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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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