Happy New Year, Seafoodies!
As we usher in another year, many of us embrace the opportunity for a fresh start, starting with setting resolutions to prioritize our well-being. One impactful and appetizing way to kickstart a healthier lifestyle is by incorporating a seafood reset into your diet. Seafood offers an abundance of benefits that contribute to overall health and wellness.
Here are just a few reasons why a seafood reset is an excellent choice for those seeking a nutritious and satisfying start to the year.
1. A Healthier You
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend regular seafood consumption—two to three times per week—to support physical and mental health. Seafood is a nutritional powerhouse, providing essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals. These elements play a crucial role in maintaining heart health, supporting brain function, promoting an optimal immune system and fostering well-being. And for expecting moms, the omega-3s in seafood are crucial for baby’s developing brain and eyes.
2. Strong Teeth and Oral Health
Surprisingly, seafood can even contribute to a healthier smile. The protein in seafood strengthens overall tooth structure, while the amino acid arginine helps maintain the pH balance in the mouth, reducing the risk of cavities. Fatty fish, like salmon and trout, are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D, which aids in calcium absorption to help promote strong teeth. Additionally, the omega-3s in seafood benefit the mouth’s connective tissue and regulate inflammation, for optimal oral health.
3. Restful Sleep
For those struggling with sleep, seafood can be a natural ally. Varieties like salmon and tuna are rich in vitamin B-6, a nutrient that helps synthesize sleep-inducing melatonin. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA, found in seafood, may help support better sleep quality, making it an excellent choice for those seeking restful nights.
4. Balanced Thyroid Hormones for Metabolism
Essential minerals like iodine, crucial for thyroid hormone production, are naturally present in seafood. Cod, shrimp and salmon absorb iodine from seawater, serving as excellent sources to maintain balanced thyroid hormones. This, in turn, supports metabolism and muscle building!
5. Reduced Inflammation
Regular consumption of seafood, at least two to three times a week, helps reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure and lower the risk of blood clotting—all thanks to an abundance of omega-3s. These healthy fats are critical to maintain a robust cardiovascular system and your physical health in general.
There are so many ways to incorporate more seafood into your diet in the new year! Consider little changes, like topping salads with shrimp or salmon, adding shelf-stable tuna to pasta dishes or enjoying seafood dips with raw veggies as a healthy snack. Look for healthy seafood options when dining out, and while grocery shopping to incorporate new seafood recipes at home. Check out our Everyday Seafood E-Cookbook for some easy inspiration to get your seafood reset started.
Cheers to a more vibrant and nourished you in the new year and beyond!
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