Summer Superfood Spotlight: Blueberries

With the kids home from school, it’s official that summer is here! The increase in temperature, humidity and outdoor activity easily lends itself to more perspiration and if fluids aren’t replaced, fatigue, irritability and headaches will ensue. Although water is one of the top recommended sources for hydration, an even better way to hydrate the cells is to pair your water with minerals, aka electrolytes.

Highlights:

  • Blueberries are one of the lowest sugar fruits that are high in fiber and packed with energizing vitamin C, sun-damage-repairing antioxidants and restoring minerals.
  • These berries are a heart-healthy digestive aid that help fight cancer, fine lines and wrinkles, and inflammation.
  • Although eating berries raw or atop cereal is great, we encourage you to expand your palate – stop by the Nourished® Kitchen Market and try our blueberry Antioxidant Boost Cleanse Soup or Immune Booster Superfood Smoothie.

During the hot summer months, your body craves fruit more than any other time of the year, and for good reasons – fruit is packed with water, minerals and sugar which helps rebalance energy levels. Nothing is more refreshing than freshly cut watermelon or grapes after a long day out in the sun. While these are certainly popular, when it comes to fruit, blueberries top our list. These low-sugar, high-fiber berries are packed with energizing vitamin C, sun-damage-repairing antioxidants and restoring minerals. They’re also a heart-healthy digestive aid that help fight cancer, fine lines and wrinkles, and inflammation.

Even more, blueberries are a great source of fiber! From constipation and diarrhea to acid reflux, bloating and gas, digestive problems are a dime a dozen. This comes as no surprise as the majority of Americans are walking around chronically dehydrated, barely meeting the bare minimum of 25 grams of fiber recommended on a daily basis. With 84% water content and 3.6 grams of fiber per cup, blueberries are great for adding bulk to the stools to alleviate constipation—thus relieving reflux, headaches, cravings, bloating and gas. Bowel regularity is important because the bowels are one of our primary channels of elimination. If you don’t eliminate at least once per day, toxins either sit in the intestines and putrefy, or recirculate in the body.

Blueberries also rank as one of the top superfoods across the board due to their impressive number of antioxidants. Phenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins are powerful free radical scavengers provided by blueberries that help neutralize toxins before they create lasting damage to the cells, tissues and organs. These protective elements help fight against inflammation, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes and even macular degeneration. They also combine with B vitamins to boost brain health by balancing the mood, and supporting memory, cognition and healthy aging. Head to toe, blueberries can be used to balance the body!

Great on their own, blueberries can be added to smoothies, overnight oats or even salads. For fun new ideas of how to enjoy them, stop by Nourished®. We sell a delicious, antioxidant-boosting blueberry soup as part of our One-Day Soup Cleanse that can enjoyed warm or cold. Blueberries are also the superstar in our Immune Booster Superfood Smoothie, along with grass-fed collagen, prebiotics and probiotics for extra gut-healing benefits.

This summer, add blueberries – fresh or frozen, but always organic – to your grocery store list. Not only are they low in sugar, they’re packed with hunger-controlling and bowel-regulating fiber, energizing B vitamins, anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating minerals. A true superfood, blueberries will help keep your weight in check, fight sun damage, and prevent against inflammation, diabetes and cancer. And they’re sure to keep you and your kids going, even on the hottest of days!