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Pick A Crystal! The One You Choose Says A Lot About Your Situation In Life

Did you know that you are subconsciously drawn to the crystals you need in life? Take a look at the following picture and pick one crystal. The one you choose and feel attracted to at the moment tells a lot about your current situation in life.

1. Opalite
You are looking for freedom and a place where you can pay attention to your inner voice and calm your senses. This cloudy stone suggests that you are disrupted by your dull and boring daily life. This doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with your life, rather that you feel it is running the other way around. You need to find the time to deal with stress and spend time alone to contemplate the vibration of your body as it changes. Spending quiet moments allows you to come up with inspirational thoughts and find the peace and freedom you were looking for.

2. Green Malachite
You are going through a huge life transformation, whether it is changing the way you live or work. It reflects a deeper change, such as spiritual evolution and releasing past experiences which have been left untangled. You are learning to appreciate yourself and recognize the need for change. This stone is associated with abundance and prosperity, so fortune and luck are waiting when you begin to look up. Choosing this stone might signify the end of an unhealthy relationship and the beginning of true love.

3. Sun Stone
If you picked this stone, it means that you are starting to feel much more optimistic about your future. Sun`s power is boosting your energy, improving your health and reducing stress and fear. The sun stone is associated with good luck and it means that your life is taking a turn for the better. Just stop for a second a imagine yourself walking in the morning and feeling joyful. You feel pure joy as the people you hold dear love you and give you the strength you need to carry on and overcome any problem. If you have been wishing for a miracle, this is it. This is the time for positive changes!

4. Mahogany Obsidian
These stones signify closure, so choosing it means that you are ready to give up negative habits and open the doors to happiness. You are gradually becoming grounder, becoming aware that others are not happier or luckier than you. Others have their own problems too, no matter whether they do or not show them. Bitterness, jealousy and other negative emotions only poison you and you need to give them up. Luckily, you are recognizing their negative effects and you start breaking free of negativity and all it brings. You finally understand that appreciating what you have is the key to happiness!

5. Howlite
Choosing this stone means that you have been getting messages from the “other side”, whether it is in the form of a dream, vision, or seeing repetitive words and numbers. You need to pay attention to your intuition as it is secretly guiding you to a certain direction. If you experience trouble sleeping, it is very likely you are ignoring your intuition about something or someone. This crystal is a message that a new spirit guide waits for you, asking you to believe in them and follow their path.

6. Dalmatian Jasper
This crystal signifies fun and humor, so choosing it means that you are bringing fun in your life after a period of worry and disappointment. Humor brightens even the worst of situations, it helps us deal with problems and difficulties, and it binds family members and friends.

So, when you get out the 4 initial letters INFJ from these personalities, you get the rarest type which is Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. When you look at a classroom, you can see only one or two students who are quiet and observing of what is going on around.

This is the rarest type. They are not shy, but introverted. But, being quiet is not the only characteristic of this personality.

Below you can read 10 traits of the unique INFJ personality, and see if you belong to this group.

1. The Focus is on Important Things

These people always concentrate on important things and deal with challenges in a confident and easy way. And, when the things do not go as planned, they find new ways to achieve their goals.

2. Hard Workers

Many people from the other personality types are lazy, but the INFJ’s are real hard-workers. They always try to do their best in order to make their dreams come true because nothing comes easy in life.

3. Believing in Their Gut

You have probbaly noticed that “N” in INFJ stands of iNtuition. So, these people possess a strong intuition. And, when they sense something bad is happening, they immediately start doing something about it. Also, they can always feel if something is going to happen in their life.

4. Only Few Chosen Friends

These people choose their close friends carefully. They are often alone because they enjoy their solitude, and do not enjoy hanging in large social groups.

5. Empaths

They are all about feelings. Whenever someone needs help, they will be there to give them a hand. Also, they are able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and understand their feelings. And, feeling what others feel is the reason why they often need some alone time to recharge their batteries.

6. Read Other People Easily

Being an empath means having the ability to read people’s minds through their emotions. They are very good at noticing when someone is lying. This characteristic helps them stay safe when they are around people with bad intentions.

7. Visionaries

While being alone, these people let their mind wander. As a result, they get a lot of new and creative ideas that can share with their friends.

8. Inspiring

Since these people are visionaries, idealists, and creative, they are able to inspire everyone around them, especially their close friends.

9. Love Towards Writing

Expressing their thoughts and creativity is these people’s way of life. But, since as we mentioned, they prefer being alone, they choose writing as a way of expression. So, when they write down what they think and feel, they feel much more peaceful and calmer.

10. Great at Solving Problems

INFJ’s are natural when it comes to solving problems because they always see the bigger picture. So, this ability helps them to notice which things are not right and find a way to fix them.

Finally, readers, if you possess at least 4 of the above-mentioned traits, you belong to the group that has the unique and rare personality type.

 

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Yoga Therapy for Your Knees

You may have improper tracking or “dislocation” of the kneecap: if you have chronic pain in your knees, if they “snap, crackle and pop” when you bend or extend them, or if they tend to hyperextend. This misalignment causes the most common kind of chronic knee pain and damage to the knee joint, which develop slowly over time. Yoga knee therapy might be able to help.

Here’s a simple anatomy lesson: The kneecap is designed to slide along a groove in the femur, and it has to move smoothly within that groove to do its job well. If it goes “off track” (and it often does), it grinds away at the cartilage underneath and destabilizes the knee. The ensuing wear and tear is a key reason for knee replacement surgery, which a lot of people believe is necessary because they think the cartilage is “gone.”

But the truth is that cartilage can grow back, albeit slowly. The main problem is that if we don’t correct the imbalanced pull of muscles on the kneecap, we will continue to grind our cartilage down faster than our body can replenish it.

If you want to keep the knee healthy you need to strengthen the vastus medialis (the inner quadriceps). In fact, physical therapists consider exercises that strengthen this neglected muscle key in the rehabilitation of knee injuries.

So why does the kneecap go off track? The cause lies mainly in the quadriceps, a group of four muscles that merge just above the knee into a single quadriceps tendon. This tendon surrounds and attaches to the kneecap, continuing down below the kneecap as the patellar ligament, where it attaches to the tibia (shin bone).

The kneecap serves an important mechanical function. The quadriceps tendon passes over the kneecap like a rope over a pulley and the kneecap—like a pulley—increases the strength of the quadriceps to straighten the leg by 30 percent. Together, the quadriceps and the kneecap form the “extensor mechanism” for straightening the leg. Misalignments come when the “rope” of the quadriceps exerts a sideways pull on the kneecap “pulley,” creating friction in the mechanism.

