7 Amazing Super Greens and their Health Benefits

Superfoods have long been a “thing.” But have you ever heard of super greens? 

It’s easy to guess what they are. If you guessed a superfood that is green, then you guessed right! Like superfoods, super greens are packed full of important nutrients. Of note, super greens have invaluable health benefits, too. 

Read on to learn about some of the best super greens, what they can do, and where you can find them.

Dr Tobias Health Tip: we’ve combined all of these in our brand new Organic Greens Complex formula for the ultimate super greens boost!

Alfalfa

It’s not just for cows! Alfalfa is a powerful super green notably rich in vitamins and minerals, which means it’s great for people, too.

Research shows alfalfa is rich in antioxidants. These can help protect the body in many ways. It also has anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and anti-cancer effects. In ancient times, alfalfa was taken to strengthen the bones and nervous system.

Barley Grass

If you’ve already heard of wheatgrass, barley grass is the next big thing. Like the super green alfalfa, it’s also really rich in nutrients— including antioxidants that make it great for boosting immunity and reducing cancer risk.

Barley grass is also rich in amino acids, which are nutrients that are vital to vegan and vegetarian diets. Traditionally, barley grass was used to support detoxification, blood cleansing, and digestive healing.

Broccoli

Is it an ordinary table vegetable? Or the most powerful super green in the world? The right answer: it’s both!

Broccoli is widely researched for so many health benefits that it makes other vegetables pale in comparison. These benefits include improved heart health, improved digestive health, antioxidant benefits, liver-protective benefits, and so much more.

Kale

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of this ultimate super green. It’s not just because kale is popular on grocery store shelves— it’s also because it’s a common supplement ingredient!

This leafy green is incredibly nutritious. Full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, research shows kale has strong protective effects against cancer as well.

Oat Grass

Though we all know oatmeal is good for you, its supplement version, oat grass (the younger stage of oats) is teeming with health benefits. Turns out that it has especially good perks for brain health, studies show.

Other health properties it may have: boosting immunity, reducing cancer risk, and fighting chronic inflammation in the body.

Parsley

Never underestimate parsley. It’s not just a flavorful addition to salads, soups, or pasta. It’s also a powerful super green!

As a healing herb too, parsley can help protect the liver, support detoxification, reduce diabetes risk, and even provide relief for and improve female health disorders.

Spinach

When speaking about super greens, no one can leave out spinach! This robust salad green has vitamins, minerals, and nutritive health benefits in spades.

Some of these are supporting a healthier metabolism, reducing inflammation, and fighting free radicals as an antioxidant.

Want to gain the benefits of all these super greens? Find them as whole food ingredients in our new formula Organic Greens Complex!

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Women’s Health: Achieving Hormonal Balance

It’s International Women’s Day, so we wanted to celebrate with an educational post on women’s health. Specifically, achieving hormonal balance.

Achieving hormonal balance is a large part of women’s health. Some examples of hormone-related conditions are polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, decreased libido or sexual function, acne, depression, weight problems, night sweats, and thinning hair/hair loss, among others.

Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to achieve a happy hormonal balance.

Nutrition NOT Dieting

Constant dieting can actually be harmful to overall health. Instead of worrying about guidelines and restrictions, focus on intuitive eating! Try incorporating these foods into your meal plan:

Include Regular Exercise in Your Routine

Exercise has significant effects on multiple hormones including estrogen, cortisol, insulin, testosterone, and human growth hormone.

Due to post-menopausal hormonal changes, women are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Research has shown that resistance training, impact exercise, and plyometric exercise can help to reduce this risk and have positive effects on bone mass.

Include both cardio and resistance/strength-based training in your routine as each stimulates the body and muscles in different ways. Incorporating different forms of exercise will also keep your workouts interesting and sustainable for the long haul!

Gut Health for Great Health!

With the widespread use of oral contraceptives which can alter the gut microbiome and the impact of gut bacteria on estrogen balance, it is important for any woman to support her intestinal health! 

Show your gut some much-needed appreciation by eating prebiotic foods, like whole oats, apples, leeks, onion, and asparagus. Consume probiotic foods that contain live microorganisms, such as yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, kombucha and other fermented food items. You may wish to add a prebiotic supplement or probiotic supplement to your daily routine to further help balance the intestinal system. And finally, keep a food dairy to pinpoint foods that you may be sensitive to and that you should avoid.

Always Work Towards Unconditional Self-Acceptance

Women are strong and incredible beings regardless of what societal pressures exist to look, act, speak, or dress a certain way. When women take an active role in self-acceptance, troublesome societal ideals can be made insignificant resulting in happier, healthier women. On top of that, accepting imperfections and practicing kindness/compassion towards oneself can help to buffer anxiety and increase psychological wellbeing.

