Foods for physical and mental health

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The improving lifestyle has made drastic changes in our dining and food habits. We mostly depend on processed foods nowadays as they are easily accessible and save time. But not only do these foods give any nutrients but also spoils the health of one. Healthy food habit is very essential for mental and physical fitness. Here are a few nutritious foods that can improve health.

Jaggery is a sweetener that can be used as a substitute for sugar. Jaggery is rich in antioxidants and minerals. As well as boosting the immune system, jaggery also helps to flush out wastes from the blood and liver.

Nuts are a powerhouse of energy. Nuts soaked in water are good for the health of the body and the mind. Nuts can be included in salads, breakfasts and desserts. In addition, it is recommended to eat nuts after mealtime.

In addition to protein, millet is a storehouse of vitamins C, B-complex, E, iron and calcium. Ragi is good for skin and hair health. Ragi also helps to strengthen the nerves and get good sleep. Ragi is something that can be given to children and adults alike.

Everything found in coconut is rich in nutrients. Coconut is rich in manganese, magnesium, copper and potassium. Health experts say that drinking coconut water daily can reduce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Dates are one such sweet rich food that can be consumed by diabetes patients as well. Potassium, fibre and anti-oxidants are rich in dates.

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