Friday, 17 August 2018

13 easy steps for a low maintenance kitchen

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1.Counter-top, the work station

Now this is the one place which requires lots of scrubbing and cleaning after each cook. So don’t ever think of installing regular tiles here. Stainless steel, quartz, marble and glass are the good choice for counter-top because they have no or less joints in it. However, the all time favourite is granite mainly because convenience in its cleaning and maintenance. Though it requires occasional sealing, still it is better than many as far as ease in maintenance is considered. If you want to go for low-cost, low-maintenance then you may opt for large porcelain tiles. The large tiles on the counter-top of will minimum joints and will be easy to clean and scrub.

2.Splashing the backsplash

The backsplash will get splash and get dirty while cooking and washing. The low maintenance backsplash will be a boon in kitchen. Go for joint-free painted glass, quartz or any stone for it. To reduce the cost you can also opt for laminates. However, avoid mosaic tiles since it will consume lots of your cleaning time.

3.The sink on the counter

While installing the sink, make sure that it is integrated at the same level as the counter or to be under mounted. Wipe the counter and push the mess right into the sink. Cleaning the sink will be easier than cleaning the long counter. Also select the sink with drain board on the side. It strains out the water directly into the sink thus helping to keep the space dry.

​4.Division of labour

Two sink is a better option as far as cleaning the space is concerned. Keep one sink for prep and the other for cleaning. So when one is prepping and cooking, the other one is doing the cleanup thus dividing the work and making life easy and comfortable.

​5.Choosing the cook top

From stainless steel to glass-top cook top, lots of options available is market. However, if you want a low maintenance one then bring home one with glass-top. You will love the simplicity in cleaning it requires.

​6.The floor beneath

The flooring that requires just a damp wipe is best for kitchen. Though wood is a good option since it can be cleaned just by dry or damp wipe, but you have to be careful with it. Any spill has to be cleaned immediately. Choose vinyl, linoleum or marmoleum floor that is easy to clean and don’t have joints in it. You can also go for large tiles which will have minimum joints in it. Cleaning will be less difficult with it.

​7.Simplicity in design

Avoid ornate style elaborate design for the cabinets. Believe us; over the period of time it will become difficult to maintain and cleaning it will be a cumbersome task. Modern cabinets are usually handle-free and have clean and neat finish or have simple handles. Be trendy and install it. You will enjoy its low maintenance privilege.

​8. ​Customised storage

One of the simplest tricks to make an inaccessible corner in the kitchen more functional is to avoid installing a closed cupboard in the area. Open shelves are a more flexible alternative as one can place trays or baskets on them to arrange things. When one needs something from within, pull out the basket to retrieve it. It’s one of the most budget-friendly kitchen cupboard designs one can come across as a solution for a corner.

9.Gadget garage

Make space and keep the entire kitchen gadget together so that there is less of rushing and running around in the kitchen. Assign a day to clean the gadgets which can easily be done in one go. There is no harm in having a door and drawers to hide it behind.

10.Down under the sink

Keep the cleaning stuffs all organised under the sink. Keeping the things at a designated place will save on lots of time.

11.Drawers and cabinets

Design and make space for drawers and cabinets behind which you can hide the groceries, towels, jars and bottles so that you don’t have to stumble on them. Wipe the doors is easier than cleaning the drawers frequently.

​​12.Recycle cabinet and bin

Having a cupboard or cabinets where you can dump in the recyclable items or raddi and have the bin too handy will save lots of time and avoid trips to store or garage where we usually keep the recyclable items.

​​13.Making it look clean

Managing a kitchen is more about making it look clean and organized by hiding what you don’t want to show and also hiding so that you can do the deep cleaning as per your convenience. You can always clean up the mess and push it behind the closed doors to clean it whenever you have time. It’s your home and it’s your life; enjoy and live as you want.Have a look at these clean and organized kitchen before you design yours

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

7 Reasons Why Your Car Insurance Claim Could Be Denied

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The first step after buying a new car is to buy a comprehensive Car Insurance policy for ensuring financial protection during a mishap, damage or theft. Besides having a car insurance policy, you should also be well versed with certain basic protocols to be followed to ensure your insurance related claims are not denied by your insurer.

