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10 Benefits Of Onions You Didn’t Know About

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10 Benefits Of Onions You Didn’t Know About

Onions do more than just add a little zing to soups, casseroles, and omelets!  Read on to find out about the amazing health benefits of onions that you might not even be aware of.

Onions Are Good for Heart Health

If you want to keep your heart healthy, keep eating those onions! Onions are able to thin the blood, which reduces your chances of forming a blood clot and at the same time are able to help lower levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol. Both of these factors can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, making onions an important part of a heart-healthy diet.

Onions Can Slow Down The Ageing Process And Strengthen Your Immune System

Onions are a great source of antioxidants such as quercetin, sulfur and vitamin C. These antioxidants have been shown to reduce stress on your cells and slow down the aging process. They are also good for strengthening your immune system, making it less likely that you will come down with the flue or other infections.

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Onions Are Diet-Friendly

Trying to shed those extra pounds? Try adding onions to your diet. They have no fat or cholesterol and an entire cup of onions is only 64 calories! These can be tossed to healthy dishes like salads or vegetable stir-fries to help add zest to your food and help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Onions Detoxify Naturally

Looking for a gentle way to detox? Then consider adding extra onions to the diet. Onions are rich in sulfur-containing compounds and amino acids that help the body to get rid of toxins such as heavy metals, which can build up in your system and leave you feeling tired and sluggish.

Onions Can Even Improve Your Mood

Believe it or not, onions are not just good for physical health but emotional health as well. This is because they can help block compounds in the body which can interfere with serotonin levels. Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone which can help fight off feelings of stress, anxiety or depression.

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Onions Are Rich in Healthy Minerals

Apart from iron, onion is rich in other minerals, too. The two most important are calcium — which your body needs for strong bones and teeth — and magnesium, which can help you deal with stress and give you a good night’s sleep.

Onions Are Effective Against Some Cancers

Onions are a rich source of a compound called allicin. In several studies, allicin has been shown to have anti-cancer properties, especially against cancers of the stomach and colon and helps by slowing the growth of tumors.

Onions Have Strong Antiseptic Properties

Compounds in onions have been shown to have strong anti-viral and antibiotic properties and can help you fight infections. They are particularly good against e.coli and can help the body to fight off urinary infections like cystitis, a common and painful infection of the bladder.

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Onions Can Help Treat Anemia

Anemia is caused by low iron levels and can leave you feeling tired and worn out even after a good night’s sleep. An iron-rich diet can help improve this condition and build up red blood cells. Onions are very high in iron, making them a good choice if you suffer from this condition.

Onions Can Help with Hair Loss

Onions aren’t just useful when you eat them!  One study showed that when people applied juice from an onion to their scalp for several weeks, this application could help with hair loss naturally. This could prove to be a great at-home remedy if your hair is thinning!

If you are wanting a great, simple recipe to get more onions in your diet, click here.

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The takeaway here is that onions are quick to prepare and add to a variety of dishes, even if you have a busy schedule. And the health benefits for doing so are numerous, making it a small but easy way to help improve your health even on those really hectic days!

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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Featured photo credit: Libby Penner via unsplash.com

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