Hatha yoga has a lot to offer to correct this misalignment; the standing poses are especially effective. But be forewarned: Misalignments of the knee in various asanas can amplify the imbalances that lead to injury and can aggravate existing problems instead of correcting them. The good news is that good alignment and proper tracking are easy to achieve—once you know what to pay attention to.

Why Are We Prone to Knee Problems?

Because the hip joints are wider than the knees in a neutral standing position, our bodies are predisposed to injuries of the extensor mechanism. The natural Y-shaped configuration to the leg bones promotes uneven contraction of the quadriceps and problems such as hyperextension of the knees make these natural imbalances even worse.

As a result, when we contract the quadriceps to straighten the leg, the unevenness of the contraction tends to pull the kneecap to the outside, thanks to the greater pull of the outermost quadriceps.

The innermost quadriceps is most responsible for counteracting this pull. This muscle tends to be weak and underused, while the outer thigh muscle tends to be stronger from overuse. So if you want to keep the knee healthy (i.e., tracking properly in its femoral groove), you need to learn to strengthen the vastus medialis. In fact, physical therapists consider exercises to strengthen this neglected muscle key in the rehabilitation of knee injuries.

Structural misalignments tend to limit the vastus medialis’ proper functioning and can even weaken it in relation to the other quadriceps muscles, making it even harder to work with.

Here’s what you can do to keep your kneecaps tracking properly with yoga knee therapy:

  • Find your vastus medialis, the inner quadriceps muscle.
  • Strengthen it with small extension exercises.
  • Continue to strengthen the vastus medialis in bent-knee warrior poses.
  • Incorporate that work into straight-legged asanas.

How to Strengthen Your Inner Quad

Isometric extensions will help you identify the inner quad and its action as you strengthen it. To do this, sit in dandasana (staff pose) with your legs extended forward. Support your upper back against a wall if that’s more comfortable. Roll up a small blanket or sticky mat and place it under your knees to prevent hyperextension while your quadriceps are contracted.

Next, rotate your right leg out 10 to 15 degrees (if the sole of your foot were on a clock face, your toes would be pointing to one o’clock).To find the vastus medialis, place your fingers about one inch above the inner (or medial) corner of your kneecap, and then walk your fingers about one and a half inches toward the inner thigh. Straighten your leg slowly to feel the quadriceps engage.

You’re looking in particular for the firming of the teardrop-shaped muscle just under your fingers. This is the vastus medialis, the inner quadriceps. You will feel it fully engage as your leg straightens completely. Hold the contraction for 8 to 10 seconds, then release. Repeat this for two more rounds, making sure you don’t extend the leg so hard that you feel locking or pinching in the knee. Repeat this exercise with the left leg.

Next, do the same exercise without rotating the leg out. Keep your leg aligned so that your kneecap faces straight up toward the ceiling. Extend your leg fully and see if you can engage the inner part of the quadriceps—where you’re touching with your fingers—as strongly as you can engage the outer part of the quadriceps.

Watch how your kneecap moves in a straight line along the center of the knee joint when your quads are engaged in a balanced way, rather than pulling to the outside. Repeat it with the other leg. You can do these exercises several times a day—just be careful not to fatigue the muscle by doing too many sets at a time.

The Warrior Poses

First, make sure your knee is bent properly to a right angle, so the weight is centered in your heel. If your toes are gripping, it’s a sign that your knee is going too far beyond your heel.

Second, don’t let the inner arch of your foot collapse, for this is a sign that your knee is turning inward too much. We sometimes compensate for this collapse by shifting weight to the outer edge of the foot, causing the inner heel to lift. But this stresses the outer knee and defeats the purpose of the pose.

The challenge of aligning the knee is to keep your inner heel and big toe mound grounded while keeping the inner arch of the foot lifted. These two actions—grounding and lifting—will keep the knee from turning inward or outward too much. Lift your toes to help engage and lift the inner arch; as you bend your knee, draw the energy from the inner arch up through the calf to your inner knee, so that your knee remains directly over your heel and does not turn inward.

Third, make sure that the heel, kneecap and hip joint of your bent leg are in the same plane by allowing a slight turn of the hips. (If you were doing the pose next to a wall, your outer right ankle, knee, and hip would all be touching it.)

To achieve this, when you bend your knee, let your outer hip descend toward the floor (as if you had something heavy in your hip pocket) as you lift energy from your inner arch up through your inner knee. This will make your leg spiral out as you bend it, until your heel, kneecap, and hip joint are all aligned.

The purpose of these three actions in the bent leg is to ensure that all four quadriceps muscles are working harmoniously to stabilize the knee. As a result, the vastus medialis gets a much-needed workout that brings it into balance with the other quadriceps.

To confirm this, gently pinch your thigh above the inner knee to check that the muscle there—the vastus medialis—is as firm as the thigh muscles at the outer knee.

Standing poses can strengthen and stabilize your knees, helping you to overcome structural imbalances that might otherwise lead to chronic wear and tear (and ensuing pain) in your knees.

Trikonasana

Proper alignment of the knee in the warrior poses automatically gives the vastus medialis a healthy workout. Now you can apply these same actions to the straight-legged poses like trikonasana, in which working the vastus medialis consciously is more challenging.

Step your feet wide apart, turning your left foot in 45 degrees and your right leg out 90 degrees, toward the edge of your mat. Bend your right knee slightly and align your heel, knee and hip as in warrior pose. Then straighten the leg mindfully, engaging the vastus medialis, especially in the last 20 degrees of extension.

If you engage this muscle properly and your leg is aligned as you straighten it, you’ll see your kneecap draw straight up your leg and you’ll find it nearly impossible to lock your knee. But if you let go of the vastus medialis even for an instant, the knee can easily hyperextend and lock into that position.

Fold at the hip crease to take trikonasana to the right. Keep the vastus medialis firm and lift along your inner thigh, maintaining the straightness of your leg without locking the knee. If you feel pressure in the knee joint, you’ve probably relaxed the vastus medialis and hyperextended your knee. Come out of the pose and try again.

As a bonus for good alignment, you’ll feel a stronger stretch along the inner edge of your thigh, from your inner knee back toward your sit bone. Be careful not to overstretch: use the support of a block for your hand if you need it.

