Superfoods are a unique and diverse category of foods produced by nature. They are calorie sparse and nutrient dense, meaning they pack a large amount of power for their weight as far as nutritional goodness goes. They are superior sources of essential nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants. These nutrients are vital for your well-being but the human body cannot make them by itself.
The simple things in life are the ones most often overlooked. The correct approach to radiant health and abundant energy is so simple because it is simply common sense.In spite of all of the negatives in the world, we are living in incredible times. The accessibility to the most amazing foods from around the world is at its peak. These foods are capable of reversing humanity’s current nutritional catastrophe whilst healing, energising and inspiring people to actualise their full potential as citizens of the Earth.
Superfoods are derived from the highest vibrational, energetic points of the earth such as the Himalayas, Andes Mountains, Amazon rainforest, palm beaches of the Philippines, African landscape and so forth. When you experiment with raw, living superfoods and start to cleanse your body, you are tapping into the ancient food knowledge from cultures around the globe, experiencing the greatest expression of food technology whilst living in harmony with nature.
Simply put, there is no real substitute for these whole foods. Superfoods are complete whole food supplements, these are the most mineral- and nutrient-rich foods on the planet. These are not fractionalised supplements that you may find in the local supermarket. All superfood minerals, vitamins and nutrients are easily absorbed by the body, vibrating at a completely unique and higher level altogether, claiming their rightful place at the top of the food pyramid.
Plants feed on the minerals provided by Mother Earth and humans feed on the plants. This is the way nature intended things and it is self-evident in the fact that 95 per cent of absorbable minerals come from plants. Most people are disconnected from nature; this is one of the main reasons people are suffering.’ If you walk two steps towards Nature, Nature would come four steps towards you‘.
The superfood lifestyle is about playing the game at the highest of levels. The aim is not too supposedly ‘feel fine’ but not be able to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. The goal, instead, is to feel spectacular, amazing and extraordinary—bouncing with energy, embracing new opportunities and expanding your mind, your awareness and enhancing levels of consciousness.
All in all, superfoods have a unique ability to eliminate and push out the bad metabolic waste that is stored within your body. Consuming superfoods packed with nutrients satisfy hunger cravings at a deep level, providing your body with what it has been searching for, thus reducing mental food cravings and the habit of overeating.
Many people who follow erroneous mainstream information tend to think that healthy eating and so-called ‘dieting’ is centred on the denial of certain foods. To an extent, it is based on abstaining from contaminated foods, but, in reality, it is about enjoying natural foods whilst feeding the body with what it wants so there is no longer a need to eat nutrient-deficient foods. Once you start to eat a natural, high nutrition diet, your body will take form into its natural shape/size as toxins are eradicated and cellular regeneration is enhanced.
Before we continue, it is important to note that this entire publication seeks only to demonstrate the beneficial applications of superfoods and dietary enhancements for various disorders in the human organism. In no way should this book, or the contents therein, substitute for personal supervision by qualified medical personnel. The opinions and information surrounding all health alternatives are solely the opinions of the author and those of extensive research and experience. People with health problems should visit their physician. Below are the main types of superfoods and their traditional uses:
Leafy green vegetables are excellent, but green superfoods are even better. These types of superfoods hold the highest, most potent concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fat burning compounds and living enzymes. All of these components work towards protecting and healing the body.
Green superfoods contain a wide array of beneficial substances including proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria which help you to build cleaner muscles and tissues, aid your digestive system function and more effectively protect against disease and illness. Green superfoods are extremely rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives plants their natural green colour and the molecular structure of chlorophyll is very similar to human haemoglobin. Science has shown that when a person increases their intake of chlorophyll-rich foods, the body’s production of haemoglobin is greatly increased. Higher amounts of haemoglobin in the bloodstream mean more oxygen-rich blood, which is the first and most important element that cells need to thrive and combat disease.
