“I like to peel it and share it with friends. You can spread the love with an orange.” – Gina Rodriguez
Sweet, juicy and full with vital nutrients required to stay healthy, orange is one of the best fruits you can have in your diet. Considered as one of the most popular fruits around the world, oranges are rich in several minerals including magnesium, potassium, vitamins and more while they also have very low fats and no cholesterol.
Both the fruit and the skin of orange possess several health benefits and here are a few reasons why you need to eat orange and make good use of its skin for better health.
Health benefits of orange
1. Helps prevent cancer
Oranges are rich in Vitamin C and a good intake of vitamins is directly associated with reduced risk of colon cancer. Oranges reduce the production of free radicals responsible for damaging DNA which are associated with skin, lungs, and breast cancers.Advertising
2. Maintains blood pressure
Oranges have plethora of Vitamin B6 and this supports the production of hemoglobin. Similarly, the presence of magnesium in it helps to keep blood pressure under check.
3. Boosts immune system
Orange contains Vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system. This helps to prevent colds and recurring ear infections.
4. Maintains blood sugar level
Oranges can be a healthy snack for people with diabetes. Fibers present in oranges keep blood sugar level under control while the natural fruit sugar, fructose, helps to keep the sugar level under radar after eating.
5. Reduces body cholesterol
Fibers present in oranges also help to reduce excess cholesterol compounds present in the gut and pushes them out of the body. A study published in the journal Nutrition Research found that drinking orange juice for 2 months had a direct effect on decreased lipo-protein (or bad cholesterol).Advertising
6. Improves digestion
Oranges have a high amount of fiber content in them, which helps in digestion.
7. Combats weight loss
Oranges are an ideal food to consume for patients suffering from obesity. It is a low-fat, nutrient-rich food and has very low glycemic index. As it possesses low glycemic index, it prevents blood sugar level to rise very slowly, thereby helping to maintain weight without losing energy.
8. Improves vision
Vitamin A is a vital nutrient required for eyes and oranges are rich source of it. Eating oranges have been found to be associated with reduced risks of cataracts while it also slows down age-related macular degeneration. Further, eating oranges can also improve night vision.
9. Makes skin beautiful
Eating orange can help to fight against skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. It also boosts collagen production in the body which helps to reduce wrinkles and makes skin look beautiful by improving the overall texture.Advertising
10. Cures hangovers
Though hangover remedies are often considered myths, citrus fruits are said to help people to some extent. Oranges help to stimulate digestive juices as it is full with dietary fibers and relieves constipation, thereby functioning as one of hangover cures.
11. Improves heart health
Vitamin C, fibers, potassium and choline, present in oranges help to maintain a healthy heart. Lack of potassium can lead to irregular heartbeat and eating oranges is surely going to give your ticker a boost.
Health Benefits of orange skin
Orange skin are edible and despite those being not as sweet as the pulp or the juice, they are very much healthy. Orange skin also contain as much nutrients present in the fruit. Though it can be difficult to digest sometimes if covered in chemicals, organic orange skin is good for health. Here are a few benefits:
1. Facial masks
Orange skin facial masks can sound strange, but as the skin is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, it can help to tighten the skin and improve the tone giving your face a healthy glow. The citric acid present in the orange skin exfoliates and brightens up the skin giving your face a radiant look.Advertising
2. Prevents facial dehydration
Orange skin is also rich in potassium and this helps to revive the withered dehydrated skin. When used as a facial mask together with milk, it replaces the excess oils from clogged pores and hydrates them, thereby nourishing the skin.
3. Fights pimples, scars and acne
The citric acid present in orange skin also keeps pimples and dark lines away from the face. It also reduces oxidative stress in skin cells which in-turn helps to maintain a glowing skin. Also, because orange skin is rich in vitamin C, it protects skin from radical damage and keeps acne at bay.
Featured photo credit: Stevepb via pixabay.com
Last Updated on February 15, 2019
Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?
In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.
And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.
Why is goal setting important?
1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.
Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.
For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.
Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.
After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.
So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.
2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you
The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).
The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.
We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.
What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.
3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier
We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.
Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.
But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.
What you truly want and need
Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.
Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.
Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.
When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:
Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.
Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.
Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.
Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.
The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.
It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.
Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.
Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com