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24 Crazy Facts About Airplane Food

This won’t put you off airline food entirely, but it might make you think twice about what you order

Frequent flyers tend to have a love-hate relationship with airplane food. While in-flight meals often get a bad rap, many airlines still distinguish themselves through their onboard offerings. Some airline passengers are better off eating something in the terminal before boarding, whereas others will be met with more tolerable in-flight options. The difference in food is also often a big reason why some choose to fly business or first class instead of economy.

Most airlines work hard to make sure their passengers are as comfortable as possible, and food is a big part of that. Decent food can be key to helping you survive a long flight, and airline catering has such importance to the overall business that a lot of thought and money goes into it. If you care about what you eat mid-air, you may find these 25 crazy facts about airplane food to be of interest.

Airline catering is a multibillion-dollar industry

 

Airline catering is a $13 billion global industry. The market size is expected to grow to $18 billion by 2021.

 

Airline food is 100 years old

On October 11, 1919, Handley-Page served the first in-flight meals on their Londonto Paris route. For three shillings, passengers could purchase a pre-packaged lunch of a sandwich and fruit.

 

Airlines can differ on how they want their fruit cut

 

Airlines are very precise about the requirements for their food. While many of them cater from the same companies, their requests from said companies may differ. Not only does this mean they order different foods, but how those foods are presented can be different too. Airlines are even known to request that their fruit be cut in a certain way or weigh a certain amount while still fitting into their bowls.

 

Flight delays can cause food waste

 

Whether you’re a passenger or airline staff, it’s hard to deal with flight delays. Not only does uneaten food get thrown out after every flight, but if the flight has been delayed for over six to eight hours, all the food that’s already been loaded onto a plane also gets thrown out. The entire load of food will get replaced in order to ensure food safety and quality.

 

Food must be cooked on the ground

 

Airplanes don’t have proper kitchens due to safety reasons. Instead, the food is mostly prepared on the ground prior to the flight, and it can only be reheated once on board. The cabin crew must then use a convection oven that blows hot, dry air over the food that needs to be heated up. Some of the newer models have steam ovens, which are better for keeping food moist.

 

Food tastes totally different mid-air

 

You’re nowhere near alone if you despise airplane food. But it’s not the in-flight meal, it’s you. Food and drink taste very different to us at 30,000 feet due to humidity and low air pressure. At a high altitude, your ability to pick up sweet tastes drops by 15 to 20 percent, while your perception of saltiness drops by 20 to 30 percent.

 

Fruity wines are preferred

 

The changes in your taste buds at a high altitude affect what’s on the wine menu. Wines that are more acidic and high in tannins aren’t as enjoyable in flight, so most airlines tend to carry fragrant and fruity wines instead.

 

It isn’t exactly fresh

 

In-flight meals are generally prepared 10 hours before they’re supposed to be eaten. Sometimes, however, they can be made up to 72 hours beforehand, after which they are frozen. It’s totally safe, though. Under international food safety standards, airlines can freeze food for up to five days and still safely serve it to passengers.

 

It’s even more overpriced than you think

 

If you’ve flown before, you’ve likely noticed how expensive in-flight food and drink can be. A 2013 report found that airlines actually charge over 2,600 percent more than supermarkets. That’s not even considering the gourmet options available on more luxurious airlines.

 

Loud cabin noise can affect how your food tastes

 

In addition to taste and smell, your hearing can also affect how you experience food. According to recent studies, constantly hearing loud noises while you’re eating can cause your food to taste less sweet and less salty to you. Listening to music on your headphones can counter this, however.

 

Meat is not fully cooked

 

Beef is cooked only 30 percent to completion, and chicken only 60 percent, before being brought on board. Not to worry, however. The meat is then cooked the rest of the way on board in the airplane’s convection or steam oven after getting blast-chilled in special fridges before transfer.

 

Menus are planned up to a year in advance

 

Airlines plan their in-flight menus at least six months in advance, and sometimes up to a full year ahead of time.

 

Menus are planned very carefully for financial reasons

 

A lot goes into all that planning, down to every single ingredient. American Airlinesfamously saved $40,000 a year in 1987 by getting rid of just one olive from their salads. According to Delta Airlines, 60 percent of the cost of each meal is because of the actual entrée, while appetizers make up 17 percent, salads 10 percent, and desserts account for 7 percent. Delta saved $250,000 a year by shaving just an ounce from their steaks, and similar to American, removed a single strawberry from their in-flight salads (served in first class on domestic routes) for savings of $210,000 a year.

 

Passengers accumulate millions of tons of trash every year

 

According to the International Air Transport Association, flight passengers generated a total of 5.7 million tons of trash in 2017. This statistic includes amenities such as toothbrushes, magazines and more, as well as toilet waste, but a significant portion comes from waste from in-flight meals. The waste is either incinerated or sent to landfills, rarely being recycled.

 

Not eating on the plane can be bad for your health

 

Make sure you don’t go hungry during your flight. Neglecting to eat during your journey could cause your blood sugar levels to drop, making you feel weak and shaky. This can also lead to headaches and changes in mood. It won’t help you fight jet lag, either, if you’re traveling to a different time zone; it can actually worsen its effects.

 

Pilots have different meals

 

Co-pilots on a flight are given different meals. It’s rare for in-flight meals to give you food poisoning, but this is done as an added precaution to make sure both pilots don’t get sick!

 

Sauce is the way to go

 

Not only does the dry air at a high altitude dry out your sinuses, it also dries out your food. Sauce-based dishes such as pastas and curries do better as in-flight meals due to the fact that they are moist by nature. That’s why most airlines tend to have saucy dishes, and why you should try to order them where you can.

 

The September 11th attacks affected in-flight dining

 

The terrorist attacks on 9/11 not only affected airline costs and security measures at airports — they changed in-flight dining as well. As a result, airline carriers started to use plastic utensils instead of reusable cutlery, costing some airlines financially. This was the reason why many of them, particularly in the U.S., stopped offering full meals and began giving out peanuts and soft drinks instead. Luckily, however, some airlines have started to bring back free meals.

 

Snacks are actually unlimited

 

Your flight crew might not tell you this, but the snacks on a plane are actually totally unlimited. As long as everyone has already had theirs, feel free to politely ask one of the cabin crew for seconds.

 

Tomato juice tastes better in the air

 

As a result of the differences in taste perception, a study found that most people who order tomato juice on a flight would never order it otherwise. Tomato juice has a nice, fruity taste on an airplane, as opposed to the earthy taste observed on the ground. In fact, it’s such a popular drink that when United Airlines decided to take it off their shorter flights in 2018, the widespread backlash forced them to reverse their decision.

