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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 May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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