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20 Amazing Health Benefits Of Tuna Fish

20 Amazing Health Benefits Of Tuna Fish

How often do you eat tuna fish? What is your favorite recipe?

We all know that consuming fish is healthy and that we should eat it at least twice a week. The benefits of eating tuna are many, and tuna is healthy, we should all eat more tuna. Today we’re having a closer look at them, and bring you the benefits of tuna fish in detail. Let’s dive in.

1. It helps your heart.

The high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids in tuna meat brings the balance into the blood vessels, reducing the cholesterol in the arteries. Lower cholesterol in arteries equals fewer problems in blood flow and heart pump, which brings you the improvement of the heart health.

Healthy tip: Replace the fat-saturated meat like pork (especially processed) with tuna.

2. It reduces your blood pressure.

Tuna is rich in potassium – a mineral that lowers the blood pressure significantly. The combination of this element with omega-3 fats brings anti-inflammatory effect to the cardiovascular system.

That means lower pressure, and lower risk of stroke, heart attacks, and complicated problems, like clogged arteries.

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    Healthy tip: Canned tuna is salted, adding a lot of sodium, which counters the potassium in the system. Try to consume as much of uncanned, fresh tuna fish as you can. 

    3. It improves your immune system.

    The meat of this fish is rich in manganese, zinc, vitamin C, and selenium – the antioxidants that are known as major boosters of the immune system. The antioxidants fight the free radicals, the by-products of metabolism on the cellular level, which can cause multiple serious diseases, like cancer.

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      Healthy tip: A single serving of tuna meat is approximately 200% of daily antioxidant requirements.

      4. It boosts your circulation.

      Iron and Vitamin B are the reasons of this benefit. Your cardiovascular system gets jammed and slowed down with fat, caused by unhealthy eating habits, and your cells start to degenerate. The high intake of iron and vitamin B strengthen the blood cells. Iron boosts the blood circulation, improving the oxidation of the body organs, ensuring the optimal functioning.

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        5. It reduces depression.

        Having tuna three to four times a week is more effective than Prozac. This bold statement is a result of a scientific research on the groups of depressed people where groups were divided into three: the Placebo group (consuming placebo pills), the Prozac group, and tuna group (eating tuna several times a week).

        Surprisingly, the tuna group had the biggest reducing the stress levels.

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          Healthy Tip: Natural treatment of the conditions and diseases removes the side effects of drugs. Tuna is the perfect antioxidant to replace industrialized medicines in some cases.

          6. It lowers triglycerides.

          You probably already know that tuna impacts the cholesterol levels in the organism, but there is a lot behind this. A number of triglycerides in the bloodstream expose the amount of fat circulating your body. They are connected with LDL, or bad cholesterol, and HDL, the good one.

          Healthy tip: Eating tuna at least twice a week to lower the LDL and improves the HDL.

          7. It helps with eye health.

          The condition called macular degeneration lowers the vision of the eye and slowly brings blindness. The all-mighty Omega-3 acids steps in as a prevention of this condition.

          Healthy tip: Regular intake of Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the dry eye syndrome.

          Frying or grilling can reduce the amounts of healthy ingredients in the meat. Try recipes with baking in the oven, using baking paper.

          8. It strengthens your bones.

          Vitamin D is the major building component of the bones. The benefits of this vitamin demonstrate in cancer prevention, strong and healthy bones, and no fractures.

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            Healthy tip: Combined with minerals from tuna meat, vitamin D lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis and autoimmune diseases. 

            9. It improves your skin health.

            Tuna contains trace mineral, which prevents damage to blood cells due to intoxication and heath state of the body. Second, a protein called elastin provides additional tissue repairs and gives the smoothness to the skin.

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              Healthy Tip: To additionally take care of your skin, use the olive oil as a treatment.

              10. It prevents stroke.

              With five servings of tuna a week, adults can lower the risk of the stroke by 30%. The prevention of blood clots and improving the artery walls, thanks to B vitamin complex and folic acids in tuna.

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                Healthy Tip: Cardiovascular strength can be improved with regular daily exercise. 

                11. Tuna fights kidney disease.

                The mentioned potassium mineral helps with the fluid balance and regular functioning of the kidneys. Kidney cancer is one of the most frequent cancer types in the world, and it develops from the inadequate functioning of organs.

