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Live Superfoods

An amazing purveyor of raw, organic, vegan foods. In addition to the Live Superfoods brand, they offer complementary foods, whole food supplements and personal care products from their industry’s finest suppliers.

Nutrition in its Purest Form:
As we’re sure you already know, most of our country’s food is grown using toxic chemicals, processed at high temperatures, irradiated or pasteurized to make sure no living organisms survive(!), and then “fortified” with ingredients that most of us can’t pronounce. In the process, much of the nutrients and enzymes that our bodies crave are lost, or at least severely compromised.

 

 

They’re here to assure you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Their goal is to provide their customers with a great selection of pure, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods. Their “Nutrition in its Purest Form” mantra is something they take very seriously.

 

Quality Products that support the Dr. Weston A. Price philosophy.

 

Organic:
Their company owns and operates a USDA-certified organic packaging facility in Bend Oregon. They purchase raw ingredients which they package in consumer-size packages and sell directly to the public. They pride themselves on having a very rapid inventory turnover, which ensures that their customers receive the freshest possible products. Their organic products are certified by Oregon Tilth.

Raw:
They start with the purest ingredients from 5 continents. Their ingredients come from farmers and processors, who all share our contempt for processed foods and have made the investment in, and commitment to, low temperature drying processes. The results is nutrient-dense foods with their enzymatic life force intact.

Kosher:
All of heir Live Superfoods products are kosher certified. Even if your diet isn’t kosher, you may still appreciate that their foods, facility and processes have undergone the scrutiny of kosher inspectors. Their kosher products are certified by Earth Kosher.

Vegan:
No animal flesh or fats are used in the production of their products.

Gluten-Free:
All Live Superfoods products are gluten-free and many of their third party products are too.

 

 

Wild Harvested:
Several of the products they offer are wild harvested from the Amazon jungle basin. These products are not USDA certified organic, but the importers provide them with a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) from a third-party testing facility which tests for herbicides, pesticides, ecolli, salmonella and other contaminants.

 

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Eco-Friendly:
100% of their shipping cartons and packaging materials are eco-friendly. They start with recyclable cartons that they assemble using recyclable paper tape. They’ve replaced bubble wrap with corrugated cardboarding fluting and fill the void with kraft paper and biodegradable starch peanuts. They reuse their suppliers’ cartons and packaging materials to further reduce waste and encourage them to join our eco-friendly initiative.

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Travelers Health and Autism Research

Travelers Health PollutionAutism has been linked with early exposure to traffic pollution.

In a finding that points to a link between environmental toxins travelers health and Autism Research, a new study shows that children who were exposed to the highest levels of traffic related air pollution during gestation and in early infancy were three times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism.

The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that early exposure to high levels of air pollution in general was linked to an increased likelihood of autism in a group of more than 500 children followed for several years from birth to the toddler years. The researchers gathered regional air quality data and used detailed calculations to estimate the air quality around the residence in which a child’s mother spent her pregnancy and the resulting child spent his or her first year.


Their findings suggest that the link between air pollution travelers health and Autism Research is evident largely at the highest levels of exposure and slightly higher when the exposure comes later in a woman’s pregnancy. The strongest link was found between exposures to nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant found plentifully around freeways and rural areas, where exposure to particulates was less, are strongly linked to autism.


The researchers found that the link between traffic,travelers health and related air pollutants held steady after they took into account parental education, ethnicity, whether a mother smoked during pregnancy, or how densely populated the region was. The report suggests that the finding is not just a backhanded way of capturing some link between autism and the socioeconomic or demographic factors in which a child is raised. The study refines earlier findings by the same authors that linked autism to a child’s living near a freeway.

While the authors caution that this link is not proof that air pollution causes Autism, they do suggest there are several ways in which air pollutants could influence the development or function of a child’s brain in ways that could result in the sorts of neurodevelopmental problems seen in autism. Diesel exhaust particles and polycyclic hydrocarbons, which are present in traffic pollutants, have been shown to interfere with gene expression important in healthy brain development. Other research suggests travelers health that traffic related air pollutants induce inflammatory reactions and oxidative stress in the brain and throughout the body.


The article was one of three studies published in the Archives of General Psychiatry probing Autism’s possible origins and its effects on the brain. Those come at a time when the diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorder in U.S. children has skyrocketed. In the last six years alone, it has increased 78 percent. Collectively, the studies point to an urgent need for more Autism Research on prenatal and early postnatal brain development in Autism, with a focus on how genes and early development combine to increase the risk.

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Family Health

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Good health is critical for our sense of well-being and our ability to enjoy life. As adults we easily understand this. Yet many adults in our society still lean towards convenience rather than health. Even for their children, I see too many well to do parents in their fifty thousand dollar cars waiting in line at some fast food drive thru as their kids rustle impatiently in the back seat. They can’t seem to wait to get their mouths filled with processed by-products and saturated fats.

Sad to see that today’s parents as a personal choice would rather work long hours to earn enough to drive a nice car than to invest that time to feed their children what they need in order to thrive and nourish their mind and bodies.

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As time passes they scratch their heads wondering why their children get older quicker with deteriorating health, and in fact many adults cannot believe it when they see what appears to be a grown man in his 30’s be astounded at the fact this man is only 16 years old and suffering the consequences to such convenience.

In reading the outstanding reporting on health and multitudes of sites on this internet talking about how our youth is suffering major complications, ranging from diabetes to cancer to even experiencing odd growth defects such as hair loss at age eighteen or having urinary dysfunctions in their 20’s really does not surprise me.

I am no doctor by any means, however it is not brain surgery or an eight year degree that it takes to figure out what is disabling the health of our future society, it all boils down to the simplistic nature that if we take life as a convenience and not slowing down in order to keep up with lifestyles and technology, our future generations will end up with a lifespan of 40yrs and not 80yrs as we have in our current generation.

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Today we get amazed at the oldest living person reaching only 100yrs, but if we look back at when our life was “Natural” our race lived to be over 200yrs old.

Day to day and hour to hour our human health is becoming less and less immune to viruses and infections, and for some reason we are believing that the viruses are the ones getting stronger. In reality it’s both, we as a society health is getting weaker and thus the viruses are in fact getting stronger.

As we continue to produce more and more with less and less, there is a dynamic in health we are overlooking or simply choosing to ignore. That dynamic is that we are not taking the time to educate ourselves or even our children about health, or even bother with learning what it takes to grow and thrive in an ever deteriorating world.

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We all stand in awe and ask, what is happening? And why is it happening? And yet ignore the real question, Why is it important?

We get hypnotized and desensitized all at the same time. We sympathize with the parent that is having trouble with a sick child and yet the next thing we do is take our children out for a processed pizza pie and wash it all down with corn syrup and phosphoric acid (soda).

Sometimes I just want to walk over to them and ask what they feel when they hear about someone suffering from diabetes or cancer, and just watch them as they answer while continuing to feed their kids this garbage. My next question I’d ask is how you would react if you had to deal with the same health issue only with your children being the ones affected?

