Remember the old cartoons where Popeye would drink a can of spinach and it would give him super strength? Superfoods have the same effect on your body, providing it with a shot of healing power. These five superfoods are the best choices you can make for your overall health.
But I Use That for a Sunburn
Aloe vera is probably best known for external use on the body—on a sunburn, burn from heat, cut or scrape. However, aloe vera can also be ingested as it has more than 70 trace minerals, which are foods that heal in their own right. It is also antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal making it a remedy for a host of ailments. Killing pathogens that turn into certain kinds of cancer, it can also remove radiation from the body.
You can eat an aloe leaf after removing the skin, but we know that doesn’t sound too appetizing. Instead, add it to water, juice, or smoothies and you’ll still get the same benefits.
Cuckoo for Coconut
Certainly better for you than Cocoa Puffs, coconut oil is one of the most nutritious superfoods you can eat. Containing lauric, capric and caprylic acids that get rid of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, coconut improves kidney issues, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and diabetes. Other benefits include healthier hair and skin, lower cholesterol levels, and increased levels of immunity.
If you are looking to make the switch to coconut oil for cooking, look for the organic, unrefined one as it has minimal processing. You can also eat coconut oil without heating, which makes it even more nutritious.
Under the Sea
While we admit they are not the most attractive food to eat, sea vegetables (aka seaweed) from the Atlantic Ocean are known for reducing toxic heavy metals and radiation. These superfoods absorb the toxins in our body and exit the body without dispersing them, making them the ultimate de-toxifier. Containing more than 50 health-promoting minerals, sea vegetables also nourish any body systems that have deficiencies to keep the body in balance. They are especially good for brain fog, memory loss, and certain seizures.
Kelp is the most popular seaweed in the U.S. It can easily be added to soup, stew, or any other savory dish, or combined with other healthy foods in a smoothie.
We like to think of this superfood as the golden standard. Honey has pathogen-killers as well as phytochemicals to protect from radiation and fight cancer. Raw honey is also high in calcium, potassium, selenium and zinc. Since our immune systems are constantly adapting to microorganisms, honey is one of the most important immune supporters. Honey can boost immunity when you feel like you might be catching cold, flu, or stomach bugs.
Although some get concerned with the high sugar content in honey, it is nothing like processed sugar. Add raw honey to lemon water for an immune boost. Or use raw honey in place of your normal sweeteners.
Bigger is not Always Better
Goji Berries are a superior form of antioxidants, with 18 amino acids, vitamin A, B-complex, C, and E. These small berries improve immune function, reduce inflammation, and protect the heart. Low in calories, fat-free, and full of fiber, they are also a good choice for those managing their weight.
Goji berries are a little sweet so they can be eaten raw, or added to trail mix, yogurt, or smoothies. They can be cooked, baked, or steamed.
These five superfoods pack a punch for your body. To keep yourself healthy all year, try to incorporate at least one into your diet daily.