The lockdown has been tough on all of us. There is no denying it. For the first time in living memory, we were obliged to stay in-doors and all activities that went on in the outside world ceased to be. No more cinemas, no more social gatherings and with these restrictions came the end of accessing gyms.
With no gym to go to, people throughout the UK needed to be creative in maintaining their fitness regimes whilst in doors. Investment in ‘home’ gym apparatus has never been higher, and with it came a renewed interest in staying fit and healthy, using the tools that are available to you.
Soon after the eruption of interest, new diet plans and fitness fads seemed to emerge on almost a daily basis! This of course can be confusing and difficult to navigate.
This blog will look at some of the superfoods that you can use to bolster your diet and support your health and fitness journey, either at home, or as the lockdown begins to ease, to help fuel your sessions in the gym. Our dedicated health and fitness team at Lucid Hemp have done the research (so you don’t have to!), so without further ado, the superfoods:
Unsurprisingly, the small yet immensely important berry has made its way onto our list. Berries are crucial for the maintenance of a healthy diet.
Jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants, the strong antioxidant capacity of berries is widely associated with reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.
The high levels of fibre to ensure healthy bowl movements really makes any type of berry a must have for a balanced diet. Not to mention they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
2. Sweet potato
Nutritious and with a long shelf life, sweet potatoes are a worthy inclusion to this list. As well as being gluten-free, a study conducted in 2016 suggested that due to its anti-oxidative and antimicrobial properties, sweet potatoes may contribute to preventing diabetes, obesity and cancer! Now who does love a sweet potato fry!
3. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are the show-offs of our superfood list. They frequently feature on many Instagram breakfasts, and with good reason.
These little seeds contain the most essential fatty acids of any known plant! One serving of Chia seeds also contains magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium which are all essential to keeping the human body working on top form.
Garlic is not only delicious, but it has been used for centuries to help people suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease.
Some studies also suggest that garlic extract helps with yeast infection in women and prostate issues in men! 2 metres apart after a healthy dose…
Many people are confused about wheatgrass, but I assure it is one of the most important ‘superfoods’ on this list.
The high concentration of chlorophylls in the wheatgrass diminish the impact of bacteria, aiding the body in fighting disease as well as purifying the body (especially around the liver).
They also help to manage blood sugar levels in the body. Wheatgrass also contains an enzyme that breaks down superoxide radicals into a more manageable format for the body, combatting aging.
6. Dark chocolate
My favourite on this list, dark chocolate has a huge amount of health benefits (when eaten in moderation). Most people are aware of the improved cognitive function effect that dark chocolate has, but it also may reduce your chance of high pressure, blood clots and in 2012 a study showed it also was linked to reduction of non-fatal strokes and heart attacks when consumed daily! Who said chocolate was bad for you!
Any fruit with high levels of vitamin C work wonders for our immune system, however, grapefruit fruit have also been known to lower cholesterol, detoxify the liver and protect against Alzheimer’s disease, which is why they have made our list over other Vitamin C rich options.
Turmeric is mostly known for being the main ingredients in curry seasoning, but it can be used on its own for a great number of positive effects. Which include reducing systems of an upset stomach, reduced osteoarthritis pain and anti-viral properties.
9. Flax seeds
The major health benefits of flaxseeds come from the fact that it's high in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans.
One tablespoon (7 grams) of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (includes the omega 3s), 2 grams of dietary fibre and 37 calories. improve digestive health or relieve constipation. Flaxseed may also help lower total blood cholesterol and lower cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
CBD had to make the list. With no psychoactive properties, people utilise CBD to improve their well-being. By the far the most versatile on this list, CBD can be ingested in so many ways: CBD capsules, CBD oil drops or smoked through a vape using an e-liquid formula!
You can even take it further by combining your CBD oil drops with some of the other superfoods on our list atop of your favourite dish or simply in your morning smoothie!
If you’re wondering what is CBD oil? You may want to check out our blog post "What is CBD"
In summary, by incorporating these foods into your diet, you will be helping your body to boost its immune system and ensure that you get the maximum performance in your health and fitness journey. In these uncertain pandemic times, health and wellness need to be a priority to ensure we are all best placed to weather the storm.
This isn’t just a physical mission however. Mental health at a time where we are socially distance from one another is vitally important, and CBD can prove useful in this regard. CBD can improve mindfulness, and keep your mind at ease, soothing away those nasty things that detract from our well being.
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