be included in the three meals daily as it is supposed to raise blood levels of tryptophan (the chemical that turns into serotonin).

  • Within about 30 minutes of eating a carbohydrate meal you feel relaxed and more calm (the power of carbohydrates!). It is wise not to avoid fats. Fats provide essential fatty acids, which are required for a number of physiological functions including the production of hormones.

  • Hormones influence the body form as well as behaviour. Avoiding fats causes hormonal imbalances that can trigger aggressive behaviour. Take more of vitamin B-complex to ensure that the body has best fighting chance against the damaging effects of bad mood. Take vitamin A, C and E (good to boost mood). Vitamin C is also important to adrenal gland functions and is necessary for adrenal hormone synthesis and is often depleted with chronic stress. Minerals like manganese, zinc, copper and selenium help to prevent fear, anxiety and bad mood.      

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  • Minerals like iron and potassium counter anaemia, which causes weariness. Calcium helps to prevent dark moods during premenstrual days as well as menstrual days. Calcium also helps the nervous system especially in the impulse transmission, it thus helps maintain a balanced and calm mind. Magnesium aids in fighting gloominess, misery and confused states of mind.

  • Take fibre which ensures a good bowel movement, irregular bowel movements cause irritability and quick temper.

  • Beauty Nutrients

  • When it comes to the beautiful you, skin and hair are two of the most important elements that define beauty and nutrients play a major role in the beauty of skin and hair. Skin is basically protein. Protein molecules are not absorbed through the epidermis into underlying tissue. Therefore, you need to supply proteins through the foods you eat daily. Protein deficiency makes skin become slack and loose.

  • Adequate protein is also necessary for healthy hair, teeth and nails. Proteins also help in preventing wrinkles, ageing and equalize the balance between new and dying cells. The unsaturated fats in vegetable oils help assimilation of fat soluble vitamin A, D and E which   contribute to your own natural oils to give skin a sheen, plump out fine lines and give a fresh face. Consume of lots of water to provide the necessary moisture to skin, which protects against pimples and dehydration.

  • Vitamin A/Beta carotene keeps off skin infections, dandruff, wrinkles and promotes healthy blood circulation to give a healthy glow to the skin. Vitamin B is vital for luminous skin and for delaying of grey hair. Vitamin C in conjunction with protein regulates sebaceous glands to keep skin from drying out, helps prevent spider veins, hair tangling or breaking. Vitamin D is essential for healthy teeth, bones and nails as well as for the assimilation of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin E helps prevent dry, dull skin, age spots, hair falling and dandruff.

  • Minerals like phosphorus, calcium, iodine, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc help in getting healthy hair as well.

  • FOODS WE SHOULD CONSUME

  • FOR BRAIN NUTRIENTS

  • FOR GOOD MOOD NUTRIENTS

  • FOR BEAUTY NUTRIENTS

  • Milk group:

  • Milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs.

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  • Meat group:

  • Poultry, organ meat, fish

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  • Vegetable group:

  • Spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots

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  • Fruit group:

  • Berries, plums, avocados, oranges, grapes, cherries, kiwis.

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  • Cereal and bread group:

  • Grains, cereals, bread, pasta.

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  • Others:

  • Chocolate for good memory, peanuts.

  • Milk group:

  • Eggs, cheese, milk, flavoured yogurt

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  • Meat group:

  • Seafood, poultry.

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  • Vegetable group:

  • Ginger, garlic, corn, broccoli, dark and leafy vegetables, peas, pumpkin, celery, beetroot, potatoes.

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  • Fruit group:

  • Berries, peaches, bananas, mangoes, apples, oranges, pomegranates.

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  • Cereal and bread group:

  • Whole grain cereals, legumes

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  • Others:

  • Water, caffeine, (tea or coffee), chocolate, cookies, popcorn, green tea, water, nuts like figs, hot cocoa, olive oil.

  • Milk group:

  • Eggs, milk, yogurt

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  • Meat group:

  • Red meat, seafood, poultry, organ meat.

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  • Vegetable group:

  • Dark green/yellow vegetables, potatoes, corn, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, mint, cucumber, carrot.

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  • Fruit group:

  • Plums, avocados, oranges, dates, pineapple, peaches, apples, berries, grapes.

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  • Cereal and bread group:

  • Oats, grains, brown rice, whole grain breads.

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  • Others:

  • Water, nuts, chocolate, green tea, olive oil, coconut oil, fish liver oil, iodized salt.

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