You want to be your best self (inside and out!) for your wedding, right? Of course you do! And nutrition plays a key role in how we feel and look. Here are four hot-off-the-press nutrition fixes you can make for a healthier body and mind before your wedding day.
__Eat more eggs.__Surprising advice, right? But eggs are getting the thumbs up from health experts who say that not only are they a great (and affordable) source of lean protein, but they also may be loaded with health benefits we hadn't considered before. Take the new study from researchers at Tufts University: They found that eggs are chock-full of two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are known to radically improve memory and brain function (every stressed-out bride could use a dose of that, right?).
Curb your meat and cheese consumption. Yes, you need your protein, but consider other sources (see above!). Here's why: the more meat and cheese you eat, say researchers in California, the higher your overall cancer risk (four times higher, in fact). Eek! Vegan pizza anyone? Or, better yet: Have fish, which was recently linked to boosting good cholesterol levels in the body.
__Say yes to dark chocolate:__The latest research from scientists in the Netherlands finds that dark chocolate (rich in antioxidants) is too good to pass up when it comes to heart health. Bonus: Other studies have shown that chocolate can give you a measurable mood boost. Just keep it to one or two small squares (2 ounces tops) a day, say nutritionists.
Cut your sugar intake in half: After combing through years of research on the negative health impacts of sugar (for starters: diabetes, weight gain, dental issues, acne), the World Health Organization recently issued a new recommendation for the world: attempt to cut your sugar intake in half, and better yet, see if you can reduce the added sugar you consume in a day to a mere six teaspoons. Tough, but worth trying for!