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Health Tips - Nutrition

Whole foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains provide the optimum mix of nutrients and are the most beneficial to health. Have at least 6 – 10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

To strengthen eyes and bones add avocado, olive oil, nuts, olives or other healthy fats to your red, green, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies to increase the amount of fat soluble vitamins like A, E, and K. These nutrients help vision, improve the immune system and protect against stroke and osteoporosis.

Choose seasonal and local food as it tastes better and has more nutrients than food that has been stored for long periods or shipped long distances.

Eat a variety of food with different flavours, colours and textures as this ensures we get the benefit of the full spectrum of nutrients provided by different foods.

Reduce or eliminate canned, frozen, processed, refined food and foods with additives, synthetic colourings, chemicals, hormones, pesticides or other toxins.

Fruit is best eaten raw and eaten alone as the nutrients can be easily destroyed when heated and fruit takes less time to digest than most other food. Also, fruits and vegetables that are deeper in colour and smell fresh contain more nutrients.

Small, more frequent meals throughout the day are easier on the body and assist in levelling out energy and blood sugar levels.

The body is able to digest food best when you eat in a relaxed environment. Plan to take at least 15 – 20 minutes to eat and start the digestive process for every meal.

Regular bowel movements at least two times a day will ensure that toxins don’t sit in the digestive tract and impact health. To improve your bowel movements relax more while eating and increase your consumption of fibre and water.

 
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