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Moisturizing Banana Facial Mask

Moisturizing Banana Facial Mask

1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon honey
4 -5 tablespoons ground oats or 4 -5 tablespoons almonds
mineral water, if necessary


Mash the banana, add the honey, oats and some water to get a good consistency, use your own judgment.
Spread the banana mix on to a damp face and neck, put cucumber slices on your eyelids and relax for 15 to 20 minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Are Pickles Good for You?

Are Pickles Good for You?

May 16, 2011

by Monica Reinagel, M.S., L.D./N.

Keith writes with a question about pickles and whether they are good for you and can be a good source of nutrition.

Are Pickles Good for You?

Pickling is a time-honored way of preserving foods for an extended period of time without refrigeration. Traditionally, it was used to ensure a food supply during times when fresh food would be unavailable, such as over the winter or on a long voyage.  You can pickle just about anything: fruitsvegetables, even meat and fish.

What Are the Benefits of Pickling Foods?

In a nutshell, the idea of pickling is to create an environment that is inhospitable to the microbes and enzymes that would normally cause food to decay—as well to prevent the growth of micro-organisms that could make you sick. This is usually done using a combination of salt, acid, and/or fermentation with friendly lactobacillus bacteria. Spices, oil, or sugar can also be added to enhance the flavor.

What are the Health Benefits of Vinegar?

In traditionally fermented pickles, the sour taste is the result of natural acids that are produced by the bacteria during fermentation.  Other methods skip the fermentation and use vinegar instead. Vinegar has some unique benefits of its own.

The claim that vinegar helps you burn fat is true, but only on a technicality.  The acetic acid in vinegar can increase your fat-burning metabolism. But, as I discussed in a previous article, this effect is so small that it is unlikely to translate into any noticeable fat loss. However, adding vinegar to a meal can have a noticeable effect on your blood sugar levels. The acids in vinegar slow the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which is generally a good thing.

How Are Modern Pickles Made?

In the days of modern food processing, of course, we have other ways of keeping food from spoiling, such as refrigeration and pasteurization.  Indeed, most of the pickles sold these days in grocery stores actually rely on pasteurization and/or refrigeration to preserve the food. Salt and vinegar are still used, but mostly for flavor.


Are Pickles Nutritious?

As for how nutritious pickles are, it depends on what you’re pickling and the method you use. Keith, who lives in Japan, is in luck.  Traditional Asian pickles are probably the most nutritious kind of pickle. First of all, they start with cabbage, radishes, peppers, and other super-nutritious vegetables. The raw veggies are then packed with salt or a brining solution and allowed to ferment at room temperature.  Fresh sauerkraut, native to Germany and Eastern Europe, is another example of a traditionally fermented vegetable.

No heat is involved in the production of traditionally fermented pickles and that helps preserve the nutrients in the vegetables.  In fact, the fermentation process actually adds valuable nutrients.  The lactobacillus bacteria that cause the fermentation produce B vitamins and also act as probiotics that help keep your digestive tract healthy.

Pickles and Salt

The only potential downside to traditionally fermented pickles is the salt content. Again, the salt is key to promoting fermentation and suppressing harmful bacteria. If you’re trying to limit your sodium intake, you’d want to keep that in mind.  Other than that, however, traditional fermented pickles are a nutritious alternative to fresh vegetables.


Do Pickles Count as a Vegetable?

The sweet cucumber pickles you typically encounter here in the U.S., on the other hand, are probably among the least nutritious type of pickles. Cucumbers aren’t terribly nutritious vegetables to begin with. Boiling them in sugar syrup, packing them in jars, and then heat-treating the jars to pasteurize them doesn’t exactly improve their nutritional profile. In fact, given the sugar, the salt, and the lack of any meaningful nutritional value, I’d be reluctant to let you count sweet pickles as one of your servings of vegetables. Dill pickles wouldn’t be high in nutrition, either, but at least would be lower in sugar.

Pickled carrots, cauliflower, green beans, or combinations of pickled vegetables—sometimes called chow chow or giardiniera—would fall somewhere in between traditionally fermented pickles like Kim-chi or sauerkraut and the standard American bread-and-butter pickle.

One the one hand, they are usually heat-processed, which involves some nutrient losses, and you wouldn’t get the benefits of probiotic bacteria. On the other hand, they’re made from nutritious vegetables and usually without as much added sugar. I’d count them as a serving of vegetables. But again, you’d want to be mindful of the sodium.

How to Make Your Own Pickles

Lately, there’s been a revival of interest in the traditional arts of pickling, canning, and fermenting.  If you’re interested in learning more about how to make your own pickles, I’ve included some links below to resources for you to explore.

I am a senior, how can smog affect my health?


I am a senior, how can smog affect my health?

