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5 Healthy Foods That Increase Your Metabolism

Updated on January 4, 2011

# 1. Grapefruit

  The first food to make it on the top 5 list for improving and raisng your metabolism is Grapefruit. This citrus fruit is ever so rich in fiber, so it makes you body work harder simply in order to digest it. Another plus from grapefruit is that it's low in calories and high in fat burning enzymes, helping you maintain a healthy weight or perhaps even shed a few pounds.

# 2. Spinach

  This high in fiber leafy green vegetable is another option if you are trying to increase your metabolic rate. In addition to it's weight loss benefits, spinach is high in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C. Popeye really wasn't kidding about how wonderful spinach really is.

# 3. Green Tea

  Okay, so it isn't really a food, but green tea does supply your body with plenty of antioxidants. Also, green tea has considerable levels of caffeine and contains thermogenic properties, meaning that your body is having to heat itself up. Any time your body produces extra body heat, you're burning more calories. Now, just remember not to over do it on the sweeteners, since that could defeat the whole purpose drinking tea in the first place.

# 4. Jalapenos

If you like spicy foods then you'll love this one. Flaming hot jalapeno peppers are high in capsaicin along with cayenne and habanero peppers. Capsaicin works by increasing your heart rate and body heat. Capsaicin not only makes jalapenos spicy, but it's what helps make this pepper raise your metabolism up to 25% for 3 hours.

# 5. Lean Turkey

  Last but not least, this bird isn't only great for eating during thanksgiving, but lean turkey is an amazing healthy option year round. Turkey is high in protein, and with a healthy supply of protein, your body is burning off plenty extra calories. In addition, protein is a key factor in having a nice tone body, and as we should all know muscle burns more calories than fat.

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