It’s a hectic world out there. In this constant bustling schedule that we call life, what we feed ourselves tends to take a back seat. It happens. And when we actually do try to focus on eating something healthy, there’s just a jumble of information out there to process and actually make a decision. Having short attention span-ers in mind, here we’ve listed 7 foods that are easy for you fit (or may already be) in your diet.
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If you’re skipping breakfast daily, grab on to this quick alternative before mum discovers your sin. Not only is it a good source of calcium, yoghurt encourages growth of prebiotics, the good bacteria, which helps fight down the growth of nasty bacteria that causes infections such as urinary tract infection, ulcers, and yeast infections.
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Plus, yoghurt packaging styles are so convenient for you to stock up and gulp down these days, that you really have no excuse!
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These grains are not particularly a popular dietary regular, but its endless health benefits should qualify it as one. Ladies, listen up: Flaxseeds are a rich source of estrogen that helps in preventing hormone-related cancers which include breast cancer. Guys, don’t feel left out though: if you’re not particularly worried about your breasts, you may still want to give flaxseeds some thought as it is can help lower cholesterol levels and the risk of prostate cancer. Pop it in your cereal, yoghurt, or just down it by itself. Just a tablespoon a day of this insect-like seeds is all your body needs, so jot it down on your checklist for your next supermarket visit.
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If you’ve got a bad case of the munchies in mid-day, or are simply used to snacking on something while you work, forget chips or cookies: invest instead in a packet of mixed nuts. Their fibrous content lasts longer in your tummy and keeps you from craving other unhealthy snacks later on throughout the day. Make it a routine and soon your waistline might even thank this nutty habit of yours. Not just that, nuts help lower the bad LDL cholesterol in your system while keeping the good HDL cholesterol up, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases. And no, Nutella is not counted (trust me, I tried).
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Unless you weren’t paying attention in school, you must know by now that oranges are bursting with Vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system and keep viral infections in another dimension. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; these juicy goodies also helps to prevent cancer, kidney disease, relieves constipation, regulates blood pressure, and its bank of beta-carotene helps to improve your vision. So, out with the carbonated drinks – orange juice for all, please!
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Smelly is the new healthy. Wait, what? Excellent at keeping unwanted conversations short, garlic is another immune-system boosting ingredient that is high in antibacterial properties. In fact, it is popularly referred to by Russians as the “Russian penicillin”. Its other properties include a lowering your risk of cancer and osteoarthritis (degeneration of the joints), aids in preventing heart disease and the occurrence of a stroke, and is a good remedy to lower blood pressure. It’s a pity that it has to be eaten raw to experience its full wonders, but for those of you who are less daring, its goodness can be bought in a tablet supplement form.
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Sorry coffee addicts. It’s by high time you make the switch from your mood-swinging, stress-inducing potions to this antioxidant juice filled with countless health benefits such as a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and developing narrowed arteries, an improved blood flow, and a healthier set of teeth, gums, and bones. Just a cup or two of any kind of freshly brewed tea a day is all you need to enjoy these benefits. Be sure to drink lots of water in between, though, as just like its caffeine-rich counterpart, tea dehydrates the body, which explains why you feel like peeing so often after.