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The Power of Gratitude

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The Power Of Gratitude

When the power of gratitude, thanksgiving and forgiveness becomes a way of life, all material and spiritual abundance vibrate in unison.

Wallace Wattles, in his 1910 work (The Science of Getting Rich) mentions: “the mental attitude of gratitude  draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come”   He goes on to say: “and if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in Formless Substance will be strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always towards you.”

What is gratitude?
The word comes from Latin, from the word gratitudo, which is the product of two well-defined roots: on the one hand the word gratus, which means “pleasant and grateful” and, on the other, the suffix tudo, which is equivalent to “quality”.

It could be described by those engaged in this way of living, as the feeling that someone experiences when a desire has been fulfilled or granted by God within the context of the universe. The experience of receiving is continuous when the practice of daily gratitude is continuous.  The best example of this is the daily listing of gratitude statements in a journal.  This can be accompanied with a request for guidance from your higher source and the intentional act of daily forgiving those who have offended you in some way or simply those who should be forgiven in your life experiences.

The conduit of our blessings sometimes is a visible, concrete person that we can register and individualize, but other times it is about nature, the future of the universe or something that is simply there to be appreciated, to be thanked, and that beyond our beliefs or religion, makes us experience a deep well-being based on living in the present moment.

Gratitude is the feeling a person experiences when contemplating a gift or benefit that someone has granted them. Gratitude is one of the most powerful feelings you can use to bring abundance and well-being into your life. No matter who you are or where you are, gratitude has the power to remove all kinds of negativity from your life.

Law of attraction and the power of gratitude
The law of gratitude governs all kinds of energy, attracting similar energies. Albert Einstein proved that the Universe is energy. Human beings are also energy vibrating at different frequencies.

By focusing your thoughts on giving thanks, and by being grateful in speaking and feeling, you are turning the frequency of your energy into the most powerful and sacred of vibrations.

Because when you express gratitude your thoughts are positive, and that makes you feel positive emotions. When you are thankful there’s no room for complaints, regrets, frustration, rancor or sadness. As long as you feel grateful you will be drawing powerfully similar energies into your life, which in turn will make you experience even more situations for which you will be grateful.

Why the power of gratitude works
It’s simply impossible to bring wellness into your life if you are dissatisfied with what you have today – why? Because the thoughts and feelings that come out of feeling dissatisfied attract even more negative situations into your life, circumstances that will make you feel even more dissatisfied.

Gratitude germinates on the conviction that human beings are incomplete and that we need each other. Gratitude arises as a spontaneous emotion when one is happy.

It has been shown that people who are grateful are happier and live longer than those who do not express gratitude. So, from opening your eyes in the morning until closing them at night, be grateful for a new day of life, for your health because you have a healthy and happy family, for the house you have, for your friends, for your food, for the city where you live, for your work, for the power of choice, among many other things.

Of all the recipes for abundance and prosperity in our lives, the best we can practice is gratitude. Because feeling a sincere gratitude for what you already have automatically and effortlessly attracts more well-being to your life.

That is why it is so important that you begin to appreciate and recognize all the blessings you have already received, even if you cannot yet see them physically.

Benefits of practicing gratitude

Mindfulness can help us to recognize all that is valuable in being alive and to learn to be grateful.
One of the key exercises of mindfulness (and of most contemplative practices) is to be grateful for all that we have to live through. And not only of that which is pleasant, positive or generating of well-being but also of the vital challenges that involve a certain pain or uncertainty.

But this deep attitude, which can only come from a sensitive, open and attentive heart, is not something that comes naturally to us or that we often practice. Rather, we seem to be engrossed in the daily automatisms we create in our lives. However, putting it into practice seems to be very positive.
Gratitude is being able to take a little distance from the usual, from the every day, and knowing how to be grateful, with humility, for being able to experience what we are experiencing, with full attention.

