8 Unheard Benefits of Strawberries

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You will know all about how good strawberries can be for your health. Many tout the benefits of antioxidants found in all types of berries. These antioxidants help to fight free radicals and oxidative stress to keep the cells healthy. They help to promote good cell growth and repair as you get older, fighting against problems like cancer, aging, and even dementia.

However, what about the benefits that you do not hear about? There are so many reasons to add strawberries to your diet. All these reasons are too often overlooked or become overshadowed by the antioxidant benefits.

So, it is time to pay the other benefits some attention. It is time to understand why you need to get more strawberries in your diet. Here are eight unheard benefits of strawberries.

Help to Prevent Many Eye Problems

One of the most significant overlooked benefits is for your eyes.

You have likely heard that carrots help you see in the dark. Well, they are not the only ingredients to help protect your eyesight. Strawberries are packed with healthy goodness that will boost your optical nerve health, reduce the feeling of dry eyes, and prevent the development of macular degeneration disease. Studies have also shown that strawberries can help to avoid infections within the eyes and slow down the process of aging, helping you keep your eyesight for a longer time.

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How is all this possible? Well, this is linked to specific antioxidants. Flavonoids are the most important, but ellagic acid and phenolic phytochemicals are also essential for supporting the health of your eyes. Many fruits and vegetables that are orange, red, or yellow include these antioxidants to support your eye health.

The antioxidants will help to prevent the deterioration of the nerves within your eye; often affected by (you guessed it) free radicals. However, the antioxidants also help to reduce the amount of ocular pressure. This is pressure on the ocular nerve, which can lead to deterioration and damage. Those with high pressure around this area are more likely to see signs of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other common age-related eye diseases.

Strawberries are also packed with potassium. The fruit is commonly overlooked since bananas, and sweet potatoes also have it, but you cannot forget about the pressure correcting benefits of potassium. The nutrient will release the pressure from the ocular nerve, supporting the overall eye health as mentioned above.

Treat Gout, Arthritis, and Other Similar Conditions

The muscles and tissues will degenerate over time. This is part of aging, but that does not mean you have to just put up with it. You do not need to just accept arthritis and gout as part of your daily life.

Much of the tissue and muscle damage is due to toxic substances accumulating in your body. Uric acid can lead to more free radicals, while oxidative stress damages the cells. It is the toxins that mostly cause the onset of gout, arthritis, and other similar disorders and illnesses.

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Strawberries will help you avoid the deterioration of muscles and tissues. Again, it is all in the antioxidants; the flavonoids to be exact. The flavonoids will fight against the development of free radicals and reduce the other toxins within the body. There are also detoxifiers within strawberries, helping the body get rid of the buildup of toxins and improve your chance of avoiding deterioration.

At the same time, strawberries have anti-inflammatory benefits. While tackling the reason for arthritis and gout, the fruit will also address the symptoms. If you currently have either, you can find you get a new lease on life, as you no longer must put up with the daily, troublesome symptoms.

Reduce Your Risk of Hypertension

What about high blood pressure? This is another condition that people just expect to gain at some point. We are not talking about a temporary increase in your blood pressure because of a stressful day at work or lots of events happening at once. Hypertension is a constant increased blood pressure rate.

Hypertension is a deadly disorder and silent. You will not realize you have it unless you regularly have your blood pressure tested (usually because your doctor is worried) or because you have got the following signs of it. While there are plenty of drugs, strawberries can help to reduce your risk of developing hypertension and help you reverse the condition if you do already have it.

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It is all due to the potassium levels within the fruit, as well as the amount of magnesium; a nutrient we usually overlook and do not get enough of. The nutrients work together to reduce sodium levels within the body. They also help to keep other risk factors to a minimum, reducing your chance of developing serious high blood pressure conditions.

At the same time, the potassium will improve the health of the blood vessels and arteries. It helps to reduce the rigidity of them, meaning the blood can flow through the body better. Your organs get all the oxygenated blood they need, and you feel ten times better.

Improves Other Cardiovascular Health

It is not just hypertension that strawberries can help avoid. The fruit will help to reduce your risk of many other cardiovascular problems and diseases. While it is linked to the antioxidants like ellagic acid and flavonoids, it is not the reduction in the risk of free radical damage that is the benefit.

The antioxidants will help to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. They also counter the effects of the bad cholesterol, when the levels are high for whatever reason. Bad cholesterol causes a layer of friction along the arteries, making it hard for the blood to flow. When the bad cholesterol is lowered, there will be more good cholesterol, creating a smooth, protective layer over the arteries instead.

Plus, you have the magnesium and potassium working together. They will keep the arteries fluid and bendy, allowing the blood to work its way through your body better. Your heart does not have to do as much work, and your whole cardiovascular system will thank you.

Reduces the Inflammation Of Your Body

We have already mentioned how strawberries help to reduce inflammation to help treat and avoid gout and arthritis. This is not the only part of the body that benefits.

Inflammation is part of the immune response within the body. When the body feels like there is an invader or something dangerous, the inflammatory response is one of the first elements to kick off. However, inflammation can make your health worse. It puts pressure on your nerves, causing chronic pain. People with carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and some digestive issues can find that reducing inflammation will make it easier to get by day after day.

How do strawberries help? Well, the antioxidants certainly help. They will lower the C-reactive protein levels in the blood, a sign that there is inflammation of the body. Just getting 16 strawberries on a weekly basis will help to keep levels of C-reactive protein to a minimum.

Improve Your Short-Term Memory

Can’t remember what you had for breakfast this morning? Forget where you put your keys? You are not alone. The short-term memory is regularly affected by a variety of issues. Sometimes they can just be normal, stress-related issues. You may have been trying to do two or three things at once and not paid enough attention.

However, there are also more serious reasons for your short-term memory failing. Your brain can succumb to all types of damage and problems, especially when inflammation is involved. Free radicals have been linked to the damage of cells and the cause of dementia.

Strawberries will help due to their level of anthocyanins. Studies have shown that you can double your short-term memory capabilities by eating foods that have good anthocyanin counts. It will take just two months to see the results.

Reduce the Risk of Birth Defects Developing

If you are pregnant, you will want to eat foods that help your developing baby. Those who are trying to conceive will find eating for the health of the baby now is beneficial. You will not know right away that you are pregnant. The baby starts developing long before your missed period and will want the nutrients right away to help prevent congenital disabilities.

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However, how do strawberries help? Do not you need more folic acid to prevent birth defects?

That is precisely how the fruit helps. Strawberries are one of the best sources of the B vitamin. Folic acid will help with the early development of the central nervous system and brain. It helps to ward off various autoimmune disorders in the early stages.

Of course, the strawberries will also help boost your immunity. Getting more vitamin C and antioxidants will further help with the development of your baby. If you are well, your baby has more chance of getting all the nutrients it needs.

Help to Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts

You will hear a lot about how fruits and vegetables help to boost your weight loss efforts. So really, off the bat, this is not an unheard benefit of strawberries. However, the benefits of your weight loss efforts go much deeper than most other fruits and vegetables. The deeper benefits are the unheard ones.

Strawberries have anthocyanins. We have already seen that they will help to boost your short-term memory, but they help in other parts of your body. These compounds give strawberries their red color and help with the stimulation of fat burning. Studies have shown that animals with more anthocyanins in their diet were 24% more likely to lose fat (not just weight).

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At the same time, nutrients help with satisfying your hunger levels. Strawberries are packed with fiber, which is much harder for the body to digest. The body must take its time, leaving you with this feeling of being fuller for longer (and sooner) compared to if you ate chocolate, crisps, and other junk food. By reducing the amount, you feel you need to eat, you are more likely to stick to a diet. You also eat fewer calories throughout the day without realizing it.

Moreover, to further improve your weight loss efforts, you do not feel like you are missing out on anything. Strawberries are naturally sweet. This natural sweetness is often seen as a bad thing for weight loss, but it is a major benefit. When your body gets the natural sweetness, it thinks it is getting the sugar it is craving. You tackle those pesky cravings for chocolate and cookies without telling yourself “no.”

You will find it much easier to stick to whatever diet plan you have created. There is something sweet to look forward to at the end of the day.

You Do Not Need to Eat Strawberries Whole

Many people view the only way to get your fruits and vegetables is through eating them whole. This is not the case. All the benefits you have seen above are gained just by enjoying strawberries in every way they come.

It is possible to blend them down into smoothies or cook them into a diet-friendly version of a strawberry cheesecake. You can make a strawberry puree or even chop them up and top your cereal with them. All these methods will get all the nutrients into your body, and sometimes in better ways. The nutrients are already broken down, making them easier to absorb.

The only way that may not be as beneficial is through juicing. You get rid of the pulp, which removes the fiber and a lot of other nutrients. If you want juice, opt for a blended smoothie instead, using the whole fruit.

It is time to try out more strawberries in your diet. You know all about the way they can help prevent cancer and boost your weight loss through the lack of calories, but what about all the other benefits? You have likely not heard of the ways you can protect your eye and joint health. You only need a handful a day, and you will get all the unheard benefits mentioned above.


The All-In-One Guide To The Health Benefits Of Basmati Rice

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Basmati Rice Image Design 1 - The All-In-One Guide To The Health Benefits Of Basmati RiceYou may hear a lot about white rice being bad for you. Basmati rice is considered something to avoid, especially by those who advocate a low carb diet. The truth is that basmati rice may not be as harmful as once believed.

After all, there must be a reason the people of Asia eat rice on a regular basis. They do not look out for brown or wild varieties and opt for white basmati rice daily. These individuals do not have the high risk of diabetes and other health problems linked to wheat and carbs as we do in the west. Why is that?

Well, there have been scientifically proven benefits to eating basmati rice. Out of all the pasta and grains, you will hear that basmati rice is one of the best and something worth considering, even in a low carb diet. Want to know why? Here’s your all-in-one guide to explain the health benefits of basmati rice.

It is Packed with Fibre

Compared to all the other rice varieties out there, basmati rice is the best when it comes to fiber content. Despite having a fair amount of carbs, the fiber helps to keep the food low on the glycemic index. This means that it is not as likely to cause sugar rushes or lead to an increase in insulin in the body. The food digests slowly and releases the sugars over a prolonged period.

High fiber foods are also essential for the digestive health. When you get a good amount of fiber, your digestive system works as it should. Itis able to process the waste and push it through the system while taking the nutrients from the food and absorbing them into the right places within the body.

On top of that, a good working digestive system means an overall healthy body. Around 80% of your immune system is in the digestive system. When the digestive system reacts badly and becomes inflamed, the immune system is not able to work effectively. This means that it cannot fight against the real viruses and bacteria within the body. High fiber diets helps to prevent that, so getting basmati rice into your diet will be good for you.

Brown basmati rice is better than white for fiber compared to white. However, both are better compared to other types of rice.

Good levels of fiber will also help to improve the consistency of your stools. If you suffer from constipation, you will find a high fiber diet highly beneficial. Soluble fiber is exceptionally useful. It helps to soften the stools to make them easier to pass through the colon and out of the body. Insoluble fiber will help to force the waste through the intestines and into the colon to pass.

Fibre can also help to prevent hemorrhoids. This is because your rectal muscles do not have to work as hard to remove stools from your body. You can keep the pressure off the rectum, protecting the whole area from damage and discomfort.

You will want to watch the levels of fiber you get. You will still need to balance it out with other food groups to avoid your stools getting too soft!

Support Your Weight Loss Attempts

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Many people on diets will raise their eyebrows at the idea of eating rice and losing weight. This is where basmati rice is beneficial, especially when you opt for boiled rice. Of course, if you have fried rice then your weight loss benefits are negated slightly.

The benefit for your weight loss comes from the fiber amounts. Fibre breaks down in the body slowly. You end up feeling fuller for longer, meaning that you eat less throughout the day.

