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10 Foods to Heal Your Body & Boost Metabolism

These days, everyone seems to be talking about ways to boost metabolism. With certain healing foods, you can both add nutrition to your diet and increase your metabolism. You may be wondering, what is a healing food?

A healing food naturally cleanses your body because it is rich in nutrients. With healing foods that boost metabolism, you can improve your overall health by eliminating toxins, and you can lose weight more easily.

1. Coconuts

Coconuts are excellent for healing because both the meat and the oil contain fatty acids, which translate into energy in your body. Their combination of lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid provide you with increased metabolism.

2. Hot Peppers

Did you know that hot peppers can speed up your metabolism? Cayenne, jalapeno, habanero, and other hot peppers will also decrease your craving for other food and improve your circulation. This is because hot peppers are high in capsaicin, which studies have shown to increase metabolism.

3. Berries

Different types of berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, goji berries, and acai berries are all known as “superfruits” that have many antioxidants, boost your metabolism, and can really help when it comes to losing weight. They contain fiber, water, carotenoids, and flavonoids, all of which eliminate toxins.

4. Green Tea

Many studies have shown the health benefits of green tea. Green tea will increase your metabolic rate, and it also contains numerous antioxidants to heal your body.

5. Onions

Onions help you detox and lose weight because they are rich in fiber, vitamin C, sulfur, and quercetin. They also contain antioxidant powers because they have flavonoids. Onions are great to add to your diet for boosting metabolism and cleansing.

 

6. Beets

 

Beets are another great healing food that are rich in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, calcium, iron, fiber, folate, and magnesium. All of these components are nutritious for your body and will also add to your metabolism.

 

7. Kale

 

Kale is another “superfood” that has very few calories combined with a high water and fiber content, which is beneficial for losing weight. Kale also has vitamins A, C, and K as well as calcium, chlorophyll, iron, flavonoids, amino acids, and carotenoids. These heal your body, reduce inflammation, and eliminate toxins along with boosting metabolism.

 

8. Broccoli

 

Broccoli is known to help with weight loss because it is high in calcium, which is also great for your bones. It contains vitamins A, C, and K along with fiber, antioxidants, and folate. Broccoli is often used for detox because it is very nutritious and great for a metabolism boost.

 

9. Seaweed

 

Though it may seem strange to eat seaweed, this food has a significant amount of iodine for thyroid health, which in turn can lead to better weight loss. Seaweed will also cleanse your body by purifying your blood.

 

10. Citrus Fruits

 

Finally, all types of citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes have a lot of water, vitamins A and C, fiber, and flavonoids. These components will cleanse your body and boost your metabolism to promote weight loss.

 

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Bodybuilding The Vegan Way, Part I: The Workout

Vegan Lifestyle

Vegetarianism, more specifically a vegan lifestyle has gotten more mainstream attention in recent years and I am writing this article in an effort to show how it is possible to adhere to a vegan lifestyle and still make great gains as a bodybuilder.

It is my goal to show how a vegan lifestyle can still help bodybuilders make great gains but in no way am I attempting to push my beliefs and lifestyle on anyone. This article is for anyone who is interested in a vegan bodybuilding lifestyle and those who would like to know more about being a vegan bodybuilding.

This article is the first of many installments that I will be writing over the course of the year. In this first part I will highlight workouts that will help vegan bodybuilders build muscle.

Vegan Workouts

It is tempting to try the workouts that are listed in many of the muscle magazines. However, it is important for vegans to realize that their lifestyle and nutrition programs do not support the recoverynecessary to train with high volume and frequency. I can vouch to this from experience.

It does not take much to stimulate muscle growth, heavy weight and low reps will get the job done. It is important to keep workouts under 45 minutes. Most of my workouts last only 30-to-35 minutes. Later on in the year toward “beach season” I will highlight workouts and routines to help shed body fat and cut up but the main point of this article is to build muscle.

How much, if any cardio to be done is based on the individual. When I bulk up I do not do any cardio at all, but I would say that those who would like to do cardio, do 2-to-3 sessions of 15-to-20 minutes at a low intensity per week. The bike, elliptical or walking or jogging on the treadmill are great choices.

Keep the intensity, frequency and duration low. Also, make sure to have a vegan-friendly protein shake (soy, rice, hemp) 20 minutes before doing cardio to prevent any muscle loss during the cardio workout.

Weight Lifting Guidelines

  1. Work each body part once per week.
  2. Keep workouts under 45 minutes.
  3. Lift heavy weight and low reps.
  4. Perform 3-to-4 exercises for large muscle groups and 2-to-3 exercises for smaller muscle groups.
  5. I keep my repetitions between 4-and-6 for core lifts (Bench Press, Deadlift and Squats) and 6-to-10 for all other lifts.

The Workout Split

The following is the way that I split my workouts up. If I have time and my schedule allows for it, I do two separate workouts with a workout for the first body part of the day in the morning and the workout for the other muscle group to be worked that I perform later in the evening.

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: Chest & Triceps
  • Tuesday: Back & Biceps
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Legs & Abs
  • Friday: Shoulders & Traps
  • Saturday: Off

The Workouts

I used to have workouts set in stone and I never varied from them, but after having seven years of training under my belt, I have become more aware of my body and in-tune to how I feel. Now I go into the gym with a plan and goal of what I want to achieve but I listen to my body and adjust the sets, reps and exercises that I perform based on how I feel on that given day.

For example with chest I may have planned to do the barbell bench press, incline dumbbell presses and dumbbell flyes, but for some reason my body tells me that the flyes are not going to happen today, I switch to the cable cross-over or pec-deck flye instead.

With all of that said, here are my typical workouts with each body part with the substitutions that I use for certain exercises.

Monday: Chest & Triceps
Tuesday: Back & Biceps
Thursday: Legs & Abs
Friday: Shoulders & Traps

Conclusion

There you have it. This is how I work out and this workout will definitely help you to maximize your gains, minimize your time in the gym and maximize your recovery potential which leads to the growth of new muscle tissue.

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