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Dark chocolate and her magic

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The ancient Mayans considered it food of the gods and were not mistaken: the chocolate is actually good for health.
Of course this applies to dark chocolate. In fact, as soon as the dark chocolate, this is better for your health.

5 good reasons why it pays to eat dark chocolate

First Heart health - Dark chocolate protects the heart and cardiovascular system. Clinical studies confirm that few squares of chocolate a day reduces blood pressure, improves blood circulation, prevents blood clots and reduce the level of LDL (harmful) cholesterol.
Second Antidepressant - Chocolate contains serotonin, which acts against depression, and endorphins, which gives a sense of satisfaction. Chocolate has long been known as an aphrodisiac, which makes it a popular gift on Valentine's Day.
Third Treasury antioxidants - Dark chocolate and cocoa are rich in antioxidants - natural compounds which can be found in fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Antioxidants protect our body from premature aging and many diseases, including cancer.
4th Regulation of sugar - Regardless of its sweet flavor, dark chocolate has a low glycemic index. This means that eating dark chocolate does not raise blood sugar levels, which is good news for diabetics. Not only that - flavonoids, which contain chocolate, just treat diabetes, because it improves cell sensitivity to insulin and glucose.
5th Important minerals - Like other representatives of the vegetation, chocolate contains a full range of vitamins and minerals. It is rich in copper, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron.

Why dark chocolate?

- Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants than milk, because it has a higher proportion of cocoa
- Dark chocolate has less calories, violence and the protection is high in fiber - which is better for people who want to lose weight

Myths and facts about chocolate

First Chocolate contains a lot of caffeine
It is not true. Chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine. One dark chocolate (100 g) contains the same amount of caffeine a chance, you and a cup of coffee.
Second Chocolate causes acne
It is not true. Research has not shown any association between acne and consumption of chocolate, even in large quantities.
Third Chocolate causes cavities
It is not true. Recently, scientists increasingly agree with it, not just sugar that cause cavities, but any food that is a long time in the mouth. For example, snacks and dried fruits can be easily stuck between the teeth and cause cavities become.
4th There are many people allergic to chocolate
The misconception. Cocoa allergy is rare. Most people are allergic to milk, egg, soy, wheat and nuts, which may contain chocolate. If you are allergic, read labels carefully and buy the dark chocolate, which does not contain these allergens.

Do not overdo it with chocolate
As in all things, the diet needs balance. Eating chocolate is good but not good if you eat it too. A few cubes of dark chocolate a day is enough to get the benefits of antioxidants and minerals it contains.
The healthiest chocolate from biological cultivation, which contains no white sugar.

How often do you eat chocolate? Do you think that chocolate is healthy?

Garlic is a miracle plant

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

For thousands of years this miraculous herb cures various ailments.

Homer in the Odyssey it is sung as a "plant rescue" in the Vedas are referred to as "the world divine herb and medicine."
Pharaohs they gave slaves during the construction of the Cheops pyramid in order to have a strong, healthy and robust body of heavy manual labor ...

Legend has it that garlic was precisely the reason the first known strike. Specifically, during the construction of the pyramids, he was denied the slaves, and they rebelled and stopped construction.
In both World War II garlic was used as a disinfectant, and we all know the story of garlic makes evil spirits.
Garlic is one of the oldest known cultivated plants in the world and people for thousands of years are familiar with its healing and magical properties.
Recently, researchers have proven its healing properties, and therefore becomes more accepted drug.
It is proved that garlic contains about 200 active substances - substances rich in nitrogen, essential oils, which contain sulfur, vitamins (A, B1, B2 and C), minerals (potassium, iron, iodine, calcium, selenium and phosphorus), contains amino acids, polioze as inulin, enzymes, vegetable fats and other substances.

In ancient Rome, Pliny the Elder spoke: "No illness which can not be withdrawn before the garlic."

Garlic is a versatile drug that has proven to be excellent in treating various ailments and diseases.
Proven his considerable antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Aktioksidans powerful, and excellent anti-inflammatory effect on the immune system.
Many call him the best friend of our bloodstream as lowers blood pressure, makes blood vessels more nimble (good against atherosclerosis), stimulates the red blood cells, stimulates circulation and improves blood flow.

Daily consumption of garlic protects against heart disease and stroke, is good against diabetes because they regulate the rate of glucose in the blood.
Research has shown that people use every day garlic have a lower risk of cancer of various diseases, especially cancer of the digestive tract.
In fact, garlic is a regulator of intestinal flora, reduces congestion (and hence the possibility of poisoning), and stimulates the secretion of gastric juices and thus acts on intestinal disinfectant.
Garlic also protects the body from aging.