The rice also has high levels of amylase than other types of rice and many different types of food. This is a type of carb that is difficult for the body to digest. Not only does it take time for the body to absorb the fiber, but also this specific carbohydrate, meaning that you are left with decreased hunger levels throughout the day. You will eat fewer calories at meal times and snack less, further helping to reduce your calorific intake.

When you feel fuller, you will not feel like you are on a diet. You do not deny yourself anything, which means you are more likely to stick to the plan. This will also help you maintain your weight loss afterward since it is a plan you can stick to for the long term.

Basmati rice also has a better taste compared to other types of rice. Not only do you feel fuller, but you will feel more satisfied with thetaste. You will not want to eat as much since you are happy with the food that you are eating. Sticking to the diet will be more comfortable since you will like the food that you consume.

At the same time, basmati rice has fewer calories in a serving compared to its cousins. You can consume at least 20 fewer calories within just one serving. If you ate three portions of rice a week, you are saving 60 calories over a week. That would equate to 3,120 calories per year that you have saved by making a switch on your rice.

The fiber will also help with weight loss and maintenance. Studies have shown that fiber can prevent the body absorbing fat. This is not an excuse to eat whatever you want, but the lower levels of fat you do consume won’t affect the body as much as they could if you did not have the higher fiber levels.

People with diabetes Can Enjoy It

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Many people with diabetes assume that their pasta and rice are off the menu when they find out about their diagnosis. That is not the case with basmati rice, and any dietician who tells you otherwise needs to do their research. More and more researchers have found that people with diabetes can benefit from the addition of basmati rice in their diets.

This is due to the low glycemic index, which we mentioned in passing above. The low glycemic index is essential for those who want a healthy lifestyle as a person with diabetes. The glycemic index gives people an idea as to how quickly food sugars in the bloodstream, turning into glucose. The food on the higher end of the scale will lead to more insulin needed by the body, which can cause health problems for all but specifically for diabetic patients.

Thanks to the amount of fiber, starchy carbs, amylase, and protein, basmati rice is low on the glycemic index. It breaks down over the course of the day, so there isn’t a problem with the glucose levels.

The same can’t be said for all types of rice and pasta.

Of course, while being low on the glycemic index, the rice is also satisfying. It aids in weight loss, which can also aid in reducing diabetes symptoms.

Researchers have also found that it can help to prevent diabetes. This is for similar reasons as to why it isgood for people with diabetes. The rice does not raise the blood sugars, which means lower insulin responses within a meal. This helps to keep the insulin resistance to a minimum. Pre-diabetic patients are often encouraged to eat more foods on the low glycemic index to avoid their condition developing into diabetes.

Improves the Health of Your Heart

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It is not just your gut that benefits. Your heart will also benefit from you eating more basmati rice. It is time to add a little more to your diet on a weekly basis.

Scientists have found that the fiber levels help to protect the health of the heart. Fibre prevents heart disease, especially when at least 25g of fiberis consumed per day. Those with lower risks of heart disease will also have a lower risk of suffering a heart attack.

Some of the benefits are due to the lack of saturated fats within basmati rice. In fact, basmati rice has some unsaturated fats, which are highly recommended for a healthy heart and body. Unsaturated fats are lower in bad cholesterol. They help to protect the arteries with a smooth lining, preventing clotting and the health problems that come with that.

A high fiber diet can also help to prevent a buildup of cholesterol within the bodies. The basmati rice supports the health of the heart two-fold.

Prevent the Formation of Cancerous Cells

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Have you ever wished you could eat food that would help prevent cancer? After all, it seems today that everything causes cancer, right? Well, it is time to turn to basmati rice. Again, we want to thank the fiber content, but there are also other nutritional benefits.

Basmati rice stores far more vitamins than other types of rice. The vitamins and fiber will help to prevent cancerous cells accumulating in the body. They help to fight off the free radicals that affect dying or re-growing cells, helping to make sure all the cells in the body are normal and healthy.

Preventing cancer is much better than trying to treat it. You can avoid all types of cancer, but especially intestinal and colon cancer using basmati rice in the diet.

Colon cancer can also be prevented in an extra way thanks to the fiber. The waste is not in the digestive tract for as long as it would be without the high fiber benefits of basmati rice. When waste sticks around it do more damage to the colon cells. By passing through the system quickly, the cellsdo notsuffer, and you can prevent the development of cancer.

You will Feel Happier Within Yourself

Think about how you feel when you are hungry. You are irritable and annoyed. You can be tired and fatigued and try to make healthy choices is difficult. You are more likely to reach for the unhealthy, sugar-rush food that plays havoc inside and causes problems for your diet. Your mental state just isn’t supported and will end up being worse.

This disrupts your hormones. You are more likely to feel stressed and anxious. Your body naturally starts to wonder when you will get your next meal and where it will come from.

Basmati rice helps to prevent that throughout the day. Remember that it helps to satisfy your hunger. It breaks down slowly, so you are not as likely to eat as much throughout the day. You do not feel the need to eat as much, which helps you feel happier for longer. You are not constantly thinking about your next meal.

Not only does sticking to a diet become easier but balancing your hormones does too. You are less likely to have higher stress levels, which plays havoc with your organs. You get more happy hormones pushing through your system, making you feel fuller, calmer, and healthier than ever before.

The floral fragrance and the taste will also help. You enjoy the food that you eat. There’s something to look forward to while you are cooking. You will want to eat more of it, which gives you something to enjoy while you are consuming it. You will be amazed at how that helps your overall mental health.

Adding More Basmati Rice to Your Diet Is Easy

The best thing you can do is make a switch to basmati rice. Take out the plain white, brown or red rice that you eat and make a switch to basmati. You will instantly save on the calorific intake as well as the glycemic index. You instantly gain health benefits with this one simple switch.

Basmati rice can be used in all the ways that your usual rice was used. You can add it to stir-fries, curries, and more. It works extremely well with chicken and fish due to the floral aroma and lighter taste. It is worth replacing potatoes and pasta with it on a regular basis.

You do not have to make a huge change to benefit. However, the smallest change will help you feel fuller for longer and happier with your diet. You will find it easier to eat less and stick to the diet for the long term. Not only do you lose weight, but you improve your health for the long term.

9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Bay Leaves

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Bay Leaves Image Design 1 - 9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Bay LeavesYou will see bay leaves mentioned in many recipes, especially when you look at Mediterranean, especially Italian, cuisine. They add a lot of aroma and flavor to dishes, even though you do not eat them. While cooking, the aromas and properties are released into the dishes to help add taste just like any other herb or spice.

They can also be ground into a spice, so you can add them to your cooking and leave them there. However, they are most commonly used whole and removed before eating. The oils from the leaves can also be extracted for aromatherapy needs.

However, did you know there are more reasons to use bay leaves in your cooking than just for taste? There are some ways your health will benefit from the use of the leaves. You may be surprised to hear just how they can improve your health.

Bay leaves come from a variety of different plants, but the real leaf comes from the Laurus nobilis. All types of bay leaves are full of various nutrients, but those from Laurel trees have the most. They are found in the Mediterranean and have been used for medicine for centuries throughout the world, even during the Roman period.

Here’s a look at nine health benefits that are extremely surprising to many. Are you ready to make your health better than ever before?

They Support Your Digestive System

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One of the most significant benefits of adding bay leaves to your body is for your digestive health. This is more than just helping to keep your digestive system working, which is something fiber can do. Bay leaves are a diuretic, meaning that they can stimulate urination and help to decrease the number of toxins that are in your body. The leaves help to encourage the body to release all the toxins through the urine, which helps with a weekly detox.

Another major digestive benefit is by helping to release toxins the opposite way. Bay leaves can encourage vomiting when something toxic or poisonous has been eaten. However, vomiting only happens due to toxicity in the body. In a healthy body, you will not feel the need to vomit after eating.

Like fiber, bay leaves can also help to keep the digestive system working. Some studies show the organic compounds can help to relieve upset stomachs, reducing the feeling of gas and discomfort after eating. Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and even celiac disease can find that their symptoms are no longer as bad after eating a dish with bay leaves. You can also benefit from the use of essential oils with bay leaves to breathe in for reducing some digestive discomforts.

Bay leaves aid with the digestive process, making it easier for the body to break down some of the complex proteins and starchy carbs in the diet. They will also make it easier for the digestive system to absorb nutrients within the food, offering extra health throughout the body. When the digestive system works better, there isn’t as much inflammation, which helps to reduce bloating and pain after eating.

Help to Reduce Inflammation Throughout the Body

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Inflammation is not only an issue within the digestive system. It is something that can affect the whole body.

The immune system has an inflammatory response to aid in healing. The problem is this inflammatory response can be kick-started for the wrong reasons. Some particles are wrongly presumed to be bad, so the immune system kicks in to get rid of them.

Eating bay leaves will help to release parthenolide, a phytonutrient that helps to reduce inflammation almost instantly. You do not just need to eat the bay leaves to get this phytonutrient. You can crush the leaves and gain the oils to help create a topical treatment. Topical treatments with bay leaves have been used for centuries to reduce inflammation around wounds and to ease the pain in joints due to arthritis.

Improve Your Respiratory Health

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Breathing problems are becoming more and more apparent. More people who have asthma than ever before. Some of the issues are linked to viruses or bacteria, while others are linked to an overactive immune system or inflammation and fluid within the respiratory system.

Bay leaves can help to relieve respiratory conditions. In some cases, they offer relief from the symptoms, but in other cases, they can help to get rid of the conditions. They can help to improve breathing overnight to get a better night’s sleep, especially when breathing problems are linked to a temporary illness.

You will find bay leaves are packed with antioxidants to help fight off infections. They are also a natural antibiotic, helping to overcome many chest infections.

While you can gain benefits from eating bay leaves, one of the best options is to use them through aromatherapy. You can use a bay leaf essential oil in hot water or burn. Breathing in the steam will help to get deep into the lungs to clear out the infections directly. Another option is to create a poultice that is spread onto the chest (and other infected areas) to draw out toxins and alleviate conditions.

Studies have shown that using the oil directly on wounds can help to clear out the bacteria and avoid sepsis. It is possible to help increase the speed at which a wound heals.

You can leave the poultice on overnight on the chest to help improve breathing throughout the night. Wash it off the next morning.

Protect the Heart Health

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While the lung and breathing health is protected, it is important to treat any heart conditions. You will always want to prevent some of the most life-threatening conditions.

Many types of foods will help to protect the heart. However, they tend to protect the arteries, which will, in turn, protect the heart. Bay leaves are slightly different. They help to strengthen the heart’s capillary walls. They instantly support and enhance the muscle that keeps your blood pumping.

This wall strengthening benefit is through a compound called rutin. It is released when you eat the bay leaf, or you can gain it through aromatherapy treatments.

Of course, bay leaves also help to reduce cholesterol levels to protect the arteries. This is another organic compound called caffeic acid. Rather than increasing the amount of good cholesterol in the body, like most other ingredients, the caffeic acid helps to get rid of the bad cholesterol. It is the bad that is most problematic for the heart health, so you want to get rid of it as much as possible.

Can Help to Prevent Yeast Growth

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You may have heard of a fungus called Candida. This is one of the most common types of fungi within the body. It is the cause of many fungal conditions, including vaginal thrush. If you want to avoid health problems, you want to keep the fungus at bay.

The problem is that the fungus can easily grow in the digestive tract. It isa yeast that can cause a variety of health upsets and discomforts. You can only get rid of Candida with the right diet. Bay leaves are just what you need.

Studies have shown that bay leaves have antifungal properties. Using bay leaf essential oil is the best, but you can also gain the properties through eating the ingredient or adding bay leaves to your dishes while cooking to release the oils.

The studies show that bay leaves can disrupt Candida adhesions within the walls of the cells. It is harder for the fungus to get through the membrane of the cells, so it cannot affect (or infect) the body.

