Learning to eat well is the best way to take care of yourself: here are the tips from the experts
Knowing the foods we bring to the table and their beneficial properties is very important to adopt a correct diet: this is, in fact, the best way to stay healthy and be able to lose a few pounds without too much effort. But what are the tips from the experts to tackle this season?
During the winter, it is important to fill up on macronutrients to give our body everything it needs to work at its best. It is also good to focus on strengthening our immune system: did you know that it is mostly concentrated in the intestine? For this reason, fibers are essential. Artichokes, for example, are particularly rich in them. As explained by Dr. Giusy Giugno, a nutrition biologist in Florence, these vegetables contain significant amounts of inulin, a soluble fiber that acts as a probiotic.
In addition to helping digestion and promoting intestinal transit, this substance stimulates the proliferation of good bacteria, which nourish the intestinal bacterial flora and strengthen our immune defenses. The fibers are also very useful for those who want to lose weight: they help to increase the sense of satiety and reduce the absorption of sugars, while helping to deflate the belly.
Fiber is also present in mushrooms, a food highly appreciated for its versatility in the kitchen. There are many varieties, and among the edible ones there are different flavors and textures. Their consumption stimulates intestinal peristalsis, fighting constipation; however it is good to be careful in case of digestive problems and kidney diseases: do not hesitate to consult your doctor before introducing them into your diet.
Mushrooms have also been shown to be useful in protecting the prostate. A recent Japanese study published in the International Journal of Cancer, after considering nearly 36,500 men aged between 40 and 79 for a considerable period of time, highlighted how their intake is linked to a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer, especially as we age.
Finally, remember that Valentine's Day is getting closer and closer: if you have not yet thought about what to bring to the table for this special occasion, we can suggest you a perfect diet to conquer your sweetheart, with aphrodisiac foods to warm up the evening. Coldiretti, who has analyzed some delicacies from our lands, suggests which foods have this characteristic.
If we all know the aphrodisiac properties of chocolate and chilli, we discover with great curiosity how other foods can also ignite our senses. Pistachios, for example, contain arginine which improves male performance, while wild fennel affects female sex hormones. Saffron, on the other hand, improves peripheral circulation and increases the sensitivity of the mucous membranes.