We all know that the foods we eat affect our overall performance during the day. Depending on the types of food we’ve consumed they can make us either sluggish or energetic.
Biohacking your nutrition can enforce healthy habits whether you are already a health-conscious individual who follows a healthy lifestyle, or even if you’re on an unhealthy diet and don’t think much about what you eat.
Whatever your personal situation, certain nutritional tweaks can help you make healthier eating changes that will last a lifetime.
Balanced vs Monitored Eating
You can go down different paths when following a healthy food lifestyle. The balance route where you consume a well-rounded supplement of the recommended healthy nutritional foods. The monitored solution of tracking everything you eat, and only consuming the necessary foods for your body. Or maybe just somewhere in between.
The direction you take with your eating habits all depend on the outcomes you want for yourself. An elite athlete will require a different diet to a bodybuilder. So establishing your dietary goals of whether you want to lose fat, build muscle, or maintain your weight will help guide you in that right direction.
Breaking down Macronutrients
The basic rule of thumb is that if you want to lose weight – consume fewer calories, and if you want to gain weight – eat more calories. However, not all calories are created equal, each macronutrient has its own calorie size and purpose for the body. You’ll want to digest a certain amount of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat depending on your nutritional goal.
- Carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram
- Proteins have 4 calories per gram
- Fats have 9 calories per gram
Enforce your digestive system with fresh foods
This is one Biohack that so many of us neglect. A healthy digestive system reflects on our overall health and promotes the smooth functioning of the rest of our body systems.
Vitamin supplements are great but they don’t come close to the powerful nutritional impact of fresh, natural foods.
This hack is simple: eat fresh foods every single day. Some excellent suggestions for digestion-promoting foods are:
- Fresh carrots or carrot juice for enforcing mucous membranes in the intestines.
- Oranges, fresh oregano, thyme and ginger are great for reducing stomach gas.
- Celery promotes regular bowel movements and reduces constipation
- Chlorella, cranberries, blueberries, artichokes and wheatgrass support the digestive process.
Get creative with Quinoa
Quinoa is one of the best superfoods you can put into your body. It is a South American grain that is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world.
Quinoa is packed with nutrients including copper, iron, vitamin B6, thiamine, magnesium and phosphorous. It’s also considered gluten-free, however, be careful as it may contain the proteins that affect people with celiac disease.
Although quinoa is not palatable to everybody, there are many creative ways you can incorporate it into mouthwatering meals, such as adding it to stews and soups. Simply Google “Quinoa recipes” for hundreds of creative and delicious dishes.
Replace probiotics with pistachios
Probiotics are the rave these days, with many health-conscious people consider them an essential health supplement. However, Pistachios are an all-natural food that contains all the properties of probiotics.
Research has found that pistachios foster and promote intestinal microbiome. They also balance cholesterol and reduce oxidative stress, leading to a healthy gut. They are also a great source of healthy fat and protein – and what’s more, everybody loves pistachios!
Track possible allergies
You may actually be mildly allergic to some foods without knowing it as the symptoms are so mild. However, your body will exert more energy to flush out the allergens, which takes its toll on your overall health.
Food allergies are caused by “biogenic amines” or “histamines found in certain foods. Symptoms of intolerance include mild to strong headache, fatigue, clouded thinking and low energy.
Monitor yourself after consuming the following foods to see if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Processed meats (bacon, ham, pastrami, deli meats)
- Aged cheeses
- Fermented foods
- Anchovies and sardines
- Alcoholic beverages and beer.
You may want to decrease or eliminate these foods from your diet for overall better health.
Be aware of the dangers of foil
Almost everyone uses foil for cooking without giving it a second thought. We use it to stew meat and poultry, we cover casseroles with it and sometimes use it to wrap and store food.
In general, the amount of aluminium released by foil when cooking is considered reasonably safe. However, there have been some studies linking an increase of seepage when cooked with red meat.
Aluminium is bound throughout nature, it is found in water, air and your food. In fact, it can provide great health benefits by providing a safe barrier to bacteria and contamination in food preservation. The problem only comes along in high doses, just like everything else that we consume.
If you have any concerns over the amount of aluminium intake you may be exposed to, you can try other alternatives. Use a pressure cooker, casserole dishes with oven-resistant covers and use plastic wrap to cover or wrap food.
Isn’t it amazing how a few simple tweaks to your eating habits can make all the difference to your health and vitality? With these simple biohacks, there is no deprivation or struggling to stay on a strict diet. As long as you are eating moderately, you will see dramatic improvements with these simple diet changes.
There is no need to stress over having to eat a bland healthy diet either, as there are a lot of tasty and healthy options for you to make recipes from. More importantly, eating healthy foods will promote a stronger immune system so you will have no trouble making it permanent.
Are you eating the right foods to maintain a healthy lifestyle?