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Would I be surprised at the answer to that question? Probably not, because it would most likely be one leaning towards the fact they believe it won’t happen to them. Sad but true, and in all honesty my goal is to routinely educate and promote a healthy lifestyle and well-being.

Of course I am one to be the first to admit that I was once in their shoes. I remember there were many times I couldn’t wait to get out of school and rush over to our afterschool hangout and get me a four pattied burger, fries and a chocolate dairy shake to wash it all down with, an American tradition right?

All I can say now is I am glad I wised up. And to think I’d ever want to drink down a large cup of carbonated phosphoric acid sweetened with corn syrup and caramel coloring added for appearance just twists my stomach to the point I lose my appetite anyways.

Why is it Important?

Good health is everything as the saying goes, we are given one home to live in for the rest of our lives, one place to dwell in spiritually and emotionally, and if someone were to compliment me that I look good, I always know that it’s not the clothes I’m wearing but the hanger I hang them on.

So many ways to gauge the importance of healthy living, another important misconception that I would like to mention is that when I am told the old adage “You only live once so enjoy!” I am now able to respond, “I’m sorry but I live every day and enjoy every minute, and I will only die once.”

When I get overwhelmed and busy, the first thing to go is my attention to my physical well-being and in turn start a downward spiral, with less energy to take care of myself, leading to less care, and again to less energy. What I have seen to be the most beautiful thing in my life is finding ways to integrate taking care of my physical, mental, spiritual, and financial self all together.

Living in a place that I am able to walk to work, and stay connected to my family and organizations where I can volunteer that also serve my community and meet my need to contribute, while still nurturing friendships that feed my spiritual hunger is when all these things are connected. I find it easier to flow in life, and not only stop the downward spiral, but make it spiral up!

“True sense of health is being able to contribute to my longevity and healing while at the same time rejuvenate what I thought I’d lost.”

In short I can say that compared to most, in general I am living a healthier lifestyle with less and expect a longer life expectancy with a better self-reported health status. But not everyone can expect the same health advantages. Even knowing that all can slip out of control in an instant, I am continually grateful at the knowledge I have learned and give much pride to pass that knowledge onto others as a form of contribution to hopefully change a life for the better.

Not only is good health an immense value to me, I also help my community benefit with what I have learned. I can still say that I have not changed my habits, I just replaced my habits with better ones, and that has relieved the pressures of failing.

BestwaytoHealth.Com is a way for me to not only share these experiences but also to educate myself with all the tools I need to help promote a healthier lifestyle for my children and family and in turn help others do the same.

Since I began this site not more than seven months ago, I realized that there is a great lack of sites offering great information in a platform that is easy to navigate without getting bored reading lengthy articles that seem to go nowhere for the sole purpose of advertising products.

My desire is to give the gift of health, freedom and prosperity to the world. Our site has reached over 60 thousand readers in the last two months who genuinely prefer a healthy lifestyle, though most are still struggling in coping with life’s issues, they still seem to manage 10 minutes of their day to read thru these articles, and take the time to reward us with outstanding comments.

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“A site that I expect in 2013 to grow immensely with interactions, videos and more.”

It is you, our readers like yourself, who has helped us with the input we need to continue educating our society to live the bestway to health they possibly can and experience their path to a better you.

BestwaytoHealth.Com wants nothing but the best in a healthy society, by cooking up a perspective on health, well-being and physical fitness with overall mental health that includes a touch of alpha mind power, sexy and provocative muscle, exercises to relieve stress while at the same time taking you around the world by seeking out the best food, grounding meditation, equipment, exercise routines for women, leisure locations for quiet mind yoga and fitness practices.

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Indian Cuisine – Your Path to a Better You!

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits.  Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices.

The development of these cuisines has been shaped by Hindu and Jain beliefs, in particular vegetarianism which is a common dietary trend in Indian society.  There has also been Arab influence on North Indian cuisine from the years of Mughal and Delhi Sultanate rule.

Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation’s cultural interactions with other societies.  Historical incidents such as foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism have also played a role in introducing certain foods to the country. For instance, potato, a staple of North Indian diet was brought to India by the Portuguese, who also introduced chilies and breadfruit.

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Indian cuisine has also shaped the history of international relations, the spice trade between India and Europe is often cited by historians as the primary catalyst for Europe’s Age of Discovery.  Spices were bought from India and traded around Europe and Asia. It has also influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from Southeast Asia, the British Isles and the Caribbean.

Indian cuisine reflects a 5000-year history of various groups and cultures interacting with the subcontinent, leading to diversity of flavors and regional cuisines found in modern-day India. Later British and Portuguese influence added to the already diverse Indian Cuisine.

The beginnings of Indian Cuisine lie with the ancient Indian civilizations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro.  Since then, Indian Food has been influenced by a number of factors and each of these has made the food of India known the world over.

Experience yourself the diverse and wonderful dishes and experiment with cooking and tasting some of the most popular food recipes of the various regions of India. Hindu culture has a distinct style of cooking and eating.

The staples of Indian cuisine are rice, atta (a special type of whole wheat flour), and at least five dozen varieties of pulses, the most important of which are chana, toor, urad, and mung.  Chana is used in different forms, may be whole or processed in a mill that removes the skin. Most Indian curries are fried in vegetable oil, however many substitutes can be used such as coconut oil or even mustard seed oil.

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The most important spices in Indian cuisine are the chili pepper, black mustard seed, cumin, turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, coriander and hing.  Another very important spice is garam masala which is usually a powder of five or more spices comprising of cardamom, cinnamon and clove.  Some leaves that are widely used is the bay leaf, coriander leaf, and mint leaf.  Typically in south Indian cuisine, curry leaves are used commonly.  In sweet dishes, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron and essence of rose petal are used.

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Indian Chinese cuisine originated in the 19th century among the Chinese community of Calcutta, during the immigration of Hakka Chinese from Canton (present-day Guangzhou) seeking to escape the Opium Wars and political instability in the region. Exposure to local Indian cuisine, they incorporated many spices and cooking techniques into their own cuisine, thus creating a unique fusion of Indian and Chinese cuisine.

After 1947, many Cantonese immigrants fleeing political repression under Mao Zedong, opened their own restaurants in Calcutta, whose dishes combined aspects of Indian cuisine with Cantonese cuisine. Indian Chinese cuisine is heavily derived from traditional Chinese cuisine, it bears little resemblance to its Chinese counterpart. The dishes tend to be flavored with cumin, coriander seeds, and turmeric, which with a few regional exceptions, are not traditionally associated with Chinese cuisine. Chili, ginger, garlic and yogurt are also frequently used in dishes.

