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8 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Start Eating Guava

8 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Start Eating Guava

A few weekends ago, over brunch, I ordered guava juice at the suggestion of the server. I’d never seen or tried the exotic fruit although the name rang some dormant bell. The light mauve drink looked just as enticing as the wonderful, fruity scent. One sip and I was hooked. I wanted to figure out a bit more about guavas and in my research, was repeatedly impressed by the many benefits this modest fruit packs. Luckily, this delicious fruit is becoming increasingly common and available in the western world. Here are a few things you’ll experience when eating guava regularly.

1. You will feel bright and radiant.

Guava contains four times more Vitamin C than oranges, helping you boost your immunity. It also has Vitamin E which nourishes, rejuvenates and hydrates skin. A guava a day will protect you from colds and flus. It’s no secret that healthy skin is hydrated skin and packing 81% water content per guava, it’s sure to quench more than your thirst. All the wonderful, anti-inflammatory benefits of this fruit will help you feel and look your best.

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2. You will experience a positive change in mood.

Finishing off my glass of guava juice, I felt like I’d just ingested a tall glass of sunshine. Rich in copper, this targets thyroid function which balances your hormones and increases energy. Along with the aforementioned bundle of Vitamin C, regular intake of guava can lower anxiety and elevate your mood. Since your hormones will be balanced from your healthy thyroid, it’ll be easier to maintain your good mood throughout the day.

3. You will feel sharp.

Rich in B3 and B6, this fruit will improve blood circulation to the brain and help sharpen your focus. B3 helps the body utilize sugars, protein and fatty acids to create energy. And B6 supports the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin, two of the four neurotransmitters responsible, when chemically balanced, for your happiness and pleasure.

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4. Your vision will improve.

This humble fruit has a good amount of Vitamin A, ten times the amount in a lemon, which is important for eye health. Not only can it help you keep your vision intact, it also aids in the reversal of eyesight degradation and prevention of ocular illnesses and conditions such as cataracts.

5. You might experience healthier hair growth.

Guavas boast a healthy amount of manganese which aids in the absorption of many necessary vitamins your body requires. This helps key elements in healthy hair growth such as biotin in getting retained and nourishing right at the source. Hydration is also an essential component of healthy and strong hair growth and guavas, similar to watermelons, have a high water content.

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6. You will feel very relaxed.

Magnesium content in guavas help with muscle and nerve relaxation. Consuming a ripe guava or guava juice after an arduous workout might just be the small but quick therapy you need. Its benefits also include a decrease in cholesterol and blood pressure while relieving migraines. Consuming guavas regularly improves blood circulation which carries oxygen and nutrients to all body tissues.

7. You will be more “regular”.

Packed with a considerable amount of fiber along with potassium, eating guavas regularly will help cleaning your digestive system and aid in easier bowel movements. Guavas contain almost the same amount of potassium as a banana. The astringent properties of the fruit clean the stomach while anti-oxidants like Vitamin A and C flush out impurities.

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8. You will notice an improvement in Blood Pressure

Guavas are fairly low in calories (68 calories per 100g). Incorporating them in your diet would contribute to an improvement in high blood pressure as they lower bad cholesterol, a key factor in heart disease and hypertension. Their ability to reduce blood pressure was mentioned in a 1993 study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension. Reversely, they improve good cholesterol and the lycopene content found in pink-fleshed guava reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Hopefully, all the beneficial health properties of guavas listed above will entice you to try or incorporate them into your regular eating habits.

Featured photo credit: Guavas P1020070-1 by Beyond Forgetting via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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