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                  Healthy Tip: Make sure you’re staying hydrated during the day. Seven to nine glasses of water are the required amount for optimal kidney function, and body health. 

                  12. It prevents cancer.

                  Antioxidants from the tuna meat fight cancer cells. Many types of cancer withdraw from the elements found in tuna fish, such as breast cancer.

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                    Healthy Tip: Make sure you’re consuming fish every week, and you can mix it up when you get bored of tuna.

                    13.  It provides energy.

                    The components of the tuna fish improve the metabolism and increase energy. The vitamin B complex stands behind this, next to high protein values and omega-3 acids.

                            Healthy Tip: Tuna meat shortens the recovery time in athletes training, and provides energy for demanding exercises. Increase          the daily intake to boost the overall state of well being.

                    14.  It builds muscle.

                    One of the main ingredients of tuna meat is protein. Tuna is among the protein-richest meats, making it the perfect companion in muscle development and fat loss. Muscles grow from proteins, recover faster, and improve the metabolism rate of the body.

                    Healthy Tip: Tuna is cheap, yet great for protein intake. 100 grams of tuna meat contains 30 grams of protein. Use the math and add the tuna into your muscle development diet. 

                    15. It enhances weight loss.

                    Obesity and overweight are the biggest health problems worldwide. Tuna is a low-calorie, high-quality protein food full of healthy nutrients that boost health, metabolism and reduce fat. Increased intake of the omega three fatty acids from tuna meat stimulate a hormone for hunger, called leptin. With this hormone at bay, you won’t crave for food.

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                      Healthy Tip: Boost your metabolism with several meals a day, and reduce the carbohydrates in late afternoon to night hours.

                      16. It reduces inflammation.

                      Both illness inflammation and muscle inflammation are suppressed by tuna meat. The anti-inflammatory minerals and healthy cholesterol in this meat help with allocation of resources in the organism. That leads to proper function of the whole body, and prevention of inflammatory diseases like arthritis and gout.

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                        Healthy Tip: Don’t be afraid of inflammation, in muscle-building practice, it is a good thing. 

                        17. It boosts insulin response.

                        People suffering from diabetes can benefit from tuna intake even more. The omega-3 acids helps in keeping the insulin at bay, making the everyday life easier for the diabetes patients.

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                        Healthy Tip: Staying hydrated enhances the effects of tuna consumption. Stay hydrated at all times to keep the insulin from rising.

                        18. It improves your mood.

                        Selenium handles the appetite and mood in humans. Research shows that lack of selenium in the body will cause anxiety. Another benefit of omega-3 acids is mood improvement process that they trigger.

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                          Healthy Tip: The starvation caused by effort to lose weight can cause mood changes and unpleasant feelings.

                          19. It affects your brain.

                          Diet rich in tuna meat improves cognitive function of the brain, and the main responsible are the mighty omega-3 acids. That occurs when a healthy blood and cells full of oxygen circulate in a clean bloodstream, arriving in the brain. Brain functions much better, as it has all the resources it needs.

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                            Healthy Tip: To improve the brain functioning consume nuts and berries. They have proven record in maintaining a healthy brain functioning. 

                            20. It prevents cell membrane damage.

                            When you consume cooked tuna, you help your body in multiple ways. Protein in tuna breaks down to the cellular entities called peptides. The peptides, when consumed, affect the cell membranes of our body, improving their overall state and thus making our body much healthier, and resilient to the free radicals.

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                              Healthy Tip: Try to consume boiled tuna as much as possible. It might taste a bit bad, but wih good seasoning and spices, you can make a beautiful meal. 

                              That ends our list of benefits of eating tuna fish. Now you have more than a dozen reasons to eat tuna every single day, and enjoy all of these benefits. Bon appetit!

                              Let us know your favorite tuna recipe in the comments below.

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                              Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                              1. Cat Camel Stretch

                              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                              3. Jumping Jacks

                              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                              4. Abductor Side Lifts

                              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                              5. Balancing Table Pose

                              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                6. Leg Squats

                                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                7. Push Ups

                                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                8. Bicycle Crunches

                                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                9. Lunges

                                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                10. Bicep Curls

                                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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