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Boost Your Metabolism the Healthy Way

August 09, 2010

Did you know that certain foods you eat can not only make you healthy and more energized, but can boost your metabolism?  Here are some of the top foods that can help:

Grapefruits are rich in fiber so the body burns extra calories to break it down.  Grapefruits lower insulin levels in your body that trigger your system to store fat.

Green Tea is a healthy catechin that speeds up your brain and nervous system which causes the body to burn more calories.

Yogurt contains probiotic cultures that help regulate the digestive tract.  High levels of protein in yogurt require a lot of energy to be processed.

Almonds contain essential fatty acids to help raise the body’s metabolism.  Since they are high in calories, only eat a handful a day.

Turkey is rich in protein.  It builds lean muscle tissue which causes your body to burn extra calories which raises your metabolism.

Apples are low in calories and high in fiber.  Your body needs to burn calories to break this down.  Apples should also make you feel full so you eat less.

Spinach speeds up your metabolism and is a great source of vitamin C, potassium, iron, and magnesium.

Beans are low in fat, rich in fiber, and packed with protein.  Your body also burns extra calories to process this food. 

Jalapenos can speed up your heart rate and metabolism.  The capcaisin found in them causes your body to burn extra calories long after you ingest them.

Broccoli contains calcium and vitamin C.  Calcium acts as a metabolic trigger, while vitamin C helps the body absorb more calcium.

Oatmeal lowers the body’s insulin level and speeds up metabolism because the body takes a long time to break down the fat-soluble fiber in oatmeal.

Soy Milk (not the sweetened variety) is loaded with calcium which boosts metabolism.

Curry speeds up metabolism and increases the amount of calories the body burns.

Cinnamon helps lower cholesterol.  It also helps the body metabolize sugars more effectively and maintain steadier blood sugar levels.

Remember to drink water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated.  Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, especially if you are diabetic or taking medication. 

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about your health.  For more information on healthy green living and green cleaning, please log on to greencleancertified.com or maidbrigade.com.

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