Superfoods are the rage now. Every product extolls the virtues contained within, promising heaven when consumed. Such promises have now gone beyond food and even breathing, and sleeping devices promise miracles. While the pledges may vary, is there such a thing as a superfood?
You need to think of your body as a system. A systemic approach allows you to think of your body as an integrated unit, affected by all parts. The degree could vary, but all the parts of the system work together. In this case, the goal is to make you healthy and happy.
The components of your system, I would argue, are nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditation, relaxation and connectedness. So, where does a superfood fit into this system?
Think of superfoods like the oil you would use to keep the bolts of your system intact. Wouldnt you use the best you could find? Superfoods are like that. They are helping keep your system integrity intact. There are a plethora to choose within. My personal favourites would be Flaxseeds, Bilona Ghee, Turmeric, Saffron, Thyme, Basil, Chaga and Reishi mushrooms and Spirulina.
There is a catch, though. Imagine the bolts of your landing wheel were lubricated with the best superfood you could find. However, you had forgotten to do the same to your navigation gear or worse your circuitry. The landing gear is of little use if you cannot signal it to land.
In much the same way, instead of using superfoods as a panacea for all your ails, use them as one more tool to make your system healthy. All parts of your system need to be healthy.
While we all want that one magic pill that can make all our problems go away, there is no simple way to make that happen. Instead, what we need is an approach of systems thinking to our Health and Happiness. Doing so what help you achieve perhaps the two most important goals of any human being.