Here are some of the common reasons why your car insurance claim could be denied:

Negligence Due To Drunken Driving

Driving a vehicle in an inebriated condition amounts to negligence as the probability of mishaps are high. For insurance companies the chances of accidents are high in such condition due to less control over the vehicle. A closer look at your car insurance policy document will also reveal that drunken driving is totally outside the ambit of any insurance coverage. So while you may believe you can handle driving after drinking, it is best avoided for your own safety as well as the safety of others on the road.

Not Producing Valid Driving License

As per the law, every driver operating a vehicle on Indian roads should possess a valid driving license. You cannot claim insurance in the absence of a valid license. This is also same for vehicle owners carrying expired license on the day the accident took place.

Improper Handling Of Vehicle

Improper handling of your vehicle can be another reason why the car insurer can deny your claim. For example, you may have a car insurance along with an engine protection add on cover but if you are found to be deliberately turning on the ignition in flooded waters, it will be considered as a deliberate attempt to damage car’s engine. So always handle your vehicle with care and as per the norms of the car insurance policy to avoid any such claim denials.

Insurance In A Different Name

If you bought a second hand car, you must ensure that the car insurance is also transferred in your name from the previous owner to claim insurance during the times of need. Always ensure transfer of car insurance in your name as the new owner, the same way it is done with the registration certificate (RC) of the car. To avoid the chance of a claim refusal, do ensure that the name in the car insurance policy matches with that in the RC.

Commercial Use Of Personal Vehicle

In today’s world of radio cabs, many car owners are using their personal cars for commercial purposes. So if you are one of those using a personal vehicle for any commercial gains, not only are such activities illegal, it can also mean denial of any insurance or theft claims.

Delay In Informing The Insurer

Be it a theft or accident claim, one of the first things you as a car owner must do is file an FIR and inform the insurance company about the same. Delay in informing the insurer can be used against you as a genuine reason for claim denial. For example, for an accident claim, care must be exercised to not move your vehicle from the accident spot unless approved by police and car insurer. Most car insurance companies have a 24/7 helpline so getting in touch with the insurer is now seamless and easy and must be followed without fail.

Expired Car Insurance Policy

Your car insurance policy must be renewed before the lapse date to ensure claims are not rejected. Any claims you may seek when the policy is lapsed may not be acknowledged by the car insurance company. Always renew your car insurance plan 15-20 days before its expiry period to allow for seamless cover.

Car insurance claims are easy to seek but also come with a high denial rate. It is thus important to know about common mistakes to avoid denials for insurance claim.


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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Public Garden at Dhokali Left in a Shambles, Closed for Over a Year for ‘Repair’

Thane : A well-appointed sprawling public garden next to the Nandibaba temple, Dhokali continues be in a state of chronic neglect by the civic administration here has been closed for all recreation activities for over a year now, inviting bitter criticism of the goings-on in the TMC headquarters. 

Inaugurated in January 2012, the Nandibaba garden, which boasts of artificial animal replicas, mini water fountains, colourful benches, a jogging/walking track and a wooden bridge over a small pond, was a popular spot for the children and families residing in the high-rise towers. 

"The park was like an oasis amidst the concrete mess. It was very well done with waterfalls, artificial animals and lush landscapes and was a big hit with the children. I would take my 2-year-old in the garden every evening. Initially the park was functioning on a regular basis but four months later everything went for a toss. The opening and closing timings were erratic, the upkeep was not good and then for the last one year they have simply closed the gates for all: complained Dhokali resident Tanya Shah. 

Most residents said the neglect of the public garden is indication of a lack of child-friendly policy by the TMC administration, especially in the places where towers are standing tall and all open space is occupied for car parking. 

