Schwinn Bicycle Review- Riding the Best Bicycle Around

Here is something I enjoy very very much and have been doing for many many years and never get tired of it (well maybe after a fifty-mile ride.) Bicycles are very poplar all around the world. Schwinn is a brand of bicycle which I have ridden and I find it to be a best brand of bicycles. Here are many shapes and styles they make for different types of bicycle riding.

Road Bicycle


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Now here’s a bike that can get my heart pumping and my legs moving quickly. It is a great way to see the country as long as your legs hold out. Schwinn has ten styles to choose from. Pick the one that fits your lifestyle. The price range is from $1,600 to $700.00. Now these bicycles are design for going real fast because they are made out of lightweight metals. This is one of the many things I enjoy about them.

Cruisers


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Those who like to see the world at a little slower pace might want to purchase this style of bicycle. Cruisers are great for around town or maybe on the beach. Here are a few of the styles they have available: one is the Tango Tandem, a couples’ bike no doubt, for $799.99 or a Town and Country, a tricycle-type bike for $735. Or how about ALU 7 for $460. The other bicycles range in price from $460 to $250. Take a look at all of them and see which one spins your wheels.

Mountain Bicycle


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People who really enjoy the off-road scene and do not mind (literally) bumps in the road find this a great bike. These bikes are rugged and durable even if you’re not. They are good for all surfaces/terrains from woods, fields and roads. Schwinn has two styles: the Frontier and the Moab.

Hybrid


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Want the best of two worlds? Try this bike for comfort and versatility. For fitness or casual riding off or on the road. They have two styles and the price ranges from $475 to $599.99.

Bike Path


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This bike comes in single or multi gears for people who like comfortable, easy riding with convenient features. The Bike Path can be ridden on all surfaces.There are three styles and price ranges from $430 to $460, so if this sounds like your cup of tea, you may consider this type.

Smartstart


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For the littler crowd, this is a bike that is designed for children who are just starting to learn on how to ride a bike and explore the world. And hopefully, this one won’t break their parents’ pocket book.

Electric Bikes


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I have to admit I never tried this style of bike since my goal is to do it myself and get as many miles in before I fall over from exhaustion. This bike is great for commutes around town or any occasion when you do not feel like pedaling a lot or maybe you are just feeling plain lazy. Electric bikes are also good for those who may not be able to pedal a bike, but still enjoy the journey. Once again, there are three styles of bikes from price range $1299 to $2099. Pick the one that gives you the most zip.

The Final Mile

Schwinn is the best brand of bicycle which I have enjoyed riding for many years. I hope I can ride for many many more years to come (if I do not pedal the life out of me first). So ride on and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Leave your comments below and tell me your experience with bicycling and you may have a better pedaling story than me!

Dole’s Fresh Vegetables Review- The Best Vegetable’s Around

I know another veggie tale on how good it is to eat vegetables when you would rather eat a big fattening chocolate bar, if you’re anything like me. But as I think about it, eating vegetables is a better deal which brings me to Dole’s fresh vegetables the best. Dole’s is a company that knows the value of vegetables and here I will explain what they have to offer us.

Broccoli


What’s all in broccoli which is called the “super veggie?” Well, let me tell you: there’s potassium which helps maintain good blood pressure, fiber – we all know what that’s good for, Vitamin A which is good for vision, Vitamin C which aids in a healthy immune system, Vitamin K for normal blood clotting, riboflavin that supports energy metabolism, Vitamin B6 for the nervous system, folate for a healthy heart, phosphorus which is good for bone structure, and manganese which also supports energy metabolism. Wow! No wonder they call broccoli the super veggie! That’s a lot of goodness.

Romaine Lettuce

I have been very fond of lettuce and this one is one of my favorites. It has the following good nutrients in it: Vitamin A, Vitamin K and folate. (Yum – makes me want to eat more salads!)

Potatoes

Any way you cut or cook them, potatoes are just delicious. They have in them vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B6 and manganese, so do not leave them out of your dinner menu.

