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Food has never been more fashionable. In fact, the only place that reflects your lifestyle, as well as your workout wardrobe, is your kitchen pantry. From kale to blueberries, quinoa to wheatgrass, superfoods are the nutrient and mineral packed ingredients we consider most essential to our journey of wellness.
To rank as a superfood, the product in question needs to offer health benefits above and beyond your average carrot. To be really ‘super’, a food must deliver advantages for the present and the future, protecting our cells against aging and disease. So what does the future hold, and what new superfoods should you be stocking in your kitchen cupboards to stay ahead of the curve? You heard it here first. These are the five superfoods tipped to take over health food stores (and healthy Instagram accounts) in 2016.
While Matcha may already be on your radar, it’s not yet gone mainstream. The green leaves of tea are ground into a fine powder, and added to hot water to make a potent drink. Instead of drawing nutrients from tea leaves, we drink the entire leaf, increasing both the variety and quantity of nutrients we can absorb. A super powerful source of antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc and fibre (unusual for a drink), Matcha is about to have a major moment. Look out for it in your local coffee shops (matcha latte anyone?), and stay tuned for more cakes and smoothies featuring the green stuff.
Somewhere at the back of your spice rack you may find a dusty jar of this golden powder. It is one of the main spices traditionally used in curries and mustards, but in the Western world it is gaining respect for a whole host of health-enhancing properties. In China and India turmeric has been celebrated as an anti-inflammatory agent for hundreds of years, aiding stomach complaints, bloating, digestive issues and arthritis. An awesome antioxidant, watch the rise of turmeric over 2016 as more supplement versions become available and smoothie menus finally give it the pride of place it deserves.
The regular consumption of fermented foods is nothing new for several territories, such as the side dish of Kimchi that you’ll find served with most meals in Korea. By late 2016 the rest of us will have caught up. A healthy gut flora is a solid foundation for a healthy, lean, disease-free body. Fermented foods are excellent detoxifiers, reducing the inflammation caused by sugar, processed foods, and chemicals. Loaded with probiotics to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, fermented foods have a big role to play in strengthening our immune system and reducing the risk of disease, obesity and some cancers. You’ll see fermented foods in numerous forms: live yogurt (100 million active cultures per gram), fermented beans (tempeh), fermented soup paste (miso), fermented cabbage (Sauerkraut) and fermented drinking yogurt (kefir) to name just a few. These nutritious and healing superfoods are going to become household names and regulars on shopping lists over the next 12 months.
Last year it was quinoa, next year it’s the turn of teff. The world’s smallest grain is not to be underestimated as it delivers one of the biggest nutritional profiles. The staple food of Ethiopia, this minute superstar is gluten free and rich in fibre, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium and the B vitamins which are vital for metabolising energy. Watch this space as teff becomes our new favourite breakfast base (the porridge of the future) and a ubiquitous ingredient in baking.
There has been a growing buzz about this next superfood, and in 2016 it is expected to hit the mainstream market in a big way. The tiny golden granules are one of the single most nutritious foods in the world, containing almost every nutrient required to sustain life. It is rich in amino acids and antioxidant properties, and powerful enough to heal inflammation and assist in promoting great gut health. Make space now for the addition of pollen in your breakfast bowls and daily smoothies.
This article was originally published by Sweaty Betty. Visit their website at www.sweatybetty.com
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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