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Studies Say Hot Sauce Is Good For Your Diet

Studies Say Hot Sauce Is Good For Your Diet

At this very moment, my partner and I are going through serious dilemma regarding our diet. We know we have to maintain our weight because there are so many factors that will impose health risks sometime later in our lives. Luckily we’ve come across some studies which couldn’t have come at a better time! If you are like us, thinking about your future, and wanting to nurture a well balanced diet, then here is some information that will deliver a boost to your health – especially to those who love hot sauce.

Medicinal Advantages of Chili Pepper

Chili has some medicinal advantages. It is considered to be safe and effective in treating arthritis pain, herpes-zoster pain, diabetic neuropathy, mastectomy pains, and headaches.

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What do the studies say?

As unique as it may sound, science has actually provided with studies that show how hot sauce, or to be more exact, chili peppers can be beneficial for us. The studies say that chili peppers contain capsaicin, an active components of the chili plants that belong to the subfamily of capsicum, develop a change in the body. This result in a progressive development of cancer cells, and reduction in the risk of early deaths.

According to David Popovich, a nutrition expert from Massey University, New Zealand, “The bottom line is that any kind of vegetable material you consume will improve your health. But hot peppers are really beneficial for you, if you can take the spice.”

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In 2006, Popovich and his research team started investigating on mice to see that high doses of capsaicin successfully kills some prostate cancer cells, while leaving the healthy cells alive. In the case of human beings, they would require a large amount of such spices to keep up with the theory.

How does capsaicin work?

Scientists have yet to come up with a solid answer as to how capsaicin actually works. Scientists have scrutinised carefully on what capsaicin does once it enters the outer membrane of a cancerous cell. According to them, after infiltrating inside, it does something to change the chemical in the exterior of the cells. If enough capsaicin are added to the surface, the membranes separate.

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According to Popovich, the only hypothetical answer he can come up with is that capsaicin is capable of advancing a process called apoptosis – where programmed cell death occurs in multicellular organisms. While other scientists believe that certain vegetables contain capsaicin and eating them would benefit from a slowed growth cancer cells, there is one researcher from the Research Center For Food and Development in Mexico, Jose de Jesus Ornelas-Paz, who believes that whole chili peppers are very favorable for our health if we want to fight cancer.

Capsaicin is a fat soluble compound. Mixing it with either fat or oil will is advantageous for your health. Ornelas-Paz said, “Pungent peppers are a cocktail of bioactive compounds. Blending, cutting and cooking improve the release of these compounds from pepper tissue, increasing the amount available for absorption.”

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Chili Peppers in cooking

If you are spicy food eater, then a lot of trouble has been solved for you. You can either eat chilis raw, add a couple of them during cooking so that the flavor can ooze out, or you can simply add hot sauce to your diet. Use it as a dressing, or use it as a dip. You can also use it in cooking, regardless of what you cook – chicken, lean meat, or vegetables. As for buying your hot sauce, go for the favorites: peri peri, or tabasco. There are many options too. Just visit your supermarket and see what suits you better.

In the end..

Even if there isn’t a solid answer to how capsaicin works, there is enough evidence to suggest that it will lower the risk of mortality in humans. In August of this year, a research team from Harvard University studied nearly half a million of Chinese individuals, and discovered that adults who ate spicy food six or seven times a week have a 14% lower mortality risk as compared to those who didn’t eat spicy food.

Now that the spicy lovers have good news in their support, the non spicy lovers can try to add a little bit of chilis to spice up their life!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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