Sweet Potato Fries

            

INGREDIENTS

For the fries:

1 sweet potato

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

For the Greek yogurt chive dip:

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons chives

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C.

2. Cut sweet potato into fries and combine in a large bowl with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

3. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined in parchment paper. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

4. Prepare dip while fries are baking. Combine all dip ingredients in a small bowl and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.

5. Enjoy!

The Importance of Nutrition in Our Daily Life

Whenever we take any food or nourishing liquids, our body digests and absorbs the simple but essential minerals, vitamins, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and water from these food or nourishing liquids and converts it into the bloodstream and energy that help our body to grow and keep it healthy.

The nutrition value is more important for any individual’s health. The food or liquids whenever we take it affect our body and health as well both. So it is very important that we should be more aware of the foods or liquids whatever we take in our daily life. A large number of diseases occur only due to wrong diet. Some certain diet may itself cause some disease or alter the course of a known disorder such as diabetes, heart or kidney disease.

Why Nutrition is important for us?

As we know that food and water is necessary to build up our body and keep it healthy. Every good food and liquid contains some important nutrition like proteins, carbohydrate, fats, some vitamins, minerals and water. These all play different role to keep our body healthy and build new cells in our body.

These are the important nutrition and their role in our body:

Protein:

Protein helps our body to build muscles and strong immune system. Basically proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids. There are 22 different types of amino acid and our body needs all these amino acid to function properly. Protein is abundant type of nutrient in our body that builds new tissues and repairs all damaged cells in our body. It also helps in formation of hormones and enzymes which play variety of roles in our body such as metabolism and sexual development. There are many types of protein that play different types of important role in our body. For example collagen is a protein and it gives the strength, elasticity and composition of our hair and skin. Some of the good protein sources are lentils, low-fat dairy products, tofu, nuts, seeds, peas, tempeh. Some common foods such as whole grain bread, potatoes, corn and pasta also have protein. Soya protein is the most essential and strong protein and it is equal to any animal origin protein.

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates give us energy. This is an ideal source of energy for the body because carbohydrates converted more readily into glucose. It helps our body to supply the energy for the formation of cellular constituent. Carbohydrates are made up of three compounds Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen formed by plants. There are four types of carbohydrates are important – Sugar, Starches, Fiber and Gums. If carbohydrates taken regularly it doesn’t cause any weight gain, unless like other food group. There are two types of carbohydrates – Complex and Simple. Efficiency of carbohydrates can cause the production of ketones in the body, it can results into a condition known as ketosis. The good examples of carbohydrates are breads, potatoes, pasta, soda, chips, candies/sweets, cookies/biscuits, puddings, cakes, sugar, bananas etc.

Fats:

Fat provides us extra energy. It is a nutrient and a particular amount of fat is necessary for our body. It doesn’t always make us fat. It play role to insulate our bodies by giving us protection from sudden changes in temperature and also protects our vital organs. Fats consists of a wide group of compounds are soluble in organic solvents and insoluble in water. Fats provide 9 calories per gram. When dietary fat is digested, fatty acids are produced. It is also important for healthy skin and blood pressure regulation.

There are two types of fats Saturated (solid at room temperature) and Unsaturated (liquid at room temperature). To obtain an adequate amount of linoleic acid, one of the few fatty acids the body cannot produce on itself. Any adult needs one tablespoon of unsaturated fat daily. Saturated fats mainly occur in dairy products like butter, cream, cheese and some chocolates. The source of unsaturated fats are soybean, sunflower and corn oils.

Vitamins:

A vitamin is an organic compound, it regulate our body processes and plays an important role to make our body function properly. The term vitamin was derived from ‘vitamine’, a combination word from Vital and Amine. Today a chemical compound is called a vitamin. Our body needs vitamins as substances to grow and develop normally. There are 13 vitamins necessary for our body. Some of them are A, B, C, D, E, K, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12. In our daily life we get all most all these vitamins form foods whatever we take. Our body can also produce vitamins D and K.

Each vitamin plays specific jobs. Any particular low levels of vitamins cause deficiency disease. For example, if we don’t get enough vitamin D it can cause rickets. Deficiency of vitamin ‘A’ can cause Night Blindness.

If we eat a balanced diet we get enough essential vitamin automatically form our daily food or liquid. We don’t even need to take any particular vitamin separately. Only in some cases we need to take a daily multivitamin for optimal health.

Minerals:

Minerals regulate our body processes and also make body tissues. Minerals make our body work properly same as vitamin play the role but it doesn’t prevent weight loss. Although we get it form our daily foods, so we don’t need to take it separately. Minerals boost our immune system. Some important minerals are Chloride, Calcium, Copper, Chromium, Fluoride, Iron and Iodine. These types of minerals can be found from our daily food or liquid supplement like salt, soy sauce, milk, vegetable oils, whole grains, cheese, nuts etc

Water gives cells shape and acts as a medium where body processes can occur. It is the well known yet most important nutrient our body needs. It is also the most abundant type of liquid found in our body contributing 70% of our total mass. It helps to dissolve and carry the essential nutrients to all parts of the body. It is also needed to help maintain the body temperature and aids to carry away the body’s waste products.