Bay Leaves May Prevent Cancer

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When you look at a lot of healthy foods, you will see cancer prevention on the list. There is a big reason for this: antioxidants. The same applies to bay leaves, but there are other reasons for cancer prevention in this ingredient.

The antioxidants are certainly beneficial. When the body is packed with antioxidants, it will find it easier to fight against the growth of free radicals within the body. Free radicals affect the growth of new cells and can disrupt damaged cells to create strange ones. These free radicals are also linked to dementia and aging, so eating more bay leaves can prevent or slow them down.

However, it is not just the antioxidants that help to prevent cancer in bay leaves. They are also full of many other organic compounds, including phytonutrients, parthenolide, and linalool. They also fight against the growth of free radicals in the body. When everything works together, the free radicals do not stand a chance in the body.

Studies have also shown that bay leaves may help to treat cancer. The nutrients within bay leaves have shown that they can repair and remove cancerous cells. However, medical treatments are still encouraged, but bay leaves can be used alongside them. So far, the studies show most effectiveness in colon cancer patients, especially when the cancer is in the earlier stages.

Possible Help to Manage Your Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you will look for foods and ingredients that will help to manage your condition. This is especially the case if you have Type I diabetes, which can be the hardest to manage. The good news is bay leaves have shown positive results in studies.

One of the biggest benefits of bay leaves is the ability to help regulate the blood sugar levels. They help to encourage the slower breakdown of food, meaning not as many sugars are released into the bloodstream. There’s no need to release as much insulin into the body. When insulin is needed, bay leaves have shown improved receptor function.

Studies show that by using ground bay leaf twice a day can reduce your blood sugars. Thisis not just good for those managing their diabetes, but those trying to prevent it. Adding ground bay leaves to your recipes is extremely easy. This study did involve the use of regular diabetes medication to help manage the condition.

Some studies have shown that regular use of bay leaves can help to prevent and reduce symptoms of Type II diabetes. In fact, it is possible to eliminate the condition. In one study, patients took bay leaf capsules over 30 days and showed that their serum glucose levels changed. Those who had the placebo capsules showed no improvement, suggesting that bay leaves are certainly beneficial.

Improve the Look of Your Hair and Skin

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If you suffer from dandruff or dry skin, you will want to consider the use of bay leaves more frequently. Don’t just eat the herb, but apply it topically to your skin and hair. You can just add some bay leaves to water to soak and then rub them directly onto the affected areas.

The chemicals and nutrients within the bay leaves are released. They are then absorbed into the layers of the skin and the hair follicles, helping to eliminate dry skin and hair conditions. You will want to wash your skin and hair first, allowing the skin a chance to absorb the nutrients throughout the day.

Topical treatments with essential oil have also shown some benefits. You can add drops to your bath water to help treat excessive dry skin conditions.

If you suffer from wrinkles or must deal with many acne breakouts, you will always want to use bay leaves directly. Boil them in water and then add them to a bowl. With a towel over your head, inhale the steam and allow it to get straight into your pores. This will open your pores, remove all the impurities, and add some moisture to help reduce the signs of aging. The steam will also help to improve any breathing difficulties, as you inhale all the health benefits.

The antioxidants will also help to relieve the look of your skin. They will fight the free radicals to help support the growth of collagen and prevent some signs of aging occur.

Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Other Mental Health Conditions

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Finally, bay leaves will not just help your physical health. There are plenty of studies that show the properties help to support the mental health. Stress and anxiety are the most common health problems treated, but bay leaves may be able to help others. You can also mix your bay leaves with some basil and thyme for extra benefits.

Bay leaves are packed with linalool, which has shown the ability to lower the number of stress hormones within the body. When the stress hormones are out of sync, you will feel more worried and anxious. Stress raises the blood pressure and puts much weight on the heart.

Use the bay leaves through aromatherapy practices for the best results. However, eating them will also help to release the nutrient within the body.

It is time to add more bay leaves to your diet. They aid your health in multiple ways, whether you are looking for a wound treatment, help to relieve breathing difficulties, or want to treat your stress problems. On top of that, they taste great and add much flavor to your dishes. You will not regret buying them, whether you get the leaves, ground leaves, or use an essential oil.

8 Tasty And Healthy Benefits Of Watercress

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Watercress Image Design 1 - 8 Tasty And Healthy Benefits Of WatercressThere are so many foods you’ll hear that you should add to your diet. Most of them are shared repeatedly. You need to get all your dark leafy greens, plenty of acidic fruits, and so much more. But what about some of the herbs and smaller veggies that you don’t hear much about?

Watercress tends to be added to all sorts of salads. You’ll see it pop up now and again in recipes, but think little of it. Sure, it’s a vegetable, but you don’t consider it to be detrimental to your health. You may think of just ignoring it the next time you see it.

Well, it’s time to add watercress to your meals. There are many tastes and health benefits that you will gain from it. Here’s a look at just eight benefits you gain by adding in watercress to your meals.

Prevents Some Types of Cancers

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Too many people overlook the nutritional benefits of watercress. This is food that is packed with phytonutrients that are known for preventing cancers. The nutrients help to remove the carcinogens from the body, preventing them from affecting the cells within the body. This isn’t just effective for people who have never been diagnosed with cancer, but also for those who are in remission to prevent the cancer from coming back.

Studies show the most benefits in patients who have had breast cancer before, but that doesn’t mean the benefits are only connected to this type of cancer. In fact, studies show that colorectal cancer can also be reduced due to the nutrients in the food.

The studies show that at least 80g of watercress per day is good for reducing the risks of cancer. This is a large amount, considering the size and weight of cancer. However, you can add watercress to so many meals in many ways. It can top asalad, or you can make your soup with it.

There are a few reasons why watercress is believed to be beneficial. The main factor is the antioxidants in the ingredient. Antioxidants help to reduce free radicals and stop oxidative damage to the cells. They help to stop signs of aging and cell death.

Another benefit is in the vitamin C, which is classed as an antioxidant. This specifically targets the cells to keep them healthy. Vitamin C isn’t one that we’re able to store or create ourselves, so our bodies must rely on us getting enough.

Studies show that the nutrients help to prevent white blood cell damage. The white blood cells help to spread the immune system around the body and repair damage. Studies that considered this showed that smokers were less likely to see damaged lung cells!

The folate within the vegetable is also seen as a positive. Studies are still needed in this, as the benefit is seen after 15 years of adding folate to the diet!

It’s not just watercress that shows these benefits. All cruciferous vegetables have the phytonutrients needed to help reduce the risk of cancer. The biggest benefit of watercress is that it’s much easier to eat quickly. It’s small and not as bitter when eaten raw, compared to many other cruciferous vegetables.

Boosts the Working of Your Thyroid Gland

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You likely don’t give your thyroid much thought, unless you’ve had to have the gland’s efficiency checked. The thyroid is the gland that affects your metabolism. When it suffers from degrading, the metabolism slows down and can’t break down the food as effectively. You end up storing calories, and your body will feel the lack of energy.

The thyroid can be affected by all sorts of reasons, but a healthy diet helps to keep it working. Watercress is one of those foods that will support the health of the thyroid gland. It helps to reduce the hormone production within the thyroid, keeping it level and health.

Yes, the thyroid can produce too many hormones. Sometimes this will slow the metabolism, and sometimes it speeds it up. The latter isn’t a good thing. While you will want to increase your metabolism now and then, an overactive thyroid will prevent your body from absorbing all your nutrients.

Eating most cruciferous vegetables will offer benefits for the thyroid, but you want to eat them raw. This is where watercress comes into play. It’s not bitter and relatively tasteless, making it much easier for people to enjoy raw. You can add it on top of your salads without really thinking about it.

If you need to cook your watercress, steam it. Cooking in other ways will damage the nutrients, and your thyroid doesn’t gain as much from your diet.

Protect Your Cardiovascular Health

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Are you worried about the health of your heart and lungs? The cardiovascular health is a concern for many people, especially those with heart disease, heart attacks, or strokes in the family history.

Watercress can act as a secondary metabolite. This means it can help to break down more food and lower the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. Like other cruciferous vegetables, it protects your arteries from the friction layer that the bad cholesterol causes, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, blood clots, and cardiovascular disease.

The vitamin C levels also help. Vitamin C helps to protect the tissue around the heart, preventing damage due to oxidative stress. It will get into the cells, improving the development of cardiac myocytes to ensure the heart health is as good as possible. When the heart works more efficiently, it can pump more blood around and strengthen. Remember that the heart is a muscle!

You will also gain benefits for the heart due to the amount of calcium. This mineral is usually linked to bone health, but it also helps to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, metabolic issues, and much more. You’ll be able to absorb more nutrients easier, and your metabolism will continue to work effectively.

Yes, you can get this from other cruciferous vegetables, but we go back to that taste benefit. Watercress is much more appealing to the taste buds because it isn’t as bitter!

Get More Calcium for the Bones

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Your bones need calcium. Deep down you know that, but that doesn’t stop you from finding it hard to gain the mineral. You know you can get it from yogurts, milk, and other dairy products but what if you want to avoid them? What if you’re allergic or choose to eat a vegan diet?

Well, you need to look at the vegetables that have calcium. Watercress is full of it. This small vegetable packs a powerful punch, and since you’re more likely to eat it raw, you will find you gain more of the calcium in one serving. You don’t damage the nutrient through the cooking process.

More calcium doesn’t just mean stronger bones. It means you’re less likely to suffer from problems like osteoporosis and other bone diseases. These are common as you get older, especially in women.

At the same time, watercress has the folate you will need. This is a nutrient that is often lost in post-menopausal women but helps to protect the bones from osteoporosis. It will also help to keep the brain functioning healthily, protecting the tissues and connections.

Protect Your Brain and Avoid Mental Illnesses

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Folate is linked to good brain health, so it shouldn’t be surprising now that watercress is good for the brain. The folate doesn’t just help to keep the cognitive functions intact. It can also help to reduce the risk of some mental illnesses, especially depression.

Most doctors will prescribe antidepressants to their patients, but you can gain a natural antidepressant through watercress. Studies have shown that those with low folate levels are at a higher risk of suffering from depression or having future issues with it. Folate improves the pathways around the central nervous system, improving the amount of serotonin that can be not just released but passed around the body. With the right levels of serotonin, your mood will be stabilized, and you’ll feel the positive effects throughout your body. This is known as the happy hormone for a reason!

But there are other benefits within the brain. The folate will help to improve all connections within the brain. It helps to maintain the development of tissues, reducing inflammation and keeping all parts of the brain connected and working. You’ll see better memory, concentration, and verbal fluency from the nutrient.

Studies have shown that getting more folate could help to reduce cognitive decline later in life. You can reduce the risk of dementia and other diseases.

On top of that, the vitamin C can help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other problems. The cells are more protected because of the watercress nutrients. Less oxidative damage occurs, and the cells can remain healthy and alive.

If you do have a stroke, you can see a full recovery thanks to the vitamin C. The antioxidant helps to reduce the amount of bleeding during the stroke and other traumas. It’s possible to prevent long-term damage, as it will be easier for the connections to repair and sustain. Vitamin C will also help to rebuild some of the connections. If they are lost, you’ll want to keep eating watercress and other foods that are high in vitamin C to repair the damage that has occurred.

Offers Benefits for the Eyesight

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Are you worried about losing your eyesight later in life? We all tend to fear the development of cataracts. They are extremely common in older age, and everyone is at risk of getting them. However, you can reduce the risk of formation and the growth of them. Eating watercress is one of the best ways to reduce that risk.

It’s all thanks to the vitamin C again. Studies show that the vitamin C helps to promote the cellular growth and health. Healthy cells can prevent damaged ones covering the eyes, blocking the sight.

