Health Benefits of Cashews

I love cashews almost as much as I love pistachios. I wanted to bring awareness of the health benefits of cashews, especially those coping with high blood pressure, those concerned with oral health, anemia, & diabetes.


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Health Benefits of HUGS

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Recently my daughter had a stressful week. During that time, I noticed that she asked me for more hugs, as well as hugged her cat and stuffed animals more. Hugging seemed to have a healthy effect on her. Which led me to researching about this everyday physical contact that we take for granted.

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The benefits aren’t limited to just children & babies

I remember reading that hugging is great for self-care and help boost high vibratons. Well, it turns out that there are more health benefits to hugging than people even know.

Check out the video below to learn more about the benefits of hugs for adults and children.

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20-Second Rule

Keep in mind that it takes atleast 20 seconds to reap the healing benefits, according to studies.

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BEWARE

Hugging should only be acted upon with consent. Mainly with people you know. Some people have phobias about touching or aren’t as comfortable with the idea.


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The Power of Cucumber

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I’ve always had a great respect for cucumber and have always recommended eating them daily. My daughter thinks they’re a tasteless, bland, and boring fruit. In reality they’re a godsend and I especially have a greater respect for cucumbers now that i’m 37.

Why?

Reason #1

CUCUMBERS HAVE ANTI-AGING POWER

As a kid, I used to always wonder why women in spas placed cucumbers over their eyes.

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As an adult, I realize the anti-aging power in cucumbers and always try my  best to include cucumbers in my diet (with the skin on).

Cucumbers keep the elasticity in your skin TIGHT!

Copper promotes collagen production and aids elastin. Cucumbers are packed with copper and antioxidants such as vitamin A & C. These vitamins regenerates collagen, prevents wrinkles & sagging, fights acne, and reduces the risk of skin cancer. They also hep lighten and brighten skin.

Cucumbers also contain vitamin B-12, B-5, & K.

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Reason #2
CUCUMBERS AID IN WEIGHT LOSS

It should go without saying that cucumbers are low  in calories. Because they’re high in water (95% water) and low in calories, research shows that they’re one of the best vegetables to add to your diet when trying to shed some weight.


 Weight loss and the anti-aging  benefits are my main reasons for respecting the fruit. Check out the video below to discover the many more health benefits and power of

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References:
https://www.herbaldynamicsbeauty.com/blogs/herbal-dynamics-beauty/cucumbers-anti-aging-power-for-skin
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-of-cucumber#section4

Sugar: Toxic and More Addictive than Cocaine?

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If you’ve read my scifi book, Negus, you may have remembered a short story about aliens secretly conducting research on earthlings. In the below passage, the aliens provide feedback on sugar in a letter to other reseachers back home:

“There was one sandy textured ingredient in many of the food that we learned was called refined sugar. It is the most detrimental of all so far. We believe this is the main aggressor and contributor to the progressive aging and cell damage. The beings do not seem to be aware of this, as they feed their offspring this poison. It must also be noted that almost every single “food” here has this poison.

However, the chemicals have a very delightful taste! We have found in an unfortunate way, that some components of the additives are for addictive purposes. You see, after having sampled a few processed foods under the category of what they refer to as “sweets”, we began to experience a deep yearning for more. We have finally weaned off of the poison for good after numerous fails, with no intentions of ever consuming it again.” – Excerpt from my scifibook, Negus.


Virtually every processed food has sugar, including foods that most wouldnt classify as sweets (bread, pasta, pizza, etc). This may be one reason why processed food/comfort food is so addictive. There are other addictive additive in processed foods that also also accounts fot this. However, on this post, sugar will be our primary focus.


Why Sugar is so Satisfying

Hedonic Value:
According to verywellmind.com, “The hedonic value of sugary foods is the intensity of pleasure experienced by the person eating it. The point at which sweet beverages are most pleasurable has been identified at 10 percent. This is known as the “bliss point.” Food retailers keep their foods as close to the bliss point as possible to stimulate people’s desire to re-experience the bliss point by eating that food again and again.”
Dopamine:
Like drugs, sugar also releaeses dopamine, which is the brain’s reward system.


I also recommend everyone read or own a copy of The Brain Bible by John Arden, which explains in detail the physical affects of sugar on the brain.

An excerpt fromt The Brain Bible:
“Sugar is potentially destructive to the body, especially the brain. High levels of sugar contribute to premature aging, and aging makes you less tolerant to sugar in your blood.”
“Sugar stiffens protein molecules by creating pigments called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs act like a chemical glue that fuses molecules, causing a process called cross-linking. Consider what happens to a piece of meat when you leave it too long on the grill. Not only do you brown the skin, you toughen in. Overcooked meat is cross-linked, making it difficult to cut ot chew. When your cells have cross-linked, many processes become impaired.”

 


Just How Toxic is Sugar?


Beating Sugar Addiction

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References:
https://www.verywellmind.com/sugar-addiction-22149
http://theconversation.com/fact-or-fiction-is-sugar-addictive-73340

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Perfect Sunny Autumn Day for Walking, & the Benefits

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So today I decided to talk a walk outside in this 73 degree weather (im in Florida). It felt great. I’ve always enjoyed jogging outside. My original plan was to use the treadmills at the fitness center in my building, but once I seen how beautiful it was outside and how perfect the cool to warmth ratio was, I opted to stay outdoors. I can use the fitness center once it gets cold.

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I’ll keep this short because I have alot of writing to do. I’m currently working on my latest book titled, The Other Woman.

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I just wanted to share some interesting photos i’ve taken this morning . I also have some really interesting facts about the health benefits of sunlight and walking that you definitely wanna check out below.

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Seen this cute lil decal on someone’s car lol

A neighbor’s cute Halloween lawn decorations

The back of my shirt afterwards (“back fat”:) )

The saran wrap I’d wrapped around my waist before jogging, denched in sweat

I used the Jog Tracker app to track my hour-long walk.

See the videos below for the benefits of sunlight and daily walking :


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