Water:

In human body there are 70% of total mass is covered by water. Water gives cells shape and acts as a medium where body processes can occur. It is very necessary nutrient than available all nutrients. It is also the most abundant type of liquid found in human body. Water help maintain the body temperature and aids to carry away the body’s waste products.

We see that nutrition plays a very important role in our lives, each food and liquid contains its own nutrition value which is very necessary in our life. It could help to extend or decrease our life span as well as define our degree or livelihood. It helps in our mental and physical development as well. We must should aware about the food and liquid what we take regularly. Popper food in our daily life leads to a lifetime habit toward a healthy extended life.

Source by Kirti Gupta

Processed Foods: The Pros and Cons – A Balanced View

In food processing, harvested crops or butchered animals are used as the raw ingredients for making and packaging food products that are attractive, marketable and have long-shelf lives.

Attractive means that the product both tastes and looks good. To be marketable, it must match the kinds of food being demanded by consumers. Food products that have a long-shelf life reduce the costs of wastage for producers, distributors and retailers.

Development of food processing

Food processing dates back to our prehistory — when fire was discovered and cooking invented. The various ways in which food can be cooked are all forms of food processing.

Food preservation also began in prehistory, and the first ‘long shelf-life’ foods were produced by drying food in the sun and by preserving food with salt. Preservation with salt was common with soldiers, sailors and other travelers until canning was invented in the early 19th century.

The ancient Bulgarians invented the first instant food (bulgur) nearly 8.000 years ago, when found a way to parboil and dry whole wheat so that the grain only has to be reheated before it can be eaten.

One of the first ready-to-eat meals was devised by the ancient Celts when they invented the haggis and what is now known as the Cornish pasty.

Another processed food, cheese, was invented by the nomads of Arabia when they noticed how milk curdled as they jogged along all day on their camels and ponies.

The prehistoric methods of cooking and preserving food remained largely unchanged until the industrial revolution.

The development of modern food processing technology began in the early 19th century in response to the needs of the military. In 1809 a vacuum bottling technique was invented so Napoleon could feed his troops. Canning was invented in 1810 and, after the makers of the cans stopped using lead (which is highly poisonous) for the inner lining of the tins, canned goods became common throughout the world. Pasteurisation, discovered in 1862, advanced the micro-biological safety of milk and similar products significantly.

Cooling decreases the reproductive rate of bacteria and thus the rate at which food spoils. Cooling as a storage technique has been in use for hundreds of years. Ice-houses, packed with fresh snow during the winter, were used to preserve food by chilling from the mid-18th century onwards and worked fairly well most of the year round in northern climates.

Commercial refrigeration, using toxic refrigerants which made the technology unsafe in the home, was in use for almost four decades before the first domestic refrigerators were introduced in 1915.

Fridges in the home gained wide acceptance in the 1930s when non-toxic and non-flammable refrigerants such as Freon were invented.

The expansion of the food processing industry in the second half of the 20th century was due to three needs:(a) food to feed the troops efficiently during World War II, (b) food that could be consumed under conditions of zero gravity during forays into outer space, and (c) the pursuit of the convenience demanded by the busy consumer society.

To respond to these needs food scientists invented freeze-drying, spray-drying, and juice concentrates among a host of other processing technologies. They also introduced artificial sweeteners, colouring agents and chemical preservatives. In the closing years of the last century they came up with dried instant soups, reconstituted juices and fruits, and the ‘self-cooking’ meals (MREs) so beloved of military brass but not the grunts.

The ‘pursuit of convenience’ has lead to the expansion of frozen foods from simple bags of frozen peas to juice concentrates and complex TV dinners. Those who process food now use the perceived value of time as the foundation of their market appeal.

Benefits of processed foods

Initially, processed foods helped to alleviate food shortages and improve overall nutrition by making new foods available globally. Modern food processing delivers many additional benefits:

  • De-activating the pathogenic micro-organisms found in fresh vegetables and raw meats (such as salmonella), reduces food-borne diseases and makes food safer.
  • Because processed foods are less susceptible to spoilage than fresh foods, modern processing, storage and transportation can deliver a wide variety of food from around the world, giving us choices in our supermarkets that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors.
  • Processing can often improve the taste of food, though it can also have the opposite effect.
  • The nutritional value of food can be increased by the addition of extra nutrients and vitamins during processing.
  • The nutritional value can also be made more consistent and reliable.
  • Modern processing technologies can also improve the quality of life for people who have allergies by removing the proteins that cause allergic reactions.
  • The mass production of food means that processed foods are much cheaper to produce than the cost of making meals from raw ingredients at home.

Processed foods are also extremely convenient. Households are freed from the time-consuming tasks of preparing and cooking foods that are in their natural state… the food processing industry makes everything from peeled potatoes ready for boiling to prepared-meals that just have to be heated in a micro-wave oven for a few minutes.

