I'm sure as kids most of us were told we are going to "turn into..." whatever it was were were eating. It was silly and it made us laugh, but it's SO true!! You literally are what you eat! If you fuel your body with potato chips, candy, and highly processed foods... those are the nutrients that will make up our bodies. Your body will metabolize everything you fuel it with to obtain maximum nutrition, that's why it's important to provide it with nutrient dense foods! Eating lean protein, complex carbs, and unsaturated fats will do exactly this!
Our bodies are very efficient in metabolizing nutrients, but the important thing to realize is that in order for our bodies to metabolize nutrients efficiently, certain nutrients must be present to do so. For example, you can drink all the milk you want to get Vitamin D, but without sunlight, it will not be activated! Another example... Vitamin C: Most people associate Vitamin C with building immunity and take extra when they are sick or on an everyday-basis to prevent from getting sick. Truth is... our bodies are only going to absorb what it needs. So taking a little extra when we are sick can help, but if our bodies have reached maximum capacity, it's just going excrete whatever isn't needed. Fun fact about vitamin C... it has a LOT more roles (like most vitamins and minerals) than just protecting our immune system, including carnitine biosynthesis, which helps maintain the elasticity in our skin, which mean preventing age spots and wrinkles!! Most vitamins and minerals (and other nutrients) rely on one another to maintain proper functioning, so eating a diet that contains a wide variety of foods is optimal!
Buying seasonal fruits and vegetables is a great way to do this! And can be beneficial to your wallet too!! Check out this great website that tells you what is seasonal for your area!! It even offers great recipe ideas! http://www.sustainabletable.org/seasonalfoodguide/
Fueling your body with a variety of foods to obtain maximum nutrition is one of the best things you can do for yourself. There are so many ways to incorporate these nutrients into your daily routines and meals. Tossing extra fruits and vegetables into your salad is so easy, and can make for new, exciting flavors! Or boost your nutrient intake by adding a handful of spinach to a fruit smoothie... most people probably think "Ew. Gross." But you won't even notice with the sweetness from the fruit! For quick on-the-go smoothies, try the Naked smoothies and juices. Watch out because some may be a little higher in calories than you may want, so remember to read the nutrition facts label!
More to come on incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet later this week!!