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Five Foods That Can Have a Powerful Impact On Your Health

Five Foods That Can Have a Powerful Impact On Your Health

It seems like there is a pill that can cure virtually any ailment. What many people don’t realize is that synthetic medications can often be replaced with foods that are commonly available at your local grocer. If you’re suffering from any minor health problems, simply adding one of these inexpensive foods may be just what the doctor ordered.

1. Bok Choy

If you’re on a calorie restrictive diet, getting all of your essential nutrients can be a challenge. Fortunately, bok choy may be the perfect solution. This leafy plant is part of the cruciferous vegetable family. It’s closely related to kale, broccoli, and cabbage. Only a single cup of bok choy contains 64% of your daily vitamin K, 59% of your vitamin C, 40% of your vitamin A, and several other important micronutrients. It’s also an essential source of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, iron, and fiber. A huge portion of our health problems is caused by a lack of these nutrients. Selecting foods that are nutrient rich can leave you feeling better all around.

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2. Cinnamon

Chances are; you’ve never considered a cinnamon bun or a caramel macchiato a particularly healthy choice. But cinnamon itself has some incredible health benefits that simply cannot be ignored. It’s an extremely effective antioxidant. This prevents your cells from being damaged by oxygen molecules that have been exposed to free radicals within our body. Regularly taking antioxidants can prevent heart disease and mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, antioxidants have been proven to reduce many of the effects of aging such as visual degradation, wrinkles, and memory loss.

3. Chickpeas

Diabetes is a major health problem in today’s society. It is caused by high blood sugar levels and resistance to insulin. Even if you have a diet high in sugars, chickpeas can help prevent diabetes. They help to even out your insulin levels, and transport sugars all over your body. This prevents the unnatural blood sugar spikes that can cause diabetes and the reciprocal insulin spikes that can cause cravings for more sugar.

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4. Potatoes

Just like tomatoes and eggplants, potatoes are part of the nightshade family. They are one of the cheapest foods to produce, and can have a major impact on your health. They are high in iron, phosphorous, calcium, and magnesium, all of which help to maintain bone structure. Potatoes aren’t the only foods that contain these minerals. However, it is extremely important to maintain a proper balance between them. Too much phosphorus and too little calcium, or vice versa, can result in bone loss. Fortunately, potatoes contain the perfect balance for our bodies.

The potassium they contain also helps to improve vasodilation – widening of the blood vessels. This can reduce blood pressure and promote heart health. It’s important to remember, however, that high levels of sodium can counteract these effects. While potatoes are regularly used in junk foods such as fries or chips, these snacks will not allow you to take full advantage of all the health benefits potatoes can offer.

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5. Tofu

Tofu is a popular food made from soybean curds. It’s extremely popular with vegetarians and vegans as it is so high in protein. Even if you still enjoy the occasional steak, tofu is a fantastic food to add to your diet. Most protein containing foods are chock full of cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are common and can lead to high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. These problems are very difficult to reverse, so it’s important to watch your cholesterol intake while you are still healthy.

Tofu absorbs the flavor of anything it’s cooked with. Simply fry some up with little vegetables or chicken and you’ll be able to double your protein intake while cutting your cholesterol levels in half.

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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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