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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Which Superfoods are right for me?

Select three of the below benefits to discover superfoods that can help your health goals.

  • Exercise Support
  • Healthier Skin
  • Increased Energy
  • Weight Loss
  • Healthy Heart
  • Anti Ageing
  • Joint Health
  • Digestion Support
  • Increase Libido
  • Cleansing & Detox
  • Boosted Immunity
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The Superfoods Way with One Hungry Mami

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Benefits of Maca for Women
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Benefits of Maca for Women

With all of the buzz around (and misuse of) the term 'superfoods', it is sometimes useful to remind ourselves that true superfoods really do exist. Maca is one of these true superfoods. It's amazingly high nutrient density, it's ability to support energy production and it's ability to improve men's health are well documented. Now, let's take a closer look at the benefits of Maca for women.  

Benefits of Maca For Women

 

1. Maca Offers Numerous General Health Benefits

Let's start off with some of maca's general benefits. Maca can help boost energy, endurance and stamina. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass. Warning: If you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before having maca.

2. Maca Supports Ability To Withstand Stress

Maca is a type of food known as an 'adaptogen': a natural food that helps us deal with the effects of stress. It is rich in a number of key vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that our body needs heightened levels of during times of stress. It can promote homeostasis (where your body is in a state of equilibrium and balance) during times of stress, when your body can otherwise be experiencing a hormonal rollercoaster.  

3. Maca may help treat menopause symptoms

Maca has been traditionally used in menopausal women as a natural form of hormone replacement therapy. This use has persisted for hundreds of years in Peru and has become commonplace in many Western countries, including Australia. Whilst maca does appear to help balance hormones, it's exact benefits for treating menopause are yet to be clinically proven.  

4. Maca Gives Support During Menstruation

Maca has also been traditionally used for helping relieve menstrual symptoms. Central to this is Maca's effect on stabilising mood and hormone levels. It's high nutrient density may also be part of the reason, as it provides key vitamins and nutrients that may help relieve cramping and other menstrual pain.

3. Maca Supports Skin Health

Some people find maca helps clear skin blemishes and balanced oily skin types. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.   Want to know more about Maca's benefits? Read about Nature's Way Super Maca. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. To buy superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au.
5 SuperFoods That Boost Immunity
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5 SuperFoods That Boost Immunity

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5 Superfoods For Your Heart
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5 Superfoods For Your Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is as much about putting the right nutrients in to your body as it is about keeping the wrong substances out.  Foods that contain saturated fats, salt and high levels of processed sugar are all "No-no's" (as is smoking). If you are concerned about your heart, eating well and avoiding the above foods and toxins may help. Eating more of the below 5 superfoods for a healthy heart may also be of benefit to overall heart health. Looking after your heart is serious business. As this article is being written, heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia. If you have serious concerns about heart health, talking to your doctor should be your first step. Eating the foods below may help support your heart, but just eating these foods and neglecting other lifestyle factors that can contribute to heart problems will not guarantee a healthy heart.  

5 Superfoods For Your Heart

 

1. Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease according to the Australian Heart Foundation. Omega-3 may also help reduce inflammation of blood vessels and reduce blood clotting. Try our Chia-Crusted Salmon recipe for a tasty, healthy way to get more salmon into your diet.  

2. Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are - like salmon - rich in omega-3. In fact, on a pund-for-pound basis, chia seeds contain more omega-3 than salmon. Furthermore, chia seeds are rich in fibre. Diets high in fibre can reduce the risk of heart disease. Try our Chia Cacao Coconut Cluster recipe for a treat that you won't believe is heart-healthy.  

3. Tofu and/or Soy Milk

Both of these food sources contain niacin, folate, calcium magnesium and potassium. These nutrients are crtitical to help support the heart. Try our Banana Split Smoothie recipe - a delicious way to drink soy milk and top up fibre, protein and antioxidants.  

4. Acai

Acai is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are important for helping prevent potential cellular damage caused by free radicals - unstable molecules that are present in our body and attack cells in an effort to stabilise themselves. This damage can cause inflammation, and antioxidants can thus protect our body from the inflammation. Inflammation can be an aggravating factor in heart disease. Preliminary studies also suggest acai may be helpful for reducing blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Try our Acai Berry Breakfast recipe for a heart healthy start to the date.  

5. Cacao

You may have heard of studies that suggest a potential link between daily (dark) chocolate consumption and heart health. This link is likely because dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa) is rich in polyphenols: substances that can help reduce clotting, blood pressure and inflammation. What you may not know is that dark chocolate, and the cocoa used to make it, are actually the nutritionally inferior by-products of raw cacao. Raw cacao is rich in a number of nutrients that are critical for supporting heart health. It is the base ingredient used to make cocoa / dark chocolate (cacao is processed and cooked to turn it into cocoa, whihc is then processed further to create dark chocolate. This processing and cooking destroys much of the original nutritional content, so choosing cacao over cocoa is a good idea). Try our Choc Chilli Cacao Mousse recipe for a decadent, heart-friendly dessert. ------ This article is presented by our online health partner Health365. To buy Nature's Way Superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au/shop.
Superfoods for Healthy Joints
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Superfoods for Healthy Joints

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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.