How to Spring Clean Your Diet

How to Spring Clean Your Diet
There is a touch of spring in the air, and we cannot wait to come out from hiding, and start enjoying the warmer weather. As you emerge from the winter months, you may feel the need to wake up your body, reinvigorate your senses again and start paying attention once again to your diet. Say goodbye to bad winter habits, it's time to clean up your diet and here are our tips to get you started: Eat Water: Drinking water is certainly a good way to boost your skin and keep hydrated (you can help your efforts with a stylish bkr bottle), but what about eating nutritionally good food which contains a lot of water? It may not always be possible to drink the 8 glasses of water a day which we are supposed to be consuming, but you can quench your thirst with foods which have over 90% water weight. See our deliciously healthy suggestions for a hydration boost below:
  • Cucumber - the highest water content of any solid food at 96.7%
  • Radishes - 95.3% water content & perfect for spring/ summer salads
  • Watermelon - 91.5% water content and is a staple for hydration during the Summer
  • Spinach - so much hydration packed into a hand full of leaves, with 91.4% water content
  • Strawberries - contains the highest water content of all berries at 91% water content
banner_160316_1-grey Boost your latte: If you are not quite ready to give up your morning coffee yet but are looking for a nutritional kick start to your day, try boosting your coffee by adding matcha powder. Matcha has been consumed in Japan for over 900 years to aid with concentration, and we now understand why! The matcha leaf is ground into a fine powder and added to water, so you are essentially drinking the entire leaf. It contains over 130 times more antioxidants than green tea, and also features important amino acids, minerals & vitamins. There are plenty of ways to introduce matcha into your diet but we love Teatox Energy Matcha in an almond milk latte with a little added cinnamon! Go Green: We all know that green foods are an extremely healthy part of our diet. Leafy greens are rich in minerals, fibre and antioxidants and apart from piling high the greens on your plate, you can introduce healthy green powders which are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Top nutrient-rich greens are: Wheat Grass: Increase your energy levels, wellbeing and feel full of vitality after adding wheat grass into your daily routine. We love Pukka Juicy Wheat Green Grass Powder. Made with an 100% organic formula without nasty herbicides or pesticides, wheat grass is one of the worlds most nourishing foods containing an easy to digest spectrum of goodness such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins. Add to shakes, meals or stir in one heaped teaspoon to water of fresh fruit juice. Spirulina: Spirulina (a microscopic blue-green freshwater plant) is an amazing little natural wonder, which has been knocking around for billions of years. Its nutritional properties make it a firm favourite in the health world as it boasts over 100 nutrients including anti-oxidant phycocyanin (also helps with inflammation) and is rich in B Vitamins, especially B12. Try Pukka Essential Spirulina Powder, it is easy to take and with regular use you should see a boost in energy, and strength in both body & mind. The taste can be quite earthy when added to water, so you can also get its organic goodness from Pukka Essential Spirulina 400 Tablets. Chlorella: It's a sad fact that the environment we live is is polluted, and as our lives become increasingly busy it is important to help our body deal with these demands. It can help clean, alkalise and protect our immune system, boost our energy levels, aid digestion and help fight depression. Chlorella, like Spirulina, is a microscopic fresh water plant and is packed with nutritional goodness such as very high levels of protein. Try Pukka Clean Chlorella Tablets, a 100% organic formula created using only the highest grade of sustainably cultivated herbs. Start off with taking 2-4 tablets a day with water for the first week, then move on to 6 tablets per day thereafter. banner_160316_5 Strike Gold: Turmeric is fast trying to push aside the colour green in the beauty world, the striking gold coloured spice has a wealth of beauty benefits, along side being used as a traditional culinary addition, most commonly found in curries. With its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties it's worth including this as a staple in your diet. You can add ground turmeric to a smoothie (try blending 1 fresh banana, 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks, 1 tsp of chia seeds, 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 tsp of turmeric for a morning smoothie which is packed full of antioxidants) or as a food supplement try the Viridian Organic Turmeric 400mg Caps. Love Omegas: Omegas are called 'essential' fats for a reason. Our bodies need them to function from building healthy cells to maintaining healthy brain functions, and these fatty acids are not produced in the body, so we must source them from foods or supplements. Omega 3 can slow the ageing process down by regulating our skin's oil production, and have also shown to reduce redness in skin, improve acne, ease the symptoms on sunburn & booth the health of your hair and nails - all great reasons to actively include them in your diet! You can find these essential fatty acids in a multitude of fishes, such as salmon, but if fish is not your thing try it in a supplement such as Fushi Organic Omega 3 6 9 Healthy & Beauty Oil. It is a unique blend of essential fatty acids vital for healthy skin, hair and nails and also contains flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil, evening primrose, avocado and olive oil to ensure you are getting your full dose of Omega 3, 6 & 9. Let us know on Twitter @Naturisimo_UK your Spring Clean ideas. Happy, healthy Spring!
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