Citizens here also raised questions about the administrations 'double-standards' on creating more public gardens and pointed out that, "On one hand the municipal commissioner has started an open garden at Pokhran Road-2 and also underneath the flyover across Nitin Company. However, a similar green infrastructure, where huge public money has been spent, is lying in a state of utter neglect. Neither local corportor Sanjay Bhoir nor civic officials seem to be eager to provide the basic to the citizens." 

The TMC officialdom claimed that the Nandibaba garden has been closed `just seven months back' for repairs. 

"We have shut the public garden for safety reasons. The main entrance park gate fell and so we had to close it till repair are carried out. We will inspect the garden," said a civic official. 

"The park was built for people It will be restored as soon as possible: said Bhoir. 

The park was like an oasis amidst the concrete mess. It was very well done with waterfalls, artificial animals and lush landscapes. Initially the park was functioning regularly but four months later everything went for a toss. The timings were erratic and then for the last one year they have simply closed the gates

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Monday, 6 August 2018

Thane : Gatari Feasting Starts Early This Year

Thane : Although the holy month of Shravan is set to kick off from next Sunday and Gatari Amavasya is to be observed on Saturday, Maharashtrian families across the lake city seem to have begun celebrations a week early this time. 

Revellers have started taking part in the tradition of binge drinking and feasting on non-vegetarian food almost six days early as many do not consume meat on Saturdays and some of the weekdays. 

"We had a grand party at home on Saturday and indulged in an array of non-vegetarian starters and other delicacies. We had called our near and dear ones and partied till late into the night. Since we will bring home Ganpati in the coming month, we abstain from consuming liquor and non-veg food: said Aditya Deshpande, a resident of Panchpakhadi. 

A few youngsters were seen visiting pubs and resto-bars across the city, taking full advantage of the last weekend before Shravan. 

Devraj Shenoy (29), a resident of Naupada said, "My friends and I were on a pub hopping spree on Sunday and visited many places in Mumbai. My family is religious and follows Shravan strictly, conducting the fast and pujas every day. It has been left up to me if I want to follow the rituals."

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Sunday, 5 August 2018

July Downpour Saw 156 Tree Falls in City

Thane : Heavy monsoon showers and accompanying gusty winds seen last month uprooted as many as 156 full grown trees across the lake-city, data compiled by the civic disaster management cell has revealed.

However, the number of tree falls seems to have dropped by more than 15% in comparison to the 214 tree falls that took place in the city last year. Civic officials attributed the drop to deforestation and the break in heavy rains and winds over the past two weeks.

"While there were 156 tree falls in July this year. as many as 130 took place in the first 17 days. Thereafter, there were only 26 such incidents in the month. Similarly, 46 of the 56 tree branch falls took place in the first half of the month, especially during the heavy rains:' said a civic official.

"During a downpour, the force of the winds and intensity of the rain puts a lot of pressure on trees. If a tree has already tilted, like many in the city, it is bound to yield to this pressure. In addition to answering to tree fall calls, we also have to look out for trees that are in dangerous conditions and are likely to fall during heavy rains: said a civic official.

Environmentalists here agree that while the intensity of the monsoon showers and winds plays a key role in the number of tree falls during monsoon season, they assert that the reason the trees are prone to crash is because of their foundation being weakened, thanks to years of concretisation and urbanisation.

"The continuous process of construction taking place across the city has resulted in the soil around trees shrinking constantly. With there is lack of soil for its roots to hold onto or absorb water, these plants and trees also dry up and weaken over time. The slightest amount of rain or wind then knock them over," said city-based environmental researcher Prasad Karnik. While external factors slowed down in the later part of July, it is bound to pick up in the coming weeks. Thee numbers are bound to shoot up when the monsoon intensifies this month, he added.

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Friday, 3 August 2018

City Areas Look Ceaner After Residents Give Up On Plastic

Thane : Citizen activists of Thane city claim that 20 per cent of the streets and public places in the city look much cleaner thanks to the drop in plastic materials. 

The nullahs are getting lesser choked as earlier the plastic waste would pollute city nullahs and street sides. 

While most admit that much needs to be done to achieve the goal of a plastic-free city, city activists believe that the mindset of citizens is slowly changing and the city is on the right track with regards to ban on plastic. 

Dr Mahesh Bedekar, a resident, said, "I have noticed that every person agrees with the plastic ban and there is a feeling of responsibility towards the future of the city. The change may not happen immediately and will take time, but it will happen. I can say safely that at least 20 per cent of the streets and public places across the city are cleaner and livelier thanks to the ban on plastic. If there is continuous awareness, even a single person can help change the mindset of four others: 

Despite the heavy rains that lashed the city in July, the nullahs in Kalwa did not clog, which otherwise would have due to heaps of plastic carry bags being dumped rampantly by residents. 

A civic official from the Kalwa ward, said, "Since the government has banned plastic there has hardly been any littering in the nullahs and drains. After we had conducted our annual pre-monsoon nullah-cleaning drive we went back for a visit to some of the drains. We were surprised to see that the plastic waste thrown has reduced by a considerable amount." 

While citizens of Thane and its neighbouring suburbs are breathing a clearer air than a few months ago, the ones in Diva are facing a tough time as the banned material is still being carelessly dumped in the drains on a regular basis. 

"When the civic administration had conducted raids at numerous shops in the city initially as the ban kicked in, citizens were scared and had stopped using polythene bags. Sadly then the bureaucracy neglected our area and things resumed back to normal. Our drains are flooded with plastic wrappers, polythene bags, bottles, etc openly being used by the residents," said Adesh Bhagat, a Diva resident. 

However, in some slum areas of the city the situation is slightly bad as the dwellers are forced to throw their waste in the drains claiming that there is no regular waste collection by the civic administration. 

"As the civic body garbage vans do not regularly visit our areas, we are forced to throw waste from our homes in the drains. We know that this is a bad practice and that we are prone to diseases due to this, but how long can we keep the waste accumulated in our homes? We anyway have space crunch and the civic body has been neglecting slum areas. Garbage collection in our areas is not regular which is why drains here will get choked as we have no other source of waste disposal: said Lakshmi Bhandari, a slum deweller from Majiwada. 

I have noticed that every person agrees with the plastic ban and there is a feeling of responsibility towards the future of the city

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Monday, 23 April 2018

40 Best Superfoods for People Over 40

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The picks that’ll help keep your blood sugar in check, slash your cancer risk, and keep energy levels high after you’ve hit the big 4-0. As we age, it becomes increasingly more difficult to combat chronic diseases, maintain a healthy, and keep belly fat at bay. But contrary to what you may believe, your health isn’t actually doomed to plummet downhill with every turned page of the calendar. Sure, you may not be able to cut out bread for a week and lose pounds like you did in your twenties, but you certainly can add specific foods—like the ones below—to your diet in your quest to turn back time.
Choosing these youth-promoting foods will equip your body with the cancer-fighting, wrinkle-smoothing, and metabolism-revving vitamins and nutrients it needs to help you look and feel young and vibrant—all without the help of a plastic surgeon. So next time you head out for a grub run, make sure to stock up on our stellar list of superfoods to eat after 40, while practicing restraint when it comes to ordering these 40 Meals You Should Never Eat After 40.


”Hormonal changes in your 40s can affect your appetite hormones, ghrelin, and leptin,” explains Lauren Slayton, MS, RD, and founder of Foodtrainers. “Both supplemental vitamin D3 and extra lean protein can help keep your appetite under control.” Wild salmon fits the bill, boasting some of the highest levels of weight loss-aiding vitamin D3 as well as muscle-maintaining protein.


If your tummy has been rounder than a pufferfish, it’s time to cut foods that cause bloat from your diet. “As we age, our bodies can’t break down lactose as efficiently. When we can’t efficiently digest something, it tends to cause gas and bloat, which is the opposite of a flat stomach. Avoid dairy foods, and you’ll likely see some improvement!” advises Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN of Real Nutrition NYC. Can’t give up your late-night cereal sessions? You don’t have to! Just opt for these better-for-you milk alternatives.


”Many types of healthy fats can help you lose body fat. Omega-3s are one type with these superpowers,” Slayton says. “Try to have one omega-3 rich food every day.” Sprinkling chia seeds into your morning smoothie or oats is an effortless way to reach your daily quota. (Bonus: chia seeds are also one of the best high fiber foods


If you’ve stuffed your diet with processed foods, uncomfortable digestive problems can start creeping up in your forties. Thankfully, we have fermented fare to combat that. “A daily serving of sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, sour pickles, kombucha, or live culture yogurt can help balance your gut bacteria,” says Dr. Rob Silverman, DC of NY ChiroCare.


Not only do raspberries contain cancer-fighting phytochemicals, these textured berries contain an impressive eight grams of fiber per cup, which can help you feel fuller longer in addition relieving constipation.


Blueberries are notorious for being jam-packed with antioxidants, which can fend off anything from the flu to weight-inducing inflammation by fighting free radicals. Toss the indigo orbs into whole-grain pancakes or eat them on their own for a belly-filling snack!


Making an omelet? Forget separating the white from the yolk and embrace the whole egg! The healthy fats within the yolks can help you feel fuller longer and curb cravings, explains Kayleen St. John, RD. Not to mention, choline—a belly fat-blasting nutrient—is only present in the orange part of the egg, rather than the whites, that most dieters tend to avoid. Next time you’re whipping up a scramble, crack the whole egg, yolk and all, into the pan.


Avocados, in all of their sinfully creamy glory, aren’t only pleasing to your taste buds—they can be your body’s best friend, too. This fatty fruit has healthy monounsaturated fats that can help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad fat that clogs arteries) and placate a growling tummy. According to a study published in Nutrition Journal, people who noshed on just half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decreased desire to eat for hours after.


Not only clad with the powers of transforming even the blandest burger into a scrumptious bite, onions are also stellar at combating cancer. According to University of Guelph researchers, Ontario-grown red onions pack a solid dose of quercetin and anthocyanin, which can fight off colon and breast cancers. “Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death,” Abdulmonem Murayyan, the study’s lead author, explained. “They promote an unfavorable environment for cancer cells and they disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth.”


A half cup serving of garbanzo beans pack in about eight grams of fiber, helping you easily hit the FDA’s 25 gram daily fiber recommendation. While these beans make a seriously satiating salad topper, we also love blending them with a bit of tahini, lemon juice, and salt for a mouth-watering homemade hummus.


A tasty portable snack, these subtly sweet nuts contain heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that can help lower LDL cholesterol. Although munching on almonds during any part of your day is a smart choice, getting your daily serving before you hit the gym can actually help you stay even more slim. A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that the amino acid L-arginine, which almonds are brimming with, can help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts.


Adding high volume leafy greens like spinach is always a good idea if achieving a bikini body is your goal. Popeye’s favorite pick is rich in vitamin E as well as the amino acid betaine and the nutrient choline, which work together to turn off fat-storing genes in the liver.


Just one medium-sized carrot is bursting with 203 percent of your daily recommended vitamin A, which will help keep your skin smooth and vision as sharp as it was in your twenties! “This vegetable is orange thanks to high levels of beta-carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A… which also happens to be a form of the main active ingredient in Retin-A (the topical ointment that helps fight dark spots, wrinkles, and acne by increasing cell turnover),” explains certified board dermatologist and Founder of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute Dr. Leslie Baumann.


Curcumin, this bright-colored root spice’s main antioxidant, has shown to prevent a plethora of ailments from inflammation to cancer. Good thing you can easily reap its benefits by sprinkling turmeric into practically anything! (We especially love it on over-easy eggs.) To enhance its effects, pair turmeric with black pepper, as the latter activates the former’s bioavailability.


If you’ve never added this delicate green to your salads, now is definitely the time to start. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that consuming 85 grams of raw watercress (about two cups) could reduce DNA damage linked to cancer by 17 percent. What’s more, the leafy green is teeming with beta-carotene and vitamin A, two compounds essential for youthful skin. No wonder why watercress is our #1 best superfood healthier than kale!


Tired of starkly staring at the bags under your eyes every morning? (Pun intended!) Fortunately enough, this summer fruit can help you look doe-eyed way past the big 4-0! “Though it may sound counterintuitive, the high concentration of water in watermelon can actually reduce the water retention that leads to puffiness around the eyes,” says Baumann. “And because watermelon is low in sugar—well, compared to many other fruits—you don’t have to worry about glycation, the chemical reaction that compromises collagen and leads to lines and wrinkles.”


An apple a day can keep heart disease away. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that women who regularly ate apples were found to have a 13 to 22 percent lower risk of coronary disease than those who didn’t bite into the crunchy fruit.

18. KALE

This fiber-filled smoothie star is packed with anemia-fighting folate and vitamin C to help your immune system combat winter colds with minimal effort. Good thing there are countless ways to reap the benefits of this leafy green besides blending it. Try cooking up a kale quiche or scramble. You can also coat the veggie with olive oil and salt before popping it into the oven if you’re craving a crunchy, and equally as healthy, snack.


Not all sugars are created equal, which is why we prefer to sweeten things up with a natural source. Unlike artificial sweeteners, honey contains minerals like copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc that help boost your immune system and overall well-being.Next time your a.m. oats are tasting a bit bland, try drizzling in some honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, our next must-buy superfood.


Regret dumping that extra teaspoon of sugar into your overnight oats? Undoing the damage can be as simple as sprinkling some cinnamon in! This warm spice may help reduce high blood sugar levels associated with sugar consumption as well as prevent pesky insulin spikes. One study even found that the oatmeal topper can help reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease.


In their quests to get trim, many dieters think that refraining from a few olive oil drizzles will help cut calories and boost overall weight loss; meanwhile, it’s actually the complete opposite. The heart-healthy oil helps unlock the nutritional benefits of fat-soluble vitamins’ (vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are found in many veggies like salad greens). Olive oil is also linked to reducing weight circumference and preventing heart disease, giving you the green light to dress that spinach salad.


Just one cup of collard greens offers 36 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement—a vitamin essential for maintaining strong vision and resilient skin. Not only that, this Southern favorite is a rich source of flu-fighting vitamin C as well as satiating protein and fiber.


A natural detoxifier, garlic can improve your cholesterol profiles as well as reduce high blood pressure.Plus, a study in the Japanese Journal of Cancer Research found that frequent intake of garlic can protect against esophageal cancer and stomach cancer.


”As we age we start to lose muscle mass, but we’re still able to build and maintain. I do strength exercises and cardio exercises, but they won’t be as beneficial without sufficient protein,” says Maria-Paula Carrillo, MS, RDN, LD. Grass-fed beef, a potent protein source, contains more omega-3s as well as fat-burning CLA than its grain-fed counterparts.


This protein-packed blue-green algae is brimming with energizing thiamine (vitamin B1) as well as calcium and iron. Add it to your morning smoothies for a free radical-fighting antioxidant boost.


Guava provides over 600% of the day’s vitamin C in just one cup! Compare that to an orange, which contains just 85% of the cold-preventing vitamin. Not only that, this tropical fruit has just over four grams of protein per cup, making it a smart Greek yogurt pairing.


Thanks to eggplants’ anthocyanins, eating the veggie will provide you with impressive neuroprotective benefits like a sharper short-term memory and reduced inflammation. As if you needed another reason to toss them into your next stir fry!


