Hot chili peppers can be extremely beneficial for keeping blood pressure in check. People who crave very spicy food usually do not have a desire for salty food. A large study done in China reported that capsaicin, the spicy component of chili peppers, stimulated the same area of the brain as did salt. In so doing, it made the brain more sensitive to salt which potentially made a person consume less salty foods. Results of the study were published in “Hypertension”. The test had 606 participants. All were given water with different amounts of capsacin. The more of the hot spice that was present the less of a desire for salt was recorded. Another benefit of red and green peppers is that they are the highest source of Vitamin C.
In 2010 New York city made it legal to keep beehives within city limits. There are now some 500 beekeepers in the five boroughs. Bees can work for up to a three mile radius from their hives doing the job of pollinating all the local neighborhood gardens. Two hives can produce as much as 30 pounds of honey during the season. In fact, the Church of the Holy Apostle in Chelsea has hives on its roof and sells its honey after Sunday service. Eating local honey may also be helpful for someone who suffers from allergies within the city limits by strengthening their immune response to what triggers their sensitivity.
East Indian girls who are born during the astrological period when Mars and Saturn are in the Seventh house are said to be doomed in marriage. These unfortunate girls are given the name Mangliks. Because of their birthday, they are destined to have an unhappy marriage and will even be responsible for bringing early death to their husbands. There is however a solution. The Manglik must marry a tree, then cut it down in turn breaking the curse so they can live happily ever after.
The true definition of power is possession of control, authority or influence over others. In having power what influence does it have over leadership style? Can it have both a positive as well as a negative effect. If you observe someone who holds a position of power you may get the impression that in order to have power you need to be forceful, aggressive and dominant. Isn’t power more about bringing our talents and voice to the world without stepping on others. Can we use our power over people to have them in turn create support for others that surround them. Some psychologists believe it is a question of moving from an I-centric outlook to more of a we-centric way of thinking. In this way using your power of influence to encourage a collaborative effort instead of a competitive one. It would seem that instead of fearing someone in power more people would recognize a position of power as one who is making a significant contribution to the greater good. Wouldn’t it be appropriate if respect was reserved for the person of power because that individual possesses positive attributes. Power can have a wonderful effect on others if it is accompanied by positive energy, endurance, empathy, humor and charm. The end goal offering guidance in an attempt to motivate others.
– 1 Package of ready made Beets (Beetology Brand)
– 1 can of Cannellini Beans (Brad’s Organic)
– 2 medium Bosc pears
– 2 tablespoons of Avocado oil ( olive oil works)
– White Balsamic Vinegar to taste
Simply cut the beets in quarters and slice, cut the pears into 8 pieces and slice and place in a bowl. Next add the can of beans after rinsing and all the other ingredients.
A great lunch with a slice of whole grain bread…
A new study has revealed that letting out a powerful sound during exercise may have a beneficial effect in spite of the fact that it may alarm all that surround you. It seems that letting out a grunting noise during explosive movements required while lifting weights, practicing martial arts and even tennis strokes can be traced to our historic ancestors and the noises they made as they heaved giant stones as projectiles. To test the theory researchers gathered 20 martial arts men and women to test their power on a kicking bag. The bag contained a device to measure force. When the kick was accompanied by a grunt or a yell the force of the kick was 10% greater which proved that it can be a useful competitive tool.
Although the standard advice for weight loss has always been to cut back on calories, a new study published in JAMA has shown just the opposite. Concentrating on consuming nutrient dense whole grains, vegetables and fruits without thinking about calories may be a better way. Research showed that insulin resistance, DNA makeup or genetics were not as important as quality not quantity of food consumed. It was an extremely large study of 600 people at the cost of $8 million dollars conducted by The Stanford Prevention Research Center. The study did not set restrictions on carbohydrate, fat or calorie intake. It focused on eating “real foods” and as much as they wanted so they would not feel hungry. Some of the participants did gain weight while others lost as much as 50 lbs. over the course of a year. Average weight loss was 12 lbs. Along with changing the quality of the food they were consuming, some of the subjects said that since they were no longer eating fast food they were no longer eating in cars or in front of the television. DNA samples were taken of all the members and the differences in their genetic makeup showed no difference in the results. It is not that calories do not matter in weight loss, it is that by consuming nutrient dense foods they were able to satisfy their hunger for longer periods of time and in so doing unconsciously consume less calories.
It seems many college students are challenged when trying to make healthy food choices. Researchers watched nearly 28,000 college students for 46 days to see how they selected certain vegetables. “Zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes” had greater appeal then either “wholesome sweet potato superfood” or “cholesterol free sweet potatoes”. “Sweet sizzlin’ green beans and shallots” had more appeal then “health energy-boosting green beans and shallots”. It seems that labeling a food healthy or nutritious is a turn off as opposed to a more delectable description. Another successful dish was “rich buttery roasted sweet corn” as opposed to just ”vitamin-rich corn. All these foods were prepared exactly the same but psychologically they seemed more appealing to the students’ taste buds.
The supermarket chain Ekoplaza in the Netherlands opened the first eco-friendly plastic free aisle. All items whether they be groceries, snacks or sundries are all packaged in biodegradable materials or in glass, metal and cardboard. There are 700 items that cover everything from sauces, cereals, yogurt and chocolate. This is one of the first steps in the European drive to counteract the damage being done by drinking straws, plastic bottles, coffee cups and lids. These measures are being adopted by most of the Western European nations as part of a 25 year transition plan. Hopefully this will have an impact on the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic that have been discarded since the 1950’s and of which only 9% have been recycled. Ekoplaza plans these plastic free aisles in its 74 stores. The philosophy being why put something so perishable as food into something so indestructible as plastic.
A new device similar to a pacemaker has been devised that may help patients suffering from dementia and traumatic brain injuries. It sends messages to the brain when it is struggling to remember but is quiet when it feels the brain is functioning well. Devices such as this have been used in the past but only for people suffering from seizures and Parkinson’s disease. The research is funded by the Department of Defense at the cost of $70 million dollars in the hope of relieving the stress of brain injuries suffered by soldiers. Impulses sent to a portion of the brain helped in a 15% improvement of word recall. Hope is that Alzheimer’s, as well depression and anxiety may be helped by targeting different areas of the brain with electrical impulses. Test subjects who showed greater recall said that they actually felt nothing physically when the brain was stimulated by these impulses.