Asparagus

Another what for dinner veggie is asparagus. This veggie reminds me of flowers just before they bloom. They are loaded with good nutrients: Iron, which is good for carrying oxygen throughout your body, Vitim an A, Folate, and Vitim an K. So eat your asparagus because it is so good for you.

Carrots


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Now carrots, I can just eat out of the bag. They are so good and sweet. They have a good amount of Vitim an A for good vision. They are also a good source of Vitamin K which, as I mentioned earlier, supports normal blood clotting.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a good source of vitamins K,C,B6 and Folate. It is a vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked – whichever you prefer. So have some cauliflower for any meal occasion.

Sweet Potatoes

When it comes to sweet potatoes, you either love them or hate them, but they too are a super veggie with a lot of good stuff in them. They have manganese, Vitamins A and B6, potassium, and fiber. They are used in many types of dishes. If you’re a person who loves sweet potatoes, see how many recipes you can find and enjoy!

Onions

Lets not cry over this vegetable because it is so versatile in its uses from salads to onion rings. What does it have? A great source of vitamin C, Manganese and Fiber. Isn’t that WORTH crying over?

Brussels Sprouts

Here is a veggie with a lot of muscle. So what makes this so good, you ask? Well, let me tell you! Brussels sprouts contain 120 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C, and 190 percent of recommended vitamin K and Vitim an A. Plus, they are chock-full of Manganese, Fiber and Folate. So if you enjoy eating brussels sprouts this should make you feel pride!

Mushrooms

If you’re a mushrooms lover like me, this should make you want to eat even more of them. Here’s why: they have 270 mg of Potassium, 3g of protein, Copper which is needed for enzymes in the body, and selenium which makes antioxidant enzymes in the body. Do I need to say more about theses delicious fungi?

Artichokes

Artichokes, like broccoli appear to be another super hero veggie packed with all sorts of good things and here they are: an excellent source of Vitamins K and C, seven grams of fiber, a great sources of Manganese, Copper, Iron, Potassium, and an excellent source of Magnesium and Folate. Wow, someone could choke on all this goodness!

To Veggie it up

The next time you have an urge for something sweet, like a cream-filled donut, try a sweet carrot instead. Your waistline will thank you for it so head off to Dole’s Fresh Vegetables to get it. They have a best variety to choose from.

Bush Bean Review- We Have the Best Beans

We all know that eating beans is good for us because they are full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. There are many ways you can prepare beans. Well, there is a company out there that’s “full of beans,” so to speak. Its been around for one hundred and elevens years. When it comes to beans, they have the best and fit the bill (or beans.) The company is called Bush’s Beans. I will break down the many uses or recipes for their beans below.

Baked Beans


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For dinner there are 33 recipes that you can use. Examples are: baked beans & cheese, baked hot dogs, protein-packed grilled cheese, and the ultimate stuffed burger. Boy, these recipes make my mouth water! How about yours? Other uses for baked beans are as side dishes, casseroles, skillets,salad, chili, slow cooker recipes and soup. That’s a lot of ways to enjoy baked beans!

Grillin’ Beans


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I did not know that beans were great for the grill too. Let’s start with dinner again. There are 25 recipes for this one and they are: grilled chicken pallard, coffee & chile rubbed pork chops, BBQ chicken pizza, honey chipotle steak hot dip, and many more. I do not know about you, but I am all fired up about this use for beans!

Variety Beans


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They say variety is the spice of life. They may have been talking about beans. Take it from me, I like variety in my life and I can say beans are one of the foods I enjoy in many forms. Here is a list of Bush’s recipes for variety beans. You can choose the one that toots to your liking. Here they are: Black bean fiesta & southern style pinto bean nachos, Black beans and rice, and Quick Italian sausage soup. There are also a few more to choose from.

Savory Beans


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Savory this: if you are a person who likes beans in every dish from dinner to breakfast and everything in between check out these recipes: Baked beans and bacon mac & cheese, Chicken pot pie, Simple corn salsa and many more. The one I like is Apple and Onion baked bean tarlets. I wonder if this one will give you the farts?

