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As hard as it may be, it is essential to get the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy and stay hydrated.  Different types of food and drinks can help to combat different illnesses and promote the health and function of different body systems.  Here are some superfoods that can help... 


Herbal Teas


Our bodies naturally produce antioxidants to help combat free radicals but sometimes the antioxidants we produce are not enough so we need a boost from another source or supplement.  Different blends of herbal tea benefit different ailments depending on what plants are used to create them.  Some examples are, Chamomile has a calming effect, and Ginseng will boost your energy.  Some teas like Hibiscus and Lemongrass help control blood pressure and Spearmint helps with nausea and improves nutrient absorption.  Remember, when it comes to health, it’s not just the foods you eat but what you drink as well.  



Dandelion


Dandelion is high in vitamin K and vitamin A and a good source for calcium, vitamin C & fiber.  It is also one of the richest sources of beta-carotene which is a natural treatment for hepatitis C, anemia, and liver detoxification.  Dandelion supports the entire digestive system and increases urine output which aids in flushing toxins out of the kidneys.  You can take dandelion in a number of different ways.  There are pills and tinctures, teas, and it can even be used in cooking.  




Olive Oil


Olive oil is an oil that is extracted from olives. Extra virgin olive oil is considered the healthiest type of olive oil.  It contains modest amounts of vitamin K and E and lots of beneficial fatty acids.  Oleic acid is the most prominent fat in olive oil which gives it the ability to fight inflammation and oleocanthal has been shown to work like ibuprofen. It also helps to fight heart disease by lowering blood pressure, help manage blood clotting, and improving blood vessel health.    




Dark Green Leafy Vegetables


Dark Leafy greens are rich in nutrients such as folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber.  They contain high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds that may protect against certain forms of cancer.  It also has the potential to reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Some dark leafy greens include kale, swiss chard, collard greens, turnip greens, and spinach. Low in calories, high in fiber and vitamins, they can be eaten raw or cooked, in a smoothie, or organic green powders.  Whether you are fighting belly bloat or supporting your immune system, greens are the way to go. 


Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes are root vegetables that can be eaten as a side dish, in soups, stews, pies, and other desserts.  One cup of baked sweet potato provides nearly half of your vitamin C needs and 400% of your recommended vitamin A.  Both are vital for supporting immune function as well as maintaining healthy skin and organ function.  You can prepare sweet potatoes in many ways.  You can bake them., mash them even put them in a smoothie and of course, sweet potato pie. 


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