Monday, 15 September 2014

Guest Post: by Simple Supplements - Superfoods to Boost Energy and Vitality

Superfoods and Antioxidants


Superfoods are often in the spotlight for their many acclaimed health benefits, but why are they so valuable? These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients and electrolytes, but lower in calories than other foods. They are wholesome and nourish your body and have a vast array of health benefits.  One of these health benefits is their ability to increase energy and vitality because they take longer to digest and stabilise your blood sugar, leaving you with steady energy levels for longer amounts of time. Superfoods are also rich in antioxidants and back a mean punch when it comes to protecting your body from free radicals and keeping you healthy.
  
Oxygen is at the heart of our everyday life. Your metabolism takes the oxygen that we breathe and the food we eat and processes to make energy. But to get the most out of your body, you need to feed it the right foods to keep your metabolism working and your energy levels up.  
Different superfoods can offer different benefits so, to help you choose, we’ve picked our five favourite superfoods that are great for boosting energy levels.’  If your body is in need of some antioxidant goodness try eating more of these to help neutralise free radicals and bring balance back to your body. 

1. Blueberries

These rich purple-blue berries are high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre, which help keep your immune system strong. Unlike other fruits which give a natural sugar rush, blueberries rank low on the glycemic index so they don’t trigger blood sugar spikes. Instead, they keep energy levels stable - and boost your brain power! 

2. Goji berries



Packed full of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and lycopene, this berry enhances vitality. Goji berries provide ample doses of amino acids, fatty acids, and B vitamins to increase your metabolism and boost energy levels. 

3. Chia seeds 


Chia seeds are a complete protein rich in fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese. One tablespoon of Chia seeds contains 5 grams of fibre, making them one of the best sources of fibre in the world. The high fibre content in Chia seeds slows the conversion of carbohydrate to sugar and provides a slow release of energy, stabilising blood sugars to avoid highs and lows.   

4. Spirulina



Spirulina is blue - green algae which contains 65% complete protein, more than fish or meat.  Spirulina is also 58 times richer in iron than spinach and is extremely high in Chlorophyllwhich helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system. As Spirulina is rich in iron, antioxidants, Omega 3 and 6 and Vitamin B, consuming it will noticeably boost your energy and improve your concentration throughout the day.  

5. Green tea


Full of antioxidants called catechins, green tea is nutrient-rich since it isn’t steamed, withered, or fermented beforehand like black tea. These antioxidants help to protect against the development of cancer and improve brain function as you age. If you are feeling the afternoon slump, try a cup of Green tea as the small amount of caffeine it contains will give a natural energy boost.   

These delicious foods are easy to add to the daily diet through smoothies, juices or replacing your regular cup of coffee with a cup of Green tea. And if you are busy and haven’t had the time to go grocery shopping, antioxidant supplements can also be beneficial in boosting your body’s antioxidant protection and all the same vitamins and minerals. However you choose to consume them, you should see a real boost to your energy levels.

The good people at Simple Supplements have provided me with a 15% discount code for my readers and followers to take advantage of should you wish to purchase some supplements. Please enter 14B315 upon checkout to receive your 15% off. Offer ends 15 October 2014.




Disclaimer: This post was written by a guest contributor.
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