Hazards

Processed foods are undoubtedly a great boon. But all is not sweetness and light.

Generally speaking, fresh unprocessed food will contain a higher proportion of naturally occurring fibre, vitamins and minerals than the same food after processing by the food industry. Vitamin C, for example, is destroyed by heat and so fresh fruit will contain more vitamin C than canned fruit.

Indeed, nutrients are often deliberately removed from food during processing in order to improve taste, appearance or shelf-life. Examples include bread, pasta and ready-made meals.

The result is empty calories. Processed foods have a higher ratio of calories to other essential nutrients than fresh, unprocessed foods. They are often energy-dense while being nutritionally poor.

Processing can introduce hazards that are not found in unprocessed foods, due to additives, preservatives, chemically-hardened vegetable oils or trans-fats, and excessive sugar and salt. Indeed, the additives in processed foods… flavourings, sweeteners, stabilisers, texture-enhancing agents and preservatives among other… may have little or no nutritive value, or may actually be unhealthy.

Preservatives used to extend shelf-life, such as nitrites or sulphites, may lead to ill-health. In fact, the addition of many chemicals for flavouring and preservation has been shown to cause human and animal cells to grow rapidly, without dying off, thus increasing the risk of a variety of cancers.

Cheap ingredients that mimic the properties of natural ingredients, such as trans-fats made by chemically-hardening vegetable oils that take the place of more-expensive natural saturated fats or cold-pressed oils, have been shown to cause severe health problems in numerous studies. But they are still widely used because of their low-cost and consumer ignorance.

Sugars, fats and salts are usually added to processed foods to improve flavour and as preservatives. As diabetics, we are all well aware of the effects of excessive sugar, fat and on our already damaged systems. Eating large amounts of processed food means consuming too much sugars, fats and salts, which, even if you a in full health, can lead to a variety of problems such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, ulcers, stomach cancer, obesity, and of course diabetes.

Another problem with processed foods is that, where low-quality ingredients are used, this can be disguised during manufacturing.

In the processing industry, a food product will go through several intermediate steps in independent factories before it is finalised in the factory that finishes it.

This is similar to the use of sub-contractors in car manufacturing, where many independent factories products parts, such as electrical systems, bumpers, and other sub-systems, in accordance with the final manufacturer’s specifications. These parts are then sold to the car plant where the car is finally assembled from the bought-in parts.

Because the ingredients in processed foods are often made in large quantities during the early stages of the manufacturing process, any hygiene problems in the facilities that produce a basic ingredient that is used widely by other factories in the later stages of production can have serious effects on the quality and safety of many final food products.

Despite the hazards, everyone eats processed foods almost exclusively nowadays. As a result, people eat more quickly and no longer seem aware of the way food is grown and how it is a gift of nature.

It seems to me, also, that food has become more of a necessary interruption in our busy lives and less of a social occasion to be enjoyed.

Eating processed foods

You can’t get away from eating some processed foods… the convenience is irresistible.

When you eat processed foods you reduce the likelihood of being poisoned or picking up a food-borne disease. The nutritional value of what you eat may be more consistent and you will probably be ingesting more nutrients and vitamins than you would get by eating only unprocessed food.

On the other hand, by eating processed foods you are exposing yourself to a potential loss of heat-sensitive vitamins and nutrients that are removed to improve shelf-life, taste and appearance. You are also exposing yourself to the potential adverse effects on your health of various additives and preservatives, some of which can be very serious indeed.

The calorie-dense nature of processed foods, due to the large quantities of sugars and fats they contain, makes them extremely problematic for diabetics and those with high cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

The only solution is to choose the processed foods you buy with extreme care — by reading the labels on the packaging — and to focus your diet on fresh or frozen produce as much as possible.

Source by Paul D Kennedy

Fresh Produce Quality Specifications – Tomato

This document is a guide to the key quality criteria which should be observed when purchasing and supplying tomatoes and is the first in a series of fresh produce quality specifications that will be produced and published over the coming months.

Please be aware that these specifications only reflect what our inspectors and technical staff would consider to be well established industry standards, commonly held knowledge and our own expertise in having conducted thousands of food quality inspections over the past 20 years throughout the UK food industry. If we have made any direct reference to another source it will be referenced clearly within the text.

Size Requirements for Tomatoes

These fruit are typically supplied in grades which are fairly well recognised in the fruit trade, with the following sizes being the most usual:

Size MMM: 40mm – 47mm

Size MM: 47mm – 57mm

Size M: 57mm – 67mm

Common Pack Sizes

Tomatoes are usually distributed in open topped corrugated cardboard boxes of 6kg. They will often be further packaged for distribution within the UK depending upon the industry sector being supplied, often seen in 1kg bags or punnets. Cherry tomatoes are often seen in punnets of 250g, packed 12 to a box.

Common Quality Defects Found in Tomatoes

We break quality defects typically into major and minor categories, with no tolerance recommended for the former, and a small tolerance recommended in the latter. This tolerance would typically be in the region of 5% – 10% of a pack by either weight or count.

