There’s a saying, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” While you should always go to the doctor for a medical issue, imagine how much better we’d feel as a society if we made a habit to feed our bodies what they need instead of what our brains and tongues crave? Even small changes like 2-3 servings of a specific veggie a week or a smoothie in the AM instead of a doughnut can have a HUGE impact on your health and well-being. What foods can make a huge difference? Here are 25 best superfoods you need to start eating now.
The most well known Superfood is probably kale. While many people love it, some people absolutely hate it (mostly because of it’s notoriety). Kale contains high amounts of vitamins A, C, & K, can help circulation, reduce bloating, reduce inflammation, and even contains Omega-3 fatty acids with are essential for brain health and heart health. Winterbor Kale can also help with cholesterol and blood pressure levels due to its high fiber content. If you hate kale, sneak it in where you can – smoothies, brownies, stir fries, soups. It still “counts” when you can’t taste it.
Molokhia or Egyptian Spinach is REALLY good for you. It contains many of the benefits of kale but is much more palatable. It’s got carotenes, antioxidants, vitamine A, B6, C, E & K, as well as potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, niacin, and magnesium.
These little guys are full of amazing-ness, like antioxidants which may protect against cancer, plus fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Studies are being done to see if blueberries can improve memory or help stave off age related memory loss. They’re also quite delicious so…can’t hurt, right?
Bok Choi may actually help relieve symptoms of PMS and hormone related mood swings. The build up of estrogen in a woman’s system the week before her period is what causes the not so pleasant symptoms, and veggies that contain indole-3-carbinol, like bok choi, can help the liver detoxify and regulate your system. Additionally, it contains potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These are things that not only help lower blood pressure, but many Americans are unknowingly deficient in.
Kefir is made from fermented milk and tastes slightly sour – like yogurt. It’s full of calcium and probiotics, which are vital to good health. It also makes a lovely base for breakfast smoothies.
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