Superfoods ….What Are They?
Superfoods are a big hype at the moment, and in some cases certain foods become an overnight phenomena. So what exactly is a superfood? Foods are not created equal, some foods give you more punch or nutrient value for your money. There are superfoods in every food category, therefore it is wise to educate yourself about which foods are nutrient dense, it will make the choice easier when not knowing whether to reach for an apple or an orange. Super foods are nutrient dense, which means they offer multiple nutrients while providing minimal calories. Nutrient-dense super foods are the colours of the rainbow. They are red, orange, pink, yellow, purple and green. These are the colours of super foods such as blueberries, bell peppers, kale, spinach, salmon, kidney beans and grapefruit.
I consulted Lauren who is a nutritionist and founder of the site The Holy Kale and asked her about her favourite superfoods.
Why do you include Superfoods in your daily diet?
I include superfoods into every meal because I believe that the state of food today is not nutrient-rich enough to sustain the level of health that I want to have. I no longer see superfoods as an extra but a necessity. It is nearly, if not impossible to get everything you need from the conventional food today so by adding in superfoods you can not only feed your body, but also truly nourish it.
What are your top 6 Superfoods that you eat everyday?
1. Unheated Sea Salt: Salt is essential for life and was once the most valued commodity on earth. Unheated sea salt is entirely different than table salt in that it essential to health because it contains essential minerals. Common table salt lacks minerals and trace elements because it is purified and refined, leaving only sodium and chloride. After refining, common table salt is mixed with iodine, bleaching agents and anti-caking chemicals to create a stark white, free flowing product. Unheated sea salt is needed for every function in the body including hydration, kidney, lymph and cardiovascular health, fluid balance, and hydrochloric acid production needed for digestion.
2. Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional Yeast is THE food for vegetarians and vegans as it is rich in protein, B vitamins including B12. With its natural cheesy taste it is an excellent addition to all meals. It contains glutathione, used for detoxification, GTF (glucose tolerance factor) for blood sugar control, Beta Glucans for immune health, BCAA’s for amino acid synthesis, trace minerals and pre-biotics for gut health.
3. Coconut Oil/Butter: The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means, “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in healthy fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut contains anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties making it excellent for immune system stimulation and for topical treatment. It also has the ability to stimulate the thyroid therefore increasing metabolism and aiding in weight loss.
4. Hemp Seeds: Among the most nutritionally complete food sources, hemp seeds contain all the essential fatty acids and amino acids necessary for basic well-being. This power food contains more omega-3s and omega-6s than any other nut or seed source, and is abundant in Vitamin E. It also contains dietary fiber and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. They make a great source of vegan protein since they contain all 10 essential amino acids.
5. Bee Pollen: Bee Pollen is an exceptionally nutritious food collected by honeybees from the pollen of flowers and used to feed the hive. It may be the most nutrient dense food in the world containing over a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, over 5,000 enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids and the essential nutrients tryptophan, lysine and methionine. Bee Pollen is an ideal food for the entire body, boosting the immune system, supporting liver detoxification and improving energy. Favorite Uses: when paired with raw honey, it is the best liver tonic and hormone balancer, aiding in menopause and PMS symptoms.
6. Goji Berries: Goji Berries, also known as Lycium berry, are native to the Himalayan region of China and Tibet. These tiny berries are a complete protein, contain 21 trace minerals and contain more iron than spinach or vitamin C than an orange. They also contain vitamin A, E, and some B. They are known to stimulate hGH therefore promoting vitality, longevity, energy and stamina
Want to know more….Then read Laurens Superfood Guide which includes over 50 Superfoods that you can start adding to your diet today.
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