The Natural Edge
Despite all the powders, pills and elixirs out there, nature’s simpler foods are often the best performers. Taking supplements can be a smart way to fill in nutritional gaps, but eating real, whole foods will always be the bedrock of a healthy diet. It can be tricky, though, to know which to pick, what they can do for you, and how best to eat them. Since these three may not be on your radar yet, here is all the information you need to make them part of your new menu.
Burn Fat with Green Tea:
Besides its powerful antioxidants, cancer-fighting properties, and memory-enhancing powers, green tea’s active ingredient catechin also boosts metabolism to help burn fat. Plus, the caffeine in green tea improves performance in the gym by reducing feelings of fatigue and increasing adrenaline levels.
Boost Endurance with Beets:
Known for boosting oxygen efficiency and lowering blood pressure due to their wealth of nitrates, these root vegetables have been shown to increase endurance by up to 15 percent.
Maintain Energy Levels with Chia Seeds:
This ancient seed from Mexico is full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants and limits blood sugar spikes (providing steady energy) by slowing glucose absorption. Chia seeds also soak up to 10 times their weight in liquid, so they keep you hydrated as they work their way through your GI tract.