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Health benefits of Coconut Oil

Health benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is not only delicious and adds a great element to your food, but did you know it’s also considered a superfood? Here are ten health benefits of using coconut oil in everyday cooking.

            1. Fatty Acids. Recently, researchers have discovered saturated fats - which make up about 90% of the fat found in coconut oil - are not nearly as bad for you as once thought. In fact, medium chain triglycerides, the type of saturated fat found in coconut oil, are actually extremely good for your body.

            2. Civilizations Thrive o Coconut. Many cultures around the world live on a diet comprised mostly of coconut, and they are among the healthiest people in the world.

            3. Helps Burn Fat. The saturated fats in coconuts have been shown to increase energy consumption by as much as 5%, which helps to burn off fat.

            4. Can Kill Harmful Organisms. The fatty acids have been shown to break down pathogens, decreasing the risk of infections.

            5. Can Reduce Your Hunger. The fatty acids can also help you feel fuller, so you eat less, in turn helping you to lose weight.

            6. Can Reduce Seizures. A ketonic diet, one low in carbs and high in fatty acids, has been shown to help reduce epileptic seizures. The fatty acids in coconuts are transferred to the liver, which in turn metabolizes them into ketogens.

            7. Improve Cholesterol Levels. Coconut oil has been shown to increase the amount of good cholesterol while simultaneously decreasing the bad kind.

            8. Protects Hair, Moisturizes Skin, Acts As Sunscreen. Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking with! Applying it to your hair helps protect it from damage, while applying it to your skin moisturizes your skin and acts as a low level sunscreen.

            9. Boost Brain Function. Studies show that the ketones created by coconut oil have increased energy to brain cells, helping in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

            10. Helps Lose Fat. Coconut oil has been shown to significantly decrease the amount of abdominal body fat, which is not only the hardest fat to lose, but also the most dangerous, as it forms around the body’s internal organs. And the best part is, the studies conducted didn’t even include any exercise, just the addition of coconut oil into your daily food regimen!

Benefits of Disconnecting from Technology

Benefits of Disconnecting from Technology

Being a millennial, I love my technology. Whether it be watching movies on my computer, playing video games, or posting the latest cat memes on social media through my smartphone, I’m very rarely, if ever, away from some form of technology. However, I know I’m addicted to technology, no doubt about it. As it turns out, I’m not alone in my addiction, either.

            According to various studies, an estimated 84% of cell phone uses admitted they couldn’t go one day without their phone, and 67% check to see if they have any calls or messages, even when they know they haven’t gotten any notifications.

            Many U.S. phone users, myself included, use their phone as a “second screen”, even while watching television.

            And finally, nearly half of all cell phone owners admit to sleeping with their cell phone next to them, so as not to miss any text or call.

            All of this being said, there is a solution. It’s called the power off button. Here are several reasons it’s beneficial to your health to disconnect from technology from time to time.

            Removes Negative Feelings: Recently, researchers determined that 1 in 3 people feel more dissatisfied with their life after getting off Facebook. The chance of seeing something that stirs up jealousy is high through social media. Disconnecting for a time allows you to focus on your own happiness.

            Combats FOMO: FOMO, the “fear of missing out”, rears its ugly head when we see the places our friends are visiting, the yummy food they’re having, or general happiness.

            Solitude is Rare: We need time to ourselves to meditate, to regroup. However, with all the white noise from the world around us, it’s difficult to find time for yourself.

            Life is in Front of You, Not on Your Screen: The world changes at a frightening pace, but life does not. Day to day, face to face interactions are random, undiluted, and real. You can’t get that level of interaction from a screen.

            Creation Over Consumption: Our time is divided into two categories: consuming and creating. When you’re in front of a screen, you’re mindlessly consuming. The world, however, needs more creators. Get out there, get off social media, and do something in the world.

            Now, note that technology helps to create as well. For instance, this is being written on a computer, and you’re reading on a webpage on a computer. Also, graphic arts are created using technology. However, the issue comes when we just sit on our butts all day behind a computer screen.

            So, how can we get over our addiction to technology?

            Wait An Hour Each Morning: The world didn’t stop while you were sleeping just because you were disconnected. You can wait an hour in the morning to focus on getting yourself in order before hopping online.

            Power Down for a Time Each Day: It could be in the morning, but for an extended period each day, set aside some time with no screens.

10 Health Benefits of Kale

10 Health Benefits of Kale

 Kale has been around for thousands of years, but recently has seen a surge in popularity, especially among millennials, hipsters looking to stay ahead of the curve, and those who are trying to be more health conscious. And for good reason, too. Kale is considered a super food for many reasons, not least of which is it tastes amazing. Here are ten reason you should implement kale into your diet.

            1. Full of Nutrients. Kale is among the most densely nutritious foods out there. A cup of kale, about two and a half ounces, provides you with 200% of your Vitamin A, 685% of Vitamin K, 135% of Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron, all with only 33 calories!

            2. High in Antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to lower the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure, fight depression and viruses, and lower inflammation.

            3. Vitamin C.  A cup of kale actually has more Vitamin C than an entire orange.

            4. Lowers Cholesterol. Kale increases the good cholesterol while reducing the bad, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease.

            5. Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting, and kale has an estimated 7 times the recommended daily intake.

            6. Cancer Fighting. Kale has been shown to have many different nutrients that help fight off cancer.

            7. Beta Carotene. Kale is high in beta carotene, which the body can synthesize into Vitamin A.

            8. Source of Rare Vitamins and Minerals. Kale has calcium, potassium, and magnesium, essential minerals that are hard to come by in modern diets.

            9. High in Eye Nutrients. Kale is high in the nutrient lupine, which is essential in preventing cataracts.

            10. Helps You Lose Weight. Kale is low in calories, but bulky, so you feel fuller faster. It also has high amounts of fiber and protein, which help to lose weight.