If you didn’t read the blog last week (link here: https://loseweightwithsue.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/what-is-a-superfood-part-one/ ) we examined exactly what a superfood is and listed some of the most commonly known ones. This week, we are going to continue on the ‘superfood’ path and look at more foods that you should be thinking about incorporating into your diet a LOT more often, due to their fantastic health benefits.
- Natural yoghurt: Not only does yoghurt contain calcium (which is important for healthy bones) but it is also high in gut-friendly probiotic bacteria. These important bacteria are vital for proper digestion, good immune function and helps you to remain healthy ‘on the inside’. Be sure to only buy natural (not flavoured) yoghurt that contains no added sugars for the maximum benefit to your digestive system.
- Raw cacao powder: Raw cacao powder is derived from unroasted cacao beans (unlike cocoa), which helps to preserve its nutritional value. Cacao contains not only antioxidants, but is also packed with potassium, and calcium and magnesium, which can aid in bone health.
- Green tea: The Chinese were the originators of drinking green tea – they have traced that people have been drinking it for over 4000 years making it the ‘oldest’ herbal tea known. They obviously knew that it was a powerful health drink: the antioxidants found in green tea, called catechins, have been shown in laboratory studies to help in ‘eradicating’ cancer cells. Catechins reduce the size of tumours, and they may even cause cancer cells to die instead of allowing them to grow and spread.
- Dark Green Vegetables: All dark greens will give you high amounts of chlorophyll which helps to promote alkalinity in the body. In addition to this, all dark greens contain Vitamin A, C and K, along with magnesium, fibre, iron and potassium. A serve of vegetables such as spinach, kale, silverbeet and turnip greens should be part of your daily diet. If you don’t have a lot of time to cook, you can buy frozen spinach as the nutrient content is retained even after being thawed.
Next week will be the final part of our Superfood blog series, but hopefully you have already added some of these foods to your grocery list. The Natural Way knows the only way to permanent weight loss and good health is understanding which foods are good (and bad) for you. If you are confused by all the conflicting information about weight loss, then you need to see us to sort out fact from fiction. Call your closest clinic today on 1300SLIMMER (1300 754 663) and make a FREE appointment to find out more.
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