Lets kick off the blog posts with exploring why superfoods are so damn awesome and amazing for us. We live in such a cool time, where we have easy access to the world's most nutrient dense foods.
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A superfood (noun) is defined as a food that is rich in plant compounds (phytonutrients), such as antioxidants, polyphenols and beta-carotene’s. These compounds are greatly beneficial to human health; yielding energy, vitality, optimum bodily functioning and help prevent chronic disease (yeah boy).
David Wolfe explains superfoods to be “both a food and a medicine; they are a class of the most potent, super-concentrated and nutrient-rich”.
In our terms, a food earns its ‘super’ status when it contains an abundance of health boosting compounds, not just one or two.
The evidence surrounding these powerhouses is still being uncovered, but thus far we have made some pretty awesome connections as to what superfoods are best for certain conditions, i.e fatigue, muscle pain, chronic inflammation, low immune system etc.
In our busy, stressful, tech-filled-environment, creating a relationship with these foods will enable you to feel better = a happy, healthier, more vibrant you
“ah-sigh-ee” is first up on our role call. It's a super potent antioxidant - which scavenge free radical cells within our bodies. It'd these radical cells that cause chronic inflammation, diseases, cancer, ageing, anf pretty much everything we associate with pain and feeling shit.
We’re exposed to a lot of this inflammation through intense exercise (without treating yourslef to some good R&R), air pollution and poor diet, diets high in junk and processed foods.
Besides being a superhero protecting your body from free radicals, acai is super high in manganese7 - a trace mineral thats involved in heaps of enzymatic reactions, including energy production, macronutrient (P,C,F) metabolism, helps regulate blood sugar and optimises nerve and thyroid hormone functioning -all of these influence your metabolism.
literally, is like the puff daddy of superfoods. Baobab is soooo jam packed with phytonutrients its crazy! We're talking 6x the vitamin C of oranges, 2x calcium of milk and a killa source of fibre, potassium, manganese, magnesium and glutamic acid.
Glutamic acid is converted in the body into glutamine – an amino acid that is heavily recruited from the gut and body for protein synthesis aka muscle building. For those of us who are super active, consuming additional glutamine is important to rebuild our gut lining, and prevent gut permeability, which leads to leaky gut.
So smash some baobab into your smoothies for an extra vitamin C and fibre punch! POW POW
Hit up - Baobabsmile to get some
cacao is firstly, the MOTHER OF CHOCOLATE. Pretty much the only reason we should need to want to include this bad boy in our diet... But from a more nutritious scope, cacao is the worlds #1 natural source of magnesium, and is rich in antioxidants, iron, chromium, zinc and manganese.
Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes in the body, like anything you can think of that your body can do - yep magensium's there awaiting like "oh hey guys, you need me again?". Mag is essential for heart health, stress management, sleep, nerve function and muscle recovery; reducing cramps, spasms, and DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness). It's also involved in our body's metabolic process, such as the conversion of glucose to energy and the metabolism of fat. COOL RIGHT?!
So if you’re feeling sore, experiencing cramps, not sleeping well, going through stress, muscle aches or twitches, or just feel like chocolate and releasing some serotonin to spice up ya life, grab yourself some cacao. My fave is Loving Earth's nibs, powder or the whole beans!
my obsession with chia seeds is like no other. They not only make the ultimate breakfast/snack/dessert, but they contain 8 essential aminos, making them an awesome protein source. YAY. they also just look super cool close up.
These little baddies are rich in essential fatty acids; omega 3 & 6. Omega's as most of up know are converted into EPA & DHA, which do a plether of awesome functions in our body. From lubriacting joints, to cognitive funtion, memory, reducing inflammation, and sooo much more.
Chia also a “wet fibre” meaning it absorbs moisture, draws water to the large intestine, and helps move things along smoothly ;) - which is so important (dw a whole poop blog will be coming)
i feel like theres no reason to not have chia in your diet, its so friggen amazing. chia is your and your bowels bestie.
