What Are Superfoods ?
Superfoods are super! But seriously, superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, antioxidants and other essential nutrients for your body. These foods are so super, they have been linked to numerous health benefits.
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, slow the aging process, or detoxify your body, the consumption of superfoods is a necessity no matter your health goal. While we will be covering these 4 main desires over the next several weeks, today we will be focusing on weight loss.
Eat Food to Lose Weight
It should come to no surprise to you that the majority of Americans are categorized as obese or overweight. But the numbers are truly mindboggling!
When you break it down, 34% of Americans are considered obese and 32% are in the overweight class. That means 215,174,660 Americans need to lose weight! That’s a lot of people who need to read this post!
Now a lot of people want to lose weight for the wrong reasons – looking good at the beach or pool, squeeze back into that expensive dress you bought 12 years ago and wore only once, or maybe to impress someone. But your true motivation should be for health reasons.
No matter your reasons, we’re all reading this with a common goal – to lose weight. Now let’s see which superfoods will help you achieve this desire.
People think of fat as a bad thing and most of the time they’re right. But not saturated fat! Recent research proves that certain types of saturated fat are actually good and can help your body burn fat and lose weight!
In fact, coconut contains healthy fats called medium chain fatty acids (MCT’s), which burns up those extra calories to accelerate weight loss! Coconut is also proven to reduce cholesterol.
Along with digestion improvement, coconut also does wonders for your immune system as it helps to fight off bacteria and viruses.
TIP: Use coconut water in your smoothies and shakes!
GREEN-FED DAIRY (CLA)
One of the most common objectives people have to weight loss is the thought of not eating what they want. But don’t cross that cheese off your grocery list just yet! Just make sure you’re buying the right type of cheese.
You see, cheese and other dairy products like milk and butter contain CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), a fatty acid that burns fat. But, it can’t be just any cheese or dairy product. In order for dairy to have high amounts of CLA, the cow must be fed grass and not grains.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition documented that CLA has “shown to promote weight loss, burn fat, fight cancer, and even reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Even a study from Journal of Animal Sciences concluded that grass-fed cows may produce 300-500% more CLA than cows fed corn and grains.
TIP: Use grass-fed cheese on you next homemade pizza!
Calcium. What popped into your head? It was probably an image of some dairy product and most certainly not of cinnamon. In reality, cinnamon is an excellent source of dairy. It’s also high in fiber, iron and manganese.
One amazing study conducted in London found taking 2 grams of cinnamon actually drops A1c levels in Diabetics by 7%! Even more so, a different study determined the use of cinnamon increased glucose metabolism 20 times, which would make a huge difference in your body being able to regulate blood sugar.
Cinnamon works in three different ways. First, it slows the emptying of your stomach to reduce sharp rises in blood sugar. Second, it increases insulin sensitivity. Third, cinnamon enhances your anti-oxidant defenses.
TIP: Substitute cream and sugar with cinnamon in your morning coffee! Tastes great and saves calories!
Regardless of what Jim Gaffigan says, kale is packed with essential nutrients like calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, lutein, and beta-carotene. To top it off, one serving of kale contains 206% of the daily requirements of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and 684% of vitamin K.
The British Medical Journal did a kale consumption study on over 200,000 people and determined eating 1.5 daily servings of leafy green veggies, like kale, reduced the risk of Type II diabetes by 14%! Not to mention the accelerated rate of metabolism.
TIP: Add kale to your favorite guacamole recipe!
Work these superfoods into your weight loss regiment and get on the fast track to achieve your lifestyle desires. And remember; count your nutrients, not your calories!
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Hi! My name is Maggie and I am the founder of Balance with Herbs. This is a special place just for you, where you can find the tools, knowledge and inspiration to look and feel your best while living healthier life. My idea is to provide you with easy accessible information on different topics related to health and nutrition, to give you free detox programs, ebooks, ideas for home remedies, healthy recipes and a wonderful supporting community of people with the same goals. I wish you one magical and transforming adventure with Balance with Herbs! We are your best friend to your health journey!