Organic Beans


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For those of you that are more into organic foods, there are recipes for salads, side dishes, chili and dinner. Choose the ones that organically interest you .

Reduced Sodium Beans


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People who struggle with high blood pressure or folks who open up a can of beans and find they get a little beans with their salt may prefer the reduced sodium beans. There are a smorgasbord of recipes from dinner to salads to slow cooker and many more to choose from, but the one that I think sounds yummy is Ground Turkey Chili with quinoa. Well, as Forrest Gump would say “that all I have to say about that.”

To Bean it all up

We all know that eating beans of all types is good for you in many ways. Beans provide protein and fiber and everything in between. So, the next time you’re in your local grocery store, go down the canned vegetable aisle and pick up some Bush’s Beans their the best. You won’t regret trying these delicious beans, (but those around you might.)

Melaleuca Products Review – The Best all Natural Way to live

I am sure we are all looking for ways to stay healthy and looking for best products that help us do just that. Well, I found a company called Melaleuca that sell products that are good for both you and me AND the environment. So I have been buying their products for a while and have been happy with the results so far. They have so many products for personal use and for around the home, I decide to list them for you.

Nutrition


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Their nutrition section consist of vitamins and supplements. This section is broken down by specialty areas for your body. Another section is food and weight loss. That includes everything from sports nutrition, healthy snacks, breakfast foods, zero calorie drinks, natural and organic products, special dietary items and even gums and mints.

Cleaning Products


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I think most people will appreciate Melaleuca’s cleaning products because they are plant-derived, meaning there are no harsh harmful chemicals. The products have biodegradable ingredients and they use time tested formulations that work better. Some of the products are dish soap, laundry soap, toilet cleaner and many many more. There are a lot to choose from. Another interesting thing Melaleuca did is a 20-year independent study that showed that many national brands can cause lung damage to you because of the harsh chemicals used.

Body and Bath


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The body and bath area I find to be great as well, I just love Melaleuca’s shampoo and lotions. I am normally a bit of a skeptic on stuff, but these two products have gained my approval! Some of the many products they make are: skin care, makeup, hair care, and cologne/perfumes. You choose what is right for you.

Healthy Snacks


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If you are somebody watching what you eat, you may want to go to Melaleuca’s snacks section to see what they carry. I myself like their chewy snack bars.

Sports Nutrition


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Those people on the athletic side might want to check out Melaleuca’s Sports Nutrition items. A few of their products in this section are: sport drinks, exercise bars and shakes, energy shots and many more.

Pet Care

In addition to all the products for us humans, Melaleuca provides some products for our cat and dog friends too. They have pet shampoo and a variety of treats, which may come in handy before or after the shampoo session!

Pure Essential Oils


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I hear people talking more and more about essential oils. Well, Melaleuca carries diffusers, a blends booklet, a wide variety of oils that come in singles, 3 packs, 4 packs, 6 packs – you name it! They also carry accessories, including carry cases, cap stickers and more.

Tea, Coffee and Specialty Drinks


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For those of you who enjoy your hot beverages every morning, (and feel you can’t start your day without at least one cup) you may want to look into Melaleuca’s assortment of teas, coffees and specialty drinks. Some of the teas include mint green tea, earl grey, and english breakfast, just to name a few. Coffee blends include organic signature blend, organic rain forest blend and kona blend. Specialty drinks include vanilla cappuccino, caramel apple cider, and double chocolate hot cocoa. Check it out! There are a lot more options.

Medicine Cabinet


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Melaleuca has a full cabinet of all kinds of helpful medications and various aids for everyday aches and pains and beyond. From allergies, to cough drops, to antacids. From first aid and anti-fungal cream to natural insect repellents, from acne treatment and pain relief to sleep aids and much more.

Dental Care


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In the dental department, you can choose from mouth washes, tooth brushes, breath fresheners, tooth polishes, and dental picks/flossers. You can choose what works for you.

