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Getting fit can be done in your own living room and as Mike Walker showed us, using something you already have like a chair can be helpful. He also suggests eating "super foods." These can help boost your metabolism among many other benefits.

 

Top Five Super foods:

 

The term "super food" refers to any food that is considered to be exceptionally healthy. Typically, super foods contain significant concentrations of key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which are believed to improve overall health!

 

1. Raw Chocolate: Is a food produced from the seed of the tropical cacao tree which are unrefined and unprocessed. Through this natural state, the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are more available and readily absorbed by the body. Raw cacao helps lower the oxidative stress of strenuous activities because of the high levels of magnesium, chromium, B vitamins and antioxidants therefore helping athletes to shorten their recovery time. Cacao also has the highest levels of magnesium than any other food source on the planet!

 

2. Chia Seeds: With more Omega-3′s than flax seeds, these little black seeds are packed with amazing nutrition. They contain fiber, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and much more. Plus, the nice thing about chia seeds is that you don't have to grind them up to get the benefit like you do with flax seeds. Put them in smoothies, on your cereal, or bake them in to some banana bread for extra nutrition. Ancient Aztec warriors prized Chia as an endurance promoting super food, eating it in bread just before battle and drinking it in water before running long distances!

 

3. Blueberries: Just 100g (4oz) of blueberries contain the same amount of age-defying antioxidants as five servings of other fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants help guard against a range of cancers, heart disease, asthma, arthritis and cataracts, Alzheimer's and age-related neurological diseases. Also, try other antioxidant rich fruits in the purple-red family: blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, and red grapes.

4. Goji Berries: Goji berries are energy-boosting berries that have the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods. They are very high in antioxidants, minerals, and contain 18 amino acids. Goji berries have 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and are a complete source of protein.

 

5. Chlorella (and Spirulina): Water grown algae such as chlorella and spirulina have phenomenal nutritional value! Chlorella is 60% protein (19 amino acids including all eight essentials), contains all the B vitamins (including B12 – a rare plant source), vitamins C and E, a wealth of minerals and trace minerals, chlorophyll (the highest quantities of these ever found in a natural source), as well as essential fatty acids and a host of phytochemicals. Chlorella is exceptionally good at detoxifying the body of pollutants. Besides a few differing benefits, chlorella and spirulina have many parallel nutritional virtues.

 

            You can find these organic products at your local supplement or health food store. There are many ways to incorporate these super foods into your diet. You can simply eat them as a snack, mix with various nuts to make a trail mix, or blend them into a super smoothie!