Garlic - great food for cold winter days

During the period when the prevailing flu and colds, garlic will prevent you from disease. Every day, eat 2-3 cloves of garlic. This will strengthen your immunity and reduce the possibility of infection.
Once people during the flu epidemic pushed a few garlic cloves and put them in space, because garlic is not only kills bacteria and viruses in the body, but acts on them in the air.

Stinking rose

No wonder that he was in Greece called the "stinking rose", because just the smell is one of the main reasons why many avoid this helpful.
But do not avoid its consumption of time and enjoy the many benefits as there are numerous solutions that can cover up its smell.
After the garlic is good to chew mint leaves or parsley, drink lemonade, chew cloves or a few coffee beans, and you can eat an apple and lemon with added honey.

Is rare that a plant has many positive effects on the human organism. So be a true friend of his body and eat daily at least one clove of garlic!

Young peas

Young peas contains substances that help prevent cancer, cleanses the body from harmful substances, improving blood count

Because taste and medicinal properties, young peas is highly valued vegetables. It is grown in every corner of the globe, mostly in Russia, China, India and America, thrives best in a moist climate with the climate. Is rich in nutrients, vitamins, proteins, minerals, fructose and glucose. During germination it can synthesize vitamin C, a great source, and thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) and niacin (B3).
It is an ideal food for people who are chronically tired and stressed, because it improves the immune system and restore vital energy. It strengthens bones and heart, prevents osteoporosis occurs. It contains substances that help prevent cancer, cleanses the body from harmful substances, improving blood count. Shell peas are harder to digest, so people who have problems with digestion, it is better to peel or mashed beans. In folk medicine, warm mash of ground peas is a traditional remedy for skin diseases, rashes and blisters.
To preserve the vitamins and minerals, it is best to store beans steamed or cooked in a covered pan with some water. Ten minutes is enough grain to soften and flavor will improve if his season with garlic, onion, celery and dill.

100 grams of peas contains: 81 calories, 78.86 g water, 5.42 g protein, 14.46 g carbohydrates, 0.40 g fat, 5.10 g fiber, 40 mg vitamin C, 0.17 mg vitamin B6 , 65.00 mkg vitamin B9, vitamin K 24.80 mkg, 244 mg potassium, 25 mg calcium, 33 mg magnesium, 1.47 mg iron, 108 mg phosphorus, 1.24 mg of zinc.

Goji berries

Tiny red goji berry is one of the most powerful plants in the world.

Goji berries (Lycium barbarum Latin) is a woody shrub-like plant that gives a high energy berry-fruit flavors of chocolate.
It grows in the Himalayas where it is used for centuries not only in the kitchen than in medicine.

They are called also "happy berry" or "red diamonds".

In England, goji berries have become known from 18 century, which were used in the kitchen as a decoration.

The early 21st century, their popularity is growing, when the results of medical research suggests their impact on health.

Goji berries are now the most popular superfood in the world. One of the first American ORAC scale which measures the antioxidant properties of food.
What is the position of the higher scale, these foods have a greater capacity to destroy free radicals that threaten the health and accelerate aging.

The wealth of nutrients

Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. They are rich and enviable amounts of many other compounds, which are among the superfoods.
They have extremely high levels of vitamin C, iron and many other nutrients.

Goji berries contain ...

19 amino acids (of which 8 are essential)
21 trace mineral, including anticancer germanium
more complete protein than wheat (13%)
more vitamin C than oranges
B complex vitamins are necessary for converting food into energy
Vitamin E (rarely found in fruits, mainly in seeds and grains)
ciperon, which uses the heart and blood pressure and relieves the symptoms of female
Solavetivone, a powerful antifungal and antibacterial compound
fizalin, an active compound that protects against leukemia, and hepatitis B

betaine, which is used to make the liver produce choline, a compound that calms nervousness, enhances memory and protects against fatty liver. Betaine also decreases the risk of heart attack and protect DNA
complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta carotene (a better source than carrots) and zeaxanthin (protects the eyes). This makes the goji berry's richest source of beta carotene of all known foods
beta-sitosterol, anti-inflammatory agent. Beta-sitosterol is also used to lower cholesterol, treat sexual impotence and prostate enlargement in.
essential fatty acids, which are necessary to maintain the hormone production, proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Effects on health

Because of its rich composition, the wonder berries are really broad spectrum of action. Goji berries ...

strengthen the immune system
slow down the aging process of the organism
prevent the occurrence of leukemia and cancer
protect against heart and blood vessels
regulate the operation of the urinary system
give strength and energy
antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
improve fertility in women
protect vision and contribute to more beautiful complexion
improve circulation
protect against diabetes
improve the quality of sperm


To enjoy the health benefits of goji berries, you need very small amounts. The recommended daily dose of berries is 10-30 grams daily.
But there is no upper limit of consumption of goji berries. For example, in Chinese medicine commonly used dose of 150 g of fresh berries a day.

