We truly believe that health is the greatest wealth and when it comes to feeling well, energised and happy, we are willing to make every investment possible to ensure that our bodies are thriving. One of the ways we support our bodies is through the food we eat and there are five nutrient rich, antioxidant packed and anti-inflammatory food groups that we eat every day:
Omega 3 Rich Seeds
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for healthy cell growth and in the past decade diets too high in omega 6 fatty acids have been found to cause imbalance and illness in the body. Seeds are already beneficial due to their fibre, protein and unsaturated fat content so throw in the fact that some can help us get omegas into our diets in healthy ratios and we are winning when we add these seeds to our diets. Our favourites are chia, flax and hemp. Not only do these seeds promote health within the body, protect against inflammation, fight free radicals and support the immune system, their nutritional properties are proven to be more easily assimilated by the body than their omega 3 rich animal product counterparts.
Spices have long been used in ancient healing traditions and herbal remedies to support the body in maintaining health and aid the body in fighting illness. As the molecular and biochemical make up of spices are studied by scientists worldwide, science is beginning to show us just how powerful spices are in keeping the body healthy and aiding immunity. Supporting the long touted belief of plant based healers, that food is medicine, these scientific breakthroughs highlight the amazing ability of the compounds found in spices to reduce inflammation and oxidation; two factors that cause chronic disease. We love turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, fresh or dried and at times in supplement form to give ourselves an extra boost.
In our opinion, green leaves are the holy grail when it comes to health and wellbeing. They help the body in many ways, improve mood and emotional wellbeing and are an essential part of any healthy diet. Green leaves can include herbs as well as salad vegetables and cruciferous leaves, so if it’s green, leafy and edible, it’s no doubt good for the body. We enjoy spinach, romaine and kale most often and could not, would not, go a day without them. A fantastic source of chlorophyll which the body needs to support the restoration and building of red blood cells, cleanse the blood, transport oxygen, protect against anemia, detoxify, alkalise and fight inflammation and free radicals, green leaves also provide the body with an array of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, notably calcium and folate, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Rich in insoluble fibre which promotes healthy digestion, they also contain the sugar sulfoquinovose which releases a type of indigestible sulphur in the gut that feeds good bacteria.
Sprouts and Shoots
Whether it’s the beginnings of germination resulting from being soaked in water or the first few inches of the baby plant grown in soil, we love sprouts and shoots. They are incredibly nutritious, packed full of vitamins such as C, E and K and minerals including selenium, manganese, riboflavin, copper and folate. They are a fantastic source of chlorophyll and provide concentrated benefits of the fully grown plant as well as enzyme enhancers that benefit the digestive system and compounds that protect the nervous system. Our favourites are broccoli, pea and sunflower. Growing sprouts requires soaking seeds overnight, draining and rinsing them three times a day for three days or longer, whilst growing shoots requires planting the seeds in soil and harvesting them once they have been growing for a week or more. Microgreens are sprouts left to grow for at least two weeks and are also incredibly delicious and beneficial to the body.
Berries are incredible for the body. In terms of nutrition per calorie, they are a true superfood, providing the body with antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavonoids, vitamins, trace minerals, fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. They support total body health, don’t spike blood sugar and aid restful sleep. Our favourites are blueberries, sour cherries and acai berries. We eat them fresh, frozen, dried and in powder form. Berries are shown to retain their nutritional value well even after processing so even if they are not available fresh, they are still a health boosting diet addition.