Hydrate!

In the summer it is really easy to get dehydrated! So the theme in the summer should also be to try and drink more than you think!

The good thing is that you don’t need to get all of your liquids from water. For example, water-rich foods including vegetables such as cucumber (96% water), celery (92% water), tomatoes (95% water), Chinese cabbage (94% water) or garden radishes (94% water) contain particularly high amounts of water. We also recommend water-rich fruits such as watermelon (96% water), strawberries (90% water) or papaya (90% water).

Tip: Choose only one type of fruit per meal and focus more on vegetables. This way, your blood sugar will rise less when you eat and cravings will not appear at all.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are often incorrectly referred to as a vegetable when in fact they are part of the berry family! Originating from Central and South America, this fruit started spreading around the globe in the 16th century. In addition to being delicious, tomatoes offer a variety of health benefits. They are rich in the antioxidant lycopene which is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers. A study from Cornell University even found that cooking tomatoes increases the amount of lycopene content that the body can absorb. The fruit is also rich in fiber, vitamins C and K, as well as potassium and folate. In the kitchen, tomatoes are extremely versatile as they can be eaten raw, roasted, used in salads, sandwiches, sauces and many other dishes. The current summer months are the best time to enjoy this delicious fruit!

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Strawberry Season

Welcome to the strawberry season!

From a botanical point of view, this is not actually a berry, but an aggregate fruit. The red part is actually a pseudo-fruit, while the actual fruits of the strawberry are the small green or yellow spots on the surface. Strawberries should not be rinsed with a strong water jet, but rather be soaked in cold water for a short while Drain the washed strawberries well or pat dry carefully. Always remove stems and leaves after washing, otherwise the aroma will be watered down. Strawberries are full of vitamins: They contain many B vitamins, folic acid, zinc, copper and even more vitamin C than oranges or lemons.

An Apple A Day

At Metabolic Balance we recommend eating an apple every day. With more than thirty minerals, trace elements, vitamins as well as numerous fibers and secondary plant substances, the apple is an absolute power fruit. Apples not only supply the body with important substances but they also bind released toxins and have lower uric acid. So there is some truth to the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”! But please use apple varieties like Boskoop or Cox Orange. The new overbred varieties are not half as good for the body as the old ones and can also cause more allergies.

Mix It

While you are eating according to your Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, you should not mix protein sources and fruit. In the case of vegetables, however, the motto is: Mix it! MIX your permitted vegetables and use them as varied as possible. Not only do the portion sizes vary constantly, you also supply your metabolism with a variety of different nutrients.

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Eat the Rainbow

 Nature is filled with so many vibrant and colorful fruits and vegetables. Always try to use healthy, varied foods, because if you have a colorful plate, you will automatically eat a valuable mixture of nutrients. In this way, the body is supplied with all the important vitamins, secondary plant substances, minerals, micro- and macronutrients and you get valuable energy. With aromatic spices you round off the basic idea of healthy eating and add even more flavor to the plate!

At Metabolic Balance, personalized nutrition plans for each client contain a variety of foods that will allow them to eat the rainbow, enjoy delicious meals, all while losing weight and optimizing their health!

Mangoes

Mangoes are a delicious fruit that have many nutritional benefits. They contain a lot of vitamin A and C, potassium, iron, and some copper. Their vibrant yellow/orange color also tells us that mangoes are rich in carotene.

When buying and eating mangoes, make sure that you only eat ripe mangoes, because unripe mangoes aren’t nearly as delicious but can also have a slightly laxative effect. Ripe mangoes, on the other hand, soothe the intestines and are easily digestible. The mango pulp stimulates the entire metabolism and strengthens connective tissue. This fruit is an absolute superfood and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes!

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is a tropical fruit-vegetable that is widely used in Asian cuisine. It has a unique exterior and has a crunchy texture similar to a cucumber or bell pepper but with a bitter taste. It is readily used in soups, stir-fries, and teas. Not only is it a unique ingredient but it also has some amazing health benefits. Check out the list below to learn more!

  • Drinking bitter melon juice can help alleviate liver problems as it stimulates the liver to secrete bile acids.
  • Bitter melon juice has both anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties.
  • Bitter melon is a great source of dietary fiber and can help relieve indigestion and constipation.
  • It is a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are important for skin health and immunity, respectively.

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Best Fruits for Your Body

Summer is a season filled with plenty of ripe and delicious fruit. With so many to choose from you might be wondering, “What fruit is best?”

Although most fruits contain many nutrients, some are better than others. For example, apple have more than thirty minerals, trace elements, vitamins and secondary plant substances. However, berries also contain a lot of valuable nutrients. Tropical fruits score points with their enzymes, which have a positively influence on the metabolism. Bananas, figs, or dates are sometimes referred to as “thickeners”. Compared to other fruits, their glucose content is significantly higher, and their effect on blood sugar levels and insulin secretion is correspondingly higher.
While on Metabolic Balance make sure that different varieties of fruit are not mixed together as the sum of the sugar content can be too much. So enjoy fruit better individually!

Antioxidants

Many people have probably heard of antioxidants but few are familiar with what they are and how they work.

Antioxidants are compounds prevalent in fruits and vegetables that inhibit oxidation because they can fight free radicals present in the body. These free radicals in the body are produced as a by-product of normal metabolic processes or from exposure to harmful factors such as ozone, X-rays, air pollutants, and chemicals. High levels of free radicals in the body have been associated with cancer, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Thus antioxidants play an important role in the body by helping to regulate free radical levels.

Although the body can produce its own antioxidants it is also important to get them through your diet. Many fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of vital antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and epigallacatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Foods especially high in antioxidants include green tea, berries, dark leafy greens, and beans.

For more information and a list of foods high in antioxidants, check out the links below.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/multimedia/antioxidants/sls-20076428

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325873#spinach

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841576/

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