If you are not fan of avocados, you are indeed missing out a lot! In case you are indulging on them on a regular basis, the ultimate guide to its health benefits will make you fall deeper in love with them!
18 Avocado Uses
Here are the 18 ways in which avocado will change your life, keeping your health at optimal level!
- Packed With Nutrients
Avocados are packed with 20 vitamins and minerals which are of utmost importance for good health and optimal body function. One avocado contains 53 percent of the RDI of vitamin K, 41 percent folate, 33 percent vitamin C, 28 percent potassium, 26 percent vitamin B6, 21 percent vitamin E, and 19 percent copper.
- Source of Fats
Most people consider avocados to be extremely fattening. However, its fats are good (monounsaturated), meaning that they are completely safe to ingest. As an added bonus, they help lower bad cholesterol levels in the body.
- Weight Management
Not only is a great source of fat, but avocado has been shown to prevent hunger when eaten along with your healthy meals. If you often reach for snacks afternoon, add avocados to your diet and you will feel much less inclined to snacking.
- Diabetes Prevention
Whine only an estimate, diabetes will affect 40 percent of Americans at certain point in their life. The good news is that there are a few things that can be done to lower the risk of this disease; one of which is keeping the blood sugar levels stable. According to a study in which a group of subjects ate lunches with avocado and the other without, those who had eaten avocado exhibited no increase in their blood sugar levels.
- Reduce Cholesterol
Avocados play critical role in unclogging arteries! It has been scientifically shown that eating avocados on a daily basis helps improve blood cholesterol, lowering bad cholesterol and improving the good one.
- Fight Inflammation
Most modern diseases, including arthritis, heart disease, asthma, and allergies, stem from chronic inflammation. Oleic acid has been found to lower inflammation in multiple studies, and is found in high quantities in avocados. Hence, avocados prevent damage to artery walls, which then lowers the risk of heart disease.
- Pain Relief
Avocado extract has been shown to reduce arthritis symptoms, and thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, inflammatory-related pains and aches could be notably reduced by adding it to your diet.
- Control Blood Pressure
A diet high in sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension). In addition to limiting your sodium intake, potassium ( found in avocados) can also go a long way in diminishing the effects of sodium and thus controlling your blood pressure levels.
9, Nutrient Absorption
Did you know that you can eat all fruits and veggies and still be failing to reap the full benefits of the their vitamins and minerals? The reason behind this is the fact that our intake of nutrients depends on our ability to absorb them. Adding avocado to a salad boosts the ability to absorb any fat soluble nutrients found in the rest of the ingredients, including vitamins A,D and E as well as many antioxidants.
- Eye Health
Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that are critical for combating macular degeneration- one of the leading causes of blindness in Americans today.
- Improve Brain Function
Avocados contain about 20 percent of the RDI for copper, a mineral that acts as brain stimulant. In addition, this mineral has been associated with innovative and creative thought processes.
- Boost Mood
Healthy fats present in avocados help increase endorphins and raise dopamine levels. Therefore, regular consumption of this fruit boosts mood and helps prevent any mood swings.
- Energy Boost
The same healthy fats release energy in the body during the day. Adding avocado to your breakfast or lunch increases energy levels, slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, and prevents sugar crash that typically follows later on.
- Vital Nutrients For Expectant Mothers
Folate is of utmost importance for the development of the fetus, particularly the development of the baby`s spinal cord, bones, and brain. Pregnant women can eat avocados as great source of folate, vitamins B6 and C, and potassium.
- Improved Immunity
Those who are getting sick frequently should make avocado part of their daily diet. Vitamin C boosts the immune system while B vitamins help combat infection and illnesses. To keep sickness away, load up on avocados as they contain all three defense-strengthening vitamins.
- Improved Digestion
Avocados are packed with many essential components, including fiber. One avocado contains about 54 percent of the RDI of fiber, which is critical for the digestive system.
- Strong Bones
The health of our bones depends on various vitamins and minerals, including copper, folate, and vitamin K. Amazingly, avocados are full of all of these three!
- Healthy Skin And Hair
Avocados can actually provide the same results as the expensive hair products offered on the market and marketed as the latest ‘beauty secret’. As an added bonus, avocados are more natural, healthier, and safer to use.
Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others
Dave Bennett from Tennessee has died 48 hours after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while on a trip to Florida to visit his daughter.
Taking to Facebook to share the story, Cheryl Bennett Wiygul, explained how her dad, Dave Bennett, contracted Vibrio vulnificus which later killed him and issued a warning that she believes people should heed. In the post she wrote,
“Flesh eating bacteria sounds like an urban legend. Let me assure you that it is not. It took my Dad’s life. This is so raw and personal to me that I did not want to post about it, but if I can help one person, then it is worth it.”
Cheryl revealed that her dad had cancer and as a result, his immune system was compromised. Cheryl’s dad along with the rest of Cheryl’s family had fun and enjoyed family time out in the water near Crab Island during their visit to Florida. They had no idea of what was about to happen.
Before her family’s visit, Cheryl had heard of a 12-year-old girl who had contracted bacteria through an open wound that began to eat her flesh but didn’t think much of it. In her post she writes.
“My parents were coming down to stay with me in Florida about a week after the post about a 12 year old girl contracting bacteria that turned into necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) in Destin started circling around. I didn’t want to believe that.
