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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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Sumaiya Kabir

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

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.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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