3 Amazing Foods that are essential for the health and beauty of a woman
Summer is coming and we all are starting our eternal internal dilemma: what should we eat and what should we stop eating to get that nice and lean body for the bikini season? Indeed, Jesus Christ managed to feed approximately 5000 people with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. This Christian parable teaches us that we do not need a lot of food to maintain a good body shape. However, the quality of food is paramount.
In this article, I want to bring to your attention 3 foods that are essential for our health, ladies, despite all diet restrictions we might stick to. Let’s begin:
Fish has always been important part of human nutrition, even being a source of economic power throughout history. It has high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12). In addition, oily fish such, as salmon, contains valuable omega-3 fatty acids.
The whole fuss about omega-3 is that this essential fatty acid is not synthesized by our body and must be received through the diet. Why do we need it then? Apparently, 30% of the grey matter of our brain is omega-3 acid DHA. So, consuming this acid regularly contributes to our intellectual capacity and reduces the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly age. It also supports our nervous and cardiovascular systems, protecting us from problems such as heart attack, high blood pressure and even incidence of depression. Tryptophan, that salmon contains, is an all-natural sedative. It means that you will fall asleep easier and sleep better, just by adding salmon fish to your diet plan.
Salmon contains a particular 32-amino acid linear polypeptide hormone called calcitonin, also known as thyrocalcitonin. This element increases, regulates and stabilizes collagen synthesis, which helps our bones remain strong, joints – flexible and skin – young and smooth.
I recommend eating salmon 2-3 times a week, better wild-caught Alaskan salmon. You can enjoy your fish baked, barbecued, poached, steamed or grilled. Here is my favorite recipe on how you can cook 2 pieces of salmon (250 grams):
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Mix soy sauce and lemon juice, pour the marinade over the fish and leave it in the fridge for, at least, one hour. Heat olive oil on the pan and fry fish during 3 min on each side. Yum yum!
The nutritional value of parsley is often underestimated. We tend to use it as decoration for our dishes to add some color. However, its extraordinary components provide unique health benefits. Parsley is a “chemoprotective” food. Eating it is essential, especially for people living in big cities, as well as smokers, because it helps neutralize the damaging effects of the unhealthy environment.
Parsley is a reach source of antioxidants and it helps prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. Eating this wonderful herb regularly will make your skin look younger and fresher and this, even without creams!
Adding parsley to your every day diet will increase your vitamin C intake, which is essential for the healthy functioning of immune system. However, the most important element that we, women, can benefit from by eating parsley is folic acid. This acid is vital for proper cell devision. This being said, folic acid is also extremely important in cancer prevention, especially in those parts of the body that contain rapidly dividing cells, such as colon, and what is very important for women in particular – the cervix.
I’ve already explained further wonderful health benefits of parsley and the ways it can be consumed in my other article “One simple habit that will help you stay lean and beautiful” that you can read here.
3. Linseed oil
Linseed oil is made of the flax plant and is also known as flaxseed oil. This oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acid and has all those benefits that salmon does. I can only add its prodigious effect on hair and nails. Linseed oil intake helps to revitalize the skin and contributes to the healthy hair growth. You will adore your hair’s healthy and shiny look! It also nourishes dry or brittle nails and stops them from cracking or splitting.
What is even more important, is that the linseed oil is reach in omega-6 – another fatty acid that can rarely be found in other foods. Omega-6 fatty acid plays an important role in cells growth and is absolutely essential for brain and muscle development. So, adding 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil to your salad everyday will increase your productivity at work and reinforce the after-burn effect when you work out.
If you do not like the flavour of the flaxseed oil you might want to eat seeds instead. My recommendation would be to grind them first, because whole seeds simply pass through the body. This is how I make a delicious morning treat out of ground flaxseeds:
- 3 tablespoons medium oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 10 goji berries
- 1 cup soya milk
Mix all components and enjoy this as a part of your perfect breakfast.
Ladies, I wish you all to say healthy, beautiful and smart!