Practicing self-love and acceptance comes in many forms, so participate in a few that make you feel fantastic! Go ahead and take some ‘me time’, write a list of things that you love about yourself, find an inspiring self-love mantra, and most importantly, do the things that make you happy! Self-love isn’t selfish, it’s part of being a healthy, confident woman!

Happy and Healthy International Women’s Day from all of us here at Dr Tobias!

Are You Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle?

February is American Heart Health Month. Though it only comes once a year, it’s a great time to touch up on important heart health tips for your self-care routine.

These 4 tips are the most recommended by heart health organizations, doctors, and nutritionists to boost your heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease — no matter the time of year.

And best of all: these can each be done at home.

Diet

Eating well is instrumental to heart health. You don’t need a nutritionist to keep up a heart-healthy diet.

Stick with the basics: plenty of low sugar fruits, vegetables (of all colors), nuts, and complex carbohydrate grains (like quinoa) are fantastic foods. It’s important to focus on beneficial fats (Omega 3 fatty acids), too.

If you’re not eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acid foods (like fatty fish and nuts) consider adding an Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement to your diet. Vegan? Opt for Black Cumin Seed Oil. It’s a great plant-based alternative, and very high in beneficial fatty acids that protect heart health, too.

And don’t forget: stock up on plenty of fiber-rich foods and antioxidants, both of which curb inflammation and reduce blood vessel and heart disease risks.

Exercise

Remember: the heart is a muscle. You need to use it!

Just like going to the gym to work out your upper body for better strength, working out your heart will help it become both stronger and healthier. It will also help keep blood pressure healthy, too.

The best way to do this: aerobic exercises that get your blood pumping and enriched with oxygen. These include but are not limited to:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Outdoor Biking
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
  • Cycling

Stress

Heart health isn’t just about physical health. It can be about mental health, too.

Studies (like this one) show that mental states and conditions like stress, worry, and anxiety— and even anxiety disorders— can wear down on heart health without us even realizing it. It does so by increasing chronic inflammation, raising blood pressure, and (more often than not), both.

Seeking treatment, support, and/or solutions to stress and mental health conditions can help. In your own self-care routine, work on ways to minimize and manage stress in your life.

Quitting and Cutting Down

Do you drink or smoke? Indulge in too much junk food? What about sugars, processed foods, or simple carbohydrates?

All of these can cause wear and tear on the heart. It’s best to work on cutting down on these vices— or quitting them entirely.

Of course, changing habits doesn’t happen overnight. But getting started at the very least can bring improvement to your heart and make all the difference.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Healthy Dose of Self-Love

Valentine’s Day is our yearly reminder to celebrate those we love the most. We buy gifts and write sweet notes to our partners, best friends, siblings, and even our pets. But what about ourselves?

Self-love is an incredibly powerful way to take charge of your life and honor the unique person you are. Sadly, many of us struggle with showing ourselves the same love we offer others. Make this the February you shower yourself with a healthy dose of self-love!

What is Self-love?

Self-love is not selfish, self-indulgent, or narcissistic. In fact, it’s just the opposite! When we have compassion and patience for ourselves, we are much more likely to give the same to others.

More accurately, self-love is a way of honoring yourself for who you are, releasing judgement and punishment, and treating yourself with the same kindness you would treat a cherished friend. With self-love, we are more confident, relaxed, optimistic, adaptive, and even happier.

Learn to Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day

We all deserve a little self-love. Here’s how to honor yourself this Valentine’s Day:

Fuel Your Fire

Self-love starts with nourishment. Your body is an amazing machine, feed it the good stuff! A healthy diet that’s packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, the right fats, gut-supporting probiotics, and key vitamins will not only make for a strong body, but a happy mind as well. This Valentine’s Day, cook yourself a deliciously healthy meal and keep the habit up all year long.

Move and Groove

Treat your heart to some love this Valentine’s Day with some blood-pumping exercise. Try a heart-opening yoga sequence, a quick run, or turn up your favorite tunes and dance the night away. Exercise is good for the heart and crushes depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Invest in Your Health

Forget the chocolates and flowers – this year, buy yourself something that will really make your heart sing. An investment in your health always pays back dividends. Make an appointment with the massage therapist or naturopath you’ve been meaning to check out. Stock up on omega-3’s to protect your heart and brain. Buy a class pass to your favorite gym or studio. You deserve it!

Send Your Future Self a Love Letter

Most of us have something we don’t love about ourselves. Maybe it’s our weight, our career choices, our laugh. Whatever your sore spots are, it’s time to rewrite the story and celebrate the good. Draft an email to yourself and schedule it to send in 3-6 months. Write your future self a letter about the things you are celebrating today and a few self-love goals you’ll be taking on moving forward. This is a powerful exercise in treating yourself like a friend and will be a heart-warming surprise in a few months’ time!

Self-Love is in the Air

Shower everyone with love this Valentine’s Day – especially yourself.

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