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What are superfoods? This term is a bit overused these days, because if you look them up on the Internet its basically describes every fruit and vegetable. They are labeled superfoods, because they are rich in particular nutrients. Over all, I believe all foods from the earth are superfoods, but there are certain foods that contain extra antioxidants, healthy fats, and phytochemicals, the chemicals in plants responsible for deep colors and smells, which can have numerous healthful benefits.

In order to make sure you are getting all those important nutrients from produce, it’s important to buy organic. Organic farms use natural fertilizers that feed the soil instead of harsh chemicals and pesticides that deplete the soil. There are strict governmental standards and guidelines for organic farmers to follow, so if you see the USDA organic symbol on your food, you know it is certified. Bottom line, organic foods are grown in much healthier environments and keep us from ingesting unwanted chemicals and pesticides, which are very harmful to our bodies.
Here is a list of a few nutrient-rich “superfoods.”

Blueberries contain large amounts of vitamins A, C, and K. They are also high in fiber and phytochemicals, which I stated before are responsible for the vibrant colors and smells of the fruit. There are thousands of different phytochemicals, including antioxidants and beta-carotene. These phytochemicals provide numerous health benefits: skin health, bone health, cancer prevention, heart health, and lung health, to name a few.
Kiwis have similar benefits to blueberries, containing large amounts of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate. They also contain high amounts of healthy minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Beans are a source of low fat, protein, and insoluble fiber which can lower cholesterol (this kind of fiber is healthy for your gut, because it passes through you much quicker). They contain high amounts of vitamin A and Folate, as well the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Quinoa is a seed that is a good source of protein. It is rich in folate and also contains the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium.
Nuts and seeds contain high levels of healthy fats and fiber. They also contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals depending on the nut or seed. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K. Minerals: zinc, copper, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Kale is truly a super food and lives up to the name. So do other leafy greens such as Swiss chard and spinach. They are higher in vitamin A, C, and K than any other food listed above, as well as the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Sweet potatoes and squash are on this list because of their excellent source and fiber and vitamin A. They are also naturally sweet and don’t require any butter that you would normally add to certain veggies.
Salmon, sardines, and mackerel are considered a superfoods because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which aids in lowering the risk of heart disease. Although there is still a concern about how much mercury is in fish, the health benefits far outweigh the risk of harming yourself with mercury. Eating fish once a week is beneficial to your health.

Bottom line, eating a clean, organic diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and meats will tremendously change the way you feel and function every day. Taking out processed foods with additives and preservatives and eating foods from the earth will change your life. The foods we eat define us, because it shows on the inside and out. Try to make changes to your diet and take out the foods that are holding you back from living the happy, energetic life you deserve!

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