Top Superfoods For Getting Lean

All things are not created equal in this world. Foods certainly fall within that category. Some foods are considered healthy and others are the exact opposite. But even within the ‘healthy’ category there are levels of food. Today we will be talking about the sometimes mythical ‘superfoods’.

Certain food groups are naturally better at fighting fat or promoting a healthier body compared to others. When you are looking to get lean and mean it pays to understand that using certain foods over others will naturally help your body slim down to the shape you are looking for.

The Big Five

  • Fiber-Rich Grains – Carbohydrates are not the enemy. Plenty of ‘Diet Guru’s’ and books like to paint carbohydrates as something that causes your body to swell up like a blimp. Now, that is completely true when you are talking about foods that are processed and created in a lab but we are focusing our attention on those all-natural healthy carbs found in whole grains, pasta, and even pitas. These should be the building blocks of your meals for long-lasting energy. Plus for guys there is the added bonus of that fiber helping reduce the risk of prostate cancer. You can also include oats in this list which is why they are always a top choice at breakfast! High fiber keeps you full and the grains are mellower on your blood glucose levels to keep energy even-keel. Three to four servings per day is just what the nutrition expert ordered!
  • Spinach – Don’t knock Popeye, that guy was on to something! Leafy green vegetables like spinach are packed full of great nutrients that help with your mood, burn calories, boost your sexual prowess, and aid with your heart health. With a super low caloric value they almost burn their value in consumption but you still get all those nutrients. Aim for getting salad in a few times a day, add spinach leaves to sandwiches, and eat Brussels sprouts at dinner. The added folate boost has been shown to improve your mood and fight weight gain.
  • Turkey – Protein is that huge building block you need daily. As cool as protein shakes are they can do it all. Turkey and other very lean meats are a key diet component and superfood to give you those amino acids your body craves. Plus digesting protein burns a lot of calories. You want at least two servings of lean meat per day if not more. Eggs are a great compliment to breakfast and your pre and post-workout meals should always include protein.
  • Eggs & Dairy – Calcium, reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of being overweight are all noted affects of consuming a lot of milk. Eggs are a fantastic source of protein and even with the cholesterol in them they don’t actually raise your cholesterol. Dairy also gets you lots of Vitamin D. Along with milk and eggs, yogurt is a fantastic source of dairy with protein that is great for snacks.
  • Nuts & Seeds – Fiber, protein, vitamins, and fats all rolled into a simple, crunchy snack! This last superfood is one of the most enjoyable because there is a lot of variety and who doesn’t like nuts? You can find antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and even amino acids within nuts and seeds. They are great by the handful and can also easily be sprinkled onto a nice leafy salad. Eating nuts can also help with increasing your natural resting caloric burn rate. Pretty awesome!

Those are five great superfoods that you should be eating every day. If you aren’t already try to start shifting your diet slowly to incorporate them. Instead of going cold turkey and trying to revamp your entire diet at once, ease into things by adjusting your breakfast first. Switch to whole grain oats with some eggs to start and see how much better you look and feel after only a week. Then make small adjustments in other areas until you are a lean, mean, fat burning machine!

Danny Sullivan is a writer an Nutribomb.com Fitness and Bodbyuilding. For more great health and fitness tips, you can follow us at the Nutribomb.com Google Plus Page.

Going Bananas

GOING BANANAS


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I like to watch tennis matches on TV especially the grand slam series. Running under the hot sun for hours at high speed require a lot of energy and stamina. So during the breaks players would replenish their bodies with fluids and sometimes bananas.

Why bananas and not other fruits? There are many reasons. Banana is easy to peel and eat and provide a quick boost of energy. Depending on the type and size of the banana, it typically contain 110 calories, 3 natural sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose), about 6 vitamins, and 11 minerals. It is a good source of potassium and fiber and has no fat and cholesterol.

Bananas have many health benefits

Bananas have many health benefits

I love to eat banana and there are so many ways to prepare and consume it. Banana can be made into cake, bread, pie, sauce, ketchup, pudding, chips, yogurt, and beer, among many others. You can freeze it, deep-fry it, steam it, squeeze it into juice, split it and serve with ice-cream, slice and put it in a sandwich, or cut it up and mix it in a salad bowl. For me, eating it on its own at 90% ripeness is a super treat.

Banana has a long list of health benefits, some of which are:

1.   Ease Constipation: its high fiber content helps digestive tract and bowel movement

2.   Diarrhea: the potassium replaces the lost electrolytes

3.   Anemia: the iron helps to replenish the red blood cells

4.   Healthy bones: bananas contain a complex sugar compound that nourishes good bacteria in the colon. This good bacteria produce enzymes which help digestion and in the process increase the absorption of calcium

5.   Prevent High blood pressure: its high potassium and low sodium ratio helps prevent high blood pressure and stroke

6.   Help reduce Ulcers: bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce a thick mucus protecting it against acid; it contain enzyme inhibitors that get rid of bacteria in the stomach that cause ulcers.

7.   Reduce Depression: bananas contain an amino acid that can be converted to serotonin and help reduce depression.

8. Relief Stress: when a person is highly stressed, his potassium level will deplete quickly. Eating bananas, which is high in potassium, will restore the level and provide a good balance in the body.

9. Reduce Heartburn: bananas help to prevent the build-up of acids in the stomach and provide relief for people suffering from heartburn.

10. Reduce Morning Sickness: bananas help keep the blood-sugar level up and reduce morning sickness.

11. Help to quit Smoking: bananas contain vitamins B6, B12, potassium and magnesium that can help a person trying to quit smoking to recover from nicotine withdrawal.

12. Anti-Cancer quality: a fully ripe banana produces a substance known as TNF that can fight abnormal cells. Dark spots will appear on the skin of the banana as it ripens. The more dark spots it has the better its fighting ability and anti-cancer quality.

In researches conducted in Japan using animals, the health benefits of various fruits were compared. The fruits include banana, apple, pear, pineapple, persimmon, grape, and water melon. Banana came out top. Eating bananas produced the anti-cancer substance TNF, increased the white blood cells count, and improved the immunity of the body.

So eat a banana a day and keep the doctors away. Care to join me?