Colder weather is on its way. Focusing on your digestion and immune system is key to keeping you healthier and making you feel happier. A quick morning elixir takes full advantage of your fasted state when you first wake up, improving absorption and giving you a health and mood boost that will start your day off on the right foot. Some of the key superfood ingredients in these recipes are:
1. Chia seeds
Packing an impressive list of micronutrients for relatively few calories, chia seeds are high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Loaded with soluble fibre, chia seeds helps lower cholesterol and slow down digestion, helping to fight blood sugar spikes and making you feel fuller for longer.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Highly antibacterial and packed with amino acids, studies have shown apple cider vinegar aids digestion, helps reduce blood sugar levels, fights bloating and can decrease the risk for certain types of cancers.
One of the most-used medicinal foods around the world, ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces muscle pain, eases symptoms of osteoarthritis and can help lower the risk of heart disease. Particularly effective at easing nausea and aiding digestion, ginger naturally lowers oxidative stress and chronic inflammation to ward off signs of aging and fight off infection.
Besides being delicious, garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties help fight off colds and in various studies have been shown to attack cancer-causing cells. A strong antibacterial, it can boost the look and feel of your skin and hair as well as help cardiovascular and blood health. You don’t want to eat too much garlic, as over-eating it can cause stomach upset and blowing. A little goes a long way.