Five Real Foods to Add to Your Diet This Summer

Summer is the season of dietary regret. Most of us enter the year with the best of intentions. We’re going to exercise more. Eat better. Cut down on unhealthy vices. Unfortunately, sociological research suggests that most New Years resolutions fall by the wayside before the end of January. This leaves many of us staring down the barrel of another summer without the requisite level of health and fitness to take full advantage of the beautiful weather.

Get Back into Carbs With These Whole Grains

Carbohydrates have been unfairly vilified over the last twenty years. Every fad diet from Atkins to South Beach to Paleo places glucose squarely in the middle of its cross-hairs. This aversion to starch isn’t altogether unfounded. Thanks to GMO wheat farms and the mass production of bleached grain, the vast majority of carbohydrates in the American diet are the bad kind of carbohydrates. The white flour products that line the halls of your nearest grocery store pack all the glycemic index busting punch without any of the off-setting benefits of whole grains. In other words, Atkins works because it eliminates these empty calories, not because all carbohydrates are evil.

Naturally Boost Your Vitamin D Levels

Sitting out, soaking in the sun’s rays is known as the best way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin, vitamin D promotes healthy cell activity, strengthens the immune system, prevents chronic illnesses (such as cancer), and improves skeletal health by allowing the body to absorb calcium. The current U.S. daily-recommended intake of vitamin D is 600 IU (international units).

A 2009 study found that three quarters of American teens and adults were vitamin D deficient. Your body naturally produces vitamin D with adequate sunlight, but you could get this vitamin through your daily diet.

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