1. Love your Liver

Your liver is the hardest and most diverse working organ of your body. Among other things it is responsible for the metabolisis of nutrients (this includes fat burning!), helping to regulate our blood sugar levels and the breakdown and elimination of excess hormones (which can contribute to PMS and acne).

In this modern day environment with pollution, pesticides, household chemicals, over the counter drugs, as well as our love for coffee and alcohol the liver can easily become bombarded.

Supporting your liver and its functions via your nutrition can really help your overall wellbeing. Include green vegetable juices in your diet, particularly brassica veg such as kale and broccoli, as well as beetroot, artichoke, berries, lemon, turmeric, garlic, and green tea.

2. Boost Your Energy

In our fast-paced hyper-busy lives, energy is the holy grail of wellness. Often we rely on coffee to give us the boost we need, unfortunately, caffeine from coffee can be over-stimulating causing raised cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and poor sleep, both of which have a negative effect on body composition.

Maca root powder is an adaptogenic herb which helps support your adrenal glands. It is a great replacement for coffee, giving you a natural energy boost from its vitamins, minerals and plant complexes, whilst reducing, not adding to your stress response.

Maca is one of the main ingredients in new VITL Greens superfood powder.

3. Balance Your Blood Sugar

Dysglycaemia is the abnormal control of blood glucose levels. The level of glucose fluctuates, causing hypo and hyperglycemia. Medically it is associated with diabetes, but people can suffer from ‘sub- clinical’ dysglycaemia.

Dysglycaemia is heavily influenced by diet and it has a direct effect on daily energy levels, is linked with fatigue and especially the classic ‘post-lunch slump’.

Making sure you eat regular balanced meals that always contain a fiber and protein element so that you will have a slower and more sustained release of sugars into your bloodstream. This means that you will not only feel better energy levels throughout the day but also have better concentration and fewer cravings.

4. Be Prepared

The mantra goes ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, this is never truer than when it comes to nutrition. Getting caught on the fly when hungry with limited choices is a most likely time you will reach for fatty or sugary foods. The first stage is to decide why you want to make changes and write them down.

Then, identify barriers to change and figure strategies e.g. a solution to ‘I need a coffee to wake up in the morning’ would be to switch to a green tea. Be accountable and honest with yourself, writing a food diary can be a great way to do this.

Lastly, stock your cupboard with the right foods so that you can put together a healthy meal in minutes, even if it’s a salad with grated vegetables and adding precooked lentils and quinoa, or a veggie omelet with a quick salad.

5. Be Colorful

The key to healthy nutrition is variety. Far from drinking just tea for days on end, the way to help your body repair and restore itself is through a full range of healthy foods. The simplest way to think about this concept is color. The colors in fruits and vegetables are caused by phytochemicals, which have been shown to have a range of healthy properties. So I recommend you eat blueberries, strawberries, purple potatoes, colored corn, black rice, yams, and all the other colors of the fruit and vegetable rainbow.

Sources & References:
greenforallseasons.com
www.huffingtonpost.com

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