Been feeling bloated lately. I’ve had a ton of digestive issues lately, thanks to the long term effects of my radiation, chemo and surgery post the big C (ovarian cancer).
You body is a temple and you need to take good care of it in order to live and enjoy life to its fullest. This may seem easy, but I’ve found that it can be hard to keep your body in a state of well-being with so many of life’s stressors affecting us.
When your body is out of alignment and just feeling yucky, what can you do to bring it back to wellness?
Exercise is medicine and you hear me talk a lot about how important it is to move your body each day. (BTW, have you tried my FREE online course, 7-Days to Restore Your Core? If not, you can learn more and sign up HERE.)
Food is medicine too.
I’ve recently found some research about zucchini and all of its amazing benefits!
Zucchini, which is “a summer squash, is a member of the gourd family. It originated from Central America from where it has spread to the rest of the world.” (Click here to read full article.)
Zucchini is a food rich in nutrients but it also has a host of benefits that you may not be aware of.
Zucchini “contains zero fat and is high in water and fiber. It also contains significant amounts of vitamins B6, riboflavin, folate, C, and K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese. The summer squash also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.” (https://foodrevolution.org)
Sounds great, right? Well, it gets better.
Zucchini protects against oxidation and inflammation. In the zucchini’s skin there are large amounts of anti-inflammatory compounds such as vitamins A and C. The skin is just as important to eat as the flesh of the zucchini in order to get these benefits. The benefit of this is protecting your body against diseases that are associated with inflammation.
Having digestive issues like me?
Zucchini can help!
The zucchini’s content is high in water. It also contains significant amounts of fiber, electrolytes, and other nutrients that are necessary for a healthy digestive system. Regular consumption of zucchini can also help prevent ulcers, IBS, and colon cancer.
Lastly, zucchini can help with weight loss and studies have linked zucchini consumption with the improvement of adrenal and thyroid functions. You can read more about the studies here.
If you are looking for a natural way to boost your immunity, help your digestion, or reduce inflammation – then zucchini might be what you have been looking for.
Try this yummy recipe from GoodHouseKeeping.com:
Zucchini “Pasta” Caprese.
I love gluten-free alternatives like “zucchini pasta.” It helps you feel full without the post-pasta energy drain.
If you don’t have a spiralizer on hand, you can simply purchase zucchini packaged and ready to go.
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 lb. zucchini
12 oz. ripe tomatoes
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
1/2 c. loosely packed fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp. capers
2 clove garlic
1/4 c. roasted salted almonds
In 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium until hot. Add zucchini. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until just beginning to soften, stirring. Remove from heat; transfer to large bowl.
To bowl with zucchini, add tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gently toss to combine. Serve immediately, topped with almonds.
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