By Sharon Dempsey
If the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is true then we can all be aspiring superheroes if we stock up on the latest so-called Superfoods.
We all accept that what we eat can have a huge impact on our health, but how to maximise the health benefits? The answer is to enrich your diet with powerful anti-oxidant packed foods.
The promise of a clear complexion and glossy hair, while increasing our energy levels and protecting ourselves against heart disease and cancer, is almost too good to be true. Or is it?
Foods such as beetroot, blueberries, watercress, goji berries, brocoli and acai berries have been flying off the supermarket shelves every time they have a mention in the media. But for those in the know, the latest obsession will be for super seeds and shoots.
Bernadette Bohan, who has twice fought off cancer and is the author of the bestselling book, ‘The Choice,’ advocates sprouting seeds to access their powerful nutrients. "Soak them in water to geminate and in three to four days the nutrients are available in the shoot," Bernadette says.
Traditional sprouts are usually the small seeds such as alfalfa, clover, mustard etc. and small seed mixes can be bought at health food shops. Sprouting couldn’t be easier or cheaper! Sprouts need air, water and warmth. Direct sunlight should be avoided. Check out primalseeds.org and changesimply.com for step-by-step tips.
Bernadette is also an advocate of juicing to help ‘flood the body with nutrients.’ "Two to three juices a day will hydrate and alkalise the system," she advises. She recommends ‘green’ juices such as cucumber, celery and ginger to flush and cleanse the digestive system.
As far as super foods are concerned Bernadette says she is a firm believer in what Mother Nature has to offer. If she was to choose two super foods, she would go for wheat grass; which she calls, ‘pure rocket fuel’ and blue-green algae; which has over 64 vitamins and minerals and is known for its anti-inflammatory and immune strengthening properties.
- Sprouting seeds, Wheat grass and Blue-green algae are available from good health food stores.
Bernadette Bohan hopes to bring her seminar on the programme she has devised to a healthier lifestyle, to Northern Ireland later in the year. I will keep you posted.
Sharon Dempsey is an Author, health writer and freelance journalist. She is a QUB graduate with a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism at City University, London and has written two books, one on parenting a child with a chronic illness and the other written for children undergoing treatment for brain tumours. jkp.com