Unfortunately for us you will not find fresh goji berries because they spoil quickly. Because the market there are many companies that sell dried berries or juice from the goji berry. They are available in the form of unsweetened pulp.
Highly recommended to choose products that contain lots of sugar.

Plant goji berries in the garden!

Do you want to enjoy the benefits of fresh, ecologically grown goji berries? Piece of cake!

Plant a berry tree in your garden, yard or orchard ... Spraying is not necessary because the goji berries - eco fruit.

With a little effort and will appear small and oblong shaped fruit orange-red color. The berries begin to ripen from July to October.

Eat them fresh, prepared from the juice them or dry them and enjoy their benefits all year!

How to keep food fresh?

Always read the declaration. Instructions on keeping the food on the label is always worth to read, even in a well-known products.Due to growing concerns over food additives, many manufacturers are beginning to reduce the amount of salt, sugar and other preservatives, so it makes the validity of food can change. 

Jams and pickled vegetables, for example, who would otherwise be full of sugar and salt, and you can keep on the shelves of kitchen cabinets or pantry, now to be kept in the refrigerator. If you prefer to buy food with less sugar, less salt and no preservatives, it is wise to buy such products regularly - buy less, and more often - and especially careful to keep them properly. Most packaged foods on it labeled "shelf life" or "used up" and the date, so you need to know exactly what these labels mean. Date and label "shelf life" is more related to food quality rather than safety - it's a date up until and including the day, you can expect that food will remain in good condition, if stored correctly. There will be dangerous to eat the food and after that date but will be delicious as it was when it was fresh. Date and label "used to" put on foods that spoil quickly. Do you eat a food after the date by which it must be used, you can spoil your stomach.

Learn the basics of food storage in the refrigerator and freezer chilled even in the interior of your refrigerator or freezer, the food may spoil, but will last longer if you adhere to simple rules.

Check the temperature. The best way to do this is with a thermometer in the refrigerator or freezer. They can be purchased at stores that sell kitchen utensils and equipment. To make good radio, refrigerator should be set to between 1 degree C and 5 degrees C, and the freezer at - 18 ° C or lower. If your refrigerator is full, or if you frequently open and close the refrigerator door - for example, when preparing a special dinner or party - you'll probably have it set to a temperature close to 1 ° C.
Separate raw from cooked. To avoid contamination of one type to another food, raw and cooked foods on separate shelves hold. Raw red or white meat or fish hold in a closed container in the most bottom shelf of refrigerator, to avoid touching or drip onto already steamed, chilled food.
Store chilled. If you have any cooked food left over from lunch, let it cool completely before you save it in the refrigerator or freezer. Do this as soon as possible. Leftovers should not stay longer than one hour out of the fridge, which should be used within two days if you store them in the refrigerator.
Never re-freeze food. Once you thaw frozen food is not allowed to return to the freezer again, unless you have not thermally processed.
Empty cans. Open cans of food, never to return to the refrigerator. Search the contents of the dish, cover and store. Most of the cans of food to be consumed within two days, even if you hold it in the refrigerator.
Remove the packaging. If you buy vegetables or hard fruits such as apples and pears, wrapped in adhesive foil or plastic bags, remove food from packaging before storing in the refrigerator so that air can circulate freely around them. Soft fruits such as strawberries or blueberries, it is best left in their packaging so as not to displace.Fungus is usually better kept in paper bags.
Fruits and vegetables will keep longer in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator than they would be held in the larder. The cold will also help preserve their vitamin content. No bananas never kept in the refrigerator - the tan.

Do not throw overripe bananas become overripe bananas when to eat, or even too soft to cut, they are still good for cooking. Make the cake mix the banana or the nutritious beverage. If you can not immediately use, peel them, chop, put in a bag and freeze. To use, defrost bananas. Partially frozen bananas are great for thick fruit drinks.

