Over recent years superfoods have become a buzzword in the health and wellness industry, and for good reason. For a food to be defined as a ‘superfood’ it will be brimming with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and immune boosting properties. Research has shown they can help prevent a variety of health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol and many more. With no side effects, you really have nothing to lose by adding them to your diet!
We have rounded up some of the best superfoods which are easily accessible from your local supermarket!
One of the most popular in this category, these small berries are power packed with antioxidants and are a nutritionist’s favourite as they are high in potassium and vitamin C. Another benefit is that they are an anti-inflammatory so they help regulate your immune system, resulting in a reduction of chronic inflammation which can lead to heart disease. The great thing is they are easy to incorporate into your diet as a cereal topping or adding into smoothies. Bring a berry hit to your skincare routine with the Body Deli’s Blueberry Fusion Micro Scrub which contains a superior blend of natural acids and powerful antioxidants. Experience the effects of a micro dermabrasion treatment from the comfort of your home!
Despite its strong smell and taste, Garlic is fantastic for detoxifying your body as it’s a natural antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic. A chemical within garlic called Allicin promotes the function of white blood cells which are responsible for fighting against toxins. It has long been used as a way to fight infection and illnesses against viruses, in its oil form has even been used to heal wounds! There are so many ways to add it to your daily diet, it is delicious in pretty much any savoury cuisine and recipe! If you aren’t a fan of ‘garlic breath’ (who is?!) then chewing on fresh herbs like mint or parsley will help eradicate that. Another little-known solution is eating an apple which can neutralise the sulfer compounds.
A household staple that is in nearly everyone’s kitchen! Eggs are known for being protein packed and fantastic for sustaining energy levels, leaving you fuller for longer. What you may not know is they contain a little-known nutrient called Choline, which most people don’t get enough of in their diet. It’s incredibly important for building cell membranes amongst other functions. Eggs in general are incredibly rich in various vitamins and antioxidants, in fact they are so well rounded and nutritious they are defined as being the ‘perfect’ food.
If we had a choice, walnuts would be our ultimate ‘nut’. They are higher in Omega 3 than any other nut, which is an essential fat for supporting heart health that can only be obtained from plants. Researchers have also said they have double the number of antioxidants polyphenols than any other nut. Aside from that they also contain a variety of minerals, vitamins, and fibres which support our overall health. We love a versatile ingredient and walnuts are certainly that! 7 walnuts are the ideal quantity to consume a day either as a snack, tossing them in a salad or as a cereal topper. Not only do these nuts promote glowing skin from the inside they also have their benefits from being applied on the outside. The key is finding a product with super fine granules so they do not cause irritation. Try the Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator which uses finely ground walnut shells as a way of gently improving the texture of skin for a super smooth complexion.
A distinctive plant which is one of the most popular ingredients on the planet! Although it adds a gorgeous spiced flavour to recipes, it does so much more than that. With a variety of health benefits, it has been used for centuries as a form of traditional and alternative medicine. It contains powerful anti-inflammatories and antioxidants properties which supports the body in a variety of ways. Most popularly known for warding off cold and flu, aiding digestion and helping reduce nausea. We like to ramp up our mornings with ginger tea or by grating it into a smoothie, this is also a great option if you want to disguise the taste! If you fancy spicing up your cleansing routine try the Flow Cosmetics Good Vibrations Face and Body Soap with Orange and Ginger.
Making a few adjustments to your daily diet by adding some of these into the mix will go a long way in positively impacting how you feel inside and look on the outside. It’s worth a go for your future self!