Most of us have a pretty good idea of what constitutes as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods. While there can be some overlap, generally you won’t go far wrong by eating foods as close to their natural form as possible (and avoiding processed items or those high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat). People who exercise regularly and eat right are generally slimmer and fitter than those who don’t for obvious reasons. Since our weight can have a big impact on our health, it’s always worth aiming to keep it at the correct level.
It can be argued that technically it’s not essential to eat healthily to lose weight. In fact, if you go here you will see how a professor lost weight while eating nothing but junk food! However, health is more than about just weight loss. If you’re overweight then losing the excess is good, but it’s so much better to strive for a healthy body rather than just a slim one. Fueling your body with the foods it needs will help you avoid preventative diseases, feed your muscles and nourish you which is all crucial.
There are new ‘superfood’ discoveries and popular ingredients that are hailed for their health products coming under the radar of health buffs all the time. Often these are ingredients which have been used across the globe for both food and medicine for centuries. However, with easy access to many weird and wonderful things in supermarkets and health food shops; they can be worth a try if you’re feeling brave! Here are a few weird foods that everyone should try since the health benefits are incredible!
Amazingly, wheatgrass is healthier than any other fruit, vegetable or herb on earth. It contains every vitamin and mineral that your body needs for good health. On top of this, it also contains an excellent source of living chlorophyll. This is difficult to find in most other foods, and it’s useful since it’s an important blood builder. All in all, it’s one of the most powerful food healers known to man
Sea Buckthorn contains high levels of healthy fats and a nutrient called omega 7. Chances are you’ve heard of both omega 3 and 6, but 7 seven is much rarer. Sea buckthorn can be juiced or blended up into smoothies. Alternatively, you can use the leaves to make into a tea- this provides an excellent source of vitamins, minerals antioxidants, amino acids and fatty acids.
Kelp provides a huge array of different minerals, including iodine and underwater antioxidants such as iron, folate, and vitamin K. It also contains the highest natural concentration of calcium of any food- even ten times more than milk! It might not be the tastiest thing in the world (brown algae anyone?!); but if you blend it with some sweet flavored fruits or cook it into soups you can reap the rewards without experiencing too much of the taste!
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.