 

Umami is unaffected

 

Umami, the fifth taste besides salty, sweet, sour and bitter, is the only taste that is unaffected at such a high altitude. For reference, that’s the savory taste you get from foods such as tomatoes, spinach, shellfish and soy sauce. That’s probably why you see so many in-flight meals with tomatoes in them, in addition to all the tomato juice served on board.

 

Water on board is disgusting

 

When the flight attendant asks if you would like some tea or coffee, we recommend you skip it. The water on board comes from a tank that isn’t cleaned as often as it should be, resulting in dirty and stale water. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency found that one in eight American airplanes did not meet their standards for water safety, and that the tap water supply on 12 percent of commercial planes tested positive for fecal bacteria.

 

You can buy in-flight meals on the black market

 

Even airline food can hit the black market, and you can get pretty good deals, too. This is particularly prevalent in India. A bottle of Tropicana juice can go for as low as 32 cents! Most of it comes from airline employees who stole the food off the plane, but some of it even comes from airport dumpsters where people find plenty of unused meals and drinks.

 

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You consume way more calories on a flight than you normally would

 

The average British passenger consumes more than 3,400 calories between check-in before departure and arrival at their destination, according to one estimation. We imagine this isn’t much different for passengers in other countries (and if anything, higher for Americans). This has been attributed to multiple factors, including higher salt and sugar in airplane food as a result of the decrease in taste perception, the fact that people tend to eat more when watching a movie or TV show (as they are wont to do on a flight), and just plain old boredom.

 

Your tray is meant to be recognizable

 

Airline food is planned so that it is recognizable to the average passenger, particularly in economy class. The menu tends to consist of foods that most people will be willing to eat, even if it’s not their favorite. As a result, international airlines also have different menus for different routes, so as to cater to different taste buds and cuisines from around the world.

 

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10 Warning Signs That Mean Your Body Needs Immediate Detoxification

The body has its own ways to protect itself and it is our job to make that job just a little easier in order to prevent further pressure on the organs and thus, damage.

The body has its own detoxification process and it depends on a lot of factors. In order to keep our body healthy, we need to have a clean diet, exercise regularly and have a healthy lifestyle.

Sometimes, regardless of our efforts the body needs some help since the environment can often infuse the body with toxins that are invisible to our eyes.

In order to know when this happens you need to know the certain signs the body will give off in case of a lot of accumulated toxins. The body is smart and has its own ways of showing you these symptoms that include:

Insomnia

Extra accumulated toxins can influence the quality of sleep and cause insomnia. In order to prevent this, you need to clean your body and put it back to normal.

Abdominal Fat

If you have more fat than usual on the abdominal area chances are you have extra toxins in your body. This means you need to boost the metabolism and expel the toxins faster.

Low Energy

Lowered levels of energy and fatigue can be a sign of a toxic environment in the body. Do a detox ritual in the morning in order to get a head start of the day.

Headaches

If you experience constant headaches for no apparent reason you may have extra toxins in your system that need to be cleared away.

Gallbladder Problems

The gallbladder can give you signs that there are too many toxins in the body that need to be cleared out. This may press on the stomach and cause stomach pain or cramps. This issue can increase the size of gallstones too.

Sinus Blockage

Sinus infection that is unusual for you and your body may mean inhalation of certain toxins that bother the sinus and nose.

Overheating

If you suddenly experience hot flashes in any normal day chances are your body is loaded up with toxins that the body wants to eliminate by sweat.

Skin Problems

Any patchy rashes, unusual acne breakouts, blackheads and other skin issues may mean that your body is over intoxicated.

White or Yellow Tongue

The tongue should have a natural in color and if it changes it then you need to take precautions.

What to Do:

  • Find morning detoxification recipe of waters or smoothies infused with fruits and veggies.
  • Change your diet and lifestyle.
  • Include exercise as much as you can.
  • Visit a sauna every now and then since the toxins can be expelled through sweat.
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Dry skin brushing.
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Your Relationship Will Last Forever If You Have At Least 2 Of These 10 Habits With Your Partner

What does it take for you to be happy in your relationship? If you are trying to improve your relationship or your marriage, then you are in the right place. Namely here in this article, we will show you 10 Habits that Happy Couples have.

  1. Go to bed at approximately the same time – just like you used to do at the beginning of your relationship. Therefore if you want to be one of the happy couples then you need to resist the temptation to go to bed at completely different times.
  2. Have common interests – usually when the passion calms down, both of the partners realize that they have completely different interests. What do you need to do if this happens to you? You must not minimize the importance of the activities that you do together and make sure that you spend as much time as possible doing the things you both enjoy.
  1. Walk together holding hands or side by side – One thing you need to know is that happy couples walk comfortably holding hands or side by side. The most important thing is to be with your partner and not care about what other people are thinking or saying about you.
  1. Trust your partner and be prepared to forgive each other – in most of the cases happy couples choose to trust and forgiveness over distrust and scrimp.
  1. Concentrate on the things your partner does well instead of concentrating on the things he does wrong – it all depends on what you want to look for, however one thing you need to know, happy couples always look at the positive side of their partner.
  1. Hug each other as soon as you meet after work – happy couples are couples who hug each other when they meet.
  1. Say “I love you” and “have a good day” to each other every morning – saying these simple things is a great way to buy some patience and tolerance. These words can really improve your relationship, especially when we know that our everyday lives are filled with stressful situations.
  1. Say ”good night” to each other every night – even though you were arguing earlier say these words to your partner when you go to bed. Namely, these words will tell your partner that regardless of the discomfort and the conflict you still want to be in a relationship with them.
  1. Make a “time” check during the day – spare some time of your busy schedule to call your partner at home or at work to see how is he. This way your partner will see that you care and you will improve your relationship or your marriage.
  1. Be proud of your partner – you also need to know that a happy couple is delighted to be seen together. They are proud of each other and they do not feel ashamed of their partner.

The most important thing in having a happy and peaceful relationship and life is a conversation. Talk to each other about everything. Solve your problems through conversation. Be patient. Listen to your partner. Support him in everything. Bring new things and activities in your lives. Fascinate each other every day. Make sure you do all of these things and you will not have problems in your relationship and you will certainly be one of those Happy Couples.

Last but not least, make sure that you share this article with your friends and family, maybe you will help some couple find the key to maintaining a happy relationship.

We are all used to believing that the ideal female beauty for men is something similar to gorgeous lace underwear on a flawless body. But should we give men more credit? Is it possible that we are all badly mistaken?

ANGER

To be honest, there is still no scientific explanation that could help us understand why men like angry women so much. But, nevertheless, men like angry women and this is a fact.

