5 essential foods for healthy living

Five foods to keep in your kitchen for a healthier life

5 essential foods for healthy living

Julie Johnson, health coach at De Novu, shares five easy steps for a healthier you.

Fruit and veg
Select from a rainbow of colours, including leafy greens. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which boost our immune system, are powerful antioxidants and prevent cellular damage from free radicals.

Our digestive health is vital for our immunity. Probiotic food includes live cultured yoghurt or Greek yoghurt made from the milk of cows, goats or sheep. Also consider miso, tempeh, sauerkraut and kimchi.

Fresh and whole
Stock your fridge with whole and unprocessed foods. High in refined carbohydrates, processed food can lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, while also being low in nutrients and fibres.

Lower “bad” fats
Keeping in mind that there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats, switching to lower fat foods and reducing those unhealthy fats is incredibly helpful for both weight management and overall body health. Selecting leaner meats and skimmed milk over full fat milk, for example, can help you meet your recommended daily fat intake and support a path to a healthier you.

Go gluten-free
Work to eliminate foods with refined carbohydrates as they contain high levels of gluten that increases your blood sugar, resulting in a rise in your insulin response. Gluten-free foods have several benefits, one of which is improved intestinal absorption.

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