Fatigue-Fighting Superfoods and Their Best Sources in London
It happens to the best of us.
The fast pace of urban living can leave us feeling draggy and lethargic, and we all get to the point when all the coffee in the city can’t make a dent in our sleep deprivation.
That’s typically when we remember that fueling ourselves with the right foods can fight those sluggish feelings.
Thankfully, some of the world’s best health stores line the streets of London.
Here are some of the best lethargy-lifting superfoods, and where to find them.
The dark, leafy vegetables are full of uplifting power!
Kale, spinach, swiss chard, and collard greens are at the top of every health food shopper’s list. It’s hard to deny their superpowers.
Boasting a lengthy list of nutrients, beginning with the exhaustion-fighter: iron, green leafy vegetables also come packed with folate, zinc, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and fibre.
Including more green leafy vegetables can also fight chronic illness, like heart disease and diabetes, and their carotenoids are known to fight certain types of cancer.
Where to shop for your green and leafys?
We recommend hitting Planet Organic (various locations), and grabbing a green smoothie while stocking up on their organic produce, locally sourced meat and fish, and health supplements.
The trendiest of superfoods, the avocado takes over the slumps!
Avocados are beloved by millennials worldwide.
These little powerhouses are packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, supplying long-lasting energy, and stabilizing blood sugars so we can avoid those mid-afternoon slumps.
In addition to busting the slump, avocados contain monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), which reduce inflammation in the body.
As if they didn’t do enough for our health, avocado eaters have a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and certain types of cancer.
Where do we grab our favourite guacamole starters? Greenbay (Bramber Court, 228 North End Road, London) is our favourite shop for all things vegan.
In addition to finding fresh produce, we can double-down on our avocado love with mayonnaise and salad dressings that have an avocado base.
Nuts and seeds are here to save the day!
Nuts and Seeds are considered one of the very best sources for fighting both fatigue and hunger.
High in fibre, vegetarian protein, and heart-healthy fats, nuts and seeds also protect against heart disease and inflammation. As with most things, variety is key.
Try adding some chia seeds to your morning porridge or just grabbing a handful of raw mixed nuts as an afternoon snack.
Our favourite source for getting our nuts and seeds fix? We love As Nature Intended (various locations), with a huge variety of non-gm, high-quality organic foods, and super friendly staff.
We can grab our superfoods and natural remedies in-store, or take advantage of their delivery service.
Eggs are shedding their past cholesterol-laden reputation.
Formerly controversial based on their cholesterol levels, eggs have reemerged as a nutrient-dense go-to.
Filled with anti-oxidants and high-quality protein, eggs also are rich in B vitamins, choline, selenium, vitamin A, iron, and phosphorus.
Eggs’ perfect balance of protein and fats make it a perfect choice for sustained energy and reduced hunger.
Our favourite stop to stock up on organic, free-range eggs? The health food beacon, Whole Foods (various locations) is hard to beat (Get it??).
Offering more variety in brands types of health foods, the American-based store can capture us for an afternoon of perusing their aisles.
Organic Ashwagandha is a traditional herb used in Ayurveda for millennia, an adaptogen that is commonly used for stress management and adrenal fatigue.
It is a useful supplement to strengthen mind and body and can be taken as extract powder or a high-dosage clean capsule.
We like wunderworkshop’s Superior Ashwagandha Powder +Golden Balance Powder.
We get ours from Windfall Natural (stores in Clapham and Chiswick) who carry a carefully selected range of superfoods including açai, turmeric, medicinal mushrooms, chlorella and spirulina.
Where do you think has the best supply of superfoods in London?