Fertility: Protect, Enhance And Prevent Infertility

Fertility is the natural capability of living organisms to produce its offspring. This is not same as the rate or potential to reproduce, which is fecundity. While lacking fertile ability is medically termed as infertility and lack of fecundity is, called sterility. For a human being, his or her fertility is, based on amount of nutrition, culture, instinct, lifestyle, sexual health, timing, economics, readiness and emotions.

Ways To Enhance Fertility

  1. Controlling weight and your lifestyle will enhance chances of conceiving;
  2. Reducing the use of alcohol, nicotine and drug use as all of these have adverse effects on decreasing sperm motility and maintaining health reproductive system
  3. Fertile Window Use: Five to six days before ovulation is termed as the perfect time to conceive;
  4. Sexual appetite, health and behaviour: having 5-6 times of intercourse in a week heightens the chance of conception;
  5. Lubricants and usage of chemicals in private areas: all commercially accessible lubricants that is water-based such as KY Jelly, Touch and Astroglide inhibits the motility of sperms at the rate of 60%-100%.

Ways to Protect Fertility

  1. Strictly have no unprotected sex unless you are trying to conceive
  2. Be ruse if you have to protect your sexuality or when advocating the use of condom
  3. Delayed choice of pregnancy can diminish the rate of your fertility in drastic amounts
  4. Sexual compatibility is required and sexual experience is necessary to conceive
  5. A healthy sexual appetite is not a crime but an unhealthy one is, that is, a crime to your own body by denying it the healthy choice
  6. Be aware of the full consequences of your choices however erratic, impulsive or silly they are!
  7. Ways to Prevent Have regular sexual health check-ups no matter how sure you are about your sexual health as yeast neglected yeast infections can also cost you a lot of damage later
  8. Do not use Emergency contraceptive pills regularly. Use it only when you have no other option.

Infertility

In order to determine if you are infertile, you have to have sex with one person for one-year consistently without protection. Following are some of the main causes of infertility:

  1. Taking too many emergency contraceptive pills destroys the biological stability of your reproductive system. Use it only during emergencies.
  2. Mumps, Obesity, diabetes and other sexually transmitted diseases can cause infertility in people
  3. Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian syndrome, menstruation disorders and hypothyroidism in the genetic history can cause infertility too
  4. Delay in childbearing age can cause natural degeneration of fertility in people
  5. Substance abuse of all kinds inhibit fertility rate in a person
  6. Imbalance in lifestyle, instincts, emotional health and well-being is also a noted cause of infertility
  7. Arthritis and high blood pressure medications inhibit rate of fertility in a person

Facial Rejuvenation: Reasons, Procedures, Advantages And Disadvantages

Generally defined as restoration of youthful appearance of the skin and body through cosmetic treatments, surgeries and medications, Facial rejuvenation is accessible and feasible as well as high on demand today. This can be, conducted through surgical and non-surgical mechanisms.

Reasons To Rejuvenate Your Face

  1. Reversing the signs of aging
  2. Looking young
  3. Increasing the appeal of health of your skin
  4. Tucking the extra flab
  5. Eliminating wrinkles, drooping skin and surgical scars
  6. Side-effects of medications, surgeries and other adverse effects on the face
  7. Too many lines, crow’s feet and enhancing cheekbones
  8. Eliminate sagging skin
  9. Best natural restoration of youthfulness
  10. To look refreshed and healthy

Procedures Of Facial Rejuvenation

With the advance in age, there are zillions of facial rejuvenation treatments available today. However, not every clinic that advertises facial rejuvenation surgeries need be the best as well. There are many cases of damaged skin and side effects due to surgeries performed by unprofessional and unauthorised cosmetologists. Always make sure that you have checked and verified your doctor’s credentials, testimonials and certifications before authorising a surgery on you.

  1. Electrotherapy
  2. Chemical peels
  3. Botox Injections
  4. Dermal Filler injections
  5. Facial toning
  6. Laser resurfacing
  7. Neuromodulators
  8. Permanent Make-up
  9. Fraxel
  10. Platelet-rich fibrin matrix method
  11. Cosmetic acupuncture
  12. Collagen injection
  13. YAG Laser
  14. Chin Implants
  15. Hair Removal
  16. Blepharoplasty
  17. Brow Lift
  18. Eyelid surgery
  19. Nose Modification surgery
  20. Neck lift

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Facial Rejuvenation

There are many advantages and disadvantages of facial rejuvenation depending on the result that the patient targeting. One should properly comprehend all aspects of pros and cons of a surgery, its reviews, testimonials of previous patients and recovery times to have the perfect choice of the same.

