Our third Stay Healthy topic for this month is ways to stay healthy nutritionally. Keeping the body well-fueled can go a long way in preventing sickness and keeping us feeling good. There are loads of supplement options out there but there are also foods that give your body a boost - no pills needed!
Many people take a daily supplement just to ensure they get all the vitamins and minerals they need and supplements are further recommended for those who eat specific diets. I am vegetarian and take a daily supplement because I want to ensure I get enough iron. But while taking a supplement can be healthy, there is no need to go overboard with multiples, a multivitamin should have you covered.
However, if you don’t want to be taking a pill, here are some foods that will give you can of the same benefits. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. Seaweed is high in iodine and iodine deficiencies are actually one of the most common in adults. Brazil nuts (for selenium) and bell peppers and oranges (both high in vitamin C) have lots of benefits, as do many fish. Many shellfish are high in B vitamins, cod liver oil helps with vitamin D, and sardines contain essential omega 3 fatty acids. Getting outside for 15 minutes a day is also a great boost to your vitamin D levels, just be sure to wear your BRUSH ON BLOCK®.
Other foods with benefits include carrots, which are high in antioxidants, garlic, which boosts gut and immune system health, and yogurt, which is full of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Apple cider vinegar has gained popularity recently and many recommend drinking a little in hot water each morning. And of course, one everyone loves is dark chocolate: high in antioxidants and high in happiness, a bite each day is good for the soul.