Pomegranate is great for lowering cholesterol. Avocados are packed with life-saving nutrients. Dark chocolate, blueberries, and nuts boast powerful antioxidants.
But did you know that there are some super foods gaining popularity in the U.S., that have been used around the world for years, and which are very effective in helping people with everything from high acidic levels to hormone imbalance? These foods are easy to find and can be less expensive than people might think.
While pharmaceutical drugs treat symptoms and never really cure the problem, eating healthy supplies of fruits and vegetables has long-term effects on the body including enabling the body to heal itself from diseases and illness. Eating right takes patience, determination, and a lifelong commitment to overall wellness. Your body requires the nutrients from fresh veggies and fruits in order to heal itself and protect itself from cancer or other serious illness. Junk food only slows the body and its functions down, making it more susceptible to disease and cancer. Our ancestors did not have access to fast food, but only fresh supplies of roots, fruits, vegetables, and the occasional meat protein. Today, food is so altered from its original state that there are only a few molecules separating the modified food from being an entirely synthetic compound, both unnatural and unhealthy for the body. But who has time to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day?
These three super foods provide the body with vital nutrients and are easy to incorporate into a daily meal plan.
- Spirulina – Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is naturally found in fresh bodies of water. Spirulina gets its name from its microscopic spiral shape. Spirulina is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help with everything from immunity and anti-aging to detoxifying the blood and helping increase muscle mass. Spirulina is one recommended solution for those individuals that have high acidic levels. Spirulina is available as a pill or powder.
- Chlorella – Chlorella is also an alga that grows naturally in small bodies of fresh water. Chlorella benefits the body in similar ways as Spirulina and is used widely across Asia to treat a range of health problems. It is used to cleanse the body of harmful toxins, prevent and treat cancer, help with digestive issues ranging from ulcers to flora imbalances, and treat infections. Chlorella is also packed with vitamins and amino acids. Chlorella is very potent and can cause digestive discomfort in sensitive individuals. Spirulina is recommended for those that do experience discomfort in taking Chlorella. It is available in pill or powder form, and it is recommended to start with smaller doses and slowly increase the amount taken.
- Maca root – Not many people have heard of lepidium meyenii, or Maca root, although it has been used for centuries by the native South America peoples. It is a member of the potato family and is known for its energizing and balancing effect on the body. Maca root is a potent powder (or pill) that works differently in everyone. Maca root adapts to an individual’s body, only working where it needs to. For instance, Maca root helps with male disorders like low libido and low testosterone production; it helps females with menopause, hormonal imbalance, and PMS. Maca root regulates the glands and has a detoxifying effect on the body by helping the body absorb the nutrients it needs and eliminating waste from the body. Maca root has a nutty flavor and the powder can be added to almost any food.
As with any dietary change, consult a doctor before taking any of the aforementioned supplements, and be aware of the quality of the product you are buying.