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Fuel for Your Body

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We all know that we should be making smart choices when we shop around for the right foods to support our health and vitality. Your body is a machine that runs best on quality fuel — here are some tips on keeping your engine in tip top shape!

Eat Avocados

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, both of which support healthy skin. Try them on salads, sandwiches, and even in smoothies.

Pack in the Potassium

People who stick to diets that are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed fruit such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

Grab the Garlic

Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy. Garlic has antiviral and antibacterial properties and is believed to boost immunity.

Hydrate with H2O

It improves oral health, promotes weight loss and provides energy. Studies show drinking water raises alertness. Next time you need an energy boost, skip the coffee and energy drinks and take in that H2O.

Drink Green Tea

Hot or iced, green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. The benefits include but are not limited to: improved brain function, increased metabolism, and a possible lower risk of cancer.

Don’t Skip Breakfast.

Good fat and fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and binge on simple carbs and sugary sweets. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day. Try steel cut oatmeal, farm fresh hard boiled eggs with some whole grain toast or a fresh fruit smoothie.

Chia Seeds

They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and the omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol. In addition, chia seeds are also high in fiber, and contain 18 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium.

Eat Organic

Avoid processed and refined foods as much as possible and focus on quality. Eat more good fats, complex carbohydrates and whole grain foods and consume organic products when possible.

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