If I were responsible for making the food pyramid I would have and entire category for booster foods.
Your body is made of cells and those cells are effected by the environment, the life, and the food you expose them to. We need our cells working to function and feel our best. Things that damage your cells and if left unchecked can ultimately create chronic and debilitating conditions are: toxic exposure, blood sugar instability, inflammation, oxidative damage by free radicals, hypoxia (lack of oxygen), and insufficient macro/micro/phyto nutrients (due to impaired digestion/absorption, decreasing nutrients in our foods, or lack of consumption). In other words, our lifestyle and what we eat directly affects our cells and how well they work for us and how fast they age. Let’s give them what they need so we feel our best and prevent disease!
Along with avoiding environmental toxic exposures, decreasing stress, getting enough sleep, eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables/clean proteins/healthy fats, avoiding trauma, and regulating blood sugar, adding booster foods to your daily diet can help you feel more energized and ward off chronic diseases. Booster foods give you a ton of nutrient bang for your buck. They provide many of precursors that your cells need to function properly and do their jobs and in result keep you healthy. They are full of antioxidants, minerals, phytonutrients, probiotics, and protein- all things that are critical to longterm health for your body. Want to feel young longer? Add some booster foods everyday! The best ones to add to maximize the integrity of your cells are (and maximize how you feel!):
- Nutritional Yeast
- Green powders
- Algae, seaweeds (chlorella, spirulina, dulse, kelp, sea palm, hijiki, etc)
- A variety of Spices and Herbs – add as many as you can to your snacks and meals! Dry or fresh but add them- cilantro, oregano, thyme, sage, peppercorns, cumin, parsley, cardamon, dill, ginger, garlic, basil, etc
- Herbal teas such as lemon balm, chamomile, alfalfa, dandelion, red clover, peppermint, etc
- Nuts and Seeds – flax, hemp, sesame, chia, sunflower, pumpkin
- Sprouts such as alfalfa, broccoli, clover, etc.
- Fermented foods (sauerkraut, miso, kumbucha, apple cider vinegar, etc)
- Beverages- mineral broths, bone broths, green tea, coconut water, filtered water, golden milk, herbal teas
- Edible Medicinal Mushrooms- shitake, lion’s mane, turkey tail, chaga, etc
- Super berries and beans- I love these and use them mostly in powdered form- Acai berry, camu camu, acerola, mullberry, cocoa
- Clean protein powders- whey, hemp, pea, brown rice, collagen, bone broth
- Rainbow fruits and vegetables
Which ones are you going to try? Or which ones do you use? This picture is our booster box at home that we keep accessible for kids and adults to sprinkle on their foods.
Put these important foods in your cabinet or fridge, place them where you can see them, and add them to your daily diet as much as you can.