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Top 18 Edible Houseplants That Are Good For Your Health

Top 18 Edible Houseplants That Are Good For Your Health

Growing your own food can be the perfect solution for saving money and eating healthier, but for those of us without big yard spaces, it might seem like an impossible dream. Fortunately, there are many edible houseplants that are good for your health and easy to grow.

1. Avocados

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    Avocados are considered a superfood because they are rich in healthy fats, vitamins E and B6, and carotenoids, which are known to help reduce risk of cancer, heart disease, and eye degeneration.

    Although avocados can be grown from a pit, it will be a lot faster and easier to buy a dwarf avocado plant from the nursery. In order to keep it alive and producing delicious fruits, make sure it’s planted in a large, well-draining pot with sand at the bottom and potting mix on top. Place it in a sunny area with a high ceiling and water it frequently.

    Ripe avocados can hang from the tree for a few weeks, but it’s best to consume them sooner than later before they lose their flavor and texture. You can tell when the green varieties are ripe because the skin will look yellow. With the darker varieties, the skin will look almost black.

    2. Carrots

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      Carrots are known to be amazing for your eyes because they have carotenoids in them, but they are also a great source of a variety of vitamins and minerals.

      The best way to grow carrots indoors is to plant seeds in a window box that is at least a foot and a half deep. You will want to fill the well-draining container with potting mix, leaving about an inch of space from the top. Plant the seeds an inch apart in rows that are six inches apart, and cover with potting soil. Keep the soil wet, but not soaked, and in a window that gets a lot of sunlight.

      Carrots are ready to be harvested once the tops of them are about 3/4 of an inch. To pull them out, grab the roots up top firmly, wiggle it a bit, and then pull straight up.

      3. Lemons

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        Lemons have a ton of vitamin C and antioxidants.

        To grow lemons indoors, purchase a dwarf tree that is about 2 to 3 years old. The pot should be just a little bigger than the root ball of the tree, and it should have drain holes in the bottom. You will need to use potting soil specifically for citrus trees or loam-based potting mix. Lemons trees need 8 to 12 hours of sunlight every day, and need to be kept in temperatures between 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Water your plant often and spray the leaves with water to keep them hydrated.

        Lemons take about 6 to 9 months to ripen. Once they’re bright in color, squeeze them gently, and if they have a slight give, they are ready to eat.

        4. Ginger

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          This spicy root helps with motion sickness and nausea and reduces inflammation.

          To grow ginger, all you have to do is buy a chunk of it at the grocery store, place it in a container with the freshest bud facing up, and cover it in soil. It will need to be placed in indirect sunlight and kept moist for new growth to sprout.

          Every now and then you can pull the entire thing out of the soil, cut off what you need, and then put the rest back to keep growing.

          5. Salad Greens

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            Salad greens include iceberg, romaine, red and green leaf, and arugula. They’re full of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate and iron.

            Salad greens can be grown indoors by either purchasing a starter plant or seeds from the nursery. Plant them 4 inches apart in a container with drainage holes in the bottom and fill it with potting soil. Water them often.

            To harvest salad greens, simply pull off the outside leaves, leaving some behind so the plant can keep growing.

            6. Mandarins

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              Antioxidants, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and fiber: all reasons to eat mandarins!

              Once again, to grow this citrus fruit tree, purchase a dwarf tree, but this time make sure it has a large pot that is well-draining. Put it in a sunny location, water often, and make sure to put it in a bigger pot as it grows.

              As soon as the mandarins turn orange, harvest them right away by clipping or carefully twisting them off.

              7. Tomatoes

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                Tomatoes have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help prevent coronary heart disease.

                You can either buy a tomato plant that is already in a pot, or you can plant seeds in a well-draining pot that is 6 to 12 inches. You will want to keep it in a sunny area and keep the soil moist, but not soaked. To make sure all of the tomatoes get enough sunlight, make sure to turn the pot around every few days.

                Once they turn orange, simply slip or twist them off the plant.

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                8. Mint

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                  Mint has a bunch of benefits, but the most well known is its aid in digestion.

                  Plant a seedling from the nursery in a large pot, about 10 inches in diameter, and fill it with potting soil. Put the container in a sunny location and water it regularly.

                  Snip off a few leaves from each plant when you want to use them, but make sure to only take about 1/3 of the leaves so it will keep growing.

                  9. Bell Peppers

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                    Bell peppers have an amazing amount of vitamin C, especially red ones.

                    The easiest way to grow bell peppers is to buy seedlings from the nursery and plant them in individual pots. The ideal temperature for bell peppers is between 70 and 80 degrees Farenheit. They need to be kept in a sunny area and thoroughly soaked every few days.

                    Once they reach their appropriate size and color, whether they’re green, orange, yellow, or red, you can clip them from the plant.

                    10. Chives

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                      Chives are full of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and vitamins A and C.

