I think we have all been there. "There must be a magical herb or food that will help me lose weight faster". We wish for a magic pill or plant that will achieve our goal faster and easier without putting in the hard work.
But no. Im sorry. There's no such thing.
If there was, everyone would be thin and have beautiful skin and hair. But we don't.
What we do have is the power to change what we don't like about ourselves. Yes, it can be hard work, and it usually is if the reward is big enough.
Superfoods are the healthiest ingredients you can find. They have so many health benefits that they work a little bit like a magic pill. But you can't just add a few superfoods here and there - you have to look at the bigger picture. All nutrients, vitamins and minerals work together. If you don't eat enough of one thing, your body might not absorb something else. Which is why we need to eat a varied diet. We need a little bit of everything and a lot of a few things.
But let's talk about Superfoods, and specifically the 5 superfoods that make one proper diet. The 5 superfoods where you get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Avocado is a must-eat superfood. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals - particularly vitamins E, A and B and the mineral potassium. One avocado has the potassium content of one banana.
Why do you need those vitamins and minerals?
Well, vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that improves cell respiration, which is great news for runners, it promotes fertility and sexual potency, it prevents the hot flushes of menopause and miscarriages, and protects the body from common pollutants such as ozone, radiation and toxic elements.
Vitamin A is an antioxidant, fat-soluble vitamin that is important for growth, development and fertility. It boosts the immune system and helps to fight colds. Together with beta carotene, it improves vision and vitamin A maintains a healthy-looking skin, preventing acne, dermatitis and skin cancer.
Vitamin B is a complex of water-soluble B vitamins that occur together in many vegetables and animal foods. In Avocados you'll find B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B7.
I will give you a short overview of vitamin B's many skills.
B1: Aka thiamine. As a coenzyme thiamine is essential for energy production, carbohydrate metabolism, and nerve function.
B2: Aka riboflavin. It is vital for metabolism and energy production. Together with vitamin A, it contributes to good vision and promotes growth and fertility.
B3: Aka niacin. It helps with metabolism, digestion and energy production and it improves blood circulation, preventing blood clotting and heart attacks.
B5: aka pantothenic acid. It's involved in a number of metabolic functions such as fat and sugar metabolism and the production of adrenalin. It helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and increase energy.
B6: Aka pyridoxine. This is is absolutely the busiest vitamin B. Its involved with over sixty enzymes, taking part in many metabolic functions. It promotes muscle energy by releasing stored sugar from the liver and it helps metabolize fats and control obesity.
B7: Aka biotin. It's involved in the utilization of glucose by increasing insulin action and can be used in the control of sugar levels in diabetes.
Potassium constitutes 5% of the total mineral content of the body. It's found mainly in the fluids within cells and has a lot of functions. Together with sodium, it regulates the sodium-potassium balance that affects water retention and stimulates kidney function. It is also involved in muscle contraction and nerve transmission.
And by the way, avocados help satisfy the hunger for a longer period of time, therefore they are very good in a weight loss program.
So there you have it. Eat some Avocados. They also taste good.
Eggs are in bad standing with most people. Eggs have been dragged through the media as something unhealthy. And do the media ever lie?
Eggs contain more nutrients per calorie than any other animal-based food, except milk. Eggs are low in fat, rich in Vitamin A and low in calories.
They contain many of the B vitamins; B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12. We already know about all of them from the avocado, but what about B12?
B12: Aka cobalamin. It is essential for the functioning of all cells and is principally involved in energy metabolism, immune function and nerve function. B12 also contributes to the making of new red blood cells and promotes growth and appetite in children, increases energy, improves brain functions such as memory and learning ability, maintains a healthy nervous system, stabilises menstruation and prevents post-natal depression.
Iron, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sulphur and potassium are also found in eggs.
Don't eat raw egg white, as it contains avidin, a protein which binds B7 and prevents its absorption.
Spinach contains so many good things! It's a great source of iron, beta carotene (provitamin A) calcium, vitamin C, sodium and potassium.
As it is rich in iron and chlorophyll, spinach builds the blood, while its sulphur content helps to clean the liver and relieve herpes irritations. In addition, it's vitamin A content can help prevent night blindness.
What can we use Vitamin C for?
Well, it's a water-soluble nutrient that has been known to cure a common cold. But it does more. As an antioxidant, it delays ageing and prevents age-related diseases from arthritis to Parkinson's disease. As an antihistamine, it alleviates allergies and as an anti pollutant, it eliminates toxins from the body.
The most important function for Vitamin C is the production of collagen, the structural protein that holds our body together.
So eat more spinach and more Vitamin C!
Surprise! Blueberries are still a superfood. It's because of their colour. They are very rich in antioxidants that help protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease and the eyes against age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Blueberries are also a good source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E and Vitamin B2.
Fibres are good in weight loss cases. It satisfies hunger, makes you eat less and keeps you full longer.
Blueberries are excellent as a snack, in smoothies or as topping on your breakfast.
Apples are a highly nutritious and cleansing fruit, as well as a good source of vitamins A and B1. They are also rich in a number of minerals including potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sodium.
Apples help reduce high cholesterol levels and remove toxic metals such as lead and mercury from the body. It's also very beneficial for intestinal problems and it binds radioactive residues and excretes them from the body.
The fruit also boosts immunity and stimulate the appetite.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
So there you have it. 5 superfoods you should add to your everyday diet and your body will thank you!