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Harley Pasternak: 5 Ways Lemons Can Improve Your Health

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Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert Downey Jr. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, with titles including The Body Reset Diet and The 5-Factor Diet. Tweet him @harleypasternak.

This summer, you may be enjoying a refreshing glass of water with a slice of lemon, a tasty salad with a lemon-infused dressing, or perhaps a succulent chicken breast doused with a lemon and herb sauce. Lemons are a simple but extremely flavorful component of a wide variety of beverages and food.

But did you know that this juicy, refreshing citrus fruit is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that are fantastic for your health? Surprise! Read on to find out how lemons can easily give you a big boost:

They’re an appetite suppressant. Want to fight the hunger pangs that creep up on you throughout the day? Try adding lemon to your meal or beverage. Lemon and lemon peel contain high amounts of pectin (soluble fiber), which can make you feel fuller longer. It gives you a smaller chance of indulging on that extra snack which may have otherwise been more tempting!

They help regulate weight, body fat and insulin resistance. Worried about your body weight, body fat or insulin sensitivity? Lemons can help improve all of these factors. Lemon polyphenols (antioxidants) have been shown to suppress weight gain and body fat accumulation, as well as insulin resistance. These polyphenols can be found in lemon peels, so be sure to include grated lemon peels in your salads or sauces.

They enhance immune function. Want to try and avoid or lessen the severity of an infection? Lemons are rich in Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a vitamin known for its health benefits as an antioxidant. When Vitamin C is in abundance in the body, one of these benefits includes increased antibody activity and resistance to infection as noted by a 2011 review article compiled by researchers in Germany.

They aid in digestion. Want to improve your gastrointestinal health? Due to their abundance of flavanones (antioxidant-rich phytochemicals), lemons have been considered a “digestive tonic.” Whether you want to ease the passage of food through your gastrointestinal tract or protect against ulcers, lemons can help.

They’re disease fighting. Can lemons aid in the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases? Packed with high amounts of antioxidant-rich nutrients, lemons have been suggested to play a protective role in the prevention and treatment of various diseases. From dyslipidemia (abnormal blood lipid profile), to atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) and even different types of cancers, lemons can potentially have a positive impact.

Ready to up your lemon intake? Check out this delicious recipe for lemon artichoke dip with crudités!

Makes 2 servings
Dip:
9 oz. artichoke hearts
4 oz. fat-free cream cheese
2 garlic cloves
1 lemon, juiced
4 tbsp. fresh parsley
2 oz. reduced fat sour cream
6 oz. Greek yogurt
6 tbsp. reduced fat Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of hot sauce (optional)

Serve with:
12 baby carrots
4 medium celery stalks, cut into sticks
1 small cucumber, cut into sticks

1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until fully combined. Pulse longer for a smoother, creamier dip.

2. Season with salt and pepper, and hot sauce if desired.

3. Serve with veggie sticks.

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Last Lap: Does Channing Tatum Really Have A “Dramatic” Side?

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Jennifer Aniston is as raunchy as ever in the Horrible Bosses 2 trailer, Lucy Hale explains her “uncomfortable” Fifty Shades of Grey audition and Nicki Minaj takes to Twitter to silence the haters.

  • The hunky Channing Tatum is showing us a completely different side of himself. An exact 180 degrees from Magic Mike‘s male stripper, if you will. In the trailer for his new film Foxcatcher, we see Tatum in his very serious and intense role as the Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz. Serious or not, we can’t wait to see him on the big screen again in November. [TIME]
  • The boys are back in town! Well, on November 26 they will be. That’s right, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis are back to stir up some trouble and take care of unfinished business in Horrible Bosses 2. The sex-crazed Jennifer Aniston is even raunchier in the sequel than the first time around and of course, Dean “MotherF**kah” Jones (Jamie Foxx) makes his cameo. [ABC News]
  • Although they’re both scandalous, Fifty Shades of Grey may be a big leap from ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. 25-year-old actress Lucy Hale recently opened up about auditioning for a role in the film and what the process was like. Although she didn’t get into the S&M details, she said: “It was sort of one of those things where you just had to go for it or you’re just gonna look lame — hopefully, I didn’t look lame.” [Yahoo!]
  • After a whirlwind of a night at the BET Awards, including Nicki Minaj’s acceptance speech for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, we’re still scratching our heads over what she had to say. After general speculation that Nicki was dissing fellow rapper Iggy Azalea, emphasizing that she always writes her own lyrics, she finally took to Twitter today to hush the public: “I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud.” [MTV News]

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What Is Your State’s Most Iconic Horror Movie?

07/02/2014 at 05:40 PM EDT

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From left: Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street), Michael Myers (Halloween) and Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

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What’s the most American horror story: Friday the 13th? A Nightmare on Elm Street? … Leprechaun? We’re not sure, but thanks to Reddit user ubermatze, we at least have fodder for discussion. He (or she) created this awesome map of the U.S., with each state’s most iconic‘s logo overlaid.

Some of them are fairly obvious: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s title doesn’t leave much to the imagination, and 30 Days of Night is pretty inextricably tied to Alaska, because, well, what other state has 30 days of night?

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But did you know that Leprechaun takes place in North Dakota? Or that while Night of the Living Dead takes place in Monroeville, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh), The Return of the Living Dead takes place in Kentucky?

Well, now you know – and knowing is half the zombie/serial killer/poltergeist battle.

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Try to Resist These Super-Smoldering Pics of David Beckham (and His Abs) in Underwear

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07/02/2014 at 12:01 PM ET

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If you’re familiar with David Beckham’s body (ahem) of work for H&M, you know that he’s not afraid to show a little skin in the service of showing off his line of bodywear. You may remember this, or this, or possibly this steamy video. And his commitment to the cause hasn’t wavered a bit, as you can see from the latest round.

In the steamy black and white ads, the soccer star shows off his abs, tattoos and upper-thigh region in an assortment of styles, from skintight boxer-briefs to fashion-y tees. He also expands his repertoire beyond swim and underwear, including a few pairs of sweats (as seen below, right) that are equally cozy and cheeky.

RELATED: Want even more David Beckham? Click here for all the latest.

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One thing that’s slightly different from previous campaigns? The soccer star doesn’t let his abs do all the talking. The photos share plenty of focus on his chiseled mug and tousled hair, leading us to think he could be a perfect lead model if his wife ever starts that men’s clothing line.

Thoughts on these latest ads?

–Alex Apatoff

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