Vitamins are vital substances which the body cannot produce on its own and which must therefore be constantly supplied through healthy and varied nutrition. Different vitamins have specific functions in the body. For example, they influence the conversion of food into energy, the building of body cells, supporting the immune system, the formation of hormones, the detoxification of the body and the support of enzymes. The vitamins E, D, K and A are fat-soluble vitamins. All other vitamins are water-soluble. Common sources of these vitamins include oranges, green leafy vegetables, carrots, apples, and salmon.
Vitamins? Yes, please! From food supplements? Not necessarily! A take-out hamburger with French fries washed down with a vitamin supplement tablet, doesn’t really work does it? It might ease your conscience but it’s not going to do much good in getting you healthier! For good health we need the best nutrients from real fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, eggs and whole grains. It’s real food sources that have the best chance for whole body results. Many large-scale research studies have shown that vitamin preparations and supplements added to processed food may not always improve health. Often they are ineffective and in the worst case may even damage your health. We advise simply reaching for fresh, seasonal, whole food. Always aim to have vibrant colorful food on your plate. Ideally stick to your Metabolic Balance nutrition plan to be sure that your body is provided with all the vital building blocks that it really needs. There are definitely some occasions where good quality supplements may be the right thing for you. But this always needs to be discussed with your health professional or Metabolic Balance coach. So remember food first is best!
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Mango is a delicious summer time fruit that contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals including vitamin A and C, copper, and potassium. It not only has a beautiful, vibrant yellow-orange color but is also rich in carotenoids which have antioxidant qualities. Mangoes may improve digestive health, heart health, and clear the skin.
Known as India’s national fruit, this fruit has a long history in this country. In ancient India, the mango tree was associated with the god of love, Manmatha. With the rise of Buddhism, mangoes became a symbol of faith and prosperity. Today, India cultivates over 100 different types of mangoes of various shapes, sizes, and colors.
Delicious on their own, in smoothies, in a sorbet, or even in savory dishes such as chutney or salsas, this fruit is perfect for summer!
Eating a healthy and balanced diet, has a wide range of positive effects on your body including on your skin and hair. For example, apples contain valuable vitamins and nutrients that are important for healthy looking skin. The recipe below is a great way to incorporate apples into your diet.
Ingredients (1 serving):
160 g (1 cup) of sour apples (e.g. Granny Smith)
30 g rolled oats
15 g butter
20 g chopped walnuts
Pinch of salt
Cut the apple into small cubes or slices, mix with lemon juice and place into a small greased casserole dish. Combine the nuts and oats and then add together with the butter, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Gently work the mixture with your hands to form crumbles. Spread the mixture over the apple slices and bake at 300 °F (150 °C) for 20 to 30 minutes. Enjoy!
The crumble can be adapted to your own plan depending on the phase and food list. If you don’t have lemon on your plan, you can substitute lemon zest. Instead of oats you can also use rye flakes and some chia seeds.
From a botanical point of view, this is not actually a berry, because it has its seeds on the outside of the fruit rather than the inside. Strawberries are full of vitamins: They contain many B vitamins, folic acid, zinc, copper and even more vitamin C than oranges or lemons.
To mark the beginning of the strawberry season we put together a few tips!
◎ Strawberries should not be rinsed with a strong water jet, but rather be soaked in cold water for a few minutes.
◎ Drain the washed strawberries well or pat dry carefully.
◎ Always remove stems and leaves after washing, otherwise the aroma will be watered down.
◎ Strawberries taste best at room temperature, so make sure to take them out of the fridge 30 minutes before eating.
◎ Freeze some strawberries and then puree them with a mixer to make a fruity ice cream, the best refreshment in summer! Those who like to experiment can also add a few leaves of basil, which gives a very special, fresh kick.
Did you know that the eggplant originates from East India? In the 16th century eggplants came via Egypt and North Africa to Europe – in the Americas it made its way via Brazil at the same time. Nowadays it is loved in the northern European as well as northern American kitchen. Eggplant itself is rich in carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and potassium. It also contains bitter compounds that have a stimulating effect on all digestive organs. When cooked without spices they have an incredible mild non-descriptive taste so to enjoy eggplant at it’s best, it’s important to season well and enhance the taste with delicious spices. Traditionally basil, chives, marjoram, mint and oregano goes well with eggplant but really eggplant is delicious with any of your favorite spices! Tomorrow we bring you a yummy recipe right here – stay tuned.
… are vital substances that the body cannot produce on its own. Therefore one needs to eat a healthy and varied diet so that they are constantly provided. Different vitamins have specific functions in the body. For example, they influence the conversion of food into energy, the building of body cells, supporting the immune system, the formation of hormones, the detoxification of the body and the support of enzymes. Vitamins E, D, K and A are fat-soluble vitamins. All other vitamins are water soluble.