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Eat this for better sleep, more energy

Different foods have different health benefits. Find out if you’re getting enough of the good stuff for better sleep, sex, energy and beauty.

Diets are no fun, and it’s hard to keep the weight from rolling back on.

Yet, diets geared towards goals other than weight loss could make you feel better, look better and enjoy life more. 

So, even if you can eat burgers and fries every day and not gain an ounce, you may want to consider one of these health food kicks to give yourself a boost.


Want to sleep better? Have some turkey, you don't need to wait for Christmas. 
You may have heard that foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan, such as turkey, milk, bananas and nuts, are known to promote sleep. 
Although health experts often recommend cutting back on sugar for better sleep, those with a sweet tooth might want to try swapping refined sugar for honey, which contains tryptophan. 

While it may be tempting to fall asleep with a glass of wine, recent research suggests alcohol may not promote sleep, but hinder it. 

Magnesium helps metabolise nutrients and turn them into energy, so if you’re feeling tired, checking your magnesium intake is a good place to start.

Generally women need 300mg and men should get 350mg on a daily basis. You can find them in nuts, dark leafy greens like spinach, and fish, particularly halibut and mackerel. 

When Marrena Lindberg wrote The Orgasmic Diet in 2008, she reminded us that dieting our way to ecstasy is entirely possible.

A key ingredient in Lindberg’s plan is a heavy dosage of omega-3s, which have been proven to release dopamine, which studies suggest enhances sexual arousal and response. 

Alex Freud’s new book The Libido Diet, in which he provides increasing evidence suggesting that diet and sexual well-being are closely connected, promises a hormone-balancing, sex bomb on a plate.

Processed food and refined carbohydrates could promote skin ageing, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

Melons, fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel, nuts, beans, berries and leafy green vegetables such as spinach, are all known to promote skin health.

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