The power of protein!
According to dieticians at University of California, eating the right amount of protein can help you feel full longer and stave off hunger pangs.
Protein acts as an appetite suppressant more than any of the other macronutrients. Protein stabilises blood sugar levels and leads to a slower, but prolonged energy release. Spikes and dips in blood sugar levels, which can lead to increased snacking due to increased hunger sensation, are thereby reduced. This can help to prevents excess calories from being consumed.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats are essential fatty acids that we need to consume in our daily diet.
Omega 3 fats are important for local hormone regulation which control inflammation, dilation and circulation to the reproductive organs and increased intake of Omega 3 has been found to reduce period pain and improve fertility Ref.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are involved in energy metabolism, growth and development, muscle and fat distribution, fluid and electrolyte balance, and sexual development including
Hormone regulation can be very effectively supported through diet, no matter what stage of life cycle you are in - from puberty to menopause.
TOP TIP #8 Vitamin C – embrace summer fruits!
Did you know that signs of vitamin C deficiency can be fatigue, muscle weakness, bleeding gums and leg rashes?
This vital vitamin serves many important functions in the body including to repair and regenerate tissues, protecting against heart disease, supporting immune function, aiding the absorption of iron and producing collagen, which is essential for improving skin elasticity giving the skin a healthy glow for the summer, while also reducing the appearance of cellulite!
TOP TIP #8 Fish n Fibre
Oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), nuts, seeds and olive oil are all good sources of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that help reduce inflammation and regulate liver and gallbladder function.
Also, having enough sources of dietary fibre such as brown rice, oats, rye, quinoa along with beans, pulses, lentils may help to prevent constipation and help excretion of toxins.