Posted by BerryRipe on Apr - 9 - 2014

Super foodsOur minds and bodies are challenged every single day.  Busy schedules, job hassles, money worries. Even our environment, with its pollution and noise, can add to the strain. No wonder we feel tired and have no energy for the things we like to do. Eating well is an excellent way to deal with the stress of today’s world. You already know the importance of good nutrition. But even a well-balanced diet may not be enough to keep you, and your loved ones, healthy. Fortunately, there are Super Foods!

What is a Super Food?

Super Foods are always found in nature. They are “nutrient-dense,” which means they deliver higher levels of essential elements in a compact way. They are small, but mighty!  They provide the vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants that our own bodies can’t make.

Why should I eat Super Foods?

Even if you have increased your fruit and vegetable intake, or you are eating more salads, you still may not be getting everything you need to strengthen your immune system, reduce your cholesterol, or reduce your chance of getting heart disease, or even cancer.  Soils have been depleted of the nutrients we need to be healthy. Of course, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet is smart; Americans tend to eat less fiber than they should, so continue with your food choices. Just know that it may not be enough. Adding Super Foods can get you to your optimal level of health.

Now you have my attention!  Can you give me a list of benefits of Super Foods?

★ Boost the immune response, which fights off everything from the common cold and flu to cancer. It speeds healing, too. Your body becomes an efficient disease-fighting machine.

★ Lessen your chance of heart disease, or help control it, if you’ve already been diagnosed. This means lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

★ For diabetics, the low glycemic index of Super Foods can help maintain a constant blood sugar level, while providing important nutrients.

★ Weight loss: Higher fiber and healthy fats mean that your hunger pangs are less frequent. When you include Super Foods, you are naturally controlling your appetite.

★ Better moods! Without extra sugar and ingredients, your brain abundance and function improves.

Can you give me some examples of Super Foods?

Here are some of the Super Foods we have found to be beneficial:  Bee pollen, Cacao nibs, Chia seeds, Coconut shavings, Goji berry, Hemp seeds, and Honey.  Green Super Foods, such as spinach and kale, are easily found in the produce section of your local grocery store. Berries are also great, whether fresh or frozen.

How do I know which ones to include in my diet?

Every Super Food has value. By adding a variety to your daily diet, you will get all the benefits, without having to become an authority on nutrition.

Sounds great, but it seems complicated…and expensive. Any suggestions?

Take advantage of seasonal produce specials. Shop at your local Farmer’s Market. If you want to make Super Foods an easy part of your daily diet, consider a delivery service, such as The Super Food Box. Each month, a supply of Super Foods–in handy packets–comes to your doorstep. You can even choose your selection! It saves time and money. Visit www.thesuperfoodbox.com for more information. Your health and future are worth the investment.

One last question: What do experts say?

★ Elizabeth Somer, nutritionist and food news author of Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy, Food & Mood, Eat Your Way to Sexy, and The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals:  “The effect that diet can have on how you feel today and in the future is astounding. Even people who are healthy can make a few tweaks, and the impact will be amazing…I’d say  that 50%-70% of suffering could be eliminated by what people eat and how they move: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension can all be impacted.”

★ “Diet has tremendous effects on our short-and long-term health, especially when it comes to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Just remember, he adds, to “eat a variety of healthy foods, rather than focus on one magic bullet.”

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