Healthy Food Is Life: 5 Must-ADDs!
They’re practical and convenient.
They possess hidden benefits.
You can easily find them at your local food health store.
And they can have a significant impact on your overall health, including your hormonal health.
Here’s a superfoods list containing liquids, oil, and powders that you can quickly implement into your daily healthy eating!
Healthy Food# 1: RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Raw apple cider vinegar has gained popularity in the Western World over the past decades. It’s good to know we’re catching up with the rest of the world! It has many health benefits. Apple cider vinegar can improve digestion, restore your body’s natural pH, and decrease inflammation. As we know, women dealing with hormonal issues may have a lot of inflammation processes going on inside. Drinking apple cider vinegar can help control this inflammation. Raw apple cider vinegar is also perfect for that stubborn belly fat.
Consuming raw apple cider vinegar on a daily basis will also increase your energy level and improve your liver function. It contains lots of elements such as potassium, pectin, malic acid, and calcium that our cells need to function correctly.
What’s fantastic about raw apple cider vinegar is that since it’s not pasteurized, enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria are still in there and will help bring back your gut health. Plus, apple cider is also great for skin and hair too!
How to consume
The taste can be stingy when undiluted, so try to ingest with equal parts of water, preferably in the morning to get everything started the right foot! You can also mix some up with your homemade salad dressing.
Healthy Food# 2: CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, calcium, and phosphorus. These elements are the building blocks of healthy cellular functioning. Organic chia seeds are anti-oxidants rich too, which means they can slow down the aging process and help our bodies fight threats from within.
Got constipation problems? This superfood contains 11 grams of fiber per ounce, so your bowel will move easily. What’s fantastic about fibers is that they also regulate our insulin levels. And we know that insulin resistance plays a vital role in hormonal imbalance conditions such as PCOS.
Chia seeds are also known to improve heart health. It can regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. Again, we know that PCOS can, in the long run, lead to heart-related conditions, so taking chia seeds to prevent this risk is more than welcome.
How to consume:
Incorporate them in your shakes, or with almond milk (becomes a yogurt-like texture)!
Healthy Food# 3: SEA VEGETABLES
As a natural way to support the adrenals and the thyroid, seaweed is fantastic. It is rich in minerals and trace elements including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, iodine, manganese, and chromium. Unfortunately, some seaweed brands contain large amounts of heavy metals. If you’re like me, you need your peace of mind and want to know how much metal is in the brand you choose. I invite you to check out this website. After entering your email address, they will tell you how much of every heavy metal is in the most common brands of seaweed. Based on my findings, I prefer to consume Annie Chun’s brand.
How to consume
In salads, or you can even make homemade sushi with it. Do your research to find the best brand near you, as some can contain heavy metals.
Healthy Food# 4: COCONUT OIL
This oil contains lots of saturated fat, but it is a medium-chain fatty acid, which
the body digests not as fat but as pure energy. Coconut oil will speed up your metabolism too! It also contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
It also improves adrenal and thyroid health. Coconut oil is a terrific choice for frying, as it supports high heat.
There’s been a debate as to whether coconut oil is beneficial or harmful to our health. The American Heart Association mentions that coconut oil can raise LDL, which is known as the bad cholesterol. But they don’t say that it can also increase good cholesterol, known as HDL.
Cholesterol levels may not be the proper way to measure our risk of heart disease. As Dr. Axe mentions it, the cause of heart disease is inflammation. And coconut oil does help to decrease inflammation.
Not only is it beneficial for all these reasons, but it can also help people lose weight and improve their brain health. So I let you decide what’s best! I use this brand because I know it’s organic, freshly pressed and fair-trade. Its quality makes it more expensive, but I’ve never been disappointed by it.
How to consume
In small amounts in sauteed vegetables and rice cooking. It brings a distinctive flavor to everything!
Healthy Food# 5: RAW CACAO
We could talk for hours about the antioxidant benefits of raw organic cacao. It’s what we call a free radical scavenger. Free radical are molecules that damage our body, speeding up the aging process and promoting disease formation. Antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals. The main antioxidants in cacao are flavonols. Cacao is also very high in magnesium, loaded with fiber, and is an excellent source of natural iron.
How to consume
In powder form, in your baking instead of using milk chocolate, choose raw organic cacao. Add it to your smoothies or your homemade granola bars.
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