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Home > A Healthy You-Step 3

Dave Foreman

A Healthy You-Step 3

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

In my previous two newsletters I covered the first two steps (of four) to creating a healthier you. (Go to vitaminshoppe.com and click on "Articles and More" for the electronic versions.) Step 1 taught you how to build your own supplement program based on who you are and what your needs might be. Step 2 taught you the importance of cleansing and detoxifying the body on a year-round basis. Step 3 takes our program to a higher level and even closer to our final goal - being the healthiest person you can possibly be.

Even though I designed my supplement program (Step 1) to help make up for what is missing in your everyday diet and lifestyle, there are still some possible cracks that need to be filled in to attain true health. I feel that one way to fill this void is by using a superfood supplement as part of your everyday diet. Even though it is called a "supplement," I would rather have you look at it as part of your diet. Why? Since these products are food (dehydrated, powdered, etc.) they should be used as part of your meal, or as your meal, when possible.

WHAT IS A SUPERFOOD?

Superfoods are those foods which are so nutrientrich that they can help prevent or "treat" disease. They are full of Phytochemicals (plant chemical compounds that provide huge benefits to health) that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, improve heart health and basically make you a much healthier individual. They are also full of Phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, fat and complex carbohydrates). A great example would be berries ? they contain antioxidants and fiber. A healthy diet incorporating a variety of superfoods will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, and live longer.

Many superfoods are obtained from either vegetables and/or superfruits. Sometimes they are categorized as superfruits and superveggies. Here are some examples of superfruits: blueberries, cranberries, red grapes, mangos, mangosteen, papaya, tomatoes, apples, noni, bananas, etc. Superveggie examples would be: alfalfa sprouts, spinach, blue green algae, chlorella, quinoa, soy, grasses. What makes these foods so "super" is that they contain high concentrations of phytochemicals and phytonutrients. One of my favorite examples would be a tomato. This fruit (no arguing whether it is a fruit or vegetable) contains nutrients that have been shown to help with prostate cancer (Lycopene), and other nutrients such as Vitamin C and Carotene that help with other forms of cancer as well as general immune support.

There are also a few other superfoods that fall out of the fruit and vegetable categories such as yogurt (probiotics), bee pollen (enzymes, vitamins, minerals, etc.) and turkey (Selenium and L-Tryptophan). In most cases though, the products or foods you will buy to get the biggest bang for your health will fall into the Superfruit or Superveggie categories.

You are probably familiar with the saying "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." Superfoods are at the top of the list when it comes to this saying. For most of us though, getting enough superfoods in our diet is a challenge. They can be expensive, difficult to prepare or just not taste good. Since we have this issue, I recommend the utilization of Superfood supplements that can be used as part of your everyday diet.

When you walk into your local Vitamin Shoppe, you will find a bunch of different types of superfood supplements:

  • Juices: (Acai, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Maqui (new to the marketplace), etc.)
  • Greens: wheat grass, spinach, oat grass, spirulina, chlorella etc. (Wheatgrass, Greens Plus, Bio Greens, Perfect food, Green Vibrance)
  • Berry/Fruit Extracts: (Fruits of Life Antioxidant, Red Lightning, Fruit Complex, Red Stuff (Gary Null))
  • Blended Products that combine the best of both worlds: (Berry Green, Perfect Food Berry, Greens Plus with Wild Berry, ORAC Energy Greens (I love this product))
  • Since selection is high and you might be new to this whole idea of using superfoods as part of your everyday diet, it might be a good idea to consult with a store associate before you buy. In some cases, you might be able to find samples of these product so you don't end up wasting money on something that doesn't taste good to you. (This is what I recently did when I decided to start using superfoods.)

    WHY SUPERFOODS?

    This is a great question. Besides the benefits listed above, here are some of the other common health benefits you will realize from your superfood supplement(s):

  • Increased Energy
  • Balancing of your system pH
  • Strengthen Immune System
  • Detoxify and cleanse the body
  • Great source of fiber (digestive, cardiovascular and blood sugar support)
  • Food source nutrients are better digested, absorbed and retained by the body
  • Again, this is just the tip of the health iceberg when it comes to the benefits of incorporating superfoods into your everyday diet. Most experts now say we should be getting 9 servings of fruits and vegetables in our diet on a daily basis. This isn't always reasonable for us to do and therefore,to assure yourself that you are getting what you need, supplement.

    I mentioned in the beginning of this article that even though you are buying a supplement you should use superfoods as part of your everyday diet. This is how I do it. I currently use ORAC Energy Greens and mix it with any one of the many superfood juices available. I do this to make it taste better and to get more superfoods in my diet. I will do this every morning for breakfast or for lunch. What doctor in their right mind will tell you to cut back on your fruits and veggies? None. That is why I will often combine my drink mix with my meal instead of a glass of purified water.

    For only a few dollars a day, you can significantly impact your health by filling in the cracks in your supplement program. Since it is almost impossible to attain the nutrients we need to be healthy from our diet, we need to supplement. In this case, with superfoods, you can have your "cake" and eat it too. Since incorporating superfoods into my everyday routine, I have seen huge changes in my health. Increased energy, better sleep, better digestion, better skin, clearer vision and a few more things I won't mention. I didn't have issues with any of these issues prior to using Superfoods, they just enhanced what I already had been experiencing. If you have doubts, I suggest you try a blended product for 30 days. You probably will be hooked after that time. If not, keep using it anyway - sometimes the changes are subtle or preventative in nature (cancer reduction, lower cholesterol, blood sugar, improved digestion, etc.). Either way, Superfoods should be part of your lifestyle every day.

     
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