When we think of the word “Nourish” many things spring to mind like soothing, protecting, warming and health and that is exactly what good food can do for you, it can nourish your body and mind keeping them healthy, full of vitality and at peace. Some of my favorite foods are also some of the most nourishing to the body and present different values and benefits.
Coconuts are amazing they hold so many benefits and can be savored in many different ways. I was first introduced to coconuts at a local market where they were chopped open so you could drink the water then cut up into segments so the flesh could be scooped out, I have written about the experience over here…..
Anyhow this led me to start eating coconut on a regular basis, I always keep a pot of coconut oil in the pantry which I use for cooking instead of olive oil as it ca cope with much higher levels of heat plus it works as an excellent non stick agent when pan frying foods. Amazingly it has a very neutral taste so it can be used in any dishes. As well as this I often keep a few cartons of coconut water in the fridge for the most refreshing drink wither post workout or on a hot summer’s afternoon. So how can Coconut nourish the body?
- Antibacterial effect on the gut (killing of yeast)
- Metabolism boosting effects
- Safeguards the body against cancer
- Coconut water is a universal donor– Its identical to human blood plasma – this is the most amazing one!
Unfortunately good coconut based products can be pretty expensive but a little gets a long way so they are definitely worth it. One tip to look out for when buying coconut oil is to make sure it has a faint smell of coconut, otherwise it is probably rancid…..
Herbal tea’s are amazing for their versatility. They are not only delicious but there is just about a different type of tea for every ailment.
Food Is Thy Medicine – Socrates
For instance if you are feeling tense after a tough day at work nothing works better than a cup of Chamomile tea or Rooibos. Or if you have a stomach ache there is no better tummy soother than a cup of peppermint tea. Here is a list of some of the best natural remdies from herbal tea.
- Relax and Unwind – Chamomile or Kava Kava
- Put a Spring in your Step – Yerba Mate or Black Tea
- Energize and Calm – Green Tea
- All Day Calming – Rooibos
- Cleanse and Detox - Nettle
- Sooth the Stomach – Peppermint and Fennel
Pretty amazing stuff which you can either buy bagged or use the herbs fresh. One tea that is awesome fresh is a swiss mountain tea which my brother introduced to me, Its simple to make and requires only: Fresh Basil, Thyme and a spoonful of mountain honey. Simply stick a load of the fresh leaves in a mug and add boiling water, stir for a few minutes the add the honey. Its an amazing afternoon tea to open up your head and airways….
Fresh oily fish is amazing thanks to it being the exclusive source for Omega 3′s which are vital to our nervous systems health. Unfortunately not enough is consumed in most countries these days due partly it being expensive but more likely due to it being slightly harder than other sources of protein to prepare. If you can include some oily fish in your diet a few times a week your set and will feel all the benefits.
Some great ways to incorporate fish into the diet is to keep a few cans of Salmon, and Sardines in the cupboard for quick ad-hoc meals. They are simple to throw over a salad and yu have yourself a quick and simple meal check the recipe below which is a favourite of Art Devany.
I also like to keep some Organic smoked salmon in the fridge as it lasts ages and goes perfectly with a few boiled eggs to make a really tasty and healthy breakfast. Omega 3′s can reduce inflammation, improve concentration and help keep a healthy blood lipid profile making fish an essential part of the human diet.
Keeping a healthy gut is a key part to feeling good and effectively digesting your food. What’s the best way to do this? Simply by eating fermented foods as often as you can. Things like:
- Cultured Yoghurt
- Miso Soup
By including these foods especially Kefir which is best drunk on an empty stomach a few times a week you will nourish your stomach which plays a key role in Serotonin release (the feel good chemical) plus your digestion will improve. This is especially important in this day and age where a lot of people suffer from things like leaky gut syndrome which causes a malabsorption of nutrients which can lead to things like lethargy, cramps and a host of other symptoms.
Also Always go for Full-Fat dairy products and avoid the fat free stuff that is devoid of nutrition, of course they are higher in calories but the fat is needed for absorption of the nutrients in our food.