4 Food Combos Which Boost Your Health Benefits
Are you keen to enhance the nutrition your body receives from the nutrients in food? Then you need to know about these combos:
- Corn Thins™ slices and Chicken Breast
Corn Thins slices are made from whole grains which will give your body a source of non-animal or non-haem iron. Iron is needed for optimal immune function and to allow oxygen to be transported around your body. The catch is this type of iron is it is heavily impacted by other nutrients to the amount your body will absorb. By adding a source of animal-based haem iron like that found in chicken breast, the amount of non-haem iron your body absorbs increases. Try 3 Corn Thins slices with 50g of avocado, sliced cucumber, topped with some shredded chicken breast to make this combination a win.
- Yogurt and Sun Rays
Yogurt is a rich source of calcium but the ability of your body to take in the calcium is determined by many factors including if you have adequate vitamin D status. You can find vitamin D in fish, egg yolk, UV exposed mushroom, margarine, and other fortified products but the most effective way is making sure you get enough sun. The amount you need can change depending on how much you cover up, the colour of your skin, where you live and the time of year.
- Turmeric and Pepper
Turmeric may help reduce inflammation in your body due to the main active ingredient called curcumin. Studies suggest turmeric may also help reduce your unhealthy cholesterol levels, relieve a headache and reduce osteoarthritis pain. One study showed the benefits absorbed by your body can be enhanced by as much as 2000% by adding pepper to the combo due to the alkaloid component within the pepper.
- Salad and Eggs
A salad and egg sandwich is a delicious combo any day. The vitamin A found in brightly coloured vegetables like capsicum, carrot, tomato, pumpkin and green leafy vegetables called carotenoids are needed for your optimal immunity as well as giving your skin a healthy glow and keeps your vision sharp. One study found the carotenoids were absorbed 3.8-fold higher when 3 eggs where included in the salad compared to none. The fat within the yolk is what helps the fat-soluble vitamin to be absorbed better. A bonus is the yolk also contains its own vitamin A as well as many other beneficial vitamins and minerals. If you are not a fan of egg adding an oil like extra virgin olive oil to your lunch will achieve the same benefit.
Take home message: Why settle for healthy when your body can maximise all the nutrients you provide it through food to become ultra-healthy!