There are thousands of different kinds of teas, each with their own individual appearance, taste and aroma. All types of tea come from the same basic plant, the Camellia Sinensis plant. The Camellia Sinensis plant is native to Asia, but is currently cultivated around the world in tropical and subtropical areas. With over 3,000 varieties, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world after water.
The differences between teas arise from processing, growing conditions, and geography and can be categorized into 4 major categories: white, green, oolong and black. Continue Reading
Chestnuts are a delicious treat, either roasted or cooked in soups or other recipes, and have considerable nutritional value. They belong to the genus Castanea and come from beech family. It has four species viz. European, Chinese, Japanese and American Chestnuts. Continue Reading
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~ Michael Jordan.
How can I talk about motivation and not mention Michael Jordan? Jordan suffered his first set-back in his sophomore year when he was left out of the varsity basketball team. Reason? He was only 5’9” at that time. His taller classmate Leroy Smith had won the last spot on the team. Continue Reading
Diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer at the age of 25, doctors gave Lance Armstrong less than a 40 percent chance of recovery. Tumors were discovered in his lungs and stomach along with multiple lesions on the brain. Continue Reading
There are lot of factors in our lives that can have a negative effect on hair quality and growth, causing our hair to become weak, dry or lack luster, or even triggering hair loss. These factors can include genetics, age, nutrient deficiencies, stress, hormonal changes, poor circulation, thyroid problems and even over-brushing.
Here is a list of food items which are good and bad for your hair: Continue Reading
From the day a pup is brought to the house, it becomes an integral part of the family. They sleep with you, play with you and eat with you. For them you are their world. But sometimes unknowingly we feed them stuff while we are eating, which can cause some trouble for your dog. Here is a list of food items that you should avoid feeding to your dog. Continue Reading
Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily to protect against dehydration, the development of kidney stones, and other medical problems. The body loses water primarily by excreting it in urine from the kidneys. Depending on the body’s needs, the kidneys may excrete less than a pint or up to several gallons of urine a day. About 1½ pints (a little less than a liter) of water are lost daily when water evaporates from the skin and is breathed out by the lungs. Continue Reading
Most of the people may not think of caffeine as the most popular mood-altering drug in the world. Yet many of us depend on regular doses of 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine, the chemical name for a bitter white powder known as caffeine, to help wake us up, keep us alert and get us through the daily grind.
How caffeine works?
Throughout the day, your brain produces a neurotransmitter called adenosine. When it binds to adenosine receptors in your neurons, nerve activity in the brain slows down, and you start feeling drowsy. To a nerve cell, caffeine looks just like adenosine, which means caffeine can bind to a neuron’s adenosine receptor. When caffeine does this, actual adenosine can no longer bind to the neuron, which means the brain can’t get its “time to get drowsy” message. Because your brain isn’t getting adenosine, instead of slowing down, neural activity starts speeding up. Continue Reading
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which plays a role as an antioxidant in the body. It also helps to prevent free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health. Vitamin E is an important vitamin that is required for the proper function of many organs in the body and is extremely useful in naturally slowing aging. It is found in many foods including certain oils, nuts, poultry, eggs, fruits, and wheat germ oil. It is also available as a supplement. Vitamin E benefits include treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels; such as chest pains, high blood pressure, and blocked or hardened arteries. Continue Reading
The Zika virus, first identified in Uganda in 1947, is transmitted by the same type of mosquito that carries dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya virus. A mosquito bites an infected person and then passes those viruses to other people it bites. Outbreaks did not occur outside of Africa until 2007, when it spread to the South Pacific. Continue Reading
Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Continue Reading
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. More than 98% of human skeleton consist of calcium. Calcium plays an important role in bone and teeth health. It also affects your muscles, hormones, nerve function, and ability to form blood clots.
The recommended daily intake of calcium is 1,000 to 1,300 milligrams per day for people ages 9 and up. In case of pregnant women, the calcium intake needs to be increased from 800mg a day to 1100mg a day. That’s an extra 300mg calcium a day (equivalent to 1 serve of a calcium-rich food). Pregnant women need to eat around 4 serves of calcium-rich foods every day to meet their needs. Continue Reading
Food habits play an important role in controlling the blood sugar levels. A simple change in our life style can very well control or prevent diabetes. Here is a list of food items which can help in controlling diabetes.
Brown Rice: Studies have suggested that replacing all white rice with brown rice reduces diabetes risk by 16%.