5 superfoods you should know about, and how to integrate them into your diet

Ah, food. It’s a beautiful thing that we all love, and physically cannot survive without. But its tastefulness goes beyond the flavor; food possesses a sub-category consisting of herbs and roots and plants that contain (what can feel like) magic powers. This subcategory is better known as superfoods! Okay, they aren’t really magic, but superfoods can truly help us reach our greatest selves through the high volume of benefits tied to each. So what are they? Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are considered especially beneficial for our health and well-being.

There are certain superfoods that have stacks on stacks of health benefits, and there’s no reason why anyone should not consume them. Here are 5 superfoods that have incredible perks and are really easy to integrate into your every-day diet.

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  1. Maca

Maca is a root grown in Peru. It’s been consumed for thousands of years with the main purpose to boost energy and stabilize moods (think alleviating stress and anxiety). Loaded with amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, this superfood has also been used to regulate, support, and balance hormonal systems for both men and women.

How to consume it:

Add it to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, and drinks.

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  1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a plant that originates from India and North America. People have been using extracts or powder from the root of the plant to treat various conditions for over 3,000 years. This superfood has TONS of benefits. A few to note: it’s been shown to reduce stress, help the gut, contains antioxidants, fights inflammation and infections, has anti-cancer properties (whoa), and can improve brain function including memory. It also has been proven to combat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and improve fertility — ladies, that’s for you!

How to consume it:

I put 1/2 tsp. in my matcha latte every morning! It’s pretty potent so you may not want to use a ton.  You can totally put it into smoothies as well that will mask the taste. Or there’s also the option to consume it in capsule form.

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  1. Spirulina

Spirulina is a nutral algae powder and has been called one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet! It’s extremely high in protein, iron, and calcium. Spirulina is also loaded with antioxidants, specifically one called phycocyanin, which helps fight inflammation. Its high antioxidant volume also has also proven increased endurance and and decreased muscle damage from exercise. It contains Omega-3, 6, and 9s, helps remove heavy metals, and can help balance blood sugar.

How to consume it:

I’d recommend putting it in smoothies since spirulina is extremely potent and not everyone loves the taste. You can put it in water (haven’t tried this yet), or you can consume via capsule.

Get it here or from the bulk section at your local health store.

  1. Turmeric

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Turmeric is an herb that is native to India and is most often seen in either powdered or juice form. One of the most well-known benefits that turmeric has to offer is anti-inflammation. It’s long been used as a stomach soother, and can be used for constipation, cramping or irritable bowel syndrome. Turmeric has also been found to improve liver function and reduce levels of toxicity in the body. Plus, it’s considered to be a brain boosting herb, helping with memory retention and increased concentration — yes please!

How to consume it: 

In addition to ashwagandha, I throw turmeric in my matcha latte every morning. I personally enjoy the taste (mix it with cinnamon), and can notice the effects of it keeping me focused at work. Turmeric is also great for cooking! Use it to add flavor to veggies, cauliflower rice, or chicken.

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  1. Matcha

Matcha is a green tea powder that originated in China and was later picked up by the Japanese and integrated into their ceremonies. Matcha has a TON of benefits and is an incredible alternative to coffee! Matcha has been proven to fortify the immune system, detoxify the body, as well as burn calories and speed up metabolism. Check out more of its benefits here!

How to consume it: 

I drink a cup of matcha every morning, as you’ve likely gathered if you’ve gotten this far reading. I used to drink coffee every morning and have now trained my body to only rely on far less caffeine. You can consume it through powder form (what I prefer) or you can get Matcha green tea bags and drink it that way. It tastes really delicious and you get the most pure flavor through powder.

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There you have it, 5 superfoods that are all super easy to integrate into your day-to-day and will leave you feeling energized, focused, and balanced. What are some superfoods that you love?

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