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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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The Goddess Garden

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The Goddess Garden Eco Resort located in the Caribbean coastline of Cost Rica is a Yoga Retreat and Paradise, this eco-resort is an intentional place for transformation.  The Goddess Garden is located in the town of Cahuita, a small community in the south of Costa Rica, 40 km south of Puerto Limon. Cahuita National Park is the main attraction here, where you can watch White Faced Monkeys, Howler monkeys, Iguanas and more, just a few steps away from its white sand beach.

JaquelineFounded by Jacqueline Burkler and Marcelo Ruiz and in conjunction with John Jairo Ocampo, this Yoga Retreat astounds all your senses. Jacqueline was born in Switzerland where she grew up and achieved a PH. D. in natural sciences from the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. She always liked to travel and in early years traveled through Europe, Asia and the continent of America. She lived 13 years in Colombia before changing her home to Costa Rica in 1999.

 

marcelobirdwebFounder Marcelo Ruiz was born in Ecuador and at the age of nineteen went to live in Chicago where he got a degree in Art. He also attended North-western University where he obtained a teaching certificate. He taught algebra and geometry.  Among his interests are spirituality, meditation, shamanism, films, poetry, indigenous tribes, community service and Argentine tango dancing. The serenity of the rain forest and the pristine beaches of the Caribbean Sea inspired the idea to create an intentional place for transformation.


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JohnJohn Jairo Ocampo made a point of helping others and sharing his healing gift with the people around him.  He moved to Switzerland at the age of 19 where he joined the First-Aid Association, eventually becoming president of the local branch.  He also enrolled in the volunteer fire fighters in his village at the age of 23.  During a short stay in the Indian sub-continent in 2002, he contacted the Ayurveda and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to this philosophy. Locals and visitors may now enjoy the great benefits of his Ayurvedic treatments.

The Goddess Garden Eco Resort is a magical place in the Rain forest and very close to the beautiful Caribbean Sea, the right environment to feel in touch with paradise and the essence of pure nature.   Their grandfather trees are the home of monkeys and sloths, iguanas, turtles, frogs, butterflies and hundreds of species of birds.

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They are 20km away from Puerto Viejo, where you may find boutiques filled with local handicrafts, its black beach or the famous Salsa Brava is 5 minutes away, the white beach of Cocles, and a surfer paradise.  10km further south you will enjoy the beautiful bay of Punta Uva and where the roads ends, starts Gandoca with the little fisher town of Manzanillo and its breath taking white beaches.

Cahuita’s ethnic base is of Jamaican origin but you can find Italians, Germans, Swiss, and North-Americans. As a result of this mélange, there is a great variety of good restaurants along the small unpaved streets of what seems more like a village than a town in the eye of a tourist.


The Goddess Garden is where the rain forest meets the Caribbean Sea.  The Goddess Garden is designed to help us to remember our true nature, our essence and the doors are open for people who want to feel in harmony with all that nature has to offer.

The yoga and meditation center is a spiritual center surrounded by huge jungle trees that follow the path of a small creek. Just a step away, you will find the oldest and most amazing tree in Cahuita, Costa Rica. Its roots, as tall as a man, will leave you breathless…in reality it is a temple and a perfect place to truly experience the force of Grounding Meditation.

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The Spiritual Center has two floors where the view of the rain forest expands to almost 360 degrees, designed to give you a wonderful feeling and putting you in a direct connection with nature during your sessions.

The conference room is designed for a 100 souls to enjoy the spectacular view of the rainforest. It has a stage for artists or speakers to perform. They offer the newest audio and video system. For your comfort, it is also equipped with air conditioning. In the back of the room you will find a built in waterfall with tropical plants that will delight your eyes.

In the healing spa they offer a variety of treatments tailored to your specific needs. They offer massages and therapies Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Reiki, Deep Issue, Hot Stone and Shaman cures using local healing plants.

The purpose of this work is to bring a re-balancing of your body and mind, bringing to you the ecstatic feeling, the “aha” moment of harmony.

Some of the amazing features of this beautiful resort include two Yoga centers that are used perfectly suited for retreats and Yoga teachings, a beautiful and elegant conference center where anyone can host spiritual seminars and unique gatherings dedicated to the world of healing and meditation.

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An Ayurvedic healing spa offering the most profound relaxation therapies for sore and aching bodies is located on site.  The guest rooms are rustically appointed with all your basic retreat needs where you can rest and relax to the natural sounds of the gardens that surround you. On their property you will also find a restaurant, a lovely bar and of course no influential Central American retreat would be complete without a Palapa.


There are swimming pools surrounded by lush natural gardens filled with a variety of plants and fauna, fruits and wildlife. Situated within the rain forest it is just a 2km walk to the beautiful Caribbean Sea where you can bask in the sunlight and sink your toes in warm, soft coral sand.

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Eco-Tours are available directly from the resort and gives your naturalist craving a sight to see with visits to the Bribri Indigenous Group lead by women for women.

The Goddess Eco Garden Resort, a favorite venue for weddings and special events.

For more illustrious information visit their website at The Goddess Garden Eco-Resort or you can simply call and dial direct to 506-2755-0055 or 506-2755-0541.

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High versus Low Caffeine Workouts

1620655A fast paced action packed workout or a long and steady low intensity cruise. Even though both workouts are beneficial to health and wellbeing compared to eating fast food takeout and sitting on your laurels all day. It all comes down to energy spent versus consumed. Long periods of low intensity exercise may improve insulin, lipid levels a lot more then intense short workouts and bursts of extreme activity.

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Simple exercises such as standing and walking for two hours or more spend equal amounts of energy than an intense one hour workout. These findings published in a journal called Plos One by Hans Savelbuerg along with colleagues from Maastricht University, Netherlands. The study finds were conducted on 18 participants of normal weight between the ages of 19 to 24, who were asked to follow three strict regimens.


