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5 Surprising New Superfoods
Wellness
Published Tuesday Jun 13, 2017 by Sweaty Betty

5 Surprising New Superfoods

Food
Drink
Nutrition

Food has never been more fashionable. In fact, the only place that reflects your lifestyle, as well as your workout wardrobe, is your kitchen pantry. From kale to blueberries, quinoa to wheatgrass, superfoods are the nutrient and mineral packed ingredients we consider most essential to our journey of wellness.

To rank as a superfood, the product in question needs to offer health benefits above and beyond your average carrot. To be really ‘super’, a food must deliver advantages for the present and the future, protecting our cells against aging and disease. So what does the future hold, and what new superfoods should you be stocking in your kitchen cupboards to stay ahead of the curve? You heard it here first. These are the five superfoods tipped to take over health food stores (and healthy Instagram accounts) in 2016.

Matcha

While Matcha may already be on your radar, it’s not yet gone mainstream. The green leaves of tea are ground into a fine powder, and added to hot water to make a potent drink. Instead of drawing nutrients from tea leaves, we drink the entire leaf, increasing both the variety and quantity of nutrients we can absorb. A super powerful source of antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc and fibre (unusual for a drink), Matcha is about to have a major moment. Look out for it in your local coffee shops (matcha latte anyone?), and stay tuned for more cakes and smoothies featuring the green stuff.  

Turmeric

Somewhere at the back of your spice rack you may find a dusty jar of this golden powder. It is one of the main spices traditionally used in curries and mustards, but in the Western world it is gaining respect for a whole host of health-enhancing properties. In China and India turmeric has been celebrated as an anti-inflammatory agent for hundreds of years, aiding stomach complaints, bloating, digestive issues and arthritis. An awesome antioxidant, watch the rise of turmeric over 2016 as more supplement versions become available and smoothie menus finally give it the pride of place it deserves.

Fermented foods

The regular consumption of fermented foods is nothing new for several territories, such as the side dish of Kimchi that you’ll find served with most meals in Korea. By late 2016 the rest of us will have caught up. A healthy gut flora is a solid foundation for a healthy, lean, disease-free body. Fermented foods are excellent detoxifiers, reducing the inflammation caused by sugar, processed foods, and chemicals. Loaded with probiotics to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, fermented foods have a big role to play in strengthening our immune system and reducing the risk of disease, obesity and some cancers. You’ll see fermented foods in numerous forms: live yogurt (100 million active cultures per gram), fermented beans (tempeh), fermented soup paste (miso), fermented cabbage (Sauerkraut) and fermented drinking yogurt (kefir) to name just a few. These nutritious and healing superfoods are going to become household names and regulars on shopping lists over the next 12 months.

Teff

Last year it was quinoa, next year it’s the turn of teff. The world’s smallest grain is not to be underestimated as it delivers one of the biggest nutritional profiles. The staple food of Ethiopia, this minute superstar is gluten free and rich in fibre, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and the B vitamins which are vital for metabolising energy. Watch this space as teff becomes our new favourite breakfast base (the porridge of the future) and a ubiquitous ingredient in baking.

Bee pollen

There has been a growing buzz about this next superfood, and in 2016 it is expected to hit the mainstream market in a big way. The tiny golden granules are one of the single most nutritious foods in the world, containing almost every nutrient required to sustain life. It is rich in amino acids and antioxidant properties, and powerful enough to heal inflammation and assist in promoting great gut health. Make space now for the addition of pollen in your breakfast bowls and daily smoothies. 

This article was originally published by Sweaty Betty. Visit their website at www.sweatybetty.com

Sweaty Betty
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Sweaty Betty
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About the author
Sweaty Betty's mission is to inspire women to find empowerment through fitness.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.