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How To Eat for Resiliency

Posted Apr 29 2014 5:57pm
A few days ago on Emotional Mojo we were talking about resiliency and that got me thinking about foods to can help you and your body to be more resilient. 
Whether you’ve just finished a tough workout, are recovering from an injury or illness, or just went through a very stressful time there are certain foods that can help your body bounce back.

Your body is an amazing machine and can heal from the inside out with the right nutrients.

·      Vitamin C
o   Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin that our body does not have the ability to make.  Therefore you need to get it from foods. o   Not only is it key for bone strength and helping your body to rebuild proteins and repair damaged tendons and ligaments.  It’s also an antioxidant helping to take away the free radicals that are created from stress both internal and external. o   Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, and bell peppers. ·      Vitamin A o   Now we’re talking about immunity.  This vitamin helps to keep the production of white blood cells going.  These are the blood cells that play a big role in fighting off infection and increase your rate of healing o   Good sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, and spinach
·      Omega-3 Fatty Acids o   This is a good time to think if you’re getting 2 recommended servings of fatty fish per week. o   Omega-3’s are crucial in reducing inflammation and chronic inflammation sets the framework for a lot of major chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. o   Sources include salmon, flax or chia seeds, walnuts ·      Zinc o   Every single tissue in your body uses zinc and it’s especially important when you’re recovering from illness. o   Zinc helps speed wound healing, boosts immunity, and has even been used to treat malaria.
I also want to mention protein.  Protein is key to have throughout your day and I just read several studies today about how protein can help support weight loss.  Try to have some type of protein in every meal or snack. Choose things like lean meats, nuts, beans, cottage cheese, non-fat yogurt, or whey protein powder.
What's your favorite lean protein?
Do you think your diet helps your body to be resilient?

Love and strong guts,
Carissa & Kyle

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