Monday, May 31, 2010
Kisimi is an another new inspired by nature furniture collection for spring/summer 2010 season by French company, Bleu Nature. It’s also designed by Frank Lefebvre and Bastien Taillard but from completely other materials. It consists of two lamps and two different occasional tables. Lamps are made of acrylic glass and natural pebbles and remind frozen parts of a sea’s underwater landscape. The similar look have occasional tables although they feature weathered planks and natural grey natural quartzite under the acrylique glass. Kishimi is perfect for those who like sea landscapes and want to make their interior decor truly unique.
Juicing is a great way to obtain nutrients from natural sources. If you don't like the taste of something, you can enjoy it in a juice with other vegetables & fruits. Juice ideas are only limited by your imagination. All fruits & vegetables are fair game & each bring their own benefits to the table...
Vitamin C is found in many vegetables (red pepper, parsley, broccoli, etc.). Iron as well (spinach). Vitamin A (carrots, spinach, beet greens, mangoes) & Vitamin K (Broccoli, cabbage, kale). The list goes on & many vegetables are abundant in more than one kind of nutrient. Fruits & vegetables also provide valuable antioxidants not found in milk.
Where do the cows get calcium for their big bones? From plants!
Many of us are aware of the dangers of dairy products, but aren't really sure where to get calcium in a plant-based diet. Leafy green vegetables like kale, collards, turnip greens, dandelion, mustard greens & parsley are all great sources of calcium.
Unlike milk, there's no danger in eating fruits & vegetables. The biggest hang-up people tend to have with juicing is the way it looks & the way it tastes. To the untrained eye, a jar of dark green liquid may be unappetizing, but when you pick, wash, cut & put combinations of colorful fruits & vegetables thru the juicer yourself - it's a whole different game.
As for the taste - it's all about the combinations. Kale juice won't be delicious on its own, but vegetables like carrots provide sweetness. Fruits like apples, pears & kiwi will add sweetness as well. Use them sparingly. I like my juices to be at least 75% vegetables, but fruit juice can be great as a natural source of energy.
Start with lighter colored vegetables to get used to juicing & gradually incorporate darker leafy greens into your recipes as your palette adjusts. Do some reading on the subject, become informed & peep Well & Good for new juice ideas!
Cow's milk is for calves. Green Juice is for the children.
Nutritional yeast is yellow in color & provides a nutty cheesy flavor. It is popular among vegans because it is a good source of vitamin B12 & also a complete protein (9 grams in just 3 tablespoons). It can be found in bulk at most natural food stores.
Not only is nutritional yeast valuable for its nutrients, but it also provides a great taste to many foods. Versatility at its finest! Here are some ideas to try...
-Stove-popped popcorn with olive oil, sea salt, cayenne pepper & nutritional yeast (my favorite snack)
-Nutritional yeast sprinkled on a baked potato or mashed potatoes
-Nutritional yeast added to pasta sauce (or sprinkled on top)
-Nutritional yeast added to soups & broths
-Homemade bread with olive oil & nutritional yeast
- Tofu scramble with vegetables, cayenne pepper & nutritional yeast
Be creative & be well!
So here it is:
*Please begin your morning with a glass of pure water
-Miso soup to release mucous and Green tea for its anti-oxidant effects
-Eat non- mucous forming foods like: Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cultured foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, high vitamin C foods like citrus, berries, and fundamental sulphur from cabbage, onions, and garlic. Get plenty of essential fatty acids from omega-3 oils like flax, sea greens (kelp, nori, hijiki, wakame, arame, dulse, etc.), and spinach.
-Please avoid: Dairy, canned and preserved foods, caffeine, sugary foods, heavy starches, etc.
-Check out your vitamins and make sure that you are taking Vitamin C or Ester C to help build up resistance. Evening Primrose oil is also good to take several months before allergy season as a preventative.
-End each evening w/ a glass of pure water and the juice of 1/2 of a lemon. It helps clear the body of toxins and you will detox while you rest. (smile)
*If the symptoms are truly out of hand, there is a homeopathic remedy that you can take that doesn't have any side effects. The Brand is Similisan and you want to get the Eye drops #1 and Nasal spray. It should be available at most health food stores, if not, check The Vitamin Shoppe.
*If you are a tea drinker, try "Breathe Deep" by Yogi Teas.
*Exercise is important to increase oxygen uptake, assist in pushing out mucous, toxins , and improving all around circulation. Take advantage of the cooler weather and take a daily walk w/ deep breathing, and sweat some of that stuff out. Delight in your day....Be well...
