It was the 4-day-weekend we’d all been waiting for- a super-duper, long weekend to finally have a proper lie-in, catch up with family and friends, indulge in lots of food, copious amounts of wine and, naturally, a fair few Easter eggs. So, it’s totally understandable that you might well be feeling a little below par today and totally ready for a mini health kick. Lucky for you, we’ve gone and pulled together the top 10 foods and supplements to help you recover, re-energise and re-balance your sugar-laden soul.
Your Post-Easter Health Kick: The Top 10 Health Foods To Try This Week
GALLERY>> YOUR POST-EASTER HEALTH KICK
When Victoria Beckham tweeted her love for bee pollen only this morning, we knew this superfood was onto something. As Eve Kalinik explains, “There’s a reason why bees have a certain buzz about them! This is one of the ultimate superfoods- packed full of nutrients, including 22 amino acids, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, this will help skin conditions, digestive issues and even anti-ageing.” If it’s good enough for VB, it’s good enough for us- try adding into smoothies or even sprinkling on salads.
This liquorice-flavoured root vegetable is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and manganese and has long been used as a remedy for digestive problems and as well as eye and breathing disorders. A natural diuretic, fennel will not only help beat the bloat but will flush out toxins and excess fluids too. Try roasting with some olive oil as a delicious side dish or buy some fennel tea and sip throughout the day.
Nutritionist Madeleine Shaw swears by the healing and detoxifying powers of beetroot, which, she explains, is “rich in fibre, potassium and magnesium- great for removing waste from the body. Beetroots taste great roasted and then dolloped with yoghurt and orange zest.”
Your blood sugar levels are the first to suffer from too many Mini Eggs and Hot Cross Buns. Although all that sugar will give you a sharp spike in energy, it certainly won’t last long, and will actually result in even more hunger pangs as these sharp spikes are quickly followed by sharp dips. So, stock up on cinnamon powder which can actually improve the body’s ability to metabolize and use carbohydrates. Sprinkle a heaped teaspoon on your porridge or cereal.
The humble dandelion is actually a powerful weapon in your detox armour as it helps the liver to get rid of any unwanted toxins. Try adding a few drops of The Organic Pharmacy’s Liver and Kidney Detox Tincture, [a target="_blank" href="http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/health-beauty/liver-_-kidney-detox-tincture/178">£11.50[/a] to your daily bottle of water to regenerate the liver and flush out any nasties.
As nutritionist Eve Kalinik explains, “Most of the foods we indulge in over the holiday periods are naturally acidic so this is a great time for a mini cleanse and to flood your body with alkalising foods that give your overworked digestive system a bit of a rest from the overindulgences. Turmeric, either in the true food sense or a supplement, is great to help support detoxification pathways. Try [a target="_blank" href="http://uk.evitamins.com/turmeric-force-new-chapter-4660?utm_source=google&utm_medium=google_shopping_uk&utm_campaign=google_shopping_uk&gclid=CP6oodqy9L0CFWzHtAod2TkA-Q#.U1aI99iN6So">Turmericforce from New Chapter[/a]. Leafy greens such as kale, watercress, rocket, chard also have similar effects.”
A Grazia beauty desk staple, liquid chlorophyll is a real nutrition powerhouse which works wonders to keep your body alkaline and will help to cleanse your blood, too. Naturally green in colour, this clever supplement will make you feel instantly perky (seriously) and will have your skin glowing with continued use. We love Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll, [a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Liquid-Chlorophyll-Natural-Spearmint-Oil/dp/B004PZZ5TW">£11.43[/a] which we mix with water twice a day- just like orange squash, but a whole lot healthier.
A stellar supplement is the key to your spring health kick. We love Pukka’s Vitalise Powder, [a target="_blank" href="http://www.pukkaherbs.com/vitalise.html">£28.45[/a]- a full spectrum of organic extracts from 3 fruits, 4 vegetables, 6 herbs and spices, 3 seaweeds, 2 freshwater plants, 2 green juices and flower pollens. That’s some serious natural energy!
Wondering what to cook for supper tonight? Try an artichoke risotto- often used for the relief of digestive complaints such as indigestion, upset stomach, nausea and feelings of fullness (i.e, Easter weekend), artichokes are a real superfood. Don’t like the taste? Try Solgar’s Artichoke Leaf Extract, [a target="_blank" href="http://www.solgar.co.uk/SolgarProducts/Artichoke-Leaf-Extract.htm">£16.23[/a].
Neal’s Yard’s Super Antioxidant Boost
Say good riddance to all those chocolate eggs with Neal’s Yard’s Super Antioxidant Boost,[a target="_blank" href="http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/super-antioxidant-boost"> £17.50[/a]. Jam-packed with green tea, turmeric and grape seed to rid the body of free radicals, your skin and your body will thank you.