There are many ways to experience gratitude: surely it begins with becoming aware of what is good for us, what is there to nourish our spirit, and then we should rejoice in attentive observation, whether through a phrase, a bow or a deep sigh that seems to say: “Thank you, everything is fine”.

Better relationships
Emotion magazine mentions, in 2014, that those who know how to thank have a much better chance of creating healthy relationships with peers.

It increases our physical health
It makes us more respectful of our body and able to take care of it with attention, as well as not being too attached to the pain or to that which is difficult for us to experience as a symptom.

It increases psychological health
Fear, frustration and resentment also lose ground when we learn to be thankful, as a University of Kentucky research study in 2012 showed.
It improves our empathic capacity and teaches us not to withdraw into a selfish attitude and distant from our environment.

Helps for a better night’s sleep
A study published in 2011 in the prestigious Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being showed that people who spent 15 minutes writing down the day’s thanks in a journal rested much better.

It allows athletes to be more appreciative and kind to themselves, according to the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology reported in 2014.

Leads to better relationships
Gratitude strengthens your relationships and helps you build and maintain good relationships and feel more connected.

Increase your happiness
Counting your blessings leads to greater well-being, especially a positive mood (and who couldn’t use more of that?)

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Dark Chocolate

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Dark Chocolate and Its Benefits

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in antioxidants and has health benefits that place it among the recommended foods in the diet. Studies show that the darker the chocolate, the greater the benefits. It should contain at least 70% cocoa, but ideally 85% or more. Over the past few years, studies have shown that consuming it helps improve your health.

Dark chocolate (70% cocoa) helps protect the heart, is rich in antioxidants and stimulates blood flow to the brain, helping to improve cognitive function. Most of us don’t need a reason to eat dark chocolate, as it is easy on the palette and can help lift our spirits when we are not feeling well.

However, there are those who believe that chocolate consumption can be bad because it can fatten or raise cholesterol because of its fat and sugar content.

The positive note here is that unlike what many people may believe, eating dark chocolate has many health benefits, as long as you eat it frequently but in small portions.

The benefits of chocolate are mainly based on its flavonoid contents, which are especially good for heart health, in addition to functioning as antioxidants in our body.
For this reason, it is important to bear in mind that the recommended chocolate is dark chocolate, with a minimum of 70% cocoa, which is more beneficial than filled or milky chocolates.

Besides being a delicious treat to eat, it also provides minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that protect the body and prevent disease. It’s not for sitting with a pound and a half of chocolate and watching a movie, either. The following are some health benefits of eating dark chocolate:

Benefits of dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is a source of antioxidants
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, such as catechins, flavonoids, and polyphenols, etc. Antioxidants are very important because they help free the body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells.

Thanks to this, chocolate may be an ideal choice for foods aiding in the cause of preventing cardiovascular disease, lowering cholesterol levels and lowering high blood pressure. It is also ideal for preventing premature aging.

It is protective of the heart
Chocolate has been rejected for many years by many people because it contains the saturated fats of cocoa butter. However, research has found that their fats may actually be beneficial, as many other types of saturated fats such as coconut oil.

This explains why a third of the fat in cocoa butter contains stearic acid, which the liver converts to oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. Oleic acid is a compound that helps to reduce levels of bad LDL cholesterol while increasing levels of good HDL cholesterol.

In addition, chocolate has anti-inflammatory properties that help fight chronic vascular inflammation, improve blood vessel flexibility, and reduce blood pressure. All of these benefits help prevent heart disease and problems.

Provides healthier skin
Rich in antioxidants, chocolate also helps to make skin softer, less dry and more resistant to UV rays. Cocoa promotes good blood circulation in the fine capillaries in the upper layer of the skin, which is responsible for oxygenating and delivering the essential nutrients that the skin needs to protect itself from dehydration and burns.

It’s good for your teeth
Unlike many other sweets, dark chocolate can help reduce the risk of getting cavities, as long as you apply good hygiene every day. It has a substance called theobromine, which studies show is good for hardening tooth enamel.

