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You may have heard this buzz word being used more and more, but what are they, and why are they good for us?
A superfood will usually contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They are typically whole food sources that contain little or no artificial additives or added nasties.
Many cultures across the world have utilised their local superfoods for centuries. The abundance of health benefits and medicinal qualities obtained through these berries, fruits and greens have been passed down from generation to generation. Science is now following up these historic claims and bringing more and more of these superfood discoveries into the mainstream media.
The 5, or is it now 7 a day guidelines are something most of us have grown up with. Daily inclusion of fruit and veggies are necessary for all of the powerful nutrients they provide. Fruit and veggies also provide a great source of fibre. Fibre helps to keep our digestive system regular, and support efficient elimination. Irregular bowel movements can lead to skin breakouts, headaches, fatigue, bad breath, excess gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, irritability and cramps.
Some “super-berries” include acerola berries, acai, elderberries and blueberries; these contain compounds that support immunity, contain powerful antioxidants and support healthy cholesterol levels among other health benefits.
There are also a large numbers of “super-greens” available too. Some popular greens include: Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Kelp and Alfalfa. These power packed green gems provide essentials amino acids, minerals, vitamins and cleansing, detoxifying, digestive and bowel support.
Unfortunately people are often eating diets that move their body from being alkaline to being more acidic. When the body is overly acidic it may lead to conditions such as sore joints, poor skin, reflux and bowel irregularity. Common foods that are acid forming are caffeine, alcohol, meat, white bread, sugar, fried and processed foods. Foods that lend themselves to being alkaline are fruits and veggies; these foods help to restore the body pH balance. Nature's Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll can also have a positive effect for helping with alkalising.
Adding superfoods into your diet doesn’t need to be cumbersome and time consuming. Start with small additions of seasonal fruit and vegetables to your existing diet and look out for ready to shake/mix superfood blends like Nature's Sunshine Love and Peas. Nature's Sunshine Super Supplemental tablets provide a convenient all in one option. These are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, herbs, aminos, fruits and veggies.