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10 Super Foods You Should Always Include In Your Meals

10 Super Foods You Should Always Include In Your Meals

Do you want to eat food that is beneficial to your body? As we get older we tend to encounter more problems with our bodies and digestive systems, but there are super foods that can help fight and prevent problems.

From improving your memory to preventing hair loss, we look at 10 super foods to try and recipes to help you include them in your meals.

1. Eggplant

Eggplant is known for being good for the brain, as it has antioxidants that help to protect brain cell membranes. Eggplant also contains a nutrient called Anthocyanins, which helps to protect the brain from memory loss.

Eggplant Shakshuka

Halibut With Grilled Eggplant

Curried Eggplant With Tomatoes And Basil

2. Carrots

Carrots are more than just one of your five a day – they are also filled with Glutathione, a handy protein that helps to detoxify your liver. On top of that, carrots are also high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene. Regularly eating carrots can help to stimulate your liver, and improve overall liver function.

Carrot Cake Pancake Recipe

Carrot Soup With Yogurt

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Beef Stew With Carrots

3. Rosemary

Rosemary contains a compound called carnosic acid which helps to protect the brain from degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Scientists have found that the aroma of rosemary can affect people’s cognitive abilities and boost memory, making it one of the best super foods available!

Rosemary And Mustard Breakfast Sausages

Crispy Rosemary Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus, Rosemary And Mushrooms

4. Spinach

Spinach is filled with nutrients, making it an excellent healthy food choice – and great for your hair, too! It is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, and a great source of folate and iron, which are all good for your hair.

Spinach Breakfast Omelette

Chickpea Tomato And Spinach Curry

Mushroom And Spinach Lasange

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5. Avocados

Avocados are another super food that is great for your liver – they are filled with a high amount of glutathione-producing compounds, so they can boost your liver’s ability to clean itself. Research has actually shown that eating one or two avocados a week for 30 days can seriously improve the health of your liver.

Avocado Bacon And Eggs

Grilled Chicken Salad With Avocado And Mango

Zucchini And Avocado Soup

6. Walnuts

One of the best nuts for brain health, walnuts are filled with DHA, an Essential Omega 3 Fatty Acid. A recent study from Harvard found that eating nuts was strongly correlated with longevity, and they have been shown to improve cognitive performance in adults.

Just a quarter of a cup of walnuts provides nearly 100% of the recommended daily intake of DHA, so they are great to regularly keep in the house.

Toast With Walnut And Pear Spread

Spaghetti With Blue Cheese And Walnuts

Normandy Pork Casserole With Apples, Celery And Walnuts

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7. Oily Fish

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be made by the body, so we get them through our diets. The most effective Omega 3 fats, such as EPA and DHA, occur naturally in oily fish – and help prevent memory loss while boosting brain and heart function.

Some of the best sources of oily fish are salmon, trout, kippers, mackerel and sardines.

Whitebait Fritters

Pasta With Smoked Salmon And Peppercorn Butter

Beetroot And Anchovy Salad

8. Sunflower Seeds

If you’re worried about hair loss, consider adding sunflower seeds to your diet. They are filled with nutrients that are great for your hair, including vitamin E, vitamin B6, zinc and iron.

Breakfast Barley With Banana And Sunflower Seeds

Green Salad With Nuts And Seeds

Savory Kasha Loaf With Sunflower Seeds

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9. Broccoli

Broccoli is well noted for its health benefits, but did you know it is also beneficial for your brain? Broccoli is filled with potassium, which is very important for your nervous system – which in turn is important for your brain.

Research shows that broccoli could even help the brain to heal after an injury, making it one impressive super food!

Broccoli And Carrot Omelette

Curried Broccoli Couscous

Broccoli, Orange And Olive Salad

10. Blueberries

If you want to protect your memory, then scientists have good news for you about blueberries. They have discovered that foods that are rich in phytochemicals, such as blueberries, can be effective at reversing age-related problems in memory. Delicious and great with almost anything, blueberries are a super food to look out for.

Banana Blueberry Muffin

Vegetable Couscous With Wild Blueberries

Grilled Chicken With Blueberry Guacamole 

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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