You are what you eat: how eating these 3 foods can improve your overall health

You are what you eat: how eating these 3 foods can improve your overall health

As frustrating as it might seem at the time, our elders were often right. The “old wives’ tales” we doubted as children have an uncanny knack of coming back to prove us wrong. Eating our greens really does help to ward off colds and flus (by supporting a strong immune system) and carrots actually do help us to see in the dark (they’re rich in vision supporting vitamin A).

So we really are what we eat. The origins of the phrase “you are what you eat” are contested and are attributed to both a French lawyer in 1826 and a German essayist in 1863. But it wasn’t until much later, in the 1930s, that the phrase emerged in English after being made popular by an American nutritionist.

But what does the phrase really mean? Of course, it doesn’t mean that we literally are the sum total of all that we eat. The team here at Necta & Hive would pretty much resemble a pot of honey if it did.

Instead, what these wise philosophers meant, was that what we eat (and what we don’t eat) has a direct impact on our physical and mental health. Since the 1930s, the phrase has been used in combination with the healthy eating message. There are many healthy diets, but in general, a diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins is considered good. A diet high in processed sugary, fatty or salty foods is considered not so good.

But within the ‘good’ foods, there are healthy choices, and really healthy choices. Three foods that contribute to good health are broccoli, honey and turmeric. Here’s why…

There’s nothing boring about broccoli!

Packed with vitamins A, B9, C and K, eating broccoli is like taking a multivitamin, but with much more flavour! It’s also a great source of antioxidants, that help to support a healthy immune system.

Broccoli is also a great source of fibre, which we need to help keep our bowels regular. A slow moving or sluggish bowel is uncomfortable, so eating broccoli regularly will help to promote a healthy bowel. Some studies also suggest that fibre can help to manage blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Super versatile, broccoli can be boiled or steamed, and is also delicious eaten raw. Add it to salads, pasta dishes, homemade soups, stir fries, curries and roasts.

Honey, the healing helper

Active, healing honey, such as Necta & Hive high TA Jarrah and Red Gum honeys has many health benefits. These include supporting good gut health due to its prebiotic fibre, helping to heal wounds, managing coughs and colds and supporting a healthy immune system with its antioxidant prowess.

There are many ways to enjoy the health benefits of honey. To discover your favourite, see our blog post on incorporating honey into your diet.

Turning up the turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that’s used in Indian and Asian cooking, and is responsible for the golden yellow colour of many curries. It contains around 200 active compounds, the most well studied and understood is a compound called curcumin.

Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory that helps to manage levels of inflammation in the body. If inflammation becomes chronic, it can lead to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and dementia. Anti-inflammatory agents such as curcumin help by neutralising free radicals, unstable molecules that can lead to chronic inflammation.

Eating curries every day might be delicious and comforting, but they can be high in saturated fat. So by all means eat curry on a semi regular basis to get your fix. Then mix a teaspoon of Necta & Hive honey and a sprinkling of curcumin-rich turmeric into warm water each day to help keep inflammation at manageable levels. Enjoy!

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