It has vital minerals
Dark chocolate has vital minerals that help us promote good health throughout the body. This food is mainly characterized by minerals such as copper, magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium.

Dark Chocolate helps protect your skin from the sun’s rays
The bioactive components of chocolate help you look great in your skin. This happens for several reasons, one of which is thanks to vitamins and antioxidants that are very important for youthful looking skin.

A determining factor is that dark chocolate (or rather its components) plays a role in the formation of collagen, which is what gives structure and support to the skin. On the other hand, it has been shown to have some ability to filter out UV rays, which are so harmful to the skin.

Flavonols also help to protect the skin from damage caused by the sun’s rays, as well as help to improve blood flow in the skin and increase skin density and hydration.

May help fight chronic fatigue
A study in England found that chocolate can help combat the symptoms of chronic fatigue, as its consumption is thought to help improve the action of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which promotes mood and sleep.
For this study, people with fatigue consumed 1 and ½ ounces of 85% dark chocolate cocoa every day for 8 weeks, resulting in less fatigue after eating chocolate.

Dark Chocolate can improve your brain activity and act as an antidepressant

Chocolate has the ability to normalize serotonin levels in our brains.  This may appear complex the first time you read it but in fact it is quite simple. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (communicator between neurons) and its levels must be within a certain range. When serotonin is low in the interneural space, depression occurs. In a 5-day study, volunteers were given pure, flavanol-rich chocolate, which increased blood flow to the brain.

Intuitively many people tend to eat chocolate at sad times, which may not be rooted in myth as much as subconscious insight.

In addition, cocoa can significantly improve cognitive function in the elderly with mental impairment. It also improves mental fluidity and reduces risk factors for other illnesses.

Conclusion
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in antioxidants and has health benefits that place it among the recommended foods in the diet. Studies show that the darker the chocolate, the greater the benefits. It should contain at least 70% cocoa, but ideally 85% or more. Over the past few years, studies have shown that consuming it helps improve your health.

Besides being a delicious treat to eat, it also provides minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that protect the body and prevent disease. Researchers were able to show that dark chocolate may have something in common with carrots, as it was shown that the sight of more than 20 adults improved after consuming it for a certain period of time.

In addition, if we regularly consume chocolate, we have a lower risk of cerebrovascular damage. As if this were not enough, cocoa increases our good cholesterol, because it contains cocoa butter, which is responsible for the HDL rise.

The information contained on this Website should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your Medical Physician. There may be variations in treatment that your Physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

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Honey: Natural Food, Amazing Talents

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Honey: Natural Food, Amazing Talents

Maybe it was the quietly enthusiastic coworker carrying the Good Housekeeping magazine, Home and Garden and the one on Beekeeping: but you noticed after you left your local Organic food store and there was a guy setup selling his golden goods on the side of the road that lead you to notice.  It is the Honey that you forgot to pickup!

What is honey?
Honey is produced by bees usually from the nectar they feed on. These prolific producers extract nectar from flowers such as rosemary, thyme, clover, eucalyptus, heather, and chestnut.

Flower honey is the best known type, in addition to myelin, a.k.a., ‘honeydew honey’, ‘forest honey’ or ‘dew honey’. Honeydew is also produced by bees, but its origin is not nectar but the secretions of sap-feeding insects such as aphids and cochineals.

The main components of honey are water, glucose and fructose. It also contains calcium, iron, vitamins B, C and D and antioxidants, among other nutrients.

How is it produced?
Beekeepers get their honey from beehives. In general, only the surplus is taken to avoid disturbing the bee colonies that have produced and feed on it. China is currently the largest producer of bee honey, accounting for almost 30% of world production.
Groups of bees repeatedly regurgitate the nectar they feed on, partially digesting it, and store it in combs. Then they beat the wings to evaporate some of the water, preventing it from fermenting. This is how they produce honey, a very long-lasting food that they will be able to eat in winter, when it will be more difficult for them to access the flowers.

