Eco Friendly/Green Foods To Help You Shed the Pounds/Cure Sickness

Nature has provided us with a cornucopia of foods, herbs and beverages that can do wonders in helping you lose weight — without eating less — and boost your immune system so that you can fight off illness. Keep plenty of these time-tested foods on your grocery list year-round and work them into your everyday diet to give your body the tools it needs to be fit, healthy and vibrant without having to resort to expensive prescriptions, traumatic workouts or dangers diet programs.

Green Tea

The attributes of the simple wonder of nature continue to mount up as it has gained popularity in the west over the last decade, although it has been used in China for hundreds of years. The anti-oxidant qualities of this refreshing, light brew help flush away the bodily toxins that lead to weakened immune systems and susceptibility to viruses. The inherent cancer-fighting properties have been verified by the National Cancer Institute in their 1994 research that shared how the presence of polyphenols and catechins reduce the risk of certain cancers in the Chinese population by up to 60%. Green tea also affects cholesterol levels by balancing the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol and the bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Cayenne Pepper

Spice up your organic dishes with Cayenne pepper, one of nature’s most amazing cleansers that will help you literally “burn-out” those pesky fat cells while keeping your blood purified so you feel strong and vital. If you can work this miracle seasoning into at least one meal per day, you can greatly increase your chances of a successful diet. Include Cayenne pepper in homemade chilies, stews and curries to give them a medicinal slant while making them taste delicious. You can also lightly sprinkle Cayenne into chicken salad and other sandwich spreads so you get a nice daily dose without having to endure the “burn factor” at lunchtime.

Grapefruit

High in fat-burning enzymes, the lowly grapefruit has passed the test, and studies by the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center have confirmed that adding grapefruit — and grapefruit juice — to your daily diet does have verifiable results in weight loss. In fact, it has been noted that the more grapefruit you consume, the better your chance of losing weight than with a fad diet or short-term exercise routine. The high fiber and water content of a plain grapefruit help cleanse the body and reduce any internal inflammations so the body can heal from infections.

Ginger

Long known as a “tummy-cure,” studies now show how ginger not only helps increase the PH balance of stomach acidity but also helps the gastric secretions more thoroughly digest food so it does not linger in the system and turn into fat. Add fresh-grated ginger root to stir fry dishes, stews, casseroles, broiled fish , vegetables and beans. Ginger tea not only helps with intestinal problems, but provides relief from the inflammation of arthritis and other joint related issues.

Water with Lemon

Drinking large amounts of water naturally helps you “feel full” so you can control your intake, but when you add a fresh slice of lemon to your ice water, you can expect much more than a full tummy. The citrus in the lemon serves as a natural cleanser that washes away free radicals and toxins that buildup in create weight gain. Since the skin of the lemon contains pectin, which helps stop the body from absorbing sugars quickly, consider blending a whole lemon and using the puree to add to your drinks as the day goes along.

Guest post contributed by eco food promoters Wilcard.

 
 

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