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4 Unexpected Superfoods To Promote Beauty, Inside and Out

4 Unexpected Superfoods To Promote Beauty, Inside and Out

With the cold season upon us and everyone rushing around for the holidays, our bodies may get a bit rundown. This is why it’s so important to eat right and maintain your health.

Here are four superfoods that will help promote beauty and health, inside and out:

1. Aloe Vera

Surprised that aloe vera is on this list? Aloe vera plants actually contain high levels of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes – you name it!

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Consuming aloe has been proven to prevent cancer, aid in digestion, increase hair growth, heal burns and even reduce your blood sugar.

You can learn more about the incredible benefits of aloe vera here.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an incredible super food. Most people are under the impression however that the oil makes you fat – not true! Indeed, coconut oil contains a unique type of “saturated fat” which is a “good fat” (unlike hydrogenated fats or trans fats).

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Why is “saturated fat” good? Well, saturated fats are actually necessary in our body to strengthen cell walls and protect the inside of each cell.  Furthermore, because they are s “medium-chain” saturated fats, they play a vital role in the health of our bones and can even speed up weight loss and reduce cholesterol.

3. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Did you know raw apple cider vinegar is a natural antidote for acne? This is because of its strong antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Furthermore, it promotes the growth of probiotics, which further helps to get rid of acne.

Apple cider vinegar can also act as a strong digestive aid, helping to cure constipation and stimulate stomach acid, thus aiding in digestion. Another added bonus is that it helps balance the yeast and bacteria in your body which deed off sugar, consuming it and helping alleviate sugar cravings. Lastly, the vinegar is loaded with nutrients as it contains potassium and many other trace minerals and elements.

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Not sure how to eat it? Apple cider vinegar is great in salads, or if you are brave try diluting one tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it twenty minutes before your meal.

4. Cabbage

I bet you weren’t expecting cabbage to be on this list! Did you know cabbage contains 11% more vitamin C than oranges by weight? Vitamin C is the super anti-aging nutrient that helps heal damaged tissues and minimize deep lines.

Humble and inexpensive, cabbage perfectly exemplifies that Beauty Foods don’t always have to be exotic, rare or even partially beautiful themselves. Cabbage contains the magical skin beauty triumvirate of vitamins A, C and E. Furthermore, the high vitamin A content in is useful for smoothing skin lines. Lastly, the combination of sulfur and vitamin C gives cabbage potent detoxifying qualities.

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Summary

Superfoods can do wonders for your appearance and prevent the body from getting sick over the cold winter months. Even if you try just one of these four suggestions, you will be off to a great healthy start for the new year!

If you aren’t sure how to consume some of these foods, try going to your local health food store. There are many great-tasting ‘natural’ aloe vera drinks on the market, and apple cider vinegar can easily be lightly-sprayed on your salad for added taste. Shredded cabbage can also be sprinkled on a salad for extra-crunch and coconut-oil can be used instead of butter when making a stir fry.

Is there a superfood that you find to works best for  you? We would love to hear about it in the comments.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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