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Top 15 Inexpensive Superfoods (and Drinks) That You Need Next Time When You Go Grocery Shopping

Top 15 Inexpensive Superfoods (and Drinks) That You Need Next Time When You Go Grocery Shopping

In the last decade or so we can’t help but hearing the term “superfood” everywhere. The term itself can be traced back to the beginning of 20th century, but it’s increasingly gaining popularity in the recent years. But what qualifies make some food superfood? According to a definition, food becomes super if it’s rich in nutrients and beneficial for your health. Various superfood can help you promote your health by protecting your heart, your liver, boosting your metabolism, boosting your immunity or making your bones stronger.

However, you should not always believe all the magical properties of superfoods advertized by the food industry and run to spend tons of money so that you could live forever. You should check all the facts and truth about superfoods  before spending hundreds of dollars to make yourself super healthy. Yet, it cannot be denied that foods packed with nutrients are indeed good for your health and well-being, and can improve your health in consumed on a daily basis. Plus, there are plenty of inexpensive superfoods to choose from.

1. Dragon fruit helps with lowering bad cholesterol.

    Dragon fruit is cactus-like fruit of green and pink color containing only 60 calories, but it’s rich in vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 and minerals such as iron, calcium and phosphorous. It is really beneficial for your health: it helps lower the bad cholesterol, and it’s a great source of monosaturated fats. Furthermore, it’s good for your digestive track, as has high fiber content. Among its other benefits, it is important to note that dragon fruit helps fight diabetes, signs of aging, suppresses arthritis and helps with acnes. There are many ways you can incorporate dragon fruit in your diet, and for a healthy start of the day, we recommend dragon fruit shake.

    2. Best Anti-aging Drink: Green tea 

      Originating in China, green tea has been widely known for its benefits for thousands of years . Due to the way it’s processed, it retains a high amount of antioxidants, compared to the black tea. Green tea speeds up your metabolism, keeps your heart healthy, fights diabetes and cancer, reduced cholesterol and fights depression.

      3. Ultimate Detoxing Drink: Lemon water

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        This is certainly refreshing drink, but it’s so much more to it. As lemons are rich in vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron and potassium there is no doubt it’s healthy. Diluting it in water helps protect your teeth, and when drinking it daily, it boosts your immune system, encourages healthy digestion, detoxifies your body, and it also helps you lose weight. When making lemon water it’s always good to let it sit 2-4 hours before you drink it.

        4. “Beet” Yourself up with good nutrients! 

          Another vegetable full of antioxidants that was first grown 4,000 years ago and it’s still popular because it’s so healthy. It is high in fibers, minerals such as iron and potassium, and vitamins such as C and B-complex vitamins. Consuming beet makes you and your brain stronger, regulates your blood pressure, helps you fight cancer and fights inflammation in your body. You can find plenty of beet recipes – you can put it in salad, roast it, make a soup or even a cake with beet.

          5. Ginger

            Ginger, which is grown as a root, has long been known for helping with several health conditions [1] . You can consume it in a form of a drink or include it in your cooking, and ginger water can be your everyday choice [2] if you are experiencing certain health problems. Ginger is great for your digestive tracks as it helps fight almost everything from stomach discomfort to colon cancer. It also fights respiratory problems, flu and cold, helps maintain normal blood circulation and boosts your immunity.

            6. Eat Spinach Just Like Popeye the Sailor man. 

              Dating back to 12th century, popularized by Popeye, spinach is rightfully called superfood. It is rich in calcium which helps make your bones stronger, it is also rich in iron thus it’s good for people suffering from anemia. It has anti-cancer properties, plus it’s good for your eyes and helps you with weight loss. There are many ways you can incorporate it into your diet, and we recommend trying these smoothie recipes.

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              7. Chia seed has 6 Times More Calcium Than Milk! 

                Chia is another superfood that can be traced back to ancient times. These white or black seeds are full of omega-3 fats, fibers, proteins, calcium and phosphorous. Chia seeds prevent various health conditions – cardiovascular diseases and cancer. They help control blood sugar levels and make your bones stronger. Chia seed puddings are rather easy to make and really delicious, so you will gladly make them a part of your diet.

                8. Quinoa is Probably the Healthiest Grain in The World! 

                  This is a gluten-free grain that has twice as much proteins as rice and 9 amino acids. It is also rich in fiber, magnesium and it’s a great source of riboflavin. It reduced your cholesterol and helps you lose weight as well. Quinoa also makes your memory more sharp, and regulates your blood sugar levels. There are many creative ways in which you can prepare quinoa.

                  9. The Golden Powder for Better Power: Turmeric

                    Turmeric, or “Indian saffron”, is a root that is usually dried and turned into powder that is beneficial for your brain and cardiovascular health. It has no sugar and it’s very low in calories, but rich in iron and proteins. It has a positive effect on your digestion and it regulates lipid levels. Moreover, it is successful in treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

                    10. If You don’t like Quinoa, You can Always Go For Freekeh.

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                      Freekeh is another grain that has been popular in Mediterranean and Middle East for a long time. One of its main health benefits is that it helps prevent and manage type 2 diabetes because of its low glycemic index. It is full of protein, fiber, zinc, iron and calcium. It is good for your muscles, digestive tract and your eyes.

                      11. Avocado is Everyone’s Favourite! 

                        Native to South Central Mexico, this pear resembling fruit is full of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium. If you consume it on a daily basis, you are less likely under risk of heart disease or cancer. It will also protect your skin and eyes during the aging process and help you maintain weight.

                        12. Eat Flax seed Together With Quinoa To Boost The Protein and Crunchiness! 

                          Flax seeds help you maintain healthy skin and hair and they are the riches plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and selenium. These seeds are high in antioxidants and gluten-free as well. Flax seeds are beneficial for digestive health, for fighting cancer and for lowering cholesterol.

                          13. Salmon is The Healthy Fat You Want To Go For! 

                            Besides being delicious, salmon has numerous health benefits, such as improving your memory and brain power, promoting healthier bones, skin, hair and nails. It also helps in preventing glaucoma, maintains a healthy digestive system and is good for your heart. If you are super busy, we recommend these quick salmon recipes for healthy lunch.

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                            14. Sardines, Smaller than Salmon but Still Powerful! 

                              Sardines are rich in protein and essential vitamin and minerals [3] . They reduce inflammation, protect bone health, fight anxiety and depression, prevent blood clots and regulate blood sugar. They also have anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties.

                              15. Cinnamon Makes Desserts Taste Better and Healthier! 

                                Cinnamon has been used in cooking, medicine and as an ingredient in fragrances for a long time, and only recently have we become aware of its numerous benefits . It is a great source of fiber, iron and calcium, and it has anti-inflammatory effects. Cinnamon also improves heart health, protects against diabetes and fights bacteria.

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                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                1. The Inner Critic

                                This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                2. The Worrier

                                This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                4. The Sleep Depriver

                                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                How can you control these squatters?

                                How to Master Your Mind

                                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                For the Inner Critic

                                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                • They rile up the Worrier.
                                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                For the Worrier

                                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                • Muscles tense

                                Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                For example:

                                If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                • Muscles tension

                                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                Breathe in through your nose:

                                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                • Focus on your belly rising.

                                Breathe out through your nose:

                                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                • Focus on your belly falling.
                                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                For the Sleep Depriver

                                (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                • Shut down your thinking.
                                • Calm your feelings.
                                • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                The Bottom Line

                                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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