Are your new year’s resolutions starting to feel like a distant memory? It’s never too late to kick-start your health and start feeling fresh and cleansed. Amp up the nutrients in your diet and you’ll soon feel your energy pick up, your mood improve, stress decrease and anxiety fade away.
“Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet helps to balance hormones and improve immunity” says Cassie Mendoza-Jones, naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist and founder of Elevate Vitality, a boutique naturopathic clinic in the heart of Bondi Beach, Sydney.
SUPERFOODS FOR SUPER HEALTH
Cassie lives for healing power of nature (and a good dark chocolate). She recommends introducing a few nutrient rich ‘super foods’ in to your diet. Here’s the scoop on some of her favorites:
Coconut boosts the immune system, it’s anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-viral, and antibacterial. It can improve digestion, stabilise blood sugar levels, and increase your energy and metabolism.
Cacao is incredibly high in antioxidants and magnesium, and also contains iron, copper, calcium, potassium and zinc. It’s known for boosting energy and mental alertness, alleviating soreness (perfect post-gym) and sending your mood soaring.
Turmeric is an awesome spice for liver detoxification. It’s super high in antioxidants, reduces inflammation, and protects the liver. It also improves digestion and can lower cholesterol levels. Amazingly, turmeric has been found to possess preventative effects against skin, stomach, colon, prostate, breast and oral cancer in mice.
Maca powder is an incredible herb when it comes to balancing hormones. It stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamaus and pituitary glands – the “master” glands that regulate and balance your hormonal and adrenal functions. This herb is classed as an “adaptogen”, meaning it raises the body’s resistance to stress of any kind.
Seaweed – e.g. nori in sushi, or wakame in miso soup – prevents the absorption of and increases the excretion of toxins. Plus it’s delicious, cleansing and high in nutrients like protein, iodine, calcium and B vitamins.
Vegetables from the Brassica family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage, are incredibly detoxifying. They are high in fibre, and also help to excrete excess hormones from the body
The original superfood, eggs are nutrient powerhouses that support healthy cholesterol and sex hormone production. It’s perfectly acceptable to eat 1-2 organic, free-range eggs a day. Not only are they versatile, but they’re also digested really well.
Himalayan pink salt
Rich with 84 minerals, this salt is wonderful for boosting energy, supporting the adrenal glands and improving mineral consumption. Use it in your everyday cooking, and you can even add a pinch to your water bottle before heading out to the gym. The mineral-rich salt will keep your cells replenished even while you’re sweating it out to Beyoncé.
It may be little, but garlic is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It improves heart health, reduces cholesterol, blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. It also protects the liver, and has antimicrobial and immune-enhancing properties
SUPERFOOD MEAL PLAN
Follow Cassie’s easy and delicious meal plan below, and you’ll soon the benefits of making the super food change and wonder what took you so long to start!
RECIPES: Recovery Smoothie, Bliss Balls, Crispy Paprika Fish, Bircher Muesli, Wild Salmon Salad, Almond Meal Pancakes, Almost Baked Eggs
For more healing and cleansing meal plans tailored specifically to your dietary needs, visit Cassie at elivatevitality.com.au, and make that change today!
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