Food is more than just calories and macronutrients. Food is information. The molecules and compounds in food directly communicate with your body to provide signals that either support or impair your cells and metabolism. This is why eating healthy real whole food is so important. You can boost the amount of positive information to your body by providing it with nutrient dense superfoods. To be a superfood, the item should be nutrient dense, providing a multitude of nutrients per calorie, and contain specific nutrients that are hard to come by elsewhere. There are plenty of superfoods that are being touted as the end all be all, however, as with general nutrition, variety is key. Here are 10 superfoods that you can add into your diet today to boost health!
Offal, or organ meats, are one of the most nutrient dense foods you can consume. Many traditional hunter-gatherer tribes revered the organ meats so much that they left the muscle meat for other animals. The liver is often touted as the most nutrient dense. However, when consuming organ meats, ensure that you are receiving them from healthy organic animals as chemicals and hormones used in conventional farming can build up in organ tissue.
- Bone Broth
Bone broth is one of the superfoods being talked about quite a lot lately. It is full of nutrients that support healthy bone and connective tissue like calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals as well as glycosaminoglycans, compounds that make up cartilage.
With the reintroduction of natural fat as a health food with updated science, avocados have become a staple of many healthy diets. High in monounsaturated fats, these guys are packed full of healthy fats that support optimum brain function, cardiovascular health, immunity and more!
Yes mushrooms, that fungi that grows out of the dirt! Mushrooms have been used in traditional cultures for all sorts of ailments. They contain a plethora of specific compounds that help boost immunity and reduce inflammation. They contain adequate amounts of B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and copper, and are one of the only non-animal sources of vitamin D.
Spices and herbs are known to be a delicacy. During the East India Trading Company days, spices/herbs were one of the most traded and sought after items on the planet. The health benefits of these come from their extremely high levels of antioxidants and other phytonutrients that fight inflammation and help prevent all kinds of disease.
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are possibly the single best root vegetable you can eat. They are packed full fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and antioxidants while maintaining a relatively low glycemic load for a starchy vegetable. If you exercise regularly, these guys are a must for carbohydrate replacement.
- Coconut Oil
Another big player on the healthy fat game is coconut oil. This contains specific types of fats called medium chain triglycerides, which have been shown to have many health benefits. These fats are readily used as energy and do not end up being stored as excess energy. Furthermore, certain types of fats in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that help combat infections.
This is a bit of an odd one, but spirulina is actually algae. This blue-green alga, like many of its relatives, is packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that are hard to come by elsewhere in nature. They are high in antioxidants, omega-3’s and minerals like iodine.
A famous side with bratwurst, traditional sauerkraut is a powerhouse superfood. This is because it is fermented, which means that it contains probiotics, bacteria that help support a healthy gut and microbiome. Make sure to get true sauerkraut that is fermented using brine (salt water) and not vinegar, as this doesn’t yield the same benefits.
Here you go, I’m sure many people will be happy to see chocolate make this list. However, by chocolate, this means true cacao, not the milk chocolate candy bar you buy from the store. Cacao is high in minerals like magnesium, which many people are deficient in. It also has extremely high amounts of antioxidants which help combat inflammation and has compounds which release hormones that make you feel good (no wonder we all love chocolate). Make sure you get high quality, 80%+, organic chocolate to get these benefits.
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