Today’s fast, dynamic and stressful lifestyle combined with hard and strenuous workouts in the gym puts a high demand on our bodies. As a result of this, it is quite easy to get overworked, and to prevent it we need and extra boost through our nutrition. So, a good idea would be to add superfoods to your diet. These are the foods which have naturally high concentrations of essential nutrients which will do wonders for you, and the best thing is they’re affordable and delicious. Today we present you with a list of 5 superfoods you need to start consuming.
This quirky-looking root native to Southeast Asia is a true nutritional bomb. It has anti-inflammatory effects, and it will help in reducing your muscle soreness. Stomach problems such as cramps, nausea and other forms of sickness should be resolved by ginger as well. It would be optimal to consume fresh ginger if possible, but the powdered version is good as well.
These small, red, raisin-looking berries originally come from the Himalayas. The unique thing about goji is that it contains a lot of protein (around 13%) which is very unusual for fruit. It is also packed with anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. This fruit has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat eye problems, allergies, and liver problems. A good way to eat these berries is to add them to cereal.
Hemp is closely related to notorious marijuana. What’s so great about these little seeds is their composition. They contain an ideal balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both necessary to maintain human health. They are also a complete protein source, meaning that they have all the essential amino acids which are necessary for muscle recovery. Sprinkle them on a salad or throw them in a smoothie for the perfect combination.
Everyone loves chocolate, and the good news is that its main ingredient, cacao is very beneficial for our health. First of all, when consumed cacao makes our body release hormones like serotonin and dopamine, which make us feel happy. In addition, it also has strong antioxidant compounds named polyphenols (also found in wine), which have positive effects on metabolic health. Remember it’s always better to eat dark chocolate!
Last, (but not least) on our list are all time classic – blueberries. Most of you probably never suspected how healthy and full of goodness this fruit is. Their dark blue color comes from flavonoids which protect neurons in the brain. Besides being delicious, they’re also full of vitamin C and fiber, as well as anti-oxidants. Make sure to include them in your diet at least once a week.
We hope that we inspired you to add some of these foods in your daily nutrition. Keep in mind that consistency is needed to feel the effects of superfoods, so make sure to eat them daily. No food is miraculous, but the proper diet will make you healthy and strong.