10 Foods To Combat Health Issues

A lot of us put up with common ailments when we should be fighting to feel fight and healthy. It doesn't have to be this way and you can help by making simple changes to your diet :)

1. Muscle Ache

Tart Cherries

Tart Cherries contain the same anti-inflammatory enzymes found in ibuprofen, without the risk of potential kidney and stomach-related side effects associated with pain killers.

2. Aging Skin

Oranges

The vitamin C in oranges helps the body make collagen, the protein that is essential for skin elasticity.

3. Lack of Focus

Eggs

This protein-packed food is also an excellent source of choline which boosts the brains ability to relay commands to the rest of your body.

4. Memory Loss

Sunflower Seeds

This super seed is loaded with vitamin E which helps protect the neurons in your brain from oxidative stress.

5. Low Energy

Bananas

You may know bananas for being packed with potassium but they are also a great source of magnesium which is a key element in producing and storing energy.

6. Upset Stomach

Peppermint

If you have ever taken gaviscon for indigestion you will know it is mint flavoured. Peppermint aids digestion and soothes inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract. One or two mints or a cup of peppermint tea post-meal can help.

7. Insomnia

Turkey

Turkey contains tryptophan which is associated with aiding the body in producing the sleep friendly hormone melatonin.

8. Depression

Sweet Potato

Carbohydrates help regulate serotonin which is a mood controlling hormone known to promote feelings of happiness and suppress anxiety. Complex carbs such as sweet potato release energy slower which helps balance mood and avoid the mood highs and lows associated with simple carbohydrates.

9. Puffy Eyes

Green Tea

Puffiness under the eyes can be caused by excess fluid retention. Green tea can reduce unwanted swelling. Drinking green tea or alternatively pouring cold water on the tea bags and resting them over your eyes have both been known to help with this issue.

10. Anxiety

Peanuts

Peanuts are a great source of glutamine which is needed to make gammo-aminobutyric aci(GABA). A lack of this inhibits the brain from producing calming effects, leaving your mind running wild with anxiety.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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