But that’s not all. There are also studies that show watercress has beta-carotene and lutein. Both antioxidants are linked to eye health. They can help to slow down the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration. If you don’t have either, you can prevent the development. If you have one of them, you won’t be able to repair the damage, but you can slow down and even stop the progression.

You can get all these benefits from other foods. The great thing about watercress is the ease of eating. You can opt for it as a quick snack to make sure you protect your whole health.

Boost the Immune System and Overcome Diseases

Oxidative stress is often viewed as a reason for cancer development, but that’s not all it does. It affects the whole health. Oxidative stress within the red blood cells can prevent the oxygen from getting around the whole body. The white blood cells and platelets are all affected, making it harder for the immune system to work.

And we can’t forget about what the inflammation does to the body. Inflammation is an immune response but doesn’t always mean there’s an infection to fight. The immune system believes there is, so it can’t fight the infection that’s there.

Watercress has the vitamin C to help prevent the oxidative stress and inflammation. There’s also vitamin E which can reduce inflammation and give the immune system a boost. Studies have shown that higher levels of vitamins C and E can help to reduce the effect that common colds have on the body. Common colds can’t be treated in other ways, and there’s no vaccine for them. They’re annoying and pesky viral infections that you can avoid with the right diet.

On top of that, watercress can help to overcome older diseases. Many children have asthma, but that doesn’t mean they have to put up with it in adulthood. Studies show that more vitamin C can help to reduce asthma symptoms and get rid of it by adulthood.

Natural Support During Pregnancy

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There are many ways that watercress will help you through pregnancy. One of those is to the taste. Since it isn’t as bitter as other cruciferous vegetables, it can be easier to stomach. Even if you have severe morning sickness, you may find that watercress is relatively easier to stomach. It also has water, which can help to keep your hydration up when you feel you struggle to stomach anything.

On top of that are all the other health benefits we’ve considered. The vitamin C will help to keep your immune system boosted while you carry your unborn child. The folate doesn’t just help you but will also protect your baby’s development. Pregnant women are encouraged to get more folic acid (another name for folate) and naturally is always the safest and best.

Will You Add More Watercress to Your Diet?

There are many health benefits to this small vegetable. Being small, it’s often much easier to add to your diet. It’s time to look at how to use watercress in your daily life to gain from all the health and taste benefits.

A Short List Of Avocado Health Benefits

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Avocado Image Design 1 - A Short List Of Avocado Health BenefitsFor a long time, avocados were considered bad for the health. This was at the time all fat was demonized and considered the reason so many people were overweight. Things have changed in recent years, and now avocados are touted as being one of the most beneficial vegetables/fruits to add to your diet.

Just what makes avocados so good? Well, the healthy fats are certainly good, but they are also packed with multiple vitamins and minerals that help to support all elements of the body.

There are so many benefits that it would take us all day to list them both. We want to pick out the biggest benefits of adding just half an avocado a day to your diet. You can eat avocados raw, opt for the oil, or mash and spread on toast. Here’s a look at the health benefits you’ll gain.

There’s More Potassium in An Avocado than a Banana

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You’ll know that bananas are packed with potassium. This is a nutrient you need daily, and you’re likely deficient in it. The potassium helps to ensure the cells in the body have the right number of electrical gradients throughout the day. These gradients ensure the body functions in the right way throughout the day. Good levels of potassium will help to stabilize blood pressure, reducing the risk of kidney failure, heart attacks, and stroke.

Bananas are often touted as being the best option for potassium, but that isn’t quite the case. An avocado will give you 14% of the recommended daily amount of potassium, compared to bananas that offer just 10%. So, if you just want one reason to add it to your diet, then this is the one to work with.

Of course, you can’t just rely on avocados. There’s nothing wrong with having both bananas and avocados in your diet. Just know which fruit has more of it!

Your Heart Health Is Protected

While potassium helps to protect the heart of the health, it’s not the only part of avocados that help. One of the biggest reasons for heart disease is inflammation. This is a natural response within the body due to the immune system, but can often occur when it doesn’t need to. Inflammation is linked to a range of problems, including chronic illnesses and mental health problems.

Coronary heart disease is an inflammatory disease that you want to avoid as much as possible. This means getting plenty of monounsaturated fats and anti-inflammatory properties within the body. The great news is that avocados have both!

Avocados are full of oleic acid; which studies show help to reduce the bad LDL cholesterol in the body. This LDL cholesterol creates a friction layer over the arteries, causing problems for the circulation of the blood. The oleic acid helps to add more good HDL cholesterol, which lines the arteries with a smooth lining, protecting them and making it easier for the blood to circulate.

Of course, the potassium levels also certainly help. They reduce your blood pressure, making it less likely to suffer from other heart problems.

Studies have also shown that avocados lower your triglyceride levels. Research is still needed, but high triglyceride levels are seen in most cardiovascular disease patients.

You don’t need to eat avocados to get this benefit. One of the biggest benefits is through avocado oil, which you can replace vegetable oils with. opt for organic avocado oil to avoid chemicals and pesticides.

Manage Your Blood Pressure in Multiple Ways

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While the potassium levels help with the management of your blood pressure levels, they’re not the only way avocados help. Avocados are extremely high in vitamin E, which helps to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol within the body. This aids in keeping the blood pressure low.

A major benefit of this isn’t just for the heart. Lower blood pressure can also help to avoid the issue of kidney problems. Too many patients suffer from kidney disease and often need to be placed on the transplant list. The issue is that the list is so long, many patients die before they get their replacement.

Vitamin E offers a range of other health benefits. This is an antioxidant, which helps to boost the immune system and protect the cells. It helps to reduce the number of free radicals in the body, lowering the risk of cancer and helping to reverse the signs of aging.

The management of the blood pressure also comes from the phytosterols within avocados. This helps to reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed (both good and bad to keep all levels health) and manage the blood sugar levels. When the blood sugar levels remain normal, the blood pressure does, and heart problems aren’t as likely.

Lowering the Risk of Diabetes

Managing the blood sugar levels will also help to reduce your risk of other health problems in the future. Diabetes is a major concern, especially in the Western World. While more research is needed into Type I diabetes, Type II diabetes is something that most people can avoid with the right diet.

As we get older, our bodies start to become resistant to insulin. The blood sugars rise, and the body can’t get rid of them efficiently. And it’s not just age. Opting for an unhealthy diet that is full of sugar can also cause a problem.

The oleic acid and phytosterols help to keep the blood sugar levels to a minimum. They can prevent the carbs from sugaring in the body and offer energy in other ways. Fewer sugars will mean less insulin needed.

Help to Lower the Risk of Cancer Development

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It seems today that everything causes cancer, doesn’t it? Well, it’s time to add a fruit to your diet that won’t cause it. I’ve already shared the vitamin E benefit, but that’s not the only reason avocados are good.

Avocados are full of many other antioxidants. You can find alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and many more. All these works together to fight against free radicals and get rid of carcinogens within the body. Not only are you getting rid of one element that causes damage to cells, but you’re getting rid of the reasons for cancerous cells growing.

You will offer support for all types of cancers. Alpha-carotene has shown significant anti-cancer benefits in studies, while vitamin E has shown the ability to fight against breast cancer specifically.

Support the Health of Your Skin

Vitamin E does much more than fight cancer. It also has some anti-aging properties. If you use avocados directly on your skin, you can improve the look and feel of your skin immediately. However, eating the fruit will also help to offer many of the benefits.

The vitamin E and monounsaturated fats in avocados help to improve the appearance of your skin. They support the natural oil production, helping to prevent your skin from drying out. You can help to reduce some skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. Even those with oily skin can gain benefits from avocados. The nutrients help to balance out the hormones, leading to better oil production levels. Balancing the oils will help to reduce blackheads and acne.

There are also some major anti-inflammatory properties that will help the feel and appearance of the skin. Avocados are full of overlooked omega-9 fatty acids. These are essential for reducing redness, irritation, and damage to the skin cells.

Then there are the anti-aging benefits. The fats will get deep into the layers of skin, improving the elasticity and reducing the sight of stretch marks, wrinkles, and fine lines. Meanwhile, the antioxidants will reduce the sight of dark spots and blemishes. Vitamin E offers to protect against the sun, while vitamin C helps to support the production of collagen to improve firmness and stretchiness.

There are very few reasons not to use avocado for the skin. Most people have no negative reactions to it, unlike many nut oils.

Help to Reduce Osteoarthritis Issues

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Arthritis is a growing concern. People around the world suffer from various types of arthritis in their joints, especially rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. The condition isn’t just annoying. It’s excruciating for many people, leaving them unable to live their lives the way they want to.

While avocados won’t help to get rid of the pain completely, they do help with treatment. Arthritis is linked to inflammation of the body. Health issues lead to the cartilage in the joints wearing away, so the bones rub against each other. Think of it like rubbing two bare stones together with no lubricant.

The Western diets tend to make the inflammation in the body worse. We drink dairy and eat corn, sugar, and wheat. These cause issues within the body and make arthritis worse. The healthy fats in avocados (along with the other nutrients) help to prevent this. In fact, there is no other fruit out there, except for possible pineapple, which offers the reduction in inflammation and pain felt.

Again, the avocados aren’t going to stop the pain completely, but you will find you can move better. You can also prevent osteoarthritis occurring if you’re worried about developing it later in life.

Helps to Keep Your Digestive System Working

Avocados are naturally full of fiber. They include both soluble and insoluble types, which are both essential for the overall workings of your digestive system. The soluble will help to soften your stools, while the insoluble helps to push the waste through your system.

If you’re struggling to pass your stools, you will want to add this fruit to your diet. The fiber will help to make sure your bowels remain regular, preventing constipation in the future. Think of it as a mild natural laxative that is completely safe even for pregnant women to take!

On opt for this, the healthy fats will help to soften the stools. This also helps to keep you regular. However, watch out for eating too many as avocados can make you go the other way!

A healthy digestive system isn’t just good for keeping your bowels moving. Not only do you get rid of the discomfort, but you’ll do your immune system some good. Most of the immune system is in the digestive tract. If the digestive system is blocked up or struggling to work through the food, the immune system isn’t going to work effectively.

You’ll also reduce your risk of developing colon cancer. The block of waste can cause the colon cells to become damaged.

You’ll See Better Losses at the Scales

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If you’re losing weight, you may be tempted to avoid avocados. After all, fat makes you fat, right? Well, that’s the old way of thinking. Getting the right types of fats can help you lose weight! Avocados are full of the fats that you want.

Healthy fats are high in calories. That’s not surprising. However, you’re not going to eat that many avocados. Just half a day will give you so many health benefits without ruining your diet. Many diets now encourage you to get half an avocado a day to help improve your efforts.

The healthy fats will give your body the energy it needs throughout the day. You can reduce your carbs without feeling sluggish. The factsare turned into ketones, which feed the metabolism. Rather than getting sugar rushes that you would with some carbs, you get sustained energy levels throughout the day. The ketones will help to speed up the metabolism, meaning you can burn more calories throughout the day.

On top of this, you get the fiber benefits. The extra fiber will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer. After half an avocado with the rest of your meal, you will feel satisfied. You’ll forget that you used to feel like you needed more to eat and find it easier to control your portions. It’s easier to cut down on snacking, and you will be able to consume fewer calories throughout the day without worrying about going hungry. Your diet is suddenly much easier to stick to.

When you don’t feel hungry, you don’t feel like you’re missing out. You’ll suffer fewer sugar cravings and binges on a night.

You’ll Support a Healthy Pregnancy

When you find out you’re pregnant, you’ll get a list of food that you can’t eat. Doctors want you to put your baby first, but it can feel like a mission. You suddenly wonder what you can enjoy while you’re carrying your unborn baby.

Meanwhile, you’re told that you need to get more folic acid and vitamin D. Just how do you do that when some of the foods that offer them both are on your “not to eat” list?

