Monthly Archives: April 2017

How Spirulina Can Help Curb Stress and Keep Your Body Healthy

How Spirulina Can Help Curb Stress and Keep Your Body Healthy

The Spirulina or blue-green algae are organisms with a make up of at least 70% protein. This is due to the fact that the algae are full of ribosomes, which in turn produces proteins. With this algae being rich in amino acids (the building blocks of protein), consuming Spirulina gives a person the necessary nutrients he needs for physical and mental development. Algae also contain Methionine which has an anti-stress component. People who are regularly stressed and are regular customer of Vitamin E capsules and anti-stress serums need only to consume Spirulina everyday for their daily dose of anti-stress concoction.

Besides the many health benefits that this algae can give, it is also full of vitamins which prevents degradation of nerve cells, lowers blood cholesterol, improves blood circulation, and of course, lowers stress level. Pyridoxine, for example, is a vitamin dedicated to maintaining the circulatory system healthy. It also prevents hormonal imbalances among women which prevents sudden pimple breakouts or pigmentation. And the good news is that Spirulina vitamin supplements are already available over the counter.

Riboflavin or Vitamin B2 is intended for preventing or retarding failing eyesight among older people. Also, people who have shown significant increase in Riboflavin intake are less affected by eye defects such as cataracts. If only people were informed about how easy it is to prevent these diseases by taking vitamin supplements.

Tocopherol, more commonly known as Vitamin E, is largely present in Spirulina extracts and derivative products. The main function of this vitamin is to retard the aging process. And also, this algae contains more anti-aging components compared to other sources of Tocopherol such as Wheat Germ. Therefore, it is wiser to invest in Spirulina vitamin supplements instead of buying Wheat Germ creams and capsules.

Pantothenic Acid is also one of the major organic stress busters. This vitamin produces what is known as cortisone, a steroid which is released when a person encounters extremely stressful occasions. This explains why we suddenly get a surge of energy when we are faced with a difficult situation.

The lowly Spirulina have been existent for thousands of years already but yet manufacturing companies still get their anti-stress components from Wheat Germs. That is why enterprising entrepreneurs and health buffs started manufacturing Spirulina vitamin supplements and turned them into easily ingestible capsules. Now, there is no excuse for not taking your daily dose of Spirulina.

Or maybe, this last statement here will convince you to take it: the Blue-Green Algae (Spirulina) is a good source of anti obesity factors. So maybe you want to cut back a couple of pounds. Why not take Spirulina capsules instead and get both that sexier body and stress-free aura you need? Besides the obvious benefits to the vanity of a person, it also carries loads of other health benefits that will surely put value in each dollar spent for it. This organic vitamin supplement is indeed one of the best in the market today. Try one now and see and feel the difference of the Spriulina effect.

Source by Keith K Woolley

Microsoft – Drinks Chivas, Drives Volvo

Microsoft – Drinks Chivas, Drives Volvo

Microsoft Corp. is facing an increasing competition in the online video realm. To boot, MSN video is currently the sixth place video destination in the United States and that spot is far behind Google's YouTube, AOL's Time Warner, and News Corp.'s MySpace. This is why the software giant is expanding affiliations to cover the wine maker Chivas Brothers Ltd. and the Swedish automaker Volvo Cars.

Microsoft has signed deals with Chivas and Volvo to support two new web series from Reveille, the company behind "The Office" and the "Ugly Betty" television shows. The two new shows include the "Driving School" which would be coming as a comedy about a driving instructor who shares life lessons to his students. The show will be hosted by actor Craig Robinson, who plays Darryl on NBC's The Office.

The other show titled "This is the Life," is about travel and adventure linked to a Chivas Regal advertising campaign. The shows will arrive on MSN Web site in the next six months, Microsoft announced Tuesday at an advertising industry conference. Microsoft did not disclose the financial or product-placement arrangements of the deals.

Last month, 11.5 million people visited MSN video, and spent an average of five and a half minutes on the site as compared with the 45 million people who each spent about 41 minutes on YouTube, according to Nielsen / NetRatings.

