Tea Gets Even Better

Tea is one of the best tasting, healthiest, and popular drinks around the world, aside from water. It’s most commonly drunk in England and China, although worldwide it is still a very common occurrence. In the United States it is more common to drink iced tea, while that is almost unheard of and considered very strange in the UK. Tea has uncountable amounts of health benefits depending on the type you get and even the mixture of tea types if you choose to use multiple kinds. All tea kinds are wonderful in their own way, and can help you greatly with some health aspects.

Green Tea

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This is one of my personal favourite tea kinds. Green tea is very good and often comes in many different flavours for every preference. I have ones that are orange spice, pomegranate, blueberry, and more like those. Besides taste there are health benefits also to drinking green tea. The most common and well known use for green tea is for weight loss. It is said to boost the metabolism and help to prevent storage of fat and plaque growth in veins. There is some debate about this, but one claim in the medical field is that there is a compound in the leaves that promotes brain cell growth and can increase quality thinking, theoretically making you smarter. Tea has many different antioxidants that have been shown in test studies to prevent the growth and start of some types of cancer. It also contains compounds along with promoting intelligence it can also prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It can also help with diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems.

Black Tea

Made from the same plant that green tea leaves are made from, this tea is made form the aged leaves of the Camellia plant. This is a very good tea that also comes in many different flavours that are very popular around the world. This is a more common form of tea than the green tea. This tea is claimed to help with caffeine and alertness to keep you awake during the day and also helps prevent parkinsons disease and heart or cardiovascular issues. It raises blood pressure and can help in cases of vertigo. Many of these effects are more common in women that men and can also help with ovarian cancer.

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Herbs Video

Herbal medicine has been used in many historical cultures since the beginning of time and since civilization knew what medicine and illnesses were. I, coming from a line of Native Americans, decided to focus in a little on the historical aspects of this culture specifically. Many tribes still continue their herbal practices to this day and obviously they have been successful, or else they would not be used still. While yes Native American culture greatly differed from the western world, but it was still thriving and growing successfully until the western world came and tore it apart. They have been using North American resources for many many years to heal illnesses or solve bodily problems.

Alternative Medicine

One area of study that is growing in popularity is the idea of alternative medicine and the idea of using herbs in placement of traditional medicine and as a more natural and healthier way to get better from illnesses, cancer, or even things such as anxiety and insomnia. In a historical context, herbal and natural medicine was highly used and practiced by highly evolved and intelligent societies. Yes medicine has changed and evolved over time, for example  we don’t put leeches all over people with the flu hoping that they will suck out and get rid of all the “bad blood” anymore. Although, the possibilities of using natural methods in modern medicine could really be groundbreaking. The Native Americans used many herbs and remedies to cure ailments and other illnesses that they encountered, and contrary to somewhat popular belief, they were one of the most advances civilizations of their time. There are many different theories to the effectiveness and uses of herbs for some of today’s medical issues.

In today’s culture the most popularized use for alternative medicine, is actually with cancer patients. Many patients, who want to try anything at all to stop the growth of their cancer, will often turn to other more natural ways to possibly help them. Even in the hit (and amazing) T.V. show “Breaking Bad“, Walter and Skylar While inquire and mention many times about alternative medicinal remedies and different ways, besides the harsh chemical treatment that Walter could use to help slow the cancer growth. This of course isn’t the only use or purpose for alternative medicine.

There are both good and bad forms of natural medicine. Homeopathy is one version that really is not all that effective at all. It contains highly diluted forms of verbs, that may leave you with a wonderful feeling of the placebo effect, but nothing substantial or actually effective. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-facts-of-the-alternative-medicine-industry/

Herbal medicine

With the growing popularity and assumed success rate of using herbs as medicine, many people are curious and they just don’t know how to start or which ones to use to effectively help whatever illness or issue they want to fix. When you’re beginning to take and use herbal medicine on a regular basis there are a few basic things that you need to be aware of for safety reasons and just simply basic knowledge. You need to know what helps with what, where you can even get these herbs, and how to take the in a safe way.

