Self-Care Starts On Your Plate

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Here are four ways food supplies your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally.

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When we think of “self-care,” it often conjures up images of Epsom salt baths, candles, and meditation. However, another name for self-care is nourishment. Here are four ways food supplies your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally.

Water

Water improves your brain function and mood. It acts as a shock absorber and a lubricant for your joints. It also helps flush out toxins, carry nutrients to cells, and hydrate the body. Most of your daily water intake comes from fluids but can also come from your food, such as broth soups, celery, and oranges.

Lean Protein

Protein is essential in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones. It gives tissues and organs their shape and allows them to work properly. Proteins are made up of amino acids and some are not made by the body, so must come from food sources such as eggs, meat, and fish.

Healthy Fats

Fats support many of your body’s functions, such as vitamin and mineral absorption, protecting vital organs, and maintaining body heat. They can also help you balance your blood sugar, decrease your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and improve your brain function.

Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins and minerals contribute to key bodily functions, such as organ and cellular function, hormone regulation, and improving immunity. You will consume many of these nutrients in food sources, but often times, vitamin supplementation is required to ensure that you have optimal levels for your overall health.

Fruits & Vegetables

A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower the risk of eye and digestive problems, and positively affect blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check.

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