Wax warmers and Air Fresheners

If you are the type of person who likes coming home and smelling a fresh-scented house, you may want to check out Melaleuca’s wax warmers and air fresheners. Plug-in warmers provide an instant fragrance to any room and fit into any three-pronged outlet in your home. You can choose your bundle preference, with or without an oil warmer. Several popular fragrances are available.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, Melaleuca offers a wealth of healthy options in foods and snacks, as well as cleaning products, pets products and even products that will just make life a little sweeter and more relaxed. As for me, I plan to keep on buying from Melaleuca and trying out more best new products. It’s good to know all of Melaleuca’s products are not only healthy for me, but for the environment that I live in.

Dave’s Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Review -The Best Organic Bread

I do not know about you, but I have eaten a lot of breads over the years – from your unhealthy white bread to whole wheat bread. But there is a bread called Dave’s Killer Bread 21 whole grains and seeds that the best knocks the dough out of the other breads. I will explain what I mean.

Dave’s History


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Dave Dahl spent 15 years in prison before Dave’s Killer Bread was founded with his brother Glenn. Dave and Glenn’s father, James was a pioneer in the organic bread industry. Dave and Glenn wanted to make bread that was unlike any bread made by the other bread companies out there. They wanted the breads to be whole grain and organic, so they started to experiment with different whole grains. They started out just selling their breads at farmers markets in Portland Oregon and in ten years, they have become America’s number one organic bread company!

What Makes 21 Whole Grains and Seeds Bread So Nutritious


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Here’s all that’s in this tasty bread: Organic whole wheat, water, 21 Whole Grains and Seeds mix (organic whole flax seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic ground whole flax seeds, organic un-hulled brown sesame seeds, organic triticale, organic pumpkin seeds, organic rolled barley, organic rolled oats, organic rolled rye, organic un-hulled black sesame seeds, organic millet, organic rolled spelt, organic blue cornmeal, organic brown rice flour, organic yellow cornmeal, organic amaranth flour, organic rolled KAMUT Khorasan Wheat, organic quinoa, organic buckwheat flour, organic sorghum flour, organic poppy seeds), organic dried cane syrup (sugar) organic wheat gluten, organic oat fiber, organic molasses, sea salt, organic cultured whole wheat, yeast, organic vinegar. That’s a whole lot of organic!

Nutritional Information


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Here is some nutritional information about Dave’s 21 Whole Grains & Seeds Bread:

  1. Fiber: 5 grams of fiber per slice. And what does fiber do, you ask? It is good for our digestive system and for regular bowel movements. (We all can benefit from those.) Fiber can also improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and can help in preventing a few diseases, like bowel cancer.
  2. Protein: 5 grams per slice. Protein helps to build and repair tissues and building blocks for muscles, bones, skin, cartilage and blood. Also, protein is used in making enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals.
  3. Omega-3: 250 mg’s per slice. Omega-3 aids in better cardiovascular health, and has been shown to help lower the risk of getting hypertension and heart attacks.
  4. Whole grains: 22 grams per slice. Whole grains give you good overall health by reducing cholesterol. They also contain fiber, B vitamins and help your body to release carbohydrates, proteins, and fat.

To sum it up


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There are a lot of junky breads out there, but this ain’t one of them! If you want a the best bread that you will not want to stop eating, try Dave’s Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds. Take it from me – this bread is as yummy as eating potato chips, and so much more nutritious! But just like potato chips – you can’t stop at just one.

 

Benefits of Bicycle Riding – Pedaling to your Best Health

Bicycle ridingI have always enjoyed a good bike ride, not realizing all the best benefits of bicycle riding. These benefits are for both my body and my mental health. So now I will try to explain what I mean by this, and how it may help you and many other people too.

Cardiovascular Health

Bicycling may reduce your chances of stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack by stimulating and improving your lungs and heart, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Sleeping Better


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Riding a bicycle just 20-30 minutes every other day exposes you to daylight and puts your body’s circadian rhythm back in sync which reduces your body cortisol: the stress hormone that can prevent deep sleep. In more simple terms, riding your bike can help you get a better night’s sleep!