  • If you are a senior who suffers from heart disease or lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, smog can make your symptoms worse
  • Smog can decrease the lung’s working capacity. On a Smog Alert day, breathing can be more difficult. You may find your daily activities harder to do, and you may be more tired.
  • Smog reduces the respiratory system’s ability to fight infections and remove foreign particles, increasing your risk of getting sick.
  • Seniors may be less able to sense the presence of ozone, and may have a delayed response to the early warning signs of smog exposure such as breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, and tightness in the lungs and chest.

How do I protect my health on a smog alert day?

  • Relax and take it easy. Avoid physical stress and activity.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor work or exercise.
  • Stay indoors in a cool, well-ventilated place.
  • If you must be outside, try to schedule your activities early in the morning when pollution levels are lowest.
  • Avoid being outside around high traffic areas or during peak rush hour times to minimize your exposure to smog.
  • Avoid the sun and drink water and natural juices frequently.
  • If you experience symptoms such as tightness in your chest, wheezing, or shortness of breath, seek medical attention.

Adapted with permission, from the Smog Alert materials produced by the City of Toronto and by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Ginger Root

Eating ginger root may help to prevent cancer and aging disorders.

Ginger root contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps.

Good for those with constipation!

The ancient Greeks used to eat ginger root after a large meal in order to ease the digestion process.

Ginger root has proven to help lower your cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots.

As a mood enhancer, ginger’s cineole content may help contribute to stress relief.

Also used for migraine headache.

Ginger root can also be used for reducing toothache and the discomfort which arises due to the infection in the upper respiratory tract due to its antibacterial and antifungal nature.

Chewing on fresh ginger root can help freshen the breath.

Being a warming herb, ginger root can help knock out a fever. This property also makes it effective in stimulating circulation of the blood.

Ginger root can also help relax muscles around the blood vessels and is said to help prevent blood clots from forming. The warming effects make it a natural decongestant as well as an antihistamine, making it the perfect remedy for colds.

Some studies show that it can even help to inhibit the replication of the herpes simplex virus.

Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed.

It has also been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.

To discover the health benefits of ginger for yourself, simply make a tea by steeping about 5 slices of ginger in hot water.

If you prefer it in your food,

Ginger is excellent in many dish and is perfect when combined with garlic.

Ginger doesn’t only spice up your food it can also help to put some extra spice in your intimate life too; It improves blood flow to your sexual organs, and contains Vitamin C, zinc and magnesium.

The Truth About Shisha Smoking

The Truth About Shisha Smoking

Shisha may not offer the same taste, or smell, of regular cigarettes but don’t let that fool you. Shisha (or waterpipe) smoking may end up being more harmful for your health than most people realise. Way, way more harmful.

Misconception About Shisha
While cigarettes are universally considered harmful, shisha doesn’t usually appear on our radar as a potential health hazard. Says Dr K Vijaya, Director, Youth Health Division, Health Promotion Board, “Many consider shisha smoking to be an occasional social activity and hence, not harmful. The tobacco used for shisha smoking is often flavoured which masks its danger and increases the appeal of shisha smoking to youth and young adults.”

This social nature of shisha smoking may even lead to addiction, she says. “In a study conducted by Maziak W et al (2004), authors noted that as shisha smokers receive comparable or higher doses of nicotine compared to cigarette smokers due to the social nature of the activity, addiction can set in. However, there has been no published study on when this addiction comes about and whether shisha tobacco is more addictive than cigarettes,” explains Dr Vijaya.

The main culprit for causing addiction is nicotine, which is found in shisha tobacco as well as regular cigarettes. This substance is as addictive as drugs like heroin and cocaine, according to Dr Vijaya, and shisha smokers have been shown to receive similar or even higher doses of nicotine. She says, “Shisha smokers reportedly suffer from many, if not all, of the indications of nicotine dependence. These include craving for nicotine fix, anxiety, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, headaches, and irritability.”

More Dangerous Than Cigarettes
With sweet scented flavours like apple, grape or peppermint, shisha smoke certainly doesn’t smell or taste like your typical harsh cigarettes. But beneath that innocent fragrance, the smoke it produces is just as harmful — containing tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine just like cigarette smoke.

Dr Vijaya explains further, “Cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals of which 400 are poisonous and at least 69 are cancer-causing. Besides measuring concentrations of three of the constituents of cigarette smoke – tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine – there are no ISO standards to measure the concentration of the rest of the constituents of cigarette smoke. Similarly, studies have revealed that smoke released into the atmosphere when shisha tobacco is burnt contains tar, carbon monoxide (from incomplete combustion of the shisha tobacco as well as the charcoals used to burn the tobacco), nicotine, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals. However, concentrations of the ‘heavy metals’ and ‘cancer-causing chemicals’ are not known.”

