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Food Facts

Water won’t relieve constipation. It takes fiber. Get at least 25 grams a day, and some of the liquid you drink will be retained by the fiber, softening waste and keeping you regular.

Tea can help fight disease and also relax you. To make sure you get all of the benefits, be sure to let it steep for at least five minutes. Also, add lemon, which has been shown to boost antioxidant activity.

Eggs have loads of nutrients, but to get the most, look for eggs produced by pasture-raised hens, not caged ones. Eggs from pastured hens may contain twice the vitamin E and double the omega-3 fatty acids of eggs from caged hens.

Blueberries can boost yogurt’s ability to reduce inflammation in your digestive tract. The fruit’s fiber helps the good probiotic bacteria more easily survive the digestive process so it can make it to the intestines, where it does its health work.

Omega-3s from fish oil, walnuts, olive oil and leafy greens are very important to health. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that absence of those fatty acids in the diets of so many people is responsible for about 96,000 premature deaths every year.

—Becky Holman

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