So you don’t like taking vitamins for general health?
Well you don’t have to! All the vitamins and minerals our bodies need can be found in the foods all around us, the only secret is that we have to eat them!! In fact, when they come from a food source they are even better absorbed than any other way (as long as our digestive tracks are working properly)!
If I were to try to make a list of all the best nutrient dense foods it would be endless because REAL food is REALLY good for us! So I have tried to condense it to the foods that contain some of the most essential nutrients we need and are often low on.
First, here are some simple ways to ensure we are getting what we need:
Below I have listed some Bonus Foods to help us get the most bang for our buck with the foods we eat. Just remember that too much of a good thing is not necessarily better, so like everything, enjoy in moderation!
Avocado: Omegas, potassium, Vitamins B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, phytonutrients, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, copper, Vitamin K
Bee Pollen: B vitamins, all 9 essential amino acids, lipids, polyphenols, flavonoids, leukotrienes, catechins, phenolic acids, carotenoid pigments, phytosterols, enzymes, coenzymes, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, inositol, rutin, potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, manganese, iron, copper
Blackstrap Molasses: Magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, calcium, copper, selenium, choline, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B1
Dulse, Kelp and other Sea Vegetables (from unpolluted areas): Iodine, Vitamin B6, iron, potassium, sodium, protein, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
Gelatin (grass-fed beef) or Bone broth: excellent source of collagen
Goji Berries: Vitamin A, selenium, copper, iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, calcium, protein, antioxidants
Hemp Seeds: Protein, EFAs including omega 3, Vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc
Nutritional Yeast: Protein, B vitamins (we’re talking 1 TBSP has 240% your daily value of Vitamin B6), zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese
Red Cabbage: glucosinolates, polyphenols, glutamine, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, manganese, potassium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B9, copper
Sardines: Protein, Vitamin B12, selenium, phosphorus, omega 3, Vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin B3, iodine, copper, choline, Vitamin B2
Sprouts: these have a high nutrient composition that varies depending on the sprout
Watercress, Kale: Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, B vitamins, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, omega 3
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Essential Fatty Acid sources: Salmon, sardines, walnuts, flax seed, chia seed, kale, brussel sprouts, mustard seeds, cauliflower
Probiotic sources: fermented foods, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh
Prebiotic sources: Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root, apple cider vinegar (mother), onions, garlic, cabbage, leeks, jicama root, dandelion root, apples, oats, psyllium, legumes
It is one of the most common questions I’m asked. They are natural foods, aren’t they? Aren’t they supposed to be healthy? Why do you avoid them and why are so many people sick from them nowadays? Take a look at some of my reasons below and then eat and drink away however you so choose!
First, it’s baby calf growing food, and no we don’t need it to survive, and yes the dairy industry has done an incredible job of promoting it.
Second, it’s not our greatest and only source of calcium. Check out all these places you can get your daily calcium needs from: bone broth, sardines (bones included), sesame seeds/tahini/hummus, kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, chinese cabbage, bok choy, tapioca, chia seeds, white beans, black-eyed peas, broccoli, spinach, quinoa, salmon, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, carrots, oranges, figs, blackstrap molasses, dried herbs…
Third, here’s what some of the research is showing:
For interest sake, goat’s milk has been shown to be more digestible, much less allergenic, closer in content to human milk, and higher in nutrients which are also more absorbable than they are in cow’s milk.