Health Benefits of the Jalapeno Pepper

They’re spicy and they leave your mouth on fire. If you don’t wash your hands immediately after cutting them then everything you touch seems to be on fire too! But these things are so beneficial to our health. Who’d have ever known?

18 WAYS JALAPENO’SĀ ARE IMMENSELY HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS

  1. Anti-oxidant
    • Antioxidants is a substance that protects our cells from harmful substances. Because jalapeno’s are high in antioxidants, they also provide strength to our cells.
  2. Anti-inflammatory
    • Jalapeno’s produce a chemical, Capsaicin, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. Say bye bye to pain!
  3. Anti-carcinogetic
    • The heat produced in the body after consuming a jalapeno can kill cancer cells directly related to prostate cancer. The high amounts of antioxidants also prevents cell damage that is caused by cancer.
  4. Anti-bacterial/fungal
    • Capsaicin has antibacterial properties which can reduce and eliminate bacterial infections.
  5. Promotes healthy lipids
    • Jalapeno’s also serve as a thinning agent in the blood stream. They can help dissolve Fibrin, a protein that attaches to the blood vessel walls causing blocked arteries.
  6. Heart health
    • Capsaicin reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) while reducing platelet aggregation and also lowers blood pressure. Jalapeno’s also provide Vitamins A and C along with bioflavanoids, which are known to strengthen blood vessels allowing for more flex to adjust with ever changing blood pressures. This reduces the risk of having a stroke and/or heart attack.
  7. Natural analgesic
    • The capsaicin provided by jalapeno’s attaches itself to proteins called TRPV1 which tricks your body into thinking that it is being exposed to extreme heat. Once the body thinks this for a certain period of time, the nerve endings become desensitized to the pain.
  8. Helps to maintain blood vessel, tissue, skin, and bone health
    • Collagen has the main responsibility in maintaining blood vessel, tissue, skin, and bone health. Collagen acts as a type of glue in the body and is what holds the body together. As we age, our collagen production drops. Jalapeno’s can increase collagen production with its huge amounts of Vitamin C.
  9. Boosts immune system
    • Studies show that just one jalapeno provides over 50% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.
  10. Aids in weight release
    • One of the chemicals, Capsaicin, found in jalapeno’s is a natural weight release aid. It is the main chemical found in a lot of weight release pills. With daily consumption, Capsaicin is released in the body and literally burns off fat as heat is produced in the body.
  11. Helps balance and regulate body temperature when cold
    • Jalapeno’s are an excellent source of natural warmth when cold. Jalapeno’s raise the body temperature naturally, thus making you feel warmer.
  12. Massive amounts of vitamins and minerals
    • Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K
    • Folates
    • Pantothenic Acid
    • Niacin
    • Riboflavin
    • Thiamin
    • Pyridoxine
    • Carotene A and B
    • Lutein-Zeaxanthin
    • Cryptoxanthin B
    • Copper
    • Iron
    • Magnesium
    • Selenium
    • Calcium
    • Phosphorus
    • Sodium
    • Potassium
    • Folic Acid
  13. Promotes healthy fluid loss
    • It is possible to have too much fluid stored in the body. When we do, it can cause problems with our hearts, breathing, and numerous other things. The heat produced by the jalapeno’s helps our body to lose some of the retained fluid.
  14. Helps prevent stomach and mouth ulcers
    • Because of the insanely high amount of antioxidants, jalapeno’s are able to kill bad bacteria in the stomach and mouth that could potentially cause ulcers if left there.
  15. Clears nasal passages
    • This one may be a little more obvious. But yes, the heat put off from the peppers is powerful enough to clear gunky airways. This is a great, and natural way, to aid in the fight against colds and sinus infections. Capsaicin is also responsible for this.
  16. Pain relief from migraine headaches
    • Yes, that was read correctly. There aren’t very many treatments for migraine’s. Want a natural and effective one? Eat a jalapeno on a regular basis. The Capsaicin (Capsaicin sure is pretty powerful, eh?) in the jalapeno inhibits the key neuropeptide, Substance P. Substance P is the main brain pain transmitter.
  17. Anti-aging properties
    • Regular and consistent consumption of jalapeno’s builds up quite a bit of collagen in the body which decreases the signs of aging.
  18. Nervous system improvement
    • Jalapeno’s are full of Folic Acid as well as Vitamins A, B, and C which are all essential vitamins for regulating the amino acids that keep the nervous system in optimum health. By consuming jalapeno’s on a regular basis, diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are significantly decreased.

What is the moral of the story?

Eat jalapeno’s daily! The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” should probably be changed to say “a jalapeno a day keeps the doctor away.” Jalapeno’s can be eaten raw, smoked, sauteed, baked, or any other way that you like them best. Isn’t it amazing how healthy something so very little actually is?

Love & Light to all

What If?

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The most powerful question you could ever ask yourself is “what if?.” Too many people view this as a negative. “Why worry about the what ifs when the what ifs aren’t here?”

