By Phil Dumontet
A change in diet is the least hanging fruit (no pun intended) to achieving your wellness goals, whether it’s losing weight or improving your 5k race time. However, before lifting a single weight or running your first mile, you must first assess your diet as this is the biggest bang for your buck that you can make. It is the most powerful requirement for health and must be achieved before sweating.
We all know: you are what you eat.
Here are the 5 foods I eat or drink that will help me feel better (and which will also help make you feel better).
turmeric. Turmeric is my super herbal secret weapon. Turmeric, more than anything else I’ve tried, is the most powerful anti-inflammatory on the planet. After each of the 12 marathons I’ve run around the world, I’ll just sip one shot of turmeric each time after that. It always reduces my pain and inflammation from running and helps me recover faster. After finishing runs without, I can feel the difference in my recovery time. Turmeric can also help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as improve skin health. Yes, all hail turmeric. Pro Tip: Always take turmeric with black pepper to make sure it is completely absorbed.
Recommended: Post-workout shot at Whole Sol.
CBD. In Colorado, CBD has risen to become the Holy Grail among health nuts. Me? I only recently got on the CBD train, but I was incredibly impressed with the difference it makes on my stress levels and my calm. Don’t just take it from me subjectively; I measured it. After 6 weeks of daily use of CBD oil, my resting heart rate dropped by about 10% – from an average of 46 to 41. Absolutely no other changes to my diet, exercise or work schedule have changed. CBD was the most potent supplement to help relax my mind and body.
Recommended: Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil (Chocolate Mint, 60 mg) & Calm Gummies (10 mg)
Matcha. I have to limit my coffee consumption to 2 cups a day, otherwise I will feel the nervousness and the fear that reduces productivity, and matcha is probably the cleanest form of energy. It provides gentler, slower-released energy for your day that won’t make you feel like your heart is beating out of your chest. High in antioxidants, matcha can help protect the liver, increase brain function, promote heart health, and also help you lose weight. In a 2017 study published in Food Research International, people who specifically drank matcha (not just plain old green tea) experienced an increase in alertness and processing speed an hour later – likely due to a special combination of L- Theanine, a major energy-boosting polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), and caffeine. Personally, I love Iced Matcha Lattes any time of the year, but Matcha comes in all kinds of amazing and delicious forms.
Recommended: Ujido’s hand-picked & stone-ground Matcha.
Ginger. Indeed, Lemon & Ginger – a heavenly combination – is my favorite variety. More uplifting than a cup of coffee in the morning, this powerful combination will help cleanse and detoxify the body and start the day refreshed. I usually drink it on an empty stomach before breakfast. Ginger improves and improves blood circulation and reduces the ailments associated with colds and flu such as headaches, muscle tension and abdominal pain. And ginger can also counteract the effects of alcohol consumption.
Recommended: your local grocer or grab the Straight Fire Shot at Whole Sol.
Spirulina. It may very well be the OG supplement, and my mom knew it all along – she started giving me spirulina soon after I was able to walk (now over 30 years ago). Back then I only drank the green variety, now I prefer my spirulina blue. Either way, it’s an incredible source of nutrients with a powerful vegetable protein called phycocyanin. Research shows that this blue-green algae improves your blood lipid levels, suppresses oxidation, lowers blood pressure and lowers blood sugar, and has antioxidant, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and brain protective properties. Many of the antioxidants in spirulina also have anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Spirulina also has over 20% of your Recommended Daily Allowance in copper, an essential nutrient that we can easily become deficient in. Finally, spirulina can lower the “bad” LDL and triglyceride levels and improve muscle strength and endurance.
Recommended: Blue Spirulina from e3 Live.
Phil Dumontet is the CEO of Whole Sol Blend Bar.