 

Popular dishes include Chicken Manchurian, Chicken lollipop, Chili chicken, Hakka noodles, Hunan chicken, and Szechwan fried rice. Soups such as man chow soup and sweet corn soup are very popular, whereas famous desserts include ice cream on honey-fried noodles and date pancakes. Indians consider a healthy breakfast (known in North India as nashta) important. They generally prefer to drink tea or coffee with breakfast, though food preferences vary regionally. North Indian people prefer roti, parathas, and a vegetable dish, accompanied by achar (pickles) and some curd. People of western India prefer dhokla and milk and South Indians prefer idlis and dosas, generally accompanied by various chutneys.

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Lunch in India usually consists of a main dish of rice in the south and east, or whole wheat rotis in the north and west. It typically includes two or three kinds of vegetables, and sometimes items such as kulcha, naan, or parathas. Along with dessert, paan (betel leaves), which aid digestion, are often eaten after lunch in parts of India. Indian families often gather for “evening breakfast,” similar to tea time to talk, drink tea and eat snacks. Dinner is considered as the main meal of the day.

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There are many dietary restrictions that people follow based on the religion or faith they profess. Muslims in India do not eat pork and many Hindu communities consider beef taboo. Since it is believed that Hindu scriptures condemn cow slaughter, beef consumption has been banned in many states in India. Followers of the Swaminarayan sect do not eat garlic and onions because they are advised against it in the Vachanamrut. Jains follow a strict form of vegetarianism, known as Jain vegetarianism, which in addition to being completely vegetarian, also excludes potatoes and other root vegetables because when the root is pulled up, organisms that live around the root also die.

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Traditionally, meals in India were eaten while seated either on the floor or on very low stools or cushions. Food is most often eaten with the right hand rather than cutlery. Often roti is used to scoop curry without allowing it to touch the hands. In the wheat-producing north, a piece of roti is gripped with the thumb and middle finger and ripped off while holding the roti down with the index finger. Traditional serving styles vary regionally throughout India. Contact with other cultures has affected Indian dining etiquette. For example, the Anglo-Indian middle class commonly uses spoons and forks, as is traditional in Western culture.

In South India, cleaned banana leaves, which can be disposed of after meals, are used for serving food. When hot food is served on banana leaves, the leaves add distinctive aromas and taste to the food. Leaf plates are less common today, except on special occasions.


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Get Regal with Your Kegel

ManWoman3Thinking Kegel exercises are just for women, well think again!

First you need to clearly know what Kegels muscles are.  First announced in 1948 by Dr. Arnold Kegel, a Kegel is a pelvic floor exercise, more commonly called a Kegel exercise.  This consists of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor, now sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Kegel muscles”.

 

Kegel Exercises are for both men and women and are focused on strengthening the muscles that are responsible for controlling your pelvic floor. With the right practice Kegel exercises can be done discreetly just about anytime and anywhere. These muscles support your bladder and bowel and also affect and improve sexual function.

Many factors can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, including the surgical removal of the prostate called (radical prostatectomy) and also the conditions of diabetes and an overactive bladder.

The benefits of doing Kegel exercises is being able to correct if not completely free yourself of urinary or fecal incontinence.  If you dribble after urination shortly after you left the bathroom, studies suggest that you may be experiencing a weak pelvic floor.

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How to do Kegel Exercises;

First you need to find the right muscles and identify which muscles they are.  A simple way of doing this is to stop urination mid-stream and tighten the muscles that keep you from passing gas.  These are your pelvic floor muscles.  For men, if you contract your pelvic floor muscles while looking in the mirror, the base of your penis will move closer to your abdomen and your testicles will rise.

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Kegel is a popular prescribed exercise for pregnant women to prepare the pelvic floor for physiological stresses of the later stages of pregnancy and childbirth.  Kegel exercises are said to be good for treating vaginal prolapse and preventing uterine prolapse.  The many actions performed by Kegel muscles include holding in urine and avoiding defecation.

Reproducing this type of muscle action can strengthen the Kegel muscles. The action of slowing or stopping the flow of urine may be used as a test of correct pelvic floor exercise technique but should not be practiced as a regular exercise to urinary retention.

Perfect your technique;

Once you have identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder and lie on your back with your knees bent and apart.  Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for three seconds and then relax for three seconds.  Try it a few times in a row and do not overdo it.  Slowly with regular reps, your pelvic floor muscles will get stronger, and then try doing the Kegel exercise while sitting, standing or walking.

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Maintain your focus;

As with any repetitious exercise, to achieve the best results, focus on tightening only your pelvic floor muscles.  Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs or buttocks.  Avoid holding your breath and breathe evenly and freely throughout the exercise.  Release and repeat three times per day and aim for at least three sets of ten repetitions per day.

When to do your Kegels;

Make Kegel exercises part of your workout routine and daily routine.  Fit in a set every time you do a routine task such as brushing your teeth or shaving.  While taking a shower or simply waiting in line at the bank.  Do another set each time after you urinate or have a bowel movement, this will also aid in getting rid of those last few drops of urine. Contract your pelvic floor muscles just before or during any activity that puts pressure on your abdomen, such as sneezing, coughing, laughing or heavy lifting.  By now you should have at least completed two reps or more just by reading this post.

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If you’re having trouble;

If you’re experiencing difficulties doing Kegel exercises, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.  And I am not suggesting you hire a Kegel personal trainer or a spotter.  Ask your doctor or any other health care provider to give you important feedback so that you can effectively learn to isolate and strengthen the correct muscles. In some cases, biofeedback training may also help.  In a biofeedback session, your doctor inserts a small probe into your rectum.  As you relax and contract your pelvic floor muscles, a monitor displays the measure of your pelvic floor activity.

How and when to expect results;

If you do your Kegels regularly, you can expect results in as little as noticing less frequent urine leakage.  Usually within three to six weeks.  For continued benefits, make Kegel exercises a permanent part of your daily routine. Both male and female, urinary incontinence is preventable and manageable without extreme medications or surgery.  Much like many other ailments troubling our society today, prevention is key, however if prevention is a little too late coming, these exercises and routines will help improve your quality of life and continue “Your Path to a Better You!”

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A tip to make Kegel exercises a habit;

Stay consistent, do your exercises at the same time each day, maybe first thing in the morning or as you watch the nightly news about the exciting advances of bestwaytohealth.com or even when reading the paper about us.  Always remember the benefits outweigh the obvious and costly medical corrective measures found in today’s medicinal practices, and lastly pay attention to your progress.  Over time you will see and notice awesome results and improvement.

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Pet Health 101

Dog n CatEvery pet requires different and specific needs. That’s why it is extremely important to select the right pet for you or your family. In this article we cover the different needs associated with certain pets. Though there are so many pets in our environment today, we will try to cover most of the most common. If for any reason you would like to see coverage on a specific pet that you may have that is out of the ordinary, simply comment below and we will attempt to publish one especially for you.

 

 

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Puppies and Dogs;
This section contains information about the things your dog needs to have a safe and comfortable environment.

The ideal environment for your puppy or dog;
To ensure dogs have a comfortable environment it is important for them to have their own dog bed where they can rest undisturbed. Poisonous or hazardous items in the home or garden should be kept safely out of reach. Safety when travelling in a vehicle is also important and dogs should ideally travel on the back seat with a seatbelt or secured behind a dog guard. It is also vital that all dogs get the opportunity to exercise on a daily basis.