For sure, each of us heard the phrase “you are so beautiful when you’re angry” at least once in our lives. We mistakenly think that a cornered man is going to try and calm us when, in fact, he will try to anger us even more just to be able to admire us in all our fiery beauty. Well, rough make-up sex is usually really good.

CHECKERED SHIRTS

What can be sexier than a girl dressed in a plaid shirt, regardless of whether she is wearing it on a naked body or with a tank top. Reminiscent of a teenage romance, in the eyes of a man, you immediately become such a daredevil, who is not against even the most courageous experiments in bed.

SMALL CHEST

Contrary to popular belief, not all men dream of having their partner have a fifth-size breast. Even the 4th and that is too big. Most representatives of the stronger sex do not consider the principle of breast size, but its shape and elasticity .

And these parameters are often at the height of the owners of a small bust. A small chest light and often has an attractive and smart appearance, less sagging and retains its shape longer.

GLASSES

Glasses, for which many of us deserved the school title of bore and “botany” in adulthood produce the opposite effect. Behind them, the woman seems fragile and defenseless or confident and independent – both of which arouse the sexual imagination of men.

 

 

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Powerful Remedy That Improves Memory, Hearing, Eyesight and Melts Fat!

The main ingredient in this remedy is the horseradish. It is probably very overlooked and many people may not yet know all the benefits it has to offer but it is truly a very potent natural ingredient that can nourish and improve the condition of the whole body.

Horseradish Benefits:

  • Horseradish contains vitamin C, B1, B6 and B2, potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
  • has natural anti-bacterial properties that can that fight even the most severe bacteria infections.
  • can speed up the metabolism and promotes the development and production of the good bacteria in the gut.
  • It can improve the cognitive functions.
  • make you feel more concentrated, focused and aware.
  • It can help metabolize the proteins into good energy and help in muscle regeneration.
  • Aids in digestion and contains gastric stimulants and other phytochemicals.
  • contains calcium and magnesium that are both essential for promoting bone health.
  • It can put off some of the tension off the blood vessels and balance the blood pressure levels.
  • can promote weight loss since it is very low in calories and contains a lot of fiber that can help you feel fuller.

 

Prepare this remedy with the horseradish as a main ingredient and reap all the benefits that include fat loss, improved vision and hearing, protection of the cardiovascular system, heart, lowered bad cholesterol and so much more.

Horseradish Remedy:

Ingredients:

  • 125g of horseradish
  • 4 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 2cm piece of ginger root

Method:

Peel the ginger and horseradish and chop it into smaller pieces to fit into a mixer or blender.

Blend them together and add the already squeezed lemon juice, honey and cinnamon spice. Store this mixture into a glass container with a securable lid.

You need to consume 1 tablespoon of this mixture before breakfast and lunch and consume another one if you exercise.

You will notice the results in a very short while and the whole body will thank you for it!

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Apples, Apricots, Avocado, Bananas, Blackberries & Raspberries

Apples

A no-brainer, right? You probably don’t need to convince your kids either: According to a study in Pediatrics, apples were ranked as the most frequently eaten fruit for the under-eighteen set. And there’s real weight behind the apple-a-day prescription because when your kid crunches into an apple, he’s biting into a pretty powerful package. Apples are a good source of vitamin C, a vitamin that can help bolster the immune system, and they’re high in potassium, a mineral most kids are lacking, which acts like kryptonite to sodium’s effects and helps keep blood pressure at a healthy level. Researchers are also studying apples for their potential to fight cancer, asthma, and heart disease. They may even improve gut health, because the fruit’s pectin (a fiberlike substance) literally feeds the healthy bacteria in the intestines.

If “I’m hungry!” is a familiar refrain at your house, stock up on apples. Thanks to four grams of fiber per medium apple and a rich water content, apples rank high on something called the Satiety Index, which rates how filling foods are. Apples even outscore other snacks such as grapes, bananas, crackers, and yogurt. Pair them with a source of protein (such as apple slices dunked in nut butter or served with slices of cheese), and they’ll be even more filling.

Because apple varieties are grown year-round, there’s no need to think of apples as only a fall fruit. And if your kids aren’t crazy about one kind, branch out. Though Red Delicious is one of the most purchased apples, it’s not exactly the tastiest. Try other varieties such as Gala, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp. But whatever you choose, don’t peel away the skin—that’s where half the fiber and two-thirds of the antioxidant power live!

Good to Know

Though apples are naturally sweet, store-bought applesauce often contains added sugar. When buying it, look for the “unsweetened” variety, which doesn’t pack any extra sugar (but still tastes sweet!).

Q: Is Juice Healthy?

Children get about a third of their fruit servings from 100 percent juice. But though most kids love it, it’s smart to set limits. Juice is easy to overconsume and delivers a lot of calories and natural sugar—without the beneficial fiber found in the whole fruit. Sipping juice throughout the day also ups the chances of cavities forming and is a common culprit for diarrhea among toddlers. In new guidelines, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no juice for babies younger than one year of age and scaled-down portions for older kids: no more than four ounces (120 ml) a day for toddlers, four to six ounces (120 to 175 ml) a day for children ages four to six, and eight ounces (240 ml) for kids ages seven to eighteen.

Apricots

Your kids may be more familiar with dried apricots than fresh because most of the crop is sold dried or canned. Fresh apricots have a very short season, another reason some people aren’t familiar with them. But grab a bunch when you spot them in early summer. They are the perfect size for little kids and have soft, slightly fuzzy skin and sweet flesh. If the apricots you buy don’t give when pressed, let them ripen on the counter for a day or two.

Dried fruits are a concentrated source of nutrients compared to their fresh counterparts, so dried apricots pack more nutrients per serving than fresh. A quarter-cup (33 g) serving of dried apricots is a good source of iron, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and potassium for kids. Keep in mind that they may be treated with sulfur dioxide to keep them orange, and that’s an additive that can cause stomach upset in some people. You can find untreated dried apricots; they’ll just appear slightly brown. Whether fresh, canned, or dried, apricots are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a beneficial plant compound that gives them their orange-pink hue.

substance) literally feeds the healthy bacteria in the intestines.

If “I’m hungry!” is a familiar refrain at your house, stock up on apples. Thanks to four grams of fiber per medium apple and a rich water content, apples rank high on something called the Satiety Index, which rates how filling foods are. Apples even outscore other snacks such as grapes, bananas, crackers, and yogurt. Pair them with a source of protein (such as apple slices dunked in nut butter or served with slices of cheese), and they’ll be even more filling.

