4/09/2014

Awesome Steak Cooking Guide



10 Anti-Aging Foods To Include In Your Diet

Look 6 yrs. younger eating right
Did you know that you could look up to six years younger just by eating the right foods? Think of the money you would be saving on lotions, creams and painful treatments that only work short-term. Pretty amazing, right? That old saying, “You are what you eat,” certainly does hold merit and here are ten anti-aging foods you might want to consider adding to your daily diet.

Dark Chocolate
Rich in flavonoids, it’s not just a decadent treat that melts in your mouth but also, will slow down the aging process.

Nutty Proteins
Eating 1/4 cup (roughly a fistful) of almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans per week not only fights against heart disease and cancer, they will also repair cell damage and slow the aging process because of the magnesium, healthy fats and Vitamins B and E they contain.

Pomegranate Seeds
The juice contained in these seeds are rich in ellagic acid and punic alagin – two mighty agents that fight damage from free radicals and preserve the collagen in your skin.

Antioxidant Rich Berries
Cup for cup (fresh or frozen) eaten three times a week, berries have more protective anti-aging plant antioxidants than almost any other food. They not only lower your disease risks, they help prevent memory loss and fight free radicals that cause wrinkles. Because they’re high in filling fiber, they will also help to curb weight gain.

Omegas Oh My!
Eating Salmon twice a week will help regulate blood pressure, fend off heart disease and keep your skin supple because of the high content of Vitamins B12 & D these servings contain.

Greens Galore
You can’t meet your nutritional needs without these: spinach, collard greens, kale, chard and romaine lettuce. They deliver a huge supply of anti-aging Vitamin A, which supports skin-cell turnover that will keep your skin soft and supple. Try to eat two servings a day, if you can … for example, one cup of cooked greens or two cups of raw greens.

Whole Grains
These are a nutritional power source that can prevent a host of health problems like cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Try to eat six of your daily recommended grains a week like a slice of whole-grain bread, half-cup of brown rice or quinoa, or cup of whole grain cereal daily.

Colorful Veggies
A serving of yellow and orange vegetables supplies five times the beta carotene you need daily to lower your cancer risk, defend against colds and infections, protect your skin from sun damage, and keep your scalp healthy and hair both shiny and youthful. The potassium in these veggies will maintain a healthy heartbeat and also lower your blood pressure. Aim for two half-cup servings a day, which can be the equivalent of one sweet potato or a cup of butternut squash or carrots.

Probiotics
Yogurt (plain, low-fat, non-fat) is a great source of B Vitamins, protein, calcium and active cultures (the healthy bacteria known as probiotics), which crowd out disease-causing germs. Try to get at least four or more cups a week into your system, or supplement with an all-natural probiotic.

Beans
These are high in protein and will promote hair growth while thickening hair cells by making the fibers stronger (i.e. kidney, lima, pinto, white, chickpeas, black).

4/07/2014

Is Tap Water Safe?

Traces of at least 18 potentially, hazardous pollutants were found in more than one-third of U.S. water
Is drinking tap water safe?
utilities during a nationwide sampling, as noted in a report by
Environmental Health News (EHN). So, the question to ask is, “Is tap water safe to drink?”

Scary as it may sound, those findings included such pollutants as herbicides, anti-bacterials, viruses, metals, anti-depressants, pesticides and more. Scientific studies have found that these can cause thyroid disease, endocrine disruption and various types of cancers. They can cause oxidation of your cells, breaking down your immune system, and leaving you vulnerable to disease.

Is there any good news in all of this?

It’s hard to say. Concentrations of these compounds are low, according to a U.S. Geological Survey. The unknown lies in what will long-term exposure of such low-levels do to our bodies?
Further studies also revealed most treatment plants aren’t successful in removing all of the compounds that pass through them. They remove some but, not all, and react with others, transforming into a chemical we don’t know much about.

What can you do to protect you and your family?

Learn what’s in your water. The E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) requires all local utilities to provide a Consumer Confidence Report every year to their customers. It will tell you about the water used by your own municipality. If you have a well you use as your water source, you can call the hotline for the E.P.A. at 800-426-4791for the name of a state-certified lab to have your water tested.

If, there are traces of compounds found in your tap water, you should install a faucet filtration system for extra protection. Consumer Reports offers great information along with their suggestions and rankings of their top recommended water faucet filters.

Taking probiotics is one of the most important things you can do for better health, because every person needs good bacteria to maintain a healthy digestive system. The presence of good bacteria leaves no room for parasites and other unwanted organisms to attach. A poor lifestyle and simply what we are exposed to, including the water we drink can destroy the good bacteria in our bodies. When that happens, your body is left vulnerable to numerous diseases. Probiotics can help restore the body to its natural state of balance.

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Is Aging Gracefully Possible? It Certainly Is.


The U.S. Department on Aging reports there are currently more than 50,000 Americans over the age of 100. Did you know that by 2050, that number will range between 800,000 and 1 million? Even though science has yet to find that elusive “Fountain of Youth“, fitness still seems to be the key to better living.


According to Exercise Scientist, Robert Wiswell at the University of Southern California, “There is no doubt that exercising can increase one’s quality of life.” He also believes that building strength will reduce frailty experienced by many seniors later in life and provide even longer years of independence.

Science has been proving in study after study, deterioration that occurs as we get older is not because of aging, but rather being sedentary. Lack of exercise and movement will do it every time.