Well, it’s time to look at avocados, especially for the folic acid. Avocados are packed with the B vitamin known as folate (which is also referred to as folic acid). This B vitamin will help to develop the neuroreceptors within the body. It helps with the brain and the nervous system development. Avocados have far more than any other fruit out there, and you could avoid having to take supplements if you want to get your folic acid naturally.

That’s not the only way you’ll gain a healthy pregnancy. You also gain plenty of vitamin K from a portion of avocado. This is a vitamin that we tend to overlook, but is linked to lack of clotting in the body. A baby doesn’t have vitamin K naturally in their bodies and must hope that you offer them enough during the pregnancy.

Add More Avocados to Your Diet Today

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Out of all the fruits out there, you want to turn to avocados. They may look unappealing at first, but there are just so many ways that you can cook them. If you’re struggling, make your guacamole with them for Mexican night!

Avocados are packed with nutrients. Whether you need to add more vitamin K to your diet or you’re worried about the amount of fiber you gain, you’ll want to turn to avocados.

Contrary to popular belief, avocados will help you lose weight. They can help to improve your energy levels, and they will protect your heart. What’s your reason not to add them to your diet?

Hypnotherapy and Its Benefits for Autoimmune Disease

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What follows is a summary of a talk I gave to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society about Hypnotherapy and its uses with MS and other Autoimmune Diseases.

I found it very interesting to learn that Autoimmune Disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in underdeveloped countries without our modern amenities like clean running water, washing machines, flushing toilets, and good healthcare don’t really experience these diseases. It doesn’t make sense, except, if you look at the difference in life styles.

So what’s difference? In a busy, modern society, we do little to get rid of stress. We sit a lot, do little to work with, or exercise our bodies, have little time to relax, and have not been taught to pay attention to what our body tells us. We drive instead of walk, buy most of our goods in one place rather than walking from shop to shop, and have little time to sit and relax with family and friends. Certainly in developed countries our food is more processed and we are exposed to more chemicals and pollution as well. In this article, I’m going to focus more on listening to, and working with our body, and how that relates to the mind.

Hypnotherapy has shown to be very successful in helping patients resolve allergy issues. And Autoimmune Diseases are in many ways like allergies. In fact, some scientists say that an Autoimmune Disease is like “an allergy on the inside”. Allergies involve an unacceptable immune response toward something external to our body, such as a food, bee or material. An Autoimmune Disorder involves an unacceptable immune response towards something within the body itself. With an allergy, something external to our body causes an abnormal reaction in our immune system. With an autoimmune disorder, something within our body causes an abnormal reaction in our immune system, in essence, causing our immune system to fight the body itself.

Let me dispel some myths about Hypnosis. It isn’t mind control. It isn’t someone getting another person to act like a chicken. It isn’t about getting someone to disclose all their secrets against their will. It isn’t about getting people to do whatever you want them to do with the simple snap of a finger. What you may have seen on stage is just that, stage hypnosis. It’s people acting and it’s fake.

There is a difference between Hypnotherapy and hypnotism. There are a lot of people out there who advertise as hypnotists, and, while I’m not trying to disparage their work, they are not trained Psychotherapists. Hypnotherapy, while often being the major focus, is rarely the sole treatment for anxiety, Autoimmune Disease, phobias and even habits. Because of this, I believe it’s better to see a trained and licensed Psychotherapist for the treatment.

So what is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of heightened awareness, sometimes called a trance, that’s achieved through guided relaxation. That’s pretty much it. The person being hypnotized is always in complete control, they can never be made to do or say anything they don’t want to, they have complete freedom to accept or reject the therapists’ suggestions and can come out of the trance state whenever they want.

In a trance state, the unconscious mind plays more of a dominant role in treatment. Now, you may wonder if you’re able to go into a trance state. Here’s the test. Did you ever leave work to drive home, and get lost in your thoughts until you find yourself in front of your house without knowing how you got there? You drove home in a trance state.

Did you ever get so involved in a book or movie that you didn’t hear the phone ring or didn’t hear someone talking to you? That’s also a trance state. The answer is, everyone can get into a trance state. There are no special skills, no special traits, no special qualities you must have.

Since a trance state involves the unconscious mind, let’s talk a little about it. Cognitive neuroscientists have conducted many studies that have shown that only about 5% of our cognitive activities, activities such as emotions, actions, behaviors and decisions is conscious, while the remaining 95% is generated in a non-conscious manner, or by the unconscious mind. Think about that for a minute. 95% of our mind that we use minute to minute, is on the unconscious level. As you’re reading this article, are you reminding yourself what word each string of letters forms and its’ meaning or do you somehow just “know”? The unconscious mind remembers the meaning of words, what letters form what words, and what a string of words put together means so that reading flows.

Suppose we think of the mind as an iceberg. What do we see when we look at an iceberg? We see the part that’s above water. But we know that the bulk of the iceberg, the main part of it, the part that gives it it’s strength, lies beneath the water. Only a small percentage of the iceberg is visible above the water. The mind is like the iceberg. The conscious mind is the small part we see above the surface, while the unconscious mind is the huge mass that lies below the surface. The conscious mind, the part of the mind most of us equate with our mind, is used for about 5% of our activities while the unconscious, is used for the other 95%.

The unconscious mind holds all awareness that is not in the conscious mind, it’s like the warehouse of our minds. It keeps the body running and functioning, has memory of every event we’ve ever experienced, and is the source and storehouse of our emotions. The unconscious mind is really where all learning, beliefs, habits, and behavior is created and is also where change occurs.

How do we know the unconscious mind is always at work? Do you consciously tell your eyes to scan from right to left when you read, and then do it again and again? Do you will your pupils to enlarge when the text is too small to read? Do you tell yourself to breathe every time you inhale and exhale?

If as I said, we are conscious of only about 5% of our cognitive activity, then it follows that 95% of brain activity goes beyond our conscious awareness. So that means that most of our decisions, actions, emotions and behavior depends on our unconscious awareness. The unconscious mind understands the world that the mind and body must negotiate. It gets our hearts to beat, our bodies to digest food, allows us to drive home without studying the route each time, turn on appliances without reading the manual each time, etc. It gets us to feel amorous or angry when our spouse looks at us a certain way, to tear up when we read sad passages in a book, and feel on edge when we hear a door slam.

With relaxation and trance, we’re moving the tip of the iceberg aside, so we can access and communicate directly with the unconscious mind. The conscious mind remains awake and observant, but is just resting. That allows the trance state to make the person better able to respond to suggestions, which makes Hypnotherapy particularly useful in helping change certain behaviors, like smoking, or in helping change perceptions and sensations, necessary for treating pain.

Deepak Chopra said that “every thought and emotion you experience touches every single cell in your body. So what do you think happens to your body, when you constantly feed it negative thoughts?” Well, it probably experiences a negative emotional state which then leads to either physical pain or discomfort. And we know that one of the major contributors of Autoimmune Disease is related to our emotional and mental being.

And what controls our thoughts and emotions? WE DO! We control every single thought that comes into our mind. Our thoughts control how our body responds and we control our thoughts. Is it possible to reprogram our thoughts about a particular health belief we have about ourselves? Certainly! And remember, changing our thoughts will change our behaviors, and will change our body’s reactions and response.

Milton Erikson, a famous Psychiatrist and one of the fathers of Hypnotherapy once said, “The subconscious mind is like a warehouse of resources and most people go into the warehouse with a little flashlight rather than turning on all the lights.” In other words, we have a choice what resources in our unconscious mind we want to use at any given time. So why not use the ones that will empower us the most?

Many difficulties we have, many diseases, illness, compulsions, nervous disorders, and mentally generated illnesses involve some part of the unconscious. It is hard sometimes to understand that the very area that is creating a problem is the same area that protects us from harm and danger every day. If we only use our conscious minds, 5% of our minds, we are creating boundaries and limitations.

Hypnotherapy is extremely effective in relieving pain. Pain perception really has two parts. First is the sensation of something uncomfortable happening to a part of our body, and second is our reaction to this information.

Pain is important. We don’t want to get rid of it because it lets us know that there is damage being done to our body. It helps us protect that part of our body and warns us to get away from the thing that’s hurting our body. So we need pain. But what about when the pain becomes chronic, is with us for a long time? It’s already done its job of warning us, we’ve probably already treated it or protected that body part from the harmful stimulus, so we no longer need it to warn us. Maybe we’ll still need a slight discomfort to remind us to not overdo things, but we certainly no longer need the pain. This is where Hypnotherapy can help.

Let’s go back to my example of sitting in a movie and getting so engrossed in it that you don’t hear your phone ring. As I said before, that’s being in a trance state. Did you ever go into a movie with a headache and get so engrossed in the movie that you forgot your head hurt? Or, did you ever think so much about your headache that it seemed like it was going to explode? That is a prime example of how our thoughts control how our body responds.

Using relaxation and focused concentration to change the way we think and to change our thoughts about the way we feel, can help us gain more control over pain and get our body to feel more comfortable. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation which helps the mind focus allowing the unconscious mind to become responsive to suggestions. You don’t have to try to respond, it just happens, just as pain just happens. In your state of relaxation and focused attention, the Hypnotherapist can give your unconscious mind the information, suggestions and tools it needs to become more comfortable and to relieve the pain.

In summary, our thoughts have a major impact on how our body feels. In fact, our thoughts can regulate how our bodies feel. We are in control of our thoughts, therefore, the implication is that we can control the way our body feels. But sometimes, we need help in doing that. Sometimes we get stuck in a thought pattern that leaves our body feeling unwell, unhealthy, in discomfort. Hypnotherapy can help get us unstuck, to begin to use different parts of our minds to think differently, to change the way our body responds and to help us feel, act, and behave in ways that are more healthful and helpful.

Top 10 Watermelon Juice Benefits and Juicing Tips

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1. Prevention Of Cancer

Many people who are fans of heating healthy and juicing know that tomatoes have high amounts of Lycopene, which is what makes it that lovely red color. What many don’t know is that watermelon contain more Lycopene that tomatoes do! It is the Lycopene that gives watermelons their lovely red color.

There have been studies that have shown that Lycopene, which is found in watermelons, can help prevent heart disease as well as prevent cancer of the prostate, lung, ovaries, pancreas, breast, bladder and colon.

It doesn’t just stop there neither as some people have Lycopene for cataracts and asthmas too although more research is needed to prove officially this.

Because of these benefits, it has been found that people who consume more Lycopene-rich foods will have a reduced risk of heart disease and forms of cancer.

It has also been proven that Lycopene can help to protect your skin from UV damage so while you should still not skip on putting on your sun lotion, having a large glass of watermelon juice will help to protect further your skin. For a truly powerful Lycopene juice, you can also add tomatoes and pink grapefruit to the juice.

2. Increased Nutrition Consumption

It has been proven that your body can absorb more nutrients when you juice fruits and vegetables than eating whole fruits and vegetables.

When you juice watermelon, the minerals, vitamins and nutrients will all broken down and be made compact so your body can absorb the nutrients more.

This means that all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in watermelons can be absorbed. Such vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in watermelons include potassium which is good for heart health, vitamin B, which can reduce stress, vitamin A, which is good for bone health and Lycopene which is good for cancer prevention.

All of these benefits that can be found in watermelons will be better absorbed when juiced.

3. Improved Kidney Health

Watermelons are highly cleansing which is why they are a great source of food to improve kidney health. It has been proven that consuming watermelon can help to flush out the bad in your kidney including ammonia and uric acid.

When there is a build-up of uric acid in the blood, it can cause Gout which is a painful disease.

To avoid chronic kidney diseases such as Gout, it is recommended to consume fruits such as watermelons. It is also known that the watermelon juice health benefits can help with kidney stones.