What is it for?
Besides being a great complement to sweeten bread, tea or mustard, honey can have many other beneficial properties that you may not know. If it is of good quality it can improve our diet and aide in our general health and well-being. This may be why its use as a complement to medical treatments is on the rise.

Below are some of the properties and benefits of honey: ?

For the face and skin
Honey is often used to treat acne caused by bacteria as it has an antimicrobial effect. It also helps in cases of dry skin or chapped lips.

For the hair
Honey is often used to moisturize the hair and remove dandruff. It is also attributed with properties that reduce hair loss due to its moisturizing effects.  In scalp masks, it is usually combined with products such as milk, aloe vera, oats or lemon.

Helps you lose weight
Including honey in the diet may be beneficial in regulating body lipids; this would also have positive effects on cholesterol. However, the slimming effect would be limited to the consumption of small amounts, as it can lead to weight gain at high levels.
There are also those who advise eliminating refined sugar from the diet and replacing it with honey, although in smaller quantities.

Reduces cholesterol and blood pressure
There is some evidence that honey reduces “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and increases “good” (HDL) cholesterol. It can also regulate blood pressure. However, other experts say the symptoms of heart disease can get worse if you eat too much honey.

Relieves bowel problems and constipation.
Tea with honey and cinnamon or lemon juice with honey are beneficial in cases of indigestion, gastroenteritis, diarrhea and dyspepsia, a disorder that causes gas, burning, nausea and heaviness in the upper half of the stomach after meals.
In addition, honey can alleviate constipation, since its healthy properties include a slight laxative effect.

Mouth Sores and Chemotherapy
It has also been proposed that honey is helpful in relieving the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, such as mouth sores or esophagitis (inflammation of the esophageal mucosa caused by reflux of stomach fluid).
On the other hand, the American Cancer Society stated that it has not been conclusively demonstrated that bee products are beneficial in preventing or treating cancer.

Heals wounds and burns
Due to its antimicrobial properties, honey was already used in the ancient world to treat skin burns and intestinal diseases and wounds such as ulcers. Some studies with few subjects state that if applied to the skin it helps to close wounds and has an antiseptic effect.  Honey from stingless species seems to have a greater antibiotic effect. Among the different types, the regenerative properties of Manuka and Tualang honey stand out.

May replace sugar in cases of diabetes
It has been suggested that people with diabetes may use a little honey as a sugar substitute because its balance between glucose and fructose regulates blood sugar. Other sources say that only diabetics are advised to take honey to resolve episodes of hypoglycemia.

In any case, a diet with high amounts of honey would not be healthy for diabetics because it would boost their blood sugar levels due to their high fructose concentration.

Anti-inflammatory
According to scientific research, some types of honey, such as Manuka honey and honey obtained from the Brazilian bee Melipona marginata, have anti-inflammatory properties. This means that they are good for reducing swelling and therefore pain.

Relieves eye problems
Honey may be beneficial in treating eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. Sometimes eye drops with honey drops are given to cure these problems.

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Beyond being a natural sweetener, honey has multiple applications, both internal and external, so it can help us to alleviate different conditions without having to resort to chemical products.

Bee honey is a medicinal food that nature offers us for multiple uses: to treat wounds, to facilitate healing, to moisturize the skin, to wash the hair, to prepare syrups, to regulate the intestine, etc.

Choosing the right honey
Not all kinds of honey are the same. Nowadays we can find many varieties and different qualities in any supermarket, some at very low prices.

However, in order for it to retain all its medicinal properties, choosing a raw honey that has not been subjected to high temperatures, is ideal which can be confirmed with observing if the honey is solidified or crystallized.

At home, putting  it in a bain-marie ourselves so that it becomes liquid.  It must also be of the highest possible quality, natural or organic, to ensure that no chemicals have been added to it to preserve it.

Healing and healing wounds
Have you had a wound or burn and want to heal it naturally and effectively?  If you apply a little honey, you will benefit from its incredible ability to kill bacteria and microbes, its anti-inflammatory properties and its virtues to stimulate the immune system.  It also fights irritation, soothes pain and promotes healing.

