We’ve all heard the expression “you are what you eat” but did you ever think that your diet could drastically change the way your body not only looks, but functions?
While there are many foods in the grocery store that are super processed and low in nutrients (we’re looking at you, Flaming Hot Cheetos) there are also many that can really help your body to look and feel your best.
Acai has had a major moment in the food industry, most popularly in the form of a blended smoothie bowl. This South American fruit is known for its weight loss and anti-aging properties, that not only help you lose weight but maintain your weight loss. Acai berries are also known help reduce the negative effects of a high fat diet so think of it as your handy-dandy McDonald’s eraser.
Goji berries may be a bit more obscure than acai berries, but they really shouldn’t be. These little red wonders are packed with 8 amino acids, 21 trace minerals, vitamin A, B-complex, C and E and tons of antioxidants. They’re great for your heart and immune system while also reducing inflammation. They’re proven to improve both your mood and libido – making them a great pre-bed snack.
You may not be able to snack on chia seeds all on their own, but they’re an amazing addition to a ton of recipes, from smoothies to cookies and oatmeals. They’re jam packed with fibre, which will help you feel full longer, while also regulating your bowel function. Chia seeds also have omega-3 fatty acids which are great for your brain.
While it’s rare to see maca root lying about, maca powder is becoming a more and more popular add-in to smoothies, cereals and baked goods. This nutrient dense superfood is a source of amino acids, vitamins B, C and E, copper, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Maca can improve your libido and fertility, so it’s great if you and your partner are trying to get pregnant. It also works wonders for chronic fatigue, stress and depression.
If you thought I meant cocoa – surprise! It’s not a typo. Cacao is actually cocoa’s healthier twin. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, making it lightyears healthier than any dark chocolate you can get your hands on. It’s said to be the food with the highest amounts of antioxidants and magnesium, making it pretty super in our books.
Stomach trouble? Ginger is an amazing natural remedy that helps to aid with digestion and your overall immune system. Ginger has been proven to drastically lower blood sugars, which makes it a nice integration for anyone who suffers from diabetes. Ginger is best known for helping relieve nausea and is a great natural remedy for morning sickness.
Kimchi, Greek Yogurt, Kombucha
The three of these foods are packed into one category simply because they’re all amazing for your digestion. They’re all packed with probiotics that help maintain and sustain gut health and digestion. Kimchi, or fermented cabbage, can be found at many asian restaurants and supermarkets to make a wonderful side to many meals. Kombucha is a popular fermented tea beverage known for its ability to boost energy and regulate gut health. If you can eat dairy, a low-sugar, low-fat greek yogurt is a wonderful option packed with protein that you can add to smoothies, baked goods, and even substitute for sour cream!
There’s a reason coconut oil gets so much hype; its unique combination of fatty acids can result in fat loss and improved brain function. Coconuts themselves are a dietary staple in one third of the world’s diet, chock-full of fibre, electrolytes and lauric acid to increase immune health.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While apple cider vinegar may not be classified as a food, it sure is a super addition to your diet. It’s an incredible digestive, helping to kill bad bacteria and soothe intestinal spasms. It suppresses your appetite, making it a go-to for dieters or chronic over-eaters. It also is known to cure acne, rid bad breath and whiten your teeth!