Because apple varieties are grown year-round, there’s no need to think of apples as only a fall fruit. And if your kids aren’t crazy about one kind, branch out. Though Red Delicious is one of the most purchased apples, it’s not exactly the tastiest. Try other varieties such as Gala, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp. But whatever you choose, don’t peel away the skin—that’s where half the fiber and two-thirds of the antioxidant power live!

Though apples are naturally sweet, store-bought applesauce often contains added sugar. When buying it, look for the “unsweetened” variety, which doesn’t pack any extra sugar (but still tastes sweet!).

Apricots

Your kids may be more familiar with dried apricots than fresh because most of the crop is sold dried or canned. Fresh apricots have a very short season, another reason some people aren’t familiar with them. But grab a bunch when you spot them in early summer. They are the perfect size for little kids and have soft, slightly fuzzy skin and sweet flesh. If the apricots you buy don’t give when pressed, let them ripen on the counter for a day or two.

Dried fruits are a concentrated source of nutrients compared to their fresh counterparts, so dried apricots pack more nutrients per serving than fresh. A quarter-cup (33 g) serving of dried apricots is a good source of iron, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and potassium for kids. Keep in mind that they may be treated with sulfur dioxide to keep them orange, and that’s an additive that can cause stomach upset in some people. You can find untreated dried apricots; they’ll just appear slightly brown. Whether fresh, canned, or dried, apricots are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a beneficial plant compound that gives them their orange-pink hue.

Q: How Much Sugar is Too Much for Kids?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, kids (and adults) should strive for no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar. Here’s what that looks like for kids (ranges are based on calorie needs, which differ depending on body size and activity level):

Ages 2–3: 6 teaspoons (25 grams) or less

Ages 4–8: 7–8 teaspoons (28–32 grams) or less

Ages 9–13: 10–11 teaspoons (40–44 grams) or less

Ages 14–18: 11–20 teaspoons (44–80 grams) or less

You don’t need to obsess over every gram—and there will be days when your child will go way over (and others, way under).

Though the package of fruit snacks may say “Made with real fruit!” these little gummies are more like candy than fruit. Many kinds are made with fruit juice concentrate, which is essentially a form of added sugar. Your child doesn’t get the same benefits from fruit snacks as he would with fruit. So consider them a sweet treat as you would candy, and stick to real fruit more often.

Avocado

When I need to prove the point that “try, try again” should be your motto when it comes to food, I use the avocado as an example. My younger son once cried when I put the tiniest smear of guacamole on his quesadilla. A year later, he was standing at the counter, mashing his own guacamole and scooping up big bites of it with chips. What happened? I just kept offering it and he eventually tried a tiny bite, then another and another. I can’t guarantee that will happen with every food you serve, but it gives me hope that my kids can grow to like (and even love) new foods with time. So if your kids don’t like avocado yet, keep at it.

Along with having a killer nickname (the “alligator pear”), the avocado has truly unique health benefits among fruit. It’s full of healthy monounsaturated fat, the kind found in olive oil that’s been proven in research to be good for the heart, and it’s a rich source of phytosterols, a kind of plant chemical that naturally lowers cholesterol levels by blocking some cholesterol from being absorbed by the body. Plus, it is a good source of potassium and has a few grams of fiber in each serving (which is about one-third of an avocado).

You’ll see avocados in the store in shades of dark or light green and almost black. Some avocados darken as they ripen, but they’re best judged by a gentle squeeze. Unripe avocados will be hard to the touch and can take up to five days to ripen on the counter (putting them in a paper bag speeds up the process). Ripe avocados will yield to pressure but won’t leave an indentation where you pressed them. If your avocados are ready but you’re not, stick them in the fridge, which will slow or stop ripening for a few days. Since cut avocados will turn brown, add some lemon juice to slow down the process. Cover leftover guacamole by pressing plastic wrap directly on the surface. Putting a thin layer of water on top will also prevent browning. Before serving again, just drain the water off and give a good stir.

How To Cut An Avocado

Slice lengthwise around the pit with a knife. Hold one half in each hand and twist in opposite directions to pull the halves apart. Remove the pit with a spoon, then scoop out the flesh with the spoon if you plan to mash it, or gently peel away the skin if you want to slice it.

Bananas

There’s a good chance that bananas made their first appearance in your child’s life on his high chair tray. Soft, sweet, and creamy, they’re an ideal first food. And apparently, their luster doesn’t wear off, because bananas rank as kids’ second favorite fruit, after apples. Cheap, portable, and widely available, bananas are fixtures in countertop fruit bowls and inside lunch boxes for most families.

Potassium is the banana’s claim to fame, but truth be told, there are other foods that pack just as much or even more of the mineral, including yogurt, tomato sauce, and orange juice. However, this popular fruit still delivers a nice dose: 422 mg in one medium banana (kids need 3,000 to 4,000 mg per day). Getting enough potassium can stave off muscle cramps and helps regulate fluid balance. The mineral also makes bananas a worthy recovery food because they help replenish potassium lost after kids have been sick with vomiting or diarrhea. Plus, the pectin in bananas acts as a binding agent, so the banana is a cornerstone of the BRAT diet (along with rice, applesauce, and toast) to treat diarrhea. The fact that they pack some vitamin C makes them an even better snack when fighting or recovering from a bug.

Slightly green and underripe bananas contain something called resistant starch, a carbohydrate that acts like fiber in the body—passing through the small intestine undigested and fermenting in the large intestine, where it can help healthy bacteria flourish. But bananas get softer and sweeter as they ripen and actually have the highest antioxidant levels when they’re very ripe (stick them in a bag with an apple to speed ripening). Got an overripe bunch on your counter? Peel and freeze them for future smoothies. Ripe bananas make a creamy, sweet smoothie base, so you might not have to add any sweetener.

Blackberries & Raspberries

They may be small, but these berries pack a big nutritional perk: They are some of the highest fiber fruits around, with about eight grams per cup (about 135 g). That’s a third of what kids need in a whole day! Fiber is a nutrient vital to health, not only to keep kids regular but also for heart health, and it’s something most kids and adults aren’t getting enough of. Both blackberries and raspberries are also excellent sources of vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body and helps fortify the immune system. In fact, when researchers ranked fifty foods on antioxidant content, blackberries actually came out on top. Used by Native Americans as food, medicine, and natural dyes, blackberries and raspberries are both rich in plant compounds that are protective to health. For instance, the pigments that make them so colorful, called anthocyanins, are natural disease fighters. Fun fact: The berries are drupelets, which means that, technically, each berry is a cluster of many tiny fruits—each one with its own seed.

