The average American consumes over 90% of their diet as processed foods. These refined foods are high is simple sugars, salt, and trans fats, stripped of natural nutrients, then fortified with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replenish what was destroyed. At the same time we see catastrophic increases in cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, to name a few, all of which are categorized as diseases of inflammation.
Inflammation is a natural process that occurs within the body when there is cellular damage. Over time, chronic inflammation can cause DNA damage, thus promoting the most popular diseases in our culture and accelerating aging. Adding superfoods to your daily diet can play a great role in decreasing chronic inflammation and aiding in cellular regeneration. Unlike processed food, which creates more free radical inducing inflammation, superfoods provide ample amounts of essential nutrients and antioxidants to squelch these harmful molecules, assisting in disease prevention and anti-aging.
First, all whole unprocessed foods could be called superfoods. Organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs, spices, grass-fed and free range meats, and wild fish are all superior to refined foods, and are the base of every clean, healthy diet. However, there are foods that are so nutrient dense they have gained the notority of what I call a SUPER DUPER food (SDfoods- my fancy term for reference). Smaller amounts of these SDfoods can be eaten with greater overall effects, truly packing
that superhero punch. Science is now helping us understand the biochemical makeupof these foods, letting us prove what ancient civilizations have known for centuries: SDfoods are nutrient dense, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, and essential fatty acids, and are low in calories.
Hailing from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, SDfoods have much toteach us about harnessing the forces of nature to improve vitality. Consider Maca, a root vegetable grown 9,000-10,000 feet in the Andes of Peru for over 2600 years. It takes 7 to 9 months to mature in intense sunlight, high winds, and extreme temperature changes, but Maca's ability to adapt to it's environment, makes it a great immune and endocrine adaptogen. Adaptogens bring the body into balance, and whether low or high, they balance the body's response to stress. The relationships between the food and it's environment, can signal what type of systems the SDfood will nourish in our bodies.
These fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, seaweeds, leafy greens, and bee products may be less known than walnuts or spinach here in the Western world, but without a doubt are gaining ground in nutrition and health improvement, not because they are fads, but because they work! Adding SDfoods to your diet is one of the simplest but profound ways to improve your health. Benefits such as immune enhancement, hormone balancing, weight management, glowing skin and hair, less aches and pains, improved sleep and more stimulant free energy are all results of decreased inflammation and improved cellular nutrition. Harness the power of these foods, and discover what puts the SUPER DUPER in superfoods!
Dr Hillary’s favorite SUPER DUPER foods:
Fruit and Nuts:
Camu Camu, Purple Corn, Coconut, Cacoa, Acai, Goji Berry
Blue Green Algae, Chlorella, Spirulina, Marine Phytoplankton, Green leafy vegetables,
Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen, Propolis
Arame, Wakame, Kelp, Nori
Root and Herbal:
Maca, Turmeric, Garlic, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Ginseng, Ginger. Aloe
Shitake, Reishi, Cordyceps. Maitake
Want more Super Duper food choices? Read Dr Hillary's blog on Camu Camu
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