Just How Important is Getting Your 5 A Day?
Every week seems to bring the latest health fad, the must-try diet, and the gizmo that promises to shed inches off your waistline. There’s no denying that leading a healthy lifestyle is beneficial for many reasons, but it can often be hard to ensure the plan or diet you’re following is one that truly has your best interests at heart.
However, with the UK Government and supermarkets countrywide backing it, few people can claim not to have heard about the
4 ‘5 a day’ fruit and vegetable plan. So, just how important is getting those five a day, and how can it really benefit you?
1. Give your hearing a boost
If you’re worried about hearing loss and having to wear hearing aids, or want to make sure you’re giving your ears a helping hand when it comes to them doing their job properly, it’s important to eat healthily.
Foods high in potassium and folic acid have beneficial properties for your hearing. That’s because potassium is needed in order to ensure the amount of fluid that travels around your body (including your inner ear) is at the correct level. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, spinach, oranges, and apricots amongst others. Folic acid, meanwhile, is vital for keeping up your body’s cell growth. The amount of folic acid in our bodies can drop significantly once we’re over 50 so it’s particularly important to include folic acid-rich foods in your diet in later years. Asparagus, spinach, and broccoli are good sources of folic acid.
2. Boost your body’s defenses
nobody likes a cold – all that endless nose blowing, the sore throat, and the achy head never made anyone feel on top of the world. So help your body help itself by ensuring it’s stocked up with plenty of vitamin C. Research has shown that people with good vitamin C levels in their bodies have fewer sick days than those who don’t – by 34% in fact. Blueberries, oranges and lemons, and raspberries are particularly high in vitamin C sostock up and fight off those colds.