Mask for the skin
Honey is an excellent natural ingredient to maintain the skin’s natural moisture.  Unlike oils, it prevents the skin from drying out without giving it an oily texture, making it the perfect component for a mask suitable for all skin types: dry, combination and oily.  Skin with acne can also benefit from it, as it has antibacterial properties.

Natural Shampoo
People looking for all-natural shampoos to wash and care for their hair can try a tablespoon of honey diluted in 200 ml of water. This 100% shampoo helps to regulate the sebum of the scalp, fight dandruff, keep the hair hydrated, give it shine and softness.

Syrup Base
Honey is one of the best natural remedies for cough, so it is a very effective and healthy ingredient in any homemade syrup that you may decide to prepare, much healthier than sugar.  To this syrup, other options to consider including are lemon and orange peels, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, etc.

Bowel regulator
Honey is a very effective agent for the intestine, as it acts as a mild laxative to promote bowel movements while helping to combat intestinal parasites.
To enhance its virtues It could be used in fasting with a glass of hot water, a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of unpasteurized apple vinegar.

Aide in sleeping
Problems with nervousness or insomnia? Honey has benefits to consider. In addition to being rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, it contains sugars that naturally increase insulin levels and produce serotonin.

This hormone is related to our mood and produces a feeling of relaxation.  On any given night, you can bring your day to a close with a relaxing infusion or a glass of oat milk with a teaspoon of honey.

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Water, Foods and Hydration.

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Drinking Water And Its Importance

All living things need water to survive, whether they draw it from a source, a rain cloud or a small container attached to a hamster cage. Without water, your body would stop functioning properly. More than half of your body weight is water, and a person can’t survive without it for more than a few days. Why? Because your body needs water to carry out many of the functions it performs. For instance, your blood, which contains a lot of water, carries oxygen to all the cells in your body. Without oxygen, all those tiny cells would die and your body would stop functioning.

Water is also found in lymph, a liquid that is part of the immune system, which helps us fight disease. Water helps keep your body temperature normal. You also need water to digest food and to remove waste products. On top of that, water is the main component of perspiration, which is also called sweat.

In addition to being an important part of body fluids, water is necessary for every cell in our body to function.

Your body doesn’t get water just from drinking it. Any liquid you drink will contain water, but water and milk are the best choices. There are many foods that contain water. The fruit contains plenty of water, something easy to imagine if you think about how your chin is filled with juice after biting a peach. Vegetables also contain a lot of water. Think of the juice that comes out when you cut a tomato or the liquid that fills your mouth when you bite into a juicy piece of celery.

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How much is enough?

Since water is so important, you may wonder if you are drinking enough. There is no magic or fixed amount of water that someone needs to drink every day. The amount of water depends on age, size, health, and activity level. The climate (temperature and humidity) must also be taken into account.

People usually drink something at meals and undoubtedly have to drink when they are thirsty. But, if you are sick or hot or you exercise, you will need to drink more. Be sure to drink more water than usual when it’s hot, especially when you are playing sports or exercising.

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Knowing when to drink is also important. If you are going to play a game, play sports or simply train or play hard, drink water before, during and after physical activity.

When your body doesn’t have enough water, you are said to be dehydrating. Dehydration can also keep you from being as quick and effective as you can be. Severe dehydration can make you feel very bad, so when the heat is too hot, drink water! Not only does water prevent dehydration, it’s also refreshing and doesn’t contain a single calorie!

Your body regulates the amount of water in your body. It can hold water when you don’t have enough or remove it when you have too much. If your urine is very light yellow, you are hydrated. When you urinate, a very dark color, it’s time to drink water.

You can help your body by drinking when you are thirsty and by increasing your water intake when you exercise and are exposed to high temperature environments like the Texas heat and summer football practice sessions. So your body can perform all of its wonderful and watery functions correctly, under the pressure of being outdoors and you will feel better too!

