Superfoods

The term "Superfoods" refers to foods that have un-commonly high nutrient density. But not all "Superfoods" are the same - our Superfoods range aims to give you REAL Superfoods that you know are great for you, without all the nasties.
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  • Increased Energy
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  • Increase Libido
  • Cleansing & Detox
  • Boosted Immunity
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Did you know that not all superfoods are the same?
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Did you know that not all superfoods are the same?

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3 Superfoods For Men's Health
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3 Superfoods For Men's Health

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Superfoods for Healthy Joints
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Superfoods for Healthy Joints

Natural joint health supplements like krill oil and glucosamine have well documented benefits for supporting healthy joints, and pharmaceutical / prescription drugs can be obtained from your doctor to help with arthritis and joint pain. However, your lifestyle and the food you eat  can also have a significant effect on joint health. Try these superfoods for arthritis and maintaining joint health.

CAMU CAMU

A fine powder derived from an Amazonian fruit, Camu Camu has impressive antioxidant properties and can be a great anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatories cab be beneficial for arthritis sufferers, as the joint pain felt is often the result of swelling and  inflammation around the joint. Reducing inflammation, therefore, often means reducing pain. Further, Camu Camu is rich in vitamin C – vitamin C is critical for a number of bodily functions including production of collagen. Collagen is required for growing, healing and repairing tissue and cartilage.

CHIA SEEDS

Chia Seeds are rich in fibre, protein and – importantly – omega-3 fatty acids. Ensuring you have sufficient intake of Omega-3s is important for joints and the link between omega-3 intake and joint health is documented. If you aren’t eating fatty fish such as salmon or tuna 3 times a week, you should be trying to increase your daily omega-3 intake by:
  1. taking a Krill Oil tablet daily or
  2. including vegetable sources of omega-3 like chia seeds into your diet. Need some inspiration on how  to eat more chia? Check out our Chia Seed recipes.

TURMERIC

You may be familiar with turmeric as a spice used in curries and stir fries. You may not realise that it is actually a superfood that contains a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient called curcumin. Adding enough turmeric to your meals each day to achieve the full anti-inflammatory effect might not be feasible, but there are an increasing number of juice bars around that offer turmeric in their products that can help you increase your turmeric / curcumin intake. Alternatively, try Osteo Flex – it contains clinically studied levels of curcumin so you can be sure you are getting sufficient dosage. It also contains additional joint care ingredients Krill Oil and Green Lipped Mussel.   ---------- This article was provided by our online partner Health365. To buy superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au.        
5 Superfoods For Your Heart
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5 Superfoods For Your Heart

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The  Superfoods Way with One Hungry Mami
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The Superfoods Way with One Hungry Mami

Share your blogging journey with us. When did it begin and why did you decide to start?

My blog began in July 2012, and it came after a rather big and indulgent trip to the States.  I decided on my return that I would try a purely plant based diet for 12 weeks.  So, 1 month before my 34th birthday, I did it.  I remember telling people about it and someone suggested I should write about my experience.  That's when the blog was born.  It was a really good way of keeping myself accountable, sharing recipes I came up with a long the way and documenting what changes, physical or mental, that I undertook as a result.  My journey is still going and a lot has happened so the blog has evolved to reflect that, and will hopefully continue as long as I'm around.

Outside of creating beautiful content for your followers, what are you most passionate about in life?  

It's cliche but I'm truly passionate about my family and friends.  I think in today's world, it's easy to get caught up in the superficial but when it all comes down to it, you have nothing if you don't have anyone around you to share it with.

What is your daily health, wellness and fitness routine?

I used to be really regimented and would try to do all the right things, but now I take a more relaxed approach and realise that every day is different so your body and mind requirements are going to reflect that.  My non-negotiables are daily meditation, fresh homemade food, a superfood smoothie, kissing my family, and moving my body for an hour each day.  I love exercise, it's a natural stress reliever and mood elevator so apart from keeping me fit, it also keeps me mentally well.  I love to run, it's just another form of meditation in my opinion.  I balance that with resistance training using my own body and light weights.  Rest is also important so getting a day to do just that is a priority, and this includes taking a break from technology too.

What’s your favourite way to utilise Super Foods to help you get through a busy day? 

As a nurse, I do shift work, mainly the late shift so I really love a good smoothie, specially around the 3 pm mark when my body is craving an energy injection.  It beats coffee and keeps me going until dinner time so I'm not munching mindlessly on unhealthy foods.  My favourite is a green smoothie made from baby spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, lemon juice, coconut water, avocado and 1 tsp of the Nature's Way Flavoured Spirulina.  It's really low sugar but tastes amazing thanks to the spirulina powder.   For more info or to follow One Hungry Mami, click here. Check out her beautiful Superfoods Cheesecake recipe:  recipe for amazing superfoods cheesecake
5 SuperFoods That Boost Immunity
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5 SuperFoods That Boost Immunity

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The SuperFoods Way with Mumafit
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The SuperFoods Way with Mumafit

Share your blogging journey with us. When did it begin and why did you decide to start? 

