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Eggs Eggs are a real superfood. The white contains protein for muscle strength as well as selenium, zinc, iron and copper and lots of vitamins. And while the yolk contains cholesterol, it’s not enough to be a problem, while the vitamin D in it can help protect you against osteoporosis.

Fish Most fish, and especially oily fish such as mackerel, sardines and salmon, are terrific sources of omega-3. This is an essential part of a healthy diet. Most importantly it can help reduce blood pressure and keep your arteries free from build-ups. It’s also good for your brain and can boost your mood.

Garlic Garlic helps prevent diarrhoea and constipation. It can also help prevent blood clots, reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of some types of cancer and keep skin, hair and nails healthy.

Honey High-factor Manuka honey is good in small doses. It contains antioxidants and helps kill germs.

Iceburg lettuce Iceburg lettuce contains manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium, all of which help fight the harmful free radicals in the body and boost the immune system. It also contains folic acid that helps fight cancer and heart disease.

Juices The main benefit from drinking fruit and veg as a juice is that you’re getting a real power-hit of vitamins as you’re eating them raw. Make them in a blender rather than using a juicer and you’ll also get the fibre.

Kefir Kefir, a fermented milk drink available from many health food shops, is very good for you, especially if you suffer from IBS. Kefir’s good bacteria are long-lasting and can help fight viruses, improve the immune system and beat IBS in the long term.

Legumes Also known as pulses, legumes are high in protein and fibre and also low in fat, making them the perfect diet food. They’re high in antioxidants, as well as magnesium and vitamins B and E.

Mackerel Mackerel is high in essential fatty acids, as well as omega-3 and 6 that can help balance your hormones and keep your skin hydrated. It’s also good for your heart.

Nuts All nuts are packed with protein, fibre and essential fatty acids, and the skin of the nuts is full of anti-ageing flavanoids which can also protect the heart. Go for raw nuts and nuts with skins.

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