Why it’s important to include drinking water in your daily routine:

Daily consumption remains the main recommendation of experts for a healthy and balanced life. We know that our body needs a good amount of water for its hydration and daily functioning since this liquid is full of important health benefits.

Humans are composed of an average of 70% water, varying according to age and the amount of muscle they have. For this reason, the World Health Organization recommends drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, the ideal component to accompany any diet currently circulated.

Water is essential for all body processes such as absorption and mobilization of nutrients inside the body, which is why it:

• Helps maintain body temperature: raise body temperature in winter and lower body temperature in summer or when playing sports (sweat production)
• Helps to maintain muscles: the muscle is largely water
• Helps for optimal sports performance: improves recovery from physical exertion, helps prevent cramps and helps prevent sports injuries
• It forms fluids such as blood, lymph and gastric fluids: they are vital for all cardiac, digestive, nervous, renal and lymphatic systems to function
• Keeps the body clean: through the excretion of urine and stools
• Keeps anxiety under control: the nervous system can confuse thirst with hunger on many occasions
• Maintains hydration
• Improves and facilitates digestion: softens feces
• Helps the metabolization of fats: water is necessary for the fat oxidation process. If we are dehydrated, the process of burning fat slows down.

Foods that aid hydration

Having the awareness that consuming a beneficial amount of water everyday is key and also a worthy challenge for most of us, it’s a good idea to take note of the other ways you can multiply your daily water intake. If we are not able to drink it alone, we can supplement our intake with foods that help us to hydrate ourselves.

Even when we are not thirsty, it is essential to consume fluids constantly to prevent the development of illness, energy shortages and the accumulation of toxins in the blood.

While we have revisited the idea of forming a habit for quality water consumption, it is good to know that there are other healthy ways to practice it as well.

For instance, there are a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are mostly made up of water and, of course, many health-promoting nutrients.

Since we understand that many people have difficulty getting hydrated every day, here are some good foods that make this task easier, so discover them!

Watermelon
Perfect to enjoy in the summer, watermelon is made up of 90% water and a high content of fiber, antioxidants and minerals.

It provides a substance known as lycopene, which has been associated with a lower risk of various types of cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Many prefer to enjoy it on their own, but it can also be enjoyed in juice and a wide variety of recipes.

Tomatoes
Like watermelon, tomatoes have a large amount of lycopene, an antioxidant substance that may have anti-cancer effects.  Its water content is 94.5% and it also contains fiber and nutrients that provide more energy to the body.

Many enjoy it in their salads, but it can also be prepared in juice or as a snack for hungry moments.
It is one of the most moisturizing vegetables and, due to its easy digestibility; it pleases the body at any time.


Coconut water
One of the best alternatives for moisturizing and remineralizing the body is coconut water.

On the other hand, it contains essential fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants that improve skin condition, digestion and cardiovascular health. It can be taken on its own or combined with the taste of some fruits and vegetables.

Celery
Celery is very easy to incorporate into the diet and is a significant source of water and vitamins A, C and K. Its properties help to control excess inflammation and calm the symptoms of indigestion.

It is recommended to take care of the health of the kidneys, as it promotes the elimination of retained fluids and prevents infections. If you do not want to consume it as an infusion or shake, you can add it to your soups, stews or salads.

Green peppers
These vegetables have a water content of 93.9% and are the most moisturizing of all the existing varieties of peppers.

In addition, they are a natural source of important antioxidants and other nutrients that are linked to cancer and chronic disease prevention. Nutritionists recommend eating them as an aperitif or in combination with other ingredients.

Spinach
Known as one of the most energetic and nutritious vegetables, spinach is another of the foods that support the body’s hydration. It contains 91% water and large amounts of beta-carotene, essential vitamins and minerals. It is best to eat it raw so that its properties are not lost. However, you can also prepare it in creams, rice dishes and other recipes.