It could be recalled that after the acquisition of Google Inc. of YouTube, an online video Web site, the same has become a white-hot topic. Advertisers and ad brokers rushed to turn the trend of web equivalent TV ads into dollars. Since then, short spots before or after a video clip online became an instant success.

According to Gayle Troberman, the general manager of branded entertainment Microsoft at, those will remain a staple of Microsoft's video advertising inventory. But advertisers are also experimenting with original series and user-generated videos as they venture to capture even deeper connections with online purchasers.

In 2006, Microsoft and Reveille produced a handful of MSN shows that fall somewhere between advertising and programming. Troberman touted "Chef to the Rescue," which is sponsored by Kraft Foods Inc., as one remarkable success story from the Reveille partnership. The software giant said that after the cooking show's launch in December, over 250,000 viewers printed out related recipes featuring Kraft products.

While it is tempting to label the shows advertorials and leave it at that, Ben Silverman, Reveille's chief executive, said that he has tried to find more elegant ways to incorporate products and entertainment. "I do not want to be in something where you're ruining that content by stupid, clunky choices," said Silverman.

Microsoft said it planned to expand its commitment to developing original content built around branded entertainment opportunities, announcing during an afternoon session at the company's Strategic Accounts Summit (SAS) in Seattle, Wash., That it will extend its current relationship with the production firm Reveille while also launching several other new Web content projects.

"We are the leader of original content creation online," said Joanne Bradford, the corporate vice president and the chief media officer for MSN, citing the 20 plus Web series the portal has launched in the past year. Among those original series is Chef to the Rescue, a result of a partnership between it and Reveille announced at the summit last year.

While others have speculated that MSN's partnership with Reveille has been slow to yield success, Bradford said the two companies had agreed to extend their relationship, though she forgot to say the duration. During Tuesday's presentation, Bradford ardently greeted Reveille CEO Ben Silverman – the brains behind the TV hits The Office and The Biggest Losers – with a pair of kisses before handing him the stage.

Volvo has signed on as that show's charter sponsor. The shows Through, the Swedish Could Flaunt the automaker Volvo by master cylinder , safety scanner features, and : other milestone innovations. As such, it is expected for this trend to plague the entire Web. Silverman said that while he still believed that TV was a great brand builder, his company's Web creations offer advertisers much deeper access that is unheard of in the TV business. "I'm always really annoyed that I'm kept out of those conversations [with TV advertisers]," he said. "[The networks] do not get it yet."

Silverman was not the only partner to share the moment at SAS. Allen Shapiro, the CEO of Dick Clark Productions and president of the Mosaic Media Group, discussed the success of a Golden Globes content program launched earlier this year with MSN – one that TV partner NBC was wary of. This year, his company – which owns the rights to many early TV performances of music stars like Prince and Madonna, is exploring launching a classic rock channel with MSN, along with a potential comedy network. "We're now determined to step this up," said Shapiro.

Source by Glady Reign

10 Home Remedies for Gout Pain

10 Home Remedies for Gout Pain

The best home remedies for gout are the old fashioned methods that

grandparents used. To relieve gout pain and suffering, the “old timers”

had to use products that were

readily available at home. These products went out of vogue as medical

scientist and researchers touted new remedies for this old problem.

Treating gout with old home remedies has come full circle. Now the old

home remedies that grandma used are now gaining in popularity.

1) Apply Ice to the area. – To reduce pain, applying ice directly to the

area was the first line of defense in most homes. Applying cold packs to

the inflamed swollen joints for 10-15 minutes still works.

Applying ice will reduce the pain and the inflammation. This may feel

uncomfortable for the first few minutes but be persistent.The pain of Gout

is worse the feeling of cold on the skin.

2)Take ibuprofen to help ease the pain.

3)Exercise the joints. Put each of the joint through a full range of motion.

Try doing this exercise 1-2 times per day.

4)Soak the feet in Epsom Salt if the pain is concentrated in the big toe.

Epsom Salt is a staple in almost every grandma’s house. Older people use Epsom

Salt for everything from a laxative to a bath salt to sooth aching muscles.

