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Health Benefits Of Onions That Many People Overlook

Health Benefits Of Onions That Many People Overlook

Onions are often associated with adding a delicious and distinctive flavor to a dish, but they also have numerous health benefits as well. Found in the same biological family as garlic, chives, and leeks, their healthy side effects have been used for centuries around the world. Read on to understand how powerful this vegetable really can be. Here are several ailments you will overcome with your love of onions.

You will ease earaches

Have you ever had a painful earache that just will not seem to go away? Instead of driving to your nearest drug store to find relief, an onion’s natural healing properties will have you feeling better just by going into your own fridge. Grab an onion, cut it in half, and take out the center. Apply this portion of the onion inside your ear. Make sure it is large enough to stay lodged inside the outer ear and not fall into the inner ear. Leave it in overnight and the natural chemistry of the onion will help decrease any inflammation within the ear. It will also soften any excess wax, making it easier to remove. If you prefer a liquid remedy, boiling an onion and then applying it with a dropper might be more ideal. Wrapping the onion in a warm cloth and applying it to the ear is another option as well.

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You will fight colds and flus

Placing raw onions on people suffering from colds or flus has been traced back to traditional Chinese medicine. The theory behind this method is that onions have natural anti-bacterial properties, while feet are a link to the nervous system and internal organs. Phosphoric acid (the chemical in onions that makes your eyes water) can enter the bloodstream by being absorbed through your feet, thereby purifying your blood and making it easier to fight infections. Cut an onion into flat slivers that can easily be applied to the bottom of your feet. Place clear wrap around the onions and your feet then place your feet into socks and wear them overnight.

You will help prevent cancer

Onions have been proven to help decrease chances of getting ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, and laryngeal cancer – even when moderately consumed 1-2 times a week. It is highly recommended. The more onion you eat, the better it has at keeping cancer at bay. If a recipe calls for half an onion, try to use a little bit more. For some inspiration on how to incorporate onions into your next meal, check out this list of recipes all dedicated to this bulbous veggie.

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You will help control blood sugar levels

One of the less known facts about onions is that they contain high sulfur and flavonoid content, which is are known to decrease blood sugar levels. It has been shown that when diabetics consume at least 2 ounces per day, there was a significant reduction in their blood sugar. Research with how onions can play a bigger role in diabetics treatment is still being researched. A lower chance of developing heart disease is a beneficial side effect of lowered blood sugar from consuming onions.

You will help deal with asthma

Onions are known to have an antioxidant called quercetin, which serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and antihistamine. In studies, quercetin has been proven to inhibit immune cells from producing histamine (the chemicals that are responsible for the allergic reaction). For those suffering from asthma, it is believed that quercetin helps open the respiratory tract’s bronchi, making breathing easier.

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You will prevent tooth decay

Eating raw onions will guarantee that you have smelly breath, but the upside is that it can also eliminate harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Chewing on raw onions between 2-3 minutes has been known to kill most germs in your mouth.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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