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Amazing Benefits of Broccoli (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits of Broccoli (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Ever wonder why mom always nagged you to “eat your broccoli”? Many kids — and adults! — see broccoli as a sort of punishment, but the fact is that it is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. And if you prepare it the right way, it is also one of the most delicious! Let’s explore the side of broccoli you never knew about — and discover the incredible dishes you can use it to make.

1. Broccoli Helps Achieve Beautiful Skin

Gorgeous, healthy skin is not just achieved through moisturizers and toners: it starts from the inside out and is based on a healthy diet. Broccoli is rich in a combination of vitamins A, C and E which, together, can help reverse skin damage from exposure to pollution or the sun, improve skin texture and reduce wrinkles and keep your skin looking healthy and youthful due to supporting the formation of collagen.

2. Broccoli Treats Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is a much more widespread problem than people think — and diet can make a big difference in helping to treat this condition.  Broccoli is high in both vitamin A and K, which makes it easier for the body to absorb vitamin D itself.

3. Broccoli Promotes Heart Health

Heart health is a major concern for people nowadays — and rightly so.  Broccoli helps to promote the health of the heart in several ways. It is high in soluble fiber, which reduces high cholesterol levels. At the same time, the sulfur-containing compounds in broccoli help to strengthen the blood vessels which support the heart.

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4. Broccoli Reduces Allergy Symptoms

Sick of the runny nose, itchy eyes, and sinus headaches that go along with an allergic reaction?  A diet that includes broccoli can help.  Broccoli is rich in a compound called kaempferol which reduces the irritation and inflammation of allergy symptoms. Because of this, broccoli is considered to be part of a hypoallergenic eating plan to manage allergies naturally.

5. Broccoli Boosts Your Whole Digestive System

Constipation? Heart burn?  These problems can be a thing of the past if you eat broccoli on a regular basis. The fiber is the key here: it can bulk up stools and make them easier to pass, reducing your chances of getting constipated, but also makes the whole process of digestion easier so that it is less likely that you will suffer from heartburn, sour stomach or other common problems.

6. Broccoli Reduces Cancer Risk

Cancer is a major concern for anyone wanting to stay healthy. Broccoli, however, can be part of a cancer-fighting diet: it contains a compound called sulforaphane, which multiple studies have found can reduce the risk of several different forms of cancer, including cancer of the colon, lung, pancreas and esophagus.

7. Broccoli Helps with Weight Loss

Any dieter knows what a challenge it can be to shed those excess pounds once you have put them on.  But knowing which foods to choose can help you to eat smart and make it easier to achieve your weight loss goals.  Broccoli is an ideal food for this – a cup of it is only 31 calories, but it is loaded with fiber to help curb your appetite and feel full even when you eat less.

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8. Broccoli Strengthens Your Bones

Weakened bones — usually due to a condition called osteoporosis — is a major problems as women get older, especially after they reach menopause, when hormone changes can leach minerals from the bones and increase the risk of fractures.  Eating broccoli is a great way to help prevent this, with a combination of calcium and vitamin K that can keep bones healthy and strong.

Broccoli is a Delicious Addition to Many Dishes — Seriously!

Wanting some great ways to start enjoying broccoli in your diet.

Broccoli and Pepper Stir-Fry

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    Broccoli Quiche

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      Broccoli and Goat Cheese Souffle

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        Spinach-Broccoli Soup with Garlic and Cilantro

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          Broccoli Salad with Garlic and Sesame

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            So try adding broccoli in your diet today — its unique combination of vitamins, fiber and other nutrients will give you a delicious way to be healthy and get to know this under-loved vegetable.

            Featured photo credit: al1962 via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on September 25, 2019

            How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

            How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

            As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

            When we were still children, our thoughts seemed to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

            Just imagine then, how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power!

            We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities.

            We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

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            We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb.

            We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits.

            And we’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head…

            But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

            So, how can we tap into the power of positivity?

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            “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

            It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are 4 simple yet powerful ideas on how you can get started.

            1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

            Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

            Just take a look at these 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life.

            2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

            This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

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            You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty.

            If you seek it, you will find it.

            3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

            This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what really is important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

            Here’re 60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life that can inspire you.

            4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

            How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking.

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            Instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

            Learn from this article how to change your mental images: How to Think Positive and Eliminate Negative Thoughts

            If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

            And remember:

            You are (or will become) what you think you are.

            This is reasonable enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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