Research has further shown how strongly our body can ward off aging simply by following a healthy diet, getting a good night’s sleep and being active. Men and women in their 70′s and 80′s can actually be as vigorous as individuals who are 30 years younger. Doing what is good for your body will help it fine-tune itself and fight the aging process for you.

Most seniors hold fast to the ideology that when they turn 65, life is over and because of that:
Staying active fights the aging process.
Staying active fights the aging process.
  • Nearly 300,000 die each year in the U.S. due to inactivity and poor diets.
  • Being inactive creates a greater risk of dying from heart disease, developing diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure.
  • Those who do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity are nearly 60% of the senior population.
Aging gracefully and enjoying ones Golden Years = a nutritional balanced diet + activity + good sleeping habits + taking quality supplements when necessary. Keeping the following in mind will help tremendously as well.


Fruit & Vegetable Rich Diet ~ Rids oxidation that rusts our body parts.

Protein ~ Skinless chicken, turkey, lean beef, pork, eggs, beans, and seafood are what your organs and muscle need.

Spinach & Dark Leafy Greens ~ Prime sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which protects y our eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light.

Wine ~ Is an awesome source of resveratrol, which is a potent antioxidant, good for fighting inflammation and protecting your arteries.

Coffee ~ Research shows it can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, and lower the chance of heart disease.

Nuts ~ A great source of protein & healthy fats.

Dark Chocolate ~ Flavanols found in dark chocolate may lower inflammation, keep blood pressure in check, prevent platelets from clotting and boost brain power.

Whole Grain Fiber ~ Will protect against diabetes, heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and gum disease.

Omega-3 ~ Seafood helps quench the flames of chronic inflammation and help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

Blueberries ~ Are great for their memory-boosting potential and alleviating inflammation.

Berries ~ All colors are rich in antioxidants that combat free radicals, which are molecules that can cause widespread cell damage and linked to chronic inflammation that contributes to aging and thought to be the root of most chronic diseases in seniors like Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, and Osteoporosis.

Water ~ Not drinking enough increases the wrinkling of the skin and can lead to a poor immune system and hormonal imbalances. Drinking adequate amounts goes a long way toward improving one’s health.

Antioxidants ~ Damage to brain cells causes failing memory and loss of coordination. Antioxidants help protect the cells from oxidation damage by combating free radicals, which form as a result of air pollution, overuse of alcohol and extensive smoking. They are abundant in green leafy vegetables, fruits and especially berries or taking a good all-natural supplement daily.

4/03/2014

Is Detoxing Healthy?

Have you wondered yourself is detoxing healthy to do?  Detoxing your body is not a trend or new fad. Cultures around the world have been practicing this treatment for centuries and rightfully so. Europeans practiced a technique known as dry skin brushing, to remove toxins accumulated in dead skin cells and enhancing circulation. The Chinese practiced cupping to stimulate the blood, free blockages and prevent stagnation. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colonic irrigation to gently clear the colon of toxins which could be reabsorbed back into the body. Detoxing your body is beneficial.
Detoxing your body is a benefit.


Today, more than ever, flushing your system is important because of the alarming substances your body is forced to absorb on a daily basis. Living in heavily polluted environments and eating foods packed with chemicals and preservatives are just a few ways your body is exposed to toxins it cannot rid itself of. Ridding your body of toxins that make you feel sluggish, sick and vulnerable to disease can be accomplished by cleansing your system of those substances that are keeping it from working efficiently.

Here are four helpful ways to cleanse your body of harmful toxins.

Juice Cleanse
A successful means of flushing out your system and filling it with the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to thrive can be achieved through Juicing. Remember to use combinations of greens, vegetables and some fruit to act as a natural sweetener into a recipe you’ll enjoy drinking. Keep the peels on, unless absolutely necessary, as the skin holds the most fiber and other key substances.
Lemon Cleanse
Lemons are a property that can naturally aid in detoxing simply by adding it to your water each day. It will help break down fat and help with consistent weight loss. Remember not to go overboard though because the natural acidity in lemons can wear away the enamel of your teeth.
Sweating
Nothing is more natural than sweating as a means to detox and lose weight. Sitting in a sauna/steam room for short intervals two or three times a week will help remove harmful substances. And, if you don’t have access to a sauna or steam room simply up your exercise routine to sweat more. Sweating is sweating, no matter how you work it. Make sure you drink plenty of water during either circumstance to keep your body hydrated properly
Probiotics
To combat the invading “bad” bacteria, allergens, and other pathogens which enter your body, you need a healthy immune system. Between 60 and 85 percent of your immune defenses reside in the gut in the form of “good” bacteria known as “probiotics”. The good bacteria in Probiotics taken daily will help to promote proper digestion, increased absorption of nutrients, a healthy immune system, and regularity.

Before trying any of the methods noted above, talk to your doctor first as it’s important to find what will work right for you and your body’s needs.

3/13/2014

Kitchen Gardening

There is nothing more healthy than going organic and growing it yourself ... let's don't forget either that fabulous fragrance and aroma of fresh herbs growing in your kitchen.  I love giving credit to other blogs when I come across them that offer some really original and fabulous ideas.  I am definitely going to follow this one to the letter.  Stop on over to Daily Holiday Blog and see how you can start a wonderfully fragrant and organic garden of your own.

3/11/2014

Remarkable Nail Art

Forget solid colors ladies.  Those days of soft pink, taupe and bold reds are gone.  Look at these wild and decorative patterns gracing the fingers of women the world over.  Want to see more?
Thanks to nail gallery I found at Yahoo Shine, I promise you won't be bored.
Click HERE to see well over a hundred more