Wheatgrass – Wheatgrass is the sprouted grass of a wheat seed. Unlike the whole wheat grain, because it has been sprouted wheatgrass no longer contains gluten or other common allergic agents. Wheatgrass is super alkalising and is excellent for promoting healthy blood. It causes the thyroid gland to stimulate metabolism, thus assisting in digestion and promoting weight loss. Its high enzyme content also has a cleansing effect.
Wheatgrass increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and the gastrointestinal tract of debris.
It is a powerful liver and blood detoxifier and protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect you from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens your cells by neutralising environmental pollutants.
Wheatgrass is known to combat tumours and neutralise toxins. Recent studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumours without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in wheatgrass juice cleanse the blood and neutralise and digest toxins in our cells. You can grow your own wheatgrass at home and juice it into one-shot servings or buy it as freeze dried powder. Be careful when first taking wheatgrass, as it can send you into detox shock if your body may not be accustomed to it!
Molecular comparison between chlorophyll and haemoglobin. Magnesium and Iron is what differentiates the two. Sourced from: www.ajpip.com
The many active compounds found in wheatgrass juice cleanse the blood and neutralise and digest toxins in our cells. You can grow your own wheatgrass at home and juice it into one-shot servings or buy it as freeze dried powder. Be careful when first taking wheatgrass, as it can send you into detox shock if you are not used to it as when you remove a toxin from your system, (gluten, sugar, cigarettes, meat, dairy, etc.) your body will go through a detoxing process to rid itself of the toxins. This can cause headaches, lethargy, joint pain, acne, skin rash, painful periods, muscle soreness, depression, anxiety, weight loss, hormonal swings, bloating, nausea, sore throat, and a bunch of other unpleasant symptoms.
Barley grass – Barley grass has eleven times more calcium than cow’s milk, five times more iron than spinach and seven times more Vitamin C and bio-flavonoids than orange juice. It contains significant amounts of Vitamin B12, which is very important in a vegetarian diet. Barley grass juice has anti-viral properties and neutralises heavy metals such as mercury in the blood.
Barley grass is very high in organic sodium, which dissolves calcium deposits on the joints and replenishes organic sodium in the lining of the stomach. This aids digestion by improving the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. People with arthritis have used celery juice for years because of the organic sodium it contains (28mg per 100grms), but the amount of organic sodium in barley grass is much higher (775mg per 100 grams)
Blue green algae/Spirulina – Algae was the first form of life on Earth and its power is immense. Wild blue-green algae is a phyto-plankton and contains virtually every nutrient. With a 60 per cent protein content and a more complete amino acid profile than beef or soy beans, it also contains one of the best known sources of beta carotene, B vitamins and chlorophyll. It has been shown to improve brain function and memory, strengthen the immune system and help with viruses, colds and flu.
Spirulina is a cultivated micro-algae which has been consumed for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Africa. It contains 70 per cent complete protein, towering over steak, which consists of only 25 per cent protein once cooked. Studies have shown that Spirulina can help control blood sugar levels and curb sugar cravings, making it a key food for diabetics. It can also be used to assist in weight loss and as a general nutritional supplement.
Blue-green algae and Spirulina are rich in vitamins A, C, E and the B-complex vitamins, including vitamins B12 and B6. Since these vitamins are packaged in their natural form, they are in a highly usable state; that makes them far superior to modern vitamin supplements. (It should be noted that some experts don't consider the vitamin B12 in Spirulina to be bioavailable; others disagree.)
These foods are rich in natural minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. They are also an excellent source of the trace minerals commonly lacking in today's standard diet. Many of these vitamins and minerals exhibit antioxidant properties which aid in the elimination of toxins and free-radicals, helping the body fight disease and stay healthy. These elements also fight cancer -- in fact, preliminary studies point to Spirulina as a natural anti-cancer agent.
Spirulina contains a variety of amino acids. There is a lot of confusion over amino acids, so we have listed the main ones below and their benefits:
-- Isoleucine (4.13 per cent): Needed for growth, brain development and nitrogen balance within the body. Also assists with synthesising other non-essential amino acids.
