Nourish Your Body for Better Wellbeing

 In Self Care

Part of self-love and self-care is giving our bodies the nourishment required for optimal health.

There are the basics that most of us are familiar with such as vitamin C to prevent colds or calcium for strong bones.

What about minerals such as copper, magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium and iron? These minerals keep our body running smoothly like a well oiled machine. Contributing to healthy joints, energy production, glowing skin and thick shiny hair.

Even if you are eating well you aren’t necessarily getting all the minerals required for optimal health.

As crops grow they take in minerals from the soil. Unfortunately food sourced from conventional farms is grown in mineral depleted soil. Leaving us with food that is not nutrient dense.

There are nutrient dense foods like liver that can supply the body with much-needed minerals.

I can imagine the stink face you made when you thought of liver being your nutritional savior.

If the stink face didn’t come over you and you are open to eating liver. Please do. In a food ranking of nutrient density it is number 1.

I’m not going to leave you stranded in this nutrient depleted waste land with liver as your only out. Consider trying some of the following suggestions to give your body the nourishment it craves.

  • Participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) or a local farmers market. These groups tend to have better soil maintenance practices. Google Community Supported Agriculture in your state for a list of farms that offer shares of their crops.
  • Eat probiotic foods daily, such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and beet kvass.
  • Purchase pasture raised meat, that has eaten a natural diet for the animal, and is antibiotic free.
  • Sweeten food with dates, black strap molasses or raw honey. Unlike sugar, these sweeteners contain minerals our bodies need.
  • Nuts and seeds offer a good variety of minerals. Brazil nuts rank high in selenium while pumpkin seeds are high in zinc. Add nuts and/or seeds to your salad, oatmeal or yogurt for the extra nutrients.

A few benefits I have experienced from being more deliberate about getting the nourishment my body needs are: no more joint pain, thicker hair, clearer skin, better sleep and more energy. The benefits have been well worth the effort.

If you like what you read, please share so we can spread wellbeing one human being at a time.

Want more recipes and tips on how to age better get my book Kaizen: A Toolbox for Cultivating Optimal health print or ebook. Cheers, Nanette

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