Looking forward to the ins and outs of 2017? It's again the season we forecast the fitness and nutritional crazes that will trend in the upcoming year! Foodies, unite! Health.com compiles the five superfoods with indisputable nutritional benefits to best fuel and compliment your workout.
Trendsetting Kpop culture would still dominate in 2017, as Kimchi, the korean vegetable condiment, is considered as one of the healthiest food by Health.com. This fermented cabbage dish is packed with 'healthy bacterias' that best aid in digestion. Loaded with Vitamins A,B and C, this keeps most Koreans fit and healthy as it adjuncts the high fiber, low fat diet in their meals.
2. Ancient Grains
Sounds like paleo? Grains such as Quinoa, Kamut and freekeh are the Ancient grains which remains unchanged over the past hundred years - consumed by humans since the paleolithic times. Our ancestors benefited from these nutritional powerhouses, loaded with fiber, calcium andlycine - an amino acid that burns fat.
This asian cuisine staple has hefty amounts of minerals - specifically Iodine, that's most important for thyroid health, and better immunity.
Dubbed as the 'Elixir of life' in the Chinese culture, Kombucha has been around since 220 B.C. and largely been used for its multiple benefits. Like the kimchi, this fermented drink has probiotics for better digestion. It's also known for detoxification, thus a Liver friendly drink, and an immune system booster.
5. Chia Seeds
These seeds originated from Mexico and has been around since the Mayan and Aztec civilization. With its numerous benefits, Chia can now be found in many products - from Greek yogurt, tea, to fruit infused squeeze packs. It is also a better alternative to processed grains. Chia is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, that is good for controlling cholesterol levels.
If you're planning already for your #FitnessGoals2017, it's best to give it a headstart by complementing this diet and nutritional trends with a new fitness lifestyle!
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Words: Jek Llanos
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