How to incorporate a superfood into your spring diet

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Try our top superfoods this spring and move toward a healthier and happier you. Arugula...

Try our top superfoods this spring and move toward a healthier and happier you.

Arugula

Like spinach, arugula is more filling than lettuce, but it still has very few calories. Arugula is one of the best sources of vitamin K and is also rich in vitamins A and C. It can help promote bone and brain health because of its levels of iron and copper. This superfood also contains antioxidants that help fight cancer and age-related vision loss. Get a healthy serving of arugula by using it as a replacement for lettuce in salads and sandwiches.

Bee pollen

This superfood is known to have more protein than beef and can help fight seasonal allergies and decrease signs of aging. Bee pollen can be a great energy booster and may also be found in skin products that reduce skin inflammation. Bee pollen can also aid in digestion. You can get bee pollen from health food stores and grind it over yogurt or cereal.

Coconut

Beyond its milk, this superfood is a nutritious source of meat and juice. The water in coconuts has high levels of electrolytes. In fact, during World War II, it was siphoned to use for emergency transfusions due to its adaptability to human blood plasma. In modern medicine, coconut oil is used to kill viruses, toxins and bacteria that cause afflictions such as gum disease and urinary tract infections.

Grass

Wheatgrass, which does not contain gluten, can help you if you have thyroid and weight issues. If you suffer from calcium or iron deficiencies, you should give barley grass a try; it has more nutrients than cow's milk. Barley grass can also help you if you are deficient in vitamin B12. Both wheatgrass and barley grass come in juice form and as vitamin supplements, but you can also purchase a kit to grow your own in a herb garden.

Seaweed

Seaweed, which is high in calcium and can help alkalize your blood, has been a dietary supplement for thousands of years. Some say seaweed can fight cancer and help with managing your weight. Nori, one of the more common types, is used in sushi rolls. Wakame is packed with nutrients and is especially high in magnesium, which is critical for muscle function. Kelp, which is packed with vitamin K, has also been used to treat thyroid dysfunction and is excellent as a bath therapy at least once a week. Try seaweed in a salad or chopped in miso soup, a light Japanese tradition.

Incorporate these superfoods into your diet at home, and visit a local Atlanta physician to discuss other ways to create a healthier you.

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