Eat your way to a healthy life! – Times of India – Telegraph

Include these natural super foods in your diet to boost your overall health

Today all of us are constantly running on the treadmill called life. Long working hours, late nights, stress, health problems, family and household responsibilities constantly weigh us down. Some sleep through the weekend to compensate sleep deprivation during the week.There are a number of natural 'power foods' that are packed with nutrients, vitamins, anti-oxidants (cancer fighting agents properties) and minerals. A regular consumption of these foods have benefits like slowing down of the ageing process, controlling cholesterol levels, blood pressure and diabetes.


'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' isn't just a proverb, it is quite true! Apples contain fibre that is good for maintaining your digestive system.They are rich sources of vitamin A, C and E, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium and contain anti-oxidants that help prevent and fight cancer.


Almonds are good for im proving memory. Almonds and walnuts contain monounsaturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats that are good for the heart and help in lowering Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) otherwise known as bad cholesterol. They're high in nutritional value, anti-ageing proper ties and great for your skin, too.


Avocados, also known as 'Nature's Butter', are a major source of betasitosterol, that helps in lowering cholesterol. Avocados contain fibre, folic acid, vitamin E and potassium. With a great of source of monounsaturated fats, they're great for your heart.


Grape fruits are great if you want to lose weight. They also help lower blood sugar levels. This is because grape fruits contain pectin, a substance that helps in lowering the rate at which carbohydrates (glucose) in the bloodstream.


Different types of beans like lima beans, kidney beans, black eyed peas, moong etc as well as pulses are very healthy. They are high in proteins and contain fibre, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin B. They help reduce blood pressure and diabetes.


Bananas are a major source of potassium and iron, which is beneficial for restoring low haemoglobin levels in the body.They're also great for the digestive system, should be eaten daily.


Green tea is very beneficial for weight loss.It helps increase the body's metabolism, is a great source of antioxidants and has anti-ageing properties. It also helps improve the good cholesterol (HDL).


Yogurt is a great source of calcium that is essential for maintenance and strengthening of the bones. A good source of proteins, they are especially good for vegetarians who are deprived of proteins from eggs and meat and people who are lactose-intolerant. Yogurt also helps in digestion. Opt for lowfat yogurt for best results.