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How to supercharge your diet

Have a cuppa

Drink tea throughout the day. Any caffeinated tea will do. It may sound a lot,
but research suggests that three to six cups a day reduce the risk of
Parkinson’s, diabetes and gout.

If you’re a caffeine ‘responder’ and find that highly caffeinated drinks such
as coffee make you feel a little shaky, don’t cut it out altogether; try
green tea.

There is far less caffeine in green tea and it contains an amino acid,
theanine, which is relaxing and counteracts the jitters.

Choose cherries

They are a widely overlooked superfood. They contain compounds that reduce
pain, muscle inflammation and joint ache and are tremendous antioxidants
(which means they lower the risk of heart disease).

Plus, cherries are fairly low in sugar and calories, which makes them great
for guilt-free snacking or as an addition to a meal. Combine them with raw
milk, as well as blueberries, coconut and almonds for a healthy dessert.

Cut the carbs

Halving your carbohydrate intake will increase your vitality and energy. That
means eating less cereal, pasta, bread, rice, biscuits, wholegrain and

Carbs cause a rapid rise and fall in blood glucose levels, leaving you with a
‘crashed’ feeling of lethargy and fatigue. Cutting out all carbs is an
unrealistic goal for most of us, so focus on halving or reducing them to a
small accompaniment for three or four meals a week.

Raw materials

Eat a higher percentage of raw foods. A lot of beneficial nutrients and
enzymes found in raw food are destroyed by high heat.

Rare beef, sushi, raw milk, nuts and fruit contain enzymes that are critical
for building proteins in the body. Coating meats in a glaze or a dry rub of
spices acts as a protective layer when frying at high temperatures.

Get off sugar

The number-one drainer of energy is sugar. It has been proven to be related to
diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s and is addictive.

Substitutes keep the taste for sweetness alive, so bust cravings by eating
something that has the opposite effect on the brain, such as a pickle or
something sour.

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