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11 Benefits of Fish Oil That You Might Not Know About

11 Benefits of Fish Oil That You Might Not Know About

The benefits of fish oil are seemingly repetitive and constantly played through your heads. During your research about its health benefits, you might have already stumbled about its helpful effects on one’s digestion, but have you read about the other advantages? Did your research tell you about the other benefits of fish oil such as its contribution to the improvement of your memory, of your weight, and of your heart as well?

What’s the big deal with fish oil?

Before we focus on its benefits, let’s talk a little something about its background first. Simply put, fish oil (or omega-3 fatty acids) is the term called to the fatty acids present in the fish that we consume. Back in the day, fish oil could only be obtained from ingesting the flesh of the fish directly, but because of advancement in today’s modern technology, fish oil supplements are generally made available to the public. Now, more and more people are taking it with their meals.

This means that more folks are also taking advantage of the benefits that fish oil has to offer!

The Benefits of Fish Oil

1. Heart: Fish oil reduces your risk for heart complications.

If you need to control your high blood pressure and lower the triglyceride counts in your body, take omega-3 fatty acids. You see, omega-3 makes your vessels more elastic and relaxed—this means that your blood can pass through them more easily. The US Department of Health and Human Services even stated that increased fish oil intake reduces one’s risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.

Dosage needed: 3,000 to 4,000 mg of omega-3 per day can reduce your triglyceride levels by 30%

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2. Skin and complexion: Fish oil gives your skin a make-over.

Beauty gurus, listen up: fish oil reduces acne, protects you from sunburn and even reduces skin flaking. You don’t even need to wear that much make-up anymore to conceal your blemishes.

Dosage needed: 3,000 mg per day. Also, cut down on omega-6 fatty acids such as whole milk, fatty snacks, and oily foods to really see the difference.

3. Pain: Fish oil lessens symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Fish oil works in a two-pronged approach: it is known to reduce cellular inflammation, and to protect your joints from pain by inhibiting pain-causing chemicals in your body. Say goodbye to pharmaceutical pain relievers!

Dosage as needed: 2,000 mg per day.

4. General Appearance: Fish oil inhibits signs of unhealthy aging.

Telomeres are the extreme ends of chromosomal DNA. Basically, to look younger, you need longer telomeres. A study by The Heart and Soul Society found that patients with lower levels of fish oil in their blood also had shorter telomeres. So, load up on fish oil, have longer telomeres and look younger.

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Dosage as needed: 1,000 mg per day.

5. Mood: Fish oil prevents depression.

You might be shocked to know that among the benefits of fish oil, this one is actually the least known. The University of Montreal scientist found out that patients with moderate depression who took 1,200 mg of fish oil everyday had significantly reduced depression.

Dosage as needed: 1,200 mg per day.

6. Weight: Fish oil burns your fat effectively.

Omega-3 fatty acids are immediately used as energy, so they actually help reduce body fat. Be sure to exercise regularly as well to really see improvements!

Dosage needed: 3,000 mg per day.

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7. Cognitive: Fish oil improves your memory.

Fish oil supplements help you think more clearly, and can also prevent brain shrinkage.

Dosage needed: 1,000 mg per day.

8. Immunity: It fights breast cancer.

Among the benefits of fish oil, this one’s the most controversial. That said, research studies show that intake of fish oil makes you 14% less susceptible to breast cancer.

Dosage needed: 1,000 mg per day.

9. Muscle: It preserves your muscle tone and muscle mass.

In a study done to cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy, fish oil helps preserve muscle and prevent muscle loss.

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Dosage needed: 2,200 mg per day.

10. Protection: Fish oil protects you from air pollution.

Omega-3 fatty acids help shield you from the damaging cardiac effects that you will experience if you were exposed to air pollution.

Dosage needed: 3,000 mg per day.

11. Bones: It optimizes your bones.

Omega-3 is a vital component for a healthy bone and a maintained bone density.

Dosage needed: 1,000 mg to 3,000 mg per day.

So, which of these benefits is most relevant to you? I don’t know about you, but for me, when I found out about its effect to alleviate depression, I immediately ordered a year’s supply of fish oil and am looking forward to reaping its benefits soon!

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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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