“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 December 9, 2019
5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively
Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it, plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!
Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.
Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:
1. Get Rationally Optimistic
Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.
This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.
In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”
The result: no more mental stress.
Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.
How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.
It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.
3. Easy on the Caffeine
Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.
Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.
4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door
That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.
How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:
- Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
- St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
- Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.
While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.
5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise
This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.
The result: mental stress will be gone!
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.
More to Help You Feel Relaxed
- The Importance of Scheduling Downtime
- 3 Deep Breathing Exercises to Relax and Reduce Stress
- How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressed
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