Making Superfoods Easy

Health nuts and dieticians keep going on about the merit of of ‘superfoods’, and for an excellent reason. Superfoods have their name because they consist of a whole range of excellent minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamins that your body absolutely loves. New ones seem to be popping up on a frequent basis and most serve an abundance of health benefits, which is why everyone should know about the goodness they deliver.

With an excess of processed foods running rampant in our supermarkets and fast food chains, it is obvious why it accounts for the growing rates of obesity and a myriad of other health problems. People are not exactly aware of what these processed foods contain, but they know that it’s not good. On the other hand, we know precisely what superfoods consist of and how beneficial they are to our immune systems, organs, skin, hair, bones and muscles, which is why processed food must be dumped and replaced with nature’s best.

Many people seem to be under the impression that consuming superfoods require a whole new diet and complicated recipes that necessitate time and effort. Incorporating superfoods into your diet is a great deal easier than you may think, because it is simply about adding and/or substituting. Cooking with superfoods is exceptionally simple, and once you commence and realise the benefits, you will not want to stop.

Top Superfoods:

Chia Seeds

Don’t be fooled by their size, because even a small handful of the seeds pack in a punch. Containing an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients, they deliver plenty of the good stuff while being extremely low in calories. They are a notable source of omega-3 fats, protein and fibre and hence may be able to assist in weight loss. Chia seeds may also prevent chronic illnesses and decrease blood pressure, while serving as an anti-inflammatory.

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How to use: Chia seeds are perfect as an on-the-go snack and a topping on desserts, cereal and muesli.

Goji Berries

Goji berries contain more iron than spinach, consist of all 18 amino acids, are one of the highest suppliers of Vitamin C and Vitamin A and have unique polysaccharides that enhance immunity and adrenal function.

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How to use: These delicious berries can be consumed as a snack during the day and can also be used as a topping in yoghurt and granola.

Acai Berries

Containing loads of antioxidants and nutrients, this superfood (a-sigh-ee) serves as an effective energy and immune booster as well as an assistant to weight management with their low GI levels. There is evidence to show that due to the promotion of healthy blood circulation and nutrients to the heart, Acai Berries improve cardiovascular health and may even slow down the signs of ageing with antioxidants and anthocyanin.

How to use: Acai Berries are an excellent addition to smoothies and juices. Add a teaspoon or two to your morning juice or smoothie, or mix it with yoghurt.

Blue-Green Algae

This superfood has just been recognised by scientists and health food experts although it was commonly used by the Aztecs and has existed since the beginning of life. It has been dubbed the ‘superfood of the superfoods’ due to its exceptional number of health benefits. Firstly, Blue-Green Algae assists in the removal of toxins and free-radicals which fight diseases and boost immunity. Health experts have even gone so far to say that it serves as a cancer fighting agent. Secondly, it is rich in vitamins A, E, C and B-complex vitamins which makes it the most superior vitamin supplement. It is a strong source of protein and exhibits signs of managing your appetite and assisting in weight management. Furthermore, studies have shown that it acts as an effective anti-inflammatory.

How to use: Purchase it in the powder form and add it to smoothies, juices or even in your glass of water. It lacks a prominent taste so is easy to consume.

Cocoa

Raw cocoa is a superfood because of its ability to reduce your chance of heart disease, increase memory functions to fight Alzheimer’s, act as a mood booster while being low in sugar. Believe it or not, cocoa has been found to reduce your appetite and reduce your weight due to the unique chemicals which permit more serotonin to travel around the brain.

How to use: Cocoa can be used as a tasty and healthy substitute to chocolate while cooking and can be mixed with smoothies or with coconut oil to make an effective moisturiser.

Coconut Oil

The world has been experiencing an obsession with coconut and the natural goodness it provides. Coconut oil in particular has been hailed as limitless, with experts claiming that it is a natural immunity booster, memory enhancer, infection fighter and fat burner due to the fatty acids. In addition, it can be an effective moisturiser and treatment for hair.

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How to use: People tend to substitute vegetable oil for coconut oil while cooking, especially for baking, frying and as an alternative to butter. It can be used as a moisturiser, hair treatment to get rid of frizz, eye make-up remover and to dilute essential oils to put on the skin.

 

References:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/07/06/chia-seeds-benefits.aspx

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/

http://dailysuperfoodlove.com/2852/21-fantastic-benefits-of-cacao/

http://www.naturalnews.com/036003_goji_berries_superfood_nutrients.html#

http://www.naturalnews.com/043316_acai_berries_superfood_health_benefits.html

http://www.oprah.com/health/Acai-Dr-Perricones-No-1-Superfood

http://www.naturalnews.com/027053_spirulina_blue-green_algae_health.html

http://www.rawfoodlife.com/natures_first_raw_superfood.html

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/

‘That Time of the Month’ with Essential Oils

It’s never easy to deal with that time of the month, particularly if you are unfortunate enough to receive a whole host of unwelcome symptoms and sufferings. Throughout history, women have turned to aromatherapy as a means of relieving the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome as the therapeutic qualities of pure essential oils cater for specific symptoms and issues associated with your menstrual cycle. Furthermore, you cannot encounter adverse effects when utilising nature’s own ingredients, hence essential oils are easy to use and well worth it if they can assist you through your monthly mayhem.

