Foods for Four Big Health Asks
What Does Your Body Need?
Four of the top health support priorities you ask us about are: energy, immunity, bloating (& other tricky tummy issues) and hair health + skin glow. In this blog post, we're getting into some of Blended's top-pick foods and boosters for each of these four health focuses. Let's dive in.....
Maca: rich in calcium, protein, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin C, Maca has been known to provide natural energy, reduce stress levels and support hormone balance.
Cacao: high in insoluble fibre, minerals, and antioxidants. The high level of magnesium in cacao helps your body produce energy and supports key organ functions.
Camu Camu: high in Vitamins, trace minerals, and antioxidants, studies have shown that goji berry extract can alleviate low-level anxiety & promote natural energy.
Hemp Seeds: packed with slow release protein, they provide energy and a great source of iron and magnesium, which help ward off fatigue.
Quinoa: quinoa is a complete protein rich in folate, magnesium, and phosphorous which help keep your energy levels up.
Citrus Fruits: have high levels of Vitamin C, an antioxidant, making them a go-to for cold & flu fighting (the key is loading up to prevent illness vs trying to treat with it). Vitamin C has been thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting off infection.
Almonds: high in Vitamin E, which plays a key role in immune system health).
Turmeric: this spice is a powerful health booster. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its colour, has proven to fight disease, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
Red Bell Peppers: one ounce of red bell pepper has 3 times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange and has a good amount of beta carotene, making this vegetable a must-have regular in your veggie rotation.
Garlic: it's immune boosting properties come from sulfur-containing compounds, which are heavily concentrated in garlic.
For Bloating & Tricky Tummies
Butternut Squash: like many other bloat-fighting foods, butternut squash also contains plenty of potassium to support fluid balance. Rich in Vitamin A (over 400% of the recommended daily value per cup), It’s also high in vitamin C, B-vitamins, potassium and magnesium.
Pumpkin: a potassium-pumped food, pureed pure pumpkin serves up a hefty dose of fibre to help get things moving through your digestive tract—which helps with bloating and gas. You’ll also get a whopping 14,000 IU of vitamin A to help soothe inflammation.
Fennel: a natural diuretic that can also help banish intestinal gas. It’s anti-inflammatory properties relax intestinal muscle and help your body release trapped gas. Bonus: it’s great for skin-glow and keeping your ticker healthy.
Dandelion Root: in addition to being rich in antioxidants and a strong detoxifying power, dandelion root has proven to benefit cholesterol levels & support strong bone health.
For Hair Health & Skin Glow
Blueberries - one of the highest antioxidant ranked foods, they're rich in Vitamin C and anthocyanin, a compound that helps the body produce the collagen that helps keep your skin & hair healthy (collagen is a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels all over the body).
Avocado: packed with monounsaturated fats, which are needed for good skin and scalp moisture. This fruit is loaded with antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, and folate, all of which help to reduce stress and inflammation (essential for healthy skin and hair).
Seaweed - rich in antioxidants, zinc, selenium, iron, omega 3, and copper, all important for glowing skin and thick hair. Seaweed also contains iodine, which helps regulate moisture levels on the scalp and trigger cellular function in the skin.
Kiwi - Packed with Vitamin K, E, folate, and potassium, which all help to smooth the hair. They also contain zinc, a nutrient that is essential to encourage hair growth and tissue repair.