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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 June 18, 2018

                              What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                              What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                              Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my participation award. I know how it feels like to step out of bed and barely being able to put on your socks. Having lower back pain sucks. But 9 out of 10 patients that suffer from lower back pain don’t even know the primary cause of it.

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                              Back Pain? Blame Our Evolution

                              Once upon a time in our fairly recent past, our ancestors felt the urgency to stand up and leave our quadruped neighbors behind. Habitual bipedalism, fancy word for regularly walking on two legs, came with a lot of advantages. With two rear limbs instead of four, we were able to more efficiently use our hands and create tools with them.

                              Sadly, life on two legs also brought along its disadvantages. Our spine had four supporting pillars previously, but now it only got two. The back is therefore naturally one of the weak links of our human anatomy. Our spine needs constant support from its supporting muscles to minimize the load on the spine. With no muscle support (tested on dead bodies) the back can only bear loads up to 5 pounds without collapsing [reference Panjabi 1989]. With well-developed torso muscles, the spine can take loads up to 2000 pounds. That’s a 400-fold increase.

                              Most people that come to me with a history of a herniated disc (that’s when the discs between the vertebral bodies are fully collapsed, really severe incident), tell me the ‘story of the pencil’. The injury with the following severe pain usually gets triggered by picking up a small, everyday object. Such as a pencil. Not as you may think by trying to lift 100 pounds – no, but by a simple thing – such as a pencil.

                              This tells us that damage in your back adds up over time, it’s a so called cumulative trauma disorder. Meaning back pain is a result of your daily habits.

                              Sitting Is the New Smoking

                              Whenever I sit for too long, my back hurts. In fact, 54% of Americans who experience lower back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting. But isn’t sitting something that should reduce the stress of your back? No, just the opposite.

                              The joints between the bones of the spine are not directly linked to the blood supply. These joints instead get nourished through a process called diffusion. Diffusion works because molecules (such as oxygen, important for cells) are constantly moving and try to get as much space for themselves as they can. A key element for diffusion therefore is a pressure difference. In the image below the left room contains more moving molecules than the right, that’s why the molecules from the left are moving to the right. This way nutrition gets transformed into the joints, whereas toxins are transported out of the joints.

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                              Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your spinal chord. The diffusion process therefore can’t function as efficiently. Nutrition and toxins can’t be properly transported, the joints get damaged.

                                Sit Properly

                                If sitting can play such a huge part in the creation of your lower back pain, how do you sit properly then?

                                Is it better to sit with a straight back or should you rather lay back in your chair? Can I cross my legs when I’m sitting or should I have a symmetrical position with my feet? These are questions that I hear on a daily basis. The answer might shock you – according to recent science – all of them are right. The best sitting position is an ever-changing one. An ever-changing position minimizes the pressure on certain points of your spine and spreads it on the whole part.

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                                  Stand Up More

                                  Even better than a sitting position is a stand up position. Standing dramatically reduces the pressure on your spine. If you’re forced to work on a desk the whole day though, you have two options.

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                                  Take breaks every hour of about 2-3 minutes.

                                  Set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour! In that time you stand up and reach to the ceiling, on your toe tips with fully extended arms. You’re inhaling during the whole process. You do this activity for 20 seconds. Afterwards you’re walking through the office for the next 2 minutes. You might grab a healthy snack or some water in that time. The exercise relieves the pressure on your spine, while the walking makes sure that the joints on your spine are properly used.

                                  Or get a standing desk.

                                  One of the best companies on the market for Standing Desks, according to my research, is Autonomous. Autonomous offers a rather cheap Standing Desk, with the ability to change the height. Which means you can start the day standing and switch to sitting if you’re tired.

                                  Exercise for Lower Back Pain

                                  Sitting is an immobile position. Your joints are made for movement and therefore need movement to function properly. If humans are moving, all moving parts: e.g. the joints, bones and muscles get strengthened. If you’re in a rested position for too long, your tissues start to deteriorate. You have to get the right amount of activity in.

                                  But not too much activity. There’s a chance that going to the gym may even increase your risk of lower back pain. I know plenty of friends with chiseled bodies that suffer from pain in the spine regularly. Huge muscles do not prevent you from back pain. In your training you should focus on building up the muscles that are stabilizing your back and relieve pressure. Squats with 400 pounds don’t do the trick.

