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You’ll Remember What These Foods are Good for After Seeing These Pictures

You’ll Remember What These Foods are Good for After Seeing These Pictures

Sometimes it’s hard to remember what to eat to benefit the various parts of your body. Fortunately, some foods look so much like the body parts they help that it’ll be hard for you to forget. Check out these five foods that look remarkably like the body part they help improve:

Celery and bones
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    Long lean stalks of celery look very much like bones, as depicted in this image. Celery contains sodium which helps to increase bone strength. Bones contain 23% of sodium. Eating lots of celery can help replace the skeletal needs of the body.

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    Carrots and eyes

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      A sliced carrot closely resembles the human eye. The orange color of the carrot is derived from the plant chemical beta-carotene, which helps reduce the risk of developing cataracts and is also known to prevent macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is common among older people and is the leading cause of vision loss among individuals 65 years and over.

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      Red wine and blood

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        Red wine is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, as well as resveratrol and quite frankly really looks like blood. Red wine also contains a blood-thinning compound which reduces blood clots.

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        Sweet potato and the pancreas

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          Sweet potatoes look very much like the pancreas and helps to promote the healthy functioning of the organ. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which protects the tissues in the body–including the pancreas–from damage that can arise from cancer or aging.

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          Walnuts and the brain

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            It is amazing how closely the walnut resembles the human brain, right down to the folds, wrinkles, and shape. Walnuts contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids which support healthy brain function. These nuts are also rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant known to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.

            Featured photo credit: Kieran Wynne via flickr.com

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            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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