To eat well, it's best to choose a mix of nutrient-dense foods every day. A meal shouldn't just fill you up, it should provide you with the tools to help you body to get more energy, to repair any damage from free radicals, and support your liver and immune system.
Nutrient-dense foods are foods that have a lot of nutrients but relatively few calories. Look for foods that contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats.
The following are nutrient-dense foods: Salmon, Green veggies, Seaweed, Garlic, Shellfish, Berries, Sardines, Egg yolks, Dark Chocolate, and few more
It is important to consider the nutritional value of what we consume. We can have a meal that seems perfect for low calories but with poor nutrient. Eating a salad for example, if lettuce and cucumbers make up the majority of that bulk, we are getting plenty of water, yes, but few valuable nutrients.
If the goal is to lose weight, focusing on dense foods will create more satisfaction, less cravings, and more nutrients to support our cells
A study published in the Journal of the American Diabetics Association in 2011, states that consuming foods that are nutrient dense, may also help to lower the risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
So, next time you choose or prepare your meal, think about the potential and benefits of the ingredients and how you can make that meal better to provide fuel for the cells and the brain, repair daily damage, and protect against future damage.
Roselby Rodriguez is a Holistic Practitioner, who listens to peoples' bodies and integrates nutrition, personality, lifestyle, and motivation to improve mental well-being and physical health
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