Unsuspecting foods that do more than just look good

The 4 Pillars of Health
Pillar 2: Nutrition

My son used to pick the greens out of his food and line them like a little forest around his plate when he was younger. He would stop and reluctantly munch his little green empire when he felt his mother’s hot gaze on his back.  A pretty comical sight actually.

In my previous post, we talked about how detoxification can help you get healthier and feel better. This week, we’ll discuss how your choice of food can contribute to your health.

While there is an ocean of diet programmes out there, I’d like to draw your attention to the phytonutrient diet – a diet built around eating foods which retain their natural state even when cooked, and contain naturally occurring chemical compounds which nourish and heal the body. Phytonutrients are believed to boost the immune system, serve as antioxidants, prevent aging and even fight cancer.

While phytonutrient sources — usually found in brilliantly coloured fruits and vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, leafy greens and berries — look great as garnish, it’s time to up this power-packed functional foods into the main course.

Here are some examples of phytonutrient antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables:

  1. Carotene: Found in orange or red fruits and vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and yellow squashes.
  2. Anthocyanin: Found in red or purplish fruits and vegetables like berries, grapes and roselles.
  3. Polyphenol: Found in green tea, cocoa beans and grapes.

The antioxidants from your diet work hand-in-hand with your body’s detox mechanism to get rid your system from harmful free radicals and prevent diseases.

Good eating habits include choosing to:

  • eat fresh foods raw whenever possible
  • go for variety
  • get organic produce
  • opt for less processed foods
  • spruce your palate with colourful fruits and vegetables
  • add cruciferous vegetables to the menu (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprout)
  • eat dark leafy greens (spinach, water spinach, bak choy, kailan, pucuk paku)
  • select foods which contain:
    • Fibers
    • Antioxidants
    • Minerals
    • Probiotics (live lactic acid bacteria)
    • Essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6 and 9)

Consider these when planning a menu:

  • Food types and quality
  • How much to consume
  • Food preparation method
  • What the container is made from
  • When you will consume it
  • Is a particular food alkaline or acidic
  • How you will feel after eating it

And, like we’ve discussed before, watch out for foods you may be sensitive to. Gluten rich foods for instance (rye, barley, oats and wheat), can turn your digestive tract topsy turvy and alter your mood and alertness.

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For Better Health,
Dr Nor

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