The Age
Lisa Mitchell
Manny Noakes, author of the popular The CSIRO Total Well Being Diet,
Says that on the top 10 list of foods for vitality are: fish, for the Omega 3 fats; oysters and sunflower seeds for zinc, which is associated with better immune function; tea as a source of antioxidants; dark chocolate for the cocoa polyphenols thought to have a lowering effect on blood pressure; and nuts (preferably unsalted) for their cardio-protective qualities.
Dietary makeovers don’t need to be extreme to achieve results and you don’t have to feel deprived to eat well, says Strong. Just “pick your poisons”.
Chocolate, cheese, wine – fine, but make sure they are top quality. It takes less of a truly good thing to satisfy the body. “What I have people do is learn to feel within their bodies … How do I actually feel after, or the next morning, when I have this food?” Strong says.
Restorative foods
Oats: Prized for high levels of magnesium, the anti-stress mineral, and slow-release carbohydrate qualities that provide energy throughout the day.
Carrot, beetroot and cucumber juice: Highly alkalising, enhances nervous function, supports kidneys by clearing excess acidity typically associated with increased stress levels.
Mung beans: Traditional Chinese medicine says they are highly detoxifying and cleansing, and can decrease levels of triglycerides from the blood.
Dark leafy green vegetables: Spinach, cress, lettuces, endive and bitter greens all contain rich amounts of potassium, iron, folate, carotenes, calcium and vitamin A. They contain chlorophyll, which promotes internal purification and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Tomatoes: Their healing properties lie within the antioxidant lycopene, which provides its red colour, as well as the pink in guava, grapefruit and watermelon, and the orange in apricots. Recent studies show lycopene is strongly associated with decreased risk of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract, prostate and upper digestive tract (especially in men).
Turkey: Contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps the body produce niacin, which in turn, helps the body produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, a calming agent in the brain.
Essential fatty acids: Omega 3 found in oily fish (tuna, salmon, sardines) and flax seeds.
Pecan nuts: Provide an abundance of organic pyridoxine (vitamin B6), essential for serotonin release and nervous system health.
Brown rice: Its outer coating is far superior in nutrient content to white rice. Very nourishing and ideal for treating indigestion, vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea, digestive disorders, and for expelling toxins.
Ginger: Medicinally, ginger is a diaphoretic (promotes sweating) and is highly beneficial in treating coughs and colds by clearing mucous build-up in the lungs, sinus and throat. Freshly squeezed, it helps allay nausea associated with motion and morning sickness and food poisoning.
Source: Gowings Food and Health