Superfoods – What they are and why you should care

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Superfoods are foods that have great benefits to your health and wellness, how you feel, and yes, even how you look. The American diet today contains way too many processed foods, fat and sugar, not to mention all the chemicals we can’t pronounce and our bodies can’t process.

Whole, unprocessed foods have nutrients that act at a cellular level to slow aging, improve energy levels, vitality, and skin appearance. Superfoods, also called functional foods and contain Phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals). These Phytochemicals and other antioxidants help fight the oxidants that our bodies are exposed to everyday by pollution, smoke, sun, and yes, even exercise.

Here are some of those Superfoods that are easy to include in your daily diet and are quite tasty 🙂

Blueberries 

Blueberries are the highest in antioxidant value of all the groups

Nutrients: Polyphenols, fiber, folate, vitamin C, potassium, iron, magnesium, phytoestrogens

Potential Health Benefits: Brain & eye health, cancer & diabetes Brain & eye health, cancer & diabetes prevention, heart & urinary tract health, decreased inflammation prevention, heart & urinary tract health, decreased inflammation

 

Broccoli (also cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale)

Nutrients: Glucosinolates, sulforaphane, B-carotene, folate, vitamin C& K, calcium, iron, fiber

Potential Health Benefits: cancer prevention, immunity boost, strong bones, fight birth defects

 

Spinach (also kale, collards, arugula)

Nutrients: Lutein, beta- carotene, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins C/E/B, polyphenols, conenzyme Q10

Potential Health Benefits: decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, most types of cancer, cataract

 

Yogurt 

Nutrients: live active cultures, calcium, protein, B12, magnesium, zinc, CLA

Potential Health Benefits: decreased risk of colon and breast cancer, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, regulates bowel function, decreases uro-vaginal infections, helps with weight control

 

Salmon

Nutrients: Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, selenium, protein, potassium

Potential Health Benefits: decrease risk for stroke, insulin resistance, ADHD, depression/mental disorders

 

Quinoa

Nutrients: protein (contains all of the 9 essential amino acids), fiber, calcium, vitamin B, iron, potassium, riboflavin

Potential Health Benefits: migraines, improved digestion, bone health

 

If you are already including these foods in your daily diet, congratulations! but if you are not, don’t get overwhelmed. Just start with one or two of these foods and add them to whatever you eat normally. Once you do that, just keep increasing the amount to the recommended intake. Take small steps to a healthier you. You will FEEL the difference!

 

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