Supporting ourselves toward better health can be a difficult task because of all the information available nowadays. There are new diets to try, supplements, fresh perspectives on fitness routines and what works better to keep your body in shape. It is easy to get confused.
Sometimes, a step back is all that is needed to progress. There will always be new and innovative ways to improve your health, and these can be valuable because it helps us to stay motivated for a single constant of life which is…change!
That being said, sometimes the old and trusted methods of keeping healthy can be just as beneficial to you. If we look at the Mediterranean diet, it is one of the healthiest on the planet. The Mediterranean way of life includes plenty of fresh fish, healthy oils such as Olive Oil, fresh fruit and vegetables. It is a cornucopia of healthy eating and heavenly for taste buds that love food in all its glory. And the food is something that we are meant to enjoy!
Here are some classic staples in the Mediterranean Diet and a glance at how they can help you toward improved well being.
Tomatoes are so good for you and versatile too. They contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has many health benefits; tomatoes are full of vitamins and minerals. And surprisingly, tomatoes are around 90% water! Tomatoes are high in fiber and can aid in better digestion, improved heart health, inflammation, as well as improving your immune system as they are so high in Vitamin C. If you don’t like tomatoes as they are, you can still gain from their health benefits by ensuring you include some fresh tomatoes as a base to your pasta sauces for instance.
The benefits of eating fish at least twice weekly have been well documented. Fish are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and the all-important Omega 3 fatty acids that support healthy brain and heart function. Fish is rich in many nutrients that the body commonly lacks such as Iodine and vitamin D.
Olive oil… where would the Mediterranean’s be without it?! Olive oil is one of the best natural oils you can eat. It is extremely high in mono-unsaturated fats, Oleic acid being the main one which makes for approximately 70% of the oil. Olive oil is very rich in Vitamin E and other anti-oxidants. It can help to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and protect against heart disease. It is one of the healthiest oils on the…