Super Foods

If You Are What You Eat, Do Super Foods Give You Special Powers?

Super FoodsHave you ever heard the expression you are what you eat?  I grew up 1/3 man, 1/3 chicken fingers, and 1/3 fish sticks.  I somehow survived my childhood eating the way I did – but could I have been healthier, stronger, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound?  The truth is, you really are what you eat.  Your body continuously replaces its cells and the materials come from what you consume!  With that being said, doesn’t it make sense to eat foods that have the most nutrients for your body to create new, healthy parts?

Super foods by definition are foods that are more nutrient-rich than their standard counterparts, but does this really matter?  I suppose it depends how you want your body built.  Think about your body like the house of your dreams.  Would you possibly want a marble staircase, all new appliances, a massive chandelier, beautiful wooden furniture, and even more intricate design features?  I am guessing you would.  What would happen if you put an order in for all these great features and the contractor told you the only materials available were rotting lumber, cheap plastic, and stained carpet acquired from a dog day care?  I imagine you would be pretty upset about your future living situation.

Your body isn’t much different.  You may not be building mahogany bookshelves in your liver, but you frequently replace the cells responsible for filtering toxins out of the blood stream.  Like your lungs?  You are reproducing the alveoli about every 8 days.  This chart gives you an idea how frequently your body replaces certain parts.  Fairly shocking isn’t it?

Armed with this new knowledge, it seems reasonable to assume we should treat our body to nutrient rich foods frequently.  This is why super foods are a pretty big deal.  They help your body build the “house of your dreams”.  Which foods are super foods then?  Here is a list of a few:

Super Foods

  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Quinoa
  • Blueberries
  • Chia seeds
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If you compare lists online you will find that super foods tend to be vegetables and fruits.  If you rarely consume them, adding them to your diet is a great start.

Super foods are not a magic pill that fix everything.  Adding kale to a Big Mac won’t make it healthy.  Instead, gradually replace some meals with nutrient dense alternatives.  Eventually, your goal should be to make them a large majority of your diet.  When you do, your body will become a featured listing in a neighborhood of “fixer uppers”.

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