-- Leucine (5.8 per cent): Helps increase muscular energy levels and stimulate brain function.
-- Lysine (4.0 per cent): Used for forming blood antibodies; improves the circulatory system and promotes cell growth.
-- Methionine (2.17 per cent): Vital for metabolising the fats and lipids that maintain a healthy liver. Also helps calm the nerves.
-- Phenylalanine (3.95 per cent): Used by the thyroid for the production of thyroxin which, in turn, governs metabolic rate.
-- Threonine (4.17 per cent): Improves competence of the intestines and, thus, aids digestion.
-- Tryptophane (1.13 per cent): Enhances the use of B group vitamins and improves nerve fibres. This contributes to emotional stability and calmness.
-- Valine (6.0 per cent): Assists with the co-ordination of the muscular system as well as contributing to improved mental capacity.
Non-essential amino acids are a group of twelve amino acids. Spirulina doesn't have all of them, but it does contain ten. ‘Non-essential’, in this context, means that, if not naturally present in normal foods, the amino acids can be synthesised. It does not mean that the body has no need of them. Again, the following list is that of the non-essential amino acids that are provided by Spirulina:
– Alanine (5.82 per cent): Strengthens the walls of cells.
– Arginine (5.98 per cent): Important for the production of seminal fluid which is about
Arginine (80 per cent): Assists in keeping the blood clean.
– Aspartic Acid (6.34 per cent): Helps with the transformation of carbohydrates into energy.
– Cysteine (0.67 per cent): Aids with pancreatic health and stabilises blood sugar. May help alleviate food allergies.
– Glutamic Acid (8.94 per cent): Along with glucose, it fuels the brain cells. Can reduce the craving for alcohol and stabilise mental health.
– Glycine (3.5 per cent): Promoter of energy.
– Histidine (1.08 per cent): Improves nerve relays, especially in the hearing organs. Has even been used as a remedy for deafness.
– Proline (2.97 per cent): A precursor of Glutamic acid.
– Serine (4.0 per cent): Helps with the formation of the fatty sheath surrounding nerve fibres.
– Tyrosine (4.6 per cent): Known to slow the ageing of cells and to suppress hunger. Involved in the colouration of hair and skin and also helps with sunburn protection.
In spite of their nutritional punch, blue-green algae and Spirulina do not pack a lot of calories. This makes it effortless to incorporate these superfoods into your diet regardless of your nutritional needs and preferences. It is important to find a quality source of blue-green algae or Spirulina. Poor quality supplements may contain heavy metal contaminants and other toxins. Be sure to examine the source of your blue-green algae and Spirulina carefully before buying.
Chlorella – Chlorella is a fresh water algae and, like its other algae cousins, it contains a complete protein profile, all the B vitamins, vitamin C and E and many minerals. It is amazing for the immune system and for reducing cholesterol and preventing the hardening of the arteries, precursors to heart attacks and strokes. Chlorella is known to be the densest chlorophyll-rich food on the planet.
Adding chlorella to your diet will contribute to your recommended daily fibre intake. 10g of Chlorella will provide you with about 2.1g of fibre (two times more than brown bread). Chlorella supports weight loss, when used in combination with exercise, because it contains Vitamins B2, B3, B12, iron and magnesium, which all contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Chlorella promotes digestive health because it contains zinc. Zinc contributes to a normal, acid-base metabolism, normal carbohydrate metabolism, normal macronutrient metabolism, normal metabolism of fatty acids and normal absorption of vitamin A. For sexual health, zinc contributes to normal fertility and reproduction. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and magnesium elevate overall physical health by contributing to the normal function of the nervous system.This was excerpted from the YUSA Guide To Balance: Mind Body Spirit which you can view in full HERE where it’s available in physical and digital format. You can also see what our current worldwide readership is saying about the book. If you are outside of the UK we advise that you visit Amazon.com for your copy for more cost effective delivery costs.