Cancer Reduction

Research has found that exercise and eating a good diet (grains, lean meat and green leafy vegetables) can lower lung, bowel, colon and breast cancer and bicycling is definitely excellent exercise!

Sharper memory


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Riding a bike helps build new brain cells in the hippo campus area in the brain, which is responsible for a person’s memory. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to hold on to my memory as long as possible!

More Creative

All types of musicians and artist find that bike riding relaxes them and helps to sharpen their problem solving skills, so go bicycling to refresh your mind and increase your creativity.

Stress Reduction


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Getting out and bicycling helps reduce stress so you feel better. It also reduces anxiety as well. Life can be so challenging and demanding on us that we need a way to relieve our stress. Why not do something that is so good for us in so many ways and that can be very enjoyable?

Lose fat

With regular bicycle riding, you burn lots of calories. Plus pedaling raises your metabolic rate and builds muscles too. A good diet increases these benefits even more.

Better Bones


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Activities that require resistance such as bicycling pull on the muscles and then the muscles pull on the bone which gives us greater bone density. This can help prevent osteoarthritis in our later years and reduce the risk of needing knee and hip replacements.

Be Sick Less

Moderate exercise makes your body’s immune system more ready to fight off infections when they happen which gives you more time to enjoy doing the things you like to do. For me, that would be more bicycling!

Look Younger


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Bicycling regularly improves your circulation through exercise, as more oxygen and nutrients get to the skin cells more effectively and get rid of harmful toxins. This means that collagen production will be better, which helps reduce wrinkles and speeds up the healing process. Fewer wrinkles equals a younger looking you!

Recover Faster

A recent study showed that elderly patients reported that when a few minutes of cycling per day was added to their routine, they were able to recover faster from the debilitating knee pain of osteoarthritis.

Live A Longer Life

Another study shows that people who switch from driving a car all the time to bicycling 60 minutes a week reduce the risk of early death by up to 23 percent! The bicyclers also have a lower risk of type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, as well as all types of cancers and obesity.

Bicycling for better Mental Health

Conditions like anxiety, stress and depression can be reduced by regular bicycling. The enjoyment alone can bring relief. It can really help take your mind off the problems we all have on a daily basis. We all need to give our minds a break from everyday stresses.

Improve the Environment

If you’re someone who is concerned about how much cars pollute the air, try riding your bicycle more. Some people even bicycle to work every day if the distance allows. Another bonus is that bicycles take up a lot less space in the parking lot! Maybe you can think of other short trips that you may just automatically head for your car to go to and could take your bike instead.

Helping other People

A lot of bicyclists take to the road to help others who are less fortunate, such as in fundraisers or disaster relief programs. The Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts “Bike to the Bay” in this area. These types of rides in large groups can be a great time and it’s so good to know you are doing it to help raise money for those in need.

To sum it up

The best benefits of bicycle riding include helping both mind and body, and it can help others too. For these reasons, and because I just enjoy it so much, I do not foresee giving up bike riding anytime soon. I hope that it can give you as much joy and satisfaction as it does me. Have a great ride!

The benefits of drinking tea everyday-Tea, the Best super drink

Tea bagsWell, I have been drinking tea since I was a little boy, not knowing all the best benefits of drinking tea every day and how good it is for your body and mind. Tea has been around for thousands of years and people have been drinking it for all occasions from special ceremonies to any old reason. Next, I will break down all the different types of benefits teas have and the things they help you with.

General Health Benefits


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Tea is chock-full of antioxidants that help your cells to regenerate and repair themselves and slow down aging. Who would not want to look younger? Drinking tea will keep you hydrated and it has been found that it does so even better than water because of the antioxidants. Most of us have probably been told that because of the caffeine, tea will dehydrate us but because of the low levels of caffeine, you would have drink a lot for that to happen! Caffeine, if consumed in low amounts, is helpful for you, but if you drink too much, it can be hard on your organs, including the heart. Coffee is high in caffeine and can give you “the jitters” or a headache. Tea will not have this effect on most people.

