5110 Kali Era, Sarvadhari
Year, Aswayuja month
Vikramarka Era, Sarvadhari
|Diet and Exercise
The Acai berry has been shown to possess antioxidants that are easily absorbed
by humans. Acai berries are found naturally in Brazil and have been
eaten by the locals for a long time. Very little research has been conducted
on the Acai until recently when results of a study conducted by the ‘Texas
AgriLife Research scientists' were published in the Journal of Agricultural
and Food Chemistry.
The fruit is about the size of a blackberry and grows on palms in the Amazon
forest that can reach 60 feet in height. Acai is a popular health food
in the US where it is marketed as being able to boost the metabolism, reduce
weight and provide people with all round health. You will find the words,
energy, health, organic and wellness regularly used to promote the Acai.
An international ingredient company is offering a cranberry derived protein
powder to food manufacturers as an alternative to the standard ingredient
that AHD International has been using which is made from soy and milk.
The cranberry powder known as Luravida-brand is created out of American cranberry
seeds. The cranberry seed derived powder contains between 23 and 30
percent protein. Other nutrients contained in the cranberry powder are
iron, potassium, calcium, up to one percent of omega-9, omega-6 and omega-3
essential fatty acids as well as a large percentage of soluble fiber.
The nation's leading pediatricians group says children from newborns to
teens should get double the usually recommended amount of vitamin D because
of evidence that it may help prevent serious diseases. To meet the
new recommendation of 400 units daily, millions of children will need to
take daily vitamin D supplements, the American Academy of Pediatrics said.
That includes breast-fed infants -- even those who get some formula, too,
and many teens who drink little or no milk. Baby formula contains vitamin
D, so infants on formula only generally don't need supplements. However, the
academy recommends breast-feeding for at least the first year of life and
breast milk is sometimes deficient. The new advice is based on mounting
research about potential benefits from vitamin D besides keeping bones strong,
including suggestions that it might reduce risks for cancer, diabetes and
heart disease. But the evidence isn't conclusive and there's no consensus
on how much of the vitamin would be needed for disease prevention.
While it is believed that 10 to 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen
a few times weekly is sufficient for many, while people with dark skin and
those in northern, less sunny climates need more. Because of sunlight causes
skin cancer, "vitamin D supplements during infancy, childhood and adolescence
are necessary," the academy's report says.
The rise in obesity may be linked to common sweeteners found in many foods.
Experiments shown that eating too much fructose increases the risk of leptin
resistance, a condition that can lead to obesity when paired with a high-fat,
high-calorie diet. The latest findings have been published in the American
Journal of Physiology. Leptin is a hormone that plays a role in helping the
body to balance food intake with energy expenditure, and leptin resistance
as a condition when the body stops responding to it. Though fructose
is found in fruit, the researchers say that the normal consumption of fruit
is not problematic.
Flu is caused by a virus and that most patients recover without specific
therapy. However, thousands of Americans die from the flu each year and millions
are sick enough to miss work or school. Influenza is a serious infection
but it can be prevented and treated.
Influenza is a worldwide problem. Because new strains of the virus
crop up every year, new outbreaks occur annually. In most years, the new strains
turn up first in Asia and then spread around the world to the U.S. That gives
scientists a chance to identify epidemic strains and produce new vaccines
before the flu bugs hit home.
The flu season in the United States runs from about Thanksgiving to Easter,
with most cases occurring in the dead of winter. In a typical year, up to
10% of us get the flu, over 200,000 people are sick enough to require hospitalization
and over 20,000 Americans die from the infection. And the toll can double
during epidemics, which occur every 10 to 15 years.
Some viruses and bacteria can live from 20 minutes up to 2 hours
or more on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. (Ansari,
1988; Scott and Bloomfield, 1989)
Nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common
cold alone. (CDC, 1996)
Approximately 1/5 of the U.S. population attends or works in schools.
(U.S. Dept of Ed, 1999).
Addressing the spread of germs in schools is essential to the health
of our youth, our schools, and our nation.
Students need to get plenty of sleep and physical activity, drink
water, and eat good food to help them stay healthy in the winter and all year.
The main way that illnesses like colds and flu are spread is from person
to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. This is called "droplet
This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person
move through the air and are deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby.
Sometimes germs also can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets
from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches his or her own
eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands. We know that some viruses
and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables,
doorknobs, and desks.
The most serious complication is pneumonia. Seniors, people with chronic
illnesses and young children are at greatest risk. They need flu vaccinations
and medical treatments the most.
In some cases, pneumonia is caused by the flu virus itself. It's a
particularly deadly problem that begins early in the infection and progresses
rapidly, with a severe dry cough and shortness of breath. Bacterial pneumonia
is more common but more treatable. It starts later, after patients seem to
be on the mend. The fever returns, the cough increases and patients produce
or bring up or cough up thick, pussy sputum (phlegm).
Other flu complications can include asthma attacks, ear infections, bronchitis,
sinusitis, inflammation of the heart or other muscles and inflammation of
the nervous system.
