"Super Foods & Super Supplements"
By Dr. Barbara Custer
For the body to remain in a state of health and balance, attention must be paid daily to the concept of eating for health as well as eating for pleasure. In this article you will learn how super foods and super supplements can change the biochemistry of the body. They can help reverse stress and disease patterns. They may also add an extra boost to total body energy and stamina.
What are super foods and why are they considered super?
Super Foods is a title given to explain the power that certain foods and concentrated natural plant based supplements have to produce types of positive bio chemical changes in the body. They contain nutrients known to have particular medicinal-like properties. These bio chemical changes can help to repair, heal, and naturally restore the body back balance, Photo-nutrients in super foods not only have a beneficial effect on the whole they may also help prevent and reverse illnesses patterns.
What are Super Foods and Supplements?
Super foods and supplements can be described as the active ingredient in a highly nutritional food sources. When these active ingredients are isolated, concentrated, and taken in high doses, they can produce a medicine- like affect in the body. Some of the most important super foods and super supplements are amino acids, antioxidants, acidophilus, concentrated fruit and greens extracts. When these substances are added to an already healthy diet they can help to alleviate many symptoms, increase body energy, improve stamina, and help with athletic performance.
Antioxidants have been shown to reverse free radical damage to tissue caused by pesticides found in foods, and environmental toxins. They can encourage natural digestive enzymes which aid in all digestive process and proper colon functioning. Antioxidants help to alkalize the blood and reduce inflammation in all body tissue and joints. Some of the most well-known food based antioxidants are found in fruit and green vegetable concentrates, and wheat and barley and oat grasses. High antioxidant fruits include: acai berries, blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, pomegranate, papaya and pineapple.
Amino acids are the individual organic chemicals that are found in all protein foods. The 16 amino acids are considered the building blocks for all cells. All muscle and brain tissue are fed by amino acids. They help in tissue repair, enhance energy and stamina, fight fatigue, and stabilize blood sugar. They are also famous for enhancing muscle mass and strength. Individual amino acid supplements, such as Taurine, can be effective taken in high doses to calm the nervous system. Tyrosine another amino acid, can stimulate the thyroid which increase total body energy and supports healthy metabolism. There are many individual amino acid supplements which they are used for many different types of symptoms. The are available in health food stores and can be prescribed by health care practitioners.
Acidophilus promotes the "good guy" intestinal bacteria. They help to keep the natural flora of the intestines and vaginal ph. balance. This beneficial substance is of critical importance for the breakdown and metabolism of food. Just increasing acidophilus levels into normal ranges nay help to resolve many gastrointestinal symptoms. They also help protect the body by fighting against invasion of harmful bacteria found in food and water. Acidophilus is involved in all vitamin synthesis, natural antibiotic production, immune defense, and detoxification of pro-carcinogens and a host of other activities. Acidophilus is naturally occurring in yogurt and all fermented foods, but for medicinal purposes it should be taken as a concentrated high dose supplement.
Essential Fatty Acids
These are the fats the body cannot make and therefore must be added to the diet.
Essential fatty acids are widely found in many foods. These essential fatty acids are used by the body to produce hormone-like substances that regulate a wide range of body functions such as: brain functioning, blood pressure, blood clotting, controlling lipid levels, supporting immune response, and producing hormones. Essential Fatty Acids are Omega 3 and Omega 6 and 9. These oils need to be ingested on a daily basis, as the body cannot make them. Using cold pressed organic oils from nuts, seeds, and vegetables should be added to the diet daily. These good fats also come from oily foods such as, avocados, seeds, nuts, olives. Essential fatty acids can be added to the diet in pill and liquid form.
The body has an amazing capability to heal and continually repair and restore itself, given the right environment. Every day we can change our biochemistry positively or negatively, by the foods and supplements that we take in. To be able to live healthy, active lives, we must take very good care of our bodies, and make healthy choices. Not only will this benefit us by feeling better immediately, but it may be one of the most important steps to prevent acute and chronic illness and premature aging.
We need to start thinking that eating for health is not only necessary but can be a great source of pleasure. Antioxidants, acidophilus, essential oils, and amino acids, are just some of the super foods and supplements that can be an added bonus to support optimum health, energy, and vitality.