“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.
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Last Updated on June 19, 2019
How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps
Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!
But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?
No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!
When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:
1. Relax as You Meditate
A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.
Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!
Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!
2. Practice Daily Affirmations
Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.
What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.
So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.
- Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
- Use present tense (I have)
- Use positive messages (I am happy)
- Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis
Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.
Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:
I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.
You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life
Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.
Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.
More About Positive Thinking
- 10 Practical Tips To Make Positive Thinking Your Habit
- How to Have Happy Thoughts and Train Your Brain to Be Happy
- Meditation Can Change Your Life: The Power of Mindfulness
- 15 Reasons Why Meditation Will Make You Successful
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