You are what you eat, they say; but men don’t always listen to hearsay. Scientists and researchers say that you can eat your way to a better-smelling and better-looking you.

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  1. Yogurt is good for the stomach and also for bad breath. Bad breath is caused by hydrogen sulphide in the mouth. Japanese researchers studied 24 participants with foul-smelling breath. Their daily diet for the study included 6 ounces of unsweetened yogurt for 6 weeks. The yogurt contains streptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus bulgaricus. These bacteria lowered the hydrogen sulphide in the mouth and eliminated the bad odor.
  2. Eating kiwi improves sleep. Reduce the dark circles around your eyes by getting more sleep. Taiwanese researchers recommend kiwi to improve the quality of sleep among people with snoozing problems. The study involved 24 adults with sleep disorders. In the study, which lasted for 4 weeks, the participants were given 2 kiwi fruits an hour before going to bed. They reported better sleep. The researchers attributed the sleep improvement to kiwi’s high content of serotonin and antioxidants.
  3. Salmon reduces breakouts. Researchers from George Washington University School of Medicine found out that salmon and other food rich in omega-3 fatty acids lower inflammation. If there’s more pimples on your face than there are square-inches of skin, you might really need a drastic diet change.
  4. A bar of chocolate lowers stress on a high-pressure day. If there are too many broken pencils on your desk, don’t take out another box of pencils; eat a bar of dark chocolate instead. The Swiss Nestle Research Center recommends consumption of around 40 grams of dark chocolate on a particularly stressful day. Chocolate lowers the cortisol levels of people with chronic stress. Cortisol is a hormone released in high levels by the body during stressful situations.
  5. Lower gas emission with peppermint. A research at the University of Adelaide reveals that peppermint relieves gastrointestinal tract irritation and reduces symptoms (such as bloating and flatulence), which are often embarrassing.
  6. Snack on pumpkin seeds to reduce migraine aches. A cup of pumpkin seeds contains almost half of your daily magnesium requirement. Low magnesium levels have often been suspected as the source of migraine headaches.
  7. Reduce cholesterol level with legumes. A research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that consuming ¾ cups of legumes reduces LDL by 5%.
  8. Repair the body with ginger. Mixing ginger into smoothies and teas adds zing to your drink. Ginger is also known to reduce muscle soreness after a long workout due to its high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies in animals show that ginger has pain-reducing and relaxing properties.