Cucumber
The fact that cucumber is one of the lowest calorie vegetables is no coincidence. This is due to the fact that it is made up of 96.7% water, vitamins, minerals and a reduced amount of fibre.

Its properties help to improve digestion, promote circulation and facilitate the expulsion of toxins for a healthier body.  Prepared in the form of soup or natural juice we can enhance its moisturizing capacity to revitalize our body when needed.

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Matcha Tea

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Matcha Tea and its Merits 

The basic elements upon which the traditional Japanese tea ceremonies were built in the 12th century, resulted in the powdered matcha and green tea leaves that we enjoy today.  The best matcha comes from Japan, where the tea bushes are covered for 20 days before being harvested; the shade allows for an increase in chlorophyll, which represents the intense shade of this green tea. Protection from direct sunlight also encourages its higher levels of the amino acid, L-Theanine, which is known for its unique stimulating and soothing effect.

The properties and benefits offered by Matcha tea are quite promising, considering also that it is a completely natural beverage, which is obtained by means of the whole green tea leaf, which goes through a process of cultivation, harvesting, drying and then grinding to obtain the fine powder and green color.

Through this process, the benefits of Matcha tea are multiplied. In fact, just one glass would be equivalent to ten glasses of green tea in antioxidant content and nutritional value.

Why is Matcha tea so special?

When we prepare an ordinary green tea, only a fraction of its benefits can be extracted because the rest of them remain on the leaf at the time of infusion. Matcha tea is just the opposite because the leaf goes through the process explained above, which turns it into a powder that is added to the water.

Basically, we are consuming the whole leaf, to take advantage of the full potential of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.

Properties of Matcha Tea

What makes Matcha tea so special is the large amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants it provides. All this is possible thanks to the use of the complete sheet for its preparation.

Among the many antioxidants it provides us with, polyphenols such as catechins stand out, which are capable of protecting cells from oxidative stress and free radicals.

In addition, matcha tea has other polyphenolic antioxidants, including EGCG, which is linked to cardiovascular health and metabolism. 

Among the minerals present in matcha tea, we have selenium, magnesium, chromium and zinc, so it also acts as an excellent antioxidant to increase the body’s defensive capacity.

How is matcha tea made?

Making matcha tea is quite simple. If you have ever prepared a conventional tea, then you should know that you need the most basic ingredients, which would be tea and water. In addition, a fine sieve and a Japanese brush are also required, which are usually used to make this traditional drink.

The ingredients you need to prepare this tea are the following:

2 tablespoons matcha green tea
1 cup water
 
With just these two ingredients, you will have everything you need to make delicious matcha tea. As for its preparation, you just have to follow a few simple steps.

First of all, it is necessary to heat water until it reaches a temperature of about 80 ºC. When this happens, just pour the water into the cup where you plan to serve the tea.

Using a strainer, sift the amount of matcha green tea you are going to use for the drink. It is then finely strained to remove any impurities that may exist, thus allowing the tea to fall directly into the breed.

While you do the above, heat an equivalent of one cup of water, without allowing it to rise above 80ºC. Finally, add the hot water on top of the green tea, and use a spoon to beat the green tea until a good mixture is obtained and foam is formed.

Conclusion

Matcha green tea is a special form of tea that offers useful health benefits and differs from conventional green tea in its cultivation; harvesting and drying that allow it to triple the properties of this millenarian beverage.

Today, many models, celebrities, fitness personalities  and everyday tea drinkers find matcha green tea to be an agent for sure g down, fighting aging, reducing appetite and burning fat. 

