As of late, we seem to hear of a new superfood discovery every day. While there is no single be-all, end-all cure that cancels out the importance of eating a well balanced diet, there are certain foods that you should incorporate due to their tremendous health benefits!
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A nutritional powerhouse that closely resembles our blood cells, chlorophyll is the molecule that gives plants their green pigment. Ever wonder why kale, swiss chard, wheat grass, spinach and broccoli are so powerful when it comes to health? Chlorophyll is one of the reasons! What makes chlorophyll a superfood?
Promotes liver detox by helping to safely eliminate toxins from the environment, food, natural metabolic processes and pharmaceutical drugs Cleanses the blood and helps to oxygenate the blood as well.
High in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids
Natural breath freshener and internal deodorizer
Binds to heavy metals to safely remove them from the body
Gives us ENERGY! Chlorophyll is an essential molecule in facilitating photosynthesis, the complex process in capturing light from the sun to convert to glucose – the form energy that humans require to live.
Besides eating plenty of green veggies to get more chlorophyll in your diet, you can purchase chlorophyll in liquid form which has a slightly refreshing taste. You can add it to your water with a squeeze of lemon for the perfect detoxifying drink to start your day.
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Turmeric is a superfood for a number of reasons. This spice’s active ingredient, curcumin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory, commonly used in natural healing remedies. It also acts as a natural pain killer, promotes digestion and healthy glowing skin, aids in fat metabolism and acts as a natural antibacterial. This spice can be added to smoothies in small amounts, soups, stews, curry, freshly made juice and even homemade toothpaste to help whiten teeth.
In the past few years quinoa has come a long way. Being a gluten-free ancient grain high in protein, it’s gained tons of appreciation as of late for being a healthy, low calorie addition to wheat-free, gluten-free and vegan diets. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of the best sources of plant-based protein available. With a healthy dose of B vitamins, iron, magnesium and fiber which suggests is a great food for a steady supply of energy, detoxification and muscle-repair.
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You either love it or you hate it, but cilantro is one of the most powerful detoxifiers out there. It helps to safely remove toxins from the body, acts as an anti-bacterial against infections, supports digestion and elimination and helps re-balance hormones. It’s used in many natural remedies for inflammation and infections. Being green, it also contains chlorophyll. If you’re not so keen on the taste, it’s available for purchase in capsule form.
5. Organic Apples
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You know what they say about an apple a day… A high fiber and low sugar fruit, apples are an ideal choice to help balance blood sugar levels and provide a form of slow releasing energy. Pectin, the type of fiber found in apples, helps to regulate bowel movements and aid in detoxification. Helpful in supporting hormone balance and a strong immune system, apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin which may also help prevent heart disease, cancer and viral infections.
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About the Author:
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, BC. Having finally found her way to wellness through nutrition, she is inspired to share her knowledge of holistic health and the impact of real food on ones radiance and inner glow. Brandi is often found creating homemade facials in her kitchen, writing (usually about food) and spending time on her yoga mat. For more from Brandi, visit her website at www.eatplantsbe
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