Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get the Feel-Good Factor; Give Yourself a Summer Boost with a Dose of Superfoods. JANE PICKEN Has the Details in Association with the NHS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get the Feel-Good Factor; Give Yourself a Summer Boost with a Dose of Superfoods. JANE PICKEN Has the Details in Association with the NHS

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Byline: JANE PICKEN

IF OUR wash-out summer has left you feeling dull and lacking in energy, you need to invigorate your system.

That doesn't mean punishing gym sessions, in fact 70% of us never stick to those regimes. Instead you could simply give yourself a boost with some easy tips - adding a few superfoods to your diet, improving your breathing, and using complementary medicine.

Follow our guide to a summer pick-me-up.

SALAD SECRET If you're having salads, don't forget to add watercress, it's packed with 15 vitamins and minerals, most importantly iron, says Jacqueline Young author of a new book, Complementary Medicine For Dummies.

Young suggests making a nutritious cold summer soup. Blend two generous handfuls of washed, organic watercress in a blender with half an avocado, some sprigs of parsley, some chopped cucumber, a squirt of lemon juice and a glass of water until smooth. Add a dash of seaweed salt and eat. Avoid excess watercress if you have kidney disease.

GO GREEN Stimulants like tea, coffee and alcohol give a short term energy boost but soon wear off leaving us craving sugary, foods. Instead, replace your morning cuppa with green tea, which could give you a great summer energy rush as it contains bioflavonoids - plant compounds also found in fruits, vegetables which may help boost circulation and protect against cancers and cardiovascular disease.

ORGANIC TIPPLE Drinking wine, especially at outdoor barbecues, can make hayfever worse. The sulphur used to preserve wine often causes a flare of allergy symptoms and can lead to headaches. Splurge an extra pound or two for the organic version of alcohol to limit any nasty reactions.

Milk thistle protects the liver and speeds clearance of alcohol from the body.

PRUNE POWER Eating prunes or drinking prune juice could make a big difference to your health, according to nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton. "They are bursting with anti-ageing properties and have antioxidants to help protect skin cells and prolong a youthful glow," she says.

Dried plums are a real superfood because as well as accelerating digestion and aiding bowel regularity, they are also a source of energy. …

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