There’s always this new craze. Remember the lemonade diet when everyone drank lemon water with cayenne and maple syrup? What about the protein diet where everyone ate meat and nothing else? Today, the average person is bombarded with list of things you should and shouldn’t be eating in order to be your best self. This is not that list.
You gotta be thinking: What the hell is a super food? (I know I was) My food intake has changed as my perspective on food has changed. No longer do I run to McDonald’s for temporary satisfaction or divulge in the weekend television binge as I practice eating Oreos off my chest.
Yesterday I had “Chinese Food” with my coworkers and felt so heavy and sick that I had to go home. Spoiler Alert, food is not supposed to make you feel that way.
Food is energy. It is supposed to charge you so that you can go about your day. I’m not asking you to stop eating meat or worse: Go Vegan, but I hope that I can give you a better understanding of what Superfoods are so that you can try implementing them in your diet and who knows, maybe you’ll ask for a How to Go Vegan guide 😉
So Superfood What?
Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that are high in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them can reduce the risk of chronic disease and prolong life.
Antioxidants: Our bodies produce free radicals and antioxidants counteract their damaging effects. We produce our own antioxidants, but sometimes not enough. It is important that we have an outside source of antioxidants in order to neutralize and remove the free radicals from our bloodstream.
Polyphenols: Polyphenols are phytochemicals, meaning compounds found abundantly in natural plant food sources that have antioxidant properties. Polyphenols can prevent and reduce diabetes, cancer, and diseases related to the heart. Polyphenols are also prebiotic (promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines) and are super important for health, weight management and disease prevention.
Vitamins: Vitamins are organic compounds that we need in order to sustain life. We take some of our vitamins from food because the human body does not produce enough.
Minerals: The two kinds of minerals are: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macro means “large” in Greek (and your body needs larger amounts of macrominerals than trace minerals). The macromineral group is made up of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and sulfur.
A trace of something means that there is only a little of it. So even though your body needs trace minerals, it needs just a tiny bit of each one. Trace minerals includes iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium (This definition was taken from here).
My Favorite Superfoods
When I first saw it I was like ewww hell no, but now I love it. Spirulina can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, boost energy, speed up weight loss, relieve sinus issues and contains essential amino acids, iron, protein, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E.
Pomegranates have anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-tumor properties and are said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid. The fruit consists of three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea. Pomegranates are used to maintain effective and healthy blood circulation, clearing up the skin, reducing inflammation, fighting anemia, cancer, heart problems, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, stomach disorders and bad breakups (Bad breakups aren’t scientifically proven.)
These are just my two current favorites, but there are so many different types of foods you can begin implementing in your own diet. I have attached links that I believe can guide you on your own journey.
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