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One simple but effective food is an egg. As well as the protein they contain, eggs are also a good natural source of many vitamins including Vitamins A, B2, B12 and D, plus minerals and trace elements like Phosphorus, Iodine, Iron and Selenium.
The previous limits on egg consumption due to their cholesterol levels have been removed as we are now understanding better that cholesterol in the body is actually caused by a combination of factors including smoking, lack of exercise, excess alcohol, and critically excess saturated fat consumption, but not the cholesterol of food itself. It’s therefore the way you cook eggs that matter more than the egg itself, with fried eggs and cheese filled omelettes contributing to saturated fat levels due to the fat added in frying and high levels of saturated fat in the cheese. Thankfully eggs are now be recognised as a healthy food, and one that can be quick to prepare and enjoyed in so many ways. For even healthier options try combining vegetables or salads with your scrambled, boiled or poached eggs.
So, with one medium egg providing around 80 calories, this is a great food to add into your weekly healthy eating plan.
After Christmas and the New Year celebrations, many people feel bloated and sluggish. The answer for some is to go on a diet or cut out alcohol for January, but I suggest that a popular one should be to cut down on your sugar intake 6 days a week.
Reducing your sugar intake is one of the best things you can do for your body as there many problems associated with eating too much of it. Some include well known things like causing tooth decay, promoting obesity, and leading to the development of diabetes and certain cancers. Not quite so well known are sugar’s nasty way of chewing up skin collagen (leading to rapid ageing of the skin) and its internal effect of causing inflammation within the body. In fact, it’s now known that Centenarians (those aged 100+) have the lowest levels of inflammation in their bodies.
We are all clearly aware of how important our vital organs are (heart, brain, liver and kidneys etc) when it comes to our health, and so we naturally tend to think about how we can improve their functions, but there is what scientists are calling ‘The Forgotten Organ’, whose health and function is just as important to you as your vital organs.