The really cool part of my job is I get to meet cool people from all over the valley. Two very cool ladies I got the opportunity to spend some time with are Drs Tanda Cook & Sarah Marshall. The masterminds behind Clearwater Healthcare, where they look for natural ways to manage your health. Here's some great info from these two lovely ladies!

Top 5 Sensational Superfoods
In general the CW Docs are more concerned with the big picture of eating whole foods than getting into the details of micro-nutrients in specific foods. However, in this case, it helps to understand the nutrient make-up of superfoods to appreciate their miraculous ability to add health to your life!

1. The Incredible, Edible EGG
Farm raised free range eggs are an incredible protein source rich with beta carotene (antioxidant that prevents cancer, repairs damaged cells, and helps our body detoxify), fat soluble vitamins A, D and E (also antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, great for brain function, mood stability, and heal heart disease), and choline (essential nutrient for brain health). Tryptophan is the highest concentrated amino acid in eggs and is the precursor to serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that gives us our sense of well being, confidence, and ease with life.

Food for Thought: Literally, eggs are great brain food, so eat up.

Best practice: Eat eggs with the whites cooked through but the yokes as runny as possible as this preserves the natural sate of the nutrients making them the most bio-available. Always eat a WHOLE egg. The only nutrients in the whites are protein. All the essential fats, vitamins, and health packed nutrients are in the yokes - so don't skip these.

2. All Things GREEN and LEAFY
Green leafy vegetables are the most power packed, nutrient dense foods we eat. They are full of detoxifying chlorophyll, essential minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium and vitamins, including K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. To highlight few of the health benefits of these nutrients:

Iron - ENERGY, oxygen transport, recovery from exercise, regulates cell growth and division (i.e. protects from cancer)
Magnesium - RELAXATION, decrease pain, increase bone density, proper heart rhythm, decrease blood pressure, improve coordination, regular colon eliination, and mood balance
B Vitamins - ENERGY, metabolism, decrease stress, DNA synthesis (anti-cancer), supports the nervous system, liver function, hormone production, mood balance
Food for Thought: Cilantro binds with and helps remove heavy metals from your body detoxifying at the deepest level.

Best practice: eat 3 cups of greens a day raw or lightly steamed. This is a great source of calcium for those of you avoiding dairy and concerned about your intake.