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5 Superfoods You Need to Include in Your Diet {Guest Post}

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What do Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr, Rita Ora, Jennifer Aniston, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jamie Oliver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Katy Perry, and Rihanna have in common? If your answer is good looks, fame, and tons of cash, you are almost there!

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All of these celebs swear by superfoods: in addition to helping them stay sexy, secret dietary ingredients which these famous figures use daily keep them youthful, fit, and healthy. And if superfoods work for the rich and famous, why not just try them out for yourself? Here are top five superfoods that will keep well-nourished, strong and energetic 24/7: make sure you try them out!

1. Bee pollen

With its distinct flavor, bee pollen is a genuine golden nugget of health. Packing tons of vitamins, minerals, protein and essential amino acids, bee pollen is an excellent immune system booster and it can significantly reduce symptoms of flu, allergies and respiratory infections.

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Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is often used in cosmetics, and it can improve skin condition in people with psoriasis and eczema. Dilute pollen in water and take it in the morning, or eat a spoonful of it straight from the jar. If you do not like its taste, however, you can simply sprinkle it over your porridge or salad.

2. Cacao

Cacao bean is a well-known source of magnesium, antioxidants, potassium, chromium, B vitamin complex, and fiber. On top of tasting great, cacao nibs can reduce cholesterol, delay the telltale signs of aging, improve workout performance and shorten recovery time after tough trainings and periods of increased stress. You can add a pinch of cacao nibs to pancakes, fruit salads, muffins, cookies, and oatmeal – or you can nibble them on their own if you have the stomach for their somewhat bitter taste.

3. Flaxseed

A go-to for people with tummy issues, flaxseed promotes digestion, lowers cholesterol, and boosts cardiovascular health. Since it contains high quantities of amino-3 fatty acids, lignans, vitamins, and fiber, flaxseed will prevent and minimize bloating and stomach cramps, speed up metabolic processes, help cleanse blood vessels of fat, and prevent certain types of cancer and heart disease. You can use it either as powder or whole seed: since it has a bland taste, it can be added to cereals, pancake batter, smoothie, soup, cooked meals, salads, or even desserts.

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4. Chia seeds

One more seed extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chia seed packs fiber, antioxidants, protein, and vitamins A, B, D, and E. Chia seed is an excellent source of organic calcium and various other minerals, including copper, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, potassium, niacin, iron, sodium, sulphur, silicon, thiamine, and zinc. You can use chia seeds to make puddings or smoothies, or add them to your breakfast: since the seed absorbs water, it will create a feeling of fullness and promote digestive processes.

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5. Goji berries

Full of antioxidants, carotenoids, and vitamins B1 and B2, goji berries are often used to make protein bars. An ideal energy booster, goji berries contain as many as 18 different amino acids and 30 essential and trace minerals, including calcium, iron, copper, niacin, zinc, selenium, and phosphorus. Goji berries pack 500 times more vitamin C than oranges (per ounce of product), so they will keep your immune system in check during flu seasons.

You do not have to forsake your favorite foods for the sake of good health: simply add these five nutrient-packed ingredients to your daily diet, and you will already be doing your stamina and well-being a major favor. Superfoods are superb in terms of both taste and effects– you will notice the first benefits within weeks!

 

{Written by the lovely Nika, find her on Twitter and Facebook }

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