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Fight Holiday Stress with Superfoods
Fight holiday stress with superfoods and stay healthy. Keeping up with your normal health routine is an important part in maintaining your holiday stress. Also, staying active while still giving yourself sometime to relax. Adding these superfoods to your daily routine can help prevent any holiday stress. Superfoods are packed essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants. These few simple additions to your diet will leave you healthy and stress free this holiday season.
Raw cacao contains many important Vitamins and Minerals, including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, protein, fiber and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E. It also contains chromium, phosphorus, Omega-6 fatty acids, saturated fat, amino acids, soluble fiber and enzymes. Some of the benefits of cacao range from reducing cataracts to improving heart function to alleviate stress. Cacao can be added to smoothies, raw ice cream, or other desserts. It can also be sprinkled on food and fresh fruit, such as bananas, peaches, mangos, and berries. Adding raw cacao powder to your favorite nut butter is a great way to give them a delicious chocolate flavor. Cacao pairs wonderfully with sweeteners such as agave, stevia, lucuma powder, honey, and vanilla.
Maca is an adaptogenic superfood root. An adaptogen is simply a substance in our body that plays an important role in increasing the resistance of our body, energy support, boosting the immune system and reducing stress. Maca root is rich in major minerals: calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorous, sodium, and potassium. It is a good source of trace minerals: iron, zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, tin, silicon and boron. It also contains: B-Vitamins(1,2 and 12), Vitamin C and E, over 20 fatty acids, four types of alkaloids, and 20 amino acids. Maca powder has a slightly sweet and bitter flavor, and is actually quite delicious. It mixes well with any creamy smoothie, yogurt, cereal, muesli, and fresh fruit juices. It’s a great ingredient for raw ice creams and superfood shakes. It mixes well with water and any other liquid and is easy to consume. If you find that you dislike the taste of maca, it can easily be disguised in a creamy nut butter, or chocolate smoothie.
This tasty green is rich in magnesium, a mineral which stops stress’s effects on the body by stopping blood pressure from spiking. Just 3 cups of spinach supply 40% of daily magnesium. Spinach is so easy to consume. It can be added to any smoothie, in salads, juiced, eaten raw, cooked etc.
Oranges, along with any other citrus fruit, are packed with vitamin C, which is depleted when you’re stressed out. Now you might understand why you’re more susceptible to colds and sickness when you’re busy and or stressed out. Research has shown that people who were given high doses of vitamin C had lower blood pressure levels and concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol.