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How Walnuts Can Transform Your Health + 5 Great Recipes

How Walnuts Can Transform Your Health + 5 Great Recipes

If you are like most people and have a crazy busy schedule, you probably feel like you don’t always have time to take care of yourself as well as you should. The good news is that there are many small things that you can do to help improve your health, even on the busiest of days. One of these is adding walnuts to your daily diet. Below are some of the best health benefits that come from these tiny, power-packed treats.

Walnuts Can Lower Your Cancer Risk

Cancer, like heart disease, is still a top killer in the United States, Europe, and many other parts of the world. Walnuts can lower the chances of cancer due to a number of their active ingredients, including ellagic acid (a powerful antioxidant), as well as compounds called phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that all of these compounds have anti-cancer properties and recent study found that people with a higher intake of walnuts had a greatly reduced chance of pancreatic cancer.

Walnuts Are Great For Your Brain

Walnuts aren’t just healthy for your heart, they are also great for your brain and can help manage a variety of problems, like depression and cognitive issues such as loss of memory or difficulty concentrating. In one 8-week study, participants who ate walnuts showed an improvement in memory and learning skills.

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Walnuts Are A Great Part Of A Vegetarian Diet

If you are vegetarian or vegan, protein is an important part of your life — and without meat and dairy products, this can be a difficult thing to get. However, walnuts (and other ground and tree nuts) can help you to get the protein that you need even if your diet is mostly or entirely plant-based. They can be made into vegetarian, high-protein dishes like nut loafs or vegetarian burgers to keep you healthy, no matter what your dietary restrictions are.

Walnuts Can Help Improve Your Sleep

If you have problems with getting a good night’s sleep, walnuts just might be the perfect bedtime snack for you. Walnuts are rich in melatonin, a neurohormone which regulates the circadian rhythm of your sleep-wake cycle and helps you to get the rest you need to face the day. If you have insomnia, consider adding walnuts to your diet: they can help you treat your problem naturally without the use of medications.

Walnuts Will Give You Beautiful Skin

Good skin is a prerequisite for beauty, and eating walnuts every day can help you achieve the glowing complexion you want naturally. That is because walnuts are rich in B-complex vitamins, which are powerful antioxidants that can protect skin from the aging process and reduce the risks of wrinkling.

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Walnuts Are Great For Your Digestion

Walnuts are rich in both protein and healthy fats, but they are also a great source of fiber! As a matter of fact, a cup of walnuts will give you 7.8 grams of fiber. Fiber is great for keeping the digestive process going and for preventing problems like constipation that can cause pain and bloating.

Walnuts Improve Your Heart Health

Heart disease is still a major health concern for Americans and those in other developed nations — it is actually the number one cause of death around the world. The good news is that there are many lifestyle choices that can help reduce your chances of developing this condition. One of these is adding walnuts to your diet. Walnuts are rich in alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), catechins like EPA and DHA, and copper, all of which have been shown in clinical studies to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increase circulation, and decrease inflammation.

Walnuts Help You Lose Weight

Many people avoid walnuts and other nuts when they are dieting because they are calorie-dense foods that are high in fat. However, these are healthy fats and, in combination with their proteins and fiber, they help to reduce the appetite naturally. This can make it easier to eat fewer calories and lose weight without as much effort. Several studies have shown that people who included walnuts in their diet regularly lost more weight than those who did not.

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Walnuts Are Versatile And Easy To Add To Your Diet

More great news? There are lots of quick and easy ways to get more walnuts in your diet, like the 5 recipes below.

1. Rum Walnut Cake

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    2. African Squash Soup with Walnut Cream

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      3. Blue Cheese Walnut Green Beans

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        4. Apple Walnut Muffins

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          5. Caramel Nut Tart

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            Try these recipes today! The health benefits of walnuts range from boosting heart health to aiding in weight loss and ensuring that you have younger-looking skin. Including them in your diet is a simple, easy way to help improve your health — even with the busiest of schedules!

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            Last Updated on October 18, 2018

            10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

            10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

            Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

            Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

            So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

            Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

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            1. It is easier.

            When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

            2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

            Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

            3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

            Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

            4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

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              If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

              5. It could lead to better sleep.

              Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

              6. It can help your skin.

              For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

              7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

              Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

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              8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

              Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

              9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

              For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

              10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

                Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

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                Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

                Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

                Sleep well with your naked body!

                With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

                Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

                If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

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