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The Amazing Benefits of Raspberries + 5 Great Recipes

The Amazing Benefits of Raspberries + 5 Great Recipes

Raspberries are such a delicious addition to any meal that is it easy sometimes to forget they are actually good for you! But the truth is that the benefits of raspberries are far-reaching and can help you prevent or control many serious conditions. Read on to find out just what raspberries can do for you.

Raspberries can Slow the Aging Process

Raspberries – like blueberries and acai berries – are a rich source of antioxidant compounds like phenols and anthocyanins, the substance that gives them their deep, rich color. These antioxidants are an important part of any healthy diet because they reduce the free radical damage to cells that speeds up the aging process and can contribute to chronic disease. The more antioxidants you can get into your diet, the overall better your health will be.

Raspberries Can Help Strengthen Your Immune System

Whether you realize it or not, your body is under attack every day from a variety of microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. This can lead to minor but irritating illnesses like colds, flu or other respiratory infections. However, a diet which includes foods like raspberries can strengthen your immune system and make these minor infections less likely.

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Raspberries can Help You Burn Fat

One of the most recent discoveries about raspberries that has scientists so excited is the fact that rheosmin, a compound found in this little fruits, might make it easier for the body to burn fat. It does this by increasing the activity of enzymes which, in turn, increase the oxygen use and heat production of fat cells, making them easier to burn. It is also believed that rheosmin might be able to reduce the body’s ability to digest and absorb fat that it gets from foods. More research is underway.

Raspberries can Help Your Digestion

Convenience food is – well – convenient and in this busy society, this makes it incredibly popular. Unfortunately, most processed foods are not only high in simple carbohydrates and saturated fat, they are also low in fiber and this can lead to slowed digested, bloating, gas and constipation, among other problems. Fiber can help, however, to increase the efficiency of your digestion and keep your bowels regular. And a single cup of raspberries will give you around 32% of the fiber you need for the day!

Raspberries Reduce Inflammation

You probably know that inflammation is the culprit for people who have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. What you may not realize is that a lot of other serious diseases – like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer – can be made worse or even partially caused by the inflammatory process. Again, your diet makes a big difference and eating raspberries is one of the best choices you can make: it is chuck-full of anti-inflammatory compounds like ellagic acid, which acts as a COX-2 inhibitor to block this inflammatory enzyme before it can do any damage.

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Raspberries can Help Prevent Cancer

In several animal studies involving a variety of cancer forms (breast, colon, esophagus and cervix), the active compounds in raspberries have found to be effective against this disease in a number of ways. It appears to be able to reduce the reproductive rate of cancer cells and also encourages cell death (called apotosis), while leaving healthy cells alone.

Raspberries Help Control Blood Sugar

Blood sugar control is the key to day-to-day management of diabetes – but it can also be incredibly challenging to keep these levels in a normal range. Raspberries make this challenge easier because they contain compounds which block certain enzymes that break down starch into sugars and release those sugars into the bloodstream. They are also low in fiber and low on the glycemic index, which also means that they allow for good blood sugar control.

Raspberries Can Prevent Bleeding Problems

Okay, blood clotting is probably not high on your list of health concerns! However, it is important that your blood does clot properly, especially if you are going in for surgery or have a minor cut, in order to prevent a problem with excessive bleeding. Raspberries can help because they are loaded with Vitamin K, which blood cells need to be able to form clots and stop bleeding from a wound or surgical incision.

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Raspberries are Easy to Use in a Variety of Fun and Flavorful Dishes!

If you are eager to try more raspberries in your diet, check out these delicious and simple recipes below!

1. Raspberry Smoothie

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    2. Raspberry Granola

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      3. Raspberry Sorbet

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        4. Raspberry Parfait

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          5. Raspberry Bundt Cake

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            So give one of these recipes a whirl today and start cashing in on the variety of health benefits that raspberries can bring.

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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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