Top Five: Healthy Lifestyle Must-Haves
As we continue trudging through this seemingly never-ending winter, there are certain things that we make sure to have around the house in an effort to stay our healthiest. Here are the top 5 things that I think everyone should have on hand.
#1 A fresh vegetable that you can eat raw without peeling: We love carrots. They are simple for the kids to grab and eat plain or dip in sunbutter. It’s important to eat them raw and unpeeled for a few reasons. A lot of the nutrient is in the outer layer of the carrot. The raw carrot is much more dense with beta carotene than the cooked carrot. Lastly, and I know this sounds wrong, but don’t wash the carrots. Some of the soil that is still on the carrot, as long as it’s organic, provides healthy bacteria for the gut.
#2 Fermented food and probiotics: These are one of the best defenses we have against disease, weight gain, depression, and anxiety. They help add new and healthy bacteria to the gut. We have a few go to’s when it comes to fermented foods and probiotics: kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut, Gut Shots, and a bottle of shelf-stable probiotics. The probiotics you see in the pic are special ones for taking post-antibiotics, but, in general, we try to switch our probiotic up every 4-6 weeks so we can keep our gut microbiome diverse.
#3 Fish Oil and Cod Liver Oil: We keep a Fish Oil and Cod Liver oil in the fridge. Many studies show that omega 3’s help reduce inflammation and decrease the incidence of disease. We take 2000 mg daily for us and the kids! Plus, nothing helps us recover after a hard workout more than Fish Oil. Again, the inflammation we get from a tough workout is what causes soreness and the Fish Oil or Cod Liver oil is a great way to help get the inflammation out.
#4 Vitamin C: This is always on hand. We use the Radiant Life brand because it’s derived from real berries as opposed to a chemical source. Vitamin C is key for us year round for healthy skin, a robust immune system, and it’s a very potent antioxidant. Read your labels on this. It should be made from only berries. Anything else doesn’t get absorbed by your body. We take 250 mg every morning. During flu season we take 250 mg in the morning and 250 mg in the evening.
#5 Mobility Tools: Every single day we dig into this basket of mobility goodness. Whether it’s a lacrosse ball, wrapping with a band, using the foam roller, or just mobilizing using body weight, we make sure to spend 15 minutes every single day on mobility and compression. At our age, there is no way we can get away with training hard and not doing this. For us, we usually take time before bed and dig in.