My main fave is Power Super Foods Organic Chia
5. Goji Berries
these little babies pack an antioxidant punch also, are deliciously high in vitamin A - which boosts our immunity, develops and strengthens our eye sight, aids digestion and building strong bones and teeth.
If you’re feeling under the weather, or that a cold is creeping, or spend hours staring at computer screens, iphones, ipads, or tv screens (like 99% of us), then bump up your smoothies, salads, chia puddings, pancakes, with goji - get that Vit A into ya.
On a side now, goji also plays an awesome medicinal role in preventing and reversing, high blood pressure, diabetes and fever.
6. Gubinge & Camu Camu
aka the King & Queen of Vitamin C.
Gubinge reigns supreme as being the highest natural source of vitamin C, with Camu Camu right behind it.
Vitamin C (as most of us know), is imperative to a strong immune system, to fight off all those viruses, bad bugs, inflammation and allergies.
Queen Camu is also rich in essential aminos - meaning our body can’t manufacture them so we have to get them from food - such as valine and leucine. These aminos are important in preventing muscle breakdown and enabling muscle building.
Vit C’s other cool functions include collagen synthesis; building connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, the skin matrix and cartilage.
Including the royal couple in your life can speed up wound healing, fight fatigue, weakness, and keep your joints and muscles happy and healthy. Loving Earth do both the king and queen of C.
Firsly maca is dope.
Maca’s main functions include increasing energy, endurance, athletic performance and balancing hormones.
Maca acts as an adaptogen in which it raises the body’s overall resistance to acute and chronic stress (which we all experience, its pretty much impossible to avoid).
It's adaptogenic role is further enhanced by maca's abundance of B vitamins, boosting our energy, helping us to deal with stress and overcome and prevent fatigue and burn out.
Maca also helps with hormone imbalances (e.g bound up testosterone, oestrogen dominance), menstrual and menopausal symptoms (e.g mood swings) and boosts our libido ;) YEE HA
vitamin A & D are also found in maca, awesome for immunity and bone health!
It also totally tastes delicious, like a creamy kind of flavour, so pop a tbsp in your smoothies/smoothie bowls to reap these awesome benefits.
pronounced "mah-kee", reigns supreme as one of the most abundant antioxidants on earth, having a super high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) rating. What this means is it’s very efficient at mopping up those damaged cells and DNA, to prevent further destruction, havoc and inflammation in your body.
Maqui is also rich in potassium – a major mineral that’s involved in muscle contractions, nerve transmission, so many enzyme reactions and a heap more of body functions.
Do Power Super Foods for the purple goodness
aka caramel goodness sent from the gods!!!!!!
Seriously, mesquite is delicious. Like go try some and then we can hi-5 over how yummy it is.
Mesquite is a rich source of plant protein and carbohydrates, pow pow. It’s rich in magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc.
Zinc is involved in so many various functions within the body, from helping heal wounds, boosting growth hormones, fighting diease, boosting the immune system, to aerobic & anaearobic energy production and protein synthesis.
So if you’re feeling a cold/flu coming on, have slow wound healing, have low zinc serum levels (vegans can be at risk), treat yourself to a caramel creation (you won't ever regret it).
My fave mesquite is Loving Earth's
the evidence backing up tumeric’s killer role in being an overall star champion and MVP, is impressive to say the least. I feel we’d need an entire blog dedicated to turmeric...
Not only is it suuuchhh a powerful anti-inflammatory, it's an impressive antioxidant, acting like a “left-right” and punching inflammation in the face, from both directions.
SO THIS IS CRAZY COOL: tumeric also helps our brains to grow as it encourages the growth hormone that functions the brain (CRAZY RIGHT!!!), AND it can reduce and reverse stress!!!!!
So if exam, work, money, personal, training stressors are creeping, if you’re feeling under the weather, give them a 1-2 and add turmeric to your smoothies, lattes, and dinners.
I get mine from The Source Bulk Foods
YAY! THE END
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