Advantages

  1. Youthful glow to the skin
  2. Skin-tightening is a resultant of facial rejuvenation surgeries
  3. Facial rejuvenation transforms the look of the skin into a completely healthy and revitalised form
  4. Smoother skin texture
  5. Elimination of all skin imperfection
  6. Modification of natural hair line and its imperfections
  7. Eliminates wrinkling
  8. Certain surgeries can battle aging processes for long-term, that is, you stop aging for a long, long time!

Disadvantages

  1. Long Recovery time which prevents patients from seeing the daylight
  2. Sometimes one surgery is not enough to restore the youthful glow to the skin
  3. Expensive
  4. Maintenance for man surgeries are incessant and hence need supervision every time you do it
  5. Time for recovery increases with every surgery or change performed by the cosmetologist
  6. Side effects can be specifically good, bad or worse, depending on your body, skin and its health

Always make sure that you research, review and surf enough by consulting a professional cosmetologist before signing off on any facial rejuvenation procedure.

Allergies And Detoxification: What, Why And How

With the ever-changing biological make-up of human body, it is but obvious that each us have a different biological set-up than the other. Hence, it is wrong to generalise any type of food as good or bad for everybody. An allergic reaction is, defined as body’s mechanism of responding to any allergens by reacting in a hypersensitive or damaging manner.

Allergic reactions do not always end up in swelling or hyper-itching, but every allergen causes the body a significant amount of damage, regardless of our level of awareness. Most people think that serious allergies like swelling or eczema are the sole category of allergies to worry about. However, the fact is that every abnormal reaction inclusive of random gastric troubles and abdominal pain in your body is an allergic reaction.

Medically said, allergy is a reaction that occurs when the immune system of a person encounters unfavourable substances entering the active working of the body, which is harmless to other people. Some of the common allergens are specific food, dust, mites, insects, moulds and chemicals or medicines. Some symptoms of allergy are tingling, itching, swelling, wheezing, fainting, nausea, and pain in the abdomen, nasal congestion, hives, eczema, vomiting, diarrhoea, chills and insomnia.

The best way to distinguish between favourable items and allergens are to observe your own body thoroughly. When this observation is, conducted on a microscopic level the conclusion can determine what is good or bad for your body. Another way to infer, confirm and analyze your food allergies is through the allergy-detox diet. This is not the foolproof diagnosis to determine the allergies specific to a person, but a convenient tool to pin down certain common allergies without the needle and its blood-draining methods.

Allergy Detoxification Diet Consists Of

Aim: to narrow down the food that is allergic to your health by keeping a food journal comprising of the quantity and type of food consumed during the same time;
Duration: This is a an experiment ranging 21 days or three weeks
Method:

  1. Keep a food journal that includes the quantity and type of food that you consume
  2. Remove all foods that allergic to your body from the diet to entirely remove the allergens from your body
  3. Obtain organic and pure forms of food and then, cook yourself the same without using processed foods
  4. Continue the above for 2 weeks
  5. On the 22nd day, introduce one of the food items that you eliminated, back into your diet
  6. Record your observations for a day
  7. Eliminate it again and wait for three days
  8. On the 26th day, introduce another food item.
  9. Record your observations
  10. Continue the same pattern over all food items that you eliminate

Inference: Consult a doctor with your observations. This is a systematic method to remove and eliminate all allergens present in your food, one after another.

Dangerous Methods Of Weight Reduction – Surgeries And Diets

According to the National Institutes Of Health, after a gastric bypass or a gastroplasty surgery, wound problems along with complications from blood clots are common side effects. The same side effects plus substantial nutritional and metabolic complications arise from surgical treatments of obesity. The bitter truth is that due to these complications, over 10% of people who undergo surgeries for obesity have to perform another surgery to fix problems arising from the first surgery.

