Superfood Basics and Your Health

Searching for a way to make any meal healthier? Superfoods are the most concentrated mineral and nutrient dense organic foods on the planet, with nutrients in their natural form. Eating a diet rich in superfoods should help to control weight, curb hunger pangs and cravings, protect from diseases and boost the immune system. But knowing what to eat and how to eat it can be confusing. Here are a few simple options to get you going!

Water is a keeping-weight-off superfood, it’s a great alternative to other, high calorie beverages like sweetened hot drinks or fizzy cold drinks and you are not likely to ‘compensate’ by eating less food. Research suggests that people who drink liquid carbohydrates (such as fizzy cold drinks) are more likely to consume more calories than their bodies need, compared with people who ate the same amount as a solid carbohydrate.

A recent study focused on a group of obese adults who ate three, 180-gram servings of fat-free yogurt a day as part of a diet, reduced their normal daily caloric intake by as much as 500 calories. Further, this group lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than another group of participants who ate a reduced-calorie diet that didn’t emphasize calcium-rich foods. Even more impressive? the yogurt eaters also lost 81% more stomach fat!

The acai berry is a relative of the blueberry, cranberry, and other dark purple fruits. This reddish-purplish fruit is touted as one of the elite superfoods with anti-aging and weight-loss properties. The berries come from the acai palm tree (Euterpe oleracea), which is native to Central America and South America. Research on the acai berry has focused on its possible antioxidant activity. Theoretically, that activity that may help prevent diseases caused by oxidative stress such as heart disease and cancer.

Lycopene is a beneficial nutrient and the red pigment that gives tomatoes, watermelon, red grapefruit, and navel oranges their color. Lycopene is said to have protective effects against prostate cancer, though more quiet research has shown it has tremendous health benefits for women as well, including proof that lycopene may help protect against breast cancer.

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are often by products of oxygen use by the body. Many experts believe the damage from free radicals plays a part in several chronic diseases, including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), cancer, and arthritis.  Free radicals can also interfere with your immune system, so fighting off damage with antioxidants helps keep your immune system strong, making you better able to ward off colds, flu, and other infections.

Black and green teas both have different types of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables. More than a decade’s worth of research about green tea’s health benefits — particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia. The detoxifying effect of the antioxidants found in green and black teas protects cells from free radicals, which can cause damage leading to blood clot formation, atherosclerosis, and cancer.

Vitamin D is important for bones because it assists the body in calcium absorption. Most people know that calcium is needed for strong bones, but it’s also needed to help blood vessels and muscles contract and expand; to send messages through the nervous system, and to secrete hormones and enzymes. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and makes up 1%-2% of adult human body weight. Over 99% of it is stored in bones and teeth, with the rest stored in blood, muscle, and other tissues.

Tiger Athletic Fitness & Conditioning is a private, appointment only strength & conditioning gym in the heart of Sandton. Our personal trainers are health and fitness professionals who use an individualised approach to assess, motivate, educate and train clients. We design safe, effective, fun exercise solutions for the individual who is accustomed to personalised attention and a modern approach.

Your initial interview’ or first session, is to assess client – trainer compatibility, discuss goals and a client – trainer agreement. This includes the preparticipation health appraisal, essentially a questioneer to identify known diseases and “red flag” positive risk factors associated with heart disease, assess lifestyle factors that may require special considerations, and identify individuals who may require medical referral before starting an exercise program.

Tiger Athletic’s health first approach helps you reach your goals safely and effectively through health and fitness assessment, personalised coaching, modern resistance and cardio equipment, calisthenics and boxing to provide a pragmatic, extraordinary 50-minute workout that is simple, efficient and effective.

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