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6 Simple Foods with Amazing Health Benefits

6 Simple Foods with Amazing Health Benefits

Everything you eat affects your body, for good or bad. That’s why your diet is so important to your health. You’ve heard about all the diet crazes, but most of them focus on what you can’t eat. We’ve compiled a short list of simple foods that comply with practically every diet out there. Check out these six foods that offer amazing health benefits.

Grapefruit

grapefruit

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    People with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance often turn to grapefruit because it helps people lose weight and balance insulin levels. Grapefruit also has tons of other health benefits (such as antioxidants) that protect against cancer and disease. If you don’t like the sour/tart taste of grapefruit on its own, it’s easy to squeeze the juice into smoothies or sauces to get the same benefits.

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    Almonds

    Almonds

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      Most nuts make for a healthy snack because of the protein, but almonds also offer the benefit of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin E, and fiber. Look for granola bars with almonds or eat almonds raw on their own for a delicious and quick snack. You can also roast almonds or add them to other dishes.

      Bone Broth

      Here is my #reindeer bone broth. #ravintolapäivä #restaurantday

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        Bone broth is quickly becoming a trend among health-conscious people because of its amazing health benefits. It protects your bones and joints because of its natural collagen and gelatin, it heals and seals your gut, it makes you look younger and sleep better, and it’s good for your overall immune system. You can drink bone broth in a mug or use it as a soup base.

        Kale

        Kale Olive Salad

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          In terms of nutrition, kale is one of the best greens you can eat. It’s full of antioxidants and it’s an excellent source of iron, calcium, and fiber. You can add the kale greens to salads or prepare it by steaming, boiling, or roasting. The most popular way to eat kale is simple: chopped up and added to a veggie salad.

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          Eggs

          Fried Eggs and Spinach

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            There are six grams of protein in one egg and only 70 calories. It’s frequently listed on top superfood lists because of all the essential nutrients it provides to your body. The best part is that eggs are relatively inexpensive and easy to add to your diet. Simply scramble them up for breakfast or fry an egg and add it to a sandwich.

            Salmon

            salmon

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              Fish is generally considered healthier than beef and chicken, but salmon is at the top of the list. It is good for your heart because of its high dose of mega-3 fatty acids. Eating salmon also improves the look of your skin and function of your eyes. It is easiest to prepare by pan frying or barbecuing.

              Apples

              Apple

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                Apples are one of those items that frequently make their way into your cart at the grocery store because they’re both healthy and delicious. However, you might not have realized that apples are a superfood. They are packed with querceten, an antibiotic that protects your body from cancer. Apples also protect you from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and other debilitating diseases. So, an apple a day literally does keep the doctor away. These benefits are found in both the sweet red apples and more tart green apples.

                If you care about your health, start adding these foods into your diet. You’ll have more energy and feel great. A good rule of thumb to remember is that whole foods are tremendously better than anything processed.  Other super foods you should try are blueberries, avocados, beets, chickpeas, and cucumbers.

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                Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                The result: no more mental stress.

                2. Unplug

                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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