Healthy foods to keep you slim and beautiful

By Helen Christos

Tofu. Helps menopausal women with hot flashes due to each content of plant estrogen and easing up hormone swings.

Chicken. This great protein food helps you sleep soundly and waking up happy because of its tryptophan content, which stimulates the brain’s manufacturing sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.

Eggs. Another super food that many people avoid because of their fear of cholesterol. It is better cutting out sugar and alcohol, and other bad high-cholesterol choices. Try eating three to four eggs weekly. Eggs enhance focus since they contain one of the B vitamins called choline, which speeds up the brain’s process to increase focus for five hours, according to research.

Beans. Beans protect the heart. They are high in soluble fibre, which binds to heart-harming triglycerides, carrying it out of the body. All kinds of beans are beneficial to good health, except if someone has reason to avoid them. Note, the right way to cook beans plays a big role.

Steak. Believe it or not, steak helps keep you slim. It contains conjugated linoleic acid, which spurs the body to burn fat for fuel, so slimming occurs.
Healthy seeds and nuts

Walnuts. Walnuts help lift blue moods. They contain Omega-3 fatty acid. Sprinkle these golden nuts on cereal, salads, or eat a handful at least four days per week or when you’re feeling blue. You will notice the difference very quickly.

Almonds. If you want to slim your belly, eat some almonds. They contain unsaturated fats, which increase the burning of abdominal fat.

Flax Seeds. If your hair starts thinning or falling out in the shower, seek good advice from your health professional. Overall health is important and you can help it by doing small things, according to your individual situation. Flax seeds, for example, stop hair loss from occurring because of their content of lignans, which prevents hormone declines, which can cause hair thinning and eventually stop growing.

Condiments and flavour enhancers (boosters)

Lemon Juice. Lemon juice detoxifies; it contains d’-limonede, which activates all key liver enzymes to eliminate toxins.

Apple Cider Vinegar. This vinegar balances blood sugar due to its content of acetic acid, which slows the release of carbohydrates into the blood stream, thus cutting sugar spikes significantly.

Olive Oil. Since Biblical times, olive oil was used not only for food and beauty treatment, but also as a pain reliever. This golden healing oil contains a compound called “oleocanthal,” which blocks pain-triggering enzymes. Don’t forget, olive oil is excellent on salad, a hallmark of the Mediterranean diet. It is said that Cleopatra used olive oil in facials and hair conditioners! You can find a dozen ways to use olive oil.

Honey. Honey is an antioxidant. Besides its sweet flavour, it curbs the output of pro-inflammatory markers, which are linked to heart disease.

Hot Sauce. This sauce boosts metabolism. The capsaicin it contains increases calorie burn for at least two-and-a-half hours, according to research.

Note: those suffering from ulcers or any other ailment may avoid this sauce and take the advice of their doctor.

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