It’s common knowledge that the food you eat directly impacts your health and well-being.
But not all foods are created equal, even when you think you’re eating healthy.
The real secret to a toned body, an alert mind, a strong libido and feeling happy is to eat smart.
What is a superfood?
They’re the foods proven to be packed with some or all of these:
- Disease fighting antioxidants.
- Rich sources of protein or fibre.
- Essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
While also not containing lots of calories, (bad) fats or sugars.
Superfoods have massive benefits on your physical and mental health, as well as your overall appearance, including:
- Enhanced muscle tone and mass.
- Achieve shiny hair and clear skin.
- Boost immunity and fight disease, including some cancers.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Increase energy levels and a stronger libido.
- Gain a clearer mind and better memory, while reducing chances of dementia.
To help kickstart your journey, here are some superfoods that are super easy to incorporate into yur daily diet to get you looking fit and feeling amazing.
Hot or cold green tea is great for hydration, but it’s also high in antioxidants called polyphenols.
These antioxidants are believed to help reverse some signs of aging and increase fat burning.
Not only will you be looking younger and slimmer, drinking green tea is good for your heart, reduces the risk of Parkinson’s, while improving your brain function and preventing bad breath!
Salmon is one of the best, and tastiest, dietary sources of omega-3s. In fact, nutritionists all agree omega-3s fatty acids promote brain function and cardiovascular health.
Eating salmon is a great way to get trace minerals, such as selenium, which works to boost low levels of testosterone for improved sexual fitness. Selenium is also a powerful antioxidant, lessening the risks of prostate cancer.
Broccoli is the superhero of superfoods.
Packed with vitamins, minerals, essential fibre and low in calories, broccoli is great for your bone strength, building immunity and improving your circulatory system.In fact, with very high levels of vitamin C and folate, broccoli can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancers and of having a stroke.
Buy organic for the healthiest source, then toss in stir fries, or eat raw in salads.
Mention superfoods and most people think of the blueberry. These tiny berries have wide ranging health benefits from helping maintain bone strength, to improving mental health, and lowering blood pressure. Plus they’re good for your skin.
Blueberries are not only packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids to lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they’re also high in potassium and vitamin C. These high levels of Vitamin C build collagen, and work to help prevent skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. The result? Enhanced skin texture and fewer wrinkles.
The benefits don’t end there, either. Eating blueberries is good for your waistline thanks to catechins that assist with weight loss and attack belly fat in particular.
When blueberries aren’t in season, or for convenience, buy dried or canned – they’re just as good for you.
The humble oats is a cheap, powerful 100 percent whole grain superfood that assists weight loss and reduces your risk of heart disease with studies showing that eating oats lowers cholesterol.
Packed with fibre, oats also contain a soluble fibre called beta-glucan, which has proven to reduce cholesterol reabsorption, reducing your risk of heart attack.
The easiest way to eat oats is for breakfast, either as porridge or in an oat-based muesli. Top your oats with yoghurt, fruit, seeds or nuts to create a power breakfast that will turbocharge your day.
When adding oats to your menu, grab plain organic oats and untoasted muesli to ensure there are no hidden sugars and fats usually found in the flavoured oats.
Popeye was ahead of his time recognising that spinach is a potent superfood, especially for men.
Spinach, like other leafy greens is high in vitamin A and C, and rich in iron and protein, all of which can help fight hair loss.
Because spinach is high in magnesium, it may even help your sex life! Magnesium helps dilate blood vessels and improves blood flow to those important parts of your body.
Need serving suggestions? You’re in luck. Spinach is a versatile food and there are health benefits whether you eat it raw in salads or steamed in stir-fries or even added to pizza.
Eggs are making a comeback as one of the healthiest foods available.
They’re nutrient dense, containing the highest quality sources of absorbable protein and all nine essential amino acids including choline to aid memory and lutein for healthy eyesight. Studies have also found consuming eggs can increase lean muscle and strength.
Oh, and did we mention a yolk’s cholesterol is a testosterone booster?!
Get cracking and eat smart with an egg or three each week.
Greek yogurt, thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, is considered a superfood because it’s packed with protein and probiotics. These valuable bacteria bolster the immune system and improve gut health, reducing the effect of diarrhoea and bloating.
Adding Greek yogurt to your diet isn’t just good for your skin, it can also lessen hair loss. Not to mention its detoxifying properties, which make it great for weight loss.
Overall, Greek yogurt is a winning superfood that’s good for you – and helps you look great too.
Even dessert can be good for you!
The antioxidant flavanol is responsible for dark chocolate’s superfood status. This particular antioxidant maintains healthy blood pressure, promote blood flow, and improves heart health.
Choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa solids for the best health benefits. The higher the cocoa content, the higher the flavanol content.
Supercharge yourself with superfoods
Looking and feeling better may sound simple, but it’s often anything but.
And that’s not even mentioning the ways you might be sabotaging yourself!
To start eating smart and fast track your way to a happier, healthier you, be sure to include the nine superfoods we’ve explored above that are packed with essential nutrients in your diet.