When it comes to diets and the numerous diet plans, people from all over the world who’re searching for the best diet plans for weight loss, are bombarded with a truck load of silly diets that promise to fight obesity. The bitter truth with diets is that although we want them to work almost immediately, the fact is that almost all diets are ineffective. They don’t work, because no matter how much weight you lose from dieting, you gain it all back as soon as you go off. The results from diet plans are not permanent and so you’ll find yourself eating more than usual. The reason is because dieting slows down your metabolism and so you gain more weight than usual.

When you talk about diets, you know that, or to put it in other terms, you’re told that a low calorie diet is best for weight loss. But the fact is that even low calorie diets don’t work. So you might have tried for months and failed and you wouldn’t know why you’re not losing weight. You have to understand that calorie or no calorie, weight gain is not a result of how much you eat, it’s what you eat that matters. If you eat two bowls of fruit you’re not going to gain as much as you will if you eat one bowl of fruit pudding. The key to success is to eat the right food, no matter what the quantity.

While genetics play a role to an extent, it isn’t impossible to reverse changes and get back on track to reduce weight and prevent obesity. The point to remember here is that diets are dangerous and they won’t work because your body needs the right food, not some calculated menu. Apart from eating the right foods, you must do some physical activity, especially recommended for those who have diabetes and obesity running in their family. Stop eating fatty foods and refined carbohydrates if you really want to lose weight and start exercising, or walking at least 30 minutes every single day. The pizzas, burgers and other fast food we can gulp down before we even blink are the main reasons why we see so many obese people walking about on the roads.

You need to make the change to see and feel the change and when you do, you wouldn’t want to go back to your old eating habits, that’s for sure!

Breaking Free From Food Addictions – The Healthy Way To Live Life

Hunger is a dangerous feeling, an experience that many people fear. And it’s not their fault, too. When we go out, on long trips for example, somewhere in our mind we’re thinking about how and where we’d find food when we’re hungry. To avoid starvation, we pack a bag of goodies to satiate us until we find the right food to eat. I’ve personally come across people who refuse to fast, even for half a day, because they fear how their bodies would react without solid food, they fear how they’d feel and frankly speaking, they’d rather eat than to starve. But how can you explain frequent hunger?

This is what I call toxic hunger, or phantom hunger, a moment where you’re not ‘really’ hungry, but you have the need to eat something ‘to keep you going’. Toxic hunger demands over consumption of calories too, which means that when a person is hungry, a meal is desired, a good meal, but when phantom hunger strikes, that person would suffice with a bowl of ice cream, cakes, donuts, or chocolates etc. If lunch time is at noon, toxic hunger will make you eat 2-3 snacks before your proper meal i.e. before your true hunger strikes.

Food Addiction Is Dangerous

Today half of the world suffers from toxic hunger because for a short period of time, toxic hunger provides you with pleasure and taste. But the bitter fact is that this pleasure and taste leads to numerous health problems like obesity, diabetes and worse, heart problems. Many times we realize that toxic food are dangerous and we try to stop consuming them, but like nicotine addiction, we immediately feel “empty” without consuming our cakes or cookies. This empty feeling is called withdrawal – the body tries to get rid of toxins accumulated to free you from its abuse, but we mistake it for hunger.

For example, if you drink four cups of coffee every day and one day you realize that it’s not healthy and you cut it down to two cups, your body starts behaving awkwardly. You will feel lazy, you’ll have headaches, weakness and other such symptoms because your body is trying to get rid of extra caffeine in your body, but what we want is to feel better, so we take a cup of coffee to relieve ourselves without knowing that those symptoms, the withdrawal symptoms were actually good for your body.

Symptoms of Toxic Hunger

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Irritation
  • Mental confusion
  • Burning or cramping sensation in the stomach
  • Abdominal and/or oesophageal spasm

You must understand that toxic hunger is not healthy and you must do whatever you can to stop surrendering to its needs. When you stop surrendering, you will feel the toxic hunger symptoms, but these are temporary as your body is trying to heal itself. Be patient and keep on track, you will soon get rid of food addiction!

Heal Your Lower Back Pain With These Four Yoga Poses

Due to today’s fast-paced lifestyle, many of us suffer from low back pain, it’s inevitable, really. Low back pain is one of the most common complaints these days. We’re constantly sitting from the time we wake up to the time we go back to sleep. We sit for coffee, we sit to drive or be driven, we sit on our desk to work, we sit for lunch, for dinner and for conversations. Then after a tiring day of work, we sit on the sofa to watch the TV. If you consider the amount of time we spend sitting you’ll realize that our hamstring muscles along with the illiopsoas muscles are shortened and this can cause low back pain.

