Healthwise: Revitalize Your Health with These Five Superfoods

November 7, 2012 1:33 pm Views: 153

Ever heard of superfoods? Nowadays, it is a term that is thrown around often but may not be understood by everyone. A superfood is a food that is nutritionally dense and considered especially beneficial to health and well-being. These foods can help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve overall mood.

Dark Leafy Green

Dark leafy greens are a nutritional powerhouse and one of the least expensive sources of nourishment. They can help manage healthy weight as they are high in dietary fiber (making you feel full longer) and high in vitamins, not to mention their cancer-preventing properties. Don’t like the taste of these vegetables? Try masking the flavor by blending them in a smoothie along with bananas or other fruits to help sweeten the bitter flavor.

Sources: kale, spinach, wheatgrass, broccoli…

Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds contain healthful fats essential for managing inflammation and maintaining the normal structure of the cells in our bodies. They are also full of essential vitamins and minerals. To incorporate them into your diet, snack on a handful of nuts, sprinkle seeds on your salads, or add them to your smoothie.

Sources: almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, flax seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds…

Sprouts

Sprouted seeds are one of the most beneficial foods because they support cell regeneration and can help prevent damage done by free radicals. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, which can help boost the immune system.

Sources: bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, lentil sprouts…

Kefir

Kefir is a liquid similar to yogurt, made by fermenting kefir grains in milk. It is filled with beneficial bacteria, proteins, lipids and sugars, which contribute to a healthy digestion. Consider drinking it on its own or mixing it in a smoothie.

Water

Often overlooked, water should be considered a superfood since it is absolutely vital to our survival and optimal health. Drinking sufficient water will help your body avoid headaches, fatigue and lack of concentration that is often caused by dehydration. It flushes toxins from the body and can lead to weight loss. Water intake will contribute to shinier hair and healthier skin, and will help lubricate joints and prevent constipation.

 

 

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