Lately, I need as much help as I can get in supporting my system so that it strives both physically and mentally. Change of season, a natural time of transition, is also a great time to give your body the love it needs. One of my first line of defences is always what I put into my body.
Read on to learn what foods help me feel strong and why!
Spinach, romaine, dandelion, kale, chard. Give em’ all to me! I’ll take them all for their alkalinizing effect on my system and for the major nutrient potential they hold. The greens are well known to help fight off common chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Greens have chlorophyll. This gives plants their vibrant green colour, feeds and hydrates the cells and helsp neutralize toxins that we encounter daily. Not to mention, the content of calcium and magnesium in greens is generally high, which will contribute to strong bones and proper function of the muscular system. This means eating greens is literally building me a strong body to take on the day!
If you’ve ever had a pure ginger shot you know that just getting it down successful can give you a sense of pride that inspires you to take on anything afterwards. Consuming ginger warms me from the inside out thereby activating that inner fire and fierceness. It is excellent on a cold day when you have that chill that just won’t quit. Not to mention, it has major benefits in the anti-microbial and anti-viral areas. It fights off those bad guys so you can go on channeling your inner queen.
I don’t think I am alone when I say that a soup can make you feel like a hundred bucks. Their warming and nourishing nature does lots of good for the body, especially when getting over a sickness or even just after a bad day. Why do we feel so good after have a warm cup of broth?? Broths are made by simmering bones for a long period of time. As a result, the rich nutrients and amino acids held in the bones is found in the broth when finished. One of these nutrients is collagen, which is a building block material for our hair, skin, nails, teeth and bones.
Have you heard of this herb? Astragalus has been known to benefit the immune system for a long time in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The way I explain its effects to clients is that it prepares the body’s defenses against stress to be on at full speed. This is because it is classified as an adaptogenic herb. When consumed, adaptogens respond to what the body needs and helps bring it back to homeostasis. Astragalus contains three active compounds: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. Their benefits include cancer prevention, enhanced cell signaling, anti-inflammation and fighting free radicals. I get astragalus in through tincture form and up my dose when I’m feeling like my schedule is busy and I need a strong herb on my side.
A GLASS OF RED WINE
This one may come as a surprise. Consuming red wine in moderation can also be quite helpful in strengthening the system! Lots of research has been done on red wine and results suggest that, when consumed moderately, red wine can protect against certain cancers, improve mental health and enhance heart health. One of the compounds found in red wine responsible for many of its health benefits is called resveratrol. Resveratrol is powerful polyphenol (plant-derived) anti-oxidant that fights against free radicals. I don’t know about you ladies, but I have a feeling this research is spot on! A glass of red wine can really help make me feel strong after a hard day!