People often ask me about healthy foods and drinks that are part of my daily and weekly life. This is an important question, especially for empaths and highly sensitive people (HSPs).
Food is the love of the body. Feed yourself well. I’m a big fan of simplicity, so no pressure for something elaborate.
Here are some of my favorite superfoods for empaths. They are nutritionally powerful and also delicious, protective and energizing for empaths and HSPs.
But really, everyone will benefit from these super healthy foods and drinks. I will add that these superfoods for empaths are also great for athletes and for improving gut health.
Here are eight superfoods that can help nurture and protect empaths and other sensitive people
1. Green tea
I swear by drinking green tea, I can feel this magic elixir healing my body from the inside. (I also like black tea.)
Now used in everything from face washes to muffins, green tea is ubiquitous, and for good reason. The active ingredient, EGCG, boosts metabolism, also reduces inflammation and contains tons of antioxidants.
Opt for loose organic tea when possible.
Green tea acts as a protective element of your aura. It fortifies your energy field so that it is less vulnerable to infiltration and projections from other people.
Believe me, I’ve been scared of kale for a long time, even though I’ve read about its powerful nutritional value over and over again. But, it’s actually easy!
You can blow it up in 10 minutes; Kale Chip Baking Chunks, a delicious alternative to potatoes high in saturated fat; or incorporate it into egg, tofu and bean dishes. It is on almost every superfood list you can find due to its high levels of vitamins C, A, K, folate, fiber, and more.
Adding a food rich in vitamin C (such as lemon) boosts nutrient absorption.
Kale reinforces your limits, mainly from a physical point of view. It helps you say no when needed. It grounds you in the present moment and helps you stand firm in your truth.
Acidic outside the body and alkaline inside the body (more alkalinity is believed to fight disease), lemons improve everything. In the morning, try a squeeze of lemon in a glass of warm water to start your day with a gentle detox.
Add it to tea, salads, fish and chicken dishes, and get a healthy dose of vitamin C and refreshment.
Lemon cleanses your chakra system helping to move energy. It unclogs stagnant chakras, leading to freer flow and therefore to expression, health and balance.
Nuts are a great source of fiber, protein, and minerals, and they keep you full. They are so easy and portable for those indulgent afternoons.
Their fat is good and healthy for the heart. Just be sure not to eat more than a few handfuls at a time.
Nuts root you in the earth, your body and therefore your power.
Crunchy and distinctive, this Asian gem packs a ton of iodine, one of the nutrients Americans are often lacking. Iodine is essential for thyroid health, often a problem for women as they age, and it’s also important for fertility.
Annie Chun has an excellent line of natural foods that includes small packets of seaweed in flavors like sesame and wasabi. Or better yet, get some all-natural seaweed chunks at the grocery store and add them to soups or rice.
Seaweed contributes to a more flexible mind, allowing for a release of rigidity and new perspectives.
Sweet-smelling yet medicinal, garlic has both antiviral and antibacterial qualities. Sometimes I swallow a clove when I feel a cold coming on.
It adds a huge burst of flavor (without the fat) to just about anything. Don’t forget to brush your teeth or take a piece of mint gum afterwards if you’re close or in a business meeting.
Garlic wards off and transmutes negative energies. Its spiciness protects your well-being in more ways than one.
A member of the cruciferous vegetable group (which includes cauliflower and cabbage), broccoli contains a host of phytonutrients believed to kill finicky cells before they become a problem. Research even suggests that cruciferous vegetables can help treat existing cancer.
I know not everyone likes the good ol’ pitcher, but it’s worth it later in life, even if you hated it as a kid. And you can cure it in several ways.
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Broccoli helps you breathe more deeply, which in turn stimulates relaxation and feelings of calm, especially if you feel anxious or out of balance.
8. Organic Coffee (Blended with Healthy Fats)
You may have heard of the “bulletproof” coffee craze in recent years. I make my own version and it’s a healthy indulgence. I make hot organic coffee in a Chemex, then add it to my Vitamix. I add a tablespoon or two of organic coconut oil and organic ghee.
Sometimes, if I’m in the mood, I also add a little raw honey, cinnamon, or almond milk. So mix it up!
The result is a rich, frothy delight. Fats make coffee easier to digest, especially if you have a sensitive stomach or are an empath.
The fats grind the coffee down and I find my body assimilates it much easier than regular coffee, which can cause chills. It also adds a boost of energy and brain power.
Stick to no more than one (possibly 2) cups of coffee a day as a sensitive soul.
This drink brings a sense of optimism and cheerfulness to your energy field. It eliminates the lower vibrations of depression and heaviness.
Erin Moore is a health coach and intuitive healer and the author of a forthcoming book on food and spirituality. More information about holistic healing is available on her website, Centered One.
This article originally appeared on Centered One. Reprinted with permission from the author.
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