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Fuel Your Temple

The appearance of our skin on the outside is often a reflection of what is going on – good or bad – on the inside. We need to shift away from the idea of macronutrients and move towards the idea of nourishment or fuel. This means we classify foods not based on their macronutrient ratios (protein, carbohydrates and fat), but on their ability to provide the energy and nutrition the body needs to function optimally.

Below you will find some powerful high vitamin and antioxidant foods that you should be incorporating into your diet daily - in order to nourish your "temple".

Pomegranate: Research shows that the powerful antioxidant agents in pomegranate seeds and juice can help reverse oxidative damage

Cherries: Cherries have the highest concentration of anthocyanins 1 and 2, which help block enzymes associated with inflammation. This promotes a healthier heart, and better brain stimulation.

Blackberries: These berries, along with blueberries, bilberries, and raspberries—are super high in phytonutrients (The benefits of phytonutrients are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Phytonutrients may also enhance immunity and intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. Consuming a phytonutrient-rich diet seems to be an “effective strategy” for reducing cancer and heart disease risks.) These berries are also rich in the antioxidant lutein, which helps promote eye health by helping prevent macular degeneration.

Grapefruit: Super high in Vitamin C (promoting a healthy immune system). Grapefruit also contains pectin, a soluble fiber that’s been shown to slow the progression of atherosclerosis.

Lemons: Lemon helps break down lipids and stimulates digestive juices. Try adding the juice of half a lemon to a glass of water every morning to supports liver and gall bladder function.”Drink some fresh lemon juice before your next meeting. The energizing scent has been shown to mitigate fatigue, anxiety, and nervousness, and can increase concentration and alertness.

Papaya: One cup of fresh, ripe papaya has only 60 calories, yet packs a whopping 144% of the daily value of vitamin C. The perfect fruit to throw into your yogurt or smoothie!

Dragon Fruit: This exotic fruit is jam-packed with flavonoids and flu-fighting vitamin C, which is great for the immune system.

Pineapple: Pineapple is a nutrient-dense food, rather than an energy-dense food. This means that it provides a lot of nutritional benefit for a small amount of calories. Pineapple also contains bromelain, an enzyme that may help to treat indigestion, wounds, infected sinuses and arthritis.

Cactus Fruit "Prickly Pear": This unique fruit is very high in Vitamin C and B family vitamins. It is also an excellent source of vital minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium and copper. They are very high in antioxidant flavonoids and polyphenols while they also offer an excellent supply of much needed dietary fiber.

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