The world of superfoods can be quite confusing to some. What exactly is a superfood? A superfood is a food that has a high phytonutrient content and basically what that means is you get a lot of bang for your buck when you consume them and you don’t have to consume much—this is what makes them SUPER! The serving size is small and the nutrient power is big!
Depending on whose work you follow (David Wolfe, Dr. Weil, Dr. Oz, Livestrong), they will all have a different take on superfoods. So, welcome to my take on superfoods! This is the Healing Thru Food version. I believe that the foods I am about to tell you about are amazingly potent, nutrient dense foods that will serve you! Some you may have heard about, or perhaps you are already including them in your diet, which is great! Some may be totally unfamiliar to you, and that’s okay, too! Remember, we learn something new every day!
So, here you have it…Healing Thru Food’s Top 8 Superfoods to Consume for Optimal Health:
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is quite the superfood because it has countless healing properties which I think makes it pretty wonderful. Coconut oil is made up of MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids), which are unlike long-chain fatty acids (present in trans fats). These MCFAs burn down quickly in your system, actually working to rev up your metabolism and help you to lose weight! So, all the negative things you heard about coconut being too high in fat or harmful to your health should be dismissed and replaced with a true love for this tropical nut and its oil. Coconut oil has a very high smoke point and can be used for high heat cooking without it burning and becoming rancid (contributing to inflammation in the body). Also, there are new studies that have shown a significant connection between coconut oil and the prevention and even reversal of Alzheimer’s disease. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral, so it can be used to treat things like Candida, fungal infections and is even being used for people with HIV. It seems to have “superfood” written all over it!
Spirulina: This blue-green algae has got to be one of the most important foods you can add to your diet; especially if you are vegetarian or vegan. It contains over 60% plant protein, which makes it a perfect addition to smoothies, green juices or sprinkled on salads. Spirulina can be taken as a powder or a capsule and is easily digestible because it contains gamma linoleic acid, which is what can also be found in mother’s milk. Spirulina is extremely detoxifying to the body and feeds us on a cellular level, giving our body’s proper fuel to thrive!
Chia Seeds: This ancient Aztec warrior food has grown in popularity as of late, but some are still unfamiliar with the many health benefits they provide. For starters, they are an excellent source of protein, supplying roughly 23% by weight. They absorb up to 9 times their volume in water, so they prolong hydration and help retain electrolytes in the body. They contain more omega-3 than flax, but they also contain something called cinnamic acid, which helps guard the fragile omega-3 oils from a toxic body environment, allowing them to stay intact and work hard for you. Chia deserves more respect than from just growing grass hair on the iconic Chia Pet! Chia has grown to become an immensely popular superfood and one you should certainly consider adding in today!
Maca: Native to Peru, this powder made from a nutrient dense root veggie can be added to smoothies and will boost energy, stamina, fertility, improve teeth and bones, as well as sexual libido! Maca is known as a natural adaptogen, which means it increases the body’s ability to combat stress. Maca is also known for strengthening the endocrine system, which is in charge of every glad in the body and can positively affect digestion, brain function, the nervous system and sexuality.
Cacao (pictured): Raw cacao is chocolate in its most natural (and nutritive) state. Cacao was referred to as “the gods’ food” by the ancient Mayan people and has been held in high regard as a superfood for thousands of years. Naturally, most of the world loves chocolate, so this is good news! Cacao contains many beneficial antioxidants and plant sterols that help protect us against inflammation and aging. Cacao strengthens digestion, stimulates the kidneys, regulates bowel function, and can work nicely as an antidepressant and stabilizer of PMS. Cacao contains the amino acid arginine, which is required for the production of nitric acid, which in turn helps regulate blood flow, inflammation and blood pressure. You can use raw cacao powder for your desserts or smoothies.
Turmeric: Turmeric (or curcumin) has long been recognized for its beneficial and healing properties. It hails from S. Asia (India) and has been shown to prevent or relieve arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been said to stomp out prostate cancer when combined with cauliflower as well as prevent Alzheimer’s. Turmeric is nature’s pain killer and is a natural cox-2 inhibiter. Turmeric is also a natural liver detoxifier that can help rid the body of harmful toxins. Turmeric supplies the golden yellow color in most curries and can be used fresh by grating it like ginger, as a powder, or in capsule form as a supplement.
Royal Jelly: Royal Jelly comes from our bee friends and cannot be man-made, as it is a combination of flower nectars, sugars, proteins, and glandular secretions that come from the heads of larval bees. It contains many nutrients such as B-vitamins, vitamins A, D, E, K and C, amino acids and nucleic acids. It can be taken as a liquid, elixir or in capsule form to help combat everything from allergies to fatigue, but what makes it truly super is its ability to prevent or even reverse breast cancer. Royal Jelly contains a unique unsaturated fatty acid called 10-HDA, which inhibits the growth of TA-3 cells, which are affiliated with breast cancer.
Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade): Diatomaceous earth (DE) comes from the remains of microscopic, one-celled plants. DE is mostly made up of silica, which is a trace mineral known for helping assist the body with mineral absorption. As DE travels through the body, it absorbs bacteria, fungi, viruses, pesticides and toxic residue that can be harmful to the body. It helps prevent constipation by promoting regular bowel movements and keeping the colon clean and healthy. The silica that gets absorbed in the body helps destroy bad fats thus lowering cholesterol. DE also helps promote healthy skin, hair, teeth gums and strong nails. 1-2 tbsp. per day is all you need of this underrated and often overlooked superfood. Just make sure to purchase “food grade” as this is similar to the same stuff used for pools.
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