According to Your Zodiac Sign, Here’s the Superfood You’re Destined to EatNovember 25th, 2015
Some people plan their vacations, potential mates, and even their Halloween costumes around their monthly horoscope. There’s no shame in wanting a little validation from the stars that you’re destined to have the perfect tropical getaway—as long as you take your trip when the planets are properly aligned.
If you’re hopelessly devoted to your Susan Miller forecast, then you already know that every zodiac sign has a corresponding body part that tends to give them trouble. Whether you’re an Aries prone to headaches or a Gemini that can’t shake a cold, we’ve lined up the perfect superfood for your astrological sign.
Capricorn | Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
An earth sign, Capricorns tend to be ambitious and determined to succeed, no matter what. But their unwavering dedication to achieving their goals sometimes means they sacrifice their health. This sign rules the skeleton, teeth, and joints, and often Capricorn finds that their knees ache or their bones become fragile and weak when they don’t take care of themselves.
Sesame seeds. Don’t be fooled by their appearance—they’re small but mighty. Loaded with copper, calcium, magnesium, and selenium, they’ll keep bones and joints strong and healthy. Not a fan of the tiny seeds? Try tahini, the sorta savory sesame seed butter.
Aquarius | Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Aquarians are connectors—they love to relate and give to others, and with their high energy and enthusiasm they make friends everywhere they go. But constantly moving at a super-fast pace isn’t the healthiest, and those who fall under this sign can feel drained after bending over backwards to help others. Heart issues, asthma, and circulation are all contraindications that afflict Aquarius.
Hemp seeds. Full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that support heart health, these tiny seeds have been clinically proven to lower blood pressure—and no, they won’t leave you with a marijuana buzz! Sprinkle them over yogurt or into your smoothie for max heart and circulatory system benefits.
Pisces | Feb. 19 – Mar. 20
Ultra-sensitive Pisces are emotionally tuned in to everyone around them, making them great friends. But sometimes their empathy can get in the way and Pisces will feel worn down and depressed. The energetic Fish can have issues with lymphatic and immune systems, like holding on to water and easily getting sick come winter cold and flu season.
Echinacea, because it works overtime to cleanse the lymphatic system and support immunity! Try this herb in tea or tablet form to help ease bloating and swelling and maintain peak health during the winter months.
Aries | Mar. 21 – April 19
The high-energy, willful Ram of the Zodiac, Aries tend to butt heads with those who disagree with them or get in their way, which could explain why headaches, jaw grinding, and even acne crop up in those with birthdays in this sign.
Heal your head with CoenzymeQ10, an antioxidant that supports mitochondria, (which are sometimes to blame for a throbbing headache) and protects cells from free radicals. Found in tuna, mackerel, sardines, spinach, and broccoli, you can also take a CoQ10 supplement daily for headache support.
Taurus | April 20 – May 20
Deliberate, peaceful, and relaxed, Taurus loves to be surrounded by pleasure and comfort. These dependable and grounded people move at a slower pace, and it’s no coincidence that their thyroid and insulin production tends to be sluggish.
Rev a slow thyroid and support your muscles and skin by supplementing your diet with seaweed. High in iodine, a necessary element that the body needs for a healthy, functioning thyroid, seaweed snacks are low in calories and contribute to your daily value of iron and calcium.
Gemini | May 21 – June 20
Adventurous, exciting, and engaging, Gemini are represented by the twins in the night sky. This star sign is known for duality, both in personalities—Gemini are sometimes known for being two-faced—and in the body parts ruled by their planet, Mercury. The arms, legs, and lungs can all give Gemini issues, so respiratory infections, coughs and colds, and tendonitis are all familiar to this sign.
A dose of turmeric in the morning proactively fights cold and flus all season and simultaneously ease achy joints. A natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric has also been proven to boost immunity. Add this sunny yellow spice to curries, smoothies, or even muffins!
Cancer | June 21 – July 22
Those born in Cancer are emotional, intuitive, and empathetic. They’re good listeners and incredible friends, and also very family-oriented. Because they’re so good at following their gut instincts and so emotionally tied to their cores, Cancer can experience stomach and digestive issues.
Exotic moringa. You may not have heard of this superfood before, but don’t freak out—it’s going to save your upset stomach. In its native Southeast Asia, moringa is referred to as the “Miracle Tree,” and the green powder made from its leaves are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, antioxidants, and protein. Most important for Cancer? It has tons of fiber, helping to ease digestion and support good gut health.
Leo | July 23 – Aug. 22
Fiery Leo is warm, loving, and passionate. Honest and accepting, those born under this sign adore being loved and are eager to love others right back. For Leos, the heart rules all, including their health, so they can be prone to poor circulation that causes lethargy.
The perfect pick-me-up for lazy Leo? Pepitas. The tiny, flavorful pumpkin seeds are full of nutrients, but most importantly for circulatory health they contain multiple types of vitamin E. Vitamin E helps keep the cell walls of arteries and veins flexible, which contributes to lowered blood pressure and a healthier circulatory system. Pop a handful of pepitas daily to start seeing benefits within a month.
Virgo | Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Calculating and logical, Virgo is detail-oriented to a fault. They’re so methodical and organized that they can sometimes get in their own way and become preoccupied with one thought. The result? They get stuck in habits and have a difficult time letting go—and the obsessive thoughts can wreak havoc on Virgo’s sensitive digestive system.
Keep things moving by adding more magnesium into your diet—the mineral assists more than 300 of the body’s enzymatic processes. But it’s difficult to get the daily recommended value, and nearly 80 percent of people are deficient in magnesium. Boost your intake by adding more sage into your day: The herb contains nine milligrams of magnesium per tablespoon!
Libra | Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
This sign needs to constantly create balance, hence the scales that represent them. Libras are people-pleasers and love making other people happy, sometimes at their own expense, so they need to learn how to take care of themselves. Because they’ll bend over backwards for family and friends, they often find that their kidneys—the organs that maintain balance in the body—are out of whack.
Support kidney health by biting into an antioxidant-rich pomegranate to help protect the kidneys from undesirable fatty acid oxidation, which can cause other chronic diseases. Enjoy them fresh, or add a scoop of freeze-dried pomegranate powder into your morning smoothie.
Scorpio | Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
The most feisty of the water signs, Scorpios are natural leaders. They feel emotions intensely and are very self-aware, which means they can be introspective at times. They’re intelligent and wonderful problem-solvers, but their intensity can sometimes be problematic and cause them to hold onto negativity and pain.
Scorpio may have difficulty with the reproductive organs—think painful PMS. During that time of the month, watercress can save you. Calcium has been proven to decrease PMS symptoms by up to 45 percent, and this delicate green contains 12 grams of calcium per serving along with numerous other vitamins and minerals. If you can’t get your greens in, swap salad for a supplement—we love this whole foods–based calcium for easy absorption.
Sagittarius | Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Sagittarians are creative and intelligent, and love traveling and meeting new people. Thanks to their ruling planet Jupiter, they crave freedom and flexibility. When it comes to the body, Jupiter also rules over the hips, thighs, and liver; detoxification is necessary for Sagittarius to feel their best.
Sweet, nutty dandelion root tea is the ultimate liver detox for those born under this sign. Every cup contains vitamins A, B, C, and D and may helps stimulates the liver and gallbladder for ultimate detoxification.
Illustration by Foley Wu