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What Ginger Does To Cancer Cells Has Amazed Researchers

What Ginger Does To Cancer Cells Has Amazed Researchers

The virulent and quick nature of cancer has been claiming the lives of plenty of people across the entire world. The cure has been sought after for years, utilizing drugs and radiation and other processes of scientific progress to try and slow down the rate at which cancer grows, if possible eradicating the disease from the body altogether. Chemotherapy can come in many forms, but sometimes its effect can cause metastasis — simply put the spread of cancer — to start happening in organs outside of the one that was first impacted with the cancer.

A study done by researchers at Georgia State University found that numerous natural plants have been able to help take the fight to the cancerous cells in a specific organ without causing much more harm to the rest of the body. In this particular study, it was found that ginger actually fought a specific cancer within the prostate. This kind of cancer is common in many males (happening within females as well) and produces plenty of deaths per year.

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The Research

The researchers used a specific batch of ginger to attack male prostate cancer cells in in vitro (test tubed) and in vivo (living normally) mice.

Researchers noted, “The present study reports a novel finding that oral consumption of the extract of whole ginger, a commonly consumed vegetable worldwide, significantly inhibits prostate tumor progression…” This is done because ginger naturally inhibits cell progression and alters the normal growth rate of cancer cells. Instead of allowing the cancer cells to grow and reproduce at their rapid rate, ginger caused apoptosis — or death due to a normal part of an organisms growth — of the cell. Instead of allowing the cancer cells to run freely and cause rampage in the prostate, ginger had them self destruct and would shrink the size of cancer ridden prostate. As if this evidence wasn’t beneficial enough, ginger is non-toxic, contrasting highly with normal chemotherapy options which can be toxic, causing people to lose hair, fingernails and strength.

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Ginger and it’s abilities.

As showcased by the evidence above, ginger clearly has a positive role to play in future studies about fighting cancer, but what is ginger exactly? It is a rhizome (part of the root) that is mainly used as a spice in most stir fries and fruit and vegetable dishes. It’s attributes as a medicinal power has been shown for years, having multiple uses an anti inflammatory, an a relief for gastrointestinal issues and even helping cause cancer cell death in ovarian cancer.

It seems that ginger naturally have potent compounds called gingerols that allow for inflammation relief. In the study about mice and the prostate cancer, these gingerols would prove to be beneficial as well in perturbing the cell growth as a chemopreventive strategy. This in turn would show ginger as an effective way to shrink the size of the prostate (killing cancer cells) and providing a sensual relief by causing the inflammation to go down (in turn also helping shrink the prostate).

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Most commonly ginger is used as a powder or paste in food, and the researchers believe that adding ginger to the normal diet might have a use of never allowing for cancer to settle in the human body at all. Ginger’s powerful effects are reimagining the conversation of using fruits and vegetables as ways to fight disease, taking the idea back to the days of old when more natural processes and remedies were used to cure the ill.

Featured photo credit: http://www.seriouseats.com/images/2014/09/ginger-shutterstock_127542449.jpg via seriouseats.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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