Hey everyone! Happy Q+A Tuesday. I am fresh off the yoga mat and ready to share this week’s super duper question.
Q: “So, these ‘super foods’ I keep reading about… Depending on where I look, they all vary. Are there certain super foods you recommend incorporating into ones diet daily/weekly???” —Kevyn S. in Southampton
A: Hey Kevyn! This is an area that can get a little overwhelming, especially with a lot of different health professionals (whose name may rhyme with Dr. Shmoz) advocating this or that exotic super food or the supplemental version of a super food. Depending on a given person’s current diet, I would first recommend making some changes to incorporate more real whole foods into the diet rather than going out and spending a lot of money on super foods or supplements right away. To me, this is the approach that makes the most sense because it creates a long-term beneficial lifestyle habit rather than just patching up gaps in a person’s diet.
Super foods can be very simple and sustainable. Spinach, most leafy greens, herbs, and berries are a few that can be found locally depending on the season.
Others, like chlorella, have such a wide variety and great density of nutrients that taken in significant amounts daily can be used as a food-based multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Nutrient density doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or come from the other side of the globe. As long as people are choosing fresh, chemical-free foods, that’s a great place to start. The merits and benefits of super foods are very real but unless they have been recommended by a health professional for a specific therapeutic purpose, a normally healthy person would do just fine with a balanced diet that includes a variety of colourful vegetables and fruits. And keep in mind that with the nature of food sensitivities and unique individual metabolic needs, what could be a super food to one person could be toxic to another. Everyone is different! So if anyone is considering adding a new super food to their diet, pay close attention to your body for any reactions, whether beneficial or otherwise and always talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you’re currently taking any medications as some nutrients do interact with certain medications.
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Much love and wellness,