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What is super about Super Foods?


Anyone who has been focused on healthy eating for a while will likely be able to name off many so called Super foods. Recently, as more and more of us are focusing on eating better and shopping at whole food markets, we are starting to become aware of the importance of eating clean and organic foods. As a result, we are naturally moving toward foods that have the potential to make us incredibly healthy! Enter Super foods! Super foods are not new, as a matter of fact; they all go back to ancient times. We are just rediscovering what our ancestors knew instinctively.

Super foods are natural food sources with a highly concentrated, complex supply of high quality nutrients with the least negative properties. While magazines might be pushing them as diet aids, the truth is they are not always low in calories, but, for the number of calories present, they are always high in nutrients. They are an excellent addition to any healthy diet.

Super foods should not be the only part of your diet. A really healthy diet would include a combination of healthy fats, live, raw plant foods, super herbs and super foods. Super foods can help nourish the brain, muscles, bones, organs, immune system and hair, skin and nails. They also can correct imbalances in the diet. The ultimate goal would be to be able to quit taking vitamin and mineral supplements and actually get all or most of these nutrients from your foods.

Some examples of Super foods include:

  • Bee Products

  • Cacao

  • Camu Camu Berry

  • Astragalus

  • Chlorella

  • Coconut

  • Goji Berries

  • Hempseed

  • Incan Berries

  • Kelp

  • Maca

  • Marine Phytoplankton

  • Noni

  • Ashwagandha

  • Schisandra

So what makes Super foods so super? Aside from their nutrient density, they also can help our bodies in other ways. Here are some of the benefits they can provide.

Some Super foods are Adaptogens:

Adaptogens are plant based substances with combined therapeutic actions in the human body. An adaptogen strengthens and invigorates the system while helping the body to deal more easily with stresses of various origins by supporting the adrenal glands. Adaptogens are believed to reinforce the non-specific power of resistance of the body against physical, chemical or biological noxious agents. In addition, to be an Adaptogen, they must also have a normalizing influence and may not be harmful or alter the bodies’ normal functions. Adaptogens can be a great help to anyone who is looking for balance and harmony in their lives. Examples of Adaptogens are Maca, Ashwagandha, and Schisandra. Many mushrooms also fit into this category including Reishi, and Chaga.

Many Super foods are high in Antioxidants:

As many of you know, antioxidants are substances that reduce damage due to oxygen. Think rust or an apple turning brown. This same process happens to our bodies unless we have help to minimize oxygen damage. Most Super foods are high in some type of antioxidant.

Phytonutrients and Phytochemicals:

Many Super Foods contain unique plant based nutrients (Phytonutrients), which can help our bodies in a variety of ways including boosting our immune system, helping manage the stress response, providing energy for cells, and helping to supply vital components for the billions and billions of metabolic processes that occur in the body every second.

So go out there, do some research and find which Super foods you might want to add to your diet. Many Super food come in powders or extracts and in some cases this is the best way to consume them since they are not as bio-available in there natural state. Turmeric for example does not really get absorbed well in its natural state, but add some black pepper and some healthy fats, and the absorption rate just skyrocketed! Always look for organic versions where possible, and learn about the best way for the body to absorb each. No sense wasting time and money on something your body will barely utilize.

Personally, I recommend adding only 1-2 at a time, and then give your body 30 days to adjust to them before adding any others. For those who are wondering, I regularly incorporate about 4-5 in my diet, and I rotate most of them after a few months depending on the season, and/or my personal needs.

I definitely want to encourage anyone who has used Super foods in the past, or currently does, to share your experience in the comments below.

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