A Healthy Diet
09 Oct 2013
A Healthy Diet by Georgia B Simmons
A healthy diet consists of many things- not least of all a diverse mix of micro-nutrients.
Micro-nutrients are the matrix of vitamins and minerals that can be found in most organic matter and are what our body processes and uses for a number of different functions allowing it to work properly.
For example vitamin C is used by the body to utilise and strengthen the immune system helping us to fight infections and to ward off every day illnesses like colds and flu, and can be found in abundance in fruits such as kiwis (twice as effective as oranges), oranges and leafy green vegetables such as kale.
Vitamin B12 can be found in mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella and red meats such as grass-fed beef. Vitamin B12 is an essential micro-nutrient the the body utilises in conjunction with iron for energy production.
Iron can also be found in red meats and spinach and is essential for the body to function. It is utilised primarily for the creation of red blood cells- which carry oxygenated blood around the body.
Low or deficient iron count can result in exhaustion, fatigue and low energy levels, short breathedness and anaemia.
Anaemia is chronic low iron in most cases but some people can also suffer from B12 deficiency anaemia.
These are both often the result of poorly balanced diets and can have potentially very damaging long term effects on overall health.
Diets deficient in these basic vitamins can lead to poor health and the inability to fight off illness, with an increased risk of serious injury in training as the body struggles to heal and repair.
Meal suggestions for avoiding iron and B12 deficient anaemia include:
*steak and mushroom kebabs
*braising steak, ginger and pak choi stir-fry
*shredded beef and spinach risotto
Check in over the next few weeks to see the recipes for these.
Until next time- train hard and look after your health.
Georgia B Simmons