Can you keep a secret?
I have some secrets I’m dying to tell.
I want to share my secret healthy habits. There’s one secret that fights aging. Another secret increases the amount of nutrition in your food. A third shares how to cook healthy food quickly.
Interested? I’m ready to spill them all. All you need to do is keep reading.
I’m guessing you haven’t heard of amla, which is a shame. It’s my first secret healthy habit.
Amla, or Indian gooseberries, is one of the richest sources of antioxidants on the planet. To give you a better idea of the number of antioxidants it has, amla contains 200 times more antioxidants than blueberries. Amla has more antioxidants than goji berries and açaí, too.
Our bodies need antioxidants to reach optimum health. Antioxidants prevent oxidation caused by free radicals in our bodies. Essentially, that means I prevent damage to my body by eating plenty of antioxidants.
Unlike protein or calories, you can’t have too many antioxidants. The antioxidants you eat first go to the vital organs that need them the most. Then they’re sent to “extra” places, like your pimples and scars. These places benefit from antioxidants but don’t need them to function.
If you don’t consume plenty of antioxidants, your body may run out of them before they get to the “extra” places. Have more questions about amla? Read up.
Amla can even prevent and combat diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
I include amla in smoothies, on top of my morning oats or in my tea every day. I prefer to mix it with something sweet to counteract the bitterness.
My second secret healthy habit is probiotics.
I take at least one form of probiotics each day. I’m a regular kefir-drinker, kombucha-brewer and sauerkraut-fermenter.
Don’t know what probiotics are? Here’s the gist: probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria found in our digestive tracts and in certain foods. There are several benefits of probiotics, a few of which are:
- Prevent and relieve digestive issues
- Prevent or cure allergies
- Prevent illnesses such as the common cold
- Boosts the immune system
The benefit I concentrate on is immune health. That means less time being sick and more time living my life to the fullest.
Click here if you want to learn more about probiotics.
Eating flaxseeds every day is my third healthy habit.
I eat flaxseeds to boost my intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Why are omega-3’s important? Glad you asked.
Too many people suffer from mood disorders, depression and poor brain health. One reason you can suffer from these problems is your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is out of balance.
Standard Americans eat 1 portion of omega-3 for every 16 portions of omega-6. A lower ratio, such as 1:8, is much better.
But don’t think that if you eat healthy you can forget about omega-3s. Those who eat a whole, plant-based diet can have an improper omega-3 to omega-6 ratio if they eat lots of grains, peanuts, nuts or seeds. These foods can also cause an omega imbalance.
A tablespoon is beneficial to everybody to increase the amount of omega-3. Make sure to grind them up. If you don’t, your body won’t be able to digest them.