  • Major Defects
  • Mould / Rot / Breakdown affecting the fruit
  • Pests or Insects other than an occasional single pest
  • Disease / Fungal Growth

Minor Defects

  • Sizes outside of the stated grade (see above)
  • Colour not meeting the specific ripeness requirements for the customer
  • Surface Scarring or Russetting
  • Minor cracks to the Surface
  • Minor signs of age such as wrinkling and softening fruit

Distribution Temperatures for Tomatoes

Distribution temperatures for this product are usually between 12C – 15C It should be noted here, that in most mixed product distribution scenarios, Tomato along with most other fresh produce is grouped into the chilled storage and distribution network which would be expected to run below 6C.

Common Countries of Origin for Tomato

  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • The United Kingdom
  • Canary Islands

This quality specification is a good starting point to setting out your quality requirements for tomatoes, but does not cover any of the food safety systems for production and handling, or any of the nutritional information which would be expected as part of a full technical specification. Feel free to contact us if you need more information.

Source by Thomas New

Penis Health Major Breakthrough Using Vitamin A

While most people understand that they need to eat healthy foods, they often don’t understand why they should have foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals, and just what happens to their bodies when their bodies do not receive these beneficial ingredients.

One such vitamin is vitamin A. This vitamin is vital to the function of the human body. It plays a crucial role in the operation of the immune and reproductive system, vision, and the development of bone and blood structure, as well as aiding in antioxidant activity and skin and cellular health.

What is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is an organic compound that supplies the human body with nutrients that sustain growth and allow it to function correctly. Vitamin A comes in several forms, retinol, retinal and four carotenoids – alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, crypto-carotene, and gamma-carotene. In fact, if the human body has enough beta-carotene in its system then it can produce its own vitamin A.

Vitamin A can be found in animal and vegetable sources. Retinol typical derives from the animal, and the carotene from the vegetable. Foods that are rich in vitamin A are as follows: butter, cheese, egg-yolks, liver, milk, and dark green and yellow vegetables and fruits such as, apricots, broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, spinach, and sweet potatoes.

People who are deficient in vitamin A often have problems with their eye sight and are prone to skin disorders such as bumps, break-outs, and infections. Other symptoms can include severe weight loss, insomnia, fatigue, and reproductive difficulties, as well as hair loss and an itchy scalp.

Vitamin A – How it Can Benefit Penis Feeling

Vitamin A gives a man an overall feeling of wellness, as this compound improves penis feeling, sexual pleasure, and penis health, as well as improves the function of major organs.

Largely, vitamin A has the following benefits:

1. It promotes healthy cellular growth and activity and improves skin rejuvenation so that the skin of the penis retains its softness and elasticity, and is more receptive to touch;

2. It increases overall physical endurance, with recipients feeling more lively and active, especially in the bedroom. This, in turn, increases sexual pleasure as men are able to sustain longer sexual activity;

3. It assists in maintaining a healthy male reproductive system and decreases the likelihood of impotency and erectile dysfunction;

4. It promotes a healthier immune system and prevents colds and other sicknesses which can reduce stamina and erode endurance; and

5. It enables the male body to function as a whole and creates a feeling of overall wellness.

Due to the fact that vitamin A is essential to the growth of healthy skin cells and tissue, and that it aids in promoting overall wellbeing, it is believed that the regular use of vitamin A will increase penis feeling as the skin becomes more receptive, which, in turn, will enhance sexual pleasure.

For Best Results Use Vitamin A in Creme Form

Using a creme form of vitamin A increases the amount that the body absorbs and it directly aids the area that it is applied to. In this capacity, a creme form of vitamin A works significantly faster than, say, a vitamin capsule, and it ensures that the skin cells of the penis receive a higher dose of vitamin A than the entire body.

Daily use of penis specific creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) is recommended, as this contains vitamin A and other essential vitamins, amino acids, and minerals, which are said to increase sexual pleasure and improve penis feeling. This product is known to promote the overall wellbeing and function of the penis so that it aids in optimal penis health.

A healthy lifestyle means eating a balanced diet, exercising for at least 20 minutes a day, drinking sufficient fluids — preferably water — and learning to do anything that is not considered ‘good’ for a healthy body in moderation. This allows the human body to function at its best and it also means that it is getting the right dose of essential vitamins and minerals, so that it operates at an optimum level.

Source by John Dugan

Brown Rice and Brownie Points for Health

When you see a weight-conscious person or a diabetic turning away reluctantly from a ladle of rice, you can’t help but sigh with sympathy. After all, rice has the unfortunate reputation of being on the other side of health.

However, modern lifestyles and improved information about food categories, sourcing, processing, and distribution have enabled us to make smarter and not-so-harder choices.

Take the case of brown rice. When you shop for a reliably-organic and health-oriented brown rice, you make an informed decision about going for something that works better than other rice forms for its variety of factors. It has a lower glycemic index than many others to start with, which makes it a better choice for those concerned with glucose and carbohydrate levels.

