Our body’s are the physical houses for our soul (or spirit, inner self, consciousness or whatever term you prefer). What we eat can either provide us with the fuel to live our lives to the fullest, or it can drain us and deplete our body of nutrients. Nourish your body daily with the healthiest foods available. Here’s my favourite, high nutrient, readily available top 10 super foods for healing your body and keeping you healthy.
These are just some of my top 10 healthiest foods for your body (inside and out!):
This is a dietary essential. Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. They are rich in fibre, an important nutrient for weight loss and maintenance because it keeps you feeling full and helps control your hunger. Fibre can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and help to temper blood-sugar swings by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals. This lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Leafy greens also contain a lot of water, which helps keep you hydrated and contributes to beautiful skin and hair. There’s so many varieties to chose from, including lettuce, spinnach, kale, bok choy, endive. Enjoy them raw, in juices or lightly steamed.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Helps improve your digestion and helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. The most nutritious kind is raw, organic and unpasteurized, containing “the mother”. This is the live culture that makes it look cloudy, but it’s full of enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing. I highly recommend the brand Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider vinegar, which is affordable and delicious. Just don’t forget to dilute it, it’s pretty acidic! I add a tablespoon to my water each morning. Miranda Kerr swears by the stuff too which is reason enough for me.
They don’t just add flavour to foods, they are also medicinal. Did you know that basil is antibacterial? Or that oregano can be used to treat respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps, and urinary tract disorders? Herbs are an easy and tasty addition to any salad or meal. Herbs can also easily be made into teas by pouring hot water over the leaves. Try peppermint when you have an upset tummy or chamomile when you’re feeling stressed.
Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa. Raw cacao contains up to four times the antioxidants of traditional cacao powder, and has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world. The cacao bean is also rich in magnesium, an energy mineral and vital electrolyte. This super-food is also a good source of sulfur. I add it to my breakfast cereal, use it in desserts and enjoy it after dinner for dessert. Hey, it’s healthy so its ok.
5. Organic proteins
Ok, so technically not a ‘food’, but more a category of foods. But how could I choose chicken over lamb? Or delicious beef! And what about you vegetarians, you might have felt left out. If it helps, read number 5 with your favourite in mind. Try grass-fed meat, wild fish or vegetarian options like free-range eggs, quinoa, nuts, hemp products and chia seeds.
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter what protein you eat, just make sure it’s high quality and tasty.
Why is protein so essential? It helps stabilise your blood sugars and leaves you feeling fuller for longer.
I have a leaky gut, so in an effort to help heal my gut lining I’ve been incorporating gelatin into my diet daily. It helps with joint health, supports skin, hair and nail growth and helps digestion. It’s like the lazy persons version of bone broth. Gelatin is full of collagen too, so it’s great for anti-aging.
I use and recommend this one.
Combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness. Yep, they’re pretty awesome and dirt cheap.
You can eat them as is, or blend one banana with an egg and a dash of cinnamon. Cook the batter as you would pancakes, and voila – high protein, super pancakes!
These tiny morsels are loaded with goodness incommensurate to their size. From healthy fats (the kind that make you thin), antioxidants, fibre, trace minerals like selenium to being rich sources of phytosterols, plant chemicals that are known to improve heart health. Just don’t go overboard, a serving is around 8-10 nuts.
Think of these as your body’s tiny superheros. Probiotics are useful in helping fight against gastrointestinal problems, warding off infection and boosting immune systems, as well as helping to improve women’s health and perhaps even fighting obesity. If you take antibiotics or the pill, probiotics will help restore all the friendly bacteria in your belly.
Plus they’re delicious. Load your diet up with these foods: plain unflavored yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, pickles, tempeh, kimchi and kombucha tea.
My life wouldn’t be the same without this humble seed. Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health. Plus its high lauric acid content can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping to stave off infections. Enjoy it’s oil for cooking and as a moisturiser; coconut milk where you would use regular milk; coconut water for a post-workout recovery; and coconut flour in place of wheat flour. I even use coconut milk to make probiotic-rich yoghurt.
Note: This is just a very short summary of my favourites. Each one of them really do deserve their own blog post.
Hippocrates, regarded as the father of modern medicine, famously said:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
In a society where we pop a couple of panadols for a headache, this statement seems pretty wild. I love incorporating the best of what nature has to offer in every meal. I try to think of my dietary needs and match a food that will help. For example, at that time of the month I might need a little extra iron so I’ll eat extra green leafy vegetables and red meat; or, if I’m particularly busy and stressed at work I’ll chow down a banana for a does of potassium and happy chemicals.
Consider what your body needs before preparing a meal. Add foods that will give you the nutrients you need. Remember, each day your body may need something different so start paying attention to how you’re feeling and eat accordingly. My blog is dedicated to providing tools to help live life to it’s greatest potential. We can only do this if our bodies are performing at their best.
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