Superfood - Don’t Fall Foul

The surprisingly mild January has meant that there are still plenty of bugs in the air and there is nothing worse than being in full swing of a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime and then an illness stops you in your tracks.  Fear not though because, as always, February has followed and February means superfoods!

Cauliflower

Surprisingly this powerhouse is packed with vitamins, minerals and other health benefits.  For example, one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It is also a good source of B vitamins, fibre and magnesium among many others.

It also contains sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth.

Cabbage

When it comes to historical uses, cabbage has always been revered for its medicinal and healing properties. Cabbage consumption has been prescribed to improve everything from eyesight to better looking skin.

Cabbage also has some cholesterol lowering properties, whether eaten cooked or raw.

Thrown in a soup, tossed in a salad or just steamed by itself, cabbage is a super food that contains an abundance of health benefits.

Kiwi

A God among fruit, this little gem is packed with all kinds of goodness helping prevent and fighting against such things as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, and preventing conditions such as colon cancer and diabetic heart disease.

Kiwis not only have high vitamin C and beta-carotene content but they also contain a variety of flavonoids and carotenoids.  These phytonutrients can actually aid the protection of our DNA from oxygen related damage.

Fennel

Its fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health.  Fennel contains significant amounts of fibre, which helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, thereby decreasing the risk of heart disease.

Some of the components of the essential oils in fennel are stimulants, which act on the secretion of digestive and gastric juices, while reducing inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and facilitating proper absorption of nutrients from your food.

Dark Chocolate

Good quality dark chocolate containing more than 70 percent cocoa is rich in fibre, iron, magnesium and a number of other minerals.  There is considerable evidence that cocoa can provide powerful health benefits, being especially protective against cardiovascular disease.

And the best thing is, every month dark chocolate is in season!  But of course, this doesn’t mean people should go all out and consume lots of chocolate every day. It is still loaded with calories and easy to overeat on.

Keeping a good rotation of various fruit and vegetables in your diet, along with good levels of meat and fish will keep your immune system fully loaded and ready to fend off any bacteria intent on slowing you down.  But if you do feel foul, take a few days off, rest and recover and do not worry about it.  Just get back into it as soon as you feel well enough, keep on track with your goals and you will be back into full swing before the week is over.