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Amazing Benefits Of Avocado (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits Of Avocado (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

If you are a health-conscious person, you have no reason to resist avocados. This creamy-textured fruit is well-recognized as a “super food” that helps keep your heart, eyes, joints and digestive system healthy, apart from adding flavour to your daily meals. An American study has even found that people who have regular consumption of avocados are healthier and less likely prone to metabolic syndromes than people who do not eat avocados.

According to the Hass Avocado Board, avocados have taken the United States by storm for the past 15 years because more and more Americans are aware of the nutritional value of this fleshy, pear-shaped fruit.

Wondering what magic is behind avocado? Then you can’t miss the 10 powerful health benefits of avocado below:

1. It makes you look more attractive

Avocados contain vitamins that are essential for glowing skin and healthy hair. For example, vitamin C helps firm skin and fade brown spots on face. Vitamin K helps lighten under-eye dark circles. Vitamin E keeps the blood circulation of our scalps smooth and aids the growth of new hair.

What’s more, people who eat avocados often look younger! Antioxidants in avocados help reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles. You can maximize the fruit’s anti-aging effect by making avocado face masks and directly applying them on your face.

2. It relieves symptoms of arthritis

If you’re suffering from arthritis, eating avocados helps soothe the chronic pain a lot. Avocados contain polyhydroxylated fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients make the fruit an exceptional anti-inflammatory agent. Also, the extract from avocado and soybean oil improves collagen synthesis of your joints.

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3. It protects your unborn baby

If you’re pregnant, avocados should be one of your best company. One cup of avocados can provide you 25% of your recommended intake of folate, which protects your unborn baby from congenital malformation and heart defects.

4. It helps you lose weight

No fruit can compete with avocados for the title of “the best weight loss friendly food”. The high fiber content of avocados ensures our digestive system runs smoothly and slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in our bodies. Also, the oleic oil found in avocados is able to activate the satiety center of our brains to make us feel full for longer. These prevent us from overeating and having uncontrollable weight gain.

5. It helps prevent cancer

A study published in 2007 found that the phytochemicals in avocados can track and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics of avocados make the fruit especially effective in combating mouth, skin and prostate cancers.

Avocados are also said to be beneficial to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. They can restore the supply of antioxidants like glutathione drained by chemotherapy, and so protect healthy cells from chemotherapy damage.

6. It lowers your cholesterol levels

Most of us are easily misled by the fatty texture of avocados into thinking that this fruit is bad for our hearts. But the fact is the majority of fat in avocado is oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat that helps significantly reduce bad cholesterol in our bodies by 22% and increase the healthy type of cholesterol by 11%.

Another good news for you: oleic oil can be found in avocado oil as well! Apart from eating avocados every day, adding avocado oil to your cooking is also an effective way to control your cholesterol level and protect you from heart disease.

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7. It contains more potassium than bananas

Banana is well-known as a great food source of potassium, which is a vital nutrient that helps lower our blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

An average adult is recommended to have 4,700 mg of potassium intake every day. To reach this amount, you may find eating avocados a better choice. Avocado contains 4% more potassium than banana. To be more specific, you only need to eat 2.5 avocados to absorb the same amount of potassium found in 10 bananas.

8. It has high fiber content

A study published in 2010 revealed the alarming fact that a majority of Americans receive less than half the amount of daily fiber they need. With inadequate intake of fiber, they are more likely to have the problems of constipation, overweight, slow metabolism and even blood sugar spikes.

But don’t worry! The high concentration of fiber in avocados can save us from the above health problems. 25% of the fiber found in avocados is soluble fiber , which is able to increase the amount of friendly gut bacteria in our intestines and so optimize our body functions.

9. It is good for your eyes

Avocados are rich in antioxidants including Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which protect our eyes from sun damage and remarkably help reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

More surprisingly, avocados aren’t only a great source of antioxidants, but they also boost the absorption of antioxidants from other foods. Carotenoid which is another essential antioxidant for eye health is soluble in fat. Next time when you add monounsaturated-fat-rich avocados to your palatable salad, you can better absorb the carotenoids in fruits and vegetables.

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10. It helps absorb nutrients from other foods

Many important vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) in vegetables cannot be well-absorbed by our bodies without being consumed with fat. Adding sliced avocados with high fat content to your vegetable-dense meals can reduce unnecessary nutrient loss.

Avocado is a popular ingredient as it blends well with many other foods. Guacamole is one of the most famous recipes that include avocados as the main ingredient along with salt, garlic and lime. This snack is simple to make but its nutritional value is far beyond your imagination!

Want to embark on your health journey after knowing the incredible health benefits of avocado? Here are the recommended recipes you should try:

Avocado with radish, carrot and pickled onion

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    via Bon Appétit

    Avocado and egg pizza

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      via the kitchn

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      Avocado and tuna tapas

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        via Allrecipes

        Tecate skirt-steak tacos

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          via Bon Appétit

          Kale wrap with avocado, tuna and carrots
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            via Fresh Avocados

            Featured photo credit: MSPhotographic via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on September 16, 2019

            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.

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