Picturing superfoods may bring to mind the image of fruits and vegetables dressed up in superhero costumes
much like that of childhood comic book heroes Batman and Superman. This image may not be as far fetched as you
think. These foods are so powerful that they can reduce your risk of heart disease, decrease your cholesterol,
and even put you in a better mood. Superfoods are like the superheroes for your body.
Today, it is becoming clear that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, consumers need to
add superfoods to their diets. While filled with healthy benefits, Dr. Ricky Gardner of Bingham
Memorial Hospital states that superfoods “are not miracle drugs. Superfoods do not provide the
benefits of the fabled fountain of youth and are not an excuse to ignore other aspects of fitness.
In order to gain the full benefits of superfoods, consumers must balance healthy eating with a
Consuming superfoods is good for children and adults alike. As an essential part of everyone’s
diet, this class of healthy foods supports efforts to receive more nutrition while actually eating
less. Superfoods are low in calories, high in nutritional value, and found in nature.
There are many delectable foods that are considered superfoods. Blueberries, spinach, avocados,
salmon, and pomegranates are just a few examples of such delicacies. Each superfood has its own
special blend of healthy attributes to keep you going each and every day. One cup of blueberries
has 14% of the recommended daily fiber, the highest antioxidant concentration of any fruit, and
less than 100 calories. Spinach is rich in iron, antioxidants, vitamins, and more. Dark chocolate,
yes even this delicious sweet, contain compounds that can help boost serotonin and endorphins,
therefore increasing your mood.
Regrettably, too many consumers think in order to eat healthy they must be able to afford an expensive
grocery bill each month. This is simply not the case. Many towns and cities offer farmers markets
throughout the summer months were consumers are able to find locally grow superfoods. Grocery stores also
offer a wide range of superfoods. The key is to buy what is in season. Just because blueberries are part
f the superfood category does not mean they must be served every day. Many superfoods are affordable for
every family. Apples, for example, are readily available year round and are often offered at a sale price
at local grocery stores.
Ready to take the leap into a healthier lifestyle for you and your family? Bingham Memorial Hospital’s
family physician, Dr. Ricky Gardner, is here to answer any questions or concerns you have about diet and
What are you waiting for? Call the office of Dr. Ricky Gardner at (208)785-3800 and add some superfood
heroes to your diet today!