Contributed by: Amanda Albiar, NCSF-CPT
Uh-oh…..you were too busy to get up from your desk, or your boss had you on a 2 hour conference call right from the start of your day. You skipped breakfast and it’s just about that time…..to grab a snack. You feel faint from blood sugar and you really don’t have too many options. Unable to resist, you allow your self control to be sabotaged by a binge on the office “birthday breakfast” donuts, a leftover breakfast taco, two homemade cookies, and a handful of skittles sitting in an irresistible bowl on the receptionist desk.
A move like this will leave you feeling full of regret, bloated, and quite sluggish because you indulged in fructose (a cheap, readily available sweetener linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes). But the damage has been done and you’re searching for something to undo what’s been done. Fortunately for you, science has found that foods rich in DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid, may reverse some of the damage that fructose triggers. Here are a few foods to turn to after a day of overindulging:
Salmon: Oily fish provide up to 100 times the DHA compared to nuts, spinach, and whole grains.
Chia and Flax Seed: Two tablespoons of these nutrient dense foods helps give you fiber and Omega-3s, which will help feed gut bacteria and aid in weight loss.
Aloe Vera Juice: This nutritional powerhouse is packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to help decrease intestinal inflammation and helps repair damage in the gut.
Bone Broth: This allows the body to absorb calcium, phosphorus, trace minerals, and magnesium. Basically, it helps to repair the lining of the intestines and regulate blood sugar, broth will also work to boost the immune system.
Reference: Women’s Health, July 2016