But what if you’re an athlete and your back still hurts? Although athletes are never constantly sitting, they are however involved in vigorous exercises that include running, jumping and rapid movements that can create stress on the lower back. If an athlete doesn’t take care of his or her lower back, these muscles will become tight and injuries may occur. Whether athlete or not, it is important that you take care of your lower back to avoid heart diseases and diabetes. The exercises below are NOT recommended for people who suffer from slipped disk, sciatica or those who have just had a surgery as it can worsen your condition. Coming to the yoga poses, these poses need to be done once daily to relief low back pain. Breathe in and out deeply from your nose.

1.      Hamstring Stretch

Lie on your back and bend your right knee towards your chest. Place a rolled-up towel around your foot and straighten your leg towards the ceiling. If you feel strain on your lower back, bend your left knee, but place the foot on the ground. Hold for 3-5 minutes and then switch to the left leg for 3-5 minutes.

hamstring-stretch-400x4002.      Knee Twist

Lie on your back and bend your knees towards your chest. Stretch your arms out to make a T. As you breathe out lower both your knees to ground on the right, but keep your shoulders pressing down firmly. If the left shoulder lifts, lower your knees further away from the right arm. Hold for 1-2 minutes each side.

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3.      Sphinx

Lie on your stomach and prop yourself up on your forearms. Place your elbows directly under your shoulders. Press firmly through your palms and your pubic bone forward. You will feel sensations in your lower back, but breathe through it. You are allowing blood flow into the lower back for healing. Hold for 1-3 minutes.

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4.      Legs Up

Place your buttocks all the way towards the wall and place your feet up the wall. This pose is excellent for relaxing the muscles of the lower back and drains stagnant fluid from the feet and ankles. Do this pose after a challenging workout and always after traveling by plane. Hold for 5-10 minutes.

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Spices & Herbs: What Goes With What?! Part 2

Since you already know a lot about spices now, I figured it will be good if I tell you the combination of herbs and food and spice so you can make your first taste-tantalizing meal at home! Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of this article!

Ginger

Allspice, Anise, Asparagus, Bananas, Carrots, Chiles, Chives, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Coconut, Coriander, Cranberry, Cumin, Curry, Dates, Fennel, Figs, Garlic, Jasmine, Nutmeg, Onions, Pears, Pepper, Poultry, Pumpkin, Raisins, Root Vegetables, Rose, Seafood, Stone Fruits, Sugar, Tea, Tropical Fruits

Horseradish

Apples, Beef, Beets, Blue Cheese, Capers, Chives, Citrus, Cured Meats, Dill, Nuts, Mustard, Onions, Potatoes, Sausage, Seafood, Root Vegetables, Vinegar

Juniper

Allspice, Beef, Blue Cheese, Cabbage, Cilantro, Cured Meats, Game Meats, Garlic, Lavender, Olives, Oregano, Pepper, Poultry, Rosemary, Veal, Vinegar

Lavender

Anise, Apples, Berries, Cranberry, Fennel, Figs, Foie Gras, Game Meats, Garlic, Juniper, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Olives, Oregano, Potato, Sage, Stone Fruit, Sugar, Tarragon, Tea

Lemongrass

Berries, Carrots, Chiles, Cilantro, Coriander, Coconut, Curry, Garlic, Onions, Pepper, Poultry, Parsley, Seafood, Tea, Thyme, Tomato

Mint

Basil, Beans, Beef, Carrots, Chocolate, Cilantro, Citrus, Coconut, Coriander, Cranberry, Eggplant, Fennel, Figs, Game Meats, Garlic, Grains, Parsley, Poultry, Seafood, Tea, Yogurt

Mustard

Anchovy, Anise, Asparagus, Beef, Beets, Blue Cheese, Cabbage, Capers, Chiles, Cured Meats, Fennel, Honey, Poultry, Root Vegetables, Sausage, Seafood, Vinegar, Yeast Bread