I talked about earlier how you can also eat the rind and seeds of watermelons for additional benefits. If you have problems with your kidneys or are just looking to cleanse your kidneys, then I recommend also adding the watermelon seeds ready for juicing. It is the watermelon seeds that provide the most kidney cleansing benefits.

4. Better Blood Flow

The organic compound citrulline is an amino acid which is found in high amounts in watermelons.

The name “citrulline” is a form of the Latin word for “watermelon” because it was where it was first isolated in 1914.

Citrulline can be converted into arginine by your body once consumed. Arginine is an essential amino acid that can help improve blood flow and relax blood vessels.

This conversion that happens inside your body after you have consumed watermelon can lead to so many other health benefits such as reduced stress and sore muscle relief after exercising.

5. Liver Protection

There was a study done in 2011 which found that watermelon specifically had a therapeutic effect on the liver.

It turned out that if a person consumes watermelon, then it reduced liver damage from exposure to carbon tetrachloride which can be mostly found in cleaning agents and fire extinguishers.

Carbon tetrachloride can also be found in the air if you work or live in an industrial area as it can be found in some industrial products. If you work around carbon tetrachloride then drinking watermelon juice can help to protect you liver from over exposure and avoid liver damage.

6. Sore Muscle Relief

So many fitness buffs turn to processed shakes and supplements to recover and provide sore muscle relief after a workout.

If you tend to turn to processed shakes and supplements, then you may be surprised to hear that watermelon juice has provided the body with more citrulline than supplements do.

This is because the body can absorb citrulline from its natural source more than from a processed source.

If you’re looking to relieve muscle soreness the day after a workout or straight after a workout, then have a glass of watermelon juice ready in the refrigerator.

7. Weight Loss Advantages

So many of us want to lose weight, especially as it gets closer to the summer months. If this is you, then you will love watermelon juice as the citrulline that helps improve blood flow has been tested for weight loss. It was found that citrulline interferes with the accumulation of fat.

This is still in the early stages of testing though as it has only been tested on animals but there are only benefits of drinking watermelon juice that there is no reason not to drink it.

It is low in calories so is great for if you’re on a diet and wish to snack.

8. Stress Relief

The vitamin B6 is found in watermelons and is a vitamin that is mostly known to help reduce stress levels. Instead of reaching for that glass of wine after a hard day at work, reach out to your watermelon juice instead.

It will help to reduce your stress levels and anxiety far more than alcohol can.

As well as helping reduce stress levels and anxiety, it can also help with fatigue. If you’re not feeling at your best and are just feeling fatigued, then it may be an indication that your body need vitamin B6. Having a glass of watermelon juice a day can help to avoid being fatigued and stressed.

9. Anti-Inflammatory

As well as having watermelon juice ready for after a workout for therelief of sore muscles, it is also recommended to have a glass of watermelon juice before a workout. This is because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

As well as helping to relieve muscle soreness after the event, it can help to prevent muscle soreness if consumed before a workout. To have the best of both worlds, have a glass of watermelon juice before you work out and a glass of watermelon juice either after your workout or the day after.

10. Anti-Aging Agent

The Lycopene, which I spoke about earlier that is found in watermelons, has been linked to anti-aging benefits.

The main reason for this is because Lycopene can help to protect your skin from UV damage. The more skin is exposed to UV damage, the more it will become damaged and when the skin is damaged the more aging it appears.

To help fight against aging, make sure to protect your skin with high factor sun lotion and to include Lycopene in your daily diet. Lycopene can also be found tomatoes and pink grapefruit as well as in watermelons.

3 Bonus Watermelon Juice Benefits

They are the top 10 benefits of adding watermelon juice to your diet. I bet you didn’t know that watermelon could help to protect your skin from UV damage, can help prevent cancer and improve heart health as well as many other health benefits, do you?

Because I take care of my readers, though, I am going to give you 3 more benefits to having watermelon juice in your diet… just in case you’re not sold yet. Here are the three bonus benefits:

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1. Vitamins And Minerals

Watermelons tend to be mostly beneficial for its antioxidants, but that does not mean it doesn’t offer vitamins and mineral benefits too. What you may not know is that watermelons are actually quite high in vitamin C, which can help protect against immune deficiencies, prenatal health problems, and skin wrinkling.

When you add the watermelon seeds to your juice, then you can also benefit from the added iron and zinc which is great for fatigue and fighting cancer as well as many other things.

2. Source Of Energy

Not only can watermelon juice act as a source of energy but it is an instant source of energy because of the carbohydrates, electrolytes, and minerals that are found within. Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee for an instant boost of energy, reach out for a glass of watermelon juice.

Not only is it tastier than coffee but it has so many more health benefits.

This is why watermelon juice is a great choice of juice for before workouts to give you the energy you need to get the most of your workout session.

Unlike coffee or processed energy drinks, watermelon juice will help to keep your body hydrated and provide a natural source of instant energy.

3. Improve Skin Conditions

It has been found that watermelon juice can help with some skin conditions including acne. This is because it can help to remove excess oil from the skin which is a major known cause of acne.

It can also help to keep the skin hydrated in a much more natural way than chemical face creams and washes which can also cause or irritate acne.

How To Make Watermelon Juice

Now that you are sold on why you should add watermelon juice to your diet, here is how to make it:

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  • Scrub the outside of the watermelon with a brush and apple cider vinegar to remove any sprays or waxes.
  • Cut the watermelon into quarters with each quarter usually providing enough juice for two people.
  • Slice the watermelon into sizeable chunks that will fit into your juicer. Leave the watermelon rind on and do not pick the seeds out to get the main benefit of watermelon juice.
  • Turn your juicer on and slowly feed each watermelon slice through for juicing.
  • As soon as you have placed all your slices through the juicer simply pour the juice into a glass and enjoy.

You will get all the benefits from the entire watermelon by juicing the rind and the watermelon seeds as well as the pulp.

For further added benefits you can add cucumber to your watermelon juice to create a watermelon cucumber juice.

Watermelon cucumber juice benefits have all the above as well support digestive health.

Coconut water can also be combined with watermelon cucumber juice. It can replace the plain water. All together, one glass keeps your body well-hydrated. You can also add mint leaves and lemon juice for a refreshing twist.

Have you used Watermelon Juice recently? Share your experience with the community in the comments below!

8 Health And Nutritional Benefits Of Celery Juice

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You may be looking for insomnia remedies right now. This is one of the best celery juice benefits, and you can start falling asleep on a nightly basis without any issues.

It is a surprising benefit for some because it is also a natural boost when you’ve had a long and hard day.

The benefit is in the magnesium.

This mineral helps to relax the nervous system, so you feel tired and calm. Those who have a magnesium deficiency will find that they find it harder to sleep, and are often stressed at even the slightest problem.

It is not easy to control until you answer the deficiency problem.

Drinking celery juice also helps to reduce blood pressure. This is a common reason for insomnia because it can raise the stress levels.

The two create a vicious circle, making sleep even harder to come by.

Of course, reducing the blood pressure is a benefit to itself, and happens due to phthalides in the vegetable.

Researchers have found that the blood pressure in animals dropped by 12-14 percent just by eating the vegetable.

You will get more by drinking it, so you could see better result as the compound dilates the blood vessels and relaxes the artery muscles, making it easier for the blood to flow.

You can also stress less about the risks to your body over time, due to all the health benefits of celery juice.

By adding it to your diet, you’re decreasing the risk of cancer, lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of stones (urinary, gallbladder and kidney) for properly bodily function.

How much easier will you find managing your health now?

Juicing is good for you when you use the right vegetables.

Celery juice benefits are among the best, compared to so many options out there. The juice works as a natural option for reducing blood pressure, easing stress and adding electrolytes back into the body.

Celery juice can be combined with apples and carrots for effective weight loss aid. The combination of sodium and potassium in celery and the vitamins and minerals found in apples and carrots safely speeds us the loss of water weight and reduces high blood pressure.

If you haven’t started juicing yet, or you’re looking for something to start with, celery juice is the one you want to choose.

There is never a moment too late to start enjoying the health benefits of celery juice. You don’t just need to drink it on its own to get all the benefits, either; just make sure you get enough!

Do you drink celery juice?

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12 Foods With Incredible Mood Boosting Benefits

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Last Updated: 30th September 2016

What is it about food that makes us so happy?

There’s something amazing about a nice meal, whether with friends, family or that special someone in your life!

Time simply flies when you’re eating with the right people.

The social aspect of meals plays a large role in the happiness. Studies have proven that social activity and interaction with others can help to reduce your risk of depression and boost your mood. Sitting around the table with people you like/love definitely will make you happier.

But did you know the food you eat can also make you happy?

There are a number of foods that can affect your mood positively, helping to drive away feelings of anxiety, stress, worry, and depression.

Here are twelve of the best foods with incredible mood-boosting benefits:

1. Chocolate

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This one probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, why else is chocolate one of those “comfort foods” we all crave when we’re feeling blue? There has to be something about chocolate that’s guaranteed to make you feel happy, right?

Chocolate contains compounds that are similar to valproic acid, a compound that is commonly found in mood stabilizing and anti-convulsant drugs. Dark chocolate (70 to 95% cocoa) can help to enhance your mood, putting you in a “positive mood state”–according to a 2013 study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

However, be warned: researchers from the UCSD found that people who eat a lot of chocolate tend to increase your risk of depression. Stick with no more than 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate per day!

2. Turkey

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When you think of turkey, no doubt you immediately picture a Thanksgiving dinner with your whole family. There’s something amazing about sitting around a table, giving thanks to all the important people in your life.

Perhaps turkey is the reason you feel so good at Thanksgiving…

Turkey is one of the best natural sources of tryptophan, a chemical that is used by your brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is the “feel good” neurochemical that stabilizes and controls your mood. Getting more tryptophan is the key to raising your serotonin levels, meaning you feel better.

Don’t keep turkey only for your Thanksgiving dinner, but eat it on a regular basis to improve your mood. You’ll feel happier after a big turkey meal, and you’ll find that you sleep a lot better as well (tryptophan helps you to sleep).

3. Carbs

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Have you ever stopped to look at the common ingredient in just about every single “comfort food” on the planet? From the fairy bread of Australia to the treacle pudding of Britain to American apple pie, almost all comfort food contains carbohydrates–either in the form of a grain of some sort (wheat, rice, oats, etc.) or sugar.

Make no mistake: comfort food is usually NOT healthy. It tends to be high in both calories and carbs, which can increase your waistline.

That being said, carbs are some of the best food to help boost your mood. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, a study was published that detailed how people on a low-carb diet are more irritable and more prone to negative emotions: anger, depression, confusion, and hostility. Those on a low-fat diet tended to have a more positive mood.

Why is this? It’s believed carbs are needed for the production of serotonin, which improves your mood and makes you feel happier. If you’re feeling a bit blue, have a slice of bread or a bowl of oatmeal!

4. Fish

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The oilier, the better!

Fish is pound for pound, the healthiest protein on the planet. It contains a hefty dose of muscle-building amino acids, but it’s also packed with minerals and healthy fatty acids. One of these fatty acids is Omega-3, which plays a vital role in mood and emotional states.

A 2006 paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry proved that an Omega-3 deficiency can be a “contributing factor” in mood disorders. It suggests that increasing Omega-3 intake could be a viable treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, and even for unipolar and bipolar depressive disorders!

Which fish should you be eating?

Salmon is the best source of Omega-3 fatty acids, but mackerel, herring, Bluefin tuna, sardines, and albacore are all good options.

If you want to feel better and happier, add more fatty fish to your diet!

5. Brazil Nuts

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All nuts are a good source of fatty acids (including Omega-3s), making them a useful addition to your diet. However, one specific type of nut stands out from the rest: Brazil nuts.

