Superfoods are a type of food that have a lot of promise for highly sensitive people. HSP stress problems can cause a depletion in the nutritions stores of the body. Superfoods can restore the body and help minimize the consequences of chronic stress.
What are superfoods? There is some dispute about what they are and what they do. What is not in dispute is that superfoods are healthy. So what are they?
When people use the term superfood they are generally mean one of two different types of foods:
- the condensed nutrient dense powders and pills that pack a lot of green and other nutrients into an easily accessible form. When you read the labels, your head may swim at the list of ingredients. These supplements often try to provide complete nutrition that can be taken as a pill or as a shake with water or milk.
- a group of whole foods that are considered to offer superior nutritive value. Superfoods are an attempt to counteract the low nutritional value of processed foods and to help sustain the body which is being overloaded with toxins from pesticides and other chemicals.
Superfoods are a recognition of the nutritional value in the plants and other foods enjoyed by our ancestors, and the cost to our health of modern foods high in calories, fat, sugar and other chemicals.
Superfoods are nutrient dense. Nutrient density refers to the ratio of trace nutrients to macronutrients. Macronutrients are the protein, carbohydrates, and fats in foods. Trace nutrients are vitamins, minerals, and other compounds often in plant-based foods that are necessary for us to be healthy.
Modern food is difficult to digest, clogging to our bodies, increases free radicals and makes us fat, sluggish and unhappy. When we eat nutrient weak foods, our bodies recognize the poor nutrition, which will not feel satisfying. The unsatisfied desire for healthy food can then lead to cravings which can keep us in a pattern of eating poorly particularly if we are under stress.
Highly sensitive people can help themselves by adding superfoods to their diets and if adding a green superfood drink for additional nutrition to make sure the body has the resources to handle HSP stress.
Here are some whole food superfoods:
For additional information about concentrated forms of superfoods here are some links to investigate:
There are many excellent powdered superfood products: