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TheDailyMeal.com: 8 Ways to Improve Your Health With Food

2) Metabolism: Lean Proteins and Calcium

While Lynch likes to turn the attention away from weight loss, she still believes that metabolism is an important pillar of health. Not only does a healthy metabolism help you burn fat, but it gets healthy foods into your system faster, improving your overall health, too. Some of the best foods for your metabolism are lean proteins, such as chicken and turkey breasts, egg whites, and seafood, because they have the greatest metabolic boost and their digestion stimulates cellular activity that leads to burning excess fats. In addition, they also help you build muscle mass, and the more muscle you have, the stronger your metabolism is, Lynch says. Along with lean proteins, a healthy intake of calcium is essential for regulating hormonal activity in the body that is associated with your metabolism. Calcium sources such as low-fat dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and almonds accelerate weight loss by helping break down fat found in fat cells.

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