These 5 superfoods are items I could recommend for everyone to add into their diet. Your need for dietary supplementation (herbs and vitamins) will be reduced according to how much of these superfoods you regularly consume. Shoot for 3 – 4 times a week per item.
If there’s a superfood that just really grosses you out, no worries. You can always take these in pill / supplement form. “Take it or eat it!”
1. Fermented foods.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, pickled vegetables are full of naturally occurring probiotics. So, do you need a probiotic for your gut health? Not if you’re regularly eating these. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in your intestines. If they get out of balance you end up with problems like poor immunity, skin issues, and even cancer. I wrote this article years ago on how to make your own fermented vegetables.
To be honest, this is one that I just take in pill form. They’re so good for you, but I just can’t stomach the taste. If you want to eat it, you can find good quality organ meats, even in ground meat or sausage form at www.uswellnessmeats.com. Organ meats have a lot of the vitamins and trace minerals that we become deficient in on a regular basis.
- Adrenal Gland: great source of Vitamin C. Your adrenal glands are your stress glands. That’s why when you are stressed out, you tend to get sick. You use up your adrenal energy which is Vitamin C.
- Liver: if there was one food I wish I could eat it’s Liver. It’s a great source of Vitamin A, B-vitamins, zinc (eating sugar depletes your body of zinc), folate, and iron. Anyone with chronic Liver problems such as anemia, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, skin problems, or moodiness should take Liver on a regular basis.
- Heart: the best source of CoQ10. CoQ10, which you can also buy in pill form, is the enzyme that your body stops producing when you take cholesterol medication. CoQ10 is food for your muscles, including your Heart. To prevent or treat Heart dis-ease, especially if you’re on statin drugs, eat Heart organ. Heart is also a good source of amino acids, B12 and collagen for your skin and tendons.
- Kidney: source of Vitamin A, B12, riboflavin, and iron.
- Tendon: in general, if you have a problem area in your body, eat that type of animal organ. It helps to heal on a cellular level.
I know this is the hottest new food fad, but bear with me here. Remember back in the old days when people would make “stock?” That’s what bone broth is. It’s vegetable broth + bones. To make it on your own, you’re going to need 48 hours of preparation time. You can Google how to do it if you’re super-motivated. OR you can do what I do and what lots of other lazy cooks who happen to want to eat healthy do: we buy it already made.
Once you have your bone broth, you use it as a base for soup recipes or any type of recipe that calls for “broth.” You can have it by itself as a drink as well. Bone broth is full of trace minerals that are difficult to get through a regular, American-ized diet. It helps heal your joints and digestive tract because it is super-alkalizing and ph-balancing. The minerals help your nerves communicate better.
Seaweed is the #1 way to heal your hormones, thyroid included. Seaweed is nourishing with tons of trace minerals that help your body work better. At the same time it is cleansing, helping your body get rid of excess fluid and toxins, especially those in the hormone areas, like cysts, fibroids, and goiter.
Good seaweed options are nori (those wrap-thingies they use on sushi); kelp (I take this in tablet form twice daily); kombu (def an acquired taste, but I cooked it into a soup once); you could put spirulina into a smoothie; use seaweed flakes for seasoning; or make / order a seaweed salad.
Pasteurization of dairy (milk, cheese, cream, yogurt) kills bacteria, but it also kills off the precious enzymes that allow your body to digest dairy products and absorb the nutrients.
If you’re looking for a place to find raw dairy around you, check out www.realmilk.com. You can also check your local farmer’s market.
If you haven’t had raw, full-fat dairy before, you’re in for a treat! This stuff is yummy. And so good for you and your family. 90% of the time, even people who are lactose-intolerant can digest raw dairy.