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How 'Superfoods' can assist our diet

With the ever-growing health consciousness that has uprisen in our society, it’s not rare that we hear about the importance of regular exercise, healthy social life, and a balanced diet. More commonly, our society is becoming ever conscious of consuming so-called superfoods as a means of developing a richer diet due to the nutritiously dense properties that they can offer.

But what exactly defines a superfood and what makes them so good for our health? Superfoods consist primarily of plant-based foods, however, also extend to some fish and dairy products. In this sense, there is no set definition for what categorises a superfood, though they are usually determined by-products that are high in antioxidants, have healthy fats, high fib, and phytochemicals. This is because they can have significant benefits including warding off cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and digestive problems.

The most popular types of superfoods and how they can assist your diet

Blueberries, Strawberries and Cranberries- Rich in vitamins, fibre and phytochemicals,

studies have shown that consuming these types of berries may reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly in young women.

Kale- One of the most recent health and social media trends, kale surely lives up to its standards as it is filled with vitamins A, C and K as well as fibre calcium and minerals to support bones, muscle growth and build stronger overall cognitive and physical energy.

Sweet Potatoes and Squash- Similar to the benefits offered by kale, many people opt into eating sweet potato and squash due to the naturally sweet taste that they can provide meaning they can easily be consumed and enjoyed without sweeteners such as butter.

Beans- A source of low-fat protein, they contain insoluble fibre which can, in turn, lower cholesterol. They also contain soluble fibre that allows for a longer feeling of fullness after eating and is hence a significant tool for assisting weight loss and dieting. As well, they are also a significant source of vitamins and minerals.

Salmon- High in omega 3, salmon can largely reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. While we must consume such superfoods to benefit our diets and overall health, it is also vital that we consume other foods high in nutrition, that may not be considered superfoods, to maintain strong control and balance within our diets.

As well, it is significant that we maintain a strong culture of fitness and exercise within our daily lives so that these superfoods can take their full effect. To make a booking, contact us on 9793 3119 or visit our website for more information

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