Since brown rice is mostly constituted of both the bran and germ along with the endosperm part of the grain, its fibre component and therefore the health advantage goes up a notch. Its nutrition value is better and being a slow carb or a complex carbohydrate allows it to make sure that when you eat it the sugar levels will not spike immediately.

It is also a relatively slowly-digestible form of rice, so it helps with other fitness concerns. The presence of adequate fibre, as well as minerals like magnesium, selenium, manganese assigns many other health points to this category. When it is hand-pounded, like in the case of sonamasuri raw rice, the richness and organic impact rise manifold. Other rice forms come from rice mills and hence their chemical component is higher for obvious reasons.

It is encouraging to see growing adoption of both organic brown and sonamasuri white rice in the culinary communities of India. The ease with which a varied range of preparations can be also be made, makes it stand equally high on taste as it does on the health plank.

Because of its processing specifics, and organic growth, the nutrients are kept intact in a richer and a more absorbable form. The presence of cholesterol and Trans fat is also notably low in this group. Further, the difference in prices when one compares the medium/short grain variety to a basmati variety makes for an extra factor for this choice.

It is very easy to use and often experts recommend soaking this rice for a few hours to ensure good cooking and to get the desired taste. The absence of stickiness and difference in softness as compared to a long grain are also worth noting. The taste and texture of this rice may vary considerably and hence it would be advisable to allow oneself some time before getting used to its consumption.

However, experts recommend shopping in reasonable quantities as brown rice may have a smaller shelf or storage value than its precedents. One can refrain from buying in bulk.

One can also find a number of new recipes that are now possible with brown rice and organic varieties of rice.

Now, even a health-wary person can walk towards a pot of rice without guilt or worry. Rice when grown organically, processed for nutrition maximization and cooked in the right way is as much of a healthy food as the other alternatives out there. Just make sure that the next time you think rice, you have all the information and alternatives before you buy or cook something from what your habit dictates.

Join the organic food revolution and be a part of a new tribe that is spreading health, fitness, and longevity in the world. Welcome to the revolution.

Source by Karthik Guduru

Tips on Where to Buy Wheatgrass

If you’ve been wanting to make your own wheatgrass juice at home, but are not sure where to find wheatgrass, then you’re in luck because we’ve got the answer that you’re looking for. There are a number of places where you can buy wheatgrass juice and you’ve probably known about them all along but just haven’t realized it.

One of the main places that you can buy wheatgrass is at a health foods store. There are a number of health food stores around, both chain or franchise stores, and local mom and pop health food stores in which you will find wheatgrass in order to make the juice that you need. One of the more popular health food stores that you could check is GNC. This store carriers are number of health products, and should also have a section where you can buy wheatgrass.

You might also want to go down to your local health food store, which may not necessarily be a big name store, to look for wheatgrass. Simply go in and ask any store employee if they carry wheatgrass and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

Another option that you have for buying wheatgrass is to not buy wheatgrass in it’s original form at all, but rather to buy it in the powder form instead. The are benefits to buying wheatgrass in the powder format which include the facts that the powder can be preserved for longer periods of time, and the wheatgrass powder can be mixed with other juices and drinks so that you may enjoy the benefits of the wheatgrass without having to spend the time actually creating the juice.

If your considering buying wheatgrass powder instead of the actual grass, you can most likely purchase it online or you can probably check your local health foods store to purchase it there as well.

Finally, you can also check in Asian grocery stores or markets because a lot of time they will carry wheatgrass and many other types of organic foods. This of course will only be possible if you have an Asian market, or any type of health food store for that matter, in your local area.

Making wheatgrass juice can be an exciting and very rewarding activity when it comes to your health, and finding wheatgrass so that you may make the juice does not have to be a difficult task. Hopefully you’ve gained some insight as to where you can find wheatgrass so that you may make your own juice.

Source by Matt LeClair

7 Fertility Tips For Vegetarians and Vegans Who Want to Get Pregnant

If you are a vegetarian or a vegan you may have heard stories or rumors about being a vegetarian or vegan can lead to infertility, miscarriages, and problems in the womb. Let me make this clear, this is absolutely not true.

As long as you are getting enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you can ensure that you have a healthy and safe pregnancy. Here are some tips for fertility for vegetarian men and women:

Vegetarian Fertility Tip #1 – Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Nutrition

Being a vegetarian actually has an advantage over meat eaters as you avoid toxins, hormone disruptor’s and heavy metals in meat, poultry, and seafood. With this in mind however, you can’t always eat vegetarian foods and not watch what you eat. You still need to make sure that you are getting enough nutrition before conception. In particular pay special attention to folate, vitamin B12, and Vitamin B6.

Vegetarian Fertility Tip #2 – Eat Whole Nutritious Foods

It’s easy for vegetarians to get junk food that doesn’t contain meat in it and think that they are eating healthy. However, you are missing out on many trace minerals and vitamins if all you’re doing is eating fast food and processed vegetarian food. Stick to whole nutritious foods that are close to their original form.

