Eating well, being active, sleep and mindfulness - is the foundation for wellness says Caroline Cummins, Scientific Claims and Communication Manager at Wellness® by Oriflame.
As a registered nutritionist, Caroline Cummins is focused on the benefits of holistic health and, here, she shares some tools to maintain wellbeing.
She explains, “It is important to eat a varied and balanced diet based on whole foods and cook from scratch as often as you can. Dietary supplements can support a healthy lifestyle or fitness regime. For some ingredients, such as astaxanthin (a powerful antioxidant), it can be difficult to obtain an optimal amount through diet alone. Supplements can be convenient here.”
The one thing Caroline says most of us are not maximising on? Fibre.
“Fibre is a true super nutrient that we are not eating enough of."
As well as being essential for digestive health, evidence shows that high fibre diets are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. Many fibres also function as prebiotics which stimulates the growth of good bacteria in our gut.
FROM THE INSIDE OUT
What we choose to fuel our bodies with has longterm effects and, Caroline notes, our diets now can impact our health and how we age.
“There are many nutrients that support the physiological changes that occur with ageing,” she explains.
“For example, high-quality protein spread throughout the day, plus resistance exercise helps to minimise sarcopenia (the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength).
As we get older, we experience ‘inflammaging’, a low-grade chronic inflammation. This is a significant risk factor for age-related diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Anti-inflammatory foods rich in omega 3 (oily fish, walnuts, flaxseed), polyphenols (berries, cacao, green tea) and curcumin (turmeric) are important for healthy longevity.
Whatever stage of life we’re at, our ability to tackle the pace of modern living is key to future health and wellness!
FEEL GOOD FOODS
Caroline's 5 Top Tips To Maximise Your Diet
1. Eat the rainbow for healthy skin. Eating lots of different coloured fruit and vegetables plus healthy
fats from oily fish, olive oil, nuts and seeds provide essential nutrients for skin health.
2. Tips to increase fibre include opting for whole fruit over fruit juices, topping your porridge with nuts,
dried fruit and seeds and adding chickpeas or lentils to your main dishes.
3. Anti-inflammatory foods rich in omega 3 (oily fish, walnuts, flaxseed), polyphenols (berries, cacao,
green tea) and curcumin (turmeric) are important for healthy longevity, so be sure to add more to
4. Fermented foods such as kombucha, yoghurt and kefir rare full of beneficial bacteria for our guts.
5. Have a meat-free day at least once a week swapping out processed red meat for plant-based proteins.
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