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Last Updated on May 25, 2018

The Ultimate List of Superfoods

The Ultimate List of Superfoods

If you’re looking for natural ways to get healthy and you’ve ever thought about taking a supplement of some kind or eating more of a certain superfood, you’ve probably read a lot of posts and blogs about different kinds of superfoods. There are so many superfoods out there, so where do you begin? A good place to start would be to determine what you need a supplement for. Is it for energy? Digestion or metabolism? Sleep? Healthy skin?

If you need some help, I’ve created this list to get you going in the right direction when it comes to finding the superfood that best matches your needs:

Green tea

Green tea comes in the form of tea, matcha, and supplements, and is effective for many things, such as depression, weight loss, diabetes, and other health issues.

Black tea

Like green tea, black tea is good for your immune system, your digestive system, heart health, and stress relief.

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Coffee

I, for one, am a huge fan of coffee. Sometimes it gets a bad rap, but it actually has several benefits. It helps lower your risk of cancer and diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, and heart disease. It’s good for your metabolism and it helps fight depression. In order to reap these benefits, you have to skip the creamer and the sugar, and take it black.

Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric is a spice that comes from a plant and is often used in cuisine. However, turmeric supplements are recommended for those who need help with weight loss, fighting bacterial infections and inflammation, and preventing cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil can be recommended for just about anything. No joke. In fact, there’s almost a hundred ways you can use coconut oil with food, on your skin or in your hair, and even around the house.

Fish oil

It sounds kind of gross, but fish oil is actually beneficial for a number of things, such as depression, fat burning, stronger bones, clearer skin, hearth health, and more.

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Melatonin

Don’t get confused—this is not a sleeping pill. Melatonin is actually a natural hormone in your body that helps regulate your sleep cycle and it’s the only hormone you can buy over-the-counter. So, if you suffer from restless sleep or sleeplessness, a melatonin supplement will raise the level of the hormone in your body, and hopefully help you fall asleep.

Garlic

Not only is garlic delicious, it’s also super good for you. It has lots of nutrients that help detox the body, as well as, help prevent Alzheimer’s. It also helps lower the risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It’s even good if you have a simple cold.

Pine pollen

Pine pollen is a natural energy booster that’s helpful for working out and continual use promotes energy increase. It comes in a powder or as a pine pollen tincture.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well-known for being a great antioxidant. It’s also good for your skin, as well as lowering the risk of having a stroke.

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Ginger

Ginger is great for digestion and metabolism, and not only does it help prevent colds, it also helps prevent different cancers and strengthens immunity. It’s also a great ingredient in all kinds of food!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon isn’t just a delicious spice. In fact, it’s also good for your immune system, blood sugar regulation, muscles, and energy.

Lemon

Lemons have been known to help regulate your metabolism, which helps you lose weight and improve your digestive system. They’re even good for things like acne and hangovers.

Honey

Because honey is sweet, it doesn’t sound as healthy. Honey can be a great sugar replacement and has been known to curb appetites. It also works as a great antioxidant.

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Chia seeds

Like many other things on this list, chia seeds are good for digestive and heart health, weight loss, energy levels, and more.

Water

Of course water is on this list, water is the best! It’s one of the most natural things in the world and the amount of benefits regular consumption comes with are endless. But, to name a few, it helps with weight loss, digestion, anti-aging properties, skin health, detoxification, and sleep regulation.

Many of the things on this list come in the form of supplements, but are also good for cooking or drinking. Some of these things are even amazing combined and make a pretty good smoothie.

If you’re looking for natural and simple ways to be healthier, try out some of the things on this list and develop a routine that works for you!

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.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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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.

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