Few would readily admit that they change their diet as often as they change their mind. But, with new information being released by the scientific community everyday, there is no shortage of trendsetting inspiration. In little time, groundbreaking scientific information becomes commonplace hashtag, and the rest is history. Here are some of the health food trends picking up some serious steam this summer.

 

By Valerie Silva

 

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Soup For You!

 

The reign of the juice cleanse has finally neared its end, and it is time to make way for its substitute: soup. High in fibre, low in sugar, and packed with nutritious herbs and spices, soup is finally getting the airtime it deserves. Angela Blatteis, co-author of The Soup Cleanse, says, “Juice was not designed to be a meal — you’re flooding your body with sugar.” With high sugar content and low fibre, juices rarely keep you feeling energized and satiated for long. With vegetables as their prime ingredient, soups avoid the pitfalls of the juice, while releasing all the same toxins, if not more. If you’re ready to go all in, swap your daily cup of coffee for a cup of bone broth. Bone broth promotes healthy digestion, fights cold and flu viruses, reduces inflammation, and contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, which are essential for healthy bone formation. Best of all: this all-star is rich in collagen, protecting your skin from aging and wrinkling.

 

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Sea-ing Green

 

The “superfood” label just doesn’t cut it when it comes to sea vegetables. Replete with calcium, magnesium, iron, and all of the 56 elements that a body needs to function optimally, sea vegetables, like kelp, wakame, nori, and sea lettuce, are the ultimate health food. Research shows that these nutrient powerhouses control weight, promote thyroid health, regulate the metabolism, and increase energy levels. Not to mention that they are also low in calorie and sodium, and nearly fat-free! Land vegetables lack many of these nutritional advantages due to the depletion of soil nutrients, which has occurred due to centuries of crop harvesting and fertilizer use.  With this trend, it isn’t just about human health. Sea vegetables are sustainable, and when farmed correctly, have nearly no long-term effects on the environment. Who knew dropping below sea level could be so green!

 

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Gut Feeling

 

At last, the word “bacteria” has shed its negative connotations. In fact, the lack of “good” bacteria in the stomach has been linked with obesity, depression, and gastro-intestinal distress. Modern food practices have effectively eradicated naturally occurring good bacteria from our diets and replaced them with the harmful bacteria found in starch and sugars. New research proves that consuming naturally fermented foods and drinks loaded with probiotics—like kimchi, natural yogurt, natural aged cheese, kombucha and milk kefir—can restore intestinal flora. Consuming these foods not only supplies the gut with needed microorganisms, but their acidity helps maintain existing bacteria. Heal your gut for a happier, healthier you.

 

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Order Out

 

No, I don’t mean pepperoni pizza.  New start-ups like Montreal-based Culiniste are re-inventing how we think of health food preparation. No longer do we have to stifle through healthy recipes and trek down to the farmers market to feel good about what we are eating. Culiniste delivers the high-quality raw ingredients needed to make delicious, balanced meals all week long. Each weekly delivery comes with recipe cards that provide the instructions needed to cook meals created by their culinary team; think Cumin-Coriander Haddock with Roasted Winter Squash or Black Pepper Tofu with Garlic Rice and Sautéed Gai Lan. Each recipe is carefully designed to meet daily dietary needs, be low in calorie content, and satisfy your taste buds. At home delivery has never been this wholesome.

 

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The “Sacred Spice”

 

We aren’t taking credit for this one; western science is late to the party when it comes to celebrating the medicinal powers of turmeric. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to reap the benefits now! Turmeric has been used for thousand of years as an ancient remedy for everything from diabetes and depression to congestion and indigestion. Recent scientific research has proven turmeric to be more effective than many prescription drugs used for combating diabetes, cholesterol, depression, and more. As an anti-inflammatory agent, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, helps suppress the growth of fat tissue and reduce weight gain. Rich in antioxidants, turmeric is known to fight the free radicals that cause damage to skin cells and accelerate the aging process. Want to double the effects? Draw on ancient beauty rituals that use turmeric to achieve smooth, flawless, glowing skin.

 

 

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