Hey, are you stuck in the afternoon slump too?
Try a piece of fruit instead of a cup of coffee. Fruit provides energy and gets you fit again. Bananas, for example, are a good source of potassium, magnesium and folic acid. These substances help the body to form red blood cells. This also keeps you awake for the rest of the day. This is just one reason why it is important for Ilmsens to provide its employees with fruit in the office.
The 3 p.m. lull sometimes awakens a craving for an unhealthy sugar kick in some people. Instead of fishing chocolate or gummy bears out of the drawer, fresh, seasonal fruit in the office is a better way to go. High-fibre fruits like apples, pears and raspberries are known to make us feel fuller after eating them, which means we're less likely to get cravings.
Every child knows that fruit is healthy. Fruit is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system. Fruit alone cannot prevent cancer, but a balanced, plant-based diet of crunchy fruits and vegetables can definitely help reduce the risk of many cancers, according to German cancer research. Regular fruit and vegetable consumption is thought to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Certain fruits that are very rich in nutrients and antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium, help the body's cells to function optimally.
Good food strengthens the soul
Our brains also need healthy foods. Our gut houses 90% of our serotonin receptors, which are responsible for regulating our moods. This means that what we eat has a big impact on our mental health. A study from Harvard also proves this: a balanced and healthy diet increases well-being and the symptoms of depression and anxiety can become better. This makes it all the more important to keep healthy food readily available and close at hand to encourage healthy food choices every day. That's why Ilmsens provides fresh, juicy fruit for our employees to support their physical and mental health.
Fruit as a superfood
Here are the most common vitamins and minerals found in your office fruit bowl and what benefits they have:
- Vitamin A: Fights inflammation and infection and helps with brain, heart, kidney and immune function. Commonly found in stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines.
- Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that protects and strengthens the immune system.
- Dietary fibre: Dietary fibre supports gut health, and has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Fibre is found in most fruits.
- Vitamin E: Strengthens vision and immune system and promotes healthy skin. Often found in berries and kiwis.
- Potassium: Supports blood pressure, cardiovascular health and reduces fatigue. Particularly found in bananas, oranges and apricots.
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