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Health Benefits 2017-02-22T14:11:30+00:00

Health Benefits

Food can have an incredibly beneficial effect on one’s body or a destructive effect depending upon food choices. Real food, especially superfoods, WORKS for you. It can help in so many ways to ensure: high energy, lowered health risks, longevity and a healthy body mass index.

To learn more about your body and how it works, please read more about specific issues below and click on our products to learn what superfoods can do for you. Alternatively, review our informative review of issues on our blog.

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Heart Health

Our hearts are the instrumental motor to pump the blood through our system and thereby feed our cells. The blood travels through arteries as internal highways. So the health of our major motor and the condition of the highways makes a huge difference to the functionality of our cardiovascular system.

Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) (CVD) is a leading cause of death for UK and North American men and women, so it is important to understand how to prevent it. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.

The good thing is that many of the leading risks are within your control to change, and these include:

Simply put, studies have shown that by quitting smoking, reducing sodium and alcohol, increasing exercise and eating a healthy diet of good protein, low saturated fat and many fruits and veggies, the risk of CVD can be substantially reduced.

With the many nutrients that superfoods has to offer, they can be an integral part in helping your heart be its healthy best!

For helpful information associated with heart health please see our blog posts: Heart Disease, The Skinny on Fats and  Carbohydrates.

Best Foods to enjoy:  Chia, Cacao, Quinoa, Cacao Powder and Yacon.

Weight Management

Weight management is a not about being skinny, nor is it about fast weight loss or fad diets. Instead it is long-term approach to a healthy lifestyle that includes maintaining the appropriate body weight and body mass for your age, weight and height. Weight management is also a major means of reducing risks of obesity, which is a risk factor for chronic diseases such as: Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Overall good health includes a balance of healthy food choices with the appropriate levels of physical exercise to balance out energy expenditure and food intake. Making informed good food choices along with healthy eating and hydrating habits are useful tools in weight management.

That is why superfoods are so simply perfect. Superfoods give a big bang for the health buck to make weight management much more manageable. Superfoods combine healthy fats, protein and good fibre based carbohydrates along with vitamins, mineral and other beneficial compounds. They feed the body with nutrients while cleaning out the colon of toxins and increasing metabolism and fat burning. Win – win!

For helpful information associated with weight management please see our blogs: The Skinny on Fats, The Dangers of Diets and Carbohydrates.

Best Foods to choose?  Pick Chia, Maca, MCT Powder, Quinoa and Yacon.

Digestive Support

Digestive health is essential to one’s overall health and wellbeing. Poor digestive health can affect your energy, mood, concentration and ability to fight sickness. It is also a very personal matter and can cause much stress and embarrassment when digestive discomfort hits.

Digestive discomforts such as bloating, gas/wind and constipation affect up to 80% of population. These uncomfortable symptoms can be improved through simple lifestyle changes including, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet including prebiotic and probiotic foods and drinking more water. Other ailments that have a huge impact on digestive discomfort include: Celiac Disease, Constipation,  Food Intolerances, Crohn’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diarrhea. Many of the side effects of these ailments can be prevented by or reduced by diet as well.

Eating foods that are nutrient rich and easy on the system become a core part of digestive support. Our superfoods can help assist in keeping the body strong and reduce the discomfort.

For helpful information about digestive health please review these blog posts:  The Truth About Gluten and Wheat and Carbohydrates.

Best foods to choose: Chia, Coconut Oil, Quinoa and Yacon.

Diabetes Care

Diabetes, is a type of metabolic disease where blood sugar levels remain high over a prolonged period of time. Symptoms include increased urination, thirst and hunger. Diabetes also increases other health risks such as: cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, foot ulcers and circulatory issues and eye damage.

Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 Diabetes) happens when the pancreas is unable to create insulin (a blood sugar balancing hormone) and its cause is unknown. However, the largest percentage of people worldwide with diabetes have adult-onset diabetes (Type 2 Diabetes) which is believed to be caused by prolonged obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise. Smoking also increases risks.

