Top 5 Foods That Boost Metabolism

A few years ago, I have decided to change my diet. This decision came along with the other one, which was to start working out in order to achieve coveted muscles. Since I was skinny whole my life no matter what I ate, I believed that my body was healthy. But one day it dawned on me that "you are what you eat" and I started a little investigation on what is harmful for my organism. I started eating more fruit, and stopped eating fast food.

When I started my quest for healthier food, I was being constantly faced with labels "fat free", "sugar free", "low carb", etc. But how can we be certain that this is not just an ad?

During my quest, I have come across many different foods that are completely natural, easy to find, and beneficial for you.

Avocado

Avocados are beneficial for human's organism for several reasons. They are rich in carotenoids which contribute to the pigmentation in vegetables and fruits. Carotenoids improve functioning of your immune system, prevent free radicals to damage the cells and are also a good source of vitamin A. A monounsaturated acid which can be found in avocado, oleic acid, can lower the risk of heart diseases. It is also a good choice for those who do not consume animal proteins, since it contains 18 amino acids. Avocado has anti-inflammatory properties, too.

Nuts

By nuts, I mean almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc. They are rich in protein and protect you from heart diseases. Antioxidants found in nuts, such as lutein, carotenes and resveratrol prevent developing of cancer. Vitamin E, a fat soluble antioxidant, prevents free radical to harm your cells, while vitamin B is beneficial for cellular processes. What is the most important thing about nuts is that they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, since they lower the level of triglycerides and is beneficial for your heart.

Kale

Kale is rich in vitamins, antioxidants (such as zaexanthin, beta carotene, and lutein) and minerals. Vitamin C improves functioning of your immune system, while vitamin K is beneficial for the bones. There is also vitamin A which has good effect on your vision, skin and mucus membranes. The fiber which is found in kale is beneficial for digestive tract. Of minerals, kale contains potassium, calcium and iron that control blood pressure and are an important component of your body.

Berries

Another fruit rich in antioxidants, minerals, fiber and vitamins are berries. Vitamin C will boost your immune system, while vitamin A is important for your vision. Berries are also good in fighting urinary tract infections. Anthocyanidins, that are phytochemicals, can improve your memory.

Salmon

Rich in omega-3 fats, salmon can decrease the risk of stroke and high blood pressure. It also lowers the risk of colorectal, breast and prostate cancer. It prevents inflammation of joins, since it is rich in selenium, and eye disorders.

There are many other highly beneficial foods that are accessible and affordable. Make sure to add them to your diet.