We speak to nutritionist Cassandra Barns about the 5 foods we should be eating to beat certain health issues. From treating heart concerns with oily fish, joint pain with matcha tea to low mood with raw chocolate…
Joint pain: matcha tea
Pain and stiffness in your joints is nearly always related to inflammation. What we eat and drink can affect levels of inflammation in the body. Consuming more anti-inflammatory foods (and drinks) may help.
Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit is a good start. Drinking green tea may also be beneficial. It contains plant compounds called catechins known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Skin dryness: healthy cold-pressed oils
Dry skin can be associated with lack of healthy fats in your diet. An easy way to get more of them is to increase your intake of nourishing cold-pressed oils, especially flaxseed, hemp seed or avocado oils.
These must only be served cold and not used when cooking. Use them in salad dressings or drizzled straight onto salads or warm foods after cooking.
Aim to get around two tablespoons a day. Try Clearspring’s Organic Omeg-A-Day 78% Flax Oil Blend.
Digestive bloating / IBS: gluten-free oats
If you experience digestive problems such as bloating or pain after eating, then consider whether wheat – or gluten, a protein in wheat – could be triggering your symptoms.
Try switching from wheat-based cereal to one based on gluten-free oats, such as Nairn’s Gluten Free Snackers.
Low mood: raw chocolate
Chocolate really can make you feel happier, and not necessarily because of the sugar it contains! Cacao itself – the raw ingredient used to make chocolate – contains a variety of substances that may benefit our energy and mood. Such as theobromine, and a small amount of phenylethylamine or PEA. A natural chemical that’s made in the brain and is associated with good mood.
For the greatest health benefits, go for a small amount of dark chocolate with a low sugar content, such as OMBAR 72%.
Heart health concerns: oily fish
This one is probably no surprise. Oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon and herring contain the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These two omega-3s play a vital role in helping our heart to function normally. As well as keeping blood pressure in check and triglycerides (a type of blood fat) at healthy levels.
To jazz up your fish and make a quick and tasty meal, try topping a salmon steak with miso paste and baking in the oven. Try Clearspring’s Organic Japanese Barley Miso Paste.
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