It has been reported that the haze condition isn't going away anytime soon. Despite the overall improvement from an unhealthy air quality experienced over the past week, the PM 2.5 forecasted still fluctuates between the normal and elevated bands.
At Fitlion, we always believe prevention is still the key to provide the 'first layer of defence' against adverse effects of the environment, and it starts with your body. Hence, with a colourful and nutritious diet, you would have a stronger immune system to provide resistant against the inhaled pollutants.
So, let us take a look at the range of superfood that can help you fight haze this season!
1. Chia Seeds
According to Healthline, Chia Seeds is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Packed with loads of nutrients which have significant benefits for your body and the brain.
Most importantly, chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, which can help to combat free radicals and prevent cell damages from the ongoing haze conditions.
In our previous article, we have noted that haze pollutants can cause oxidative stress to individuals and may affect individuals with existing heart conditions. However, good news to chia seeds lovers! The incredible superfood also contains omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial for cardiovascular health and can help normalize the heart rate.
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Chia Seeds, an ancient Aztec superfood, are packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, dietary fibre, complete protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Runners and athletes consume chia to maintain hydration and energy levels for intense workouts. Chia Seeds are now a popular food for those who are looking to improve blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol conditions, and for weight control.
2. Yacon Roots
Yes, yacon roots! This ingredient may be unheard for some of us, but the superfood is commonly used in Chinese cuisines and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), namely ??? in mandarin. In short, yacon root is a perennial root vegetable that looks something like a sweet potato. Yacon root grows naturally in South America and is known for being both sweet and filling.
This amazing root vegetable contains good carbohydrates known as fructooligosaccharides which are prebiotics fibres that can help probiotics in our large intestines to populate more healthy bacteria in our gut to assist nutrients absorption.
Attaining a healthy boost in overall nutrients absorption further elevates our immunity system in fighting off the ambient pollutants and free radicals this haze season.
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If you think sweet is unhealthy, Yacon Root will prove you wrong. Yacon, though deliciously sweet, is a natural dietetic and prebiotic food. It is grown in the Andes (Peru & Ecuador) for its crisp, sweet-tasting tuberous root. The texture and flavour have been described as a cross between a fresh apple and watermelon. Traditionally, Yacon has been used in South America both as food and to help control blood sugar and improve digestion.
Yacon root is considered the world's richest natural source of fructooligosaccharides(FOS), a form of prebiotic fibre which passes through the digestive tract unmetabolized (meaning it is not absorbed by our bodies) but does the work of stimulating the growth of good intestinal micro-flora by feeding the probiotic(good) bacteria in our digestive system while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria such as Candida albicans. Consequently, consuming Yacon improves colon health, digestion, detoxification and our immune system.
While being satisfyingly sweet due to its naturally-occurring FOS content, Yacon root remains low in calories (because FOS is not able to be metabolized in the body) and very low in Glycemic Index (GI), which is good news for all, including people with diabetes.
In short, Nature's Superfoods Organic Dried Yacon Root Slices are ideal as a prebiotic, low-calorie food for those on weight-control diets, cancer-fighting diets, for people with diabetes and for those who want to avoid calorie-laden processed snacks. Yacon Roots are also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients.
3. Goji Berries
In recent years, goji berries (often also known as wolfberries) gained tremendous popularity due to its powerful antioxidants properties and other beneficial minerals. It has been stated that goji berries have a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) score of 3,290. This rating indicates the number of antioxidants in certain foods. Thus, with higher antioxidants means better immunity boost to fight the free radicals.
However, with prolonged exposure to the ongoing haze, it takes more than just antioxidant to boost our immune system as the air pollutants are now classified as a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). Yes, extended exposure to ambient pollutants may result in cancer and heart attack.
With more hazardous elements looming in the air that we breathe, this calls for more goji berries our diet! Aside from the powerful antioxidant properties, goji berries also contain anti-cancer nutrients that may help to prevent the growth of cancer in the body. According to clinical studies by School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Taipei Medical University, goji berries extract can hinder the overall growth of cancer cells, prevent them from spreading and destroying them at the end process.
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Known as the Longevity Fruit, Goji Berries have been highly prized and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of centuries. TCM considers these berries to have the ability to maintain the function of eyes, nourish the liver and kidney and help moisten the lungs.
Nature's Superfoods Dried Goji Berries are specially selected and are organically grown in the pristine, high-altitude Tibetan Plateau. The isolation of the plateau, known to be free from pollution and gifted with lots of sun, crystal clear waters (from melted snow) and clean air quality, provide the perfect environmental conditions for growing these wonderful Goji berries.
In keeping to our promise of premium quality superfoods for our customers, our Goji Berries have to pass tests for pesticide residue and heavy metals. There are no added sugars, sulphites, additives or preservatives. This ensures that our Goji Berries meet the highest consumption food standards.
Furthermore, Nature's Superfoods Dried Goji Berries are super-sized, hence, making them a perfect snack that is naturally sweet and chewy.
With the plethora of benefits from the incredible superfoods, it would certainly be a good idea to consume them – haze or no haze. Aside from the above superfoods, do consume more water (the best ‘superfood’ mother nature has to offer) to stay hydrated!