8 Superfoods That Are Easy To Eat And Will Fuel Your Energy!
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Revitalise your energy levels with a diet centred around Superfoods, each offering unique health benefits for improved vitality and overall well-being.

 

South Africa (05 December 2023) – Let’s cut to the chase. Your energy levels mirror your diet. That lingering tiredness that you’re struggling to shake could very well be due to your dietary choices. We all want more energy each day. Imagine if it was only a tasty mouthful (or two) away.

To help you make the most of what you munch, we’ve created a list of eight energy-inducing superfoods.

Hydration: The essential element

Of course, we’re starting our list with water. Not only is it free but think of water as more than a thirst quencher; it’s vital for your overall health. Approximately 60% of your body is water, playing a key role in various functions like nutrient absorption, regulating body temperature, blood circulation, digestion, and more.

Here’s a tip: Begin your day with a large glass of water. It’s a great way to signal your body to start the day. Plus, if you think you aren’t drinking enough water, you can correct this by determining your daily water intake and drinking up to that amount. A great way to achieve this is by carrying a water bottle around filled with tasty, filtered water.

Ginger: A time-honoured health booster

Rewind about 4,000 years and you’ll find ginger already in use, long before modern health trends. This potent root, often found in your kitchen, has been a reliable health aid for ages. Ginger is more than a flavour enhancer – it’s a health booster. It’s known for its benefits in muscle relaxation, blood circulation, reducing inflammation, combating migraines, and strengthening immunity.

Blueberries: The fruit of excellence

Regarded as the ‘emperor of fruits’, blueberries are a powerhouse of nutrients despite their small size. Loaded with fibre, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamin C, blueberries are the nutritional equivalent of a potent five-course meal (without the sugar and bad carbs). They support heart health, cancer prevention, and optimal brain function.

Almonds: The ultimate nutAlmonds are densely packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, and protein, making them an excellent choice for a quick energy boost and overall health support. They contribute to lowering cholesterol, combating heart disease, and cancer prevention.

Enjoy almonds in different forms:

  • Eat them raw as a snack.
  • Use almond butter as a spread or in smoothies.
  • Opt for almond milk as a dairy substitute.
  • Soak them to make them more digestible.

Kombucha: The fermented health elixir

Kombucha, a fermented tea drink made with SCOBY, is rich in organic enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins. It’s a health-promoting beverage that detoxifies, heals, and energises, and if you enjoy things that taste fermented, you’ll find it delicious too!

Here’s how you can include kombucha in your diet:

  • Purchase it from health stores.
  • Brew it at home with a kombucha kit.

Eggs: The nutritional powerhouse

Eggs are a compact source of essential nutrients like vitamins A, B2, B12, D, E, protein, calcium, and iron. They offer significant health benefits and are incredibly versatile in cooking.

Choose organic and free-range eggs for additional health benefits and to support sustainable farming practices.

Oatmeal: The long-lasting breakfast staple

Oatmeal is not just a popular breakfast choice; it’s a nutritional champion. High in soluble fibre and protein, it helps lower cholesterol and maintain healthy blood pressure. Oatmeal often tops recommendations for a nourishing and energising breakfast. Consider it for your morning routine for its health benefits and sustained energy.

Coconut water: The natural hydrator

We’ve spoken about the benefits of water, but coconut water has its special place in this list too. Forget commercial sports drinks; coconut water is a natural and effective alternative that is rich in minerals like potassium. It’s not just a beachside refreshment. It’s a genuine energy booster.

Here’s a tip: If you’re not a fan of plain coconut water, try blending it into a smoothie with fruits like strawberries and bananas for a delicious and healthy drink.

Get energised

If you know you get enough sleep but still feel a bit flat each day, try all or a combination of these superfoods to bring some extra energy into your daily life and routines.

This article was brought to you by Profmed. Profmed’s vision is to address the healthcare needs of South Africa’s professionals. This is achieved through the tailored and comprehensive design of benefits that suit the specific requirements of professionals. With over 60 years’ experience, Profmed is one of the longest-established medical schemes in South Africa but we are as relevant today as we were 60 years ago.


Sources: Profmed 
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