Epsom salts contains Magnesium. Raising your magnesium levels may improve your

heart and circulation and lower blood pressure. It will also help flush

away the toxins and heavy metals from the body. Most importantly it helps to

reduce stress. Soaking your feet in a warm tub of Epsom salts will give you

almost immediate relief from gout pain.

For a leisurely bathe: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the warm water as the bathtub

fills. Soak leisurely in the tub until the water starts losing heat.

For an extra treat, add a few drops of scented essential oil.

5) Eat strawberries fresh strawberries also help neutralize uric acid, as do nuts,

seeds, and grains, although to a lesser extent. The berries contain high concentrations

of vitamin C as well as fruit acids and minerals, like potassium, magnesium zinc,

manganese, calcium and iron.

6) Eat some cherries – Consume cherries and cherry juice often. Cherries are an

old nutritional remedy known to help reduce uric-acid levels

7) Drink water in abundance 8-10 glasses per day will flush way toxins and dilute

the uric acid levels.

8)Increase your consumption of foods such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes,

green peppers, and leafy greens, which are high in natural vitamin C and the

bioflavonoids that reduce inflammation.

9)Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can relieve or prevent joint pain.

Exercise is needed to nourish the joint cartilage. regular exercise helps

the body remove waste products. Exercise strengthens the muscles around the joint.

Developing strong muscles will support the joint more effectively and reduce

injuries. Stretching your muscles helps you maintain a range of motion

10) Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful old-timers home remedy, cures more

ailments than any other folk remedy. Try 2 tbsp of organic apple cider

vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of organic honey (2 times daily).

within a few hours the pain of gout will start to subside.

Source by Tim Gorman

Slow Cooker Chili Recipes – The Easiest Way To Spice Up Your Cooking

Slow Cooker Chili Recipes – The Easiest Way To Spice Up Your Cooking

Slow cooker chili recipes are one of the easiest ways to enjoy the benefits of spicy fresh food cooked using a variety of spices.

Many amateur chefs or home cooks are scared by the prospect of cooking spicy food. Such cuisine is often perceived to be the domain of professionals or cooks that have grown up in regions famous for spicy foods such as Asia or south America. This could not be further from the truth.

Spices such as chili, turmeric, garam masala, all spice and cumin offer a very simple way for the inexperienced or amateur cook to liven up an otherwise bland dish. Take for example a tin of chopped tomatoes: place them in a pan with some garlic, fresh chili and some cumin and you immediately have a lively sauce that could form the base to many Indian dishes.

So assuming chili peppers and other spices offer the cook a simple way to liven up simple cooking, adding a slow cooker simplifies the process of putting dishes together such that the chef can focus more on flavour combinations and taste rather than cooking methodologies.

Using a slow cooker chili recipe simply involves choosing a nice selection of base ingredients that can be used in most dishes; chili peppers, potatoes, carrots, courgettes, onions, garlic. In addition the cook can then add other more specific ingredients such as chicken, beef, red or white wine, fish, liver etc. Once these two elements have been combined and are cooking slowly the chef has little to worry about.

Slow cookers therefore remove the need to be concerned about timings, browning onions, searing, crisping etc and instead let the chef free to concentrate on the 3rd element to a successful slow cooker chili recipe; spices. Once the first two elements are cooking, you should taste and experiment by adding different varieties of chili, turmeric or other spices and herbs in order to perfect the blend of flavours in your dish.

Source by James McKerr

Strawberry Banana Smoothies Your Kids Will Love

Strawberry Banana Smoothies Your Kids Will Love

Guess what the most popular smoothie is. If you were to ask a bunch of different people what their favorite was, what do you think would come up high on the list? Most likely, it would be strawberry banana smoothies.

Something this popular has to taste great! So it's a good time to follow the trend and add your own unique spin to the concoction.

What is it about strawberry and banana that makes the combo so popular? Banana is a creamy and mellow-sweet fruit, for one thing.

Strawberries are of course very sweet, but they are also quite tart and rich with passion. They go perfectly with the sweet and mellower bananas.

Strawberry banana smoothies usually include a mixture of the fruits along with ice and milk. That's a delicious recipe as it is, but you can still find ways to make it even better.

