Eating a healthy, organic diet has been an increasing trend across the world due to public concerns over long-term effects of neurotoxic pesticides, herbicides, synthetic flavors and colors, and many additives that are contained in commercial or heavily processed foods. This health conscious movement will not slow down in the coming time as it is apparent that oversights from the FDA and other governmental institutions have helped generate a more toxic environment. A positive note from this realization is that many are taking their health into their own hands and have looked for proactive solutions to disease, obesity, and general well-being. Henceforth, superfoods have become a hot-topic trend because of the need to get essential, restorative compounds into everyone’s daily diet.
Superfoods come in all shapes, sizes, and food groups but usually from vegetables, fruits, grains, and wild foods (such as roots and honey). These foods normally have a high amount of any of the following compounds: antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (plant compounds), enzymes, probiotics, amino acids, fiber, fatty acids (such as omega-3s), and many others. All of these compounds are building blocks to help maintain and repair the body, so all of them are essential in healthy, daily amounts. Even those that consider themselves having healthy diets should always consider adding in as many different types of superfoods to help give an extra booth to wellness since some superfoods have unique, synergistic blends of compounds that pack a rejuvenating punch.
To balance eating healthy and superfoods, it is recommended to take a superfood shake and any supplements (unless the label/doctor says otherwise) in the morning and/or evening on an empty stomach for maximum absorption and assimilation. If it is possible to eat 5-6 small meals that are mainly vegetables, fruits, wild foods, with small amounts of nuts, meat, and foods high in fat content throughout the day, this helps the body maintain consistent energy. Eating three meals a day is entirely fine as well, following similar guidelines. Keeping a wide variety of food selection is also considered beneficial to give the body as many different tools to function. It is very important to follow what your body determines, this is meant to be a general guideline, not dietary advice. Independent research and listening to your body with compassion is the key to finding what foods work for you. For example, intermittent fasting is considered extremely beneficial by many but it would not exactly follow the guidelines above. Have fun exploring how superfoods and a healthy diet can change your mind state, emotions, and body into a holistic, powerful being.