Healthy Super-food II
On this sunny thursday, I'm back with my series of healthy super-food that you should incorporate to your daily diet in order to feel better and maximize your well-being.
Kombucha: you remember last week I talk about the kefir this fermented milk drink that has many probiotic benefits? This time, I found the tea-version! The kombucha is a fermented mushroom tea drink that winkling as well and that is fed off of the caffeine found in green or black tea. It becomes a sour drink full of vitamins B, probiotics, antioxidants and enzymes, it is also an excellent digestive aid that helps break down the food in your stomach and convert it in energy to boost your metabolism and balanced your intestinal eco-system. How to consume it: You can drink it through the day, the caffeine has been absorbed by the mushroom during the days of fermentation, so you won't lay awake at night.
Umeboshi: Holy plum of Japan, this fruit has a salty and sour taste in mouth but when associated in rice or bento; it tastes become very pleasant. It is full of minerals, proteins and acid amino which contribute keep your body in health. It is also a great source of alkaline, which help fight bacteria, tiredness, stress and thus aging. It also helps detoxify your body from toxins. How to consume it: Add it to your bowl of rice, bento, soups or vegetables.
Apple cider vinegar: I have recently discover the benefits of the apple cider vinegar (added to many cooking and baking recipes) and I have to say that it is quite impressive. First, it contains pectins and antibiotics properties which help fighting intestinal issues, then the acetic acid in the vinegar can lower bad cholesterol present in blood, it also can prevent indigestion before big meals and fight flu during winter by healing throat and clearing stuffy nose. How to consume it: add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, add two teaspoons of maple syrup (agave or honey) and drink it. You can also add a dash of cinnamon or a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice for a detox drink.
Yerba maté tea: One of the reason I want to go to Argentina is to discover the real yerba maté tea. It is a south american tea issued from the yerba maté plant and uses as a beverage. Because of its high level of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and caffeine, it help to stay focus by increasing mental ability. It is also a great source of antioxidants which helps to prevent cancer and detoxify your body. It keeps your colon clean by stimulating your stomach and digestive system and boost your metabolism which can help your burn more calories. How to consume it: Everyday, through the day but stop drinking it around 5pm due to its level of caffeine.
I hope my series can help you fight autumn better and boost your immune system for the winter season. Next week, I will post another series of healthy super-food, if you have any to suggest me, I more that willing to discover it. Have a nice day!