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Healing power: Detoxifies the body
Instead of coffee, try starting your day with a glass or two of water with lemon juice. Why? Citrus fruits are rich in the antioxidant de-limonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates the liver to help remove toxins from the body and stimulate a sluggish bowel.
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Healing power: May preserve muscle mass
An apple a day can keep younger men at bay: A recent University of Iowa study found that older mice fed diets high in ursolic acid, which is found in apple peels, experienced a 10 percent increase in muscle mass and 30 percent increase in muscle strength, putting them on a par with younger mice. They theorize it helps turn off the protein responsible for age-related loss of muscle mass.
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Healing power: Prevents diabetes
The best thing you can do for your diet: Taste the rainbow — and we're not talking Skittles. A recent American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study of more than 200,000 people found that a high consumption of berries—which are rich in anthocyanin, an antioxidant that gives them their color—was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. They also help turn off the "fat genes" that lead to obesity. Go for blue and red hues: Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all especially high in flavonoids.
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Healing power: Protects against cancer and burns fat
To prevent colon cancer, bend an elbow. The antioxidants found in white tea help protect healthy cells against potentially cancer-causing damage — and can even prevent existing colon cancer cells from reproducing! Bonus: White has been shown to speed fat breakdown and even prevent fat cells from forming, thanks to its combo of caffeine and the powerful antioxidant ECGC.
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Healing power: Slashes cholesterol
Black beans contain soluble fiber, the type of fiber your body can digest; it’s a key nutrient in helping to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. A half cup of black beans will get you halfway to the five grams of fiber you should have each day.
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Healing power: Heals arteries
When fats are good, they're very good: Researchers say a diet rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids can help reverse arterial stiffness, which inhibits blood from flowing to vital organs. A study in the International Journal of Cardiology found that smokers who supplemented with just 2 grams of omega-3s a day—what you’ll find in a 4-ounce portion of salmon—saw a significant improvement in arterial elasticity.
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Healing power: Aids muscle recovery
Recently, researchers said they may have found the perfect pre- and post-workout drink. It's not sold in a $40 tub that looks like a spaceship; it's what you used to drink after school: Chocolate milk. Why? It contains a near-ideal balance of carbs and whey protein (about eight grams per cup). Scientists say an ideal protein intake for building muscle is 10 to 20 grams, divided pre and post workout, so mix up a few cups and you're there.
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Healing power: Hangover helper
The quest for the ultimate hangover cure is as old as the morning after. Researchers say they may have found it. In 2015, researchers at Australia's national science agency (CSIRO) said that pear juice can help the body better metabolize alcohol, reducing the toxin responsible for hangovers. Bonus: Pears also lower cholesterol, soothe constipation and reduce inflammation throughout the body.
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Healing power: Detox the liver
With all the toxins in the modern world — pollution, food additives, the guy in the next cubicle over — the body needs all the help it can get. Beets contain a type of antioxidant called betalains, which studies show can help repair and regenerate cells in the liver, the body’s primary detox center.
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