Nutmeg

Allspice, Asparagus, Blue Cheese, Cabbage, Carrots, Cinnamon, Cheese, Clove, Coffee, Cranberries, Cumin, Eggs, Foie Gras, Ginger, Green Beans, Pasta, Peaches, Pumpkin, Potato, Sausage, Sugar, Vanilla, Veal

Oregano

Artichokes, Basil, Beans, Beef, Blue Cheese, Cinnamon, Cumin, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Mushrooms, Nuts, Parsley, Pasta, Poultry, Seafood, Squash, Thyme, Tomatoes, Veal

Parsley

Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Bay, Beans, Beef, Chervil, Chives, Dill, Game Meats, Garlic, Mushrooms, Grains, Onions, Oregano, Pasta, Potatoes, Poultry, Seafood, Thyme, Tomatoes

Pepper

Allspice, Artichokes, Asparagus, Beef, Blue Cheese, Cheese, Cinnamon, Citrus, Eggs, Figs, Foie Gras, Game Meats, Ginger, Mushrooms, Pineapple, Poultry, Seafood, Sugar, Tomatoes

Rosemary

Apples, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beef, Blue Cheese, Caramel, Citrus, Cranberry, Game Meats, Garlic, Grains, Fennel, Figs, Mushrooms, Nuts, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Potatoes, Poultry, Raisins, Sage, Seafood, Sugar, Thyme, Tomatoes

Saffron

Basil, Bay, Berries, Chives, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Curry, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Grains, Mint, Parsley, Poultry, Sausage, Seafood, Tomatoes

Sage

Anchovy, Capers, Citrus, Cranberry, Beef, Blue Cheese, Game Meats, Garlic, Green Beans, Lavender, Mushrooms, Nuts, Parsley, Plums, Poultry, Rosemary, Seafood, Thyme, Veal

Sesame

Bananas, Beans, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, Eggplant, Game Meats, Garlic, Ginger, Leafy Greens, Nuts, Mustard, Onions, Pasta, Pepper, Poultry, Root Vegetables, Rosemary, Seafood, Stone Fruits, Thyme, Vinegar, Yeast Bread

Sorrel

Chives, Beans, Beef, Blue Cheese, Eggs, Leafy Greens, Oregano, Parsley, Poultry, Thyme, Seafood, Squash

Tarragon

Artichokes, Carrots, Chervil, Citrus, Eggs, Foie Gras, Garlic, Leafy Greens, Mushrooms, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Potatoes, Poultry, Seafood, Thyme, Tomatoes, Veal

Thyme

Artichokes, Bananas, Basil, Bay, Beans, Blue Cheese, Carrots, Chervil, Citrus, Cranberry, Dates, Dill, Figs, Mint, Mushrooms, Nuts, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Potatoes, Poultry, Raisins, Sage, Seafood, Stone Fruit, Tomatoes

Vanilla

Apples, Bananas, Caramel, Chocolate, Chiles, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, Coffee, Dates, Figs, Lavender, Nuts, Shell Fish, Stone Fruit, Tropical Fruit

Spices & Herbs: What Goes With What?! Part 1

Since you already know a lot about spices now, I figured it will be good if I tell you the combination of herbs and food and spice so you can make your first taste-tantalizing meal at home!

Allspice

Apples, Beets, Cabbage, Caramel, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Foie Gras, Game Meats, Ginger, Juniper, Nuts, Nutmeg, Onions, Pears, Poultry, Pumpkin, Root Vegetables, Seafood.

Anise

Apples, Beets, Beef, Caramel, Carrots, Chocolate, Citrus, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cranberry, Figs, Foie Gras, Game Meats, Root Vegetables, Seafood, Stone Fruits, Tea.

Basil

Artichokes, Beef, Blue Cheese, Coconut, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Leafy Vegetables, Mint, Mushrooms, Olives, Oregano, Parsley, Peaches, Poultry, Raspberries, Rosemary, Seafood, Thyme, Tomato, Vinegar.

Bay

Artichokes, Apples, Bananas, Beans, Beef, Blue Cheese, Citrus, Dates, Figs, Game Meats, Grains, Mushrooms, Nuts, Potatoes, Poultry, Seafood, Stone Fruits, Tamarind, Thyme, Tomatoes.

Caraway

Beets, Cabbage, Cheese, Cured Meats, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Nuts, Mushrooms, Onions, Oregano, Potatoes, Root Vegetables, Sausage, Seafood, Yeast Breads.

