7 Favorite Superfoods & Why You Should Eat Them
I’m going to jump on the superfood bandwagon, simply because I love these foods so much. I know I know! There are a million articles & lists of superfoods already. Never one to be much of a follower, I have my own list. Some of these items will be on everyone else’s lists, of course; but perhaps you’ll find something different or interesting. At the very least, maybe seeing these foods on a list once more will convince someone of their outstanding value.
But really, how good can they be? Even if blueberries are high in antioxidants–is it such a big deal? My reasons for eating nutritionally dense foods have to do with my fundamental understanding of health. I believe that foods, not vitamin supplements or other isolated nutrients, provide ideal nourishment for human beings. However, we’ve lost a great deal due to poor soil conditions, environmental issues, & food processing. Our food, on the whole, is not as nourishing as it should be. Also, we are bombarded with toxins & stresses that increase our nutritional needs.
So while I do advocate the use of supplements on occasion, here are the top 7 foods I try to include in my own diet, & recommend to my clients, as well.
1) Cherries & Berries– Go with organic to avoid heavy pesticide residues.
2) Greens– Organic is best here, too. Rotate varieties for the most benefit. Eat lots!
3) Nuts & Seeds– Never met one I didn’t love. Raw, soak in lightly salted water (12 hours) & dehydrate to avoid anti-nutrient phytic acid.
4) Animal Products– locally raised in natural & responsible fashion by folks you get to know. There’s a lot to know about this category. Check out Weston A. Price on the internet to learn more. Also, Nina Planck has a lot of good material. http://www.ninaplanck.com/
5) Ocean Foods– There is real concern about mercury, so be cautious. Still, some fish, seaweeds, & ocean vegetables are loaded with flavor, healthy fats, minerals, & general goodness.
6) Bone Broth– a natural source of glucosamine & more, this is a good way to get the most out of your meat & also use up veggie & herb scraps. See yournewvitality.com/index.php/blog and go to the November 2012 article “What Causes Kidney Stones?” for broth instructions.
7) Ferments (Cultured Fruits & Veggies)– The queen of superfoods, in my opinion! Culturing multiplies nutrients & flavors while infusing these foods with beneficial bacteria. I am so convinced of the healing properties of these foods that I am teaching people how to make them myself! Contact me if you’re interested in my culturing classes…