Disease and Sickness


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Tea has many benefits in your overall health. It helps fight infections because of a chemical called alkylamine antigens. It boosts your body’s immune response. Another quality is that it protects you against cancers like breast, lung and prostate cancer. So have a cup of tea! Drinking tea even helps prevents you from getting the common cold so easily, because it boosts your immune system. Not only that, but tea can also help prevent getting rheumatoid arthritis. More studies are needed to confirm this. Other diseases and sicknesses tea may help prevent are: flu, nausea, decongestion, low blood sugar, food poisoning, Parkinson Disease, diabetes and green tea even helps prevent HIV.

Good for mental health


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Tea can also help your short term memory. The caffeine in the tea gives your memory a jump-start for a short time. Try drinking some red tea the next time you have any of the following: insomnia, headaches, or nervous tension. It has been shown to help with all of these conditions. Tea has the ability to help you relax and concentrate on tasks better because of the amino acid L-theanine found in the plant. And let’s not forget green tea. Drinking two cups of green tea daily lowers cognitive impairment by half. Black tea has been shown to lower stress in our fast pace stressful lives, so drink some black tea when your feeling stressed out. No matter the color, tea has plenty of benefits!

Organs in the body


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Tea is even great for your bones! Studies have shown that people who drink tea on a regular basis tend to have stronger bones than those who do not. Tea has also been shown to help prevent blood clots, which can lead to strokes or heart attacks. Black tea is the best tea for this. Drinking black and green tea may help prevent heart disease. More research needs to be done on this. Red tea can reduce stomach cramps. It has an anti-spasmodic agent in it. The tannis in tea can help in digestion after a meal. It has been used for this purpose in China for thousands of years. Green and oolong tea help reduce blood pressure if consumed regularly. In case you are wondering, oolong tea is a tea made from the leaves, buds and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to make black tea and green tea. Tea, along with a low fat diet, can also help reduce your cholesterol, for those of you who tend to have high cholesterol. The polyphenols in green tea help inhibit intestinal inflammation, allowing people more comfort from a natural remedy.

Look great and feel fit


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Green tea can help increase your metabolism, allowing you to burn a few more calories and help with acne-free skin too. Finally, tea can help with bad breath, as the polyphenols in it works on bacteria that causes bad breath. So, as you can see, there are many, many positive effects of drinking tea on a daily basis.

Final thought

The benefits of drinking tea everyday go on and on as more research is done on it, so, as for me, I will keep on drinking tea just like people did thousands of years ago. Here’s to your best health!

Benefits of Eating Healthy Foods – It’s a blueprint to the best you

Fruits and vegetablesWe have all been told, since we were children, the benefits of eating healthy foods. Most of us chose to ignore what we were told and started eating the foods we were told not to eat. I am guilty of that too. But more and more research keeps coming in that shows the importance of eating a healthy diet. If we don’t start following the advice that comes from this research, it will come back years later with a vengeance, so I will give many reasons why we should do this.

Keeping a healthy weight to stay your best

Eating healthy foods definitely helps us keep a healthier weight. Along with regular exercise, which can be as simple as taking a walk, eating a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining our weight. One of the first things you can do is to begin to stay away from processed foods. If not, you are just defeating your cause and will not see the best results. Try to replace processed foods with more fruits and vegetables, which are lower in calories than processed foods and have a lot of other benefits too.

Staying energized


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We all tend to over do it at times and eat a lot of unhealthy food, which leads us to crash to the couch for a while. Fruits and vegetables will actually give you more energy instead of less. Some other foods that will also help you stay energized are:

  • lean meats, such as poultry and fish
  • whole grains
  • low-fat dairy products

Cancer reduction risk

Developing research says diets rich with vegetables and fruit may help protect against cancer. Liver and colorectal cancers are reduced because of the fiber in fruits and vegetables. Fruits tend to help in the reduction of cancer of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Obesity tends to lead to an increased chance of cancer.

