The onion is a powerful vegetable with potent antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. Normally, we just use onion to cook with, but its healing properties are being brought to light and people are discovering new ways to utilize the vegetable. Some ways are pretty unconventional, for example, putting them on your neck to help your thyroid, or putting them in your socks to expel toxins.
Many people stand up at jobs for 8 hours or more every day. This can cause lower limb circulation problems, especially for those who are overweight or obese, although, those who are overweight tend to experience more swelling around the ankles. While foam rolling or yoga may help increase circulation, there is one other thing you can do to improve circulation.
Purify your body and improve circulation while you sleep by putting onions in your socks. Because the bottoms of your feet are direct access points to your internal organs, the onions can help draw out impurities that may be in your system. You know how cutting onions can make you cry? The compound, phosphoric acid, that causes this actually enters the bloodstream through your feet and can kill bad bacteria.
Here’s How To Do It:
Step 1: Make sure you buy organic onions because the pesticides or chemicals in regular onions can enter your bloodstream and negatively affect your health. Cut your onions in flat slices so that you can easily put them on the bottoms of your feet.
Step 2: Place the sliced onions on the bottoms of your feet and put on socks that you are ready to throw away. The onions will go to work on your body, and they will also help purify the air in your room.
Step 3: Go to sleep.
When you wake up, you’ll notice that your socks are moist. This is toxic waste that has left your body. Repeat this process nightly, or a few times week, to feel the change in your health.
A 1/2-cup serving of chopped onion contains only 32 calories and no fat or cholesterol, making it a healthy choice for those watching their fat or calorie intake. A serving also contains 1.5 grams of fiber. Fiber helps improve the functioning of the digestive tract, and it helps prevent constipation. Red onions also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals, including folate, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamins C, K and B-6. Consuming foods with a variety of nutrients helps keep the body healthy on a day-to-day basis and may help prevent chronic disease.
Red onions contain compounds called flavonoids, which are the primary source of pigmentation in these vegetables. The most important of these flavonoids is quercetin, an antioxidant compound that may offer protection against cancer, heart disease and allergies. A 2007 study published in the “Journal of Nutrition” found that taking supplemental quercetin reduced blood pressure, and the compound has also been linked to a reduction in the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease. Because dietary flavonoids often operate in synergy with other phytochemicals or nutrients in whole foods, consuming raw red onions can be a better way to increase your quercetin intake than taking supplements.
Other Health Benefits
Red onions contain high levels of organosulphur compounds, which may offer a protective effect against prostate, colorectal and stomach cancers. Another compound found in red onions, onionin A, may reduce inflammation by suppressing the activity of the immune cells that trigger it. The anti-inflammatory effects of red onion may be beneficial for people with allergies, asthma and arthritis.