If you want to look, feel and perform at your best, it’s no secret that a healthy and nutrient-dense diet is key. If you already consider yourself to be a pretty healthy eater, you may be thinking about some ways you can boost the quality of your diet to make it even better. One simple, effective and delicious way to significantly improve your overall health is by incorporating superfoods into your daily diet. In this article, we’re going to be discussing some of the best superfoods for when you’re looking to give your mind and body the ultimate health-kick.
What Are Superfoods?
You know how you feel after loading up on a bunch of fast and processed junk foods: you’re tired, sluggish and foggy. On the other hand, when you consume plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, you’re likely to feel full of energy and generally pretty good. Adding superfoods to your daily regime takes your diet to the next level as superfoods help optimise your body’s ability to function by supplying you with a huge dose of wonder nutrients.
So … what exactly are superfoods? There’s actually no set criteria as to what defines a superfood but basically, they are foods that are loaded with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at its peak. Simply including a few servings of superfoods into your daily diet – plus getting plenty of regular physical activity – and you’ll be feeling (and looking) your best in no time at all.
6 of The Best Superfoods to Include in Your Diet
So without further ado, here are 6 of the best superfoods you can start consuming today in order to feel better tomorrow.
These tiny red berries contain a whopping 18 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, vitamin A, vitamin B-complex and vitamin C and E. Goji berries have been proven to greatly improve your immune function, reduce inflammation within the body, protect your eyes, liver and heart, as well as boost your overall mood. Did we mention they’re also sweet and delicious? They go particularly well sprinkled over a bowl of oats.
Another one of the best superfoods you can’t go past is wheatgrass. While wheatgrass isn’t the most pleasant tasting superfood, it’s loaded with iron, calcium, amino acids, vitamin A, C and E, and magnesium. However, what makes wheatgrass truly one of the best superfoods is the megadose of chlorophyll it contains, which is an important nutrient often lacking in our western diet. Take it as a shot with water, or add it to your smoothie.
Flaxseed is one of the best superfoods for reducing inflammation in the body, improving brain function and potentially protecting you from cancer and diabetes. This is because flaxseed is loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is also high in thiamine, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, while also containing a high dose of protein and fibre. Flaxseed can be added to meals, or consumed in liquid or capsule form.
Hemp is a superfood that’s proven to improve memory, prevent brain-related diseases, prevent cancer, keep your digestive tract healthy, reduce the risk of diabetes, reduce inflammation and overall strengthen your immune system. Hemp is also a great protein option for vegetarians/vegans and can easily be incorporated into your daily smoothie.
Probiotic-rich foods are possibly some of the best superfoods out there. Examples of probiotic foods include sauerkraut, kefir, pickles and Greek yoghurt. Probiotics are known for their ability to restore the natural balance of good gut bacteria, which can easily be imbalanced due to things like illness, poor diet, or medication like antibiotics. An imbalance of gut bacteria can lead to digestive issues, allergies, obesity and even mental health problems. So, it’s vital you’re loading your tummy with probiotic-rich foods in order to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria.
Maca is an incredibly nutrient-dense superfood. It’s a complete source of amino acids and is rich in vitamin B, C and E. It’s also a good source of copper, iron, zinc potassium and calcium. Maca is known for its ability to improve anaemia, relieve stress, improve adrenal function, strengthen your memory and reduce chronic fatigue. It certainly has a strong flavour so we suggest adding maca powder to your morning oats or blending it in a smoothie.
...and remember, qualified nutritionists at Healthy Being are available to offer further general advice to help guide you in selecting the right products. So please, feel free to contact us at any time!
Dr Peter Succar heads up the Product Research Team at Healthy Being and is an enthusiastic Health & Fitness Lifestyle Coach. He's passionate about helping others obtain optimum health, advocating realistic and achievable changes in diets and lifestyles that promote the body’s natural immunity, its ability to self-heal and achieve overall mental and physical well-being.