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10 Shocking Health Benefits of Juicing, With Recipes!

10 Shocking Health Benefits of Juicing, With Recipes!

1. Juicing helps you to consume more fruits and veggies.

This is more true with vegetables. When you juice you are more likely to try out new vegetables, or even old vegetables that you may not like to eat raw, or cooked. Adding these to your juice with your favorite fruits will help mask the old taste that you don’t like.

2. Juicing can give you more energy.

When you juice, you are basically getting the part of the fruits and veggies that have all of the vitamins and nutrients out of the fruit itself. When you drink your juice you are going to be loading your body up with all of these vitamins that will help your body to get going.

If you need an energy boost fast, I recommend a green juice, like this one from all-about-juicing.com:

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Energy boost

  • 1 Orange, peeled
  • 4 apples, cored
  • 1 handful of Kale

Combine these three ingredients in your juicer, and serve immediately!

3. Juicing can help you sleep better.

Juicing the right fruits and veggies can help you to sleep better. Fruits like cherries, kiwi, oranges have melatonin in them, a hormone that helps the body to sleep. A study done by Louisiana State University showed that adults who drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice twice a day got an average of 90 minutes more of sleep per night.

4. Juicing can help you focus better.

Drinking green juices can help you feel more alert and energized, thus helping you focus better. If you drink juices, instead of coffee or energy drinks you will not get that dreaded sugar crash in the middle of your day.

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5. Juicing can help you live longer.

Drinking fresh juices regularly is essential to keep up on your health. Fruits and vegetables are natures medicines. Consuming them regularly will help keep your blood pressure down, keep your blood sugars regular, and even prevent cancer.

6. Juicing can help you detox.

If you have been on a junk food binge, juicing can help you fix that. A juicing cleanse is the perfect way to clear out all of the toxins from your body. It will flood your system with vital nutrients, and help you to feel great again! Fromthegroundupwellness.com has a great detox juice recipe that you should try!

Detoxify

  • 4 stalks celery
  • 4-5 dinosaur or lacinato kale leaves
  • 1 green apple
  • one big handful of flat leaf parsley leaves (if parsley is too spicy for you, use basil)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger

7. Juicing can help combat dehydration.

If you are like me, remembering to drink enough water can be quite a chore. If you juice regularly, you can help stay hydrated, as long as you juice fruits and veggies with a high water content. Try this hydrating recipe from fromthegroundupwellness.com:

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Hydrate

  • 3 leaves kale, destemmed
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1″ piece of ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 medium carrot (optional)

8. Juicing can help you to lose weight.

If you need to lose some extra weight, juicing can most certainly help you do that. Juicing can help curb cravings, and it makes a much healthier, tasty alternative to most unhealthy snacks. It is also easy to digest, which we will talk about next.

If you want to try a super yummy juice for weight loss, try this recipe from rebootwithjoe.com:

A Green Juice for Weight Loss

  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 4 large leaves of lettuce
  • 1 handful of flat parsley
  • 1 handful of curly parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) piece of ginger
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) piece of turmeric
  • 1-2 chilli’s

9. Juicing can help your digestive system.

If you suffer with indigestion issues, Juicing could be a good solution for your problem. If you suffer from indigestion, you should give this recipe from thefitindian.com a try:

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Pear, Celery and Ginger

  • 1 big pear
  • 2 celery Stalks
  • 1 inch piece ginger

Peel and remove the seeds of the pear and cut it into rough cubes, chop the celery and add all the three ingredients into the mixer; mix well and add some water if the smoothie is too dry. Pour in a tall serving glass and enjoy with a pinch of cinnamon powder on top.

10. Juicing can help bring your family together.

As a personal experience of starting juicing, I have noticed it has bonded my family in a totally different way. We enjoy picking out our fresh produce together, finding, and coming up with new recipes, and even the process of making our juices has brought us together!

Doing this as an added family activity can be beneficial for the physical and mental health of children, and teens. It has been shown that kids who have more intact families tend to be happier, have higher academic achievement, and even are less likely to abuse substances later on. To learn more about these benefits check out familyfacts.org.

Featured photo credit: CC0 Public Domain via pixabay.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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