                      Fill a pot that is 6 to 9 inches deep with potting soil. Plant the seeds and cover them completely in a light layer of soil. Chives do not need full sunlight, but rather an area that is partially shaded. And of course, water regularly.

                      When needed, simply trim a few leaves from each plant, making sure not to take too much at once.

                      11. Rosemary

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                        This heavily-scented herb may help limit weight gain and improve cholesterol levels.

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                        Rosemary grows best in a mixture of equal parts potting soil and coarse sand. Plant seedlings in a container with holes in the bottom for drainage. Rosemary should be placed in a sunny location where it can get at least 6 hours of sunlight every day. Only water when the top of the soil is very dry.

                        Every now and then, you can snip a few sprigs from the plant, making sure to leave most of it behind.

                        12. Radishes

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                          Folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium are the main benefits of eating radishes.

                          To grow radishes indoors, you’ll need to start with a large, well-draining pot. Fill it with mostly potting soil and a small amount of coarse sand. Since radishes are small, you can sprinkle the seeds over the soil rather than plant them individually. Keep the soil moist and the plant in a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

                          Once the radishes are a decent size, which you can find out by lightly uncovering to check, they are ready to be harvested. All you have to do is pull them out.

                          13. Microgreens

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                            Leafy vegetables like microgreens have an abundance of vitamins A, C, and K, and folate.

                            Fill a shallow tray no more than 2 inches deep to the top with soil. Then, sprinkle a variety of seeds evenly over it. You can use seeds for radishes, kale, Swiss chard, beets, basil, and dill. Then, lightly cover them with more soil. Using a spray bottle, mist the soil, and keep the tray on a sunny windowsill. Remember to mist it every day.

                            Once the seedlings are 1 or 2 inches in height, they’re ready to eat. Hold them at the stem and trim them at the root, but leave enough of the root in the soil so that more will grow.

                            14. Cilantro

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                              This tasty herb yields carotenoids, as well as vitamin A which helps protect against stroke, cancer, and heart disease.

                              You can either grow cilantro from coriander seeds or starter plants. You will want to use a well-draining pot that is at least 8 inches deep. Fill it with soil, leaving an inch or 2 at the top, and press the seeds into the soil. Then, cover the pot with plastic wrap until the seeds have germinated. Water them every day and keep the pot in a sunny location in the house.

                              Like all herbs, simply trim the leaves off the plant but leave some on the plant to continue growing.

                              15. Parsley

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                                Parsley is rich in vitamins C, B12, K, and A and helps keep your immune system strong.

                                Growing parsley is exactly the same as growing cilantro. The two herbs even look very similar, but have very different flavours.

                                Harvesting parsley is the same as harvesting cilantro: simply trim the leaves, but not all of them.

                                16. Basil

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                                  Basil has anti-inflammatory properties.

                                  The container for basil should be at least 4 inches wide and have holes in the bottom for drainage. Since basil needs a lot of sunlight and warm temperatures, make sure it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. You’ll have to water it often — once a day in hot weather and every other day otherwise.

                                  Once the leaves are 6 inches tall, you can start trimming them for consumption.

                                  17. Mushrooms

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                                    Mushrooms are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting compounds.

                                    The easiest way to grow mushrooms is to buy a kit. Indoor mushroom growing kits include everything you will need to grow delicious, nutritious mushrooms in your home, and all you will have to do is add water.

                                    18. Scallions

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                                      Scallions are part of the allium family of vegetables which also includes garlic. Both are associated with cancer prevention.

                                      To grow this yummy vegetable, all you have to do is buy a bunch of scallions from the grocery store, band the bulbs together, and place the entire thing in a container in an inch of water. Once new green shoots have appeared, you can put it in a shallow pot. Keep it watered and in full sunlight.

                                      To harvest scallions, trim the green tops, leaving an inch or two from the root to continue growing them. When you want to use the white part of the scallion, grow them until the green leaves are 6 inches tall. Pull it out, wash, and trim.

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                                      Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                      13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                      13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                      Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                      Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                      Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                      1. Stress Eating

                                      I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                      While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                      I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                      If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                      How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                      2. Nail Biting

                                      Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                      People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                      Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                      For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                      3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                      We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                      Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                      Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                      4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                      Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                      While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                      Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                      Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                      5. Smoking

                                      Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                      In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                      Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

                                      Smoking risks

                                        6. Excessive Drinking

                                        All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                        According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                        • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                        • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                        • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                        • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                        • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                        If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                        If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                        7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                        Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                        If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                        A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                        “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                        And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                        While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                        Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                        Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                        8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                        There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                        In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                        Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                        Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                        9. Watching Too Much TV

                                        I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                        Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                        Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                        It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                        10. Being Late

                                        Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                        Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                        Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                        11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                        Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                        I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                        Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                        12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                        Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                        Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                        Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                        By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                        Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                        13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                        In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                        Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                        Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                        And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                        The Bottom Line

                                        So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                        Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                                        Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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