Wash your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs and gels are best.
Look for one containing 60% to 95% isopropanol or ethanol. Ordinary soap and
water will also help, but it's not necessary to use very hot water or "antibacterial"
soaps. Antimicrobial towelettes may be useful when you're on the move. Wash
carefully after any contact with folks who have flulike symptoms.
Keep your distance. The flu is most contagious within three
feet of a patient. If your community is hard-hit this winter, try to minimize
the time you spend in crowded places.
Federal health officials are recommending that all smokers under 65 years
old receive the pneumococcal vaccine to protect against the bacteria that
cause pneumonia and meningitis, among other illnesses. The Advisory Committee
on Immunization Practices made the recommendation this week, based on studies
showing that smokers are four times more likely than nonsmokers to suffer
pneumococcal disease, and the risk rises with the number of cigarettes smoked
each day. Scientists theorize that damage caused by smoking makes it easier
for bacteria to attach to the lungs and windpipe.
The British government has officially licensed for production and distribution
a cold combating herb. The herb is one that the Zulu tribes in South Africa
have been using for centuries to keep colds and flu at bay. In the UK, the
herb is marketed under the name 'Kaloba' and is available in tablet form and
as oral drops. As an herbal remedy, Kaloba is one of the first non-drug treatments
for a common condition that the British government has officially recognized.
According to a recent published article in the highly regarded Cochrane Review,
the herb is "effective in resolving all symptoms including headaches and
nasal discharge" that is commonly associated with flu and colds. One of the
chief reasons for the UK governments backing of the herb is due to the financial
savings that are expected as over prescribing costs over £200 million
per year. Additionally, over prescribing antibiotics that don’t cure
flu is one of the causes of antibiotic resistant bacterium developing and
becoming a major problem in hospitals. The active ingredient is called Umckaloabo
and is extracted from the flowers of the geranium Pelargonium sidoides.
Kaloba, under a different brand name has been available in Germany for over
due to MP3
The European Union told music lovers to turn down the volume of MP3 players,
saying they risk permanent hearing loss from listening too long at maximum
levels. EU scientists reported that between 2.5 million and 10 million
Europeans could suffer hearing loss from listening to MP3 players at unsafe
volumes -- over 89 decibels -- for more an hour daily for at least five years.
EU spokeswoman Helen Kearns said the EU executive was asking people, especially
children and young people, "to turn it down" now because they may be damaging
their hearing without noticing it. "It's damage that may come back and
haunt you later in life. EU regulators would look next year at lowering
the EU legal limit of 100 decibels for MP3 players. Apple was forced
to pull its iPod player from store shelves in France and upgrade software
on the device to limit sound to 100 decibels. EU noise rules are meant
to limit noise levels in the workplace, construction sites, factories and
| Vegan Cauliflower and Potato
Ingredients: tbsp vegan margarine; 2 cloves garlic, minced1 onion, diced;
1 potato, diced; 1 head cauliflower, chopped; 3 cups vegetable broth; 2 bay
leaves; salt and pepper to taste; dash nutmeg; grated soy cheese (optional)
Preparation: In a large soup or stock pot, sautee the onion and garlic in
the vegan margarine for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onions are soft. Add the
potato and cauliflower and cook for a few more minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the vegetable broth and bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Cover and allow
to cook for 25 - 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves, then transfer soup to
a blender and puree. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and re-heat if needed.
Top with grated vegan cheese, if desired.
Ingredients: tbsp olive oil; 1/2 cup corn kernels; 7 mushrooms, diced; 3
scallions (green onions) diced; 1/2 red bell pepper, diced; 2 cloves garlic,
minced; 1 tsp cumin; 1 carrot, grated; 1 small potato, grated; 1/4 cup
silken (soft) tofu; salt and pepper to taste; 1/2 cup bread crumbs.
Preparation: In a blender or food processor, process tofu until creamy and
set aside. Sautee the corn, mushrooms, scallions and bell pepper in one tablespoon
of oil for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin and cook for one more
minute. Remove from heat and add the carrot, potato, tofu, salt and pepper.
Add bread crumbs until the mixture holds together. You may need a little bit
more or less than a half a cup. Shape the mixture into patties and refrigerate
for at least one hour. Heat remaining two tablespoons of olive oil and cook
each patty until the veggie burgers are done, about 3 minutes on each side.
Ingredients: 1 tsp vegetable oil; 1 onion, diced; 1 carrot sliced; 4 cups
vegetable broth; 1 cup dry lentils; 1/4 tsp pepper; 1/4 tsp dried thyme; 2
bay leaves; dash salt; 1 tbsp lemon juice.
Preparation: In a large pot, sautee the onions and carrot in the vegetable
oil for 3-5 minutes until onions turn clear. Add the vegetable broth,
lentils, pepper, thyme, bay leaves and salt. Reduce heat to a simmer.
Cover and cook until lentils are soft, about 45 minutes. Remove bay leaves
before serving. Makes 4 servings.
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