You may dream of being a superhero but we think you already are! You have so many demands: keeping a house tidy, juggling your kids’ health, managing your own personal health and the health of your parents, driving your family to appointments, games, and practices, managing a social calendar, learning new ways to boost your life…. There are so many chores and things-to-do that you may not have stopped to realize that you are already a superhero. That’s right! You win the prize for all the weight you carry on your broad shoulders.
Is there a way you can support your superhero ways?
There sure is. By eating superfoods.
Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition, they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense. This means that they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients – nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves. While we may be adding more salads and vegetables to our diets, the concern over the quality of foods grown in our country make Superfoods an intelligent choice.
Eating your greens is good. Eating green superfoods is even better!
Green superfoods have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals to protect and heal the body. They contain a wide array of beneficial substances including proteins, protective phytochemicals and healthy bacteria helping you to build cleaner muscles and tissues, aid your digestive system function and more effectively protect you against disease and illness.
Green superfoods are extremely rich in chlorophyll – the pigment that gives plants their green color. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is very similar to that of human blood and studies show that when this is consumed, the production of hemoglobin in blood is increased. Higher amounts of hemoglobin in the bloodstream means more oxygen-rich blood, the first and most important element that cells need to thrive.
Wheat grass is the sprouted grass of a wheat seed. Unlike the whole grain and because it has been sprouted, it no longer contains gluten or other common allergens. Wheat grass is super alkalinizing and is excellent for promoting healthy blood. It normalizes the thyroid gland to stimulate metabolism which promotes digestion. With its high enzyme content and cleansing effect, it also boosts weight loss.
Barley grass has 11 times more calcium than cow’s milk, five times more iron than spinach and seven times more Vitamin C and bioflavonoids than orange juice. One ounce contains two times more Vitamin B12 than your recommended daily intake; an important nutrient for vegetarians. Barley grass juice has antiviral properties and neutralizes heavy metals such as mercury in the blood.
Wild blue-green algae
Algae was the first form of life on Earth and its power is immense. Wild blue-green algae is a type of phytoplankton and contains virtually every nutrient. Its nutrient profile includes 60% protein and a more complete amino acid profile than beef or soy beans. It contains one of the best known food sources of beta carotene, B-complex vitamins and chlorophyll. Blue-green algae, like spirulina and chlorella, has been shown to improve brain function and memory, strengthen the immune system and help with viruses, colds and flu.
Spirulina is a cultivated micro-algae which has been consumed for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Africa. It is one of the highest known protein sources on Earth and contains 70% complete protein, towering over steak which consists of only 25% protein once cooked. Studies have shown that spirulina can help control blood sugar levels and cravings, making it a key food for diabetics.
Chlorella is a freshwater algae and, like its other algae cousins, contains a complete protein profile, all the B vitamins, vitamin C and E, as well as many minerals. It is amazing at supporting the immune system and for reducing cholesterol.
Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables are so readily available and extremely nutritious. What’s surprising is that most people do not eat enough of them. Studies continuously confirm that people who eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables run a far lower risk of heart disease and cancer. Fresh raw green leafy vegetables contain high doses of chlorophyll, easily digestible proteins, enzymes and a wide range of vitamins and minerals. These healthy vegetables act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system, and a cleanser of the kidneys. Try any of the following: rocket, spinach, dandelion greens, kale, watercress, parsley, arugula, endive, chicory, broccoli sprouts and mustard sprouts.
As you can see, the more green in your life, the more superhero-ish you’ll become! Green = goodness and I know that your broad shoulders, big heart and never-ending list of things-to-do could benefit from you adding some more superfoods to your life.