Age slower


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Consuming vegetables and fruits will help improve and protect your skin because of the high antioxidants in them. Who does not want to look younger?

Good for diabetes

Having a healthy diet is a big plus for diabetes because it manages blood glucose levels, delays complications of or prevents diabetes, manages weight loss and keeps cholesterol and blood pressure in a good range. Folks with diabetes should limit intake of salts and sugar. Stay away from fried foods that are high in trans and saturated fats.

Teeth and bone strength


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Having a diet high in calcium and magnesium is necessary for strong teeth and bones. Some foods that have a high content of calcium and magnesium are:

  • legumes
  • canned fish with bone
  • tofu
  • cabbage
  • low-fat dairy products
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli

Great way to prevent heart disease and stroke

In the U.S., figures show 92 million people have at least one type of cardiovascular disease, which involve blood vessels or the heart. Foods that have E vitamin like green vegetables, peanuts, hazelnuts, sun flower seeds, and almonds may prevent blood clots.

Enhance your memory

Foods that are rich in vitamins D,C,E, omege-3 fatty acid, flavonoids and polyphenols are good for your memory. This is good if you have a family history of cognitive decline or dementia, as it may reduce the chances of you being diagnosed with these conditions.

Better gut health


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Your colon has good and bad bacteria. Foods like kefir, yogurt, and miso are rich in good bacteria which aids in digestion and metabolism. These foods are called probiotics. Fiber also aids in digestion. You can find a lot of fiber in grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. These foods are called prebiotics.

Be happy


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Eating foods like dark chocolate and bananas can enhance your mood. Just do not over do it. Yogurt, turkey and fish are good too because they have tryptophan, which your body converts into serotonin. This chemical compound is what makes you feel happy.

Sleep good

If you can reduce caffeine and alcohol use and go to bed at a set time every day and rise at the same time in the morning, this is very good for your health too.

Money saved

Eating healthy helps save you money because staying healthy reduces trips to the doctor for office visits and prescriptions and so on.

To sum it up

The benefits of eating healthy foods will never go out of style, as more research goes by every year. So do not ignore it and you and your family will live a more productive life and feel your best.

 

Benefits of eating oatmeal- Oatmeal a grain with a healthy punch that’s best for you

bowl of oatmealDespite its humble origin, which was 3,000 years ago in Europe, the benefit of eating oatmeal has come along way. The Romans and Greek considered oats a weird type of wheat and thought it was only good for horse feed, but the Scots and barbarians loved it. Today people are finding out that oatmeal is really best for them – throughout their body- and they are realizing the many benefits they can get from it.

What’s great about oats


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One of the benefits of oats is that it is more water-soluble than any other grain. It slows the absorption of glucose so you don’t have sugar highs and lows. Another benefit is, it may lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. It also helps with people who have high blood pressure, diabetes and digestion problems, reduces the chances of stomach cancer, gallstones and colon cancer. If you apply oats to the skin, it appears to reduce swelling. Oats also have antioxidants in them that have anti-inflammatory properties and curb inflammation.

Let’s break down what all is in oats


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Starting with daily percents, oats have: iron 11%, Vitamin E 6%, thiamine 29%, folic acid 7%, calories 156, protein 6.5 g, fat 2.6 g, carbohydrates 27 g, saturated fat 0.4 g, sodium 2 mg, fiber 4.1 g, polyunsaturated fat 1 g, and monounsaturated fat 0.8 g. This is approximate values for a 1/2 cup serving of rolled oats.

