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11 Benefits Of Kale You Need To Know About

11 Benefits Of Kale You Need To Know About

Once upon a time, kale was referred to as a food for poor people. However, much like other ‘peasant food’ such as chia and quinoa, kale has become immensely popular in recent years. This is mostly due to the fact that the Western world has discovered the incredible health benefits that it has. In fact, these days, it is better known as the new King of Vegetables. But what is it about kale that is so beneficial and why should it be an essential part of your diet?

1. Rich in Vitamin C

In addition to promoting overall health, Vitamin C is also great for your hair. It helps to stimulate the production of sebum in your follicles, which is a natural conditioner and moisturizer.  It also helps to fight hair loss by eradicating free radicals. One cup of kale contains 134% of your daily Vitamin C requirements.

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2. It Plays Well With Others

Many of kale’s most healthy compounds are more effective once its combined with other food. For example, pairing it with good fats such as olive oil or avocado, make its fat-soluble carotenoids more readily available to your body. Or for an acidic twist, mix it with lemon to release for iron.

3. Protects Your Eyes

Kale is rich in Vitamin A, which assists your retinas in absorbing light and therefore helps them to maintain proper vision. Vitamin A also has cancer prevention properties that can stop cataracts later in life. In addition, kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin – carotenoids which protect your eyes from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light, just like sunglasses.

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4. Good for Brain Health

Kale contains alpa-linoleic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid.  It’s important because it assists in the proper function and general well being of your brain. But It doesn’t stop there.  ALA is also an anti-inflammatory and can help to fight diabetes, arthritis, obesity and depression.

5. High in Calcium

Incredibly, kale has a higher calcium content than milk. 100g of kale contains 150g of calcium, whereas milk only contains 125mg. This is particularly good news for those of you out there who are lactose intolerant.  Its high calcium (and Vitamin K) content means that it can help you maintain healthy and strong bones.  As such, it’s also a preventative for osteoporosis, including the strain that can develop during pregnancy.

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6. Good For Your Skin

Kale is packed full of antioxidants, which are essential for maintaining skin health. They help your skin to feel fantastic and look younger.  More importantly, antioxidants can assist in fighting diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s by helping to main low levels of free radicals within your system.

7. Assists Your Digestion

Kale is high in fiber, which makes it incredible beneficial for your digestive system. As a result, it can also be be a natural remedy for constipation.

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8. High in Iron

Your body needs iron for energy (as well as maintaining ordinary functions), and kale can help you feel energized throughout the day. This is particularly beneficial in the late afternoon when your coffee has worn off.

9. Creates a Healthy Immune System

Kale can help stave off colds and other nasties by keeping your immune system healthy. This is because it contains sulforaphane; a molecule that helps to nourish and maintain the immune system.

10. Cancer Prevention

The organosulfur compounds within kale are known to help to prevent cancer, particularly within the colon. The aforementioned Vitamin K also helps with cancer prevention. One cup contains a staggering 684% of your daily required intake of Vitamin K.

11. Healthy Heart

Fiber isn’t just good for digestion. The fiber found within kale lowers your cholesterol and blood pressure and can therefore help to prevent heart disease.

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Tegan Jones

Tegan is a passionate journalist, writer and editor. She writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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