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Eating Kerson Fruit Will Bring You These 10 Amazing Health Benefits

Eating Kerson Fruit Will Bring You These 10 Amazing Health Benefits

Nutritionists have identified a group of foods that provide amazing health benefits. Dubbed ‘superfoods’, this group provide nutrients that normal food groups could only dream of.

There’s no strict definition of a superfood. But what scientists do know is that these foods are full of more than just essential vitamins and minerals. Many of these foods also include a healthy dose of antioxidants and polyphenols.

Some science suggests that people who regularly consume these foods reduce their risk of certain diseases. Other evidence suggests that they help prolong life. Whatever it is that these superfoods do, many of the people who consume them regularly are often healthier than those who ignore them.

Some of these superfoods include foods like kale. Others are fruits like acai and blueberries. But one of the most essential superfoods is Kerson fruit.

What Is Kerson Fruit?

Kerson fruit grows on trees. The fruit resembles a cherry and has a tart flavor. Kerson fruit is not always known by this name. It is also referred to as the Panama berry, the Jamaican cherry and the Singapore cherry. If you buy them from a Spanish grocer, the fruit would be called a yamanza, memizo or bolania.

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The trees grow all around the world. However, they primarily grow in warm climates. These fruit can be found throughout the Caribbean and Mexico. It grows as far south as South America. It is also found in southern Asia. It grows in countries like India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

There are many amazing health benefits of Kerson fruit. The following list contains only ten out of dozens of essential properties of this superfood.

Antibacterial Properties

The Kerson fruit offers antibacterial properties that are beneficial to anyone. These antibacterial properties help kill harmful bacteria while promoting good bacterial. This can help ward off infections and illnesses.

Low Blood Pressure

Drinking tea made from the leaves of this tree can help relieve low blood pressure. Low blood pressure often occurs when blood is unable to flow around the body at a normal rate. Low blood pressure can be dangerous and it often results in poor circulation.

Kerson fruit leaves help by providing nitric oxide. This helps improve blood flow by relaxing your blood vessels.

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Pain Relief

The tea that helps improve your blood pressure can also help relieve mild pain. It works by blocking pain receptors. This is similar to how opiates work. The benefit of drinking tea is that you do not have the side effects associated with medication.

Relieves Inflammation

The tea made from the leaves of the Kerson tree also has anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for treating inflammation anywhere in the body. It can also help relieve swelling and fevers.

Provides Antioxidants

As a superfood, Kerson fruit offers plenty of antioxidants. What makes this fruit special is that it offers many of the antioxidants found in green tea.

There are around 24 different phenolic and flavonoid compounds found in Kerson fruit. This is great news for anyone who wants the benefits of green tea without the caffeine.

Relieves Headaches

Both the fruit and tea from the leaves are known for providing relief from headaches. It helps by providing mild pain relief. It also reduces the inflammation associated with headaches.

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Avoid Cancer

One of the biggest reasons why many people flock to superfoods is to prevent cancer. There are many properties in superfoods that may help people avoid cancer. The Kerson fruit is no exception to this.

Some science suggests that Kerson fruit and other superfoods have properties that prevent cancer and will spare you the need to start a claims process in case of medical complications. Although there is no conclusive evidence, eating these fruits seems like a safe and tasty way to keep your body healthy.

Works as a Multi-Vitamin

Besides to the 24 antioxidants the fruit provides, the Kerson fruit offers all the benefits of a great multi-vitamin. The Kerson fruit has plenty of fiber. It also has a balanced amount of carbohydrates, protein, phosphorus and calcium.

In addition to these macronutrients, Kerson fruit also offers B-Vitamins, iron, and vitamin C. All of these have serious health benefits and can improve your quality of life.

Treats Gout

One of the most celebrated aspects of Kerson fruit is how it treats gout. It works to relieve the pain that often comes with the disease. Some research suggests that eating 10 cherries three times daily will help treat the pain.

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Relieves Cramps

The pain blockers also work to relieve abdominal cramps. The tea created from Kerson fruit leaves constitutes a natural home remedy for stomach cramps.

The Kerson fruit tree is a great superfood with plenty of beneficial properties. To try it for yourself, you can buy fresh fruit from both Asian and Latin supermarkets. You can also find it online in health supplement shops.

Featured photo credit: Ervins Strauhmanis via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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