If you’ve ever bought berries only to notice they’re moldy when you reach for them, you’ve found out the hard way that they’re extremely fragile (especially red raspberries, which should ideally be eaten within a day or two of purchasing). The berries, which have a short season, tend to be pricey, so it’s smart to take steps to prolong their life in your refrigerator. To do this, keep them in the little plastic containers they’re packed in, which are designed for storage with venting to allow just the right amount of air in and out. Remove any moldy berries you spy, and rinse berries just before serving. If you snagged a good deal on berries and want to save them for later, rinse them and gently pat dry, spread on a baking sheet in a single layer, freeze until firm, and then transfer them to a freezer bag until you need them. If you buy them already frozen, be sure your bag contains only fruit and no added sugars.

If you like the idea of your child drinking green smoothies—but your kid’s not keen on the color—a handful of fresh or frozen black- berries will create a purple shade that might be more pleasing. Just don’t hide the spinach from your kids. Show them you’re adding it (or make it together) and let them be amazed by how sweet spinach can taste!

Blueberries

If there really is such a thing as “brain food,” blueberries top the list. This small-but-mighty fruit has been studied for its positive impact on learning and memory in both adults and kids. Those perks are likely due to the anthocyanins in blueberries—those natural plant chemicals that work as antioxidants in the body and give the berries their blue hue. In fact, blueberries are frequently ranked high for antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits.

Native to North America, blueberries have all the vitamin C toddlers and preschoolers need in a day in just one cup (145 g) —plus nearly four grams of fiber. They’re also an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that’s involved in bone development and turning nutrients into energy. Kids can get up to a third of the manganese they need in a day in one cup (145 g) of blueberries.

When buying fresh blueberries, look for firm berries in a deep shade of blue. Don’t worry if you see a white, chalky covering on them—that’s a natural “bloom” that protects the berries. Avoid any packages with moldy fruit and rinse the berries right before eating. When buying them frozen, the berries should feel loose inside the bag, not clumped together, which indicates they were thawed and refrozen. If you want to freeze your own, rinse them and place them on a baking sheet in a single layer to freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer bag.

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Use Cucumber as Cooling Spray to Refresh Your Skin

A good facial mist is heaven sent, especially in the sweltering heat of the summer. It is refreshing, soothing, and while imparting a dewy glow, it sends many benefits and richness to your skin.

Also, when you are in need of a relaxing break, using a facial mist can become a calming ritual. But, while the market is loaded with a plethora of mists, these products costs too much.

You can make a DIY natural facial mist that also offers you the liberty to experiment with the ingredients and oils of your choice. The possibilities for ingredients are endless, from coconut water, essential oils, rose water, plant, fruit extracts, etc.

Cucumber Cooling Spray to Refresh Your Skin:

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon Rose water
Cucumber juice taken from 1 cucumber
Lemon juice from ½ lemon

Directions:
1. Place cucumber chunks in a mixer, then blend into a pulp.
2. Pour the pulp into a cheese cloth, then arranged in a bowl.
3. Gather the corners of the cloth, grip it tightly, then extract the juice.
4. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into it.
5. Add 1 teaspoon Aloe vera gel.
6. Blend in 1 tablespoon of rose water.
7. Combine all the ingredients.
8. Place the solution in a plastic spray bottle.

Application:
1. Spray and enjoy the freshness of this DIY homemade mist.
2. You can use it up to 3 times a day.

Notes:
1. Instead of extracting and blending the juice from the cucumber, you can run it through a juicer.
2. You can store this DIY facial mist in the refrigerator for at least 1 week. Shake well before use.
3. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil ito this mist, for added aroma.
4. Do not use lemon in the mist, if you have sensitive skin.
5. Do not throw the remaining cucumber pulp. You can use it on your skin as a natural face mask.
6. Exfoliate regularly, as this can help remove dead skin cells and keep your skin smooth.
7. Hydrate by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
8. Never use a metal bottle for storing the mist, as metals may react, and alter the properties of essential oils. Use high-quality plastic to store the mist.

Sources:
Top 10 Home Remedies
Organicsolutions Portal

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7 Mistakes That are Costing You Money in Shopping

You have been shopping in the supermarket for years, but are you doing it right?

There are so many costly mistakes that can be made in the supermarket, which will increase your bill. Worst of all, the supermarkets know exactly how to get you to buy, and spend more, and will do almost anything to make it happen.

Let’s put a stop to that! Here are the 7 Common Shopping Mistakes You should avoid, to help you get clued up with the supermarket’s sneaky strategies, and start saving money today!

1. Ignoring Discounts

Stores often offer special deals or discounts at certain times of the week or month. Do not ignore them.

These deals are worth the hassle and time. You can stock up on some staples, and save money on the process. Pay attention to flyers and ads to find deals at your local stores.

2. Forgetting Your Shopping List

Not making a shopping list can cause you to buy things that you do not need, and therefore, make you forget the things you do. This can interfere with your meal plans, and cause you to make several trips to the store, which leads to buying more than needed.

3. Not Applying for Rewards Card

Rewards cards might seem like a bit of a scam, but you will saved loads using them over the years, and would definitely recommend trying them.

Supermarket loyalty cards will usually allow you to collect points, and these points equate to money off your shops, get you free perks such as tea, coffee or magazines, and give you access to exclusive offers.

Get cards for wherever you shop regularly, then start getting rewarded every time you shop.

4. Not Checking Prices

Are you one of those people who fly through the store, without checking prices? You might feel like this is a faster way to finish your shopping quickly.

This may be true, but, you are probably spending more money. It is really worth it to spend a few extra seconds, comparing prices to save money.

5. You Do Not Look at the Price Per Kilo

When you are buying fresh produce, a good indicator for value for money is the price per kilo on the shelf label.

Do not always assume that a loose produce is the best option, sometimes packaged vegetables and fruits will be cheaper. Get into the habit of comparing loose versus packaged, and also different packaging sizes to make sure you get the best deal every time you shop.

6. You Choose Brand Names

The name brand products always look the best, but, are they really? For known brand names, you are paying for that nice packaging and not what’s inside it.

Did you know that off-brand products are just as good? Plus, these products almost always cost less.

You can at least try the generic, before committing to only buying a name brand item.

7. You are Buying Out of Season

We have all grown used to getting whatever produce we want, and whenever we want it, but, the truth of the matter is that vegetables and fruits are seasonal, and should not be available all year round.

