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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.

Benefits of Travel on Mental Health

Benefits of Travel on Mental Health

According to reports, in 2014, American workers gave up an estimated $52.4 billion in paid vacation time, which broke a 40 year record. Numerous studies have been done on the negative affects of not taking time off, as well as the benefits of vacation time. Here are five reasons you should take off time for vacation.

It Reduces Stress: Vacation helps you disconnect from the workplace, reducing the stress associated with daily work. Obviously, you don’t want to completely disconnect from your phone, however, trying not to focus on your device 24/7 will do wonders for stress management.

Improvements In Mood: Even if you leave for your trip in a bad mood, more than likely by the time you come home, you’ll be in much better spirits. This is because travel, by its very nature, makes you a much happier person. Meeting locals who are happy will in turn make you smile. Just spending time with loved ones will make you happier as well.

Being More Active: Obviously, if you’re traveling abroad, chances are your mode of transportation will be on foot. Walking has many health benefits, such as a lower risk of heart disease and blood sugar levels, improving blood pressure, and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Strengthening Relationships: No matter how long you’ve been in a relationship, travel is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your partner. There are the obvious, such as a nice dinner sampling the local fare, or a stroll seeing the sights, but with a little effort, most anything can be turned into a romantic experience.

Improvement In Cognitive Function: Spending long hours at work without time off to care for yourself can lead to an increase in stress, mental burnout, as well as a general hatred for your work. All these factors can lead to poor performance on the job. Taking time off for vacation will help clear your mind and relax. Traveling also gives you the chance to enhance brain function by learning about the local culture, learning a new language, or even just trying to remember the horror that is the public transit system.