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If you ask the top nutritionists around the world to give you a list of the top foods you should consume each day, chances are you’d get a variety of different lists. Because there is no one source of specific foods, one way of doing things, one way to diet, or to live a healthy lifestyle. There are things you can change (and should incorporate) in your life and other things you must neglect. For instance, if you want to make positive healthy life changes – you have to narrow it down to what you need first. Are you constantly tired? Then, readjust your sleep cycle. If that’s not the issue then reduce your caffeine intake. If that’s not the issue; incorporate energy-filled super foods.
The powerfulness of foods are often overlooked. Over thousands of years superfoods were used by ancient tribes, emperors, and those who practiced medicine. In fact, some super foods were considered so powerful they were revered as sacred gift and worshiped, and guarded by those in power.
Here are a list of those superfoods:
1. Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds (chia, named after the Mayan word for strength) are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and is very high in calcium and fiber.
2. Acai Berry
Acai Berry is grown on large palm trees within the Amazon jungle and was only recently introduced in the Western world twenty years ago. It is a great source of energy and omega-3 fatty acids, it can boost immunity, and is full of antioxidants.
The Aztec warriors would lock up their daughters during avocado harvesting season to keep them virgins because avocados were so strongly associated with fertility. Also a source of healthy fat (although considered a fruit), high in vitamin K, high in potassium and has been linked to prevent cancer.
It was featured first in culinary traditions of Latin America and was used to heal those who suffer from mercury poison. Cilantro is high in iron, iron, helps reduce blood sugars, and improves sleep.
5. Bok Choy:
Bok (meaning white) and Choy (meaning leafy vegetable) is a part of the Brassica family which means it’s related to broccoli. It is a source of fiber, folate, calcium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.
In the bible, cumin was used a source of currency to pay tithes to the priest. In ancient Greece, it was used as medicine and as a cosmetic product. It is a strong flavoured spice that promotes a healthy immune system and a strong digestive tract. It is high in Iron, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B1, and phosphorus.
Many, many years ago Kale was very important in colder regions such as Scotland due to its resistance to frost. It is also a member of the Brassica family and is extremely high in phytonutrients.
Beets were considered extremely valuable by the Polish when they were discovered it was a source of sugar. However, beets are also a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains and are an anti-inflammatory.
Long ago it was used for its medicinal properties in fighting urinary tract infections which are still used today. It is a source of energy, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and many other vitamins.