The following are general tips and tricks to improve your nutrition. Please be advised I am not a doctor or professional nutrition expert however only sharing information I find to be helpful and that I currently proactive in my daily life that can possibly help you. So with that said, here is the first tip to reach better nutrition.
Drink More Water
We’ve heard this one for the longest time. The benefits of water go beyond just hydration. According to www.webmd.com, drinking plenty of water helps maintain normal bowel function and kidney function. Drinking adequate water helps to flush your system and also help keep your skin looking good. It is also beneficial for keeping body fluids balanced and assists with cutting down on calories. When you drink glass of water before each meal, it helps to make you feel fuller faster but with less food.
“So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.” http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256
Include superfoods, like wheatgrass.
Superfoods, like wheat grass contains high concentrations of valuable nutrients, vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes to improve overall health in ways that our normal American diet cannot compete. I like Dr. Berg’s Organic Wheatgrass Juice Powder. Its high quality and rich in color. You can take it as a shot or blend in a green smoothie to get those nutrients. Superfoods like wheatgrass and spirulina have high concentrations of chlorophyll and other nutrients beneficial in purifying the blood and preventing or fighting cancer.
Include more organic raw foods, less processed foods
“Organic food is pure food. It’s safer, more nutritious and free of chemical additives. Organic crops are grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers and organic livestock are raised without antibiotics, growth hormones or other drugs. Organic food isn’t genetically modified or irradiated.” https://www.organicconsumers.org/organlink
With so much of our produce contaminated with chemical sprays, going organic or growing your own food is best. I realize everyone cannot afford or have access to organic however when you can do it. As an alternative, if you cannot buy organic, next best is conventional produce over GMO foods. You can pre-wash your foods in an apple cider vinegar and salt soak for 30 minutes to cleanse your produce and get rid of some of the pesticides.
Cut the sugar, salt and sodas
One of the reasons Americans are developing Type 2 Diabetes so fast is due to the amount of sugars we consume daily in our diet. The problem is the often times we think we are making healthy choices only to discover we are choosing foods with hidden sugars. Cut the sodas, they are high in fructose corn syrup and bad for your teeth. Beware and read labels on your food. There are many hidden ways sugar is included in foods from salad dressings and sodas to condiments. Also cut the salt. Too much salt consumption leads to high blood pressure, bloating and if uncontrolled, potential stroke. Here are just a few ways to cut the salt here. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/19/10-ways-to-cut-out-salt-and-sugar.html
Be sure to eat Breakfast
Don’t skip breakfast. According to www.webmd.com, a healthy balanced breakfast is important for the following reasons:
o A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
o Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
o More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
o Lower cholesterol levels