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Super Foods for a Super You

by Lisa H.

Vegetables Prior to becoming a vegetarian in 2007, I suffered from seasonal allergies, colds and mild joint pain. I attribute my increased health to my change in diet.

It seems like everywhere we look, the media is trying to sell us some instant cure for whatever ails us. And while taking a pill might be convenient and simple, it is not always be the way to feel better.

Sometimes the way to feel better starts by sitting down and taking a good look at what you’re feeding your body, or as it might be, not feeding your body.

Most of us find when we take a look at what we’ve been eating that the choices we’ve been making in the name of convenience, simplicity, or saving time have actually been detrimental to our overall health.

The ill-effects of an unbalanced diet are several and varied. Low energy levels, mood swings, tiredness and weight change are just a few signs that your diet is unbalanced. An unbalanced diet can cause problems with maintenance of body tissues, growth and development, brain and nervous system function, as well as problems with bone and muscle systems.

There are 14 nutrient-dense foods that time and again have been proven to promote good overall health so much so that these foods have been coined “superfoods.” They tend to have fewer calories, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, and many disease-fighting antioxidants than other foods. Beans (legumes), berries (especially blueberries), broccoli, green tea, nuts (especially walnuts), oranges, pumpkin, salmon. soy, spinach, tomatoes, turkey, whole grains and oats, and yogurt can all help stop and even reverse diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and some forms of cancer.

So look for ways to cut some of the junk out of your daily eating and replace it with members of the Superfood group. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it.

Image by Masahiro Ihara

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