Posts Tagged ‘beneficial’

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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That quote that your mum used to (or still does!) repeatedly drum into your ears is actually truer than you think, unlike eating your crusts to make your hair go curly. Apples are packed with many fantastic vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are beneficial to the body. By consuming a minimum of one apple a day it helps you meet the nutrient requirements for maintaining optimum health.

Did you know that apple can make you have whiter teeth? Biting or chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, which decreases the chance of tooth decay and levels of bacteria. Much better than that caffeine and a healthier source of energy!

The fibre intake from apples is also linked to lower cholesterol levels, giving you a healthier heart! The high soluble fibre found in apples reduces the build up of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries, which can cause a reduction in blood flow to your heart, leading to coronary artery disease.

The consumption of apples could also reduce the risks of developing some cancers. It has been found that the apple peel contains compounds that act as anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, lung, colon and breast, and with its high fibre content can reduce chances colorectal cancer. Apples also reduce problems involving the respiratory system associated with asthma and smoking.

Although apples help your insides they can also improve your outsides too! It sounds funny in this context but apples are strongly linked to weight loss and clearer skin. Having a fibre rich diet is recommended when trying to lose weight as foods with high fibre fill you up easily. Apples are high in fibre, not to mention that apples are also negative calorie foods! So you burn more calories eating them than they actually contain! Apples are also a great anti-aging mask, by providing the skin with antioxidants. They balance the oil production in the skin and provide great hydrating, cleansing effects by acting as an exfoliant.

On top of all this apples also contain quercetin, an antioxidant which has been shown to sharpen memory and learning. It helps with the prevention of age related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Show me one good reason why you shouldn’t have an apple a day, and I’ll show you a liar!

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Ever thought about playing a musical instrument?

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The Chinese philosopher Confucius said long ago that “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” It is no surprise that he was right. Music creates an indescribable internal happiness and pleasure. There are many benefits with playing a musical instrument, including capacity for memory, improved perseverance, enhanced coordination, better mathematical skills, relief of stress and promotion of happiness.

 

Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can enhance the capacity of your memory by stimulating the brain. This strongly refers to the use of words as opposed to images. The parts of the brain that is linked to learning an instrument is also used to control motor skills, hearing and storing audio information. These parts of the brain become larger  and more active when learning an instrument.

 

Learning an instrument also takes time, effort, patience and perseverance. It is almost impossible to perfect an instrument straight up. By repetition and patience, people tend to teach themselves how to persevere in order to play music. Playing an instrument also requires a lot of hand-eye coordination. You are forced to convert notes on a page to a particular pattern on an instrument, incorporating rhythm and breathing.

 

Many people may be unaware of the mathematical benefits of playing an instrument. It can enhance your mathematical ability by counting notes and rhythms. Pattern recognition and mental representation are likely to significantly improve as a result of learning an instrument.

 

Music is an art and a way to express emotion. It has been proven that music relieves stress and is often used as a form of therapy. It is useful for treating children and teenagers with disorders such as autism and depression. Learning an instrument gives you a sense of pride and achievement. This promotes happiness and joy, which links in with the relief of stress.

 

It is evident that learning an instrument has many benefits for a range of areas. Memory, perseverance, coordination, mathematics, relief of stress and an increase of happiness is just the beginning. Music can be beneficial to anyone and is a fantastic outlet.

The hidden benefits of carrots!

ImageWe all know carrots as one of the most popular and well loved vegetables but they also provide the body with extra hidden benefits! Carrots have been found to prevent cancer and heart disease, improve vision, nourish the skin, improve dental health and also help with anti-aging.

Carrots help with lowering the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. They are partly made up of a compound named falcarinol, which is a natural pesticide which prevents the roots from fungal diseases. It is also believed that a regular intake of carrots lowers cholesterol, which is associated with lowering the risks of heart disease.

Vitamin A is needed for the retina of the eye in order to function. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a substance which is converted into vitamin A. In addition, beta-carotene is also helpful with preventing the development of cataracts as well as providing anti-oxidants which help to slow down the aging of cells and effects associated with aging. The vitamin A and other nutrients from carrots also nourish the skin and can be effective for treating acne and skin blemishes, due to its strong cleansing properties.

Believe it or not, carrots also help to keep your teeth clean! They act as natural abrasives. This helps to eliminate plague and dirt, as well as triggering saliva which helps to keep your teeth from staining. Carrots also contain minerals which help to kill germs and contribute to prevention of tooth damage.

The hidden benefits of carrots can be extremely  beneficial to the body. They are also easy to add to your diet and don’t require a large amount of preparation. Time to start chomping those carrots!