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There’s recently been an abundance of discussion around a powerful substance. Recommended by sports nutritionists, doctors, and endocrinologists all over, resveratrol is known to have antioxidant properties that can help protect the body against the risks of cancer and heart disease. It is commonly found inside the skin of red grapes—explaining its presence in red wine—as well as some berries, peanut butter, and even pine nuts. However, while it’s been described as a healthy food and great for many ailments, few people know of the exact benefits that it can offer. Resveratrol can serve many purposes in boosting the strength of your mind and soul.

As An Antioxidant – Resveratrol is a strong antioxidant that assists in boosting the immune system and also helps to fight many pollutants that get into the body from the external conditions. These pollutants can cause the immunity system of the body to lower by damaging the body on a cellular level. The use of resveratrol can stop that from happening, and even reverse damage.

Cleaner Blood – Resveratrol can be used as a blood thinner, which will inevitably lead to a healthier heart. When blood clots form in blood vessels, they can be deadly; therefore blood thinners are useful. However, a word of caution: one should always talk to their doctor when taking any other medications to make sure the resveratrol does not work against their body.

Hormonal Improvement – Good hormone function is essential for a healthy body. When the hormones are not in balance, the body is out of equilibrium and can cause many ailments such as fatigue, mood swings, weight fluctuations, and more. A benefit of resveratrol is that it assists in regulating and bringing hormone functions back into a healthy balance.

Alzheimer’s Disease – As most people know, Alzheimer’s is a condition seen mostly in elderly people that assaults brain cells. People affected by the condition can gradually lose their memory as well as many of their cognitive skills. This makes life and work difficult and increasingly challenging to them. Resveratrol is used in this case as a preventative measure to help fight the onset of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, increasing the effect of the resveratrol can be accomplished by also using vitamins C and E.

Cancer Prevention – Where cancer is related, resveratrol has a surprising number of benefits. It has been known to help reduce the odds of getting breast cancer, as well as keeping other cancers from spreading and moving to other parts of the body. With cancer being one of the major killers today, proper prevention methods should be implemented.

Diabetes Prevention – Resveratrol can assist in preventing insulin resistance, which is the origin and cause of diabetes. However, the best prevention plan is one that also ensures that only quality, low-GI foods are consumed. A great recommendation is the paleo diet, and many books and articles on the plan can be found online.

Studies have successfully demonstrated that resveratrol can lead to longevity in life. While the exact reasons behind its success is unknown, the resveratrol is believed to activate the gene known as SITR1. This is a gene that helps to guard the body from destructive effects of obesity and aging diseases. Regardless of how it works, it has been shown to prevent some of the problems that come with age, and fight off other diseases that arise as a result of poor lifestyle choices.

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8 Skills Every Solo Female Traveler Has To Master

So you want to strike out as a solo traveler, but you’re still a little apprehensive. Maybe you haven’t traveled much before, or you usually go away with friends. Perhaps this trip is just more daunting, for whatever reason. Nerves are a natural part of solo travel, particularly if you’re a woman – we’ve all had the experience of feeling less confident or safe than our male counterparts in certain situations. But how can you equip yourself to master solo travel and become a fearless female explorer? There’s no perfect recipe for easy solo travel, but these skills will certainly help.

Packing Light

When there’s no one else to carry your baggage for you, the weight really starts to matter (there’s a life lesson in there somewhere…!). Be realistic about what you’ll wear, read, and use, and leave the rest behind.

Acting Confident

Chances are, you’ll encounter some questionable situations when traveling. If you’re out there alone, you need to give off the impression that you are strong, determined, and not to be messed with. And guess what? Once you’ve started acting that way, it’s basically true.

Planning Ahead

You can’t rely on anyone else to make the plans for you, so you need to spend some time figuring out transportation and directions when you’re on the move. This is the perfect excuse to flex your planning skills, or to finally develop some!

Trusting Your Instincts

This bar feels dodgy? You don’t like the guy who’s sat next to you on the train? Trust your instincts; find a safe crowd, or get out of there. Politeness doesn’t matter when you’re traveling solo, so learn to trust your instincts.

Adapting To New Situations

Here are things you will find when you’re traveling: Food that seems weird. Bathrooms that seem weird. Customs that seem weird. Adapting and making the best of odd situations is part of solo travel, and it really will make you richer.

Talking To Strangers

If you’ve always been shy about talking to strangers, or prefer to let others handle it, solo travel will really flex your social muscles. Checking in, ordering at restaurants, and asking for directions, often in another language…this is your chance to learn to socialize and negotiate for yourself.

Saying No

As a single female traveler, you’re an easy target for salespeople, hopeful men, and other travelers who want to socialize. That can be great, but it can also lead to a lot of uncomfortable situations if you don’t learn how to firmly and clearly say no when you don’t want to do something.

Saying Yes

On the flipside, when you’re traveling alone, people want to get to know you. On top of that, every day can be spent exactly how you want to spend it, so learn to say yes to new things! Take that tour, hang out with the locals, and accept me-time when you need it.

Solo travel can be eye-opening, energizing, terrifying, and hilarious, often all at the same time. Once you’re in the swing of it, you’ll forget that you ever even worried, but getting to grips with these skills will help you take the first few steps.

by Erin Weaver


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