Superfoods


So what really are 'Superfoods?'


Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that offer us excellent dietary benefits. Each unique superfood has different nutritional qualities, offering us a powerful way to improve our diet, optimising our health and wellbeing.


Now a days we think of a superfood as a trend or something to make our plate look pretty, where as in fact they've been used for thousands of years to boost energy, vitality, fertility and much more.



Why should we use them?


Overtime the damage to our soils due to intensive farming and use of pesticides and fertilisers, has lead to a loss of many of our key nutrients within the soil and therefore crops are not as nutritionally dense as they could be. Our bodies need the right resources to work at its best and sadly the health of the soil that is used to grow crops in western countries are not nutrient rich enough.


SUPERFOODS are often grown in places with really nutrients rich soils, such as high plates of the andes and flood plains rich in salt. All the good nutrients in the soil are transferred to the plants and ultimately create this 'Superfood'.



Why are they better?


They are incredible sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and essential fatty acids and amino acids, all of which are vital for the growth and maintenance of the body.


Superfoods should be organic, hormone free, chemical & pesticide free, so be aware of where you are buying your foods from.




My top 3 superfoods I always consume

1) Blueberries


How much a day?

1/2 cup daily

Plant Facts

Blueberries are so nutrient rich, especially in the Vitamins C & K and the mineral manganese. They are high in fibre and low in sugar.

Vitmanin C is necessary for growth, development and repair of all body tissues. Especially the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system and wound healing.

Key Actions

Anti-Inflammatory

Antioxidant - a substance which slows down the damage that can be caused to other substances by the effects of oxygen.

How does it help me?

Healthy Skin - Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation. The antioxidant then protect the collagen that is formed.

Circulation - Eating bluberries really helps improve blood vessel flexibility, decreases blood clotting and decreases inflammation.

Urinary Health - Prevents the development of harmful bacteria. How? Blueberries contain Hippuric acid which acidifies the urine, stopping the bad bacteria from growing.




2) Green Tea


How much a day?

1-3 cups daily

Plant Facts

Camellia sinensis is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea.

Green tea is made up of polyphenols , including large amounts of a catechin called EGCG. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits.

These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

Key Actions

Antioxidant - a substance which slows down the damage of cells, caused by the process of oxidation.

How does it help me?

  • Weight loss - Green tea is known of controlling blood sugar levels. The Catechin in green tea help to boost metabolism, helping burn fat when exercising.

  • Healthy Heart - it helps in lowering bad cholesterol and raising the good cholesterol, helping reduce heart disease.

  • Energy - Green tea has been proven it increase brain stimulation and mental alertness, a great alternative to coffee.



3) Turmeric


How much per day?

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon


Plant facts

Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family and its roots are used as the source of all its benefits.

The root can be used fresh or dried and it has been used for over 4000 years in china and india to treat a wide variety of conditions.

It is also the main ingredient in curry.


How does it help me?

  • Digestive health - Turmeric is a great antibacterial in the gut, therefore it is very useful in improving gut mircobiome (good bacteria) and therefore a stronger digestive system. it also helps with relieving any trapped wind or any stomach ulcers.

  • Detox - It has been traditionally used to cleanse and improve liver function, which can help with getting rid of toxins and unwanted products in the liver and gut.

  • Joint Health - Turmeric has been commonly used as a anti- inflammatory, so is fantastic at reducing joint stiffness, swelling and pain.

  • Skin Health - Internally it can be used to cleanse the digestive system contributing to fresher looking skin. Externally it has antiseptic properties which can help with itching and rashes.




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