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10 Amazing Benefits of Asparagus You Probably Never Heard Of

10 Amazing Benefits of Asparagus You Probably Never Heard Of

Asparagus can sometime get a bad rap due to the unpleasant smell that it gives to certain bodily fluids. Gross, but true! Also, on an annoying note, it can take up to two years to grow, and I’m just not that patient a gardener. The plus side is that asparagus is delicious, regardless of what some haters say. In addition, there are some incredible health benefits of asparagus, some of which you’re about to discover…

1. It keeps your bones healthy

A serving of asparagus contains an impressive 69.6% of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K. This is fantastic news for your bones, because vitamin K is essential for keeping them strong and healthy. It helps with bone repair and formation, and has been known to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin K is also important for the synthesis of osteocalcin—a protein within your bone tissue that calcium crystallizes upon.

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2. It assists digestion

Asparagus contains fiber, which is essential for a nice healthy digestive system. This is particularly important if you enjoy going number two on a regular basis and don’t particularly want to be constipated.

3. It has anti-aging properties

Asparagus is rich in vitamin E, which is also a lipid-soluble antioxidant and therefore highly beneficial for your skin. It helps to protect tissue cells from mediated oxidant injury, which basically means that it keeps your skin looking young and healthy.

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4. It’s good for healthy hair

Since we’re on the vain train already, we might as well talk hair. The calcium, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C within asparagus all promote healthy hair. They stimulate your hair follicles, which subsequently produce sebum. Although that word is generally associated with nasty, oily pimples, it can be a good thing when it comes to the top of your head. Sebum is a natural conditioner and moisturizer for your hair, which means it makes it stronger and prevents it from becoming dry and brittle.

5. It can prevent cancer

Being a leafy green vegetables, asparagus in high in folate, which is known to protect against cancer. It should be noted that eating foods that contain folate is much better than taking folic acid. The latter is a mere supplement and therefore the benefits derived from natural folate are greater.

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6. It prevents birth defects

Speaking of our good mate folate, it’s also imperative for pregnant women. In fact, many doctors recommend a folic acid supplement for those who are even considering pregnancy. This is because folate regulates the fetal and embryonic nerve cell formations. Furthermore, it can also help to prevent premature births.

7. It assists with weight loss

A serving of asparagus contains roughly 10.9% of your daily fiber requirements. This is important for weight loss because, as previously mentioned, it helps to kick start your digestive system. In addition, fiber helps you feel fuller for longer, so you’re less tempted to gorge yourself on food you don’t really need.

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Asparagus is also great for weight loss because it contains potassium, which has been known to help reduce belly fat. It also doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, and its lack of sodium means that it won’t make women bloat before and during a period. As a lady, I’m delighted by this prospect. Lastly, one cup of asparagus contains a mere 40 calories, so it’s a guilt-free snack on top of everything else!

8. It keeps your eyes healthy

The vitamin A found in asparagus can help you maintain healthy vision because it helps your retinas to absorb light. It also contains cancer prevention properties and can help to stop macular degeneration developing later in life.

9. It’s high in iron

A single serving of asparagus contains 15.9% of your recommended dose of iron. This is particularly good news for vegetarians and vegans who need a non-meat source of iron. Iron should be an imperative aspect of your diet because it is one of the key components of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to different parts of your body. Being iron deficient can seriously affect your health, as well as deteriorate your mental capabilities and resistance to infection and disease.

10. It’s an aphrodisiac

Now we’re up to the really good stuff. There are several factors that contribute to asparagus being beneficial for your sex life. The first is that it’s rich in folate and vitamin B6, which can benefit both your arousal and orgasm. Secondly, it contains vitamin E which helps to stimulate (see what I did there?) the sex hormones in men and women. Also, it’s a bit phallic looking, right? I’m just saying that the French don’t call it ‘asperge’ (which is also a slang word for penis) for no reason.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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