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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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