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The human body is like a machine: it requires energy so as to work. This energy is called calories. Often, however, we assimilate more calories than we’re capable of burning, often because of lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle. This induces us to put on weight. Many of us are so desperate to drop this excessive weight which are eager to follow fad diets, that only function in the short run and harm our health. Healthy weight loss is the only alternative which makes any sense, if you would like to lose pounds and keep them off.

So, what’s healthy weight loss?

Firstly, eating more raw foods can be a very healthy way to shed weight. “Live foods” can increase energy, strengthen the defenses of the immune system, regulate your weight and slow down the aging process of cells. Foods such as millet, quinoa sprouts, alfalfa, aloe Vera, barley grass, wild blue-green algae, flax, parsley, sunflower and stevia can be included in your daily diet and solve several problems such as chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal pain, bloating, indigestion, nausea, allergies and severe headaches. They are full of minerals and vitamins, contain the ideal amount of protein, have a great deal of complex carbohydrates that provide your body more energy, are low in fat and contain a great deal of fiber which helps to reduce bad cholesterol. Cooking these foods will denature proteins, oxidize fats, destroy vitamins and create free radicals and toxins. But eating them raw forces the body to absorb all of the nutrients and nourishes all of the organs, particularly the endocrine system, liver, pancreas, and kidneys.

Foods which may help you shed weight

      • Seaweed: seaweed has an outstanding concentration of minerals, including potassium and calcium. Iodine advantages the thyroid gland, which assists in the assimilation of food, regulates water levels in the body and reduces excessive fat. Also many studies suggest that seaweed can lower cholesterol.
      • Stevia: it’s a South American plant whose green leaves are used as a sweetener. It contains minerals and vitamins A and C. Stevia does not raise blood glucose levels, like sugar and fructose and decreases the appetite and the desire for sweet foods.
      • Girasole: the seeds of the plant are full of vitamins A and E, antioxidants, beneficial fatty acids, and substances that help the liver to remove fats in the blood. Sunflower seeds contain B vitamins that nourish the adrenal glands. People that are deficient in B vitamins, don’t create the perfect number of hormones and suffer from reduced energy.
      • Blue-green algae: this algae converts sunlight into chlorophyll. It contains vitamins, amino acids and minerals, especially beta-carotene and protein. The proteins of blue-green algae are full of peptides, which are receptors that nourish the brain and the nervous system by enhancing mental clarity and memory. Also consuming algae increases the sperm count and enhances sexual performance.
      • Miglio: it’s a grain whose flavor resembles that of curry. It doesn’t contain gluten, so it may be consumed by those who have gluten intolerance. Millet is an alkaline food which neutralizes the surplus uric acid, a condition that could result in arthritis or gout. Additionally, the enzymes in millet facilitate digestion. Also millet is full of silica, which is vital for the health of connective tissue, bones and blood vessels.
      • Buds: they’re the seeds of cereals and legumes. They are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes.
      • Aloe Vera: this cactus-like medicinal plant comprises vitamins, minerals, salicylic acid and plant hormones. The glucomannan in aloe speeds up the healing of wounds and its plant hormones encourage the creation of new cells and stimulate the formation of collagen in the connective tissues. Also aloe has an anti-inflammatory activity from the stomach and intestines which lasts for up to two days.
      • Erba medica: it contains all of the vitamins and minerals necessary for life. It comprises 40 bioflavonoids with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as the leaves are full of beta-carotene and vitamin C, which can be valuable for the immune system. Alfalfa is a great source of Vitamin K, which helps the blood circulation and prevents hypercholesterolemia. For all these reasons, alfalfa is known as an anti-aging food.
      • Quinoa resembles a cereal, but is really a fruit that’s cooked like rice. It makes it possible for you to replace meat, because its proteins contain all of the amino acids that are crucial to health. Unlike meat, it does not contain saturated fats or dangerous nitrogen waste which burdens the kidneys. Moreover quinoa protects the liver from compounds.
      • Orzo is rich in the antioxidant enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase). If you eat too many processed foods or have been exposed to smog, radiation and toxins, then barley can help you eliminate all the harmful free radicals from the body. Furthermore, SOD protects you from the aging that’s a result of the radicals. Additionally, the superoxide dismutase has more powerful anti-inflammatory properties compared to cortisone or aspirin.
      • Linseeds: they have a considerable amount of fiber, and are the richest source of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol and protect against cardiovascular disease. Also the fiber content of flaxseeds helps to fight hypertension.
      • Prezzemolo: this herb is quite full of vitamin C, beta carotene and fluoride, which protects the health of the gums and bones. The chlorophyll is found in abundance inside parsley and helps fight against germs and bacteria, alleviate inflammation, protect the stomach and intestines from harmful organisms, fight viruses and also help the lungs to eliminate toxins due to air pollution. Additionally, it helps to remove toxins from the kidneys, bladder and liver.

Foods which can slow down the absorption of fats

      • Mela: they help digestion and are full of iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium which help the body combat water retention.
      • Kiwi is an exceptional source of vitamin C that shields the capillaries and stimulates the gut.
      • Carota regulates the intestinal function and is a diuretic.
      • Carciofo facilitates the digestion of fats.
      • Yogurt can balance the intestinal flora.
      • Finocchio is low in calories and can detoxify the body through urination.
      • Whole grains help the gut function and possess a high satiating power.
      • Ananas assists the digestion of proteins.
      • Pomodoro helps reduce water retention.
      • Arancione is full of vitamins and stimulates liver function.