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In the first, participants were instructed to sit for 14 hours each day and not indulge in any form of exercise, the second regimen required the participants to sit for 13 hours each day and exercise vigorously for one hour and the third participants substituted six hours of sitting with four hours of walking and two hours of standing. After each regimen, the researchers tracked each participant’s insulin sensitivity and blood lipid levels, both of which can help identify metabolic conditions like diabetes and obesity.

The authors found cholesterol and lipid levels improved slightly when participants exercised vigorously for one hour each day, but improved significantly when participants were active for longer periods at low intensity. Researchers also found that by being active simply by standing or walking for long periods of time significantly improved insulin levels compared to the strictly sedentary lifestyle, or the one hour of vigorous exercise a day.

In this study, longer durations of low intensity exercise may offer more benefits than shorter periods of intense activity. However, even an hour of exercise is better than no exercise at all. So for the ladies that like a vigorous man the chances are that a more vigorous quickie at him provides less satisfaction than a slower and lengthy rendezvous. Bottom line is that a variety of both situations can benefit you in the long run. Sure beats watching TV and falling asleep on the couch after a hearty meal.

Once we realize the best course of action to take, should we be enhanced by an energy drink or a sports drink and what’s the difference? Many people take energy drinks to give them that extra added edge however a safe level of energy drinks to be consumed has yet to be established. We know that sports drinks provide fluids along with substances called electrolytes usually derived from sodium, potassium and magnesium all which are lost with sweat. They also provide carbohydrates in an amount and form that can help our bodies have the stamina during short bursts of intense exercise. Sports drinks contain about two thirds of calories when compared to soft drinks.

Energy drinks on the other hand are completely different. Most are a source of caffeine combined with other stimulants and sugar. In my research of energy drinks I found most of them to contain anywhere from 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeine which is equal to 1 to 2 cups of regular coffee. These energy drinks do increase alertness and energy. Many 16 ounce cans of energy drinks provide caffeine in this range, however recently I’ve seen more of the large portion sizes with added stimulant ingredients and those can bring the caffeine levels as high as 500 milligrams per can, and as I was standing next to the cooler, many of these drink users consume more than just one can.

Relatively small amounts of caffeine taken shortly before any type of workout can enhance and prolong the ability to exercise, using caffeine however to raise energy can end up worsening energy problems in the long run. When people consume more than 250 milligrams of caffeine per day, may cause headaches, sleep difficulties and increased anxiety. Measures beyond 1000 milligrams can begin to cause heart palpitations and even death from seizures or cardiac arrest.

Caffeine stays around longer than people realize, impairing nighttime sleep that leads to daytime sleepiness and low energy levels and sub consciously triggering the need for more. In reality it takes three to ten hours to clear even a half of a caffeine load on a body, and 15 to 35 hours to eliminate virtually all of it. So when consuming caffeine for any reason, it would be wise to know exactly how much your consuming using another form of measure than how you feel. Long after the effects, you actually feel have been gone, caffeine still remains part of your system and these amounts should be taken into consideration before giving your body another dose.

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Have you been wondering “what’s all the fuss about green tea?” Now you can stop wondering and start drinking…green tea, that is. This flavorful beverage offers many health benefits to anyone who drinks it regularly. Green tea contains a potent plant nutrient known as epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, for short. But don’t fret, you don’t have to keep track of its chemical name to reap the health benefits. Here are 9 reasons to start drinking green tea or continue drinking it if you’re already hooked.

1. Green tea is a superb fat fighter. Its active ingredient, EGCG, increases the rate at which fat is burned in your body.

2. It targets belly fat. Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, like other catechins, activate fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent.

3. It keeps energy stable by balancing blood sugar levels. EGCG improves insulin use in the body to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes that can result in fatigue, irritability, and cravings for unhealthy foods.

4. Research shows it may be helpful against lung cancer. In an April 2010 study published in Cancer Prevention Research, EGCG was found to suppress lung cancer cell growth.

One of the most common questions I get is how to lose belly fat. Belly fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat – besides aesthetics, large waist lines are indicators of –disease-disease-disease.

It takes more than just crunches! We start to gain weight in our midsection when our cortisol levels spike. Stress is one of the primary culprits for high levels of cortisol secretion. When this happens cortisol breaks downs lean muscle (the type of tissue that burns calories most efficiently) and also holds on to fat storage in the abdominal region. That stress can even get WORSE with bad dieting; studies show that the stress caused by dieting can increase cortisol levels, making no change in belly fat even with calorie restriction. So how do you shape up? Incorporate these 6 things below and you will be on your way to a flatter belly in no time flat!

1. Sleep

If you want to work late at night, think again. When your biorhythms are off, you end up eating more. When you’re tired you produce more ghrelin, which triggers cravings for sugar and other fat-building foods. Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat! Getting about 7 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things you can do for your body shaping goals.

2. Short bursts of exercises

1000 crunches a night may get you strong abdominal muscles, but with a full layer of fat on top, you will not get the results you really want. Instead of all those crunches, do exercises that engage multiple muscle groups and work your cardiovascular system. Try planking, where you hold yourself in a push-up position, resting your forearms on the ground. Try 3 or 4 sets of holding for 30 seconds each. Getting up and moving throughout the day by going for walks will also help.

3. Sugar is your Enemy

Fighting belly fat is 80% healthy diet. Reduce calories by filling yourself up with protein, vegetables, whole grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones. For example, if you have a sugar craving, replace your calorie laden latte with a Muscle Milk lite, one of my favorites, because it has zero sugar and a ton of protein that will satiate while also torching my sugar craving! Another great trick is a sprinkle of cinnamon in your morning coffee or oatmeal- the spice has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar. It also slows the rate at which food exits the stomach, which helps you feel fuller longer.

4. Vitamin C

When you’re under extreme stress, you secret more cortisol hormone. Vitamin C helps balance the cortisol spikes that happen to you under this stress. Besides being a good way to counteract a cold, Vitamin C is also essential for making carnitine, a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel, making this vitamin your fat burning friend.