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Healthy Baked Salmon Dinner

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Baked Salmon with Lentils and Quinoa

This super healthy baked salmon recipe is something to enjoy. The Lemon Herb Sauce that goes with it makes it even better!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves: 4

What You’ll Need:

4 cups vegetable and chicken broth
1 cup black lentils
2 cups green beans (you can use another vegetable too if you like)
1 cup red quinoa
12 ounces salmon

For the Lemon Herb Sauce:

1 garlic clove
½ cup olive oil
Pinch of salt
Honey, to taste
¼ cup lemon juice
Chopped parsley

Method:

To make lentils and quinoa, preheat oven to 450F. Rinse both the quinoa and lentils and add them into a large casserole dish along with the broth. Bake for 45 minutes or until almost completely cooked. Take out of the oven and fluff with a fork.
To make the lemon herb sauce, blend all ingredients together in a food processor. Set half of the dressing aside.
Now for the salmon: place the salmon and green beans on top of the cooked lentils and quinoa (with skin side down) and drizzle the dressing on top. Bake for 10 minutes and then broil for 2 minutes. Please note that the timing may vary a little depending upon the thickness of your salmon.
Once the salmon is cooked, serve it with the sauce you reserved earlier and dive in!
 
 

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Soul Food

Soul Food

Collard greens, black-eyed peas, pig feet, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, chitterlings (Chitt’lins), neckbones, and the list goes on and on. Recognize any of these foods? Of course, you would because many of us eat them regularly or our parents or grandparents prepared them every Sunday and/or holidays. These foods are endearingly called Soul food. But did your elders ever explain to you where soul food originated from?

History of soul food

The history of soul food is choppy at best. Because of the period in America, there were few if any records kept or written about it until the early 60’s. Most of the history along with the meticulous recipes evolved from generation to generation for the past 300-400 years. As you may know, most of the popular cuisines, foods and menu items we enjoy in America today came from Europe, Asia, South America and other countries. But one fact remains, soul food is one of the most popular cuisines today that originated in America.

It goes as far back as slavery. Often the slave master gave the food he couldn’t or wouldn’t eat, such as certain meats and vegetables, to his plantation, farm or ranch slaves. The goal? Feeding them as cheaply as possible while still providing them the energy to work the long hot, days in the sun. Over the years out of necessity, the slaves created and adapted cooking techniques, methods and seasonings to add unique flavors to what they were eating. Those recipes developed and improved over the years, thanks to preceding generations who improve it.

In time slaves became so good at cooking the slave masters would bring them into their homes to cook meals for them. Today soul food has grown into a billion dollar industry known worldwide. Thanks to Black entertainers, soldiers and others who traveled the world, you can find this southern cuisine in such places as Europe, Asia and even South America.

The dishes, known for their robust flavors, soon developed the reputation for staying with you longer than many foods. A good meal could last people most of the day. Because of low finances, a valuable quality for many African Americans who had to find ways to eat for the least cost. This is another factor of why soul food continues to grow popular for families who struggle today in this weak economic climate.

To adapt to a more health-conscious public, healthier cooking methods, ingredients and preparation techniques have come into vogue. Traditionally the recipes contained high amounts of fat, calories and salt. Ingredients known to cause obesity, high blood pressure and other medical ailments when eaten in large quantities. Now healthier cooking methods such as steaming, stir-frying and sautéing have introduced a healthier version of soul food to large numbers of people.

The history reveals a treasure of a people who have struggled long, hard and consistently over the centuries to win freedom and equality.

Benefits of soul food

People indulge in soul food because it tastes so good. But for so many people it is not healthy either, especially if they continue to cook it in the old traditional way. According to the African American Registry;” soul food has been cooked and seasoned with pork products and fried dishes cooked with trans-fat, such as shortening or lard for centuries. Consequently, this leads to disproportionately high occurrences of hypertension, cardiac/circulatory problems and/or diabetes among African Americans.

Experts suggest that we change the way we prepare our dishes. When frying use Canola or Olive oil. Instead of seasoning vegetables and beans with pork products use smoked turkey, use wheat flour for baking, various herbal spices instead of salt, real butter, baked chicken and fish versus pork and beef, and a lot less sugar.

Soul food has a rich and tasty history, and with a few modifications can to be passed on and cherished. This history should not be lost throughout generations, but neither should we allow for it to make us sick. Make a few healthy changes and begin creating your own cuisines while celebrating an extremely rich history.