Lavender: The scent of lavender is found to have an uplifting effect on a person’s mood due to its therapeutic properties according to a recent US study. The therapeutic elements contained in the oil access the part of your brain where the emotions, trauma and memories are stored through your nasal receptors. Hence the scent modifies your hormonal responses and adjusts your moods and feelings, in turn assisting with the signs of depression.

Lavender Pure Essential Oil- $17.95 AUD
Lavender Pure Essential Oil (15ml) $17.95 

Clary sage: Clary sage is popular for the alleviation of period pain including cramping and bloating, and can help subside food cravings through balancing the hormones that are ruling women’s bodies during this time. Clary sage is a euphoric so may assist in the management of mood swings, and can help counter-act stress and signs of depression. Place a couple of drops in a carrier oil and massage it on your stomach for fast-acting relief.

Clary Sage 15ml
Clary Sage (15ml) $22.95

Peppermint: Peppermint is a stimulant and is known for relieving headaches and nausea, common symptoms of PMS. Inhaling the oil is an affective method of receiving peppermint’s therapeutic benefits in the purest form, or you can choose to apply a couple of drops to your temples when dealing with a headache. As all of our oils are completely undiluted, it is always best to conduct a test patch on your skin to ensure that no adverse effects occur. Some people find that massaging a couple of drops of the oil in a carrier oil onto your stomach will relieve nausea, flatulence and indigestion.

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Peppermint Oil (15ml) $16.95

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil is one of the most common essential oils used due to its antibacterial properties and ability to bring relief to muscle pain. Muscle and joint pain is a common symptom of PMS, so rub in a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil with some carrier oil onto the surface of the skin.

Sniffles Oil Blend (15ml) http://www.in-a-box.com.au/pure-essential-oil-blends/sniffles-oil-blend
Sniffles Oil Blend (15ml) $25

Rose geranium: Rose geranium acts as a regulator and therefore assists in balancing hormones and improving blood flow during a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is particularly useful in soothing premenstrual tension and even contains properties that may manage mood swings and decrease heavy-period suffering.

Rose Geranium 15ml
Rose Geranium (15ml) $21.95

 

The oils listed above are all available from Essentials In-A-Box at in-a-box.com.au.

References: 

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health+advice/pms+busters,12183

http://www.progressivehealth.com/find-out-how-essential-oils-help-pms.htm

http://wellnessmama.com/59952/essential-oils-for-hormone-balance/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-clary-sage-essential-oil.html

http://www.md-health.com/Essential-Oils-for-Menstrual-Cramps.html

http://www.homepharmacy.com.au/healthcontent/AilmentsandDiseases/menstrual_problems.htm

Car-O-Matherapy by Essentials In-A-Box

The daily commute to and from work, school and university can be stressful at the best of times and exacerbated by the jeers of restless children in the backseat and unexpected road rage. However, parents and working individuals can attempt to relieve this stress through the help of car-o-matherapy: Aromatherapy in the car. Aromatherapy has been proven to assist in the relief of stress, nausea and symptoms of illness in some individuals and may be able to alleviate such problems in a car. According to the IBM Commuter pain study (2011), approximately 81 per cent of Australian drivers experience stress when travelling to and from work. This staggering statistic demonstrates how the majority of Australians are in need of a stress reliever when making their daily drive, and although improved road infrastructure would be the solution, a USB Aromatherapy Diffuser and pure essential oil blends can come in handy for this purpose.

Black Car Diffuser

Black Car Diffuser

The USB Aromatherapy Diffuser, introduced into Australia by Essentials In-A-Box, works as a miniature ultrasonic aroma diffuser that can effortlessly be used in a car as a result of its car adaptor and USB functions. Place a couple of drops of a pure essential oil or essential oil blend into the glass bottle, plug in the device and experience up to 6 hours of use. They come in a range of attractive colours and can function on 10 second intervals, 30 second intervals or 60 second intervals.

Purple Car Diffuser
Purple Car Diffuser
Pink Car Diffuser
Pink Car Diffuser
Gold Car Diffuser
Gold Car Diffuser

Now for the next step: What to put into the diffuser. Naturally it is dependent on the user and their preference of scents, but I would recommend using Essential In-A-Box’s Calming oil blend, containing ylang ylang, orange and petitgrain. The orange oil component in particular can help reduce stress in both adults and children, but take note that essential oils should not be used by pregnant women and infants under the age of 18 months.

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For those who are susceptible to carsickness, pure Orange oil can help in decreasing the nausea due to the sharp, citrus scent. Peppermint oil is also celebrated for its properties in reducing nausea, and hence can be used to assist with the same problem. It is also classified as a stimulant and hence may help increase mental awareness while driving. It is best to avoid sleep-inducing oils such as lavender, chamomile and marjoram.

Orange Oil 15ml
Orange Oil 15ml
Peppermint Oil 15ml
Peppermint Oil 15ml

If you feel as though you are part of the majority who is suffering from stress during the daily commute, try this natural and easy method and see if it works for you. Even if your stress levels are low, essential oils are beautiful to have in the car to maintain a fresh and pleasant scent. Check out in-a-box.com.au to see the full list of pure essential oils and diffusers.

References: 

http://essentialoilbenefits.com/best-essential-oils-for-sleep-and-relaxation/

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/natural+health/car+o+matherapy+yes+its+a+thing+,37077

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/au/en/pressrelease/33560.wss

http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/peppermint.htm#Oil properties