BECAUSE THEY WILL NEVER BE HERE IF YOU DON’T.

What if you could change the world?
What if you could change your life?
What if you could gain more ___________ for yourself?
What if you miss that opportunity?
What if you don’t try?

We should always ask ourselves “what if?” with everything that we do. Always.

You’ll never ever ever know where that “what if?” could possibly take you if you never ask.

I wholeheartedly encourage you to ask yourself “what if?” when it comes to anything and everything for the next week. And then record the results. How did it make you feel? Did any doors open? Did any doors close that needed to close? Reflect on the results, list your new goals, envision those new goals, and then ask yourself “what if?” one more time.

Until next time…

Just BE yourself.

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A phrase that I have been on a lot lately is “just BE yourself.” Be your true authentic self. and JUST BE. I struggle with this quite often.

You see, a lot of times we stroll through life looking for validation, justification, acceptance, confirmation, etc. Why? Why do we do these things to ourselves? There will always be critics. There will always be people that do not agree with us. There will always be people that do not like us. There is nothing that we can or will ever do that will make this any different.

Plus, it just isn’t any of our business what other people think or feel. That is their business and theirs alone.

We can only do us. What we think or feel is our business. That’s it. Just us. So why continue to go through life looking toward others for validation and acceptance? Why don’t we just validate and accept ourselves? Why don’t we pay no mind to other people’s business?

I invite you to make a list of everything that you like about yourself that you fear other people do not like or agree with. I also invite you to make a list about everything you dislike about yourself because society (or even someone close to you) has taught you that it isn’t acceptable or “the norm.”

And then I invite you to make a list of all of the reasons why.

And I will see you back here tomorrow for the next step!

It is NEVER Too Late to Start Again…

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I just went through and deleted all prior blog posts. Why? Simple reason…and a logical one at that.

Personal transformation and growth.

That being said, I’ll start with an introduction and then pick up from there.

I’m Amber. I am currently 31 years old and am an active mother to 3 children. I have an amazing husband and an amazing family. I am highly spiritual and I support anything which supports the Earth itself. And I speak my mind. Hence the name…Spiritual Earthly Gangster. Fun. And True. Except minus the guns, drugs, and violence.

I am a lover of all things spiritual. Tarot, crystals, incense, essential oils, self transformation, self improvement, candles, herbs, etc. I could go on and on and on. Just know, I love all of it and I learn every day.

I am a meditating, mindfulness practicing, whole food eating, gratitude listing, self improvement reading, chakra balancing, crystal holding, junkie.

I take no medications unless 100% necessary…and that is still iffy. I am a firm believer in the mind and body heals all if you are putting the correct things into your mind and body. Obviously, emergency situations are completely different.

I am diagnosed with general anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. I sat in the psychiatrists office long enough to hear the diagnosis and treatment plan. As soon as the treatment plan was verbalized, I ran for the hills. And then went through the same process about 85 times before I began self educating and finding things that work for me to keep me free and clear of medication. I roll with the punches. Some days can be rough. Most are not.

I am also diagnosed with Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia, Atrial Tachycardia, and Other Tachycardias NOS (not otherwise specified). I have had 2 cardiac ablations. One of them included a wonderful (sarcasm) transseptal puncture. I was told I would be on beta blockers for all of my life. I am on none.

I am a firm believer in everything being tied together. There are 3 parts to every living being. The mind, the body, and the soul. If only one is being taken care of…the other 2 are going to fall. They are all linked together. I am a firm believer in all 3 parts needing nurturing and care in order to keep everything streamlined and in sync with each other.

Wanna know what else I am?

An accountant.

Yep. An accountant.

Now, where in the world do numbers fall into place with the jist of who I am as a person? Did you read anything about me being a numbers nerd that loves fixing crooked business owners crookedness.

Nope!

I hate it. I can’t stand it. Now don’t get me wrong. I am good at what I do and am referred to as the reconciliation queen. But the only reason why is because I’ve always felt stuck. I have always been in the corporate world (small corporate preferred) crunching numbers, ordering inventory, keeping inventory in check, completing purchase orders, paying bills, and reconciling books. It’s just what I do. So, may as well grasp it and get good at it, right?

Wrong.

While I am a generally happy and upbeat person, I’ve been miserable in that area of my life. This lead me to being unfulfilled. Yeah, I have a home, an amazing family, a great career, but what I didn’t have was the most important thing you could ever have. Fulfillment. Without it, you mentally and spiritually starve to death.

I started thinking and came to the conclusion that I needed a change. I needed that fulfillment. But, how? I’ve done nothing but accounting and management for YEARS. A light bulb came on and it was decided that maybe I should put the passion I have for life, health, and wellness and make something of it to do my part in helping better benefit everybody I possibly could.

I enrolled in school to become a Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner with an emphasis in Holistic Nutrition and Hypnotherapy.

PERFECT!

Now that fits with who I am as a person in general.

All of that being said…

Welcome to my journey.