If you are trying to lose weight, improve your fitness performance or just trying to get healthier you have probably heard the term “superfoods”. All of them are rich in nutrients, containing vitamins and minerals that will help you achieve better health, prevent the onset of chronic diseases and help you to feel better. Add exercise and a balanced diet into the mix you are well on the way to achieving your health objectives.
Are superfoods readily available and are they affordable?
If you go online you will discover a huge variety of superfoods like acaí, goji berries, spirulina, flax seeds, cinnamon that are not necessarily that easy to get at your local grocery store. In addition, they are not always cheap (especially if you are on a budget) so these items are easy to drop from the shopping list when things are tight. Here are 5 great superfoods that you can easily incorporate into your diet and available at most grocery stores. The important thing here is to buy produce that is both Non-GMO and organic to ensure your body gets the maximum amount of nutrients.
Almonds: Studies have shown that almonds can significantly boost vitamin E levels in the diet and bloodstream. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells against damage and prevents clogging the arteries with cholesterol. Eating a handful of almonds every day is an easy way of getting the vitamin E your body needs to stay healthy.
Avocados: High in fat but not just any fat, loaded with Monounsaturated Fatty Acids that keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the most common cause of death in modern society and avocados increase HDL (good cholesterol levels) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol levels). Avocados are high in fiber that can also contribute to weight loss, reduces blood sugar spikes and are strongly linked to lowering the risk of many diseases.
Salmon: When wild-caught and not farmed, salmon is highly nutritious. Salmon contains lots of healthy vitamins including B12, D, B5, B6 and Omega-3 fatty acids that provide a range of health benefits including bone and joint health, brain and neurological repair, ADHD prevention, a healthy heart, better eyesight, skin health and cancer defense.
Blueberries: A good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, manganese and other antioxidants (notably anthocyanins). Studies suggest that blueberries reverse age-related memory loss, thanks to its abundance of flavonoids, they attack cancer-causing free radicals, reduce inflammation within the heart and also reduce the risk of heart attack and heart failure.
Sweet Potatoes: High in many important nutrients, containing a good amount of fiber as well as vitamin A, vitamin C, and several other vitamins and minerals. Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to regular potatoes because they stabilize blood sugar, are high in antioxidants, boost brain function, enhance immunity levels, promote vision health and aid weight loss.
Try and include these 5 affordable superfoods into your daily consumption, you’ll get balanced intake of nutrients that will help improve your health and leave you feeling great. Due to the versatility of these superfoods it should be quite simple to incorporate them into your daily diet so it does not have to be so intense. No one has the time to prepare three intricate meals every day, so you can easily add these into your diet by creating smoothies, adding to salads and using them as healthy snack alternatives.
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