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19 Super Healthy Benefits of Celery

19 Super Healthy Benefits of Celery

Did you know that celery is one of the healthiest veggies out there? You probably hear a lot about spinach, kale, apples and lemons but this green vegetable is often forgotten and little spoken about.

Not only does celery have plenty of health benefits but it’s also very versatile! It can be eaten both raw and cooked. You can add it to vegetable juices, smoothies, stir-fries, raw and cooked soups, steamed or baked veggie dishes and salads.

Here are 20 health benefits of this universal and healthy vegetable.

1. It is very hydrating.

Celery is high in water content (95% water) and electrolytes, which are vital for proper hydration and cellular functions. For a super re-hydrating drink (e.g. after a long flight or after having food poisoning), mix freshly pressed celery juice with coconut water, which is also high in electrolytes. This special drink works way better than over-the-counter rehydrating powders.

2. It is packed with alkaline minerals.

Celery has potassium, magnesium, sodium and iron and therefore is very alkalizing and neutralizes the effects of acidifying foods such as meat, dairy and highly processed foods. These minerals are also essential to many bodily functions.

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3. Sodium that is available in celery is soluble and organic.  and therefore more absorbable.

It is much easier for your body to absorb the salt in celery as opposed to regular table salt. This helps get rid of the salty food cravings, which is vital if you’re trying to eat healthier.

As the study shows it has a strong protective effect against colon cancer.

4. It is rich in chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll helps regenerate the blood, and has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimutagenic properties. These amazing health benefits of chlorophyll are the main reason why leafy greens are so good for our health.

5. It’s rich in both water-soluble and insoluble fiber.

This helps support a healthy elimination function, blood sugar regulation and nutrient absorption.

6. It is great for weight loss.

One large celery stalk contains only 10 kcal, while nourishing your body with healthy nutrients.

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7. It is rich in magnesium which helps you calm down and sleep better.

A lot of people are deficient in magnesium, so adding celery to your diet could help you replenish this vital nutrient in your body.

8. It reduces inflammation.

Although acute inflammation is important, and vital for our healing process, chronic inflammation might lead to a number of illnesses. According to the Department of Health and Human Services  and American Heart Association, chronic inflammation might cause diseases such as atherosclerosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, food intolerances, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease and in some cases even cancer. It also accelerates the aging process.

9. It is very detoxifying as it has diuretic and cleansing properties.

This makes you eliminate toxins from the body and reduce water weight.

10. It’s good for your eyes.

One cup of chopped celery contains 10 percent of your daily need for Vitamin A, which a vital nutrient to support good eye health.

11. It reduces “bad” cholesterol.

There is a component in celery called butylphthalide. It gives the vegetable its flavor and scent. This component also reduces bad cholesterol!

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12. It lowers blood pressure.

An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health.

13. Celery can combat cancer.

A powerful flavonoid in celery, called luteolin inhibits the growth of cancer cells especially in the pancreas.

14. It is a great source of vitamin K.

Vitamin K is important for blood clotting, building strong bones and good heart health.

15. It is an old folk remedy for heartburn because of its low acidity.

A study published in Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology included celery in a “low acid” diet prescribed to patients suffering from acid reflux.

16. In addition to well­-known antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids, scientists have now identified at least a dozen other types of antioxidant nutrients in celery.

The antioxidant support we get from celery is largely due to its phenolic nutrients that have been shown to help protect us against unwanted oxygen damage to our cells, blood vessels, and organ systems.

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17. Because it acts as a diuretic, celery helps to remove uric acid crystals.

These crystals build up around the body’s joints that can add to the pain and discomfort of frequent joint use. It can also increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.

18. It helps boost the strength of the immune system.

Due to its high vitamin C and other antioxidants content, regularly eating celery can reduce your risk of catching the common cold as well as protecting you against a variety of other diseases.

19. Due its high flavanoid content, it supports the nervous system and brain health.

Celery protects the nerve cells from oxygen-based damage.

 

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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