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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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