The real beauty behind smoothie recipes is that you can use almost any combination of fruits you can think of, blend them together, and come out with something that tastes fantastic.

Here's a quick tip: Try tossing in some blueberries when you're mixing up strawberry banana smoothies. This will add a subtle layer of flavor to die for.

This is an excellent option for smoothies if you're having trouble getting all the antioxidants you need every day.

Oh, and chocolate tastes wonderful in smoothies that contain strawberries and bananas. Ever tasted bananas or strawberries dipped in chocolate?

If you've experienced this, you know how delicious this combo is. So, try mixing in some chocolate ice cream or yogurt with your smoothie.

But if this is going to be part of a smoothie diet, you'll want to make it as healthy as possible. As odd as this sounds, you should try adding chard or kale to your smoothie, since this will give you an even better dose of vitamins.

So what you get is a wonderful drink that tastes of strawberries and bananas, but you'll still get your healthy greens.

Just have fun with it, okay around, and see what you get. It will not be long before you're coming up with your own concoctions of strawberry and banana. If you make this a regular part of your diet, your doctor will be amazed by your health.

Finding good smoothie recipes is the best way to get started. Use them as a jumping point to learn all about what you can do with delicious, healthy smoothies.

Source by Gertie Terry

Type 2 Diabetes – Research Shows Sugary Soft Drinks Are A Risk Factor for Gestational Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes – Research Shows Sugary Soft Drinks Are A Risk Factor for Gestational Diabetes

Sugar-sweetened soft drinks have long been a known risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes, so it should not come as a surprise to find they raise the risk of developing Gestational diabetes or diabetes of pregnancy, as well. In February of 2017, the journal Clinical Nutrition reported on a study relating to this subject from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. The study taking place over three years included 172 new cases of Gestational diabetes in 3396 women. Mothers with the highest consumption of sugary soft drinks were more than twice as likely to develop diabetes during their pregnancy than those who drank few or no sugary beverages. No link was seen between diet soft drinks and the Gestational diabetes risk.

Another study carried out at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland and published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in February 2017, also compared sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption and the development of diabetes during pregnancy. Scientists there came to the same conclusion regarding sugary soft drinks and went on to find the consumption of French fries were also linked with Gestational diabetes.

A total of 168 pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 40 kept 4-day diaries of their food consumption. An oral glucose tolerance test found fewer cases of Gestational diabetes in mothers consuming healthy diets, including nutritious foods such as…

  • fruits,
  • berries,
  • vegetable oils,
  • nuts,
  • seeds,
  • pasta,
  • breakfast cereals,
  • coffee, tea and cocoa powder.

The women who chose to eat healthy foods were half as likely as those with unhealthy food choices to develop diabetes during their pregnancy. This was true for both the overall group and the overweight and obese women. Gestational diabetes was seen in…

  • 2.3 percent of normal-weight women, and
  • 18.3 percent of overweight and obese women.

According to the Mayo Clinic in the United States, there are five serious consequences linked with Gestational diabetes…

  • a high birth weight,
  • prematurity,
  • respiratory distress,
  • low blood sugar levels, and
  • a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on in life.

In Gestational diabetes, as in all kinds of diabetes, the patient’s blood sugar is higher than normal. Sugar crosses the placenta and causes the baby to add too much fat, just as it does in adults. Overweight and obese infants often go on to develop Type 2 diabetes.

High blood sugar levels can cause early labor and preterm birth, or overweight babies may be induced to avoid c-sections. In either case, a premature baby’s lungs lack surfactant, a liquid that helps them to expand and contract. Respiratory distress can result.

Low blood sugar can occur when the infant’s pancreas makes too much insulin to overcome the high amount of blood sugar from the mother.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

How to Treat Mouth Ulcers

How to Treat Mouth Ulcers

If you have painful, white lesions inside your mouth, then most probably you have what is called mouth ulcers or canker sores. Usually, this does not need treatment as they often go away on their own. However, simple things like talking, brushing the teeth, and even eating can become a painful experience if you have mouth sores.