                                  The more weight you carry around, the more weight your spinal chord has to bear on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons why huge, muscular guys can suffer from back pain too. One of the most important goals of your exercise regimen should therefore be weight loss.

                                  Here are some important tips for you to consider when starting an exercise regimen:

                                  Make sure you implement cardiovascular training in your workout routine.

                                  This will not only help you lose weight, it will also make sure that your arteries, which flow to the tissue next to your spinal discs, are free of placque and can therefore transport nutrients properly.

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                                  Important: If you have rather strong back pain, maybe even an herniated disc, don’t start running on a threadmill. Running is an high-impact exercise. Which means there are continuous, reocurring high pressure points on your spine. Your endurance training should therefore either be fast-paced walking or a training on the elliptical trainer for the beginning, because both have little to no stressful impact on your backbone.

                                  Focus on developing your whole core if you want to minimize your pain.

                                  There are some people that do hundreds of sit ups a day. While sit ups are a good exercise for your abdomen, it also puts pressure on your spine due to the bending movement. A sixpack workout routine is one-sided. Your abs may become overdeveloped in comparison to your back muscles. You’ve created an imbalance. A great way to train your abdominal muscles and back muscles simultaneously, is holding the plank position.

                                  Stretch only if you have tight muscles.

                                  I remember stretching every morning after I woke up. I took 10 minutes out of my day to just work on my flexibility and prevent injuries. Little did I know that I was actually promoting an injury, by doing so.

                                  Contrary to common belief, stretching is only partially beneficial to treating lower back pain. Stretching makes sense if tight muscles (such as the hamstrings) are forcing you to constantly bend your back. Stretching to treat pain doesn’t make sense if you’re already on a good level of flexibility. Hyper-mobility may even enforce back pain.

                                  If you found out that you had tight muscles that you need to stretch, try to stretch them at least three times a week. Don’t stretch your muscles right after you wake up in the morning. This is because your spinal discs soak themselves up in fluid over the nighttime. Every bending and excessive loads on your spine is much worse in that soaked-up state. Postpone your stretching regime to two-to three hours after you’ve woken up.

                                  Where to Start

                                  The key to improving your habits is awareness. Try to get aware of your back while you’re sitting down, laying down or lifting an object next time. This awareness of your body is called proprioception. For example, you have to be aware whether your back is bended or straight in this very second. Trust me, it is harder than you might think. You may need to ask a friend for the first few tries. But the change that this awareness can make in your back pain is absolutely fascinating. This consciousness of your body is one of the most important things in your recovery or prevention.

                                  Here are a few behavioural tactics that you need to be considering:

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                                  If you’re leaning forward more than 30 degrees with your upper body, support your spine with your arms.

                                  Ever tried to show a colleague of yours a complex issue and found yourself awkwardly leaning forward on their desk, pointing with your fingers to his paper? If that ever happens again, make sure you’re using the not-pointing arm to support yourself on the desk.

                                  Keep a straight back.

                                  Be it while exercising, stretching or standing. If you’re bending your back you’re putting stress on small areas of your spinal chord. A straight back redistributes the force to a bigger area. You’re minimizing the pressure. Remember this whenever you’re at the gym and reracking your weights, focus on having a neutral spine.

                                  Put symmetrical loads on your spine.

                                  I used to play the trumpet when I was a child. The instrument is pretty heavy. The trumpet gets transported in a big, metallic suitcase – with no wheels. Being the nature of suitcases, you only carry it with one arm, on one side of your body. This forced me to constantly lean on the other side with my upper body, while transporting the instrument from A to B. Not really the healthiest activity for your spine as you can imagine.

                                  If you have to carry heavy objects, carry them with both arms. Put the object in the middle of your body and keep it as close to your mass of gravity as you can. If this is not possible, try to carry the same amount on the left side than you do on the right side. This puts the stress vertically on a fully extended spine. The load is much better bearable for your spine.

                                  Stay Away From the Back Pain League

                                  Our world is getting more sedentary. We will continue to develop faster transportation, more comfortable houses and easier lives. While our technological progress definitely has its amazing benefits, it sadly has its downsides too. The danger for back pain will continue to rise on our ever-increasing motionless planet. It’s time to raise awareness.

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