A comfortable dog bed;
A cozy bed is important for dogs. This should be kept in a quiet, dry, draught-free area. Make sure you choose one that can be cleaned easily and thoroughly, and do this regularly.

Cleaning up after your dog;
Part of providing a suitable environment is making it clean and hygienic. Dog feces can transmit diseases, as well as parasites such as worms. Make sure you clean up after your dog using a plastic bag or ’pooper scooper‘, especially if there are children around. Dog owners and people responsible for dogs have a legal obligation to do this when in a public place, under the Clean Neighborhoods and Environment Act 2005.

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When it comes to a dog’s safe travel, the responses are not as positive. 19% of owners state that their dog travels on the back seat without a seat belt and 18% that their dog is in the boot without a dog guard.

62% of dog owners ensure their dog sleeps in its own pet bed, but 17% of owners allow their dog to sleep either on their bed or on that of a family member.


When it comes to exercise, results indicate that dog owners are good at keeping their pets fairly active. 75% of dogs get taken for a walk at least once a day and 87% play in the garden daily. A further 69% play with toys daily. 58% of dog owner’s state that three or more exercise activities as well as walking is available to their dog every day – whether this is play in the garden, playing with toys, agility training or swimming.

The ideal diet for your puppy or dog;
Commercial dog food is preferable to a homemade diet. It is not easy to achieve the correct balance of nutrients if you make a dog’s diet yourself. Treats should only be given for training purposes or on a very occasional basis, and on days when a treat is fed, the amount of food given in the dog’s main meal should be reduced. Life stage (i.e. whether puppy, junior, adult or senior) and packet guidelines as well as weight and body shape should be taken into account when choosing what and how much to feed a dog.

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Puppies

When should a puppy start to eat solid food?
Puppies are usually ready to eat solid food when they are about five weeks old.

How often should I feed my puppy?
Initially, puppies need four meals a day but this can be reduced to three a day at about 12 weeks. At six months, they can have two meals a day, which can continue for the rest of their life.

Dogs

What should I feed my dog?
Your dog needs a healthy, balanced diet that meets all their nutritional needs.
Feeding a complete, commercial dog food is normally preferable to a homemade diet. It’s not easy to achieve the correct balance of nutrients if you make your dog’s diet yourself.

Do dogs of different ages need different food?
One of the best ways of making sure you give your dog the necessary nutrients is to feed according to ‘life stage’. This means feeding a different diet depending on whether your dog is a puppy, adult or senior dog, because dogs of different ages have different nutrient requirements. For example, puppies need more calories in their food because they are so energetic. Several leading brands of commercially available dog food offer different foods for different life stages.

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How much food should I give my dog?
Follow the packet feeding guidelines so that you know how much to feed. Weigh the food out to check you’re getting it right. Feeding the right amount of food is important because obesity is the commonest nutritional problem seen by vets and causes health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

How often should I feed my dog?
It’s generally best to feed an adult dog twice a day. Avoid feeding your dog immediately before travelling, to avoid travel sickness, or within an hour before or after vigorous exercise as this can lead to a dangerous condition called ’bloat’.

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What treats can I give my dog?
Most dog foods these days are complete, meaning they contain all the nutrients that a dog needs, in the right amounts. If extra food is given, as treats, your dog must do something with the extra calories. If your dog isn’t being exercised enough, the calories will be turned into fat.

Kittens and Cats;
Kittens and cats, like all animals, need five things to be healthy and happy; these are called the five welfare needs. Under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) all owners need to provide these five things for the pets they keep. The sections below give information on how to meet the five welfare needs for kittens and cats.

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The ideal environment for your kitten or cat;
Cats need somewhere comfortable to sleep and rest undisturbed, as well as constant access to safe hiding places. Cats often feel most secure when they are high up, so they should be given safe access to resting places on top of furniture such as cupboards or shelves. If cats are living together in the same household they must be provided with enough of the things they need (e.g. food and water bowls, litter trays, cat beds etc.).

A general rule is that owners should provide as many of these items as the number of cats, plus one (so a two-cat household should have three litter trays). They should be positioned around the house so that the cats do not have to come in to contact with each other if they do not want to.

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A comfortable place to sleep and rest;

What type of bed does my cat need?
Cats need a cozy bed in a quiet, dry, draught-free area. Some cats prefer soft beds with a roof – especially suitable for a shy cat – whereas others prefer an open basket lined with soft bedding. The bedding should be easily cleaned and washed weekly.

I have more than one cat – how many beds do they need?
If you have more than one cat you will need to provide separate beds for each cat, which are well apart from each other in your house. A good general rule is to provide one more sleeping area than the number of cats – so if you have two cats, provide three beds.

Do cats need access to high places?
Cats feel safest when they are high up, and this gives them a sense of security in their living environment. They should have safe access to places like shelves or tops of cupboards.

Do cats need somewhere to hide?
Cats like places where they can go to hide. If they don’t have anywhere suitable they can become stressed. Ideally they need an enclosed bed or box, or safe access to underneath a chair or bed.

The ideal diet for your kitten or cat;
Cats are true carnivores, meaning they have to eat certain nutrients that are only found in meat or commercial cat food. It is preferable to feed a complete commercial cat food to achieve the correct balance of nutrients. Cats do not need treats and should only be given healthy treats occasionally, if at all, to avoid becoming obese. A cat’s age, weight and shape, alongside packet feeding guidelines and veterinary advice, should be taken into account when deciding how much to feed a cat.

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Kittens

When should a kitten start to eat solid food?
Kittens start to eat solid foods from about three weeks and are fully weaned at about eight weeks.

How often should I feed my kitten?
At first they need small meals often (about four or five a day) but by about six months, two meals a day are usually fine. This can continue throughout their adult life, depending on your cat’s preference.

 

Cats

What should I feed my cat?
Cats should be fed a healthy balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs. Cats are true carnivores, meaning they have to eat certain nutrients that are only found in meat or commercial cat food. Feeding a complete, commercial cat food is normally preferable to a homemade diet. It’s not easy to achieve the correct balance of nutrients if you make your cat’s diet yourself.

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Do cats of different ages need different food?
One of the best ways to achieve the correct balance of nutrients is to feed according to ‘life stage’. This means feeding a different diet according to whether your cat is a kitten, adult or senior cat. This is because cats of different ages have different nutritional requirements. For example, kittens need more calories in their food because they are so energetic. Several leading brands of commercially available cat food offer different foods for different life stages. Buying vs. making your own is a good way of ensuring your cat gets the right nutrients.

How much food should I give my cat?
Follow the packet feeding guidelines so you know how much to feed. Weigh the food out to check you’re getting it right. Feeding the right amount of food is important because obesity is the commonest nutritional problem seen by vets and causes health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

How often should I feed my cat?
It’s a good idea to weigh out your cat’s food at the start of the day, following the packet feeding guidelines. Then you can put the entire measured amount down at once, give it as several small meals or divide it into a meal for morning and one for evening. It depends on the cat’s preference and your lifestyle but you should try to cater for your cat’s preferences as far as you can.