Different forms of oat use

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  • Instant oats: Chopping groats into real tiny pieces, precooking and drying them, then smashing them with a large roller.
  • Quick oats: They are cut into several pieces, steamed and rolled into thin flakes which requires 3-5 minutes cook time.
  • Steel-cuts oats : Chopped into small pieces of groats they have a firmer texture.
  • Whole oat or oat groats : Have minimal processing only, removing outer hull. They require being cooked or soaked a long time so they don’t hurt your teeth.
  • Bran : High in soluble fiber and can be used in baking and to make raw shakes

Oatmeal is not just for breakfast anymore

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Just as the title says, there are many uses and recipes that call for oatmeal. One is to add toasted oats to yogurt, frozen yogurt and fresh fruits. Another would be soups and stews for thicker texture. Steel-cut oats would be good for this. Or you can take a recipe that calls for wheat flour and replace some of it with oat flour, such as in breads, muffins, cakes, and pancakes. Cookie recipes taste really great with oatmeal and the texture is yummy too.

By the way, there’s a brand of oatmeal called Bob’s Red Mill that’s completely organic.  To check it out, click on my link above.

To sum it up

Oatmeal has been around for 3,000 years and I hope it will be around for another 3,000 years. The benefits of eating oatmeal keep going on and on with more research on this mighty and best grain that the Romans and Greeks thought was only good for horse feed.

Health Benefits of Pistachio Nuts – It’s a Super Nut that’s the best

PistachiosI have enjoyed eating pistachio nuts for years, not knowing all the great things packed into them. Well, what are the health benefits of pistachio nuts? Lets just say more than I every thought there was. People have been eating these tasty little nuts since 6760 B.C. not knowing how great they are and all the benefits they have. They originated in Central Asia, but now days grown all over the world. Well I need to just tell you all the great or best thing they have in them.

Packed with nutrients

The United States of Agriculture (USDA) says these nut unroasted one have the following nutrients in them approximately 49 kernels they are :Thiamine, Vitamin B-6, Phosphorus, Potassium, 159 calories, Magnesium, Protein, Sugars. Fats, ,Fiber, and Carbohydrates.

Rich with antioxidants


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Antioxidants is the substances that help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases by stopping damage to the body’s cells enhancing our health. The antioxidants that pistachios have in higher levels are : xanthophyll caroenoids ,y-tocopherol and phytosterols also have anti-inflammatory effects .

Good for your gut health

Most nuts are have a lot of fiber which is good for a healthy digestive system which helps food to move through the gut and preventing constipation. Probiotics a type of fiber helps give your gut a good bacteria and forces out bad bacteria in your gut. Researcher have found that pistachios have increase potentially good bacteria that almonds.

Lower in calories


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Eating pistachio you will enjoy eating a nut that is one of the lowest calorie nuts as long as you stay within daily calorie limits. For example one ounce pecans have 196 calories, macadamia nuts have 204 calories and pistachios only have 159 calories this is per ounce of nuts.

Great for your eyes

Zeaxanthin and lutein are antioxidants that are essential for good eyesight and pistachios are great source for them. According to the American Optometric Association help reduce the chances of getting cataracts and macular degeneration another reason to have these nuts in your diet. Eating pistachios in the shell helps you see how much you’re eating research suggests that seeing how much you eat may help you from over eating.

Heart health


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Eating pistachios may protect against high blood pressure and harmful cholesterol level.Pistachios nuts has the strongest effect in reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. In women eating nuts may improve protection from cardiovascular disease.

High in protein

Pistachios contain 6 grams of protein per 1 ounce and have higher ratio of essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein. This is great for vegetarians,vegans and any other person who wishes to reduce meat in their diet.

Blood sugar

They have a low glycemic index so they do not increase rise in blood sugar after you eat something. In diabetes is a great way to maintain good sugar levels.

Weight or maintain


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Eating nuts helps to shrink the risk of gaining weight thanks to their low caloric values,fiber and protein content.

Uses of pistachios

Pistachios can be eaten as a snack made into pesto sauce,serve with fruit, used in baking breads, added to main dishes or in yummy desserts.

Takeaway

The health benefits of pistachios nuts are so numerous as more is known about this nut as research goes on this is truly the best nut. As for me I will keep on eating them just as to people did in 6760 B.C.