What Shisha Can Do To You
Dr Vijaya lists the various health risks posed by shisha smoking:

a. Cancer Threat
The charcoal used to heat tobacco in the hookah increases the health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals. Even after it has passed through water, the smoke produced by a hookah contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals. Hookah tobacco and smoke contain numerous toxic substances known to cause lung, bladder, and oral cancers.

Irritation to the mouth from exposure to tobacco juices increases the risk of developing oral cancers. The irritation by tobacco juice products is likely to be greater among hookah smokers than among pipe or cigar smokers because hookah smoking is typically practiced (with or without inhalation) more often and for longer periods of time.

b. Heart disease
Hookah tobacco and smoke contain numerous toxic substances known to cause clogged arteries and heart disease.

c. Flu
Sharing of smoking pipes increases risk of tuberculosis and flu.

d. Second-hand smoke
Second-hand smoke from hookahs poses a serious risk for non-smokers, particularly because it contains smoke not only from the tobacco but also from the heat source (e.g., charcoal) used in the hookah.

Top 10 Countries Where People Live Longer

Top 10 Countries Where People Live Longer

Some fictions says age of a person depends on area of the person where he is born, and on the other hand some myths from science says it depends on the genetics of the person, the breed from where the person is born, but there are some realistic people, who believe that age depends on the physical fitness and the stamina of the person and not on any of the factors mentioned before.

The reality is that every specific area on the Planet Earth has its own average age of living, that differs a long run with other areas, we have collected the list of top 10 countries where the average age of a common man is way high. So, which country made into the list, see below!

10 – Guernsey

Average age: 80.42 Years

The island of Guernsey, located in the English Channel, is a British Crown dependency, but it’s not part of the U.K. The reason for its high life expectancy is simple: It’s extremely wealthy. Very low taxes make Guernsey a popular destination for tax exiles who can afford the very best in nutrition and medical care. More than half of the island’s income comes from financial services — which means well-paid desk jobs — with very few people working in heavy industry. Read more after the break…

9 – Australia

Average age: 80.50 Years

All the usual factors relating to prosperity apply here, but the life expectancy of indigenous Australians is about 20 years less than that of white Aussies, due to higher rates of just about every factor that shortens life, including smoking, obesity and poverty. Incidentally, research suggests that Australia’s life expectancy may start falling as obesity reaches epidemic proportions in the land down under.

8 – Switzerland

Average age: 80.51 (tied)

Aside from a stable economy with all of the usual factors that increase longevity, such as a healthful diet and high standard of health care,Switzerland’s much-vaunted neutrality means that its inhabitants are highly unlikely to die in an armed conflict.
7 – Sweden

Average age: 80.51 Years (tied)

Although an economic downturn in the late 1990s did some damage to Sweden’s world-renowned welfare and public health systems, they are still among the best in the world. Also, Sweden has the lowest rate of smokers in the developed world — about 17 percent — so tobacco-related deaths are half the European average.

6.9 – Canada (updated)

Average age: 80.96488

6 – Japan

Average age: 81.25 Years

Japan has one of the lowest adult obesity rates in the industrialized world, at only 3 percent. As in Hong Kong, this is mainly due to a healthful diet based around vegetables, fish, rice and noodles. Many Japanese people also stop eating when they feel about 80 percent full, rather than continuing until they can’t manage another mouthful. The Japanese are also much less reliant on cars than people in Western countries, preferring to walk whenever possible, and therefore get plenty of exercise.

5 – Hong Kong

Average age: 81.59 Years

People in Hong Kong generally eat a healthful and balanced diet, based around rice, vegetables and tofu, with only small amounts of meat. This means that obesity rates are low, as are the rates for most dietary-based cancers and heart disease.

4 – Singapore

Average age: 81.71 Years (tied)

Aside from prosperity, one factor in Singapore’s long average life expectancy is that in the early 1980s, the government recognized that it had an aging population, with the average age of its citizens increasing steadily. The government planned accordingly, and nowSingapore has excellent health care facilities for the elderly.

3 – San Marino

Average age: 81.71 Years (tied)

This enclave in central Italy is the third smallest state in Europe (after Vatican City and Monaco), as well as the world’s oldest republic. Here, the long life expectancy is due to prosperity and the fact that the majority of the population is involved in office-based work rather than heavy industry and labor, which shorten life spans.

2 – Macau

Average age: 82.19 Years

This island in the South China Sea is reaping the rewards of a booming economy. The money has come from visitors, particularly from the Chinese mainland, coming to take advantage of a recently liberalized gaming industry. Gambling profits now provide about 70 percent of the country’s income, and the government uses the money to invest heavily in public health care.

1- Andorra

Average age: 83.51 Years

Located between France and Spain, Andorra was one of Europe’s poorest countries until it became a popular tourist destination afterWorld War II. Its 71,000 inhabitants now enjoy all the benefits of a thriving economy, which include excellent nutrition and public health care facilities.
Source – World Bank, World Development Indicators