Research shows that chemical sugar substitutes like aspartame may have adverse effects on health like gene damage, increased cancer risk and birth defects. Opt for a natural substitute like stevia that is made from the leaves of stevia plant. Stevia extracts are a low fat, low carbohydrate, all natural alternative to sugar and are extremely helpful for diabetics and the weight conscious.

Add some spice to your food for shedding the extra pounds. Recent research shows that a chemical compound in chilies can boost one’s metabolism and also helps curb appetite. So, burn the calories the hot way.

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world with children and women being the most prone to it. To avoid this, include iron rich foods in your diet like red meat, beans, lentils, dried fruit, grains, beet root, spinach, soya products, asparagus, thyme and cumin.

Scientific studies show that consuming high fibre foods like oats and whole wheat can help maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

To rev up your energy levels, make a smoothie at home with a bit of fruit, ice and 8 ounces of skimmed milk.


Drink Green Tea
Hot or iced, green tea can help rev up your workout. Its catechins, antioxidants, and caffeine help increase the metabolic generation of heat. Drink a cup about 10 minutes before exercising.

Eat Avocados
For dry skin, incorporate more avocados into your diet. They’re rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin. Try them on salads and sandwiches, and even in smoothies.