Chromium-rich foods like broccoli, barley, and oats are easy to come by and great for your health overall. If you’re strapped for time, drink up your chromium through orange juice, grape juice, and even red wine! Other good sources of chromium are potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce – all readily available, so get shopping!
Whether you can give birth to fraternal twins depends on your genes. Other factors that raise your chances include age above 35 years, a higher BMI, a diet rich in dairy products, and multiple pregnancies. IVF is known to hike the chances too. Do note, however, that the factors responsible for the conception of identical twins remain unknown.
Nuts and seeds are a good addition to your line-up of omega 3-rich foods. Walnuts of all kinds – black, butternut, English – can get you healthy doses of omega 3 fatty acid ALA. So can flaxseeds, mustard seeds, chia seeds, and pecans.
Looking for a vegan/vegetarian alternatives to boost your omega 3 fatty acid intake? Seeds like chia seeds, flaxseeds, and mustard seeds can give you more omega 3 than you’d imagine! Walnuts also pack on the omega 3 fatty acids. Besides these, you could also opt for spinach, soybeans, tofu, winter squash, blueberries, wild rice, and beans and lentils.
Carotenoids can be found abundantly in bright red, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies like oranges, carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, and pumpkin. Green leafy veggies, raw papaya, and tomatoes have them too. While carotenoids like α and β carotene and β cryptoxanthin make vitamin A in your body, lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eye, and lycopene lowers blood pressure.
Iron is an essential nutrient that performs many vital functions in your body. Get your daily dose of iron (and yumminess) from fruits like mulberries, Zante currants, and dried apricots. Tomatoes, pumpkins, prunes, and coconut are also good sources of iron. As are refreshing watermelons, yummy peaches, and sweet dates.
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Drinking some water first thing in the morning can make you feel awake instantly as can allowing sunlight to flood your room. Drinking a cup of tea can not only keep anxiety at bay but can also boost feelings of positivity. Engaging your body in some form of light exercise, eating a healthy, balanced breakfast, and taking a cold shower are other things that can also give you a much-needed energy boost.
Vegan cheese tastes and looks like dairy-based cheese. But, the former isn't any more healthy than the latter. Vegan cheese could be made with soy, nuts, or oil and starch. It is low in bad fats and cholesterol, making it heart healthy. However, oil-based options could still cause artery-clogging. Vegan cheese is lactose-free and devoid of cancer-causing hormones. But, it is low in protein and vital nutrients. Vegan cheese could also cause weight gain.
Refined carbs are the bad carbs that do you a lot of harm and very little good. These are foods that are processed and refined so much that all the nutrients, minerals, and fibers are removed. Understand what refined carbs are and figure out how much of a part they play in your diet. Takes steps to eat the right carbs and avoid the bad ones by avoiding sugar, snacking healthily, and more.
The typical Western diet is full of “bad” refined carbs, but going low-carb is useful for skipping all the junk. Limiting carbs will instantly reduce sugar and the calories that come with it. This leaves more room for protein and fat, two nutrients that increase satiety and fullness. Just be sure to choose “good” sources for lots of nutrients and fewer calories. The lower carb intake will also reduce glucose stores, forcing the body to break down fat for energy.
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