Lets have a wee chat about SUPERFOODS! A lot of these you can find in the grocery store, some of them you have to go to a health food store or online. Don’t worry for the harder to find super foods-although they are AWESOME-just focus on first getting in lots of fresh real food (think produce). And then when you have that down add in these for extra perks!
Warning! There is oodles of vital information in here so if you don’t have time then PIN this for later because you’ll want to read it and/or reference it!
We hear a lot about these little guys. The word antioxidant gets thrown around like we all know what that totally means. People say things like phytochemicals, micro nutrients, macro nutrients, and so forth, and some of us are left scratching our heads wondering what those are and if they really exist.
Yes…yes they do!
Today I’m going to share a few of those bad boys with you. Well good guys. Whatev’s! You know what I mean! I’m going to give you ten awesome knock-your-socks-off superfoods that you may want to sneak into your smoothies or even just eat by the handfuls.
There is so much to tell you about superfoods. I’m trying to simmer down on my novels that I write so I’m gonna give you the top few health benefits that I think are fab! And yes…it’ll still be long. Dang it!
*Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
*Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
* Helps with constipation.
*Can prevent and treats candida infections.
*Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.
*Helps treat seasonal allergies.
*Aids in digestion.
*Boosts your immune system and libido.
3. Chia Seeds
*Has 19-23% Protein
*Are packed with antioxidants, fiber, complete protein and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
*They also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron.
*Has 5 times more calcium than milk plus magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins.
*2 times the amount of potassium as bananas and 3 times more iron than spinach.
*Keep you full longer, helping to promote weight loss.
(make sure you drink lots of water with these because they can constipate you)
*Powerful anti-inflammatory capacities that may help symptoms of arthritis.
*Relief for stomach gas, prevention of flatulence and an overall digestive aid.
*Can help ease hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation.
*Helps disinfect and helps detoxify the body.
*Acts as a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema.
5. Flax seed
*A great source of fiber. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular.
*Is a plant source of Omega-3.
*Improves your mood. Scientists have discovered that the type of fat that you consume is linked with your state of mind. Multiple studies have shown that taking flax seed oil on a daily basis will improve your energy levels and your quality of sleep. The presence of Omega-3 fatty acids in flax seed oil will leave you feeling less anxious and depressed.
*Is extremely rich nutritionally and contains 31 different minerals along with amino acids, antioxidants and alkaloids.
*Is considered by top researchers to help rebuild weak immune systems, re-mineralize poorly nourished bodies and increase energy, endurance and libido.
*Can have a positive effect on the thyroid, the pancreas and the adrenal glands.
*Can help to safely and naturally balance hormonal imbalances, such as impotence, infertility, PMS and menopausal hot flashes.
*Is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. This means parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system too.
*Can help to relieve joint pain, if used daily. That’s because the herb has anti-inflammatory properties.
*Is a natural internal deodorizer and gives you fresh breath.
8. Raw Chocolate(Cacao)
*Contains many important vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese.
*Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E.
*Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat.
*Has protein and Fiber.
9. Coconut Oil (I will have to REALLY simmer on this one because it’s a GOODIE)
*Is a medium chain fatty acid that boosts your metabolism. So that means it’s a good fat that can burn bad fat. WIN!
*Has a high smoke point which means that its perfect for sautéing with as it doesn’t get damaged when its heated.
*High in lauric acid which is also found in breast milk and so it supports the immune system.
*It’s antiparasitic and antifungal.
*It’s so fantastic for you skin and hair. By eating it and using it topically. I make sure to always have it in my oatmeal or smoothies every day and use it on my face at night. I notice when I haven’t done it. My skin breaks out and doesn’t look as healthy or glowy. Is glowy a word? Um…is now!
10. Goji Berries
*Are a powerful antioxidant, loaded with vitamin C , have 21 trace minerals and are high in fiber.
*Contain natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal compounds.
*They help boost the immune system.
Oh hi…have you made it to the end? Found anything that made you excited to try these goodies in your daily life?
Tip – When starting out with superfoods I just tasted a little to see how I did with them. I also just bought one at a time. So don’t feel like you have to run out and buy everything or you’ll be missing out. Just do what you can and try only the ones you want to try!
Have a fab day friends!