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Incorporate these Superfoods into your diet for a healthier you!

superfoodsIt is possible to help boost your metabolism and feel healthier by eating and drinking the right things. Food and drink are not all created equal. Which I’m sure many of you already know based on how you feel the next day after devouring pizza on a Saturday night!

Slow. Lethargic. Heavy.

Superfoods have been in the spotlight over the last couple of years and it’s not without good reason. Various aspects of these super foods can help your body burn more calories at a time. Can help you feel fuller for longer. Can help you feel more awake and revitalised. Can help you lose weight without even trying too hard.

As Tim Ferris uncovers in his book, The 4 Hour Body, some of what you read about what to eat to stay healthy, lose weight, build muscle, etc is contradictory. Just take a look back at all the diets that have come and gone over the years and you’ll see it yourself.

And if that isn’t enough to sway you into trying different types of Superfoods out of the mainstream, Rich Roll, completely turned his life around in his 40’s, from being 50lbs overweight to being one of the fittest men in the world. All from choosing more wisely what to put into his body.

I agree that some of the ‘Superfoods’ Rich suggests are slightly more difficult to find and perhaps a little ‘more’ than what you had in mind. And let’s face it, ultimately what you want to feel is healthy. Once you feel healthy it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll also have the body you want.

So here are 10 of the more mainstream, but tested, Superfoods that you should incorporate into your diet:

1. Avocados. Yes they are full of fats, but the good kind! The kind that help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases. What’s more, they have the highest fibre content than any other fruit, so they will help lower your cholesterol too.

2. Berries. Blueberries, raspberries, goji berries and cranberries all are packed full of antioxidants. Not only that but there have been studies that suggest they can help fight against cardiovascular disease, yeast infections, and certain types of cancers.

3. Brown rice. A great and much healthier alternative to white rice. Why? Because it’s a whole grain, not a processed food. It is also high in antioxidants, as well as manganese (helps the body process fats), selenium (may help prevent cancer), magnesium (an essential mineral for staying healthy) and B vitamins.

4. Carrots. Packed full of Vitamin A. The beta-carotene is an antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of certain cancers types, heart disease and even acts as a liver cleanser. What’s more, they are also a great source of fibre, potassium and Vitamin C – so get munching!

5. Dark chocolate. Yep, we even have one to help those chocolate cravings! But don’t worry, it is a Superfood in its own right. Dark chocolate (with over 70% cacao) contains flavonoids and antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and boost overall heart health. But only have a small amount. Eating an entire bar will significantly increase your calorie intake and no longer makes it a Superfood!

6. Flax. These little seeds are packed with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting lignans. A small amount thrown in at mealtimes is great for your overall health and well-being and have been known to assist with weight loss.

7. Green tea. The leaves of green tea are richer in antioxidants than any other type of tea and have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, treating a multitude of ailments.

8. Dark honey. Honey is good for you as it contains powerful micronutrients that can help your body fight things like seasonal colds, to providing protection against cancer and Alzheimer’s. But opt for dark honey if you can, as it contains more antioxidants and therefore is more powerful at keeping your internal system healthy and protected.

9. Lentils. These are a great source of protein, fibre and antioxidants. All of which help reduce oxidative stress and avoid inflammatory diseases and conditions, including cognitive decline, memory loss and dementia. Not only that, but they are high in folate, iron, and potassium and contain resistant starch which is a healthy carb that helps to boosts metabolism.

10. Miso. Miso is a fermented soy bean paste packed full of living enzymes and good bacteria. It strengthens blood quality and the immune system to improve overall health. In Japan, miso is associated with health and longevity. Studies have shown that miso also prevents cancer growth due to a substance called genistein, which blocks blood flow to the tumour. Other studies have shown that eating miso soup can significantly lower cholesterol levels, risk of heart/coronary diseases and diabetes.

But that’s not all the Superfoods you can get your hands on to incorporate into your diet, we’ll have another Top 10 for you soon!

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