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What treats can I give my cat?
Most cat foods these days are complete, meaning they contain all the nutrients that a cat needs, in the right amounts. If extra food is given, as treats, your cat must do something with the extra calories. If your cat isn’t exercising enough (which can be a problem with cats kept permanently indoors), the calories will be turned into fat.  Cat obesity is a big problem and causes health problems such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.

You can show your affection for your cat in ways other than food. Lots of cats enjoy playing games with their owners, as well as affection. You don’t need to use food to show cats that you love them. If you can’t resist feeding treats once in a while, give a small amount of lean meat. Reduce the amount of food in their main meals that day, so that the overall amount fed stays the same.

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Choices thru Consequence

Good health is foundational for the sense of personal, societal, physical and mental well being. The ability to enjoy life means the necessity to evaluate every choice that is presented from the results of previous choices individuals have been taught or made for themselves thus learning. During the span of life, since birth society is conditioned to making choices. The consequences of the choices determine how to live life.

 

Seeing fire for the first time, the desired choices are to touch it, the consequence is getting burned, and from there on out we know that the next time fire is seen, the choice will not be to touch it and simply get burned.

Yet in certain aspects in life as transitioning to the various stages, from birth to death, learning to live life not based on the choice but rather determined by the consequence faced, therefore subjecting into a conditioning of living in fear of consequence. A perfect example of this is thru decisions made towards health and well being.

Over a lifetime, realizing that the consequence of not taking care of our health by subjecting our bodies to constant consumption of unhealthy food choices and deter from daily exercise has a detrimental consequence. Sickness, disease, obesity and the labels go on and on. Yet continuing to make poor choices based on a desire or given need and not the consequence.

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A family will tend to raise their children with the choices of the lack of fulfilled desires that as children themselves were not privileged too, by either a poor economic state of the parents or by the discipline of not getting everything they as children desired. In today’s technological world, children are subjected to a huge amount of information, so vast that the need for parental education has simply almost become obsolete.

A simple one word question a child would be to ask, is “why?” In today’s environment the answer to that very infamous word is simply typed into a search bar and alas, the consequence is that everything on that word pops up. We can find pages and pages of results linking more and more pages to more results and so on until eternity. So vast that it would boggle any educated mind.

So my question is, as an adult, educated and ever knowing as we consider ourselves to be. “Why?” do we continue to make poor choices in our diets knowing that the consequences are all the labels I mentioned prior?

If we are amazed after a doctor’s visit when we are told we are diabetic, yet not realize that the daily overdose of sugar and other various toxins induced into our pancreas causing it to shut down completely or excite it to the point of overproducing insulin, could have been caused by the everyday abuse we have become so accustomed too. Like eating processed products with high contents of corn syrups, caffeine and sugars, drinking a two liter of soda every day, or simply looking forward to consuming that caramel macchiato every morning at the local coffee house.

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You see, the consequence as a sick society, is the choices of learning that speeding would eventually lead to a costly ticket, how many of us still speed regardless? Yet we abuse our bodies daily while knowing the ramifications of disease. It astoundingly amazes me that as I sit and read a menu at a local restaurant, the choices that most people would order would be a two to three course meal or simply eat their favorite craving they have at the time that got them in there in the first place. While I on the other hand look at the same menu I have seen many times before with better choices and end up loosing my appetite just by imagining what is entering my body and the ramifications it may have as I age.

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Our thinking habits;

Why do we deter from physical exercise or make the choices to stop the dieting, or simply give in to our cravings with consequence? To me the answer is simple. Because the consequence is how we make our choices. If we are ok with the inevitable consequence of poor health choices, the saying goes to justify “We only live once”, instead choosing to realize “We live every day, we only die once”. Thus changing the way we see things.

So here we are, we awake as the alarm clock sounds and get ready for our day to day knowing we have a set time to accomplish all we have to face. The mere idea of the choice of having to set the alarm clock one hour earlier to start our day with exercise makes the average Joe cringe. We know that if we do not exercise regularly the onset consequences of numerous health issues will eventually catch up with us in due time. So we tend to procrastinate regardless and make excuses why we can’t.

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This thinking can easily be changed by considering that after exercise we will be more energetic, and more awake as our bodies received a greater amount of oxygen. We can exchange the sugary morning cereal with Ugh! Dairy milk that we followed by a cup of coffee with pancakes and syrup along with a side of sausage and or bacon. Instead choose to drink a glass of fresh juiced beets, leaves and all, mixed with orange juice. Pour a nice glass of Almond milk and eat instead a boiled or poached egg with sprouted grain toast, and realize the fact that this has the same sugary satisfaction and natural energy while also being just as fulfilling.

Changing the way we think can and is obviously a healthier alternative to help keep us stay alive much longer and in a better state of mind to handle the day. If we look at this in such a way that if we don’t do it this way we will get a disease we subject to the fear and we can then easily procrastinate and say “odds are it won’t happen”.

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GINATAANG HIPON

ginataang hiponThe Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia with a tropical climate that grows a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, almost all of which find their way into the dishes of Filipino cuisine. Fruits and vegetables are prepared in a wide variety of ways depending on the dish and the region, but frying, boiling, steaming and pickling are favorite methods of preparation. There are also a few dishes that include the vegetables and fruits raw. Regardless of the cooking method used, Filipino cooks take great care to maximize the flavor and nutritional value of the food that is prepared.

 

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Philippine cuisine consists of the food and preparation methods including eating customs found in the Philippines. The style of cooking and the food associated with it have evolved over several centuries from its Austronesian origins to a mixed cuisine with many Malay, Arab, Chinese, Spanish, American, and other Asian and Latin influences adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.

GINATAANG HIPON is a traditional Filipino stew that contains seafood such as shrimp and fish. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Regularly consuming omega-3 fats can help reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve diabetic blood sugar control.

GINATAANG HIPON INGREDIENTS:

1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cayanne powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup lemon grass
1/3 cup fresh sliced ginger
1/3 cup green onions
2 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 cup water
1Lb medium size whole shrimps (leave heads and shell intact)

GINATAANG HIPON PROCEDURES:

  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil and stir fry garlic, add onions and ginger simmer until onions are clear.
  2. Add the green onions, lemon grass and salt.  Stir fry lightly then add 1/4 cup coconut milk bring to boil.
  3. Add the remaining coconut milk, water, vinegar and fish sauce. Add dry spices and shrimp. Cook stirring over low heat until it thickens, for about 8-10 minutes. You may garnish with cilantro for added flavor.


