From fitness enthusiasts and busy moms to strict vegans and vegetarians, many people are making superfoods an important part of a healthy diet. "Superfood" is a trendy way to describe a nutrient-rich food associated with certain health benefits like maintaining or achieving a healthy weight, reversing effects of aging, increasing energy and strength, improving brain and eye health, preventing diseases, helping with mental and emotional clarity and satisfying your body down to your cells. Overall these nutritional powerhouses provide large doses of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber and amino acids in each serving.
Truth be told, these superfoods are nothing more than real foods from our planet. They are the foods Mother Nature herself created versus the man-made, refined artificial foods jam-packed with chemicals and sugars. The energy and satisfaction you'll feel after eating a banana is far different from a bag of Skittles.
Here are a few examples of superfoods and what they're known to accomplish:
Including some of these foods regularly along with other fresh, whole, locally grown, seasonal foods and green-fed and finished, organic beef and dairy and wild-caught fish is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to promote vibrant health.
Holistic health coach and nutritional consultant Ann Musico has changed her life for the better by simply eating spirulina daily. "You can get it in capsule form, but I like the powder which I mix with water every morning," she says. "I have experienced many benefits including maintaining a healthy weight, uneventful menopause with no hot flashes or other problems, healthy, pain-free joints and incredible energy."
Angela Hadi, SheKnows reader, admits to being a believer of the power of superfoods. "Last year about this time, I was 15 pounds heavier and was constantly trying to find ways to reduce the weight and feel better. I tried buying an expensive juicer and decided to create my own juices that focused on what was wrong with me. What I found is that by juicing dandelion and taking a shot of it per day, I feel more refreshed, less bloated, have warded off early signs of sickness and have even maintained a decent weight. I'm also a strong believer in fresh ginger. It has helped with my circulation and libido (which is always a winner with my hubby!)."
Elle Penner, M.P.H., R.D. for MyFitnessPal, gives the following three tips to eat more superfoods without over-thinking it:
Please beware that superfoods are "superintense." Do your own research before taking/eating them and make sure you don't overdo it. For example, ingesting too much maca powder in one sitting can have adverse effects — especially if you're slowly getting into healthier eating. Make sure you read books, articles and talk to your doctor and/or a nutritionist.
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