Cardamom

Apples, Bananas, Beans, Caramel, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, Coffee, Coriander, Curry, Dates, Ginger, Grains, Grains Of Paradise, Nuts, Pepper, Pumpkin, Sugar, Squash, Yeast Breads

Chervil

Artichokes, Asparagus, Carrots, Cheese, Chives, Citrus, Eggs, Grains, Green Beans, Leafy Vegetables, Mushrooms, Nuts, Onions, Parsley, Pasta, Potatoes, Seafood, Tarragon, Thyme, Vinegar

Chiles

Bananas, Beans, Cheese, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Citrus, Chocolate, Coconut, Corn, Cumin, Basil, Beef, Garlic, Ginger, Grains, Oregano, Potatoes, Poultry, Seafood, Tropical Fruits

Chives

Asparagus, Beets, Blue Cheese, Chervil, Dill, Eggs, Horseradish, Leafy Greens, Mushrooms, Olives, Pasta, Parsley, Potatoes, Seafood, Tarragon

Cilantro

Avocados, Beef, Chiles, Citrus, Coconut, Coriander, Corn, Cumin, Curry, Dates, Fennel, Figs, Garlic, Mint, Oregano, Pepper, Sausage, Seafood, Tomatoes, Yogurt

Cinnamon

Allspice, Apples, Bananas, Beans, Caramel, Cardamom, Chiles, Chocolate, Clove, Coffee, Cranberry, Curry, Dates, Game Meats, Figs, Foie Gras, Ginger, Grains, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Stone Fruit, Sugar, Squash, Tea, Vanilla

Clove

Apples, Beets, Cinnamon, Citrus, Foie Gras, Game Meats, Ginger, Grains Of Paradise, Nuts, Nutmeg, Peaches, Pineapple, Pumpkin, Root Vegetables, Sausages, Stone Fruit, Tomatoes, Vanilla

Coriander

Bananas, Beans, Cilantro, Cumin, Cured Meats, Curry, Game Meats, Mint, Parsley, Poultry, Root Vegetables, Seafood, Tomatoes

Cumin

Avocados, Beans, Beef, Cilantro, Citrus, Coconut, Cucumber, Garlic, Grains, Mango, Mint, Onion, Parsley, Poultry, Sausages, Seafood, Tomatoes

Dill

Anise, Beets, Blue Cheese, Cabbage, Caraway, Carrots, Chives, Cucumbers, Eggs, Fennel, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Potatoes, Seafood, Tarragon, Tomatoes, Veal, Yeast Bread

Fennel

Artichokes, Anise, Apples, Artichokes, Basil, Beans, Blue Cheese, Cabbage, Cilantro, Dill, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Olives, Onions, Oregano, Parsley, Potatoes, Thyme, Tomato, Sausage, Seafood, Veal

Fenugreek

Allspice, Beans, Cumin, Cardamom, Chiles, Cinnamon, Curry, Game Meats, Ginger, Potatoes, Poultry

A Brief About Spice And Herbs – How to Make Good Use Of Them

When you go to a supermarket, you’ll see a shelf, maybe more, dedicated to spice and herbs and you might have wondered what people do with all these powders and seeds! If you go out to a restaurant, a dish may taste different from the other, wondered why? Even better, the same dish can taste different in different restaurants – the question is, what makes food taste so different? There’s a long history behind herbs and spices, for instance, did you know that they were so valuable that in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome they were even used as currency? Up until today, herbs are known for their medicinal value and their magical properties, and many still believe in the power of herbs. Let’s look at some magical spices and herbs:

Allspice

Used to cure colds, cramps and stomach upsets. In Europe, this herb was believe to bring good luck and financial prosperity.

Basil

Considered as a sacred plant in India, basil remains as a symbol of love, faithfulness and eternal life. It is used to cure cough, congestion and stomach upsets.

Coriander

Used to relieve abdominal pain, the Chinese believe it is associated with immortality and was previously used as an aphrodisiac.

Cumin

Used to treat common colds, cumin was earlier used in marriage ceremonies to ensure happiness; a kind of marital insurance.

Dill

Used to cure indigestion and calm the nerves, dill was believed to be a sign of wealth according to the Greeks. In olden times Europeans used dill to protect their families against witchcraft.

