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Raw Almonds: The Fitness Superfood Everyone Should Be Eating

photo of raw almonds - fitness superfood!If there is a near-“perfect” natural food for fitness, health, energy boosting, weight loss, weight maintenance, etc. raw almonds could be it. These unique tree nuts are exceptionally healthy, nutrient-dense, and one of the best snacking options you’ll find. They can be used to easily boost your intake of healthy fats, good carbs, fiber, calcium, and protein — all in one delicious, convenient shot.

A recent study even proved that almonds are one of the best snacks for weight loss because eating them controls hunger and cuts food cravings. Researchers from Purdue University found that:

“…consumption of almonds… suppressed hunger and desire to eat sensations especially after being consumed as snacks… These findings suggest that almonds may be a healthy snack option.”

Along with walnuts, almonds are a staple of the very healthy Mediterranean Diet. Despite their phytic acid content, many paleo diet followers consume them on a regular basis (often after a good soaking). Raw almonds are even an ideal protein source for people following an “alkaline” diet.

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Fight Muscle Soreness with Watermelon Juice

watermelon-muscle-sorenessDo you avoid tough workouts because of the inevitable painful muscle soreness that follows? Then you should try drinking some raw watermelon juice, according to a new study from the American Chemical Society.

The amino acid L-citrulline (and possibly the fruit’s natural antioxidants) appears to help repair muscle damage faster and reduce post-workout muscle soreness. Athletes have used fresh watermelon juice for years because of its reported ability to improve sports performance.

It’s also known as a “natural Viagra” that stimulates nitric oxide production and increases blood flow in the muscles. But this is the first time it’s been scientifically shown to help with exercise-induced muscle pain.

L-citrulline has also been shown to help lower blood pressure so the relatively rare compound obviously packs a wallop of health benefits. Its ability to accelerate the removal of lactic acid should, according to some experts, lead to better physical performance, higher-intensity training, and faster recovery after workouts.

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High Fiber Foods for Weight Loss

Fiber is really one of the “secret weapons” of fast, safe, healthy weight loss… as well as long-term weight maintenance. It fills you up and makes it much easier to cut calories without being extremely hungry all the time. Nearly all high-fiber foods are good for you and most are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other valuable nutrients.

The best fiber-rich diet foods are vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, and whole grains. Watch the video below to learn how to select high-fiber foods next time you go grocery shopping:

More good stuff here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-11/fiber-weight-control

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