“My family loves being in the water. Our county, Okaloosa County, posted an article titled “Rumor Control” in response to the post which seemed to diffuse everyone’s fears. The girl had a cut on her leg so I felt like it reinforced to me not to go in with a cut. I researched a little. When my parents got in town I was fanatical about Neosporin and liquid band-aid.
“My Dad didn’t have any open wounds. He had a couple places that were practicality healed small scratches on his arms and legs that I made sure were super sealed up. My mom religiously sun-blocked him. We were taking precautions and we were good, so I thought.”
However, Dave Bennett had unfortunately contracted a potentially deadly bacteria. Early the next morning, on a Saturday, Dave awoke with fever, chills and cramping. Soon afterwards, he developed pain in his legs and a badly swollen black spot on his back.
Dave was rushed to the hospital and put on IV antibiotics. Several spots started to appear on his skin. The next day, on a Sunday, he passed away.
“There were no bacteria warnings at any beach or park we went to,” Cheryl wrote. “They do post advisories for high bacteria but there were none. I would never have taken my Dad in the water if there was a bacteria advisory but it would have been because I didn’t want him to get a stomach virus not because I thought it would kill him.”
Vibrio bacteria live in certain coastal waters and are found in higher concentrations between May and October and is the cause of as many as 100 deaths in the U.S. each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl and her family. May God’s love and grace comfort them.
Please remember to share Cheryl’s warning about this potentially deadly bacteria, You may just save a life.
A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US
Heracleum mantegazzianum or ‘the giant hogweed’ has been described by many as a ‘horror’ plant. Hogweed has been constantly spreading and growing across the US states of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
Hogweed is a beautiful plant but touching it can cause lifelong consequences such as permanent scars and burns or possibly blindness if it comes in contact with your eyes.
It grows between 8-14 feet and has lobed, dark green leaves that can hit 5 feet in diameter.
There are a number of life-threatening plants out there that irritate our skin when touched or poison us if consumed. But giant Hogweed is one of the deadliest.
The plant is known by many names such as cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, cartwheel-flower, or hogsbane.
What makes Hogweed Dangerous?
Hogweed has a special sap that contains a chemical called Photosynthesizing furanocoumarins.
The chemical makes the plant extremely sensitive to light for growth and better health.
When you touch Hogweed, it will immediately make the area of contact extremely prone to sunburns which may lead to skin problems.
“Once you get it on you, it makes your skin unable to protect itself from the sun.”
If by any chance the sap comes in contact with your eyes, the extreme sensitivity to light can possibly cause blindness.
What to do if the sap gets on your skin
To lessen the damage, wash the affected area with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. A doctor may prescribe medicine that will help it heal faster. Cover your skin to protect it from sunlight for the next few days.
If you spot giant hogweed in your backyard, do not try to get rid of it by yourself. Instead, contact a pro plant control specialist as soon as possible.
7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs
Everything was going great for Aimee and her new husband, Craig. They were loving every moment of their honeymoon which had just started, but quickly their fairy tale turned into a nightmare.
It all started when their daughter, Brogan, began to develop black and blue marks all over her body. Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.
Initially, everyone assumed that Brogan’s bruises were simply a consequence of a child being a child. Even the physicians at a local hospital simply brushed it off for a minor skin issue.
However, when Aimee realized that the spots had spread to the other parts of Brogan’s body, she knew it was something gravely serious.
She immediately rushed to the doctors who realized the cause rapidly this time.
The 7-year-old showed clear indications of meningitis. She was then rushed to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Meningococcal meningitis is a possible life-threatening illness and seeing as Brogan’s treatment started so late, there wasn’t much that doctors could do. They were forced to amputate Brogan’s left leg in order to save her life.
“It looked nothing like a rash, it looked more like bruising – at the time I never thought it was meningitis and that’s the problem. When people are aware of what symptoms to look out for with meningitis, they say look for a rash but that’s not what it looked like to me.” Aimee explained.
After the amputation, Brogan was fitted with a prosthetic leg to help her walk.
Soon after, the doctors discovered that Brogan’s other leg was also badly affected and was a threat to her life. Last year, the family and the doctors agreed to have it amputated as well.
Thank God Brogan had a strong support system in her family. “Nothing can prepare you for what meningitis does to a body, let alone a little seven-year-old girl,” Lisa Reece, Brogan’s mom’s cousin said.
Blessed with a strong and fighting spirit, she has been able to overcome all challenges life threw her way.
Brogan’s mom, Aimee, says she wants to remind other parents to be on the lookout for odd changes in their children’s bodies so that they can recognize the symptoms in time and don’t have to go through what Brogan has.
Common symptoms of meningitis:
- Sudden high fever
- Severe headache that seems different than normal
- Stiff neck
- Headache with nausea or vomiting
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Sleepiness or difficulty waking
- No appetite or thirst
- Sensitivity to light
- Skin rash (sometimes, such as in meningococcal meningitis)
PS: In newborns, they often show symptoms such as: High fever, Excessive sleepiness or irritability, Poor feeding, Constant crying, Inactivity or sluggishness, Stiffness in a baby’s body and neck and a bulge in the soft spot on top of a baby’s head (fontanel)