If you’re going through an emotional crisis, stress from work, or a bad eating splurge, increase your vitamin C – it’ll help counteract the negative side effects. Try bell peppers, kale or kiwi fruits. These have even more Vitamin C than the famous Orange!

5. Eat Fat

Yup, you heard me! It takes fat to burn fat. Like I said above, it’s sugar that gets you fat, not fat. Good fats include foods rich in Omega 3′s, like salmon, avocados & walnuts. These foods are full of nutrients that help keep you satiated throughout the day.

6. Slowing down your breath

This is a very simple method that you can use even when you’re in the midst of doing something else. Whenever you notice you’re feeling tense and uptight check and see how you’re breathing. Most people under stress either alternate holding their breath with short breaths, or take rapid shallow breaths. After you become aware of your own breathing, consciously relax your belly and slow down the breathing. This works best if you focus on slowing down the exhalation rather than your inhalation. With each exhalation you can say to yourself “slow down”. That is all there is to it- Simple but surprisingly effective!!!


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Parasites – A look at your Colon

colon_hydro_therapyParasites are far more common in your colon than most people think. And, they can be so easy to pick up from improperly washed foods, poor hygiene, swimming pools, water parks or from pets that go outside. You can even pick them up from walking barefoot.

Parasites can make your colon toxic. This means you have less energy for exercise, which in turn can contribute to weight imbalance. When the parasites are receiving all the nutrition that should be going into your body’s cells, your body may feel that it needs more nutrients. This translates into being hungry for more food. It turns into a vicious circle.


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But, other than having these unwanted guests invading your body, you may also experience some of the symptoms similar to the flu, but they are really the result of a toxic colon:

Fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, mucus or blood in the stool, severe abdominal pain, restlessness, disturbed sleep, stomach cramps.

THAT’S QUITE A LIST!


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If you think it can’t happen to you, read on. In a nationwide survey by the Chicago Tribune, 1 in every 6 people in the US is harboring potentially hazardous parasites.

ONE IN SIX!

The effects of parasites on the health of children and adults have been well-documented by the World Health Organization (WHO). Recognizing the importance of treating intestinal parasites, WHO developed deworming recommendations that Children International uses as the foundation for our anti-parasite program. WHO states that regular deworming has produced “spectacular results” and is a “sustainable tool to control debility among children” resulting from parasite infections.


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The Breakers – West Palm Beach Fitness, Florida

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Get in Shape! Choose from personal training sessions, group classes or individual daily memberships. Get to know The Breakers Certified Personal Trainers. Explore a variety of fitness activities designed to build aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength and endurance. The Breakers offers luxurious accommodations, world class services and opulent settings.

 

 

West Palm Beach Fitness offers an exclusive to over 40 miles of beautiful beaches in Palm Beach

A nearby public beach in the city of Palm Beach has lifeguards during the day, and is easily accessible. Flags by the lifeguard announce hazardous conditions (red for dangerous surf conditions, and purple for dangerous sea life).  For snorkeling, two places might satisfy. One is John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, located on the north end of Singer Island. The beach contains a shallow reef full of fish. Be careful, shark and barracuda are seen occasionally.

This park also has kayaking, music on Sundays, and some short hiking trails. Kayaking is popular in a calm inlet located in the park, which is surrounded by mangrove swamps.  Another snorkeling spot is the Breaker’s reef. Located on Palm Beach, the reef is nestled right behind the Breakers hotel. This reef is one long stretch that jets out into the ocean. You can park on the side roads near the Breakers, although it is technically illegal and police often tow out of town cars from this wealthy neighborhood.


A beach activity unique to Florida is watching space shuttles launch out over the ocean. Shuttles lifting off from Cape Kennedy are visible during both daylight and night hours, although night and early morning launches are significantly more impressive. From most beaches, looking directly north up the coast will orient you correctly. Launches are visible from anywhere in Florida, but the ocean guarantees a clear view and night launches often reflect in the water.  There are bicycle paths throughout the area. One of the nicest is on the West (Intracoastal) side of Palm Beach. It runs from the middle bridge to the inlet that separates Palm Beach from Singer Island. This path is also suitable for roller blading.

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West Palm Beach Fitness Assessment:  Work with a certified personal trainer to receive a full body analysis that will test your endurance, strength and flexibility. A complete body composition analysis will be performed using our In Body 520. Upon completion of this assessment you will be provided with all your results and a program for at home use. The Spa is pleased to introduce In Body 520, a revolutionary body analysis to determine your percentage of body fat and lean body mass using the most advanced technology available.

Performed by one of our certified trainers, this state of the art fitness equipment performs precise body composition, body water balance, obesity analysis and segmental lean analysis. Personal Training offers a one-on-one workout to refine your existing fitness program or teach you new training techniques. Training for Two with a certified personal trainer will guide you and a friend, family member or partner in refining your fitness program or learning new techniques.

Private West Palm Beach Fitness Classes:  One-On-One Instruction including Yoga, Chair Pilates, Mat Pilates, Equipment Pilates, Aquaerobics, Golf Pilates. Fitness Classes offer a variety of fitness and specialty classes are taught by certified instructors and offered daily. Power Walks, Aquaerobics, Yoga, and Pilates schedules are available at The Spa Reception Desk or Concierge Desk. Classes are complimentary for all hotel guests and are included with the purchase of a 50-minute service or treatment.

Daily Spa & Fitness Membership offers:  Use of Spa facilities are included on a complimentary basis with a 50-minute service or are available for hotel guests and members for a daily fee.

Your daily guest membership includes:  Use of our ocean view Cardiovascular/Weight Training Room featuring, treadmills, elliptical runners, stationary cycles, circuit training equipment, free weights, Smith Machine and unlimited fitness classes. Housing separate spa facilities for men and women featuring steam and sauna private locker with robe and slippers for use within the spa.

