Eating Yourself Healthy with Alex Royal

By: Alex Royal

“You are what you eat” and “Let food by thy medicine”.

These are very powerful words and form the foundation on which nutritionists and dietitians build.

As a dietitian, passionate about my work, I find it so fulfilling when I see the revelation in people. When they realise the truth in these statements first hand in their bodies. They feel more energized, perform better in every avenue from work to athletic performance, and can actually heal themselves.

The food that you eat can determine whether you become ill or remain healthy into older age.  Certain foods contain influential substances including antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fiber and much more. These substances act positively in the body in the short term and chronically, prophylactically preventing disease.

bowl of fruit and vegetables on a kitchen table

Some of the ways food prevents disease include:

Decreasing inflammation – Inflammation is the body’s attempt to heal itself after an injury, defend itself against foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria, and repair damaged tissue. Its job is to heal, but in many cases, it also contributes to chronic diseases.

  • Foods that decrease inflammation: nuts like almonds and walnuts, fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, olive oil, avo, chia seeds, flaxseeds, turmeric and ginger.

Balancing hormones – Abnormal changes to your hormones can lead to accelerated aging, diabetes, obesity, fatigue, depression, low mental capacity, reproductive problems, and an array of autoimmune diseases.

  • Foods that balance hormones: protein such as free range chicken, fish, eggs, healthy fats like nuts, seeds, avo, olive oil and green tea.

Balancing blood glucose levels – Poorly managed blood sugar levels can cause cravings, fatigue, neurological damage, mood disorders, hormonal imbalances, and more.

  • Foods that balance blood glucose: high fibre vegetables, melon or berries, higher-fiber foods: beans, brown rice, sweet potato, butternut and lean protein like chicken and fish.

tomato, olive and feta on toast with olive oil

Eliminating toxins – In modern society, we are bombarded by chemicals from our diet and environment. Toxicity contributes to inflammation, autoimmune diseases, infertility, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia and even certain cancers.

  • Foods that help your body to eliminate toxins: raw cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli sprout and green tea.

Including some of these foods in your daily diet will help to keep your mind and body healthy, younger, stronger and of course happier.

Salmon, blueberry, recipe

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