What to eat to balance eating unhealthy foods

August 08, 2019
Chia and flax seeds
Chia and flax seeds

MORE often than not, our diet mostly consists of unhealthy foods – fried foods, sugary snacks and highly salted meals.

Yes, rainy days would make us crave for hot soups, dried fish, fried rice with condiments of fish and soy sauce.

A day like this will leave you bloated, sluggish, and wanting to lie down and sleep or watch TV.

Scientists have discovered that foods rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, may reverse some of the damage of unhealthy foods.

* Chia and flax seeds. Heads up, chia and flax seeds are here for you. They’re pack of omega-3s in just two tablespoons, and they’re loaded with fiber, which helps feed gut bacteria and aids in weight loss. Because of their high fiber content, they’ll help you empty out all the toxins you’ve consumed. Besides, these seeds also provide calcium and protein. They’re like nuts that you can simply add too your yogurt, smoothie, or any baked goods.

* Wild salmon. Though this fish is quiet expensive, you must not look at the price compared to health benefits you would reap plus thousands of money savings from hospital expenses for not getting sick.

Oily fish, like salmon, sardines, and mackerel, provide anywhere from 10 to 100 times the DHA of vegetarian sources like nuts, spinach, and whole grains. That’s nice to know, since DHA protects the brain from inflammatory damage, improves learning and memory, and heals brain tissue injured by eating sugary snacks like donuts and cakes.

Salmon’s also a great source of selenium and vitamin D. Cooking salmon is simple — just add butter, lemon, and dill for an easy, delicious meal. But, be mindful of wild salmon from farmed salmon. Farmed salmon’s DHA is much lesser than that to wild-caught.

* Aloe vera juice. Aloe vera juice is a palatable cleanser after a bad day of eating. This is proven true especially after binge eating. It’s a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

A review in The British Journal of General Practice noted that aloe vera may decrease intestinal inflammation and help  repair damage in the gut. It may also increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid in digestion.

* Walnuts. You would literally go nuts when you’re bloated, feeling gross, and your stomach is doing flips. The solution is go nuts. Yes - just a 1/4 cup of walnuts offers 133 percent of your recommended omega-3 content.

According to a 2015 study in Yale University, researchers found that adding two ounces of walnuts to a daily diet for six months led to less snacking and healthier choices. The next time you crave for junk snacks, just grab a handful of walnuts.

So these are your healthy food choices according to your budget.