West Palm Beach Fitness Dress Code:  Proper fitness center attire is required at all times in the fitness center. Women should wear T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, leotards, tights, sweatpants or workout shorts. Men should wear T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, sweatpants or workout shorts. Closed-toe athletic shoes must be worn at all times for all fitness activities. Please note that bathing suits, cut-off shorts and open-toe shoes (i.e., sandals, flip flops) are not permitted.

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Love Your Derma

Derma Love2Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Yes, your skin is in fact an organ, just like your lungs, heart, and liver. Love your Derma, or skin. It makes a good covering for you, keeping all of the outside stuff out, and the inside stuff in. And you’d probably look pretty scary without it. But your Derma is much more than just a wrapper for your body. It actually has many jobs.

Your Derma helps regulate your body temperature by either releasing or retaining heat as needed, and it’s also an organ of protection. Your Derma also guards your muscles, nerves, and other internal organs from injury, and it defends the body against invading bacteria as well. Of course, the Derma also helps us experience the world. Through our skin we feel the sensations of heat, cold, pain, and pressure.


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The Derma has thousands of sensory nerve fibers specialized just for these purposes. All of this occurs in an organ that covers nearly 20 square feet, and weighs about 6 pounds. Atopic Dermatitis is an itchy inflammation of your skin. It may affect any area of your skin but it typically appears on your arms and behind your knees. It tends to flare up periodically and then subside. The cause however is unknown but it may result from a combination of inherited tendencies.

Self-care measures, such as avoiding irritable soaps and detergents. Certain creams and ointments can also cause this nuisance however it may help with itching especially if it is associated from unusually dry skin. If symptoms distract you from your daily routines or prevent you from sleeping you may want to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.


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Signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis may include red to brownish-gray colored patches, itching especially in the evenings, small raised bumps which may leak fluids and crust over when scratched. Thickened, cracked and scaly Derma will become raw and sensitive from excessive scratching. A usual problematic issue may be from dust mites living and breeding in your clothing, bedding, mattress and carpeting.


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One such occurrence has happened in apartment complexes where they allow pets and smoking, both causing excessive dander to accumulate in the walls and air ducts. Buildings that are not properly maintained or effectively cleaned between tenants have a large number of legal cases against them and it is highly recommended doing your due diligence before signing a lease.

Dust mite eradication is a complex procedure and is very costly to the building owners. However as difficult as it is, it does represent a huge health concern just as detrimental as black mold and should not be taken lightly. Regular cleaning and disinfecting is of standard hygiene importance. However one will never be rid of these pesky critters too microscopic to see with the naked eye.

Various organic products are available and I recommend staying away from the pesticide based products. A simple solution of Neem Oil combined with an essence of lavender and cinnamon is very successful in keeping these critters away from your bedding and pillows. Factors that worsen atopic dermatitis are having been infected with Staphylococcus bacteria.

This Staph bacterium multiplies rapidly when the Derma barrier has been broken and fluid is present in the skin in turn worsening symptoms, particularly in young children. Other factors that can worsen atopic dermatitis includes dry skin, long hot baths or showers, stress, excessive sweating, rapid changes in temperature, low humidity, solvents, cleaners soaps and detergents. Wool products or man-made fabrics and clothing, dust, sand and cigarette smoke.


Certain food such as eggs, milk, soy, fish and wheat can have an allergic reaction all needing to escape thru the skin as the body detoxifies itself from the consumption of these. When atopic dermatitis occurs in infants, it’s called infantile eczema. This condition may continue thru childhood and into adolescence. Infantile eczema often involves an oozing, crusting rash, mainly on the skin of the face and scalp but it can occur anywhere.

Noticeable occurrences involve a dryer skin and tend to be a red-brown-gray in color. In adolescence, the skin may be scaly or thickened and easily irritated. If you suspect your child has atopic dermatitis or you notice the above signs and symptoms, see your child’s doctor immediately. Early, effective treatment helps keep atopic dermatitis from worsening.

The more severe it becomes the more difficult it is to control. Most experts believe that atopic dermatitis has a genetic basis. It is thought to be connected to asthma and hay fever, but that theory is still being questioned. Not everyone suffers from all at the same time however they do seem to present together in families of those affected.


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Sometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you wake up and find a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth. The good news is that there are ways to prevent and treat common skin problems. Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild soap made for people with acne.

Gently massage your face with circular motions. Don’t scrub. Over washing and scrubbing can cause skin to become irritated. After cleansing, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying an over-the-counter (no prescription needed) lotion containing benzoyl peroxide. This will decrease oil and bacteria.

Don’t pop pimples. It’s tempting, but here’s why you shouldn’t: Popping pimples can push infected material further into the skin, leading to more swelling and redness, and even scarring. If you notice a pimple coming before a big event, like the prom, a dermatologist can often treat it for you with less risk of scarring or infection.

Avoid touching your face with your fingers or leaning your face on objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone. Touching your face can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup.


If you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose. If you get acne on your body, try not to wear tight clothes. They don’t allow skin to breathe and may cause irritation. Scarves, headbands, and caps can collect dirt and oil, too.

Remove your makeup before you go to sleep. When buying makeup, make sure you choose brands that say “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” on the label. Throw away old makeup that smells or looks different from when you first bought it. Keep hair clean and out of your face to prevent additional dirt and oil from clogging your pores.

Protect your skin from the sun. It may seem like a tan masks acne, but it’s only temporary. A tan may worsen your acne, not improve it. Tanning also causes damage to skin that will eventually lead to wrinkles and increase your risk of skin cancer.


If you’re concerned about acne, talk to a dermatologist. Dermatologists offer a range of treatments that help to prevent and acne scars. A dermatologist can help you find the treatment method that’s best for you and can also give you lots of useful tips for dealing with acne and caring for your skin type. Some salons and spas have trained skin specialists, called estheticians, who can offer advice and skin care treatments.