Much like the vino they form the base of, grapes are jam-packed with resveratrol—an antioxidant-like polyphenol that has been linked to slashing your risk of heart disease and cancer.


”To balance hormones, such as leptin, the diet must contain high fiber vegetables to stabilize leptin levels by making you feel full longer. They’ll balance cortisol, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants,” explains Lisa Avellino, Fitness Director at NY Health and Wellness. “The fiber found in cabbage, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts help stabilize blood sugar and insulin by slowing down digestion.”


Just like their cruciferous brother broccoli, cauliflower boosts your satiety with a generous helping of fiber. Not only that, this flowery veggie contains two cancer-fighting compounds, glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, which have also been shown to boost antioxidant status.

31. MACA

This Peruvian root plant is usually found in powder form, which makes it almost effortless to reap its benefits. Maca is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, and a number of vitamins and minerals, admits registered Manuel Villacorta. Maca is also a stellar energy booster and inflammation killer.


Bone broth is exactly what it sounds like: when animal bones simmer in water for a while, the process extracts their collagen and other nutrients such as glucosamine. According to a study published in the journal PLoS One, when overweight, middle-aged adults took a glucosamine supplement, they were able to decrease inflammation biomarker serum CRP levels by 23 percent more than those who didn’t supplement their diets with glucosamine. In addition, bone broth contains the amino acids glycine and proline in addition to gelatin, which can help rebuild your gut lining to help your body’s biome function on its A-game.


Pepper contains piperine, a powerful compound that holds the power to fend off inflammation and digestive troubles. What’s more, recent animal studies discovered that piperine may also interfere with a reaction known as adipogenesis (the formation of new fat cells), resulting in a smaller waist and lower body fat and cholesterol levels.


Per cup, pumpkin seeds contain about half the calories of almonds yet pack in an extra gram of fiber! Satisfyingly crunchy pepitas are also high in iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and immune-system-boosting zinc.

35. TEFF

You likely haven’t heard of this nutty-flavored gluten-free grain, but it packs a nutritional punch that’s worth reckoning with! Teff is loaded with fiber, amino acids, bone-building calcium and de-stressing vitamin C—a nutrient that balances levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping combat belly fat.


Another gluten-free grain, quinoa is loaded with protein as well as all nine essential amino acids that we need for energy and growth. What’s more, “Whole grains give us fiber, which is key to helping digestion and satiety,” Carrillo explains. “They allow you to stay satisfied for longer. Whole grains prevent the rise in blood sugar as well and help to regulate blood sugar. They also work to reduce cholesterol, which is heart healthy.”


”Cutting back on processed carbohydrates is essential for weight loss after 40,” explains Jennifer Cassetta, clinical nutritionist, personal trainer and health expert from ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours.” “Maintaining blood sugar and insulin levels is vital to weight loss, so cutting back on foods that spike blood sugar and insulin is a must.” A good place to start would be by replacing the refined carbs in your diet with unsweetened steel-cut oatmeal. Oats are a solid source of blood sugar-regulating magnesium, a nutrient that also helps boost fat burn.


Beets contain a powerful nutrient called betaine, which lends the root veggie its rich red hue as well as fights inflammation, boosts metabolism, improves your mood and turns off your fat genes.


An ancient remedy for obnoxious tummy troubles, ginger is a natural miracle worker when it comes to your gut. But its powers aren’t limited to ridding your body of nausea and bloat—this root spice has also been linked to slashing cancer risk and reducing arthritis symptoms. Researchers attribute ginger’s health benefits to its gingerols, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-disease compounds.


Ditch the Sriracha and grab a bottle of cayenne instead! The fiery pepper contains a compound called capsaicin, which has been shown to act as a serious appetite suppressant. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, those who supplemented their diet with capsaicin consumed 200 fewer calories during their next meal—which is why cayenne is one of our 50 Foods To Lose Your Gut.


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