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Amazing Benefits Of Celery (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits Of Celery (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

If you take celery just as an afterthought and consider it only a crunchy and low-calorie vegetable, it’s time to think again and consider it a part of your healthy diet. This often-underrated vegetable is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Almost every part of celery can be eaten and keeps your heart and your health perfectly well.

Today, over 1 billion pounds of celery are produced every year in the United States to be served as a “major plate vegetable”. Also, this unsung veggie is available in different varieties including Australian celery, Indian celery, Vietnamese celery, water celery etc.

Let’s check the 8 amazing benefits of celery below:

1. It combats cancer

One of the best benefits of celery is its anti-cancer properties. Studies by the University of Illinois surprisingly found that celery being rich in a compound called luteolin helps to lower the growth of cancer cells in pancreas. Another study reported that a regular intake of celery is related to lower risk of breast cancer as it inhibits the formation of breast cancer cells.

2. It lowers blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is a gateway to serious health conditions including fatal heat attack, and disability. To reduce the risk of suffering from these life-threatening diseases, choosing a proper diet effective in controlling blood pressure is of paramount importance. Among all superfoods, celery is the option you can’t miss!

Celery contains a compound called phthalide which reduces the production of stress hormones, thereby relaxing muscles around the arteries and facilitating blood circulation. Also, potassium in celery helps stabilize heart rate and lower blood pressure.

3. It lowers cholesterol

High cholesterol in the body is a serious issue as it leads to problems like gallstone. Taking celery regularly helps maintain normal cholesterol level to produce hormones and and regulate vitamin D in our bodies. What’s more, a unique compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh) with the function of lowering cholesterol and maintaining heart-health is present in celery.

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An animal test conducted by the University of Singapore showed that celery extracts helped rats to lower their level of lipids significantly, thereby lowering cholesterol. On a similar note, another research by the Chicago University showed that two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points.

4. It keeps eye healthy

Vitamins are one of the most important nutrients our bodies need. Fo example, they are important to our eyes to keep our vision intact. The consumption of only one big stalk of celery can contribute up to 10 percent of our daily need for Vitamin E. Also, the presence of antioxidant like flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients in celery helps to moisturize our eyes.

5. It reduces inflammation

Despite acute inflammation being important to the body, chronic inflammation might lead to serious issues including Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. This is where celery comes in handy.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote that this vegetable can be used to calm our nerves and provide a great relief to joint pains, asthma, acne or lung infections.

6. It boosts man’s fertility

Many experts believe the era of “sperm crisis” has come because the sperm count in young men today is much lesser than their fathers. The decrease in sperm concentration and semen production has made fertility a pressing problem for the current generation.

Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, says two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–can boost your arousal levels. Another good news is celery oil has been found effective in boosting the number and motility of sperm, when it is used together with vitamin E.

7. It improves digestion

Your body can absorb nutrients well only when your digestive system functions properly. Having hard stools or constipation are signs of improper digestion. The high water content of celery facilitates digestion and eases excretion. Similarly, a compound called NBP in celery improves circulation within the intestines, thereby helping the body to detox.

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8. It helps to lose weight

Obesity is another day-to-day problem that bother us. People fight to pick the best diet for themselves in order to lose weight. During this process, it is sometimes difficult to pick foods low in calorie, but rich in nutrients. This is where celery places itself as a perfect diet for losing weight.

While being able to provide vital nutrients like magnesium and potassium, one large stalk of celery contains only 10 calories. It also helps to regulate lipids and fats in the body to control the metabolism and restrict obesity.

How can we include celery in our diet?

Together with these amazing health benefits of celery, there are some recipes that you want to try out and make for yourself to include in your daily diet. Here are 5 best celery recipes:

Buffalo Style Celery Sticks

Buffalo style celery sticks

    Required:

    • 4 ounces blue cheese
    • 2 ounces cream cheese
    • 6 large celery stalks
    • Cayenne pepper

    Get a small bowl and mix 2 ounces of blue cheese and cream cheese together until they become smooth. Rinse and dry the celery sticks and stuff them with cheese mixture. Take another 2 ounces of blue cheese and crumble on the top and sprinkle cayenne pepper around it.

    Minty green olive-celery salsa

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    Minty Green Olive salsa celery

      Required:

      • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
      • 2 garlic cloves, lightly smashed and peeled
      • 1 cup finely diced celery (3 ribs)
      • 1 cup finely chopped pitted green olives (5 ounces)
      • 2 tablespoons drained capers
      • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
      • Freshly ground pepper

      Start heating olive oil in a small skillet and add garlic cloves to it until it turns golden for about 2 minutes. Let it cool for sometime and transfer it to a bowl. Add some diced celery, chopped green olives, capers and mint to the bowl. Season the tossed salsa with freshly ground pepper and you’re ready to serve.

      Italian Celery and Mushroom Salad

      Italian celery with mushroom

        Required: 

        • 7 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
        • 1 pound mushrooms, delicate varieties such as cremini, oyster, or shiitake are best, wiped clean as sliced as thin as possible
        • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
        • 8 ribs celery, shaved paper thin (use a mandolin if you have one)
        • 1 cup shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese
        • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
        • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

        Take a skillet and heat 3 table spoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add mushroom and saute after the oil gets hot until they turn golden brown, for about 5-6 minutes. Season the mixture with little salt and pepper and let it cool for sometime. To prepare the salad, take 4 table spoon of olive oil and whisk it with lemon juice. Add a little salt and pepper and mix it with celery, cooled mushrooms, cheese and parsley.

        Celery soda

        Celery soda

          Required:

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          • 7 – 8 large stalks celery (about 3/4 lb) (plus inner stalks for garnish)
          • Large lemon
          • 1tablespoon black pepper corns
          • 8green cardamom pods
          • 1 1/4cups water (12 oz)
          • 1cup sugar (7 oz)
          • Seltzer water (about 2 quarts for the entire batch of syrup)

          Clean celery stalks and slice it to thin pieces and set it aside. Next, add water and sugar to a sauce pan and start boiling. After it reaches a boil, add the celery stalks and keep the heat for about 1 minute. Add pepper, cardamom and lemon zest to the mixture and stir the solution. Let the mixture cool for sometime and extract the syrup from it by pressing the celery. Juice the lemon, and add 3 tablespoons of the juice to the syrup. Stir to combine and keep it in the refrigerator, covered. Mix the syrup with seltzer water and serve over ice with a tender inner celery stalk as garnish if desired.

          Braised celery

          Braised celery

            Required:

            • 8 stalks of celery, scrubbed and ends trimmed (chop and reserve leaves)
            • 1 tablespoon butter
            • Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
            • ½ cup of vegetable stock

            Cut celery stalks into 1-inch slices diagonally. Take a skillet and heat the butter over medium heat and add the cut slices along with pepper and salt. Cook it until it becomes tender and add broth to it. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer the mixture for around 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately, garnished with reserved chopped leaves.

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            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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