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A cleaned-up diet full of whole, natural foods is essential for weight-loss success. Lucky for us, some of our favorite Summer fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrition that works in our favor. Keep your body working at its top potential with these 10 pieces of produce. Fighting fat has never been so delicious.Raspberries

Raspberries contain the flavonoid anthocyanin, which helps your body produce adiponectin, a hormone that’s been linked to lower glucose levels, curbed cravings, and boosted metabolism. And whether they’re fresh or frozen, they’re a great source of fiber, an essential nutrient that improves digestion and helps beat bloat — one cup of raspberries offers eight grams!

Blueberries

Blueberries are much more than a tangy treat for your taste buds. Research out of the University of Michigan found a diet rich in blueberries may change how your body stores and processes sugar for energy and, in turn, diminishes belly fat. Snack on these blue beauties while they’re in season to support your weight-loss goals.

Watermelon

Watermelon is 92 percent water, and eating it on a hot day will keep you feeling your best and help you beat the pesky bloat that can come from dehydration. This oh-so-refreshing treat also curbs heavy dessert cravings; swapping in a slice for a piece of cake or brownie will save you tons of calories.

Pineapple

Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain, which helps break down protein and ease digestion. Supporting your digestive system supports all your weight-loss goals while beating pesky bloat.

Acai

Dr. Nicholas Perricone refers to acai as his No. 1 superfood. Just like raspberries, this tropical berry is also very highly concentrated in anthocyanin, which helps the body produce adiponectin, a hormone that boosts your metabolism. Acai is also rich in healthy fats and fiber that “promote cardiovascular and digestive health,” according to Dr. Perricone. Try it for yourself in this gorgeous acai bowl.

Mangoes

They’re tasty when tossed into salads or salsas, but lucky for us, there may be a link between mango consumption and lowered blood sugar in obese adults due to their fiber content and naturally occurring compounds. When your blood sugar is balanced, the body is able to regulate hormones and burn fat more easily.

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Cucumbers

Since they’re comprised of 95 percent water, cucumbers have a natural diuretic property which helps your body reduce water retention and beat bloat. Serve yours up in this sweet and sour cucumber salad, one of our all-time favorite Summer sides.

Eggplant

A member of the nightshade family and low on the glycemic index, eggplants are low in carbs and calories and high in essential nutrients. Make the most of this in-season veg with this amazing marinated eggplant recipe that’s perfect for vegan eaters.

Cabbage

Eating water- and mineral-rich cabbage on a regular basis helps your body release excess fluid and water weight; you’ll start seeing all your results from the gym sooner! Cabbage slaw is a staple at Summer BBQs, but recipes loaded with mayo can mess with your weight-loss progress. Swap the classic out for this cabbage and hemp salad that’s just as tasty served alongside your favorite burger.

Zucchini

High in fiber and low in calories, versatile zucchini stands strong on its own in a salad, but it can also help you cut carbs and calories big-time. Swap in zoodles(spiraled zucchini) for classic noodles to lighten up your favorite comforting dishes.

 

SOURCE: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Summer-Weight-Loss-Foods-37874617?force_slideshow=1#photo-37874617


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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