Brazil nuts are an epic source of selenium, a mineral linked to depression. In one study, men who didn’t get enough selenium in their diet suffered from depressed moods. An extra-high intake of selenium won’t necessarily make you feel better, but it can help to PREVENT bad moods, depression, and “the blues.”

A single Brazil nut contains a whopping 160% of your daily recommended selenium intake. Just a few of the nuts can go a long way toward reducing your risk of depression and mood disorders.

Bonus: The high-fat content of Brazil nuts can help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

6. High-Fiber Foods

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It may be a bit hard to believe, but there is actually a link between high-fiber foods and a better mood. How do you ask?

According to the journal Nutrition, one Canadian study found that a low-fiber, low saturated fat, and low Omega-3 diet was linked to an increased risk of suicide attempts. While it’s a well-known fact that fatty acids can help to balance mood, it was surprising to discover that dietary fiber could have any effect on mood. Perhaps it’s that fiber helps to balance out digestion, promoting healthy absorption of those important fats. Or, it may be that a diet rich in whole foods can help to protect you against depression–as a 2009 study indicated.

Either way, adding more high-fiber foods to your diet is the way to go! Not only will it help to improve your mood, but it can promote weight loss, reduced appetite, and fat burning. It can’t hurt to try it!

7 Saffron

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Did you know that Saffron is the single most expensive spice in the world? It can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per pound! That’s a lot of money to pay, but once you taste the spice (used in Spanish paella), you can understand why it’s so pricey.

One of the benefits of saffron is its ability to improve your mood. Saffron has historically been used to treat depression, and a 2007 study posted in a German medical journal provided the proof that saffron can have anti-depressive effects–both in vivo and in a number of pilot clinical studies.

Pricey it may be, but it’s definitely worth consuming in order to improve your mood. The good news is that you only need to use a small amount of saffron to add flavor to your food, and even small doses can help you feel better.

8. Coconut

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Coconut is one of the healthiest high-fat foods on the planet. Coconut oil is a highly popular “cure all” remedy, and it’s a wonderful addition to your meals. Thanks to its high unsaturated fat content, it’s a heart-smart oil that just tastes delightful.

But in this case, it’s the SMELL of coconut that has the effect on your mood. In one 2010 study, the scent of coconuts helped to improve heart rate and heart period variability among those performing stressful tasks. Despite the stress, coconut oil helped to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Feeling stressed and depressed at work? Get some coconut fragrance in your office or home, and you’ll relax. No stress can get you when you’ve got the smell of coconut wafting through the air! Plus, your room will smell like a tropical beach. What’s not to love?

9. Lentils

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Lentils are a high-carb, high-fiber food, meaning they can help to improve your mood. However, they’re also low in fat and rich in protein, making them–along with beans, garbanzos, and other legumes–some of the healthiest foods for you!

These little legumes also contain a wide range of polyphenols, antioxidants that can improve your mood. In Nutritional Neuroscience: An International Journal of Nutrition, Diet and Nervous System, a 2012 study examined the link between polyphenol consumption and better brain function. These antioxidants help to increase the plasticity of your brain synapses, improving overall function and increasing your brain’s ability to produce neurochemicals–including serotonin.

If you want to have a happier, better-functioning brain, it’s a good idea to eat polyphenol-rich foods. Lentils just happen to be one of the best!

10. Tea

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There is an endless war for dominance between tea and coffee. Tea is the single most consumed beverage in the world, with coffee coming in somewhere after water and beer. Americans love their coffee, but perhaps the rest of the world has it right by drinking tea…

A 2008 article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that it’s the theanine in tea (black, green, and white tea) that helps to improve mood. The mixture of caffeine and theanine helped to not only improve heart rate and increase energy levels, but it also helped to relax subjects, dilate blood vessels, reduce blood pressure, and even improve mood.

Want to feel better? Do as the British do and have a cup of tea! Add a bit of sugar to obtain the mood-boosting benefits of carbohydrates, and stir in some milk to add calcium (another mood-boosting nutrient) into your drink.

11. Oysters

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Oysters: you either love their elegant sophistication or hate their slimy saltiness!

Whether you love or hate them, oysters are one of the best mood-boosting foods around. No, it has nothing to do with their flavor or texture, but it all comes down to one simple nutrient: zinc.

Zinc plays a vital role in your emotional health and mood. Low zinc levels in your blood are a contributing factor to depression, and getting more zinc in your life can have an anti-depressant effect. In one study, women who increased their zinc intake showed less hostility, were less angry, and were happier than women who did not.

Not an oyster fan? Here are a few more foods to try:

  • Veal liver (11.9 mg per 100-gram serving)
  • Dark chocolate (3.3 mg per 100-gram serving)
  • Sesame seeds (10.2 mg per 100-gram serving)
  • Pumpkin seeds (10.3 mg per 100-gram serving)

12. Dark Greens

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Dark, leafy greens like broccoli, chard, spinach, and arugula are all excellent foods to add to your diet. Thanks to their high-fiber content, they can reduce your appetite, prevent hunger pangs, and improve digestion. However, these foods also contain another vital nutrient: calcium.

Calcium plays a vital role in the absorption of fatty acids–like Omega-3s, which improve mood. Way back in 1994, a study was published that detailed the results of two experiments. Both proved that calcium supplementation helped to “greatly elevate mood” over the placebo.

It’s believed that calcium deficiency is linked to PMS-related depression.

It’s vital that you get enough calcium, no matter who you are. Calcium plays a role in fat burning, bone health, and brain function, as well as regulating your mood.

Yes, dark greens are the all-around healthiest sources of calcium. However, you can always get more from milk, yoghurt, cheese, and ricotta

The more calcium, the better!

Whichever you try, make sure that you’re making ​yourself feel awesome (inside and out) in the process!

It really helps if you choose what you eat. Not only do these foods boost your mood, but it also greatly affects your overall disposition. It’s great to know that you’re keeping yourself healthy while projecting positive vibes.

Do you have any foods that we missed?

Let us know in the comments below!​

The Ultimate Guide To The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

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Last Updated: 30th September 2016

Coconut oil is used for a variety of needs. Many people choose it as a healthier option to cook in while some use it for oil pulling because of the nicer taste. Why has it become a preferred choice over likes olive, sesame and vegetable oil?

The truth is that coconut oil offers people numerous benefits. It is full of extra nutrients compared to many other oils, and in larger amounts than others. This will help people in many ways, including aiding with weight loss and offering a reduced risk of ailments.

Welcome to your ultimate guide on the health benefits of coconut oil. Just why should you make the switch to it today?

Coconut Oil As  A Superfood?

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One thing you may not be aware of is that coconut oil is considered a superfood. What does this mean? It is one of those foods that offers various nutrients that are good for the whole body. It can fight against cancer, aid your skin health, and help improve your sleep all at the same time. It is one of the superheroes of food.

Many of the health benefits come from the fatty acids. While people will say that fat is bad for your health, that is not necessarily the case. It depends on the type of fat, and also depends on the amount you have. Using coconut oil in your cooking means that you use a recommended amount of healthy fats. These help to boost brain function, aiding with many other areas of your health.

Extra virgin coconut oil is your best option, but not the only type out there. Most of them will be better than your standard vegetable oil.

Therapeutic Benefits For The Brain

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Coconut oil has been known to help fight off Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and other brain disorders and ailments. This is due to the fatty acids, which are turned into ketones. For years, saturated fats were demonized, but now it is known that they are not as bad as many originally believed. In recommended amounts, saturated fats can be good for you.

This is especially the case when it comes to coconut oil. The type of fatty acids it contains are known as Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). These are medium length fatty acids, which are much better than the long-chain ones that you will mostly get in your diet, from the likes of steak and cheese. The medium chain fatty acids metabolise in a completely different way to others. They travel from the digestive tract, straight into the liver.

What benefit could this give you that affects the brain? They are quickly used up as a source of energy or turned into the ketones. It is the ketone bodies that aid brain disorders, and can even help to prevent or halt some disorders.

Burn More Fat Throughout the Day

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While you are consuming fat, you will still find that you burn more throughout the day by using coconut oil. It sounds strange, but you do need fat to lose weight! And with obesity currently one of the biggest problems in the world, it makes sense to find a way to curb it in your life.

There are many people who calorie count. After all, the health professionals recommend that people stick to a certain amount on a daily basis. The problem is that one calorie is not the same as another. It all depends on where those calories come from; as in, what all the other nutrients are like.

This all goes back to those MCTs. Remember that they can increase your energy expenditure? That means you burn more calories from coconut oil than you would from foods that have the long-chain fats. This was proven in studies, with one showing that the energy expenditure in 24 hours increases by 5 percent by opting for 15-30g of MCTs. That’s an extra 120 calories burned in a day more just by switching to coconut oil!

What does that mean for your weight loss? As long as you stick to a healthy and balanced diet (and that is the important part), you will find that you lose more weight on a daily basis. While you increase this, you help your health in so many other ways. Obesity is linked to so many other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, strokes and insomnia.

Decrease Your Appetite

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Burning more fat isn’t the only way coconut oil can help you lose weight. Another benefit is that it reduces the hunger you feel throughout a day, meaning you eat less on a daily basis. By consuming fewer calories than your body burns, you will lose more weight. Again, this does rely on you following a healthy and balanced diet. Remember, a calorie is not the same in every little thing you eat, so you need to follow a recommended diet.

How can coconut oil help to suppress your appetite and is that healthy for you? The good news is, unlike those hunger suppressant tablets, this is a healthy option. It all works due to those fatty acids turning into the ketone bodies. When compared to long-chain triglycerides, the MCTs led to men eating 256 fewer calories in a day, according to the results of one study involving six men.

It is currently unknown what this would do over the long term. The studies that have been conducted have been for short term weight loss efforts. Could there be a danger of using coconut oil all the time? Most scientists do not believe so, because of all the other health benefits found in the oil. It is also likely that the body will manifest even itself out over time once within a healthy weight range.

Weightloss From the Belly

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Sticking with fat and weight loss right now, coconut oil helps to encourage fat loss from the belly. This is one of the most dangerous places for fat to build up, and is very common in men. Women will an apple shape will also find that they have a lot of extra belly fat.

Like calories are not equal, neither is fat in the body. It all depends on the location, and belly fat leads to many other health problems. Most of the fat is within layers of the skin (you’ll know because you can grab it), but fat in the belly is known as visceral fat. It builds within the spaces between your organs, putting strain on the organs and causing them to not work efficiently. It can lead to issues like cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal problems. It is also linked to inflammation that can cause cancer.

By promoting fat loss around the stomach, you instantly reduce the risk of numerous health problems that could shorten your life span. The coconut oil helps due to the type of saturated fat and all the benefits already mentioned.

Studies have shown that men can lose 2.86cm within four weeks. While this will not sound like a lot, it is better than nothing at all and moving the fat loss in the right direction. The studies were also undertaken without any other dietary or exercise changes, so it is possible for people to drop waist sizes much quicker.

Improve Skin Conditions and Fight Against Hair Damage

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The skin and hair are two parts of the body that noticeably get damaged. It could be due to sun damage or just dry out from the amount of heat and products applied. Either way, other people start to notice, as well as you. Coconut oil can help to counter both of these problems.

Many oils help to reverse skin damage or heal various skin ailments, and can help to boost natural oils in the head to help the hair. Coconut oil is no different, and there is no need to eat it daily to see the benefit. You can apply the oil directly to the skin or hair, or you can opt to pull it to see this benefit.

Coconut oil acts as a natural moisturising cream. When applied directly to the skin, it helps to soothe ailments like eczema and psoriasis. While using it, it also improves the lipid content of the skin, so your skin starts to produce naturally the extra oils that you need. This is something other moisturising creams fail to provide, making you need more.

