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Simple And Easy: 10 Vegetables You Buy Once And Regrow Forever

Simple And Easy: 10 Vegetables You Buy Once And Regrow Forever

Have you ever dreamed of your own little urban or windowsill garden? That dream may be closer to reality than you think with the following tips that allow you to buy a vegetable from the store once, then start to regrow it right in your own home!

1. Carrots

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    Rich in powerful antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C, carrots are antioxidant rich veggies that will help your vision and reduce your risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye disease which is a leading cause of blindness. These antioxidants also protect against other chronic conditions like heart disease.

    To grow carrots at home, simply place the carrot tops (bottom side down) in a shallow dish of water and place on a sunny window sill. Transfer them to a container when they begin to take root.

    2. Romaine Lettuce

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      Romaine lettuce is not only delicious, it is high in fiber (to improve your digestion and decrease the risk of constipation), calcium (for healthy, strong bones and teeth) and iron (for the red blood cells needed to delivery oxygen to all the cells in your body). It is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and promote heart health.

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      Romaine lettuce can be grown by putting the stumps of the plant in a half-inch of water. After a few days, new leaves and roots will appear and they can then be transferred to a container with soil. You will be surprised at how tall these new plants can grow!

      3. Basil

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        Basil not only gives Italian and other Mediterranean meals a lot of zest, it is also an incredibly healthy herb. It is full of plant-based compounds called phytochemicals which help control anxiety levels by reducing cortisol, a stress-related hormone that can lead to weight gain, especially around the abdominal area.

        Basil plants can be started using cuttings with around 3-4 inches of stem. Place those stems in a glass of water and place in a sunny window sill. Transfer to a pot when the roots get around 2 inches long.

        4. Green Onions

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          Green onions are another incredibly healthy vegetable and are rich in vitamin A: the body uses this to make rhodopsin, which supports eye health by reducing night blindness as well as the chance of injuries like corneal tears.

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          In order to grow your own green onions, simply stick the stub of the plant in a glass of water: the onions will re-grow quickly and it is not even necessary to plant them!

          5. Sweet Potatoes

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            Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins A and C, antioxidants like beta-carotene and a ton of fiber. And because they don’t spike up the blood sugar, they are a wonderful potato substitute for diabetics.

            Cultivating sweet potatoes is simple. Place the sweet potatoes in a jar of water in the sunlight and wait until it begins to sprout. Wait until those sprouts are around 5 inches long and then transplant them into a large pot with at least 10 inches of soil. You will need a large container for this project.

            6. Celery

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              Celery brings with it some unique health benefits. It is a natural diuretic, which means that it can help you to take off water weight naturally and is also rich in potassium, which helps to balance out the effects of sodium on the body and lowers the blood pressure to healthier levels.

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              In order to start your own celery plants, chop off the base of the plant and place in a small bowl of warm water in the sunlight. Leaves will begin sprouting up in 5-7 days, after which you should transplant it to a container.

              7. Garlic

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                Garlic is one of the healthiest vegetables you can add to your diet. It strengthens your immune system to make minor infections like flus and colds less likely and also promotes heart health through lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

                To grow garlic at home, allow sprouts to form from the individual cloves of garlic. Once they sprout, place them in a glass of water to grow then transplant to a container.

                8. Cilantro

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                  Essential to many Mexican and Southwest dishes, cilantro also has some unique health benefits. One of them is that it helps the body detoxify from heavy metals like lead and arsenic which can have a harmful affect on the body. It can also help to promote heart health and improve quality of sleep.

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                  Growing cilantro is easy. Place cilantro stems in water to let them grow on a sunny window ledge before transferring them to a pot.

                  9. Bok Choy

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                    Bok choy is another surprisingly healthy veggie. It is rich in nutrients like vitamin K (to help the blood clot if you get cut), calcium (for strong bones and teeth) and sulfur compounds that have been proven to reduce the risk of many forms of cancer, including breast cancer.

                    To begin bok choy at home, place its root end in water in a well-lit area and after 1-2 weeks, transfer it to a container on a sunny windowsill.

                    10. Lemongrass

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                      A staple for Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, this herb also has some great benefits to recommend it.

                      Starting lemongrass at home is also pretty easy. Just place the stalks in a glass of water (changing it every 1-2 days), then transfer to a pot. Make sure they are in a sunny area.

                      So try some of these at home: soon enough, you will have your own little windowsill garden, perfect if you live in town or in an apartment and want to be able to grow some of your food in a fairly small space. This can not only save you a lot of money, it can also give you the joy of harvesting your own fresh foods pretty much year-round and improve your overall health with the fiber and important vitamins and minerals these vegetables will give you.

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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