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Organic Cherry Blueberry Chia Vinagrette

bberry saladLooking for a salad dressing that pets a path for a better you? We’ve got a bestwaytohealth option for you. Our Superfoods Organic Cherry Blueberry Chia Vinagrette will give you the best-dressed salad in town. Stay away from store-bought brands in favour of this homemade offering.  Balsamic vinegar is rich in polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that helps boost  pepsin activity.

 

Pepsin is an enzyme that is secreted into the stomach to aid in the digestion process. This enzyme works to break down proteins that are  consumed and turn them into amino acids, which helps speed up your metabolism.  The grapes that are used to create balsamic vinegar contain quercetin, a  bioflavonoid that works as an antioxidant. When combined with vitamin C,  quercetin gives your immune system a boost in an effort to fight cancer and a  variety of other infectious diseases.


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Ingredients;

2 cups – Pure Planet Tart Cherry Concentrate
1½ cups – Live Superfoods Blueberry Powder
½ tsp. – Live Superfoods Organic Acai Powder
½ cup – Bariani Raw Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup – Bariani Raw White Truffle Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ tsp. – Healthforce Friendly Fats – Sprouted Flax and Chia

 

The Tart Cherry Concentrate is a potent juice to help prevent cancer and slow aging. The Blueberries are high in the phytochemical resveratol, also found in grapes and wine, which has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. The Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry is one of the most antioxidant rich superfoods available. True to the typical process, Bariani’s balsamic vinegar is made from Trebbiano grapes and aged in barrels of various woods. Its complex and semi-sweet flavor make it a favorite in salads, with peaches or as a vinaigrette. Bariani’s extra virgin raw olive oil is stone crushed, cold pressed, decanted and unfiltered. then blended with white truffles for an amazingly scented, delicate and delicious finishing oil. And finally the Healthforce sprouts flax and chia, making it more bio-available, digestible and shelf stable.


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Blending Steps;

In a blender Add Tart Cherry Concentrate with the Organic Acai Powder and Live Superfoods Blueberry Powder with the Bariani Raw White Truffle Flavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil blend on high until well mixed. Add the Bariani Raw Balsamic Vinegar and Sprouted Flax and Chia and blend until well mixed. Finally, serve chilled over a bed of fresh organic spinach and sliced strawberries and be the first in your party to serve this fantastic Organic Cherry Blueberry Chia Vinagrette salad at your next gathering.

 


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Cutting out the Sugar

The average american consumes up to an estimated half pound of sugar each day! Cutting out the Sugar should be of added importance especially when the diabetic epidemic has gotten out of control. Consuming the equivalent of 60 teaspoons of sugar per day is outrageously impacting our health.

The food guide pyramid and the World Health Organization recommends that people should limit added sugars to no less than 10% of the total consumed calories. That would be six teaspoons of sugar for a 1600 calorie diet. and a maximum of Ten teaspoons for a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

The U.S. Dietary guidline for Americans recommends limiting added sugars and instead focus on consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages from the basic food groups. Consuming sugars from Organic fruites and vegetables for example can be intaked from eating the following top five fruits and vegetables:

#1 – Apple

At the top of the list are nature’s toothbrush – the apple. A whopping 35 grams of carbs for one large apple – or 25g for a medium apple. Thanks to fiber you can shave 3g’s off those numbers, but they are still quite high. To compare, when your child eats a large apple, the sugar load is the same as if they were eating 8.75 teaspoons of sugar.

#2 – Pomegranate

One medium pomegranate has a load of 26 grams.The surprising part is there’s only 1g of fiber for all those seeds. I find that hard to believe! That’s 6.5 teaspoons of sugar.

#3 – Banana

I guess it’s no surprise bananas are in the top five. Sumo wrestlers don’t bulk up with bananas for nothing, right? One large banana has 25 grams of carbs and 3g’s fiber. That’s 6.25 teaspoons of sugar.

#4 – Pear

Now they are four popular varieties in pears in the US, but they are all high in carbs. Although high in potassium, each pear has a load of 22 grams of carbs. The good news is it has 4 grams of fiber which is not bad. That’s 5.5 teaspoons sugar.

#5 – Blueberries

One cup of blueberries has 20 grams of carbs. I always thought blueberries contained more fiber than they do 3 grams. Learn something new every day. Oh, and that’s 5 teaspoons sugar. So now that you know which fruit has the most sugar per serving, I bet you’d like to know which are the better choices. Choose the one you feel is to your taste.

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Vegetables:

#1 Carrots

Most vegetables have a low-sugar content. However, there are a few varieties that are at the higher end of the GI. Carrots have a score of 70, considered high. If you consider that there is only 1 g carbohydrate in a large carrot and 1 g of sugar, the percentage is high. Yet, it is a good source of fiber and other nutrients. In consideration, if you ate five large carrots, you would still only be ingesting 5 g of sugar.

#2 Beets

A vegetable also high on the GI scale is beets. They score in at 63. For each cup of canned beets, you will ingest 19 g carbohydrates, of which, 16 g are sugar.

#3 Potatoes

Potatoes are not only high in sugar, but they also have a high glycemic index and can make blood sugars harder to control for diabetics. In non-diabetics, eating too many white potatoes increases the risk of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome – a forerunner to heart disease and diabetes. A better alternative is the sweet potato which is more nutritious because of its higher carotenoid content. It also has a much lower glycemic index than the white potato. Make the switch and choose sweet potatoes instead.

#4 Corn

Corn is another vegetable with a high sugar content; but don’t pass on this sweet, crunchy vegetable entirely. It’s a good source of antioxidants and a source of a chemical called ferulic acid that may help to fight cancer. It’s also a good source of vitamin B1, folate, and vitamin C. Eat it in moderation and enjoy its many health benefits.

#5 Peas

They may be high in sugar, but they’re also an excellent source of vitamin K – a vitamin important for healthy bones. Plus, they’re a good source of vitamins C, B1, and folate. Peas have a higher protein content than most vegetables and are abundant in heart-healthy fiber. Despite their sugar content, what’s not to love about them?

 

According to a study by the USDA, people who eat a lot of sugar do not get as many nutrients as people who eat low sugar diets. This is because high sugar foods often replace nutrient rich foods. Below are 10 ways to help you cut down on your sugar intake.

1. Think before you drink:

Liquid calories add up fast. One 12 ounce can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar and one 20 ounce bottle contains about 16 teaspoons. Bottled ice teas and energy drinks often contain as much sugar as sodas.

2. Read Food Lables:

Reading food lables can help to identify added sugars. Some names for added sugars include sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, corn sweetner, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose and dextrose. Reading the lables is a good step towards cutting out the sugar.

3. Choose nutrient rich foods first:

Nutrient rich foods provide a high amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for the calories they contain. These include brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables. Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and nuts. Whole fiber-rich grain foods and fat free and low fat milk, cheese and yogurts.

4. Shop the perimiter of the store:

You will most always find nutrient rich foods around the perimiter of a store. Believe it or not, marketing stradegies for profit bares all when it comes down to cutting out the sugar and to the bottom line and marketers will always think of profits before anyones health. So be wise and if it is in front of you labled buy me now, chances are it’s not good for you.

