The term Super food is thrown around almost thoughtlessly these days. We know we need to eat well, eat healthy, but life goes by so quickly sometimes that we genuinely don’t have time to think of and prepare something more nutritious than the local takeaway.
So we search for those quick fixes, those easy additions that will boost our well being, clear our skin, wash away those unwanted pounds, and make us live longer.
The truth is, while a quick fix is possible, the results you get will be of the same standard – quick, short term, gone before you can even take a picture. What will work more effectively, over the long term, is to include a few subtle nutrition boosting food products, a few vitamin rich edibles, into your daily diet, even amongst the junk if absolutely necessary, and this way you will improve your overall health without changing your lifestyle too drastically.
I’ve compiled a list of our top five nutrition boosting foods, based on the research and publications of the educated masses. These are not necessarily the top five healthiest foods, nor are they Super foods, but more specifically – these will help your body absorb the greatest possible amount of nutrients from your daily diet. Slip a few of these into your meal plan throughout the week and you will almost certainly feel the benefits as time goes by.
Foods with the most nutrition content per calorie – Vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, beans, whole grains, lean animal proteins. They’re available everywhere, in snack form, in meals, in ingredients that you can stock up on and through into your meal. Choose these instead of high calorie, sugar or carb based foods, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. If we don’t get these crucial nutrients into our body, we suffer the consequences – slower metabolism, tiredness, that feeling of sluggishness. Make the change.
Antioxidants – Colourful fruits; berries, melons, green leafy vegetables; broccoli, spinach, peas, kale, green tea. Whatever we may try, it can be incredibly difficult to avoid the toxins of the modern world getting around and into our bodies. What we can do, however, is stock up on these vital, nutrient rich anti-oxidants to boost our bodies cells with the fuel they need to fight off unwanted enemies. Fresh, dried, or frozen – you could even blend them up with some apple juice and make delicious smoothies. An easy change to make.
Stress Reducers – Chocolate! Finally, some good news. Studies have shown that eating a small amount of dark chocolate every day can significantly reduce the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) in our bodies. The less stress we feel, the happier we are, the better we sleep; the better our bodies ability to soak up nutrition and fight off toxins. Add dark chocolate to your diet, but don’t over do it – just a gram or so of the wonder food is enough to lift your spirits.
Omega 3 rich food – Fish. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, white-fish. Oily, fatty fish, as part of any meal, will fill your body with mood-boosting Omega 3’s. Omega 3’s have a direct effect on the body’s production of serotonin and dopamine (our happy chemicals) A happy person is, more often than not, a healthy person. Order the fish!
Anti-depressant Herbs – Saffron. In an interesting study from Tehran University, a group of women were given Saffron to help combat their symptoms of PMS. After the study, over three quarters of the women reported that their symptoms had at least halved in severity. Saffron has anti-depressive effects that are similar to those of Prozac. Why take a chemical compound when you can stock up your natural herb cupboard? So many herbs, including Saffron, can be found at your local supermarket nowadays.
Start today – Boost your body’s nutrition absorption with our five quick tips, and positively change the way you feel and look in the long run.