Vegetarian Fertility Tip #3 – Cut Down on Sugar

Limit your intake of sugar. Things such as coke, donuts, juice, cake should be stopped. An excess of sugar in your system can lead to Candidiasis or Candida.

Vegetarian Fertility Tip #4 – Stop The Dairy

If you a vegetarian and not a vegan, then you may be drinking lots of milk and eating lots of dairy products including cheese. Non-organic milk contains hormones, pus and can even contain traces of the drug that was injected into the cow. You don’t want these things in your system while you are trying to conceive. Foods rich in calcium include

Vegetarian Fertility Tip #5 – Eat More Raw and Organic Foods

Cooking foods destroys much of the valuable vitamins and trace minerals in them. By eating foods raw and organic you are eating them as a nature intended and without any harmful pesticides or herbicides. Pesticides and herbicides can lead to infertility problems.

Vegetarian Fertility Tip #6 – Drink Lots of Water

Water is crucial to sperm motility and the functioning of many processed within your body including conception. Make sure you are drinking at least 6-8 glasses a day. As a general rule of thumb your urine should be clear.

Vegetarian Fertility Tip #7 – Limit Your Intake of Soy

This tip may come as a shock to you, but most soy is genetically modified. Soy also has hormone mimicking effects and can disrupt the normal functioning of your body. Opt for alternatives to soy products and limit their intake.

Source by Sophia David

Natural Hair Products – Advantages and Disadvantages For the Average Consumer

For many years, shoppers could only find natural hair products at health food stores and natural food markets. However, the consumer has become more aware of chemicals, synthetics, and products that are safe, not only for the environment, but for the hair follicles and the body.

One of the advantages of using a natural hair product is its availability at grocery stores, pharmacies, supercenters, and almost any place that sells hair products. Most herbal products are safe for the environment, are not tested on animals, and are better for your skin and hair.

The safest and best natural hair products, however, have a low sudsing factor, which for the average consumer may appear to be a disadvantage, because tons of frothy soap does not accompany the application onto wet hair. However, looking at a label of a natural hair product, you’ll notice that the harmful ingredients used by many commercial hair product companies are not utilized in natural hair products.

Another advantage is that they do not cost as much money and they are even less expensive when you mix the ingredients at home or when you buy natural hair products in bulk. Regardless of which type of hair you have, you can be sure to find a natural product for everyday use.

What can a natural product do for you? By using a natural herbal shampoo, you will not be putting chemicals onto your scalp or on your hair, and the natural ingredients are pure, which insures that your hair will go through a deep cleansing. There will be no filmy residue left on the hair either. In addition, your hair will look shinier and will retain its natural moisture.

Some people are under the misconception that baby shampoo is gentle for any person or for any type of hair. This is a false belief. Baby shampoo is one of the harshest shampoos for anyone’s hair. Why? Because although it is appealing to the consumer to have a product that will not cause a baby or child to cry, the consumer does not know or understand that the ingredients in the product contain a very harsh chemical that basically numbs the eyelids and the tear ducts. Yes, it’s great that babies don’t cry when the soap gets into their eyes. However, have you ever considered what that numbing agent does to a child’s eyes? So, be careful and be aware when a manufacturer or advertiser says that a product is gentle; that doesn’t mean that the product is made from natural and gentle ingredients.

There are a lot of people who are allergic to certain ingredients in a standard non-herbal product that contains chemicals, and some people are prone to losing their hair or having a similar reaction to hair products that are not pure and natural.

If you care about yourself, your body, your hair, and your environment, then environmentally friendly products such as natural hair products are definitely designed for you. In addition, remember that natural products are generally less expensive, and they will provide better results than synthetic and harsh shampoos that contain detergents.

Source by Olivia Matthews

Organic Gardening – A Speech for Teachers

Organic gardening has increasingly become an important part of the curriculum in schools around the world. Teachers at every grade level find themselves teaching it to students, and sometimes being called on to give a speech to a group of parents. As a career educator and principal, I know the difficulty of opening up time for speech preparation, and offer this organic gardening speech for your use. Feel free to edit it to fit your needs.

Organic Gardening Speech

How selfish are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how selfish would you rate yourself? If you are the least bit selfish, you might be interested in organic gardening.

An organic gardening speech might seem more appropriate coming from a Home Economics teacher, but I am just selfish enough that I love organic gardening. I want to share that love with you and with your children.

Imagine

I want you to come with me, in imagination, to a time and place before the Industrial Revolution. The year is 1707. It is late summer. We find ourselves walking the streets of a small town. Houses are spaced well apart for privacy. Land stretches out behind each house. As we look, we notice that much of that land is taken up by gardens. Here and there, we see both adults and children actively engaged in gardening. The plants are beautiful.

You call to one of the adults and ask what they use to make the garden so lush. A broad smile breaks, and through the smile come the words, “Feed the soil, and the soil will feed the plants.”

You shake your head. Poor people. Too bad they don’t know about that miracle combination of chemicals you saw advertised on TV last week. That’s the easy way to grow spectacular plants!