Fennel

Used as an appetite suppressant by the Romans, a lot of people believed in the power of Fennel i.e. for good luck and to keep away ghosts.

Marjoram

According to Aphrodite, this herb can induce dreams of one’s future mate and is said to bring about love and happiness. It is commonly used to cure infections, sooth toothaches and indigestion.

Mint

Considered as the symbol of hospitality by the Romans, the Greeks stay away from mint, believing that it stirs lust. It is used to cure common colds, indigestion and congestion.

Parsley

Used an a cure for indigestion, this herb is termed as a royal herb and is used to anoint champions, celebrate spring and, well, curse enemies!

Rosemary

Believed to increase memory power, this herb was a favourite among Greek scholars. In ancient times it was used to ward off sickness and evil and for protection and luck.

Sage

Believe to induce immortality and wisdom, the ancient Greeks, Romans and Arabs were fond of this herb. Used to cure fever, indigestion and other stomach disorders.

Tarragon

Used as a remedy to cure snake bites, the ancient Greeks used it as a cure for toothaches. In ancient times it was burned in a paper with the names of one’s enemy – to bring them bad luck.

Thyme

Mostly associated with courage, in ancient times it was believed to make people brave and cure shyness and depression. It was also used to keep away nightmares.

Real Life Diabetes Story For Inspiration – You Have To Live Your Dream!

Robin W

Being diabetic doesn’t mean you can’t live a normal life, (the real question you should ask is; what is a normal life anyway), it just means you are more conscience about yourself than the person next to you. Learn what your body is telling you, and act on it. It’s interesting, I knew I had to change my lifestyle after suffering from a heart attack, I couldn’t ride endurance anymore, spending 10-15 hours continuously on a bicycle wasn’t in the cards anymore, a four to five hour ride, OK, I could still ride a century but double centuries? 

I just wasn’t feeling right. I couldn’t understand it, I’m usually pretty good about my diet during the months I cycle, yes I still have problems with down-time habits, I was working on them, but I should have more energy after a bike ride. I was getting home after a ride, and crashing on the couch, zero energy, same with after eating anything I would go into a “food coma”, instead of “normal” people who had energy after exercise or eating, I was asleep and snoring after sitting on the couch.

I’m the type of person who if it hurts sitting then I might as well ride, if it’s going to hurt anyway, but the lack of energy was troublesome. I went to the doctor, who knows of my “sickness” for riding, he has seen me ride with kidney stones before. He asked me once how I was able to do that, I told him “yes the pain in intolerable, but so what, I can sit on my couch and be in pain, or ride my bicycle and maybe not feel the pain as much.” His response had something to do with my being crazy or some nonsense like that. He order some tests A1C, glucose, etc., and to come back in two weeks, but to continue my activities as if I would of stopped anyway. Back at the doctor’s office, still feeling down, “you have diabetes” What? “You have what is known as Type 2 Diabetes”. What does this mean? Does this mean I need to give myself shots, I hate needles? I knew nothing about diabetes. How was I going to survive, how was I going to cope with this? Is it something I will always now have? Will it get worse? Is it curable?

At first I was testing my blood sugars every time I felt different, before each meal, afterwards, before exercising, afterwards, the list goes on. I learned what I can and cannot do; today 4 years after being diagnosed I’m comfortable with myself. I now only test myself each morning (and after cycling), that morning result tells me what I can and cannot due for the day. I have always had a hard time with breakfast, my idea of breakfast was the morning newspaper and a pot of coffee; now check the blood sugars (after starting my pot of coffee (2 cups in the morning) OK it’s a hard habit to stop).

If my blood sugars are high in the morning, a piece of toast with my paper and coffee, if its low, then I will have oatmeal, or for that once a month treat if I have been good to myself a breakfast burrito (YES). Stop eating fast food, you will be amazed on how much better you feel, plan your meals, and eat more veggies, fish, than that 16 ounce steak. Stop eating fast food, in hard economic times this should be a no brainer anyway. Being diabetic doesn’t mean you can’t live a normal life, (the real question you should ask is; what is a normal life anyway), it just means you are more conscience about yourself than the person next to you. Learn what your body is telling you, and act on it. You can still spoil yourself, just do it up once a month instead of weekly or nightly. Today when I get my results back from the doctor, he tells me everything looks good, kept up the good work. I thank him, get a new lab slip and I go and have a pizza. I plan to ride the length of America at the age of 55, I’m now 53, with diabetes or not, I will complete my dream.