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Replacing Your Toxic Enviroment

bathroom-sink-vanityAs we read the occasional headlines that yet another standard ingredient in the products we use every day turns out to be a toxic counter to the very health and cleanliness the product is supposed to promote. Sometimes the easiest way to ensure that you’re using the healthiest products, from soap to toothpaste is to simply make your own. You can easily make safe, non toxic effective toiletries including Shampoo, Soaps and Deodorant at home using simple and healthy ingredients.  A great way to start eliminating your toxic environmental products is to start in the bathroom.

 

Everything we use to clean up is really a toxic mess.  If you’ve ever read the labels on health and hygiene products, you know it can be a challenge to find a product that doesn’t contain long lists of toxic ingredients you can’t even pronounce, let alone know what they are or what they’re for and the havoc it can cause your body from repeated use.

One can easily argue that most of these ingredients are not in the amounts that can be hazardous to your health, however when you really look into how many toxic ingredients we consume every day from the foods we eat, to the products we use on our bodies, to the soaps we wash our dishes and clothes in, to the chemicals we come into contact with unwillingly like second hand smoke, gasoline fumes we breathe when we fuel our cars to the air we breathe around freeways and roads.  It is no wonder we are a toxic wasteland and our health is paying for it all.


Let’s take a look at some of the basics.  The first thing we need to take a look at is the quality of your tooth paste.  If it has fluoride, or any other ingredients to whiten, or kill germs or even un-natural sweeteners, it is toxic to your body. Here is a great tooth paste you can make using all natural ingredients.  Use a fifty/fifty ratio of coconut oil to baking soda, start with a small batch and use a couple of tablespoons of each.

Add a few drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil, and a bit of Stevia for sweetness.  After mixing your toxic free toothpaste, place it in a glass jar with a lid, and this does not need to be refrigerated.  Use just like you would your old toxic toothpaste.

Let’s take a look at the soaps. Unless you work on dirty and greasy engines all day, you really do not need any soap with industrial names you cannot pronounce.  A simple soap is Shea Butter Soap which is made by taking 2 cups of vegan glycerin soap base, melted in a double boiler, 2 tablespoons of Shea butter melted separately, and then add several drops of your favorite essential oil.  I use lavender for my evening shower soap and peppermint for the mornings and after a good workout.  Mix all these ingredients well, and pour into molds similar to small food storage containers, and let cool.


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Shampoo has an average of fifteen known chemicals that are hazardous to you and your skin.  Why we consider even using this stuff that can take stains off concrete will always be a mystery to me.  Some of the ingredients to avoid are sodium laurel sulfate, tetrasodium and propylene glycol.  Look them up in a dictionary or simply use an online thesaurus and I can assure you will never consider using this stuff on your body.  To make a simple natural shampoo, use some of these great alternatives:

 

Baking Soda: Works great as a shampoo alternative. Mildly alkaline, baking soda deep cleans your hair from dirt and hair products. Mix about one tablespoon in one cup of water. Use an empty shampoo bottle, water bottle, or a squeeze bottle to dispense in hair just like shampoo and rinse well.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar: Make a hair rinse mixing 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with a quart of water. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell; it will evaporate after a while. This mixture adds shine and works great on dandruff.


Olive Oil: A wonderful conditioner and hair mask. Wet your hair slightly and add about a teaspoon of olive oil and rub specially on the ends. Wrap your hair inside a towel or shower cap and let it stand up to an hour. Wash well. Your hair will be silky soft and shiny.

 

Avocado and Honey: Mash these ingredients together and rub the mixture on your hair. This is a super-moisturizing hair mask you can use once a week to keep your locks healthy.


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Deodorants are applied under the arms, and if you take a look at our bodies anatomy, our arm pits are designed to serve a certain purpose.  The arrangement of the chest wall, shoulder bones and muscles, and the upper arm create a small hollow called the armpit. The armpit is the underside of the shoulder joint, and is among the warmest areas of the body.

The armpit is also called the axilla and allows for blood and lymph vessels serving the arm to travel through the armpit. There are more than 20 lymph nodes, (small lumps of tissue that are part of the body’s lymphatic system, which helps fight infection) in the armpit. These lymph nodes normally cannot be felt through the skin. The armpits have a high concentration of hair follicles and sweat glands.

Applying anything chemically based in these areas is a huge cause of concern and should not be taken lightly.  Take a look at your deodorant’s ingredient list, did you see something like Parabens, Triclosan and  Propylene glycol?  If you did, be shocked at what these chemicals can do to your lymphatic system.  So now it’s good to remember why you might want to choose a natural deodorant in the first place.  Conventional products tend to contain a whole host of best to avoid substances including hormone disruptors, petrochemicals, lung irritants, and other suspect ingredients.

If you search the Internet, you’ll also find quite a bit of discussion about links between deodorant chemicals and both Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, these links are unproven, but the specter of a problem is enough for some people to avoid conventional deodorants all together.  Here are a few natural alternatives you can make at home that really work.


This recipe is easy to make, inexpensive and works better than commercial brands and it doesn’t stain your clothes! You’ll just have to make your own batch to see how heavenly the scent of coconut oil is when mixed with spicy essential oils.

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut oil (solid state)

1/4 cup baking soda (aluminum-free)

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

Add Your favorite essential oils (optional)

Instructions

Mix the baking soda and arrowroot powder in a glass bowl.
Add the coconut oil (do not warm or melt it) and use a fork or pastry blender to thoroughly blend it into the dry ingredients.  Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils and blend completely.
Add more coconut oil or arrowroot powder/baking soda if needed until the texture is about the same consistency as commercial deodorant.

Scoop the mixture into a small jar or container and store at room temperature. To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a pea-size amount of the deodorant and massage it into your armpits daily or as needed. Allow a minute or two for the deodorant to set before getting dressed.