‘Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle’ is an exhibition of custom-made bicycles held at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. It showcases 21 specially crafted bicycles by six renowned bike builders, each employing a fair share of design, craft and art. Bikes on show include fixed gear, road racing, cyclocross, mountain and commuter bicycles.
Most of us aren’t going to make it for the exhibition, so here’s a look at some of the bikes.
||||||Acupuncture's Molecular Effects Pinned Down: New Insights Spur Effort to Boost Treatment's Impact Significantly
In a paper published online May 30 in Nature Neuroscience, a team at the University of Rochester Medical Center identifies the molecule adenosine as a central player in parlaying some of the effects of acupuncture in the body. Building on that knowledge, scientists were able to triple the beneficial effects of acupuncture in mice by adding a medication approved to treat leukemia in people.
The research focuses on adenosine, a natural compound known for its role in regulating sleep, for its effects on the heart, and for its anti-inflammatory properties. But adenosine also acts as a natural painkiller, becoming active in the skin after an injury to inhibit nerve signals and ease pain in a way similar to lidocaine.
In the current study, scientists found that the chemical is also very active in deeper tissues affected by acupuncture. The Rochester researchers looked at the effects of acupuncture on the peripheral nervous system -- the nerves in our body that aren't part of the brain and spinal cord. The research complements a rich, established body of work showing that in the central nervous system, acupuncture creates signals that cause the brain to churn out natural pain-killing endorphins.
The new findings add to the scientific heft underlying acupuncture, said neuroscientist Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., who led the research. Her team is presenting the work at a scientific meeting, Purines 2010, in Barcelona, Spain.
"Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but because it has not been understood completely, many people have remained skeptical," said Nedergaard, co-director of the University's Center for Translational Neuromedicine, where the research was conducted.
"In this work, we provide information about one physical mechanism through which acupuncture reduces pain in the body," she added.
To do the experiment, the team performed acupuncture treatments on mice that had discomfort in one paw. The mice each received a 30-minute acupuncture treatment at a well known acupuncture point near the knee, with very fine needles rotated gently every five minutes, much as is done in standard acupuncture treatments with people.
The team made a number of observations regarding adenosine:
- In mice with normal functioning levels of adenosine, acupuncture reduced discomfort by two-thirds.
- In special "adenosine receptor knock-out mice" not equipped with the adenosine receptor, acupuncture had no effect.
- When adenosine was turned on in the tissues, discomfort was reduced even without acupuncture.
- During and immediately after an acupuncture treatment, the level of adenosine in the tissues near the needles was 24 times greater than before the treatment.
Once scientists recognized adenosine's role, the team explored the effects of a cancer drug called deoxycoformycin, which makes it harder for the tissue to remove adenosine. The compound boosted the effects of acupuncture treatment dramatically, nearly tripling the accumulation of adenosine in the muscles and more than tripling the length of time the treatment was effective.
"It's clear that acupuncture may activate a number of different mechanisms," said Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. "This carefully performed study identifies adenosine as a new player in the process. It's an interesting contribution to our growing understanding of the complex intervention which is acupuncture," added Briggs, who is the spouse of co-author Jurgen Schnermann.
The paper includes three first co-authors: Nanna Goldman, technical associate Michael Chen, and post-doctoral associate Takumi Fujita. Other authors from Rochester include Qiwu Xu; medical student Tina Jensen; former student Wei Liu and former post-doctoral associate Yong Pei; assistant professors Takahiro Takano and Kim Tieu; and research assistant professors Weiguo Peng, Fushun Wang, Xiaoning Han, and Lane Bekar. Also contributing were Jiang-Fan Chen from Boston University and Jürgen Schnermann from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Funding for the work came from the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Program and the National Institutes of Health.
The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by University of Rochester Medical Center.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Endive or "Escarole" Health Benefits and Juicing Recipe>>>
Traditionally Used For
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A Good Source Of
Sometimes, Endives are listed as "Escarole" in stores. Choose small leaves. As with dandelion leaves, the bigger the leaf, the more bitter the taste.
Due to the fact that Endive is a green juice, you will find it beneficial to have no more than about ¼ of your juice consisting of green juice.
Endive is very concentrated and so I try not use to any more than 1 ounce in every 8 ounce glass.
Veggie Delight Recipe
Wash veggies thoroughly and cut into sections where needed. Juice everything and enjoy!
Always remember please:
"It is said that elections are not won with the far left or far right votes, but with the mainstream votes. So it is with health. Good health does not come from being extreme, but rather good
What we want to do is incorporate smart decisions, not fanatical ones. Obviously, even making smart decisions can mean making big changes in one's life, but big changes are different to fanatical ones. Making wise choices is simply wise."
Bless and Be well>>>>