5. Make snacks count:

Nutricious snacks can help you manage your weight, hunger and energy. Choose foods from the food groups such as fruits, vegetables, low fat yougurt, and cheese, whole grain crackers, cereaals and nuts. But like with everything, eat moderately.

6. Pay attention to portions:

Choose small servings or share high calorie, high sugar deserts when you splurge. Try a child’s serving of ice cream, a miniature chocolate or a small mocha.

7. Eat mindfully:

When you indulge in a sweet treat, pay attention and savor the flavor of each and every bite. The first few bites are the most satisfying and when you are satisfied, put it away and not just into your body, put it away and save it for later urges. Cutting out the Sugar is of importance.

8. Drink water:

Water is naturally calorie free and sugar free. Sparkling water or seltzer water is a refreshing option. These can be flavored with lemon or lime or even orange wedges and fruit juice.

9. Eat fruits:

Naturally sweet, fruit is a satisfyingand nutricios alternative. Fresh fruit is high in water and fiber, boith of which help increase fullness, helping you eat less.

10. Eat less candy, cookies, cakes, and pies:

High in sugar and fat, these foods contain lots of calories with very little nutrition. Cahnces are that after you eat these things, your cravings will be back before you know it for more of it. Once again marketing is in control when it comes to poor nutrition so don’t spend your hard earned dollars to simply eat it away and gain no nutritional values.


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Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji  – The origin of this dish is traced to textile mill workers in Mumbai in the 1850s.  The mill workers used to have lunch breaks too short for a full meal, and a light lunch was preferred to a heavy one, as the employees had to return to strenuous physical labor after lunch. A vendor created this dish using items or parts of other dishes available on the menu.

 

 

Roti or rice was replaced with pav and the curries that usually go with Indian bread or rice were amalgamated into just one spicy concoction, the ‘bhaji’. Initially, it remained the food of the mill-workers. With time the dish found its way into restaurants and spread over Central Mumbai and other parts of the city via the Udipi restaurants.


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Ingredients:
Pav Buns – 10
Onions – 2, finely chopped
Coriander Powder – 2 tblsp
Tomatoes – 2 cups, finely chopped
Cumin Powder – 1 tblsp
Potato – 2 cups, cooked and mashed
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Peas – 1/2 cup, cooked
Pav Bhaji Masala – 1 tblsp
Green Beans – 1/2 cup, finely chopped
Coriander Leaves – 1 cup
Cabbage – 1 cup, shredded
Lemon Juice – 1 tblsp
Capsicum – 1/2 cup, chopped
Ginger – 2 tsp, grated
Garlic – 1 tsp, crushed
Green Chillies – 2, finely chopped
Water – 1/2 cup
Salt as per taste


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Method:
Add onions to hot oil and fry till pink, add garlic and fry for a minute, add tomatoes, salt, coriander powder, cumin powder and chilli powder. Stir for a minute.
Add the other ingredients and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Cook chopped vegetables except capsicum, covered for 5 minutes on medium heat. Mash well. Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer.  Add chopped capsicum and when all the vegetables are well mixed, garnish with coriander and lemon juice.

For the pavs, slit the pav buns horizontal from the middle.  Apply butter on the cut surface and toast in hot pan. Remove when it is golden brown. To serve, sprinkle chopped onions, coriander and pav bhaji masala over bhaji and serve hot with pav buns.


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Unsustainable Industrial Agriculture

Unsustainable Industrial Agriculture is running off another cliff. Faced with a failing system, they have begun to realize less and less yield from their chemical ridden fields. The less their fields produce, the more chemical fertilizer they spray on their fields. This is bad news for consumers, because that means more chemical fertilizer is left on our food, but there is another problem that they may soon be facing.

 

The resources used to make chemical fertilizer are limited, and beginning to become depleted. This means that the price of the fertilizers will soon begin to skyrocket, and then they will simply run out. The good news is: Organic farming processes do not require any chemical fertilizer at all. Avoid Unsustainable Industrial Agriculture.

The fertilizer used in the production of organic food is 100% renewable and 100% earth friendly. In fact, while, chemical fertilizer requires lots of fossil fuels to be burned in its creation, which spews tons and tons of carbon in to the atmosphere, Organic fertilizer actually helps reduce the carbon in our air! This is one more reason that organic farming is not only a possible future for our food; it is the only possible way to sustain ourselves in the long run.

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Testosterone Therapy

Smart Reality or Consequence?
If considering testosterone therapy to help you feel younger and more vigorous as you age, you must get familiar with the risks before you make your decision.  The possibilities of testosterone therapy are enticing, as the desire to increase your muscle mass, sharpen your memory and concentration, boost your libido, and improve your energy level is at every man’s mental forefront.

 

As you get older, testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula. Yet the health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone aren’t as clear as they may seem. Find out what’s known facts and not known about testosterone therapy for normal aging.

What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps maintain men’s bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength and mass, red blood cell production, sex drive, and sperm production. Hypogonadism is a disease in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in these men. Doctors may prescribe testosterone as injections, pellets, patches or gels.

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What happens to testosterone levels with age?
Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines and is typical to about 1 percent a year after age 30. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease (hypogonadism).

Does a naturally declining testosterone level cause the signs and symptoms of aging?
Not necessarily. Men can experience many signs and symptoms as they age, and some may occur as a result of lower testosterone levels and can include changes in sexual function, this may include reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections such as during sleep and infertility. Changes in sleep patterns and sometimes low testosterone cause insomnia and/or other sleep disturbances. Physical changes such as various physical changes are possible, including increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, and decreased bone density. Swollen or tender breasts (gynecomastia) and hair loss are possible. You may experience hot flashes and have less energy than you used to.

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Emotional changes are common with low testosterone and may contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.  It’s important to note that some of these signs and symptoms are a normal part of aging. Others can be caused by various underlying factors, including medication side effects, thyroid problems, depression and excessive alcohol use. A blood test is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level.

Can testosterone therapy promote youth and vitality?
Testosterone therapy can help reverse the effects of hypogonadism, but it’s unclear whether testosterone therapy would have any benefit for older men who are otherwise healthy.  Although some men believe that taking testosterone medications may help them feel younger and more vigorous as they age, few rigorous studies have examined testosterone therapy in men who have healthy testosterone levels and some small studies have revealed mixed results. For example, in one study healthy men who took testosterone medications increased muscle mass but didn’t gain strength.

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What are the risks of testosterone therapy for normal aging?
Testosterone therapy has various risks. For example, testosterone therapy can contribute to sleep apnea a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. It can cause your body to make too many red blood cells (polycythemia), which can increase the risk of heart disease. It can also cause acne or other skin reactions as well as stimulate noncancerous growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and possibly stimulate growth of existing prostate cancer and is also known to enlarge breasts and limit sperm production or cause testicle shrinkage.

