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Amazing Benefits Of Peaches (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits Of Peaches (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

If you are committed to the healthy lifestyle movement, you would be fully aware that an effective dietary plan is essential to maintaining perfect health status. While many health experts advocate the importance of fruits and vegetables, not many of them are aware of the benefits of peaches. In fact, scientists have shown that not only are peaches an excellent source of dietary fiber, they are also an ideal ingredient due to its high water and antioxidant content.

The Many Benefits of Peaches

1. Effectively manage nervous system

One of the most interesting benefits of peaches is its ability to enhance your nervous system. The presence of magnesium in this fruit is essential to lowering stress and anxiety levels and maintaining your nervous system in a peaceful state. Additionally, studies have shown that magnesium is also effective in countering the effects of depression.

2. Prevent growth of cancer cells

By consuming peaches, the high phenolic and carotenoid content helps to ward off the development of cancer cells. Studies have shown that these elements specifically target cancer cells and eliminate them from the system without affecting the healthy cells.

3. Reduce Obesity

It is rather surprising that peaches are not regularly included in weight loss news articles. They contain bioactive elements such as the phenolic compound that have been proven to effectively fight metabolism imbalance and directly treat any diet disorders.

4. Boost immune system

The immune system is rather fragile and can be easily affected by a number of factors such as infections and diseases. Utilizing the ascorbic acid and zinc content found in peaches, it can help to nurse your immune system back to its healthy condition.

5. Fight Free Radicals

An excessive amount of free radicals can create havoc in your body. Harmful free radicals come from the harmful elements in the environment such as air pollutants and sun rays. The antioxidant properties in peaches help to scavenge and eradicate these free radicals before they can cause any damage.

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6. Maintain healthy cholesterol levels

Scientists have successfully concluded that the phenolic compounds found in peaches help to lower LDL (harmful) cholesterol levels while promoting the HDL (good) cholesterol. This is vital in helping to maintain optimal cardiovascular health.

7. Counter the effects of aging

The natural aging process is a rather tiresome burden to many people. Fortunately, another advantage of zinc content found in peaches is its ability to counter the effects of aging. Not only does it boost the production of testosterone in the body, it also helps repair cells damage caused by free radicals.

8. Promote healthy skin

Last but not least, experiments have shown that zeaxanthin and lutein help to repair and reconstruct inflamed skin caused by harmful UV rays. Notably, peach extracts are commonly found in skincare treatments as the flavonoid compound effectively cleanses dead skin cells, provides sufficient hydration and revitalizes the skin.

Healthy Recipes of Peaches

Now that the comprehensive benefits of peaches have been established, it is time to master the essential knowledge to incorporate it into a healthy dietary plan. List below are 5 healthy recipes that can be easily prepared.

Maple-Peach Milk Shake

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      Ingredients: ¼ cup of fresh milk, 1 cup of yogurt, 6 tablespoons of maple syrup 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ ounces of peaches.

      Preparation: Simply pour all ingredients into a blender and mix until a smooth mixture is achieved. This delicious recipe can be divided into 4 individual servings and best consumed after a sumptuous meal.

      Peaches, Strawberries and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette

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          Ingredients: 1 cup of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 pound of fresh strawberries, 1 ripe peach and ¼ cup of basil leaves.

          Preparation: Combine orange juice, sugar and olive oil into saucepan and boil for 15 minutes. Combine mixture into a bowl with strawberries and slices of peaches and stir lightly. Finish off the dish with light sprinkles of basil.

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          Peach Lemonade

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            Ingredients: 4 cups of water, 2 cups of sliced peach, ¾ cup of sugar and 1 cup of lemon juice.

            Preparation: Mix water, peaches and sugar and bring to a boil. Next, add mixture into blender and mix until smooth. Refrigerate the product for 3 hours before sifting it into a large bowl and discard any remaining solids. Add in lemon juice and stir appropriately before serving.

            Pickled Peaches

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                Ingredients: 1 ½ cup cider vinegar, 1 ½ cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, 6 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 peaches and 2 teaspoons of whole black peppercorns.

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                Preparation: Pour all ingredients except peaches into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. After which, allow mixture to cool before putting in peaches sliced evenly. Allow the dish to stand for 10 minutes before serving with a slotted spoon.

                Peach and Tomato Salad

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                  Ingredients: ¼ cup red onion, ½ pound peaches, ¼ pound tomatoes, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 tablespoons of basil leaves.

                  Preparations: Mix red onion, peaches and tomatoes into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix in vinegar, olive oil and honey before whisking. Combine both mixtures and toss evenly to enhance the flavor. Top off the dish with light dashes of basil leaves.

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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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