There’s an old adage: “What you put in your body, is what you get out of your body.” So if you put healthy, nutrient-dense food in, you’ll have a better performance coming out. However, with the average diet containing so much processed, junky food, it’s hard to tell if you’re actually getting all the nutrients you need. Even when you do eat healthy, without a lot of nutritional knowledge it’s hard to say. Here’s how to ensure you are getting the most vitamins and minerals needed from your diet.
Eat Seasonally Whenever Possible
When produce is ripe, it is at its peak nutrient density. Eating fresh seasonal produce ensures that your produce always has the most vitamins and minerals. This is even better if you can eat seasonally. When produce is picked to transport, it’s often picked before peak ripeness. That way it doesn’t rot when transported. Summer is the perfect time to eat local seasonal produce. What’s in season near you? You can check out your local farmer’s market or grab a seasonal food guide.
Choose Nutrient-Dense Ingredients
Another way to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need is by choosing nutrient-dense foods. For example, if you are going to make a salad you have many greens to choose from. If you choose spinach, kale, and swiss chard, you’ll have more nutrients than if you just went with standard iceberg lettuce. Another example is with what you drink. Rather than drinking a nutrient-deficient sugary sparkling water, try a functional sparkling water from All Phenoms. These small choices will help you add more nutrients every day.
Be Mindful Of Preparation
Vitamins and minerals can be lost during the cooking process. For example, when you boil produce, a lot of the nutrients seep into the water. If you overcook food, the heat can lead to the nutrients breaking down. If you can try to eat your food as fresh and unprocessed as possible. That doesn’t just include prepackaged foods, it also includes the foods you cook at home. Luckily, during the summer this is easy because there’s nothing more refreshing than a crisp, cool salad on a hot day.
Following these three tips will help you get more vitamins and minerals into your diet. Another great option is to look for a functional water. Loaded with vitamins and minerals as well as adaptogens, probiotics, and nootropics, they are a great way to get all your nutrients. Not sure which of our functional waters is right for you? Try our variety pack to taste all three.