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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 September 10, 2019

                              7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                              7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                              Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                              Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                              This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                              One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                              Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                              Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                              1. Gratitude

                              Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                              The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                              Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                              So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                  4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                  According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                  There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                  5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                  Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                  Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                  6. Rise Earlier

                                  The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                  For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                  So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                  Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                  7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                  Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                  Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                  It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                  Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                  Reference

                                  [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                  [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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