Different vegetables, fruits, and even varieties are less-available during certain times of the year. The shortage of supply, when pitted against the high demand hikes up the price, and means you’ll be paying more in the shop.

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19 Foods to Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

Science-backed diet advice to avoid hypertension

High blood pressure is extremely common, affecting more than 100 million Americans according to the American Heart Association. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean you should take it lightly. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be deadly — and the death rates from hypertension are rising.

There are certain things you can do to keep your blood pressure down and prevent it from rising higher. Many preventative actions related to hypertension are related to lifestyle habits — exercising, for instance, and abstaining from cigarettes. Changing your diet is also one of the more impactful preventative measures you can take.

Certain foods and drinks are dangerous for your blood pressure — eating too much of them can increase your risk over time. Other foods, though, can have the opposite effect. Here are 19 foods that could actually help lower your blood pressure.

Apricots

 

The American Heart Association recommends eating foods rich with potassium in order to assist in lowering blood pressure. This is due to potassium’s effect on sodium — eating potassium can help to lessen sodium’s potentially harmful effects. All kinds of foods contain potassium, many of which are fruits and vegetables. A cup of dried apricots contains around one-third of your daily recommended potassium intake, around 1,511 milligrams. A cup of fresh apricot slices contains around 427 milligrams of potassium. Apricots also contain lots of vitamin C and fiber, both of which are beneficial to your heart health.

 

Bananas

 

Bananas are one of many foods you can add to your diet to include more potassium. A study published in the journal Medical Science showed that eating more bananas significantly reduced blood pressure in study participants. Try eating a banana with peanut butter for a healthy mid-afternoon snack or slicing a banana on top of your oatmeal or yogurt at breakfast.

 

Beets

 

A study published in Nutrition Journal showed that beet juice significantly lowered blood pressure among health men and women just six hours after drinking it. Beet juice contains a lot of sugar, so you probably won’t want to drink it all the time — though you shouldn’t be afraid of the sugar in healthy fruits and vegetables. But if you want a more versatile way to add this vegetable into your diet, try cooking a recipe with beets. They can be delicious!

 

Berries

 

Strawberries, blueberries, and other fruits are rich with antioxidants called flavonoids. These compounds can help stave off cancer and other conditions including high blood pressure. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the addition of berries to their diets reduced the risk of high blood pressure in hypertensive adults by around 8 percent.

 

Chocolate

 

It may sound too good to be true, but eating chocolate is actually healthy. Your heart will thank you. According to a meta-analysis published in BMC Medicine, consuming dark chocolate or cocoa products — which are both rich with antioxidants called flavonoids — resulted in a decreased blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and hypertensive individuals. That’s not the only benefit dark chocolate has to offer. There are many reasons you shouldn’t feel badly about eating it every day.

 

Cinnamon

 

This cozy winter spice is the perfect thing to add to a bowl of oatmeal, a sweet baked dessert, or even your lattes — it contains antioxidants that are probably responsible for some of its health benefits. An analysis of studies showed that cinnamon could decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the short-term in patients with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

 

Fatty Fish

 

Certain types of fish, including salmon and sardines, are dense with healthy fats. Opting for these fattier fish over leaner white fish every now and then may be a good idea. The American Heart Association advises eating two servings of fatty fish each week, in part due to its role in reducing blood pressure.

 

Fermented Foods

 

Fermented foods, including foods such as kimchi and Greek yogurt, contain probiotics, a type of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Adding probiotics to your diet can do more than just aid in digestion — according to a review of studies published in the journal Hypertension, probiotics can have a modest but beneficial effect on blood pressure. You don’t have to take an expensive pill or drink tons of kombuchato add more probiotics to your diet. Probiotics are contained in many common foods and drinks.

 

Flaxseed

 

Flaxseed may not be No. 1 on your list of favorite foods, but you should consider supplementing your diet with it somehow. Not only is it one of the best foods you can eat for your heart, but it may also help reduce your blood pressure. According to one study, adding flaxseed to their diets helped lower patients’ systolic blood pressure over a period of just six months.

 

Garlic

 

Not only is cooking with garlic a great way to add flavor to your food without relying on salt, but it also provides other health benefits. One study showed that in patients with high blood pressure, adding garlic to their diets helped lower their systolic blood pressure over time. Other studies show similar results, suggesting that taking a garlic supplement or getting more of it in your diet some other way could help.

 

Hibiscus Tea

 

According to a 2010 study, Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (an ingredient found in herbal tea blends) proved to have antioxidant and antihypertensive properties. The authors found that daily consumption of hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults, making it one of the best teas for your blood pressure and heart health.

 

Kiwi

 

Kiwis actually have more vitamin C than oranges — plus, they’re delicious. Add some kiwi to your fruit salads or snack on them on their own to help keep your blood pressure down. A study published in the journal Blood Pressure showed that in patients with moderately elevated blood pressure, eating three kiwis a day helped lower blood pressure more than eating one apple did. Eating an apple a day is a good idea for other reasons, but kiwi is probably better for your blood pressure.

 

Low-Fat Dairy

 

According to a review of studies published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, consuming low-fat dairy lowers the risk of hypertension in adults. The link was strongest with reference to low-fat milk — not cheese, unfortunately. However, eating cheese does have its health benefits, too!

 

Olive Oil

 

A staple of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil has a myriad of health benefits, many of which relate to your heart. According to a study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, adding olive oil to their diets effectively reduced systolic blood pressure in elderly patients with hypertension. Learn to cook with it the right way to get the most flavor out of your olive oil — but no matter how you use it, it’s going to be good for you!

 

Pistachios

 

Looking for a healthy snack to keep at your desk? Try munching on a serving or two of pistachios. The healthy fats in pistachios will help keep your brain sharp — and they’re good for your blood pressure, too. A study in the journal Hypertension showed that study participants with high blood pressure experienced a decrease in blood pressure after eating a serving of pistachios during the day.

 

Pomegranate

 

Pomegranate seeds may be small, but they pack a serious nutritional punch. The juice from the seeds is rich with polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that has many benefits, including helping to prevent cancer. A review of studies showed that pomegranate juice could effectively lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure over time, even when consumed in small amounts. So just add a serving or two of the fruit into your day and you’ll reap the benefits!

Raisins

According to a report from the American College of Cardiology, eating raisins could be an effective way to lower blood pressure. Researchers suggest that the correlation could be caused by raisin’s large amount of potassium. Add some to a homemade trail mix or eat them plain for a heart-healthy snack!