These are just three of the most commonly used needs that we consume every day.  If there are special and unique products you use I suggest, get on the internet and find all your replacements and remove all toxins from your body.  Not just on the inside but also on the outside.  You will feel a huge difference in your health and wellbeing.


 

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

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When looking at healthy eating on a budget and see it getting thinner as compared to one’s own waist line we ask ourselves, how can I continue to afford to feed my family and yet maintain my budget for groceries. As the years go by it seems that the costs for a healthy diet grows. Production in an alpha mind power environment costs more and more therefore the costs are passed onto the consumer.

 


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We buy the same things over and over and with wanting to thrive on healthy eating on a budget we scout for new recipes to try and combine the same ingredients and create a whole new dish. The choices are simple; we either change the ingredients or pay more for them. This leaves us in a whole new dynamic n how to stay either economically or physically healthy. Sacrificing in either has a dramatic effect in our health. There is a solution to at least lessen these two effects.

How can you save money yet not sacrificing quality?

If you are considering cost as an excuse to eat junk, take that excuse and forget about it. With a little organization and creativity you can have the best of both worlds. Here are a few basic ideas and tips you can slowly instill into your day to day and quiet the mind.


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Limit your intake of processed junk foods and alcohol and instead drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses of water a day will curb the appetite by hydrating you promotes healthy eating on a budget

Limit the intake of salty and sugary foods this will slowly eliminate cravings for more. Most importantly avoid eating foods high in saturated fats, processed foods are not only expensive due to the processing costs but also keep you coming back for more and more. Next keep variety to the forefront of your mind. Create a routine of different activities in your day to day keeping your mind focused on productive thoughts and positive results.


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Create a training workout for the entire family. The healthier you become the less prone you are to satisfy a craving for all the above. Set aside a regiment of times that you can sit and quiet the mind and plan your meals for the day, week or month. Make your grocery list and go shopping and take the time to read the labels to avoid what cost you more. This will save you money at the checkout but also save you time in the long run. Include healthy snack ideas, like eating a sweet apple instead of a candy bar.

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Creating healthy menu items for your lunch and dinner is your biggest expense. Generally the grocery store is least busy in the morning; remember to not go to the store hungry, this will lead to buying with your eyes instead of your pocketbook. When healthy eating on a budget, stock your cupboards with items that are quick and easy to cook and yet kind to your wallet. Keep an eye out for sale items and use coupons as much as possible. Keep in mind that coupons are created with a cost in mind and generally apply to more expensive, processed items. Coupons make manufacturers more money by getting you to think it’s a great buy when in fact they put disclaimers on them forcing you to buy more to get the savings.


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Some items that will benefit your health without gouging your pocketbook are listed as follows; Beans and Lentils are a great source of proteins that can replace a meal normally containing meats. Stay away from the canned versions and get it fresh. They make nutritious soups with the aid of fresh vegetables. Leave the canned broths and consumes out since their base is salt. The legumes have a natural tendency to release a broth as you cook them without draining.

Brown rice is a great addition and also helps replace the meat and veggie cravings. Although brown rice is slightly more expensive than white, the nutritional value is worth it. Pastas are a great substitute and be sure to look for whole grains or gluten free. Also pastas made with rice flour is another rice alternative for variety. Soups cannot be beat for their nutritional values and convenience. Think about making soups in a slow cooker as it tends to keep the values in the ingredients. Soups are a great way to use up leftovers and help with healthy eating on a budget.

Fresh vegetables and fruits are a must to curb the expense of snacking budgets. Most fruits like pineapples and oranges and apples are high in fructose and helps curb those sugar cravings. Make sure to purchase them regularly for freshness.


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Veggie patties are another source of replacing expensive ground beef and also aid in maintaining your health. Keep meats and fish as a last-minute meal, fresh tuna can be cooked and then frozen in individual packages instead of canned and that will also eliminate sodium intake. Remember that anything canned has preservatives, or a sodium alternative. Stay away from canned foods as much as possible.

Use as much natural herbs as possible to avoid buying processed spices. If possible keep an herb garden for an endless supply without the cost and besides the benefit of fresh herbs, tending the garden will help in keeping a quiet mind and relieving stress.

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High Blood Pressure Reduction Measures

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High blood pressure is a major health problem that affects many people, a lot of which don’t even realize that they have it. Often, people are told that changes in their diet and exercise habits are enough to control blood pressure, without the use of medication.


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Reducing your sodium intake is one of the most important factors in reducing your blood pressure level. Those affected with high blood pressure often claim that reducing their sodium intake reduces their blood pressure as well. It is important to learn which foods are high in sodium and limit your intake or avoid them all together.

Eating more fruits and vegetables and even some grains increases your intake of important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. However with our busy lifestyles we can hardly find the time to stop at the store and take the time to sort thru the groceries we need to maintain a healthy routine, however I found that studies suggest that people with a diet high in these foods and low in fats can reduce blood pressure in a small, but significant way.


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Adding exercise to this change in diet can improve the blood pressure reduction. It helps to prevent and to control hypertension, and it is said that people who are active in exercise have lower death rates than their sedentary counterparts, even when they have the same blood pressure. An added bonus is that studies suggest that exercise not only reduces the risk for cardiovascular and other diseases, but can help prevent obesity, which is another high blood pressure risk factor.


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Exercise is said to be the foundation for successful behavioral change programs. Gym memberships can be a hassle, so I investigated several health and fitness options available that with a small investment you can now own a great home gym, and with your home gym is just a few clicks away. Exercise has been shown to make people feel positive about themselves and helps to reduce stress, a factor that not only raises blood pressure, but makes you feel less inclined to stick to the positive plans you’ve set in motion.


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Eating well and exercising are the cornerstone to reducing your blood pressure level. However, they are not the only factors to a successful blood pressure reduction. Limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake can make an extreme difference. You should strive to drink these things only in moderation, or not at all. If you smoke, quitting can also make a profound difference.

