Avocados- not just for guac anymore!

So we all love our yummy guacamole at the Mexican restaurant, BUT, there is so much more to this green squishy fruit.  Avocados are quickly becoming one of the top “super foods” for promoting good health. They are packed with potassium, magnesium, and Vitamins C, E, K1, and B6. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are more commonly known as “good fats.” They also have a high amount of minerals and phytonutrients that promote faster wound healing.

If you haven’t given avocados a chance yet, here are a few good reasons to add them to your regular diet.

Help fight against stress and oxidation

If you experience high levels of stress, try avocados. They contain substantial amounts of antioxidants such as phenolic, which are responsible for helping you handle stress. They can also protect your body against free-radicals produced during oxidation. We all know what those free- radicals do to our cells.  YUCK!  I try to eat an avocado at least once a week on top of staying faithful on my Vital Biome probiotic to help keep me stress-free.

Help keep skin healthy

Skin aging? Fine lines? Stubborn dark spots? Wrinkles? Dry skin? Avocado can help with all of these skin problems. Regular consumption of avocados can help protect your skin from the harmful free radicals associated with premature skin aging. BONUS!

Promote brain health

Research has shown that avocados are loaded with the monounsaturated fat that helps boost memory and brain function. If you struggle to recall even simple, important information, eating avocado may help to sharpen your memory. These monounsaturated fats can also improve neurotransmission and brain activity.

Enhance weight loss

Because of its high water content and low salt content, avocado can be a great way to satiate and eliminate those hunger cravings, making it a perfect way to support weight loss. I use it in my sugar detox meal plan with my clients from the very first day.

Help relieve arthritis pain

Do you have chronic pain? Avocado may be an effective, and natural tool for you. It has a compound that may help reduce the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. It can also improve joint function and promote more comfort in everyday movement.  alison-marras-323017For those with chronic autoimmune issues that bring pain pretty often, using nutritional tools like avocado and turmeric can be quite helpful.  With my FTS and Lupus I try to add foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties daily and avocado is one for sure!

In fact, the anti-inflammatory benefits of avocado are so scientifically proven that in France, a combination of avocado oil and soybean oil has received prescription drug status.  This is further proof of the fact that food truly can be the best medicine for many things.

This is just a short list of the benefits of incorporating avocado into your diet. It is a delicious, versatile food that can be used in so many ways in a variety of recipes. Every day, scientists and researchers are finding more and more advantages to consuming avocado; give them a try!  They are not just for guacamole!

 

XOXO

In Health!

Erin

Author: Erin Akey

I am a Christian, wife, mother, author, certified nutritionist, kids nutrition specialist, holistic life coach, Personal Fitmess Chef, and Gut Health Educator. I am also a former 350lb food addict who is passionate about healthy living. I am a firm believer in the science and research that proves that sugar fake toxic "Frankenfoods" and excess carbs are the root of most of the illness we see today. Metabolic syndrome is taking over as the leading cause of preventable death in this country. I believe we all need a balanced lifestyle that includes eating well and eating lots of plants and lean proteins as well as moving our bodies and keeping our minds and hearts strong. I also believe in having good quality gut health supplements to provide what our bodies need that we just do not get due to environment and dietary reasons. I truly believe we are raising a generation of kids addicted to sugar and setting them up for a lifetime of disease and advocate limiting sugar and fake processed food consumption in children. Feel free to email me with any questions at erin@erinakeynutrition.com

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