Super foods is a name attributed to certain plants, herbs, fruits or vegetables that have been shown to have a greater nutritional density and that are prolific in fighting off degenerative diseases, boosting immunity and aiding longevity.
Doctors recommend that we eat 5 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day in order to maintain good health. Unfortunately few of us eat enough nutritious and mineral dense food. The standard western diet lacks fiber, vitamins and minerals and is instead very rich in trans fats, sugars, salt and preservatives. Such a style of eating has already shown its negative side. Obesity rates are on the rise in most western countries, including in children, skyrocketing cases of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and crippling heart disease.
Our bodies are not built to sustain eating this way. Not to mention that most foods in the Western Diet are high in calories. Combine that with lack of exercising and we can see the results.
Luckily our bodies are an amazing machine. They can heal and repair themselves, especially when provided with the correct fuel. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains will boost your natural healing ability. When you add super foods to the list, things only get better.
Superfoods you need to add to your diet
Spirulina is a microscopic algae. It is a nutritional powerhouse and it has lead many researchers to believe it could be a viable solution in combating undernourishment and hunger at a global scale. It is a great vegan protein source and it is easily absorbed by our bodies. About 80% of your spirulina intake is absorbed and used. It is also rich in magnesium, iron, folic acid and iodine. It can make a great natural, organic, vegan protein powder to add to your post-workout smoothie.
Maca is a great supplement to add to your diet. It is great for combating anemia, boosts your energy, balances out hormones and boost your libido. Combined with cocoa powder, it is a great base for a nutritious smoothie or pudding. It has a soft taste that is not over powering.
Ginger has been around for a long time. It has been widely used across Asia for thousands of years. many don’t view ginger as a super food, but it definitely is. It is the ultimate immunity stimulant, right next to vitamin C. Although it may seem really spicy, ginger is great for your digestion. It helps with bloating and constipation. Eat an inch of ginger a day and you will never catch the flu again. It can also be consumed as tea and it is especially beneficial when added at the end of a meal.
If this sounds unfamiliar, there is a good reason for that. This superfood is less known in the West although it is present in all temperate climates. However it is particularly popular Eastern Europe. It looks like a bright orange blueberry. It has a very strong sour taste, just like a lemon. It is very rich in vitamin C and is a great for your immunity, but also for your skin. When consumed with honey, it is a great pre-breakfast supplement and will give you much needed energy.
If you’re wondering how to add more superfoods in your diet, a simple protein shake is the answer to your question.
Simple Protein Shake Recipe
Blend together a handful of spinach, sea buckthorn, maca powder, water and a teaspoon of honey. Mix together well. You can add a scoop of protein powder to the mix to make it your pre-workout meal. Consume immediately after preparation.
Keep yourself healthy and looking great
Although we still haven’t figured out a way to stop aging completely, we can definitely make the process easier. A diet rich in natural foods and superfoods will ensure you will have good health and look amazing for many years to come.