It also works on the hair in a similar way. The head can stop providing the natural oils due to chemical use or old age, and the hair dries out and becomes damaged. Just by applying coconut oil overnight and wrapping it in a shower cap, you improve the look of your hair and encourage natural oil production, so you don’t have to do this all the time.

Another way it protects the sun and hair is by working as a sunscreen. Studies have shown it can block about 20 percent of the ultraviolet rays, helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer. However, it may not be something to replace your own sunscreen on a regular basis. This will likely depend on your location and the amount of time you spend in the sun.

Fight Against Bacteria Build Up`

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Oil pulling has already been mentioned, and this is one of the ways to use coconut oil to maximise all the benefits. One of the biggest benefits is that the oil attracts bacteria to it. When you’re oil pulling, you get all the bacteria in your mouth to cling to the ingredient, and when you spit it out, they’re all gone from your mouth.

Any oil can be used for this, but coconut oil is believed to be the best of all. It tastes nicer, too, which is important when you need to pull the oil for 15-20 minutes!

While removing the bacteria from your mouth, you’re benefitting your health in numerous ways. The first is that you give yourself better breath. Bacteria build up at the back of the mouth is one of the most common reasons for bad breath, and usually happens during the night. By oil pulling on a morning, you get rid of the bacteria and give yourself a fresh start to the day, without using chemical-laden mouthwash.

There are also some speculations that oil pulling improves oral health. Not only do you get rid of the bacteria causing bad breath, but also the plaque builds up between and on the teeth. Your risk of cavities is reduced considerably, and your teeth can become whiter. It makes take time, but it could be worth it for the amount of money you would otherwise spend on dental bills, teeth whitening products and mouthwash.

Improve Immunity Against Diseases

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Coconut oil is also full of lauric acid, which is something breastmilk is in the abundance of. The lauric acid turns into monolaurin when it is digested and absorbed by the body, and that has its own health benefits; one of those being the ability to improve the immune system.

Too many people find they have a poor immune system, and they pick up general colds on a monthly basis. They can end up with other viruses, diseases and infections because their bodies are failing to fight off everything.

Coconut oil can help to boost the body’s immune system through the monolaurin. This leads to fighting viruses and diseases a lot easier, including staph infections. The staph infection reduction has been proven through, and scientists have found that this is because the oil is 40 percent or more lauric acid. It is the richest natural source in the world, except for breast milk, which shows why breast really is best for babies.

The lauric acid can also be effective in the fight against cancer. It protects against some of the cell changes, ensuring that they repair healthily rather than cancerous. This is especially beneficial when more antioxidants are included in the diet.

Fighting against infections and diseases is not just beneficial for the health. There are financial benefits, as it will mean fewer trips to the doctors and less money spent on over the counter or prescription medication.

It’s not just your immune system that is helped to work more effectively. Coconut oil is full of antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Not only will your immune system be helped, but the coconut oil will help to prevent the diseases from becoming a problem before your immune system has to do too much work.

Fight Yeast Infections

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Just sticking with the infections part for the time being, you may have noticed the fact that coconut oil is full of antifungal properties. This means that this one oil helps to fight and protect against yeast infections. This is especially the case for the levels of Candida in the body, which is known to cause thrush and other yeast infections around the private area or in the mouth.

By oil pulling, you can help to eliminate thrush quickly, improving sore throats and mouth sores. This is something many individuals have found, even if they are not too sure about the taste of the oil. They believe the oily taste and the time spent pulling are worth it when they can physically feel and see the benefits.

The antifungal properties come from the levels of lauric acid and caprylic acid in the coconut oil. Lauric acid has already been mentioned, but the caprylic acid offers the antimicrobial and antifungal properties. They actively fight against the bad bacteria building up in the body, while promoting the good bacteria (again, yes, your body needs some bacteria for a healthy digestive system).

One of the main reasons people have Candida in the body and suffer from regular yeast infections is due to sugar intake. While it’s worth not demonizing sugar, there are healthy alternatives and coconut oil is one of them. Coconut is naturally sweet and works as an excellent substitute. It’s worth baking with this oil rather than olive or sunflower because you can reduce the amount of sugar or sweetener you use.

This isn’t just about yeast that causes problems like thrush. Bad bacteria in the gut cause digestive problems, including constipation and stomach upsets. By getting the bad out and promoting the good, you give your gastrointestinal system a protective layer and make sure it works to its optimum level.

Lowering Your Cholesterol Levels

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High levels of cholesterol are problematic for the health. This leads to clogged arteries and heart disease. So, it’s normal to want to lower it and focus on a healthier lifestyle.

There are many worries that saturated fats cause high levels of cholesterol. In some instances, this is true, but as mentioned above, it is not the case when coconut oil is in play. The saturated fats in coconut oil are of the medium-chain length, which helps to reduce cholesterol levels. Many professionals agree that it helps to lower the LDL cholesterol (the bad one), which many animal fats and other saturated fats increase.

At the same time, it can improve the levels of HDL cholesterol (the good one) in your body. This really is a positive thing, and like saturated fats and carbohydrates, your body needs some cholesterol to work at an optimum level. The important part is getting the right type of cholesterol in the body. While the level of HDL cholesterol may be high, keeping the LDL cholesterol low helps to protect your heart from disease.

Another benefit linked to cholesterol is your blood pressure, and coconut oil helps to reduce that too. High blood pressure leads to stroke and possible death, and can mean people are on medication to help keep it lower.

With the help of coconut oil, your arteries will remain more flexible, and you will prevent numerous health complications. You could even see your medication be reduced or eliminated completed just by making this one change.

Better Absorption of Calcium and Vitamin D

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In fact, it is not just calcium and vitamin D absorption that benefit from using coconut oil. This ingredient helps to improve the absorption of all vitamins and minerals. It’s worth focusing on calcium and vitamin D because it can be difficult to get these in various parts of the world.

Vitamin D mainly comes from the sun but is a requirement to help with the absorption of calcium. Calcium comes from dairy and green leafyvegetables and helps to improve bone health. It makes sense to make sure you get both of them in recommended amounts on a daily basis.

Osteoporosis is a growing concern around the world, especially in older people. It causes weak bones, and can lead to brittle or broken bones very easily. Calcium helps to bulk the bones out with healthy components, improving the strength and reducing pain felt on a daily basis. And if you can get that from coconut oil (along with all these other health benefits), then why not add it to your daily diet?

It’s not just through helping the absorption of calcium that osteoporosis becomes a thing of the past. The coconut oil also has a lot of antioxidants. These help to fight and prevent cancer, but also help to right against the free radicals that also cause osteoporosis. So, you’re helping your bone health through vitamin D and calcium absorption, while fighting against the reason for osteoporosis occurring in the first place! It really is a win-win situation.

Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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Do you remember that bit about being naturally sweet? Sugar doesn’t just cause more Candida in the body; it also causes insulin resistance. Artificial sugars are the most to be concerned about, as natural sugars do not often have the same insulin response. These artificial sugars are found in cakes, biscuits and refined products. Coconut oil is a natural form.

When sugar goes into the body, it is released as glucose for energy. The pancreas has to release then insulin to help counter the sugar levels, and it can lead to an overproduction of the insulin, and the body starts to become resistant. When you then have more sugar, the body produces more insulin to combat the glucose, and you become a risk for Type 2 diabetes.

It’s so important to reduce this. Diabetes causes so many other health problems, and can even lead to amputations.

Coconut oil isn’t just naturally sweet meaning you have fewer refined sugars on a daily basis. It also helps to balance the amount of insulin released, so your digestive system becomes a healthier place. Your pancreas doesn’t have to do as much work, but you still get the energy levels that you need.

You will also feel more awake. Sugar does leave to a sudden burst of energy because of the glucose, but it also leads to a sudden crash. With coconut oil, you won’t get that problem.

How would it feel to know that you have not caused your body to become resistance to insulin? The good news is you can even repair some of the damage you have already done. If your doctor has said you are a risk for Type 2 diabetes, now is the time to make the switch to coconut oil and reverse some of the damage. If you’re already on medication, you could find that your levels drop with the use of coconut oil, and your medication can be lowered. Some people have found they can completely cut out their diabetes medication.

How Can You Use Coconut Oil to Get All the Health Benefits?

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With so many health benefits, it is time to look at how you can use it to really take them all in. There are just so many options, and you won’t even need to taste it if that’s something you’re not looking forward to! It depends on how important all the health benefits are to you, and whether you’re willing to get used to the taste—and you really will get used to it.

The quickest and most effective way to use coconut oil is through your cooking. It can completely replace any other oil you currently use, and it is an excellent option since it doesn’t go rancid. The oil doesn’t break down at the higher temperatures like some other options do. Whether you want to cook eggs, bake cakes or make roast potatoes, this is certainly something to start using instead.

Most supermarkets now sell the oil on the same shelves as olive and sunflower oil. Because it is becoming so popular, it is also cost-friendly. It may be worth investing in an oil sprayer to transfer your oil into, so you can limit the amount you use on a daily basis and make sure it is cost effective for you.

Another option is to add it to your smoothies. This can seem questionable at first; oil in smoothies? The benefit is that your smoothies will become creamy, without all the extra calories. You really don’t need that much to get all the health benefits; just a tablespoon or two will be more than enough.

When you’re making a smoothie next time, consider switching your water or milk for the oil. It’s especially great for those leafy green smoothies, such as kale and spinach. All these natural ingredients work together extremely well.

If you make homemade mayonnaise, you will also benefit from coconut oil. Homemade mayonnaise is much better for you than the shop-bought varieties. There are fewer calories, and you know exactly which ingredients have been added. When you add in the coconut oil, you’re giving yourself a lot of good saturated fats and gaining all the health benefits mentioned above.

Moving on from cooking and food, another option is to let your skin absorb all the health benefits. Coconut oil is a favorite body lotion for many because the skin absorbs it all quickly. Unlike other oils, specially manufactured oils and moisturising creams, the coconut oil doesn’t leave that damp, oily and slippery feeling. Instead, your skin is left feeling soft and gentle.

Using it in a topical way will also help you apply it directly to some of your health problems. If you have psoriasis or eczema, you can apply it directly to help counter the irritation and soothe the skin. If you have a baby with bad diaper rash, the antibacterial properties can help to heal that naturally and quickly.

Coconut oil can also be mixed with other essential oils. This can lead to many more health benefits while creating a hand cream or moisturiser that you’re proud of having. It becomes a great massage oil if you could only convince your other half to pamper you in this way! And if you shave regularly, you can use coconut oil instead of the expensive aftershave creams. The oil will also help to promote healing if you’ve cut yourself accidentally.

Coconut oil has also become an excellent makeup remover. There are some anti-aging properties from all the other health benefits, and applying directly to the face (where you are more likely to see signs of aging) will help to remove wrinkles and improve the elasticity within your skin. Stretch marks become a thing of the past, and you could even help to reduce the appearance of your acne scars.

It’s much cheaper to use coconut oil than the makeup removers in stores. There is no bad oily smell, and you can always add an essential oil if you want something specific. One thing that manufactured removers have is that clinical smell, which you get rid of with coconut oil.

Finally, you can apply it directly to your hair. It works to remove dandruff (by acting as a moisturiser) and will help to improve your dry hair effectively. If you have oily hair, you may not want to opt for this method of use too often, but once a week can be a major benefit. Apply it overnight and wrap your hair in a shower cap. Let it do the work naturally and then just wash it out the next morning.

There are just so many health benefits to coconut oil. It’s a wonder why more people don’t take advantage of it. You don’t need to use it in your cooking if you don’t want. Using it topically will help to get direct benefits to areas of the body that really need it. Make a switch to coconut oil today and improve your health right away.

Coconut is one of the healthiest fruits there is. Coconut oil is packed with nutrients that helps prevent and cure even the most serious diseases. Often underappreciated, it is one of those things we take for granted for its thousands of benefits.

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