Stress, smoking, hormonal changes, and deficiency in vitamins such as ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and cobalamin (Vitamin B12) are common grounds for getting canker sores. Sometimes, this can also be attributed to viral and bacterial infections and certain medicines that you have or take.

However, being one of the easiest to treat diseases, mouth sores can be treated using home remedy options or through oral medication. Gargle with tomato juice at least three times a day to eliminate your mouth ulcers. If preparing the juice is a hassle, try biting or eating one. You still get the same result. Chewing on guava leaves also provides the same effect. In just a few days, your canker sores are gone and talking will be a breeze again.

Another herb that is known to cure mouth sores is basil leaves. Chew about 5 leaves at least three times a day. Do this together with water and in a short span of time, your canker sores are gone. Another thing about basil leaves is while it is treating your canker sore, you also get fresher breath. Alternatively, gargling with warm water with salt also relieves you of the pain mouth sores bring. Somehow, the salt solution numbs the sores and will make it easier for you to eat and talk.

Sodium bicarbonate is another option. Combine a small amount with water and gargle with it at least three times a day. If you have peppermint oil at home, apply a small amount directly on the white patches and your mouth ulcers will be gone in no time. Canker sores normally heal within two weeks. If it goes beyond that time frame, go see your doctor for further analysis of your canker sore. Your doctor will most probably advise you to apply corticosteroids or paste treatments for the swelling.

Neither harmful nor contagious, mouth ulcers can really be very painful especially when you accidentally hit them with your teeth or bite them. Do any of the above home remedy solutions or opt for over-the-counter medication and relieve yourself of the discomfort.

Source by Riko Kawasaki

Chicago Pizza is a Whole New Experience

Chicago Pizza is a Whole New Experience

If you live in or near Chicago, then you are probably aware that there is nothing like a Chicago pizza. You can not just call any pizza a Chicago pizza because it is made in a special way. To put it simply, this type of pizza is a deep dish. Now, I'm not talking about the stuff Pizza Hut calls deep dish. I mean that this pizza is really deep! This pizza may be considered as the opposite of the flat New York style pizza. A lot of people are still arguing over which style is truly the best.

You can request some places in Chicago to deliver their pizza to your home. In fact, you can get Chicago pizza delivered to your front door, even if you live in Florida. However, it will not arrive in the traditional way, and there will be no need to tip the delivery boy. This pizza will be sent to your home and you must cook it yourself. You can be sure that the pizza will be authentic, and you can see what all the fuss is about once you tasted it.

You will have more options when it comes to ingredients if you can find someone to mail you a Chicago pizza. There is room for just about anything you could desire since so much goes into a deep-dish style pizza. You will be amazed at the long list of veggies, meat toppings, cheese, and other oddities that you can choose from. I can assure you that you will get the pizza of your dreams, and lots of it. If you look hard enough, you might even find wacky combinations like pineapple and ham at some shops. Of course, it will depend on the shop you choose, and how traditional they are. Some people simply believe that fruit should not be put on a Chicago Pizza and that is the end of the story.

You should remember that you can not eat a lot of Chicago pizza. You may find trouble finishing just one slice of a Chicago pizza even if you are used to having two or even three slices of a New York style pizza at one sitting. The slices are so thick that it's more like eating a large slice of lasagna than it is a slice of pizza. You might have to take most of your pizza home to eat, but you'll be happy when you realize that it'll still be good the second time around.

Source by Morgan Hamilton

Bipolar Marriage – Is it Possible?

Bipolar Marriage – Is it Possible?

Marriage is a difficult proposition. You both have to learn how to communicate effectively. You have to meet each other’s needs, intimately and otherwise. However, when one of you has bipolar disorder, you’re climbing up a large mountain – one that may seem insurmountable at times. Is it possible to survive in a marriage when one of the people has bipolar disorder? I believe so, but it will take work on both sides.

Just like in a “regular” marriage, communication is the key. You must be able to share your thoughts and feelings with each other. If you have started off as friends, talking over endless cups of coffee in cheap restaurants, then this will benefit you now. Stay friends first. This will help you to communicate openly and honestly with each other. Don’t just stuff those important feelings – share them with each other.