Why We Need To Meditate

Most people, before embarking on any journey, want to know whether the time they spend will be fruitful. Of course no one wants to put in lots of energy and time into something that provides no returns, right? The same question can be asked for meditation – what will you get if you set aside 15 – 20 minutes of your busy time for mediation every day? Why should you concentrate on your breath and repeat the same phrase again and again every day when you can be doing something more exciting like playing games or browsing the internet? Because of its benefits! Meditation can provide you with a truckload of benefits and trust me, those who know will swear that there’s nothing better than meditating!

Today a lot of people compete with each other’s lives i.e. she’s so happy and she smiles all the time so I’ll smile all the time whether I mean it or not! We are so busy comparing our lives to fairy tales that we forget the line that separates reel from real. If the media tells you about some magic sofa that transforms you into a happy person, people buy it without hesitation because they believe that things that are shown in commercials may just be true. We’re not to blame, it’s the clutter of information that’s making life difficult. We compare and judge every moment, every success and every failure until we’re satisfied that we’re living the American dream. We tend to forget to appreciate what we have, instead we crave for more and ignore whatever little success we have coming our way.

A lot of people think that if they achieve the perfect house, the perfect physique or the perfect career they will have ultimate success and happiness. That’s not true, because for ultimate success and happiness, as a human being, you need to be successful and happy from the inside because ultimately that will reflect on your outside. It’s true that we try very hard to achieve our goals and ambitions, but when we have the time to look at ourselves in the mirror, we feel like passing out! We waste so much time on things that don’t matter that we fail to recognize what really matters to make things perfect. Whatever your versions of a perfect life, remember that you will need to pay a high price for holding such sky-high expectations if you’re not at peace with your inner self. Why? Because when you can’t meet those expectations, you end up suffering and, worse, blaming yourself. You need to meditate to be at peace with your inner self so that when life throws lemons, you know how to make that perfect lemonade!

How To Diagnose Insomnia

It is very important that when you visit your doctor that you try and determine if you have insomnia. If you have insomnia, your health care provider will try to find out if it’s a medical condition or a secondary complication from another condition like arthritis or heartburn. Here are some questions your doctor will ask to determine your medical condition:

  • The period of time you’ve been suffering from sleepless nights,
  • If you’re undergoing or have undergone trauma or stress,
  • How you slept before you experienced sleepless nights,
  • How often you suffer from sleepless nights,
  • If there’s anything in particular that makes you feel better when you’re suffering,
  • If there’s anything that makes it worse,
  • How long it takes you to fall asleep when you rest,
  • Whether you’re able to sleep through the night or wake up more than often,
  • When you wake whether you feel lousy or refreshed,
  • How many times you wake up in the night,
  • How long it takes for you to sleep after you wake up in the night,
  • If you suffer from fatigue or emotional stress in the daytime,
  • Whether your mood, relationships and work-life are affected by your suffering.

Apart from these questions, your doctor might also ask you about your eating habits to make sure that it’s not because of caffeine or nicotine that you’re suffering from sleepless nights. If you’re taking any medical drugs, whether they’re prescribed or not, be sure to tell your doctor to determine whether it’s a side effect you’re suffering from. Tell your doctor how often you exercise, the time of the day and the number of hours so he can prepare an accurate report. Finally your doctor will ask you about any medical or psychiatric conditions that may be triggering sleepless nights. You might feel worried about telling all this to your doctor, but remember it’s very important that you answer in detail in order to receive an effective assessment. To make things easier, try and maintain a sleep diary for at least two weeks where you regularly write how you feel, what time you wake up, how many times you wake up and what time you sleep after waking up. You can then share this diary with your doctor when you visit him.

Your sleep diary will become your sleep history and this will be extremely useful to your doctor to draft up an effective assessment. If you don’t keep a diary, you might not be able to recall everything that you experienced before you decided to get help. Apart from visiting the doctor, try eating the kitchari – the food of God – which is very helpful in naturally treating insomnia. Go through some testimonials and you’ll see how many people have actually benefited from the kitchari!

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