You may have heard the saying: "you are what you eat."
While this may be technically true, when it comes to building real health you are not just what you eat — you are actually what you absorb.
This is because not all foods are created equal. Anyone who has ever experienced a junk food craving understands the difference between what you should eat, versus what you want to eat.
Humans are classified as omnivores. This means we could technically eat anything we wanted, including non-food items, and our bodies will do their best to process and absorb these through our digestive tract.
Absorbing the right vitamins, fats, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins are one of the keys to abundant health and longevity. Few people could argue about the benefits of a diet rich in live, whole foods being better for your health and longevity than prepackaged, refined junk foods.
While fruits and vegetables traditionally have been the undisputed kings and queens of nutrient density, there is a subcategory of foods that have been labelled "superfoods."
Superfoods pack quite a nutritional punch relative to their serving size, and have healing and restorative properties that go far beyond regular fruits and veggies.
Here’s a short list of some of the most potent superfoods on the planet:
Kale — The undisputed champion when it comes to Vitamin K and calcium, kale has more calcium than dairy and fortified cereals combined. Best eaten lightly steamed, baked or raw in small amounts.
Dark chocolate — Anything over 80% is high in minerals like magnesium and copper and low in sugar content. Also, dark chocolate is full of heart-healthy flavonoids. A great treat.
Cherries – Cherries are rich in antioxidants, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and are used by those with gout and other arthritic conditions. Cherries are great for repair and recovery after intense workouts too.
Wild salmon — Wild caught is best and highest in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Wild salmon is also high in selenium, which tends to offset some of the mercury toxicity found in all fish. Two to three servings a week are generally recommended.
Sea vegetables — Woefully lacking in modern diets, kelp, seaweed, arame and sea asparagus are high in iodine and good salts which can promote thyroid health and have powerful anti-cancer properties.
Wild blueberries — Immune boosters that attack dangerous free radicals, these potent little antioxidants are low in sugar content and ideal for those wishing to limit their fructose intake.
Coconut oil — A good medium-chain fat that is a versatile cooking agent and a potent energy source. It’s heart-healthy and a powerful immune booster, and it is a great supplement for those wishing to burn fat.
Free-range eggs — A great source of protein and good fats, free-range eggs are also high in Vitamin D, choline and omega-3s. The best eggs are from chickens allowed to run free and forage in pastures.
Grass-fed liver — Often overlooked, liver, especially grass-fed beef liver, has more vitamins and minerals than any fruits or vegetables on the planet. Best consumed from grass-fed and humanely raised sources.
Adding these delicious and nutritious superfoods to your diet, along with eating a diet low in refined carbohydrates and toxic foods, can help you promote longevity, health and wellness.