5 Surprising health tips

You know the standard suggestions when it comes to fitness and weight loss — eat fruit and veg, work out 30 to 45 minutes most days and avoid empty kilojoules like spirits and lollies. But you’re actually allowed — and encouraged — to indulge a bit to stay fit. Here are some crazy tips for health that your doctor won’t always tell you.

woman cooking vegetables 1Eat more chocolate

Particularly the dark kind. Cocoa packs plant phenols, which can help prevent blood clotting and improve blood flow in the arteries, reports Woman’s Day.

The sweet can also drop high blood pressure, supply antioxidants and provide magnesium, helpful for reducing PMS symptoms and anxiety. Stay away from white and milk chocolate, which carry few health benefits.

2Pour on the hot sauce

If you want to look hot in a two-piece add the spicy condiment to meals regularly. The reason it can work in your diet is because it serves as an appetite suppressant and slows down your eating pace. It also revs up your thirst, which will make you fill up on water, not food.

3Keep the fat

The good kind, like nuts, avocados and fish, says Health.gov.au. Daily total fat intake should stay between 20 and 35 percent, and saturated and trans fats should not add up to more than 10 percent of energy intake. Some of the benefits of good fats include high doses of vitamins A, D, E and K and antioxidants and acids that help the skin stay supple and manage body functions.

A good way to remember the difference between bad fats, the saturated kind, and good fats, the unsaturated kind, is to see if the former is solid at room temperature. Butter, meats and hard cheese are examples of bad fats. The two types of unsaturated fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, can be found in foods like olive oil, seeds and soyabean.

4Make your meals predictable

This seems antithetical to advice diet gurus dispense, who advocate variety to help you eat healthily, but it’s actually been shown that thinner women eat more predictable meals. Studies show that lots of tastes and textures may prompt us to overeat. Most people of normal or low weight eat the same staples meal after meal and maybe throw in a new thing or two every once in a while.

To stave off boredom when trying this tip, eat oatmeal most days for breakfast, but switch up the toppings, such as using raisins one day, berries another and walnuts the next.

5Have a beer

Women who drink beer on a regular basis tend to have stronger bones and, therefore, a lower risk of osteoporosis, according to Professor Howard Morris, from the Hanson Institute in Adelaide. The beverage carries the plant type of oestrogen, called phytoestrogen, which keeps bones healthy.

It’s actually the silicon in beer that slows down the thinning process that can produce fractures and also helps in the development of new bone. To get the most benefit, drink less than a pint a day.

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