Hi, I don’t know about you, but I love this weather. I know it can be a little sticky to work in, and we perhaps wish more of our buildings had air conditioning, but how can we complain?
It’s been wall-to-wall sunshine for weeks now, and at the moment, it is almost OK to plan ahead to sunshine weekends filled with beaches, lakes and BBQs! I have probably jinxed it now, but with lots of camping trips and fun holidays planned, I hope this beautiful weather lasts for several more weeks to come.
I think it’s a lot easier to make healthier food choices when the weather is like this. Our bodies naturally need to get juices and hydration from fruits and vegetables, when the weather is warmer, and as always in season is best.
At the moment, my number one go to snack has to be cherries. In season from May until September, they couldn’t be better right now, and not only are they delicious to eat, it turns out that there are plenty of health benefits to snacking on a handful of cherries.
Berries are quickly gaining a reputation as a health cure-all, but we often overlook these little red wonders because of their associations with rich desserts and sweet cocktail garnishes. Luckily for us, cherries are in season in Europe – so there’s no better time to pick up a punnet on your lunch break.
So what benefits can these juicy little fruits have on the body?
1 – They can help you to sleep:
Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that helps control sleep. Specifically, tart cherry juice can improve sleep in adults affected by insomnia.
A handful of fresh cherries in the summertime are a natural gourmet delight, but if you want to harness the antioxidant power of cherries on a regular basis, then cherry juice concentrate is a good option that can add a super-nutritious, all-natural kick to your morning smoothie.
2 – They’re a great post-workout snack:
Cherries can reduce muscle damage and the painful, stiff feeling the day after an intense workout. This is because they are chock full of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties.
3 – They can improve brain function:
Want to keep your brain in top top shape? Some studies have shown that cherries can even reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.
4 – They can reduce inflammation:
Tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. Cherry consumption reduces several biomarkers associated with chronic inflammatory diseases. According to scientists, cherry juice can also ease joint inflammation for people who suffer from arthritis and gout.
5 – They’re a good source of vitamin C and fibre:
150g of cherries contain a whopping 25 per cent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C and over two grams of fibre.
So, by adding a few of these delicious fruits to your daily regime, you could be benefiting your health on many levels. Remember in this hot weather to always stay hydrated too!
Lack of water can make you feel tired, lethargic and mentally exhausted. You don’t need to drink gallons in one hit, just sip throughout the day. Also by adding cucumber, lemons and limes to your water, you are adding a little flavour and some extra alkalising liquid!
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