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Seven Ways to Improve with Exercise

Seven Ways to Improve Your Life with Exercise;

In a previous article, we talked about the benefits of exercising after 40, here are Seven Benefits to taking the right steps to improve with exercise your overall life and gain what maybe you never had or regain what was once in the shuffle.  The fantastic advantages of exercising over 40 is that most of us now have a slower paced lifestyle.

Kids are grown and off to college, our need to chase after the money is less prevalent and now we have more time on our hands to embrace this life changing concept. Get into Alpha Mind Power and begin to focus on you.  Grounding Meditation and Exercises to Relieve Stress are important.  Quiet Mind Yoga and Toning Workout Routines for Women and Men will help set your mind into wanting to focus on your Heart Health.  Sit back and watch our videos on youtube to help you gain control of your life and educate yourself as to what these important topics truly mean.

What is truly important is that you incorporate the desire to live longer, to live healthier and get active.  As many of us are now mentally settling down, we need to take this opportunity to really see the benefits of a more active lifestyle.

Exercise Manages Weight;

Excess weight gain just adds to the strain our bodies have to endure in order to get around.  Mobility issues are big at later years, and to have excess weight adds to the burden.  Get healthy now and eat right to control weight, this does not necessarily mean go on an extreme diet, (unless you have to).  The more intense your activity is the more calories you burn and if you educate your body to consume less calories you will naturally burn off the weight.

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Exercise Enhances Mood;

Need an emotional lift?  Start by smiling and being grateful at the chance to improve your health.  Some do not have that opportunity and wish they did.  So if you still have the ability to be active and get out of the day to day, do it!  Physical activity delivers increased oxygen to the brain and body and helps deliver essential nutrients to improve endurance.  It also allows your blood to flow and encourage your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently.  When your heart and lungs are efficient, you will have more energy to go about your daily chores.

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Exercise Promotes Better Sleep;

If you’re like most midlife adults, the loss of quality sleep takes us back to the child rearing years where we had to get up several times a night to feed our children, or it reminds us of long working hours for an irate boss and even the life of a party fanatic staying out till dawns early light.  Regardless of our past conditioning, if you are struggling to fall asleep, or to even stay asleep, exercise can be an answer.  Don’t exercise too close to bed time, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

Exercise improves Health Conditions and Diseases;

Worried about your Heart Health? Hoping to prevent and control High Blood Pressure?  No matter your current weight, being active improves and boosts high density lipoprotein (HDL) “The good cholesterol in your blood.”  It also reduces unhealthy triglycerides.  This keeps your blood flowing smoothly, and decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.  Regular physical exercise can help you prevent and manage a wide range of health problems and concerns including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer and arthritis.

Exercise Boosts your Energy;

If you easily get winded by grocery shopping or easy household chores, this may be a slight indicator that the need to become more active and establish a workout routine is a must.  Regular exercise and physical activity delivers much needed oxygen and nutrients to your body and helps your overall memory, increase your cardiovascular activity and increase your endurance for preferred activities.

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Exercise helps Spark Up Your Sex Life;

Give yourself something you can feel other than feeling tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy. ‘WARNING” Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. More to it than that, it can also lead to enhanced arousal for women and men who exercise regularly, fewer problems with erectile dysfunction and lack of vaginal stimulation.

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Exercise Can Be Fun!;

Exercise and activity can be fun to enjoy with everyone and anyone wishing to put a BIG smile on their faces. It gives you a chance to interact and unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities you would normally not consider. Peer pressure can have a positive effect on motivation and allow you to think outside the proverbial box. Do activities that make you happy. Physical activities that are fun and exhilarating can also help you connect with family and friends in a fun and social setting. So consider taking that dance class, hit the hiking trails or even join a soccer team. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and just do it.

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The Bottom Line!;

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity per day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific goals, you may need to read our additional articles to help you achieve exactly what you’re looking for. If you don’t see an article about your specific need, comment below what you’re looking for and we will be sure to get it in print. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

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Exercising After 40

imagesCA76O25JIf you need one more reason to get moving and get healthy by exercising after 40, a new study suggesting that getting into shape and staying fit after 40 can not only improve the quality of your life it may even add a few years to the roster. It turns out that being in shape in “Mid Life” and exercising after 40 warns off chronic diseases that affect the aging body and may even counteract the damage we caused by an active or even and inactive young lifestyle.

For what it’s worth we all know very well that exercise and eating right is great for our bodies. And in midlife we strive at being at peak performance just to be able to hang on to a bit of what we know. Exercising after 40 adds a life of attraction and having our past continue to admire what we worked hard to accomplish. Being ego driven, our minds, as we begin the gradual process of aging continues to be young and vibrant. As a result we mature on the surface, however our minds are just like that red convertible sports car we eyeball as we reach maturity.

What sets apart by this study is that exercising after 40 focuses on the relationship between midlife fitness and the quality of life in the later years. Fitter individuals aged well with fewer chronic illnesses that impact the quality of life. To achieve the maximum health benefits, as recommended by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, we as maturing adults get a minimum of 2 ½ Hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity each week. However for those who are not physically fit and wish to reach that plateau, what is the best course of action?

Here are some things to keep in mind;

If you haven’t exercised in a while, see your doctor first. Depending on your medical history, your doctor can recommend an exercise routine or may require running some tests first. Cardio stress tests is a great starting point because it will allow you a set a starting point to measure up your results. Another is a cholesterol screening included in most complete blood panels.

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Exercising after 40 is great medicine, “If only exercise was as easy as taking a pill, it would be the most prescribed pill in the country.” Since exercise can bring tremendous physical and mental health benefits and improves the quality of our lives, the need to get active is very important.

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Walking is another great starting point, since it is very cost effective and readily accessible. However keeping in mind that you don’t just get up one day and join a marathon, brisk walking to get your heart rate going is important. If you choose to wear a pedometer or a heart rate monitor, you can easily determine the intensity necessary to get to the levels required by your fitness goals.

Beyond walking it is important to develop an exercise routine that is fun and exciting, and that you enjoy. Whether it’s bicycling, kayaking, sightseeing, playing a sport or even mall walking, the importance of exercising after 40 is that the primary focus is to get your cardio endurance in shape. Just always remember that your longevity of life is your goal and not to include yourself in abilities beyond your means, after all it took you half a lifetime to get out of shape, the good news is it won’t take you half a lifetime to get into shape.

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Be reasonable and patient, chances are you’re not as resilient as you were in your 20’s. Don’t push yourself too hard and always listen to your body. If you begin to experience pain above the normal discomfort by exercising after 40, stop the exercise immediately. You need to give your body time to catch up and recover. By now in midlife you want to be mindful.

Benefits to regular physical activity;

You already know that exercising after 40 is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life and use these finding as a motivator to keep on, keeping on.

Everyone wants to feel better after 40 and have more energy and even perhaps want to live longer. Look no further than exercise. The benefits of regular exercise after 40 and physical activity are hard to ignore, and the benefits are all yours for the taking. Regardless of your age, sex or physical ability there is an exercise routine that is right for you.

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