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Pumpkins…

05/10/2018

 

 

 

 

 

I encourage my clients to eat a colourful diet, full of fabulous seasonal vegetables. And now it is that time of year and the pumpkins/squash are in season. These are a great alternative to traditional carbohyrates like potato as they are more nutrition, slower releasing energy and packed with betacarotene. Betacarotene is an antioxidant, which fights free radicals. Betacarotene is converted to vitamin A, which is an essential fat soluble vitamin. We need this for healthy liver function, gut lining, healthy skin and eyes. Around 40% of our population can’t convert betacarotene into vitamin A. The best dietary sources are Liver, eggs and cod liver oil (supplement). If you don’t like the idea of eating liver, liver pate is also high in vitamin A. Having poor digestion caused by poor bile flow can inhibit the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, which are A, D, E and K. Improving bile flow can support detoxification and hormonal balance (I see this a lot with my clients with these issues and even mental health issues). I will post my favourite smoothie which is good for bile flow in another post, in the meantime you can eat lots of beetroot, rocket and dandelion root coffee.

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