Freeze the rest of the tomato puree Buy the can of tomato puree, and you need only a tablespoon or two, freeze the rest of the sauce. On a baking sheet spread the parchment paper and spoon izgrabite few "puddles" of sauce all together and put in freezer. When you freeze the sauce, take the red circles of paper, store them in a plastic bag and return to freezer. The next time you need a tomato puree, just insert one or two rounds of frozen soup or stew. They do not need to melt earlier.

Soften hard curing raisins, raisins and other dried fruit you can prevent, or at least slow down this process, keeping them in a jar with airtight lid. But if you forget to do it and left it in the bag, then you are probably hard as stone and can seem inedible. But do not give up and throw them right away, yet they still can be refreshed by placing them in a bowl and pouring cold water to cover them. Put the pan on a strong fire and boil water. Then remove the pan from the heat and leave for 10 minutes let the raisins soak. Above the sink place a large metal strainer, strain the raisins and leave them in the lurch, sometimes protresajući a colander to drain all the water.Thus refreshed raisins will be soft and ready for eating or for adding to the cake. If you want to save, you must first leave the paper towels to dry well, then you can put them in a jar and sealed.


Artichoke (Cynara scolimus) considered the noblest among the vegetables. This biennial, and perennial often, about which our people are sufficiently aware, comes from the Mediterranean, where it is cultivated for centuries. From its ancient originals almost has not changed, as indicated in the drawings pharaohs tombs of ancient Egypt, where also considered delicious vegetables. It is grown mostly in the coastal regions of Italy and France, as well as on the shores of California.
Artichoke is a plant diet, rich in vitamins and minerals. Flowers from April to August, and harvested in June and July when mature flower heads. It is healing, but it is used for making medicinal preparations use only the leaves. Blue-violet and red-purple flowers that are used in the diet have no curative effect.
The leaves contain cinarin, specific flavonoid compounds, a number of hydroxy-acids. For its somewhat astringent and bitter taste of tannic acid is responsible. That is why before use should be boiled in salt water or lemon. However, it should be noted that its compounds are very sensitive to drying and decay, making the true effectiveness of preparations obtained from fresh plants. If you just have to be dried, then this process should be fast and at an elevated temperature.
Artichoke is rich in potassium and phosphorus, while the presence of calcium and magnesium more frequently than most other vegetables. Manganese has a special value because it is located in the cells of the liver, pancreas, kidney and bone, and participates in the synthesis of glycoproteins, as well as in the synthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids in the liver. It also has plenty of vitamins C, A and B group vitamins. It contains plenty of carbohydrates, a formidable amount of cellulose and minor amounts of fats and proteins. Healing herbs known for centuries, inspired particularly by a bitter compounds in the leaves and roots. For artichoke leaf extract has been confirmed to reduce blood cholesterol levels. They are also good diuretics and therefore is used in kidney.It is recommended, and cirrhosis of the liver, because it improves the flow of bile and liver function. It seems beneficial to the digestive system, eliminating heartburn, feeling of bloating, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Artichoke has powerful antioxidant effects, which effectively protects the liver from toxins and infections, and stimulates the regeneration of liver cells. Traditionally, the artichoke is used for cleansing the body.Treatment is usually carried out early in the spring, but after prolonged administration of drugs, which lasts three to four weeks. The aim is to facilitate the regeneration of the liver, which is loaded increased metabolism and excretion of drugs. It is recommended for people who are occupationally exposed to the negative impact of various organic solvents, varnishes, and people with allergic disorders, caused by a variety of ingredients in foods and other allergens. Helps older people especially with the appearance of uremia, poisoning and toxins that cause the body's own diseased kidneys or delay voiding. It is useful for diabetics and is low in sugar.
Artichoke is not recommended for nursing mothers, because adverse effects on the secretion of milk. Not recommended for people with or who had suspected the presence of stones in the gallbladder and bile duct blockage. The same applies to people with sensitive stomachs, a damaged liver or kidneys.

Preparations artichoke lowering high cholesterol levels in the blood by acting simultaneously on other important metabolic processes in the body. This herb lowers bad cholesterol and raise levels of good. This is achieved due pojačanbog secretion of bile, to which she also acts, in which liver increases metabolism by converting cholesterol into bile acids.
Unlike statin drugs, artichoke does not reduce cholesterol synthesis, but only increases its degradation. This mechanism is crucial in the final so-called reserve cholesterol transport, during which the organism solves his surplus. Hepatobiliary insufficiency or poor flow of bile, it is often overlooked problem whose consequences are bloating, constipation, problems related to digestion, and elevated cholesterol. Flatulence is generally manifests after eating.
While taking products based on artichokes, avoid cholesterol-rich foods like red meat, eggs, animal fats and refined vegetable oils. Artichoke is taken as a drink a month three times a day, and then once or twice daily as a "maintenance dose". There are tablets and effervescent tablets come in doses of 500 milligrams, which represent the pure extract of artichoke, and has enough to drink a day.

