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World's Top 5 Magic Foods

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We live in a world where popularity more than often precedes what truly matters most. We give importance to so many goals, routines, and busy schedules that we often forget about what truly matters, our health. We are invaded with ads and commercials that are designed to program our minds in order to give into the cool and popular branding found on colourful boxes easily accessible in most grocery stores.

Growing up as a child my diet lacked in fibre, essential enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. By age 16 I was overweight and diagnosed with high blood pressure. As a result I was feeling tired, weak, and unhappy. Not until later in life I realized the powerful impact of my food choices on my physical and mental distress. I decided to make changes and embarked on a healthier journey incorporating foods such as leafy greens, sprouts, vegetables, and fruits. I learned about acidity vs. alkalinity, researched a variety of topics including cancer and its development. I then discovered the power of antioxidants and their tremendous role in a healthy body. In short, I became fascinated with the "magic" of live food. I started living a new way of life and I have seen great improvements by doing one thing: eliminating the typical "food" associated to a Standard American Diet (SAD) and replacing it with live, vibrant, real food, like vegetables and fruits.

Below, I discuss the top 5 foods, which I like to call "magic" foods that have helped me regain my health and mental well-being. Magic foods are packed with nutrients that our bodies need in order to perform complex daily functions that are important to ones overall well-being.

The following list of magic foods will help you understand the benefits and the roles they play in your nutrition.

Ginger – is known as the "cure-all" super food. It helps with digestive issues, nausea, and morning sickness during pregnancy. In Ayurveda, the old Indian practice of natural medicine, ginger is considered a warming food playing a big part in our circulatory system, especially during winter time, helping us stay warm and more resistant to flu and cold. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and an immune booster.

Chia – is a powerful super seed, packed with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and minerals. It helps digestion, skin, hair and nails. Two tablespoons of chia contain a good dose of omega-3, needed for a healthy nervous system including your brain and your mood.

Maca – This powder comes from the root of a radish type plant traditionally used by Peruvians for fertility issues. It is not a complete protein but it contains almost all essential amino acids. The powerful sterols in this root are known to help the immune system and assist in balancing out our hormones. It is also rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and iron.

Turmeric - Turmeric has been traditionally used in Indian cooking. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is known for its magic powers. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and a potent anti-oxidant. Its bioavailability is greater when combined with ground black pepper. It aids the digestive system and the liver.

Coconut – Fresh coconut is anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral which means your immune system loves it. It is packed with fibre, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and fats that will leave you full for longer. For a very long time coconut and the oil derived from it were considered a no- no. Latest research has shown that the MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) in coconut are metabolized in the liver for energy right after consumption. This means you are not storing the fat but rather using it for energy. The coconut water is a great electrolyte drink packed with nutrients and natural goodness.

Enjoy your way to great health.

Tatiana Vicol
Holistic Nutritionist Student Practitioner