SUPERFOODS: PART II
Just like your grandmother gathered fresh from the coop not long ago, eggs play a beneficial part of your diet if you’re looking to achieve health, strength and energy.
Most people raising livestock for eggs have ducks and chickens. If you aren’t able to raise your own, chicken eggs are the most widely available and affordable.
Egg allergy is the second most common food allergy in the world. Some people may have an allergy to chicken eggs and can have digestive problems. In this case, I recommend switching to duck eggs as some may find relief from their distress.
Before I get into the benefits, a quick reminder is to not throw out the yolks! Somehow the health industry has convinced the population that egg yolks are unhealthy. More than a few restaurants and cafes offer an egg white sandwich or meal. Often, these establishments even charge extra for the yolk-less privilege. After all, willingly throwing out beneficial compounds and nutrients should cost you!
- Meats and proteins are made up of amino acids. Eggs happen to contain L-Tryptophan and Tyrosine. These two amino acids directly create our energy and happiness brain chemicals.
- The neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine which allow us to have a stable, happy and energetic mood are created from these amino acids. Next time you encounter a grumpy person, feed them an egg or two.
- Raw egg yolks provide more antioxidants than an apple.
- Estosterone, an important hormone for both men and women, is created from cholesterol. Just like coconut oil, eggs are a dense and high quality source of cholesterol.
Coconut oil use has skyrocketed over the past few years. For good reason, this fruit has many uses, is shelf-stable and can assist in metabolism, fat-burning and brain function.
A few key benefits:
- Coconut oil contains an average of 60 per cent MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride). This type of fat is like rocket fuel for the brain and body.
- The MCT can bypass most of the digestion process and is quickly used for fuelling the brain and body.
- Coconut oil aids digestion and increases the absorption of other nutrients and amino acids. Think of coconut oil as a transportation shuttle sending your other nutrients around the body.
- Coconut oil is an antimicrobial and may be beneficial against infections, yeast and bacterial overgrowth and even athlete’s foot.