What exactly is a superfood? Well, the word 'superfood' is a marketing term to describe the individual foods that "confer health benefits resulting from an exceptional nutrient density." In simpler terms, our diet should include more of the following foods for our health and well-being...
Now, who doesn't love a crunchy yet chunky avo toast? Avocados are pretty much the holy grail of superfoods, not to mention extremely delicious in any salad or underneath a sunny-side-up egg! A single avocado can provide our bodies with essential vitamins, such as C, E, K, and B6. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and magnesium, all of which support healthy blood pressure, relax the body and promote a better night's sleep. Remind us to whip up an avo smoothie before bed. Another vital superfood that helps maintain blood pressure is any citrus fruit high in vitamin C. Any source of vitamin C - oranges, for example - is a "vital antioxidant ingredient" that helps maintain a healthy functioning immune system. Foods high in vitamin C further prevent skin damage, enhance cognitive functions, and are "necessary for growth, development, and repair." So, don't hesitate to give that orange an extra squeeze for some fresh OJ in the morning.
It seems we are building ourselves a perfectly balanced meal. That being said, there's no harm in adding a handful of mushrooms into the mix. Full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants, these crazy vegetables can further be produced for medicinal use to help with sexual functioning. Especially for vegans, mushrooms are a substantial substitute for meat. Although not protein-packed, mushrooms are enriched with selenium, zinc, and vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, and B12. Now, if you're wondering what can satisfy a sweet craving but maintain health, it's blueberries. The little blue balls of fruit are "powerful" antioxidants, famously known for immunity boosting, reducing the risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Just a handful a day can improve our metabolism while implementing an adequate amount of vitamin C into our bodies to "fight off illness." While these foods help our body's health, ginger's "slightly peppery and sweet" food is "loaded with compounds that help alleviate stress and prevent damage to the body's DNA." Ginger is seemingly the most potent superfood. While it actively fights colds and flu through soups, food, or drinks, ginger boosts our immunity explicitly and helps "flush out the toxins." More importantly, ginger can fight off high blood pressure, heart disease, and lung disease.
So, don't worry about how you can incorporate these foods into your everyday diet. It's easier than you think. While a handful of blueberries at breakfast or a glass of orange juice seems accessible, there are various ways to sneak some superfoods into our lifestyle!