Healthy Life, Step n. 6

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A Powerful Drink

I'm not young anymore, this is, unfortunately, the bitter truth. I'm 55 years old and even though I'm in a good shape or, at leat, that's what I think, nevertheless sometimes I have the bad feeling of being out of date, despite all my efforts to be healthy and seeing positive. One of my great fears is the dread of not being accepted from the others in the social gathering places such as pubs, gym, cultural circles, leisure clubs, etc. To be more accurate my fear is the reduction of the level of acceptance, I mean the people usually don't avoid me, but with the aging, my worry is that they tend to get away and increase the personal space between us. I don't know if it is only a cultural habit, but I'm always proud when people, especially women, speak with me in a short distance, I think that this is a sign of acceptance and, yes it's probably nurturing my ego, but that's it, I like it.

I made this whole long preamble because I want to share a discovery that I did some time back, regarding two vegetables that boost in a powerful way my life and my confidence towards others. 

Let's start from the beginning. One day, while I was on my sofa, watching a TV documentary about human hormones, my attention was focused in a hormone that, according to some scientists, seems to attract unconsciously people of the other sex. The name of this male hormone is: androsterone and can be found in many ailments, but is more concentrated in celery. The scientists believe that androsterone is released through perspiration after eating. It seems that women around you don't smell it, but your body releases through the breath and the sweat a sufficient quantity of androsterone that attracts and arouses them if they snuggle up real close. Actually, not all the scientific community is agreed about it, but in my opinion, it was worth a shot. So I started to eat some legs of celery and, not in all women but some seemed more at ease even if I got very close to them. The real problem was that the row celery was not so good to eat and soon I was tired of this bitter food.

So I decided to stop the assumption, but guess what, after that women went back to stay quite far from me, or at least this seemed me to happen. Anyway, I decided a different approach by making a celery' smoothie and to make the taste less bitter I added one cucumber. The taste of these two vegetables mixed together is absolutely fantastic as well as my social life ever since then.  

Even if you don't get lucky, keep in mind that eating these two vegetables is, in any case, a smart idea because they are low-calories,fiber-rich food that helps clean your teeth and freshen your breath. Not a bad deal either way. 

Feel free, if you want to make a more accurate research on the internet about the proprieties of these ailments, in any case below I've put some of the many benefits that I found they have.

Celery:

  • Reduce artery-clogging cholesterol (called LDL or "bad" cholesterol).
  • Antiseptic: the seeds help in the elimination of uric acid.
  • Healthy joints: it has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling around the joints.
  • Prevents cancer: it contains some cancer-fighting components and antioxidant components.
  • Improved immune system because it is rich in vitamin C.
  • Promote cardiovascular health thanks to the presence of vitamin C, fiber, and other organic chemicals.
  • Balance the diuretic activity because it is rich in sodium and potassium.
  • Relief from migraines thanks the presence of coumarins.
  • Treats rheumatism, arthritis, and muscular pains.
  • Helps to manage diabetic symptoms because it is rich in fibers.
  • It seems (more studies are needed) to be a potent vasodilator, so it can enhance male erectile function and thus sexual potency.
  • Improve eye health and prevent macular degeneration.

Cucumber:

  • Protect your brain: it contains an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that plays an important role in brain health. In addition, fisetin improves your memory and protects your nerve cell from age-related decline.
  • Reduce your risk of cancer: it contains some polyphenols and phytonutrients that have anti-cancer properties.
  • Fight inflammation: it contains substances that fight the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes.
  • Antioxidant properties thanks to the high content of vitamin C and beta-carotene.
  • Freshen your breath because it helps to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria.
  • Manage stress: the high content in multiple B vitamins is known to help ease the feeling of anxiety.
  • Support your digestive health thanks to the high content of water and insoluble fiber.
  • Maintain a healthy weight thanks to the low caloric intake (16 calories per 100 gr.).
  • Stabilize blood pressure thanks to a good balance of potassium in your cells. 
  • Flushes out toxins thanks to the high content of water that acts as a virtual broom, sweeping out waste products of the body system. A regular eating helps to dissolve kidney stones.
  • Fight heat, both inside and out, and keep you hydrated thanks to high water content.

Do you think all these proprieties are enough to add a smoothie of celery and cucumber during your day?

Well only a word of caution: celery must be avoided during pregnancy (consult your doctor for more information), and cucumber must be peeled if you are not sure of the origin because the skin may be waxed with synthetic waxes that could contain unwanted chemical contaminants.

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