Superfoods help fight fatigue




Superfoods, tomatoes

What are superfoods? Well my definition of superfoods are those that boost your immune system and give you energy.

Carotenoids

Carotenoids are nutrients in foods that give them their vibrant colors, ie: tomatoes, strawberries peaches, carrots, just to name a few. I'm not talking about beta carotene but the whole carotenoid family. These nutrients keep the immune system healthy.

The immune system can be defined as a complex network of specialized cells and organs that are able to distinguish between self and foreign molecules inside the body and thus is the system that fights invaders, like bacteria, parasites and viruses.

A weakened immune system can wreak havoc on your health. Research shows that infection may contribute to health disease especially with people with weakened immune systems however, research shows that carotenoids can help strengthen the immune system, thereby reducing the risk on contracting heart disease and cancer.

Carotenoids are also shown to provide strong anti inflammatory benefits (inflammation is a characteristic of autoimmune disorders) In addition to acting as powerful antioxidants which can strengthen the immune system.

In order for you to build a stronger immune system, it's crucial to consume the recommended 5-9 servings of these superfoods daily.

Be aware, surveys of a typical diet consistently show that only about 3% of the population are eating enough of the fruits and vegetables known to provide immune building benefits.

In a world of fast food choices is it any wonder that our health is declining and the rate of disease is increasing? On any given day 95% of the population in North America will not consume foods which provide basic nutrients required for good health. On that same day 75% of the population will consume foods that will contribute to a decline in our health.

When you do not get what you need and you consume too much of what you don't need you create nutritional gaps in your diet and expose yourself to the possibility of developing any number of diseases that are related to nutrition deficiency.

Lipids and Sterols

Lipids and sterols, from grains, are also superfoods.

To increase shelf life, grains are subjected to about two dozen processes before they are transformed into dietary staples, such as white flour and white rice.

Processing removes the nutritious outer layers of the grain. These layers contain the majority of grains, vitamins and mineral as well "good fats" called lipids and sterols. Other foods provide healthful lipids and sterols superfoods as well.

In the 1950's a series conducted at a Southern California hospital indicated that people suffering from chronic fatigue could benefit dramatically from a mixture of plant extracts providing broad spectrum lipids and sterols. Now that's a superfood!

When it comes to health not all fats are bad. Some fats are good even essential. Good fats provide energy, essential fatty acids, are cellular building blocks which play a key role in adrenal function.

For instance, fats are necessary for normal growth and development, especially in infants. They are also important to the structure and function of the nervous system. But most importantly they make up the greater part of the membrane that surround each and every cell in the human body.

While reducing the fat content of the diet has many positive health benefits, it means that people are reducing the total lipids and sterols superfoods they are taking in from all sources not just bad fats such as saturated fats.

They are also reducing their intake of good fats from whole grains and soybeans, which supply important lipid and sterol nutrient you need to feel your best.

Lipid and sterol insufficiency may slow the normal working of the endocrine glands which virtually control the body's energy levels. For this reason insufficiency of lipids and sterols may be a factor in long term fatigue and why I feel that lipids and sterols are superfoods.

Superfoods, oranges

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is found in most of the body's fluids in the eyes, areas of the brain and in the white blood cells that fight off infection.

Vitamin C neutralizes highly reactive and destructive free radical molecules created by normal metabolism, pollution and even sunlight.

In addition research shows that Vitamin C exerts a protective effect over other nutrients as well sparing their activity for later use.

For people with Adrenal Fatigue, Vitamin C could be one of the most important nutrients. The more cortisol made the more Vitamin C used. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant within the adrenal cortex.

Superfoods like vitamin C cannot be stored in the body we must consume fruits and vegetables rich in this nutrient.

However, consumption of fruits and vegetables are down. Some people eat no fruits and vegetables at all on any given day and transportation, storage and cooking can rob fruits and vegetables of crucial Vitamin C.

Stress factors tend to use up Vitamin C rapidly so you may not have enough to protect yourself just when you need it most.

Stress can also affect this superfoods availability due to poor diet choices related to lack of time.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is involved in all energy production. B-vitamins are water soluble and must be supplied daily in the diet.

B-Vitamin requirements may be increased by stress, infection or other physical conditions which elevate metabolism or interfere with absorption.

Medications, alcohol, caffeine and oral contraceptives can destroy these superfoods.

Throughout the world processed foods are a major factor in this widespread deficiency. Refining, canning, and overcooking remove or destroy many B-Vitamins. For example, 72% of the vitamin B6 of wheat is lost in milling and white flour.

A sufficient supply of vitamin B6 and folic acid is essential for keeping the immune system strong. Even people with marginally low levels of these vitamins can show signs of weakened immune function.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, a fat soluble nutrient has been dubbed "Nature's Master" It protects cell membranes from damaging attack by highly reactive chemicals called free radicals.

Vitamin E enhances the immune response which may aid the body's ability to fight.

Just as vitamin C and flavonoids protect the watery regions from oxidative damage, the vitamin E family and carotenoids defend their fatty regions particularly the membranes through which cells absorb nutrients and excrete waste.

Cells with compromised membranes become sluggish. Sluggish cells are unable to produce energy for life or perform their other specialized jobs.

Minerals

Minerals are critical for normal body function. Minerals make up between 4-5% of human bodyweight. Important building blocks of bones teeth, soft tissue, muscle, blood and nerve cells.

They also regulate the body's balance of water, acids and other important substances. These earth elements are critical for normal body function.

This superfoods deficiencies are widespread and their affects can be devastating. Several factors can hasten mineral depletion, soil composition varies from region to region and foods grown on mineral depleted soil can in turn be mineral poor.

Certain foods, medications, stress or lack of exercise can interfere with mineral utilization.

Adrenal glands are very dependent on magnesium being present in the body for recovery, so when it comes to picking a good mineral tablet, pick one that is easily absorbed and ready for the body to use. Calcium

Did you drink your glass of calcium today?

Ninety eight percent of the body's calcium provides strength and rigidity to our bones. Another one percent can be found in our teeth and the last one percent is distributed throughout the body in muscle tissue, nerve tissue and the bloodstream.

It's more than just bones and teeth!

Calcium is necessary for muscle growth and activity. Our heartbeats, our breathing and our ability to move depends upon calcium. Impulses cannot be transmitted throughout our nervous system without calcium. It is also instrumental in the activation of several enzymes and in the passage of nutrients and waste through the cellular wall.

Of all the nutrients, this superfoods, is the most often deficient in the North American diet. The average adult consumes only about 50% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance, women usually less than that.

Although milk and dairy products are dependable sources of calcium, they are also usually high in calories, fats and cholesterol, the very things North American are trying to avoid.

In addition, the consumption of coffee alcohol, drain calcium from the system. Stress can heavily impact calcium availability because it causes a decrease in the absorption of calcium while increasing the body's demand for calcium.

Calcium cannot be absorbed without adequate amounts of vitamin D, Vitamin A and C are also involved.

Magnesium and calcium work together as a team to promote health and a calcium phosphorus balance must be maintained.





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