Guest Post: Why Your Body Loves Superfood

Why Your Body Loves Superfood

 

Superfood has become quite a popular buzz word. Do you know what it actually means? It originated as a marketing term generally referring to any food with health benefits. Isn’t all food supposed to provide health and nutrition for consumers? Amid this noise and misdirection, there are plenty of real foods which science has found to be abnormally high in vitamins, proteins, and/or antioxidants. These are the real superfoods you should keep an eye out for.

Blueberries

 

Among the most widely known and consumed superfoods are blueberries. These little berries are jam packed with loads of phytoflavinoids and antioxidants. They also contain high levels of vitamin C and potassium. Generally found at the grocery store year around, blueberries have been medically proven to decrease risk of heart related diseases and cancer. They also act as an anti-inflammatory. In addition to their high nutritional value, blueberries taste great and are versatile for use in many recipes.

Salmon

 Another amazing superfood is Salmon. Delicious, abundant, and sustainable, Salmon contains more Omega 3 fatty acids than nearly any other food on earth. Omega 3s are documented to assist in lowering the chance of heart disease, especially in individuals with a deep family history of heart related illnesses. Many patients who were surveyed during medical trials also reported that salmon helped alleviate the pain associated with arthritis. Other studies are investigating the potential of Omega 3s for treatment of Alzheimer’s and memory loss in elderly individuals.

Quinoa

 

This is one of the most nutritious grains on the planet. Because it contains the amino acid lysine, quinoa is considered a complete protein. It also contains many other essential nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and more. Quinoa is gluten free and lactose free, but provides protein and calcium levels comparable to those found in milk. It is not as widely known as other superfoods, but can serve as a substitute for rice in almost every recipe.

What do these foods have in common? They are all natural. In fact, most superfoods are. If you stick to a diet of natural foods, you will find that many of them help reduce your chances of life-threatening diseases and otherwise significantly improve overall health. You can’t just eat them once in a while and expect to experience the benefits. You have to eat them every day. These are just a few on a long list of foods you can eat regularly to increase the quality of your diet. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist for more information about which superfoods will be most beneficial to you.

Guest Author Bio:
Beth Waters is the mother of two children and has a passion for health and fitness. Her hobbies are searching for new recipes, trying new fitness fads, and writing. She writes for medical companies such as Liberty Medical as well as her blog at Carrots Over Cake. She enjoys sharing with bloggers her journey to living more healthily.

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This Thing Called College

Some of you might be wondering where I have disappeared to lately. Well, it’s this little big thing called college! I am at the end of my 3rd week at college! While I am loving it, and embracing the the new experience, it is quite overwhelming. I have 8 classes, homework for all those classes, my new wonderful friends, and I’m in a small theatre production this semester. Oh! Did I mention that I made the swim team at my school?!?! Add two-a-days onto everything else, and you can imagine how this little blog gets pushed back into a corner for a time being. I really working on balancing everything out!

Well, now that you are all up to date lets see how my days here really go!

5:30 AM
I woke up, wrestled with my swimsuit, spent some time with Jesus, and fueled up for morning practice with a Belvita Soft Bake.

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The mixed berry flavor really reminded me of a nutrigrain bar.

6:15 AM
Morning workout with the swim team. It was intense! We started with a 45 minute Insanity video, followed by a 15 minute coo down in the pool.

7:30 AM
Run into my dorm room, shower, change, and eat a quick breakfast!

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Kashi Heart to Heart with a pear Chobani…..not crazy about this flavor!

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And some dried mango! The mango love continues even at college!

8:10 AM
I grab my backpack and am out the door once again! First class Survey of Movement at 8:20.

Skip ahead to 11:50
Lunch:

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A salad made with tuna, cashews, chow mien noodles, and carrots.

12:30
Now it’s time for Philosophy class….
This class is hard for me and makes my brain hurt!

2:00
Study, study, study….

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No matter how much studying you accomplish, there is always more to study!

5:00
Dinner…..no picture, no time for that!

6:00
Swim practice! It’s getting easier for me, and in starting to remember a lot of technique!

7:00
Rehearsal for a student written play that I was cast in!

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The actual performance is tonight, and I’m so excited at how it turned out! It’s going to be great!

And from then on I will probably fit in more studying, maybe some ice cream eating, and hopefully going to bed at a decent hour! So there you have it! I glimpse of my days at college! Hope everyone has a super day!