Many of you will be surprised to know that what you eat and drink can affect your body in positive and negative ways. Certain foods – usually very high in vitamins and minerals – provide more health benefits than others. For instance, you should never neglect spices, fresh herbs, nuts, and seeds. “Try to aim to get 35-40 different foods in daily,” Tahli Watts, Nutritionist and Founder of Golden Grind, says. “By adding things like a handful of fresh herbs to a salad, pile of nuts over a meat and a sprinkle of spices on your roasted veggies, you can easily achieve this.”
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Fruits are also essential to a nutritious diet. The striking, bright orange and red colors of some of our favorite fruits – oranges, grapefruit, watermelon – signal that they’re rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, and a substance called bioflavonoids, says Max Wiseberg, airborne allergies expert and creator of the HayMax allergen barrier balm.
Many of the foods on this list also have a positive effect on your digestive system. “Focus on gut health, after all, it is your second brain, and is so important,” Watts says. Consuming the right foods may help heal your gut by regulating digestion, eliminating toxins, and increasing your immune response.