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9 Benefits of Hazelnuts You Didn’t Know

9 Benefits of Hazelnuts You Didn’t Know

Hazelnuts are not only delicious; they are surprisingly nutritious. As with other foods in the nut family, hazelnuts have unsaturated fat, and are extremely rich in protein and vitamins. They can be eaten raw, roasted, in a paste, or as a cooking oil. Hazelnuts are also extremely popular in coffee creamers and fancy liqueurs. Eat your way to multiple health benefits with hazelnuts. With their chocolaty and nutty taste, hazelnuts are a great addition to any diet.

But, Why Hazelnuts?

The hazelnut has an oblong shape and is a bit smaller than an acorn. Hazelnuts are often also used in praline, a confection made from nuts and sugary syrup. Praline tastes like chocolate, and hazelnuts enhance the flavor. Hazelnut paste can be enjoyed alone, on bananas, or as a sandwich. It is especially nutritious when peanut butter is added.

This little nut is a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. Native Americans added the nut to a tea to cure hives, and to reduce fever. The bark can be used as a poultice to close wounds, treat tumors, and sores, or so it is believed. You can use hazelnut oil on the skin as a moisturizer and sunscreen. It is often utilized in aromatherapy and massage. Because it’s edible, the oil can also be used as a salad dressing.

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Here is a list of some of the surprising benefits of hazelnuts:

1. Delicious Heart Health

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    Isn’t it wonderful when something tastes great and is good for you? This description suits hazelnuts. The unsaturated fats lower LDL’s, the “bad” cholesterol, in the blood. Lowering LDL’s means lowering heart attack and stroke risks.

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    2. Edible Cancer Prevention

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      Due to its richness in Vitamin E, preliminary studies show that hazelnuts can prohibit the growth of cancer in the bladder and other areas. Hazelnuts are also magnesium-rich. Consumption of hazelnuts has been shown to positively affect enzymes in the mitochondria.

      3. Enhanced Muscles

      Packed with protein, hazelnuts feed your muscles. Build up strength through adding muscles to your diet. More muscle means that fat is burned faster, and most people have an easier time losing or maintaining a healthy weight.

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      4. Savory Skin Health

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        Enriched with Vitamin E, hazelnuts help protect against the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays. Benefits are also reaped through protection against skin cancers, and reversing the effects of skin aging. Who knew getting healthy could taste so great?

        5. Delectable Bone Health

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          Magnesium is key in building health bones and, fortunately, hazelnuts are very rich in magnesium. New bones are grown and old bones are strengthened. This is especially important for older women who are at risk for osteoporosis.

          6. Pleasant Health to the Nervous System

          Hazelnuts also provide a surprising lift to the nervous system. Seratonin, melatonin, and epinephrine all effect mood and the sleep cycle. The Vitamin B6 in hazelnuts enriches these chemical connections in the brain.

          7. Exquisite Digestive Health

          Magnesium-rich hazelnuts are credited in the digestion of fatty acids and bad cholesterol. Enzymes are produced that further metabolize protein and carbohydrates. High fiber contents also aid in digestion and colon health.

          8. Palatable Antioxidants

          Antioxidants play a very important role in overall health. Free-radicals prevent the cells from being properly oxygenated and as a result illness occurs. A build up of free-radicals cause a domino effect in the body, infecting other cells, and leading to serious diseases.

          9. Rich in Vitamin B

          Hazelnuts provide a healthy burst of needed energy in the body. Additionally, these benefits play an important role in metabolism and digestive health. Vitamin B is naturally found in hazelnuts, and assist in weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.

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          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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          Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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