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5 superfoods that can help you stay healthy

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Your diet has a crucial impact on your overall health and well-being. While the wrong diet can leave you more vulnerable to developing a number of long term health issues, eating the right foods can help you prevent disease and stay healthy for longer.

The term “Superfoods” has been around for a while, and it’s a term that’s used to describe certain foods that pack a strong nutritional punch and are believed to improve general health.

Here are five superfoods that you can easily incorporate into your diet for improved overall health and wellbeing:

1. Fruit
Fruit should be a regular part of your diet as it is an important source of fibre and vitamins and can boost your immune system. Certain fruits like blueberries also have high levels of antioxidants and are believed to be beneficial in warding off a whole range of different diseases and health conditions from cancer to memory loss.

2. Nuts
As long as you don’t have a nut allergy, adding walnuts, almonds and brazil nuts to your diet can provide you with a source of beneficial fats and Omega-3 oils along with a good dose of protein and fibre. Nuts are high in the essential minerals copper, iron and zinc.

3. Vegetables
Leafy green vegetables are another great source of antioxidants believed to fight toxins and improve energy. While they don’t appeal to everyone, leafy greens can be eaten on their own, added to salads or even blended up in a smoothie or juice. Try steaming up some broccoli for a powerful dose of vitamins A, C and K or throw a handful of spinach into a salad for a healthy measure of folate, calcium and magnesium.

4. Fish
Fish is full of omega 3 fatty acids that do wonders for the body and current recommendations are for adults to eat two portions of oily fish (like tuna or salmon) per week. Omega-3 can be beneficial for eyes, skin, hair and your brain. Fish is also believed to lower triglycerides (cholesterol related fats) and help prevent heart disease.

5. Chilli Peppers
If you like a bit of spice in your meals, adding a sprinkle of fresh chilli can give you a nutritional uplift as well as improving its flavour. Chilli peppers contain capsaicin, which is a great source of antioxidants. Chilli is believed to help prevent strokes, lower cholesterol and may help speed up metabolism, aiding in weight loss.

If you want personalised advice to help you improve your diet, seeing a dietician or nutritionist can provide some insight to what your body needs. You may even be covered for dietician or nutritionist consultations on your health insurance policy, depending on your extras plan.

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