Dinner

The organic gardener invites us to join them for the evening meal, and we accept. At dinner, we join in the prayer of thanks, and then watch in amazement as the children, one after another, begin eating fresh vegetables.

You yourself are not that fond of vegetables, but you politely take a small serving of each. You bite into a leaf of steamed cabbage, and your eyes open wide in amazement. It is sweet – twice as sweet as the cabbage you buy at your local market! You watch a small child fill his mouth with dark green kale, and shudder. There’s a small spoonful of the nasty vegetable on your own plate, and you pick at it, putting a single small leaf in your mouth. Amazing! It, too, is twice as sweet as any kale you ever ate. The same seems true of every vegetable on the table. You decide that if your supermarket vegetables were this good, you would eat a lot more of them.

Our imaginary trip ends at that dinner table, and we return to the present.

Organic Gardening’s Benefits

Organic gardening has many benefits. If you are completely selfish, you will want those benefits for yourself. If you are unselfish, you will want those benefits for your family. Let me give you just three of organic gardening’s benefits.

1. Taste: Organic gardening has been proven to produce tastier fruits and vegetables. A Hong Kong study measured Brix levels, the percentage of sugar in plant juices, using produce from organic gardening and from non-organic gardening. The results showed that organic gardening produced produce that was 2 to 4 times as sweet as that produced by non-organic gardening. Sweeter fruits and vegetables are tastier, and easier to eat, whether you are a young person or an adult. Organic gardening helps us eat better by providing tastier fruits and vegetables.

2. Nutrition: Organic gardening has also been found to provide nutritionally superior produce. Virginia Worthington, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, compared the composition of vegetables grown simultaneously under different farming conditions. Her work included 41 studies with 1,240 comparisons of 35 vitamins and minerals. Worthington found that organic gardening produced vegetables and fruits that were higher in most minerals and vitamins than those from non-organic gardening. Not only that, organic gardening produce was lower in potentially harmful nitrates, which result from nitrogen fertilizers. Dr. Worthington concluded that produce from organic gardening is nutritionally superior. You and your family will enjoy better health with fruits and vegetables from organic gardening. (Effect of Agricultural Methods on Nutritional Quality: A Comparison of Organic with Conventional Crops, Virginia Worthington MS, ScD, CNS, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1998, Alternative Therapies, Volume 4, 1998, pages 58-69)

3. Exercise: Finally, organic gardening offers you and your children regular daily exercise in the outdoors. Organic gardening helps you build muscles, especially important core muscles. Organic gardening gets you into the sunlight where you can absorb essential vitamin D. Organic gardening is a great stress management tool. Organic gardening gives you an outlet for creativity. It provides satisfaction as you see your work produce useful fruits, herbs, and vegetables.

We could talk about the aesthetic pleasures of organic gardening – how beautiful that garden might become. We could talk about how you can save money with organic gardening – growing your produce instead of purchasing.

Finally, we could talk about how important it is for our children to learn about organic gardening, to embrace it as the way to better health, and to practice it with school, home, and community gardens.

An organic gardening speech could go on for hours, but I’m going to stop here, hoping that I have whetted your appetite enough that you will seek out more information on organic gardening.

Helpful Tip for Speech-givers

A few large bowls of beautiful organic produce can be set on the platform or around the room to help visual learners picture organic gardening.

Source by Anna Hart

Organic Gardening – A Speech for Teachers

Organic gardening has increasingly become an important part of the curriculum in schools around the world. Teachers at every grade level find themselves teaching it to students, and sometimes being called on to give a speech to a group of parents. As a career educator and principal, I know the difficulty of opening up time for speech preparation, and offer this organic gardening speech for your use. Feel free to edit it to fit your needs.

Organic Gardening Speech

How selfish are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how selfish would you rate yourself? If you are the least bit selfish, you might be interested in organic gardening.

An organic gardening speech might seem more appropriate coming from a Home Economics teacher, but I am just selfish enough that I love organic gardening. I want to share that love with you and with your children.

Imagine

I want you to come with me, in imagination, to a time and place before the Industrial Revolution. The year is 1707. It is late summer. We find ourselves walking the streets of a small town. Houses are spaced well apart for privacy. Land stretches out behind each house. As we look, we notice that much of that land is taken up by gardens. Here and there, we see both adults and children actively engaged in gardening. The plants are beautiful.

You call to one of the adults and ask what they use to make the garden so lush. A broad smile breaks, and through the smile come the words, “Feed the soil, and the soil will feed the plants.”

You shake your head. Poor people. Too bad they don’t know about that miracle combination of chemicals you saw advertised on TV last week. That’s the easy way to grow spectacular plants!

Dinner

The organic gardener invites us to join them for the evening meal, and we accept. At dinner, we join in the prayer of thanks, and then watch in amazement as the children, one after another, begin eating fresh vegetables.

