Everyday life can wear out the organism and make the body resent. An important part of health care is food, since the assimilation of nutrients through food will have different consequences throughout our body. We look at some guidelines to reconcile eating with taking care of the body.
Omega 3 for shinier hair
“The incorporation into the diet of foods rich in Omega 3, such as nuts and blue fish, prevents the dryness of the hair and gives it a greater shine, as it favors the production of elastin. This fatty acid also intervenes in the formation of the retina, and is therefore good for the health of the eye and promotes the proper functioning of the immune system,” says Gálvez. In addition, the intake of red fruits, foods rich in antioxidants, serves to combat the effects of pollution and the dryer. In this way you get a strong and shiny hair. “To avoid hair loss, it is best to eat foods rich in magnesium, such as white fish, which creates stronger hair follicles,” says the doctor. Magnesium, together with sulphur, folic acid and iron, will help especially during the winter, since they will serve to palliate the greater rate of hair loss to which it is exposed.
Vitamins for lynx sight
“Vitamin A improves night vision and its absence can cause corneal ulcers and dry eyes,” explains Gálvez. In order to preserve your sight like on the first day, you should eat foods such as dairy products, pumpkin, tomatoes, vegetables… And the famous carrot! whose power to preserve your sight is known to everyone. To vitamin A must be added vitamin C, with high antioxidant power, a property necessary to prevent diseases such as cataracts. “The vitamin E found in spinach, avocado and some nuts is also a powerful antioxidant that could stop oxidative stress, which occurs in cells during old age and thus prevent eye diseases such as macular degeneration associated with age,” explains the nutrition expert.
Digestion, better with fiber
Lack of good digestion causes general malaise, abdominal pain, bad breath… “The best way to maintain light digestion and promote intestinal transit is to consume foods rich in fiber. Fruits, vegetables, cereals and legumes are the most suitable as a source of healthy fiber,” says Gálvez. At the same time, the low fat content of lean meats makes them ideal for light digestion. And one of the best allies of the digestive system is yogurt, “because it protects against the natural acidity of the stomach and contributes to the regeneration of the intestinal flora due to the activity of its probiotics, rich in bacteria and yeasts,” he explains. We cannot forget the liquid gold of our gastronomy, “olive oil, rich in oleic acid with beneficial properties for our digestive system, protecting from acidity, constipation and regulating digestion, favouring a better absorption of nutrients from food at intestinal level”.
Taking care of your skin with a Mediterranean diet
Keeping added sugars at bay translates into better skin care, “because it limits the aging caused by free radicals,” says Gálvez. A food routine based on the Mediterranean diet, whose pillars are legumes, fruits, vegetables, fish, white meats and olive oil, reduces the effects that stress and lack of rest produce on the skin. Once again, the role played by antioxidant substances is fundamental. The polyphenols in green tea, for example, have a greater regenerative power than vitamin C and improve the elasticity of the skin. Adding to the good habit of finishing lunch with a cup of tea will do a lot for the health of the largest body organ.
Ultimately, there is a food or nutrient whose benefits are innumerable and affects the entire body transversely, without which it is not possible the proper functioning of the body, water, and is that for something is known as the liquid of life. The expert of Vithas remembers that to take care of body and mind and to enjoy a better health, the best option is the sum of a correct hydration and a balanced diet, accompanied always by an adequate regular physical activity.