These are not things to be taken lightly. You may find that you cannot simply give these things up. In fact, in order to completely rid yourself of these behaviors can take months, even a year or more in some instances!


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Reducing stress is another highly important factor in reducing your blood pressure. However choosing the right stress relief program just for you can be all time consuming and is a lifelong task, but can prove to be one of the most important things you can do for your health. By seeing the vast variety offered.   If you find that you have stress that seems out of control, taking a stress management workshop may be in your future.

Though it is said that diet and exercise can reduce the need for blood pressure medication, it is important to discuss any and all lifestyle changes with your doctor, who can instruct you in any reduction of your current medication dosages.

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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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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.

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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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Dairy Free Pasta Alfredo

Dairy Free Alfredo!A little about the history of Alfredo Sauce. Alfredo sauce also known as Fettuccine Alfredo, is a very rich and creamy, dairy based sauce blended with Butter, Heavy Whipping Cream and Parmesan cheese. A dairy lover’s delight, it is usually served over a bed of Fettuccine. Various combinations of Chicken, even occasionally served with ham or bacon. Either way it does not have to include meat. A great variation is shrimp or even steamed clams.

 

 

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The dilemma however is, what can a non-dairy person like me do to enjoy the wonderful flavor of this culinary wonderland? Well many variations of non-dairy are out there for the culinary appetites but none of them come close to satisfying the essence of a true Alfredo sauce, until now.

I have been an avid consumer of dairy products for some time. With a passionate love for milk, cheese, and ricotta and of course Parmesan and mozzarella, I have countless number of recipes that include one or more of the various types of cheeses, creams, butter and milk.

Since my recent discovery on how milk and dairy affects the digestive system, and since the increasing need to use antibiotics in dairy cows, I have lost the taste or even desire to consume anything to do with milk products.

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However my desire for a rich and creamy sauce has not gone away and I spent hours and hours trying to formulate a copy that comes close to the richness and flavor of this Italian staple.

Many trial and errors and countless disappointments I finally managed to create a “Non-Dairy” version of Alfredo Sauce with the same texture and essence. I trust you will enjoy this substitute as much as I.

Please try this at home!

Ingredients;

1 Cup of Almond Milk
½ Cup of Coconut Milk
2 Egg Whites
2 Tbs. of Olive Oil
½ Cup of Finely Crushed Pine Nuts
2 Tbs. of finely chopped Garlic
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
¼ Tsp. Cream of Tartar
½ Tsp. of Ground Cumin
¼ Tsp. Nutmeg
½ Tsp. Salt

Preparation;

In a glass bowl add 1 Tbs. of Olive Oil, Egg Whites and Cream of Tartar. Whisk rapidly together until egg whites come to a rich froth. Add the coconut milk and whisk some more until well blended, add the almond milk and continue to whisk until the mixture is very well blended.

Heat a saucepan to medium heat, add the remaining olive oil and chopped garlic. Cook the garlic just prior to browning and add the blended egg white mixture from the bowl. In the saucepan whisk until mixture thickens slightly and add the finely crushed pine nuts and dry spices. This will cause the foam of the heated sauce to settle.

Cook until the sauce thickens and serve over pasta or your choice. Add desired pasta toppings and you’re done!

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Dinner is served, and sauce is enough for pasta to serve 6 hungry, lactose intolerant guests who have been craving pasta Alfredo for years!

We trust you enjoy this creation and hope to see your comments below as to how you like it. I have served it to many and they all seemed to enjoy it very much.

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Broiled Basa Fillet with Cashew

Basa and BeetThe Basa fish, Pangasius bocourti, is a type of catfish in the family Pangasiidae. Basa are native to the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Chao Phraya basin located in Thailand. These fish are important food fish with an international market. They are often labeled in North America and Australia as “basa fish” or bocourti”. In the UK, the species is known mainly as “river cobbler”,with “basa” also being used on occasion. In Europe, these fish are commonly marketed as “pangasius” or “panga”

 

Even fish aren’t safe from bureaucracy;

In 2002, the United States accused Vietnam of dumping catfish, namely Pangasius bocourti and Pangasius hypophthalmus, on the American market, charging the Vietnamese importers, who are subsidized by Vietnam’s government, of unfair competition.

With pressures from the U.S. catfish industry, the United States Congress passed a law in 2003 preventing the imported fish from being labeled as catfish, as well as imposing additional tariffs on the imported fish. Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruling, only species from the family Ictaluridae can be sold as true catfish. As a result, the Vietnamese exporters of this fish now label their products sold in the U.S. as Basa fish or Bocourti.

With all this said, the United Sates Food and Drug Administration is now allowing Genetically Modified Salmon to endanger the wildlife population.  This fish rightfully labeled “Frankenfish” is going to add to the ever so great GMO Labeling issues we are now being faced with.  Not only is the bureaucracy adding to lawmakers job security, the health risks being uncovered from GMO’s being linked to cancer and other life threatening disease is securing the jobs of countless doctors and hospitals, giving the U.S population more issues to deal with.

Personally I’d rather eat a mislabeled catfish than consume what the FDA deems to be a species that’s man made vs. created by our mother earth.

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So to continue this, Please enjoy this recipe, Broiled Basa Fillet and Cashew Nut/Egg Topper served over organic brown rice and plated with a cilantro beet salad and blood orange.

Ingredients;

4 Basa Fish Fillets
4 Beets
1 Cup finely chopped Cashews
1 (Hard Boiled) Egg Yolk
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Organic Brown Rice
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 Blood Orange
1 Tsp. Turmeric
1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp. Salt


Preparation;

Cilantro/Beet salad;

Boil beets in water until soft, peel and quarter each one and place in a bowl, toss with One Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt and Pepper to taste.  Plate with a sprinkle of finely chopped cilantro.

