5 Surprising Ways Onions Improve Your Health

Incorporating this pungent vegetable into your diet can improve your wellbeing from the inside out.

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of onions cooking in your kitchen, is there? With the cooler weather upon us, this cold-season crop is in its prime to be consumed. Adding onions to your soups, stews, stir-fries, and casseroles not only help them taste great and smell delicious, but you’ll also be doing your health a service by eating more onions. Here’s how onions can help fight diseases and make you look beautiful and radiant.

1. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

One study found that onion extract helped reduce high blood glucose levels and lowered cholesterol levels in rats with diabetes when given with the antidiabetic drug Metformin. If you have diabetes or prediabetes, bring this up with your doctor to see if you should add more onions to your diet to help reduce blood sugar levels naturally.


2. Boost Your Immunity

While onions’ quercetin component has anti-viral properties, they also contain vitamin C, which may help give you a boost before cold and flu season is in full swing. Adding garlic and onions to your favorite soup when you have a cold will make it taste better and possibly help you get better faster.

3. Promote Healthy Hair 

Onions are a great source of the B-complex vitamin biotin, which is needed to convert certain nutrients in the body into energy. When the body doesn’t get enough biotin, it could result in unwanted hair loss and a dry scalp. Biotin can help keep hair shiny and strong.

4. Hydrate Skin

Another sign of a biotin deficiency is a red, scaly rash. Biotin helps your body hold on to healthy fats so skin stays moist and hydrated. Work more biotin-rich foods into your diet to help prevent dry, itchy, flaky skin this winter.

5. Strengthen Nails 

Supplements that contain biotin have been shown to help boost nail strength, in addition to helping out with hair loss and keeping skin healthy and hydrated. Onions and shallots are rich in this ingredient so you can take comfort in the fact that these ingredients are working overtime to keep your nails long and strong.

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Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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