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10 Amazing Benefits of Strawberries that You Probably Never Knew

10 Amazing Benefits of Strawberries that You Probably Never Knew

It’s widely known how delicious these little red fruits are, but that’s not even close to what they can offer. Next to their amazing taste, strawberries have a powerful effect on your health and they can help a lot in fighting off many different diseases. But, that’s still not all – they can also be used as a natural aesthetical weapon, and help you get rid of imperfections on your skin. Find out more!

1. Strawberries Make Your Teeth Whiter

The next time you consider your teeth need a whitening treatment, maybe you shouldn’t waste your money and time on going to your dentist. Instead of that, you should simply enjoy some strawberries. Thanks to the strong concentration of vitamin C in their contents, they are able to breakdown that plaque which causes your teeth to turn yellow. By making a simple strawberry mixture, and by applying this treatment periodically, you can make a huge difference when it comes to the color of your teeth.

2. They Reduce Risk of Heart Diseases

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    Heart disease is the number one killer momentarily, and it needs to be taken seriously. By eating right, you can significantly lower the chances of getting a heart attack, and strawberries should be a part of your new healthy diet. Ellagic acid helps control LDL, which is actually bad cholesterol, and strawberries are quite reach in this acid. Also, vitamin C helps a lot in strengthening your blood vessels and arteries, and strawberries are filled with it!

    3. Strawberries Slow Aging

    We age because the cells in our body do, but this process can be slowed down. Because of the constant exposure to Sun and pollution, our skin is aging faster, but if you turn to nature and look for a solution there, you will be able to make some sort of balance. Strawberries are strong antioxidants, which are powerful fighters against free radicals that make you age faster. According to studies, you’ll be able to increase your antioxidants levels just half an hour after eating these delicious fruits.

    4. They Are Really Helpful with Acne Problems

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      However, if you spend about only half an hour on creating and applying a strawberry mask, you’ll also have a powerful acne and wrinkle fighter right by your side. Antioxidants in their contents work differently if you apply them on your skin directly instead of eating them, which makes this face mask absolutely perfect for summer, when Sun exposure is unavoidable.

      5. They Can Make Freckles Fade

      As far as I’m concerned, freckles are beautiful and you shouldn’t try to make them disappear. But, the fact is, some people don’t find them attractive at all, and if you do want them gone, you should use strawberries instead of expensive creams or treatments. When combined with other ingredients, such as lemon juice, sour cream, papaya or butter milk, strawberries can naturally affect the color of the spots on your skin and fade them.

      6. Eat Strawberries & Fight Your Asthma & Allergies

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        If you’re getting tired of fighting your asthma or allergies with medicaments, maybe it’s time to try something different. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect strawberries have, if you intake them they’ll be able to help with all kinds of symptoms, such as a runny nose, hives and watery eyes. Various studies show that you can really decrease asthma incidence by changing your diet.

        7. Strawberries Help Your Body Produce Happy Hormones

        It’s a scientific fact that depression is caused by your mental state, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight it with an intake of natural ingredients. So, next time you start feeling blue, try eating strawberries – their contents prevent homocysteine from forming in unhealthy amounts, and therefore enables the blood to deliver nutrients to your brain. Unhealthy amounts of homocysteine prevent glands in your body to produce happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, which obviously leads to feeling sad, and we don’t want that, do we?

        8. They Are a Delicious Desert with an Anti-Cancer Effect

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          It’s amazing how these small fruits have such an extraordinary effect on our bodies, isn’t it? The next time you want to make delicious homemade chocolate ice-cream, add at least a couple of strawberries on top – their powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities can decrease tumor growth and prevent it from spreading further.

          9. Strawberries Take Care of Your Eyesight & Help You Get Rid of Eye Bags

          We already mentioned how powerful they are when it comes to fighting against heart disease, asthma and cancer, but their contents can also be used for aesthetic purposes. If you have a problem with dark eye bags, you should know that strawberries help you get rid of them – their anti-inflammatory effect and whitening power are the perfect combination. Besides, that concentration of vitamin C prevents eye disease like cataract from forming or ever appearing.

          10. Expectant Mothers Should Indulge Their Strawberry Cravings

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            Paying additional attention to nutrition during pregnancy is very important if you want to give birth to an absolutely healthy baby with strong predispositions for fast development. If you intake healthy doses of strawberries while you’re pregnant, you’ll enable your baby and you enough vitamins and minerals necessary for growth.

            I bet you have a strawberry craving right now – I know I do! The next time you have strawberries around, make sure they are put to good use. I hope you enjoyed my tips and suggestions, and that you’ll find them helpful.

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            Last Updated on September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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