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Whole Foods to Nourish Your Body

Busy schedules and modern conveniences can have a massive influence over our daily food choices. It’s by far easier to stop for a quick meal on the way home than it is to conjure a meal of nourishing fresh foods. But these speedy choices often take the spotlight away from the rewards of choosing a balanced meal with simple, natural sources.

At OWL our mission is to transform the lives of individuals looking to refresh and heal the body from the inside out. We support nutrition choices that reinforce your body by providing Broth Elixirs and Mylkshakes made with whole ingredients chosen to optimize your health. Whole foods are at the basis of our philosophy and we’re here to open your eyes to the reasons behind the creation of our Reset Cleanse.

eating whole foods like OWL broth elixirs and mylkshakes for a healthy gut

4 Benefits of Eating Whole Foods

Gut Health

Avoiding processed foods is a great first step in improving your gut health.

Adding diverse foods that include a variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts, and grains is the easiest way to improve your gut microbiome by diversifying the flora within your gut1. Research shows that high fiber foods have a positive impact on gut health, such as:

  • Whole grains (oats, quinoa)
  • Veggies (broccoli, asparagus)
  • Nuts (pistachios, almonds)
  • Fruits (apples, peaches)

Focusing on fermented foods and prebiotic fiber can also help boost the diversity within your gut microbiome and help feed the good gut flora that you want to keep around. This includes:

  • Prebiotics (bananas, flax seeds)
  • Probiotics (yogurt, pickles)

Chronic Diseases

When your body responds to a threat, the inflammatory response is natural. However, chronic inflammation can leave your body on high alert for too long which can damage your internal tissues. This can lead to several chronic conditions including heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, and certain cancers2. Many whole foods fight off chronic inflammation, such as:

  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale)
  • Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel)
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews)
  • Fruits high in antioxidants (cherries, berries)

To help lower your risk of common chronic diseases, decrease your intake of processed foods, refined carbs and sugars and prioritize whole foods that nourish your body and reduce inflammation.

Mental Wellbeing

Ultra-processed foods that are high in refined carbohydrates, salt, added sugars, and saturated fats have a huge impact on your mental health. These types of foods are linked to heightened stress levels, brain fog, anxiety, and depression3.

Antioxidants are a powerful go-to for promoting good mental health including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and flavonoids. All of these important nutrients are found within whole foods and protect against oxidative stress that can decrease cognitive function. Other vitamins and minerals protect against high blood glucose levels which helps defend against depression and anxiety. Foods rich in magnesium, folate, potassium, B vitamins, and polyphenols nourish your brain and protect against the damage caused by oxidative stress. Incorporating these foods in your diet provide the essential nutrients you need to support better brain function. Try adding the following:

  • Citrus (grapefruit, lemon)
  • Berries (strawberries, raspberries)
  • Leafy greens (red lettuce, swiss chard)
  • Nuts & seeds (walnuts, flax)

Sustainability

Eating whole foods means eating with the seasons. If you’re looking for fresh, unprocessed plant foods then you’ll most likely end up with a kitchen full of in-season veggies and fruits. This is helpful in contributing to the every-growing push for more sustainable practices around the world.

How does this help? Eating what’s in season contributes to the cause by inflicting less soil damage due to overfarming, creating less waste, and reducing carbon emissions. This is especially true if you use local sources such as farmers markets. Turning your focus toward more plant-based consumption means using up less resources and decreasing the production of greenhouse gasses. Overall, this helps lessen the impact of industrial agriculture.

Whole Foods in the OWL Reset

The OWL Reset Program

OWL offers the opportunity for you to get back in touch with your body through our Reset Cleanse Programs. Each includes whole food ingredients from natural and organic sources that were chosen with your good health in mind.

We incorporate the best ingredients, such as kabocha squash, beets, Swiss chard, sorrel, fennel, turmeric, lions mane, ginger, slippery elm, plantains, hemp hearts, sage, spirulina, and lavender with the goal of providing:

  • A balanced gut and hormones
  • Boosted protection against chronic diseases
  • Lower inflammation for better mental clarity
  • Boosted energy levels
  • Balanced blood sugar for better overall health
  • Clearer skin
  • Stress relief
  • Curbed cravings

Not only do we promote and prioritize the best gut health you can experience, but we are also committed to eco-friendly and sustainable practices for the good health of our planet. The OWL Reset is a chance for you to make informed decisions about the sources of your nutrition. Immerse yourself in total organic nourishment by trying your Reset Cleanse today!


Julie Weller

Julie is a self-made writer on a forever journey of fitness and health. As a high school music teacher, she has seen and experienced the challenges of maintaining good health while simultaneously balancing a career and healthy relationships.

Julie has always lived a healthy and active lifestyle. She loves the outdoors, hiking, and camping. Over the years she has continued to learn smarter and better ways to take care of her body while continuing to do the things that make her smile. Naturally, all of her teacher friends wanted to know how she did it - what was her secret?

Julie found herself explaining over and over everything she'd learned in her research, and sharing her experiences through trial and error. Her friends would take her advice, try some new things, and then come back to ask how to take it to the next level.

"You should charge for this kind of information!" Became a constant phrase, and so began her career of writing to share her knowledge with the world through health and wellness companies looking to spread healing and healthy habits within their communities. Now Julie gets to combine two of the things she enjoys most - writing and wellness - and use them to affect change in a real way.

When not making music with her kiddos, or writing wellness tips for a higher quality of life, you can find her reading, hiking, drumming, and fitnessing

Sources:

  1. Dietary Fibre Modulates the Gut Microbiota - PMC (nih.gov)
  2. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0675-0
  3. Diet and Mental Health: Review of the Recent Updates on Molecular Mechanisms - PubMed (nih.gov)