Foods for a strong core

When it comes to a healthy body, building a strong core is of the essence. Our core isn’t simple. In fact, it is a complex set of muscles. It includes muscles far beyond our abs. When you strengthen your core, you work your abdominal muscles, the muscles around your pelvis as well as your back muscles.

The core primarily refers to the midsection of the body. It includes each muscle in that section—front, back, and sides. An engaged ‘firm core’ assists in physical activities. It prevents backaches, and builds stamina, allowing you to work for longer hours. It pays to work on your core stability. A toned core, not to forget, looks great too.

The question, however, is how can you achieve a lean but tough core?

While there are a number of exercises that can assist you with this matter, they alone are not enough. In fact, eating right is an essential part of building a core that is healthy and strong.

Here are the top 5 best foods for a strong core:

1. Almonds

Almonds are ideal in providing all of the essential nutrients to your body including fiber, protein and especially vitamin E. Moreover, they contain magnesium, which is crucial for building and maintaining muscle tissues, producing energy and regulating blood sugar levels. The most vital part of building a lean core is the ability of almonds to block calories. Eat an ounce a day (around 160 calories) to keep your abs healthy and strong.

2. Eggs

Eggs are recommended by every dietician for their perfect balance of amino acids. A wholesome breakfast of eggs can alleviate your untimely hunger pangs throughout the day. The ideal combination of proteins and fats they offer can effectively satiate your hunger.  One egg per day can keep you away from unhealthy snacking, i.e., you are less likely to consume high-fat or high-sugar foods. This, in turn, will keep your core in good shape

3. Apples

Apples contain around 5 grams of fiber and 85% water. This means eating one or two apples can stop you from giving in to unhealthy cravings. Moreover, apples have quercetin, a compound useful in reducing cholesterol damage, fighting cancer, and is great for your lungs as well.

4. Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy greens have a high fiber content that helps you maintain a slim waistline, while their carotenoids fight cancers and boost your immune system. Also, almost all of the green vegetables have high concentrations of calcium that can strengthen your muscles and fuel your extended and energy-draining workout sessions. Spinach and broccoli are especially great foods, and one serving can fulfill 20 percent of your daily fiber requirement. Three servings per day are sure to do the trick for you.

5. Yogurt

Yogurt is considered a healthy food item that is rich in calcium. According to research published in the International Journal of Obesity, people relying on yogurt for their calcium instead of other sources might lose fat, especially around their middle section. Thanks to the probiotic bacteria in yogurt, your digestive system remains healthier. In other words, your core strengthens as the incidences of bloating, gas and constipation lower. Your tummy looks flats and becomes healthy.

A daily dose of 1 to around 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat yogurt can work wonders for your midsection. You can always add a bit of flavor along with some extra fiber with a handful of fresh fruits chopped in it. Yogurt with live active cultures without added sugar is preferred.

Add these foods to your diet because when we tell you these are excellent for building a strong core, we talk from our personal experience. Happy healthy living!

– Zyana Morris

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