I started my Mumafit blog about 2 years ago. I was pregnant with my third baby and my husband and I had decided to develop a pre and post natal fitness app (The Mumafit App). We both had degrees in fitness and had lots of experience either training pregnant women, or for me, having mastered the art of pre and post natal exercise through personal experience. I decided to blog to create greater exposure for the app initially, but then I realised how thirsty women were for quality information on wellbeing during and post pregnancy, and this spurred me on and eventually lead to my niche life and wellness coaching.  

Outside of creating beautiful content for your followers, what are you most passionate about in life?

  I am truly driven to live a life that is rich in experience, explores the depths of our souls, our connections with others and allows us each to live with our own style of emotional and physical freedom. As my children grow, my focus remains firmly on raising them in this manner. We love to get away as often as we can in our full size old bus converted into a motorhome so that we can leave the city behind us, connect with the ocean and spend more quality time as a family. What is your daily health, wellness and/or fitness routine Since having 3 children in 4 years, time is hard to find, so I only exercise formally 2 or 3 times a week with yoga and strength training. My life is full of incidental activity though as we love to get outside and walk the beach or the streets with the kids. I try hard to remember to hydrate properly every day and eat as healthily as we can. Food has become such an integral part of our wellbeing, keeping us from falling ill and providing us the energy to live a vital life with our kids. We are not saints though and enjoy indulging ourselves every now and then. When it comes to food and exercise, I don’t believe in extremes or allowing an obsession with wellbeing become just another stress in your life – so keeping things moderate and simple is key.

What’s your favourite way to utilise Super Foods to help you get through a busy day?

Mmm tough question as I’ve learnt to sneak them in at any opportunity. My breakfast is always loaded with superfoods, so that if the day gets away from me, I’ve already had a good start. Then it’s a toss up between smoothies and bliss balls. I’ll take either! For more info or to follow Muma Fit - click here. See her amazing SuperFood Bliss Balls Recipe:   Recipe for Bliss Balls via Mumafit
Why You Need Fibre In Your Diet
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Why You Need Fibre In Your Diet

Increasing your fibre intake may - at first - seem like a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand, fibre not typically absorbed very well by the body. Why eat more of something that your body can't absorb? On the other hand, if your diet lacks fibre, you will definitely know about it. Let's take a closer look at why you need fibre.  

Why You Need Fibre

The benefits of fibre can best be studied by looking at what diets lacking in fibre can cause versus the benefits that diets rich in fibre offer. Diets low in fibre can lead to a number of health conditions, ranging from constipation and weight gain to fatigue and blood sugar fluctuations. Diets high in fibre generally lead to  much better overall health, weight management, more regular bowel movements, better digestion and a reduced risk of a range of serious diseases.  

The 2 types of fibre

There are two types of dietary fibre that are both subtly different, yet both are important for overall health.  

1. Soluble Fibre

Soluble fibre can be digested by your body, but usually very slowly compared to other carbohydrates. As a result, when you eat a diet rich in soluble fibre, the soluble fibre is digested slowly and can lead to more sustained energy and constant blood sugar levels after eating. High fibre diets can also help with weight loss, as the slow digestion of soluble fibre leads to longer feeling of fullness that may prevent snacking and a more prolonged energy release.  

Why You Need Soluble Fibre

Soluble fibre may help with:
  • cholesterol management
  • controlling blood sugar levels
  • inflammatory bowel conditions

Good Sources of Soluble Fibre

  • Oats
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • peas
  • Vegetables
 

2. Insoluble Fibre

We have established that soluble fibre can be digested, albeit slowly. Insoluble fibre, on the other hand, remains largely undigested as it passes through your digestive tract. Just because it is not digested does not mean it doesn't play a critical role in digestion and overall health. During digestion, insoluble fibre passes through to the intestine, bringing water with it. This increases bulk and hydration of waste products. In short, this helps you go to the bathroom more regularly and the additional water in your waste helps you avoid constipation. Insoluble fibre can also help promote a feeling of fullness for those looking to lose weight / reduce snacking.  

Why You Need Insoluble Fibre

Insoluble Fibre may help with:
  • maintaining regular bowel movement
  • weight management
 

Good sources of Insoluble fibre

  • leafy green vegetables
  • root vegetables
  • carrots
  • raisins
 

Superfoods For Fibre

Super Chia Seeds not only contains double the amount of fibre than oats, they also contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, so are a great way to top up your dietary fibre levels. Try them if you are actively looking for an easy way to increase your fibre intake.

Final Tips For Increasing Fibre

  • Adults need to get 25 to 30g of fibre each day. Most Australians do not get this much fibre. If you are struggling to get enough fibre in your diet, a fibre supplement like our Adult Fibre VitaGummies  may offer some benefit.
  • Sudden increases in dietary fibre may cause abdominal pain or flatulence. If you currently have a low fibre diet and are trying to increase your fibre levels, do so gradually over the course of several weeks.
  • Finally, increasing your fibre intake may require an increase in the amount of water you need to drink in a day. Since you pass more water as waste in a high fibre diet, increasing fibre intake may bring increased risk  of dehydration. Dry mouth, increased thirst, headache or dark coloured urine are all signs you may be dehydrated and need to drink more water.
------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. If you would like to learn more about why you need fibre (among other things), visit www.health365.com.au.