If you’re looking for advice on how to be healthy, the first tip everyone will give is to eat well. Maintain a healthy diet and your health will all fall into place. This is because you’re filling yourself with all the good vitamins and nutrients your body needs to work well and regulate itself properly.
There are a plethora of different foods you can eat that will help you be nice and healthy. But, you’ll also find a few certain things here and there that are extra beneficial. We call these ‘superfoods’ because they seem to have superpowers capable of making us extremely healthy. Today, let’s take a look at some of the best superfoods to add to your diet, and why they’re so ‘super’.
Everyone in the health & fitness industry has gone avocado mad in the last few years. It seems like every healthy recipe you look at will include avocados in one way or another. They’re a very fresh tasting fruit – yes, they’re technically a fruit, not a vegetable – and can be used in many dishes. People like smashing it up and spreading it on toast with a poached egg, but it’s also used in many vegan recipes to make sweet treats like chocolate brownies.
This popular little fruit has made waves mainly because of how healthy it is. You might be surprised to learn how beneficial it can be to add them to your diet. First and foremost, they’re known for being a food that’s high in fat. Some people are worried about this because ‘fat’ seems like a bad thing.
However, the type of fat they’re high in has been proven to help lower the risk of diabetes and cancer. Not only that, but eating an avocado per day can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels too. All in all, a very super superfood!
They look like mini green trees, and broccoli can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing. Much like avocados, they can be used in a variety of dishes. They’re a great addition to have on the side of many meals, increasing the health benefits of that meal. Broccoli works well in pasta dishes, pies, or even a seasonal salad.
How does it benefit your health? Well, there are two main things in broccoli that make it a superfood; magnesium and vitamin C. Right away, you should be aware that vitamin C is a good thing. We’re always told to get more of it, which is why shelves are stocked full of vitamin C supplements. It’s a vitamin that helps improve your all-around health, make your skin better, and ward off infections.
In fact, if you’re ever ill, doctors will tell you to up your vitamin C intake to help fight the problem and remain in good health. As for magnesium, you will feel less tired and lethargic if you get enough of this mineral in your system. So, eating broccoli can help prevent that constant feeling of tiredness you feel every day.
Ginger is a weird looking thing that packs a serious punch. You know if you’ve eaten something with ginger in because you get that warming sensation as you eat it. Taking ginger on its own is probably not the nicest thing ever. However, it’s perfect for grating and adding to smoothies, teas, or various sauces.
Aside from being full of flavor, ginger has many benefits that make it a superfood. Mainly, it’s proven to be successful in maintaining a healthy heart. Ingesting ginger can help stimulate circulation and increase your blood flow. This helps prevent nasty things like blood clots and heart disease. Having good circulation throughout your body is also handy at preventing muscle soreness and pains. So, start adding ginger to your diet if you want a healthy heart.
When superfoods first burst onto the scene, blueberries were the poster boy (or is it poster fruit?). They’re very small, which means they can be snuck into so many different meals and recipes – both sweet and savory. Personally, I like adding blueberries to porridge or yogurt, just to give them an extra health hit. But, they work well in salads too, or can just be eaten on their own if you want some fruit!
Why are they a superfood? With blueberries, you get plenty of antioxidants. These are things that help fight off infections and all the other bad stuff in your body. This can prevent so many serious diseases, and keep you feeling healthy. As well as this you also get a big boost of vitamin C, not to mention the little-known vitamin K. This vitamin is so essential in the event that you cut yourself somehow. It helps the blood clot when you bleed, stopping you from losing loads of blood. So, a pretty serious vitamin that you need to be high in!
Granted, cabbage is probably the least appealing of all the foods on this list. But, that doesn’t make it less super! There are many things you can do with cabbage to make it taste nicer, and it’s mainly used as a side dish for your meals.
The taste isn’t too important when you see how amazing this food is for your health. Cabbage contains things that have been proven to reduce the risk of cancer quite dramatically. If you eat it quite regularly, you will definitely start to see the benefits. Along with this, it’s also great for purifying your blood and getting rid of any toxins.
Of course, there are plenty of other superfoods out there that provide many health benefits. However, these are some of the best. Not only that, but most of these foods are easy to add to your diet, and don’t force you to make extreme changes. Make sure you keep eating healthily and making balanced and nutritious meals. But, at the same time, add in these superfoods throughout the week to see enhanced health benefits. Combine your new diet with a regular exercise plan, and you may just become the healthiest person on earth!