You yourself are not that fond of vegetables, but you politely take a small serving of each. You bite into a leaf of steamed cabbage, and your eyes open wide in amazement. It is sweet – twice as sweet as the cabbage you buy at your local market! You watch a small child fill his mouth with dark green kale, and shudder. There’s a small spoonful of the nasty vegetable on your own plate, and you pick at it, putting a single small leaf in your mouth. Amazing! It, too, is twice as sweet as any kale you ever ate. The same seems true of every vegetable on the table. You decide that if your supermarket vegetables were this good, you would eat a lot more of them.

Our imaginary trip ends at that dinner table, and we return to the present.

Organic Gardening’s Benefits

Organic gardening has many benefits. If you are completely selfish, you will want those benefits for yourself. If you are unselfish, you will want those benefits for your family. Let me give you just three of organic gardening’s benefits.

1. Taste: Organic gardening has been proven to produce tastier fruits and vegetables. A Hong Kong study measured Brix levels, the percentage of sugar in plant juices, using produce from organic gardening and from non-organic gardening. The results showed that organic gardening produced produce that was 2 to 4 times as sweet as that produced by non-organic gardening. Sweeter fruits and vegetables are tastier, and easier to eat, whether you are a young person or an adult. Organic gardening helps us eat better by providing tastier fruits and vegetables.

2. Nutrition: Organic gardening has also been found to provide nutritionally superior produce. Virginia Worthington, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, compared the composition of vegetables grown simultaneously under different farming conditions. Her work included 41 studies with 1,240 comparisons of 35 vitamins and minerals. Worthington found that organic gardening produced vegetables and fruits that were higher in most minerals and vitamins than those from non-organic gardening. Not only that, organic gardening produce was lower in potentially harmful nitrates, which result from nitrogen fertilizers. Dr. Worthington concluded that produce from organic gardening is nutritionally superior. You and your family will enjoy better health with fruits and vegetables from organic gardening. (Effect of Agricultural Methods on Nutritional Quality: A Comparison of Organic with Conventional Crops, Virginia Worthington MS, ScD, CNS, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1998, Alternative Therapies, Volume 4, 1998, pages 58-69)

3. Exercise: Finally, organic gardening offers you and your children regular daily exercise in the outdoors. Organic gardening helps you build muscles, especially important core muscles. Organic gardening gets you into the sunlight where you can absorb essential vitamin D. Organic gardening is a great stress management tool. Organic gardening gives you an outlet for creativity. It provides satisfaction as you see your work produce useful fruits, herbs, and vegetables.

We could talk about the aesthetic pleasures of organic gardening – how beautiful that garden might become. We could talk about how you can save money with organic gardening – growing your produce instead of purchasing.

Finally, we could talk about how important it is for our children to learn about organic gardening, to embrace it as the way to better health, and to practice it with school, home, and community gardens.

An organic gardening speech could go on for hours, but I’m going to stop here, hoping that I have whetted your appetite enough that you will seek out more information on organic gardening.

Helpful Tip for Speech-givers

A few large bowls of beautiful organic produce can be set on the platform or around the room to help visual learners picture organic gardening.

Source by Anna Hart

Organic Skincare

Benefits of Using Organic Skincare Products & Natural Organic Skincare

Claudia Keith, founder of Suis Organic Skincare Products, once said that “Back before the industrial age came along, the types of chemicals that touched our skin were pretty much those that the Earth made on her own. Today it’s a different story. What you are putting on your skin day after day, year after year, may be doing much more harm than good.” For any woman interested in natural, healthy living, organic skincare products are a must. Simply reading the label on any major skincare product will show you that your body is absorbing a number of unnecessary, harmful chemicals from these products, but a quality natural organic skincare regimen will give you clean, moisturized skin that results in a number of health benefits.

Organic skincare products properly clean your skin without distributing chemicals and preservatives onto its surface, which prevents the buildup of acne- and infection-causing bacteria in pores. Exfoliating with an organic product will remove dead skin cells, which will immediately rehydrate the skin. By choosing the appropriate products for your skin type (oily, dry, or combination), you can design an organic skincare system that will be of the most benefit to you.

Natural organic skincare products also improve the health of mature skin by purifying skin cells and improving facial tone and color. They prevent the formation of wrinkles by rejuvenating and reinvigorating skin cells. To achieve maximum health benefits, organic products should be used on a regular basis, especially for those suffering from acne.

Many of the chemicals found in beauty products, such as DEA, MEA, and TEA, have the potential to disrupt hormone production and cause a variety of different types of cancer. It is common knowledge that chronic illness, disease, and infection are often caused by long-term exposure to harmful chemicals and contaminants. Many of the elements used in popular skincare and beauty products have been proven to have negative effects on your health, so consider the result of using them day in, day out, for a number of years!

While small amounts of these chemicals may not be enough to cause health problem, continuous exposure over a long period of time is. That is why it is important to only expose your body to ONLY natural organic skincare products that will purify and protect your skin. You should always remember that skin is meant to absorb the materials it comes into contact with, not protect you from them. Choose your skin care products wisely, and make it a priority to always use with organic skincare products.

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