It’s always a good time to start thinking about changes we would like to make for a more healthful body. There are certainly those who might avoid fats or carbohydrates, while others might seek protein shakes or diet pills. For some, these methods might produce desired results, at least temporarily.
However, instead of limiting our food choices or overloading our bodies on the latest dieting fad, it might be a good idea to take it back to basics, providing our bodies with natural nourishment. Of course, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy and whole grain is a great place to start, but there are other natural ways to eat healthy.
Try the following for your diet:
- Eat in moderation: We’ve probably all heard it sometime in our lives – “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” For good health, it might be a good idea to evaluate what we’re putting into our bodies and not overdo it on certain foods. According to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, most portions should fit into the palm of our hands.
- Get high amounts of antioxidants: Foods rich in antioxidants, especially berries, can help prevent the harmful affects of oxidative stress. Blueberries, in particular, have the highest amount of antioxidant activity and contain caffeic acid, which prompts our bodies to produce enzymes that help excrete carcinogens, according to healthnewsdigest.com.
- Include probiotics: Healthful, or “friendly,” bacteria found in foods such as yogurt and dietary supplements, are already in our bodies. They can control the growth of harmful bacteria that can lead to health problems. They also help to promote a healthy immune system.
- Let digestive enzymes do the work: Because most of the foods we eat today are cooked or processed, they contain little or no natural enzymes that aid digestion. Raw foods have increased in popularity lately because of their enzyme content. Supplemental enzymes, as well, can ease digestive stress on the body, while they also help the body better absorb nutrients from food.