Organic Brown Rice;

Boil Two cups of water, add One cup of Organic Brown Rice reduce heat and simmer until done.

Cashew / Egg Topper;

In a food processor blend cashews, hard-boiled egg yolk, one tbsp. of coconut oil and add a small amount of water until forming a thick spreadable paste.

Basa Fillets;

Coat the fillets with salt, cayenne pepper, and turmeric.  Broil for 15 minutes each side.  Cover with Cashew topper and continue broiling until topper is slightly browned.

Plating;

Serve Cilantro Beet salad, three wedges of blood orange and plate a Basa fillet over two heaping tablespoons of brown rice.

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Juicing For Health

NutritionThroughout the world, we all know that juicing is part of a beneficial way to a healthier life. Juicing on a regular basis has shown to increase energy, vitality and overall well-being. Juicing has become popular since the amount of Vegetables and Fruits the average person would need to consume for an improved lifestyle would be so immense that it would result on an ongoing regimen of eating all day long and every day. Constantly purchasing, preparing and masticating would require an all time consuming and tedious habit.

Most of our time is spent working, providing and fulfilling responsibilities for our employers and families. Leaving very little time in between for joyful activities we as individuals like to partake in much less eating healthy or even sleeping sleeping. So if we were to add in the necessary time to shop for, preparing and eating what our bodies need to become and stay healthy, it would simply not get done and eventually forgotten all together. Therefore we suffer the consequences thru debilitating our health.

That’s where the importance of juicing comes into the picture. Finding a juicer that not only is able to juice fruits but vegetables at the same time and combining these into an easy step can be a tedious task all together, so we took our time in reviewing some of the best juicers on the market and found one that fits all the categories we were looking for. Not only can this particular juicer take care of fruits and vegetables easily, it also gives you the added benefit of extracting the “MILK” from the most important aspects of your daily diet, favorite nuts and seeds.

Making your own home made Almond Milk, or butters is no easy task for most juicers available to the average consumer. A machine required to make nut milks and butters would mean stepping up to the industrialization area and have a machine that barely fits inside your garage. Now for the first time, you can experience all this in just a square foot of kitchen counter space.

Introducing the The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro, a BestwaytoHealth.Com favorite

The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro, revolutionizes juicing! Its patented new technology delivers more juice and nutrients per ounce of produce, stretching your food dollar. It’s a hybrid, using both extracting and grinding to deliver the best of both types of juicers. Delivers ease of use and speed of an extractor combined with the juice volume and juice quality of a grinder. Jay Kordich says, “I’m very excited to offer you my brand new juicer, The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro,. In all my years of teaching people about the power of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, this is the first time I’ve ever put my own name on any juicer”.

Jay’s 60 years of experience in sales and service of juicers has enabled him to create this superior juicer, better than any other on the market. The PowerGrind Pro uses a revolutionary 2-step process that both extracts and grinds for best results. Combined with its powerful low RPM motor, it gives you more nutrients and juice, delicious pulp-free concentrated nutrition, greater value from your food dollar, and it easily juices leafy green vegetables and Wheat grass. Unlike other juicers on the market, it even makes Almond, Soy and Rice milk.

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Unlike many people who write juicer reviews, I am not a long-time juicer. In fact, despite being a graduate of one of the premier culinary schools in America and having worked as a professional chef, I have never juiced anything in my life. A friend who is very much into healthy eating persuaded me to try some of his various juice combinations and after a taste or two I knew I had to have one. Then followed lots of research to find the best choice for my pocketbook and my lifestyle. As a sometime kitchen professional, I have a fondness for “commercial” equipment and so I ended up lusting over a Norwalk. But $2500 for a juicer the size of Wrigley Field with a hydraulic press…too much.

I debated long and hard over centrifugal versus auger or gear driven machines. Now, I should stop here for a disclaimer. I do not drink juice to detoxify my liver or to prevent/treat cancer, heart disease, gallstones, or flat feet. I drink it because I like the taste and because it gets raw fruit and vegetables into my body in a way that has to be healthy. Please, I do not need any Gerson folks or other enthusiasts to comment telling me that I should…you-fill-in. Don’t take that as a put-down. I respect the choices people make for their health and, in fact, many juicing enthusiasts are doubtless much healthier than I.

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The implication of this is that I don’t seek out organic produce unless I can get it cheap, nor do I worry about how much of the good stuff is going to be lost to oxidation if there is foam in the juice. That just isn’t who I am.

Because I no longer have a scullery worker to wash up behind my efforts, I wanted something that was easy to clean. Because I enjoy the product a lot more than the process, I wanted a machine that didn’t require me to do a lot of food prep. Because I’m not wasteful by nature, I wanted a device that extracted as much juice as possible.

I was drawn to the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. It is hefty stainless steel and you can dump whole apples or beets into it without cutting or chopping. Fast. Easy. But only a one-year warranty, a well-documented tendency to throw food all over the kitchen and considerable commentary about its limited ability to extract maximum juice. I looked at juicers from Omega, Green Star, Kuvings, Champion, Hurom…the list goes on and on. While they got good reviews, there were also comments about durability, size, speed, and so on.

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I chose a lesser-known juicer, The Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro, The description of the innards is a bit vague, even on Jay’s website so let me tell you exactly how it works. In essence, it is a centrifugal juicer. It shreds the fruit and vegetables and spins them against a fine, cone-shaped stainless steel filter, literally slinging out the juice. The difference is that surrounding the shredder disk is a grinding ring maybe 5/16″ wide which mates with a similar ring mounted on the top housing.

The motor runs at a substantially slower speed than most centrifugal juicers but much, much faster than an auger/gear machine. The produce is shredded and then ground between the two rings, which are positioned just a fraction of a millimeter apart. The result is very dry pulp. After juicing a bag of apples, a couple of pears, ginger, celery, and carrots, I found that I could pick up a handful of the pulp and squeeze really hard yielding only a few drops of unextracted juice.

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