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With winter in the not-too-distant future and with the cold and flu season around the corner, it’s important to take a proactive approach to stay as healthy as possible. No one wants to spend time sick in bed, make trips to the doctor or hospital, or develop a severe illness, but it happens to thousands of Canadians each year.
Rather than accepting that you will likely get a cold or flu this season, why not take a proactive approach and integrate superfoods into your diet?
Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are particularly beneficial for your health and well-being. They are mainly plant-based, but some can be found in dairy products and fish. While there are no set parameters for what qualifies as a superfood, foods in this category are often rich in antioxidants or vitamins, or they contain significant amounts of healthy fat.
Superfoods continue to grow in popularity. They are beneficial in many ways, as they:
Eating superfoods can help you feel better overall, and it’s an indirect way to help reduce your health care costs. The healthier you are, the less likely you are to need your health insurance.
There is a misconception that superfoods are weird and uncommon plants and seeds, that they are difficult to find, they taste awful, and that they’re are extremely expensive. While some superfoods do fit these descriptions, you might be surprised just how many of the most potent and healthy superfoods you already know and see at the grocery store on a regular basis.
Here is a list of superfoods you can easily integrate into your diet today (if you haven’t already):
This is only a sample of the dozens of superfoods you can include in your diet.
One of the main reasons you might want to start integrating superfoods into your diet to prepare for winter is because it’s common to eat too much over the holiday season, and the food is often high in fat and processed sugars. These foods also tend to lack the vitamins and minerals we need.
What does this mean? It negatively impacts our immune system and increases the odds of us getting sick. Superfoods help us by overcoming our diet shortcomings and ensure we stay healthy and fight off germs and viruses during the winter months.
Here are some superfoods that are particularly effective for this time of the year:
The simple act of adding a few superfoods to your diet can have a significant impact on you and your family. You will be less prone to getting sick, you will have more energy and you will feel better overall.
Do you make it a point to include superfoods in your diet? If so, which are your favourites? Which ones are you planning on trying in the future?