Side effects of energy drinks

The bottle of energy drink is a popular way to get the necessary energy when you just do not have time to sleep.Unfortunately, the price for an additional 3 or 4 hours of activity is too high.
Even natural energy drinks harm your body.

What is an energy drink?
Energy drink is a soft drink which - according to the manufacturer - now increases energy levels in the body.
There are several studies that confirm that energy drinks really short time to increase the mental and cognitive abilities, alertness and physical endurance.
The energy in the energy drink is not released as a result of burning calories, but because of the stimulants and vitamins it contains.

What does an energy drink?
Energy drinks typically contain xanthine (including caffeine), carbonated water, taurine, B vitamins and some herbs. The usual ingredients are guarana, yerba mate, acai, gingseng, ginkgo biloba. Sometimes the energy drinks add maltodextrin, inositol, carnitine and creatine.
Some energy drinks contain sugar, while other brands are replaced by sweeteners.
The indispensable ingredient in energy drinks is caffeine (often from guarana or yerba mate). Energy drinks contain three times more caffeine than the car.

Why are energy drinks harmful?
Although you a bottle of energy drink will not hurt seriously, 2-3 bottles a day can cause arrhythmia, insomnia, nausea, nervousness, dehydration and stomach pain.
In the United States because of side effects of taking energy drinks is one of the most common reasons for emergency visits.

First Energy drinks deplete the body's energy supplies
Its empowering effects of energy drinks owe synthetic caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. These stimuli promote the creation of synthetic adrenaline, which increases heart rate and blood circulation.
Blood supply to the brain increases and you begin to feel happier and stronger.
But this extra energy comes from outside, but is drawn from the body. Such a "refreshing" it cost us later: there is even greater fatigue, apathy, and insomnia.
Regular consumption of energy drinks can deplete the adrenal glands and cause disease, which is called adrenal fatigue.

Second Energy drinks are addictive
Like other stimulants, energy drinks are addictive. Many users of these drinks will soon become their hostages and literally depend on them.
Without their daily dose of energy drink person feels upset and irritated.

Third Energy drinks damage the internal organs

Because energy drinks are suffering the most heart and blood vessels, stomach and liver.
Cardiovascular system often responds to "artificial energy" arrhythmia, sudden changes in blood pressure and tachycardia.

The stomach is suffering because of carbon dioxide, which increases the formation of gastric juice and acidity of the stomach, which harms the gastrointestinal tract.

Pleasant flavor, color and flavor energy drink created with the help of chemical substances. Every energy drink has dozens of them. All this chemistry damage our liver.
Because even healthy adults are recommended to be careful with taking energy drinks.
Not to mention, but that energy drinks have no place in the diet of children and adolescents.

Natural energy drinks - better than synthetic?

Many manufacturers of dietary supplements have decided to follow the trend and began producing natural, "healthy" energy drinks.
An example of such energy drinks are Forever Living FAB (contains taurine, guarana, unavoidable aloe vera, glutamine, carnitine, inositol, vitamin B, carbonated water, acidity regulators, natural color, sugar, and xylitol) and Vision IFly (based on guarana, ginseng , yerba mate, rhodiola rosea and Ginkgo biloba, contains glutamine, carnitine, caffeine, fructose and vitamin C).
But - beware! Although natural, such as energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine and act as stimulants.
That means they release energy stores, which are reserved in our body. After a period of activity and the period of euphoria came the fall of energy and concentration.
Prolonged consumption of energy drinks depletes your body, damages the cardiovascular system and causes premature aging.

Instead of energy drink
If you are tired, but you are not able to sleep, try the following:
light exercise
15 minutes of easy exercise to restore their energy and concentration
Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and rest for 15 minutes
yoga, meditation, breathing exercises
this method will certainly give you a good mood and energy
cold shower
This is a proven way to wake up!
fresh air and sunshine
Get outside and walk in the fresh air
food that gives energy
renew your energy level to eat juicy fruits or whole grains
drink a glass of spring or purified ionized water

Long term, consider how to extract more time to sleep.

All the ancient medical traditions of the world talk about the importance of energy balance in the body. This balance depends on our physical and emotional health.
Our body gives us to know what and when to do. If you are tired means that it is time to rest and restore energy supplies.
Taking energy drinks disrupts this natural balance, which can result in long-term problems in mental and physical level.

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