Even though Adult-Onset Diabetes is now a worldwide epidemic with startling rates, there is hope: with a healthy diet and exercise you can greatly reduce the risks of the disease and even better manage it. Research has shown that a high plant based diet with unprocessed foods rich in healthy fats, high fibre and whole  proteins is the key to success. Luckily, with a simple swap to superfoods the benefits can be fast, efficient and tasty!

For helpful information about digestive health please review these blog posts:  The Skinny on Fats, Protein, The Dangers of Diets and Carbohydrates.

Best foods to choose: Chia, Mace, Quinoa and Yacon.

Energy

Energy is an important goal to have as fatigue breaks us down physically and emotionally and wreaks havoc on the immune system.  Prolonged fatigue makes us more susceptible to illness, depression, and even chronic conditions like heart disease. The good news is that with proper nutrition, healthy lifestyle practises like a good night’s sleep and no smoking can help to make us feel alert and powerful.

Food is an integral part of feeding our bodies and making us feel good or poorly about ourselves. When we eat good food, we get rewarded with lots of boost and good energy that helps us to eat less, sleep more deeply and be more effective in our working lives.Superfoods are extremely energizing and in fact, a little goes a very long way. With just a few simple additions to your daily routine you can get super-boosted quite quickly.

Best foods to choose: Cacao Nibs, Maca and MCT Powder.

Strength

For strength conditioning and training the key to success is the type of food consumed and when. Keeping the body well fuelled and hydrated throughout the day can help improve strength.

Good practices include starting with a breakfast each day as a key part of your workout routine. Healthy fats and whole protein at each meal is imperative along with good carbohydrates after a work out (high fibre). A large supply of plant-based foods, along with a diet that includes 90% whole-foods (meaning unprocessed and unrefined) will help to ensure success.

Superfoods, with their high fibre, protein healthy fats and nutrients are an easy way to keep energy levels high with the fuel that the body needs to  repair and strengthen.

Best foods to choose: Cacao Nibs, Coconut Oil, Maca and MCT Powder.

Brain Food

The brain in an important and complex organ that is the command center of our nervous system. It is the most important thing to be fed and is often overlooked. To help us age with grace and a strong and healthy noggin’ – it is imperative to give it the super fuel that it needs.

Consuming brain loving foods can help us to keep our think tanks functioning at a high level. Low glycemic and high fiber foods along with high ketone production (coconut oil) provides a healthy source of nourishment to the brain.  Foods rich in healthy Omega 3’s (EPA and DHA) and theobromine help to make the happy brain compound serotonin. Foods that have vitamin C, E and B can help to prevent degeneration and slow down aging.

Superfoods with their array of nourishing fibre, vitamins, minerals and omegas, can help support the brain and allow it to function at a higher level while reducing the risks of premature aging.

Best foods to choose: Cacao Nibs, Coconut Oil, Maca and MCT Powder.

Kick Start

The morning is often the most overlooked meal of the day. But nourishing your body at the beginning of your day is vital to setting the pulse for the remainder. You can get a kick-start simply and easily by incorporating our superfood line into a simple and fast morning routine.

Some simple solutions?

  • have a sachet of edica naturals’ MCT powder with water or mix in with your favourite beverage;
  • in a sports bottle mix a tablespoon of chia seed into 2 cups of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice for a hydrating drink that you can enjoy on the way to work or during a workout;
  • simply munch on a tablespoon of hemp seeds for a super protein starter;
  • add in MCT powder, cacao nibs, goldenberries, chia or hemp in any cereal, smoothie or yoghurt to boost your morning meal.

By incorporating edica naturals’ superfoods in to your day you will quickly look and feel amazing!

Best foods to choose: Cacao Nibs, chia, Coconut Oil, Maca, MCT Powder, Quinoa and Yacon.