You’re probably no stranger to the fact that what you fuel your body with can have a powerful impact on your overall health and energy levels, but those refined sugars are just too tempting.
Steer clear of the bad stuff and be at your very best these 5 foods with superpowers.
For hundreds of years, turmeric has been regarded as the ‘golden spice’ for its incredible medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties, earning itself the title as one of the most nutritional plants in existence. Not only is it a natural means of reducing inflammation, but it also provides the body a generous dose of antioxidants, boosts brain function and can even be applied topically for smoother, softer skin. This is thanks to turmeric's curcumin content - a super powerful antioxidant that works its magic when consumed or applied to the skin (it’s also the colourful compound that makes curries appear yellow).
Only a small quantity of turmeric is needed to have a positive effect on your health. Try adding it to green vegetables, mixing it with rice or stirring it into a cup of lemon and hot water first thing.
Bad breath aside, garlic is a wonder food that does more than taste amazing. It’s great for your cardiovascular health, with studies to suggest that it can help lower both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also helps to fight bacteria and boost your immunity, enabling your body to put up a good fight when a cold arrives. Garlic can be cooked in a number of delicious, heart-helping ways, from soups and stirfrys to steamed fish.
Straying from your typical greens, seaweed is up there as one of the greats for its iodine content. Iodine is a vital nutrient that’s often neglected from our diets. Without it, your thyroid health can decline and as a result, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue and forgetfulness. The thyroid also controls the body’s metabolism, so weight gain could also be a knock on effect from this.
There’s no need to overdo it. Maybe think about including some veggie sushi in your weekly diet plan, or try adding seaweed to a noodle dish to up your iodine intake.
Much like turmeric, many having been shouting about the benefits of coconut oil for years. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t too. Coconut is highly nutritious and is especially rich in vitamins K and E. While you may be inclined to avoid it due to its high fat content, don’t - they’re good fats, and worth bringing to the kitchen in moderation. In fact, rumour has it that coconut oil can actually aid weight loss. In a study conducted by a Brazilian university, participants all in all noted “a reduction in abdominal obesity.”
Coconut is easy to include in your day-to-day meals - use it to cook. Switch from alternative oils and butters, and let this be your staple.
If you’re searching for a superpower food that enhances the brain, look no further. Salmon is an excellent source of protein (so perfect post-gym!) and comes packed with lots of omega-3 fats, which promote better heart health. There’s research to suggest that these fatty acids can also help to prevent high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, cognitive decline - the list goes on! Breakfast, lunch or dinner, salmon always tastes great; try it with a little lemon for an extra boost to the immune system.