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10 Unexpected Benefits of Lemongrass You Need To Know

10 Unexpected Benefits of Lemongrass You Need To Know

Lemongrass is incredibly popular in cooking, particularly Asian cuisine. Considering how delicious it is, it isn’t difficult to see why. However, despite being celebrated for it’s delicious flavor, lemongrass has a great deal more to offer the world. Check out some of the surprising benefits of the plant that you probably didn’t know about.

1. Insect Repellent

Strangely enough, not all of the benefits of lemongrass are health or beauty based. The plant is full of essential oils which have an array of benefits. Geranoil, borneol and citronellol in particular repel bugs, and the latter is the primary active ingredient in citronella candles.

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2. Cancer Prevention

Lemongrass contains several different flavonoids that work as antioxidants which can help to prevent certain types of cancer. According to research published in the August 2012 issue of the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, one particular flavonoid called luteolin has the ability to slow the growth and hasten the death of certain types of cancer cells.

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In addition, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, the essential oils in lemongrass can slow the growth of cancer cells in liver cancer, breast cancers and leukaemia in particular.

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3. Digestive Aid

Lemongrass tea has been known to assist with indigestion, abdominal pain, colds, intestinal cramps and diarrhoea. It can also help to reduce and prevent the formation of intestinal gas.

4. Detoxing

Lemongrass is fantastic for a cleanse as it contains properties that remove toxic substances and uric acid. This, along with the supposed increase in urination that it results in, is highly beneficial for the digestive organs.

5. Periods and Cramps

Lemongrass unfortunately can’t prevent painful periods, but it does help to do the next best thing. The essential oils contained in the plant acts as a mild muscle relaxant and is therefore beneficial when consumed and applied to the skin. Therefore, lemongrass tea can help to relieve muscle cramps, spasms and nausea. When rubbed into the skin it can have a warming effect, which can aid in sore muscles. Just remember that you should probably use a carrier oil to mix with the essential oil, as opposed to applying it directly to the skin by itself.

6. Lowers Blood Pressure

Lemongrass can effectively reduce blood pressure by stimulating blood circulation. In addition, consumption of lemongrass juice has been claimed to help reduce hypertension.

7. Helps With Inflammation

Lemongrass has been known to relieve a variety of inflammation and irritability problems associated with aches and pains. As such, it can help to relieve ailments such as toothache, muscle pain and joint pain.

8. Skin Health

Due to the aforementioned antioxidants contained in lemongrass, it helps to repair your skin. This, along with it being rich in Vitamin A, means that it will continue to look young and fresh for longer. Furthermore, it’s been reported that it can helped to reduce pimples and acne.

9. Body Odor

This claim hasn’t been 100% verified, but some believe that lemongrass is an effective combatant of body odor. This is most likely due to the sweet, pungent aroma of the plant that could conceivably be strong enough to eliminate, or at least mask, smelly armpits. So go right ahead and use a lemongrass based product for this purpose; just don’t expect much from rubbing a stalk straight into your pits.

10. Air Freshener

Due to the aforementioned sweet and strong smell of lemongrass, it makes for the perfect air freshener. As such, it’s immensely popular in both candles and oil (for oil burners). I personally recommend burning it in your bathroom to eliminate unwanted smells (especially if you have two cats, like I do) or finding a lemongrass scented air freshener for your car.
 

Featured photo credit: Lemongrass via 1.bp.blogspot.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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