Food in modern times has become more about comfort and indulgence than health. There is however the school of thought that food can be used as medicine. The following is a short and quick list of 5 superfoods that are safe, easy to prepare, and can have amazing far reaching health benefits!
1. Unprocessed Cacao Beans (beans chocolate is made from)
Unprocessed Cacao beans by themselves or in the form of chocolate that has been cool pressed rather than roasted (so it does not destroy the health properties from heat) are among one of the highest antioxidant rich foods in the world. Believe it or not these types of pure unprocessed chocolates can provide an unparalleled source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to your diet. Antioxidants destroy disease-causing free radicals from pollutants in our environment and fight the chemicals in our bodies that stress produces in our fast paced society!
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is usually found in health food stores and sold unfiltered therefore there is a protein enzyme strain called the mother which naturally occurs in bottles. The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar for its energizing and cleansing properties. My favorite way to drink it is by pouring 1-2 tsps. in water with honey hot or cold. It is excellent for balancing PH levels in the body which is also why it is used in facial mask for the skin too.
3. Miso Soup
Miso soup is made from a fermented soy bean paste and dissolved into hot water. If you love sushi like I do you have probably ordered Miso soup at a Japanese restaurant. However few people know that Miso paste can be used to make salad dressings, dips and marinades and has many secret health benefits. Consuming miso soup has been linked to a reduction of the risk of breast cancer, and an even fewer known fact is that it actually draws nicotine out of the blood for people who want to quit smoking. It can be a great substitute for chicken broth for vegetarians when you are not feeling well and is extremely easy to make.
Wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant that can either be in powder form or preferably juiced from the blades of grass. You can find wheatgrass juice at any health food store or juice counter as it is usually taken in a shot glass in 1 ounce increments or mixed in with other vegetable and fruit juices. Wheatgrass not only gives you a huge boost of energy that can last for hours but is supercharged with amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and chlorophyll which oxygenates the blood producing a very content feeling. It is like a V-8 times 100! Try it when you need a boost or drink it once a week to help keep your immune system in top shape!
5. Flax Seed/Oil
Flax seed is a natural laxative which is why it is found in high fiber cereals. Besides keeping your colon clean flax seed is highly rich in omega-3 oils which are a good type of fat that your body utilizes for healthy skin, hair, and nails and even has disease fighting properties. You can buy flax seed at health food stores and sprinkle it on yogurt, fruit, bake with it, or buy the oil and pour a bit in your morning smoothie!
I invite you try out some of these amazing super foods for yourself and experience the increase in your vitality and overall feeling of well-being.