Super Foods Super YouJan 14 2012 by
Head to your local pharmacy and you will find aisle after aisle of man made pills to help you lose weight, boost energy, enhance mood and improve sleep. Not only are these pills filled with manufactured chemicals and ingredients but almost all contain side effects that are worse than your problem is to begin with! Hippocrates was on to something when he said “Let thy food be thy medicine.” Here are 7 super foods that will help you decrease body fat, diminish the signs of aging, boost your energy, enhance your mood and improve the quality of your sleep.
This root vegetable from South America increases energy by nutrition, not stimulation. For best results use a powder form and add to a smoothie for an after workout boost.
Rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and it also contains important nutrients like iron, magnesium, and vitamin E (which helps reduce the signs of aging). Hemp is also a complete protein, meaning it can provide your body with all of the essential amino acids, a definite plus for vegetarians and vegans. Hemp is available in a variety of forms but the most popular are hemp seeds and protein powder. Hemp seeds are easy to include into your daily meals. Unlike flax seed they do not need to be crushed to be effective. You can sprinkle them on just about anything. Toss them on your salad, add them to your breakfast cereal or use them as ‘croutons’ in your favorite soup. Hemp protein is great to add to your morning smoothie or add a couple of scoops to your favorite granola bar recipe.
Fresh Ginger and Ground (dried) Turmeric
These spices help the blood to circulate more efficiently, and thus boost energy. Both are great to add to smoothies and freshly made vegetable juice drinks.
What don’t chia seeds do?! When a chia seed is exposed to water, it forms a coating of gel, increasing its size and weight. Since the gel is made of water, it has no calories. It’s also difficult to remove from the seed, meaning it helps your body to think it’s full without adding calories. The special gel also helps to balance blood sugar. Chia is also one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. The combination of the chia seeds protein, vitamins, mineral and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure that you have a steady stream of energy all day long. And if all that wasn’t enough, chia seeds also have age-defying antioxidants and help to reduce your food cravings. You can add chia seeds to just about anything. They are great for baking, adding to smoothies and juices or even sprinkled on your daily meals.
Fresh Leafy Greens
The consumption of chlorophyll-rich, leafy green vegetables, combined with moderate exercise, is the best way to create a biologically younger body. Add a variety of leafy greens to your lunch time salad or better yet, start your day with a glass of fresh vegetable juice made with your favorite leafy greens!
This freshwater green algae is best known for being a powerful energy enhancer and brain booster. It’s also great for reversing the signs of aging, relieving pms symptoms and reducing high blood pressure and high cholesterol. You can find chlorella in many forms but the easiest to use are tablets and powders. Look for them in your local health food store in either form.
Green tea is rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants which causes a slow, steady release of energy over the course of several hours. Look for a tea that uses the whole leaf and make sure to select an organic variety.