Supporter, don’t try to “fix” your spouse. They may have a “broken brain,” but they are not a broken person. Although they may be moody at times, your unconditional love and understanding is what they need – much more than another therapist, psychiatrist, or mother. Just be a supportive spouse, and you will be meeting your loved one’s fundamental needs.

Allow your loved one the freedom to be themselves. They may have to deal with the “outside world” during the day (at a job or volunteer work), but when they get home, you will see the real person behind the masks they sometimes have to wear. Just be aware that someone with bipolar disorder may take things out on the person closest to them, and you may have to bear the brunt of your spouse’s frustration and anger. Please don’t take this personally. If you are aware of it ahead of time, you won’t experience your own frustration, anger, and other negative feelings, and you will be able to be more supportive.

Since you are the person closest to them, you will be the first to notice triggers, signs and symptoms, and any other behavior out of the ordinary for your spouse that might indicate an oncoming bipolar episode. You may want to talk to them if this happens and point out these things, hoping that they would agree to call one of the professionals on their treatment team.

Should your spouse, indeed, go into a bipolar episode, be as supportive as possible, showing your unconditional love and reassuring them that you will be waiting for them. Being hospitalized can be a very frightening experience for anyone with bipolar disorder, and they can feel very much alone. In the case of a married couple, many times the couple has not been separated much, so the person with bipolar disorder may feel lonely and isolated. You may be able to combat this with encouraging letters and visits to your spouse.

Above all else, be honest, open, and loving with your spouse. Remember why you fell in love with them in the first place. Try to separate them from their bipolar disorder. They are not their disorder, and it is not their fault that they have it. If you can remember this, and remember your wedding vows, then during the “…or for worse” part of the marriage, you will be able to love and support your spouse unconditionally. Is a bipolar marriage possible? Absolutely!

Source by David E. Oliver

Juicing Information 101

Juicing Information 101

Juicing has become a popular way to incorporate a healthy habit into your everyday diet. It is an easy way to substitute a heavy meal for a healthy serving of fruit, that is also quick and easy. Additionally, it is simple and helps to provide the nutrients needed for the on-the-go lifestyle that so many of us have today.

Juicing is not limited to any specific recipe. There are many recipes for juicing, as well as many juicing machines. Juicing recipes can be orientated for many specific reasons. Such reasons include weight loss, cancer, diet, and fasting.

Juicing machines are no longer as expensive as they used to be. Now, you can get a specific machine that allows you to determine how thick you would prefer your juices to be. You could also just use a blender to develop your favorite recipes.

Juicing has become a quick and tasty way to enjoy all the fruits and vegetables that your body needs. Juicing with wheatgrass is also a great way to get the necessary greens into your body. If you involve wheatgrass, you open the door to the benefits of wheatgrass juicing. You could also incorporate dried wheatgrass powders into any recipe and receive the same health benefits.

Juicing is different than simply drinking. Regular juice usually contains a small degree of actual fruit juice. Many times, it is primarily sugar. Juicing, however, involves nothing but fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. There is no concentrate or additional sugar added or even needed.

Juicing machines also allow anyone to make their favorite fruit smoothie. Juicing smoothies can be made easily and cheaply. No more spending six dollars at a place like Jamba Juice. Instead, try buying bags of frozen fruit from your neighborhood grocery store, along with some yogurt. You can add these frozen fruits and yogurt to any of your juicing recipes – with some ice – to come up with your own wonderful frozen fruit smoothie.

The nutritional benefit of juicing is obvious. There is no easier way to get the fruits and vegetables that your body needs. Another benefit is that you can create portable meals for yourself. A juice smoothie can substitute for an informal meal, and can be kept in something as simple as a water bottle. This allows you to have an on-the-go meal that is healthy at anytime you need.

Incorporate anything your diet needs into juicing. Whether it is fiber or vitamins, anything can be included in juicing. The options for juicing recipes are limitless and are only bound by your imagination. Start your morning off with a healthy juice smoothie, or end your day with a light and refreshing juice drink. Your body will notice a difference, so try juicing today!

Source by Andrew Wystone