Whether you’re fighting fatigue, searching for ways to boost your immune system, or recovering from an illness, doctors often recommend healthy lifestyle changes. However, the foods you eat can often help with the prevention and management of these issues.
For decades, supermarket aisles have been displaying foods that are nutritionally deficient. Poor soil conditions combined with seed engineering and processing have left people with poor choice.
The next time you take a trip to the shops, consider these 5 superfoods which can help you get the required nutrients for optimal body function.
Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin, which has strong anti-inflammatory effects, comparable to those of potent anti-inflammatory drugs. The great thing is that it aids in digestion, too by reducing flatulence, bloating, and indigestion. Turmeric is very safe when taken as a spice, however, a very high intake for an extended period of time can cause adverse side effects, so don’t overdo it.
Ginger has been used for over 5,000 years in Asian cultures because of its medicinal properties. It contains gingerol, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It’s an ancient aid for digestion (speeding up stomach emptying), muscle pain, and cognitive function. It may also have anti-diabetic properties and has been shown to lower fasting blood sugar.
To incorporate more ginger into your life, drink it in tea, or grate it into just about anything: stir-fries, vegetables, soups, roasts, muffins, oatmeal, and desserts. You can also add a grated piece to green drinks and smoothies.
Chia seeds have long been prized in South American cultures for their ability to sustain energy. In fact, chia literally means “strength” in the Mayan language.
Chia offers lots of omega-3s, which support mental and behavioural health, lower inflammation, and help with diabetes.
The best way to get your intake of chia is by making chia seed pudding.
Mix a half cup of coconut milk with two tablespoons of chia seeds, blend it up and then top with nuts and berries.
Aloe vera has 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 200 active plant compounds (phytonutrients), and strong antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
Most people only know about the topical applications of aloe vera gel for sunburns but, it is a superfood with colossal healing and medicinal powers that are useful for both external and internal use. Yes, you can eat aloe vera, and it is a superfood!
Goji berries contain 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, vitamin A, B-complex, C and E, and is a superior form of antioxidants.
Goji berries’ benefits include:
– Significantly improved immune function
– Protection of the eyes and liver
– Reduced inflammation
– Protection of the heart
– Improved mood and libido.
You can buy fresh goji berries in some whole-foods stores, or in sun-dried form, similar to raisins. You can eat them raw, or you blend them into a smoothie or juice. You can even drink goji juice on its own or mix it with other fruits for a nutrient-rich beverage.
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