In the United States herbs are not considered as medicine or regulated as such, so it gets tricky finding someone knowledgeable on the subject and making sure that you actually get the herb you want, since it isn’t heavily regulated and checked for content. There are actually many certified people out there, Herbologists and so forth, that are college educated on using herbs for medicinal purposes. They can be fairly easy to find if you really want to dive into the whole issue and are really serious about it. To find one close to where you live you can look on either of the following websites; http://www.americanherbalistguild.com/ and http://www.americanherbalistguild.com/. These people can give you more sound advice than I could on the subject and probably recommend more herbs to you that would specifically help your issues.

There are many different forms that the herbs you’re searching for van come is such as; teas, syrups, oils, liquid extracts, tinctures, and dry extracts (pills or capsules). There are some things that you should look out for though. Many herbs that are on the market, and may not have any warnings on them, can and have been shown to exhibit some bad side effects. A Herbologist or some simple research before you take the herb will usually tell you what the possible side effects are and if it’s recommended to actually take. Some herbs only are effective in some forms for certain illnesses. For example the tea form may induce constipation while the pill or capsule form of the herb will act as a laxative. It all depends on the herb, and as I said earlier, before you take any herb at all, do a quick 30 second google search. It could prevent many future health problems that may result from taking something harmful.

Source: Herbal medicine | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/herbal-medicine#ixzz2xprJ3QTi

Secret Meaning of Character Names

Whenever we go on vacations or to stores there always seem to be those pieces of paper with every common name on them telling their meaning and Hebrew of Latin origins. If you’re anything like me, those absolutely fascinate you. Trying to figure out if your name description matches your personality and who’s is the best. There are many different meanings behind each name. Mine, Jordan, is Hebrew if I recall correctly and often means down flowing or flow. This really has no significance whatsoever to me as I am a person and can’t exactly flow in the conventional sense. This name as you can probably guess is often derived in meaning and significance from the Jordan River which plays a big part in the bible and Christianity.

The great thing about writing your own books is that you can choose the significance and meaning of your characters names. This is a trick that a lot of really popular authors do that, and you may not have even realized it. One of the most famous examples is from Star Wars. Darth Vader, who is later revealed to be Luke’s father in one of the biggest plot twists in cinema history, his name in German literally means “Dark Father”. Writers are good at entering this subtle character hints and developments behind the scenes.

One of my favourite series Harry Potter, has a lot of these character naming tricks implemented into it. Albus Dumbledore is a really interesting one. The name itself means white and wisdom, which paired with his luscious long white beard is a perfect fit. Although the story behind the name is even more interesting. There was a go owner of Britain that when he claimed the throne became an ally of an unlikely foe, Septimus Severous. Sound familiar? Argus, which if Filch’s first name means watchful. That fits perfectly doesn’t it? Bellatrix means great female warrior, war, and a woman in power. What better for the Dark Lords first hand lady? Harry means power, a great name for the chosen one. My favourite story is of Madam Trelawney. There was an actual prophet that shares her last name in myths and stories who was cursed so that no one would believe any of her prophecies, although they were true. This was very true of Madam, who was believed to be insane by all but was very insightful and correct in her divination. Good ol’ J.K. Rowling does a very good job at things like this, these are only a very select few examples, so feel free to explore and find more Harry Potter ones on your own, you will for sure be mind blown.

In the ever popular hunger games series there are also many really cool name stories that fit the characters to a t. Go and look some up from your favourite books or tv series and put your favourite in the comments, stories like this fascinate me! So next time you begin writing a story out some subtle hints in your character name to make it a little more interesting, and satisfy the history buff in you. Happy Booking all!

How To Make The Perfect Smoothie

My new food obsession is smoothies, as you could probably tell from the title of this post. What I love about smoothies is there are so many health benefits and so many different recipe options its not just the same one over and over again. There are endless different combinations and kinds that you can make which makes them more fun to have. The only bad thing about smoothies is getting the hang of making them. Getting the right ratio of fruit, liquid, ice, and other ingredients for flavour or health can be really tricky. The list of possible ingredients and combinations are endless. The one thing to do is take time and experiment to see which kinds work out and which ones don’t.

Although as I am impatient, I like to take shortcuts and see if I can find easier ways to do things. There are many tips out there of the formula for the perfect smoothie, some good and some not so much. So I complied a list of the top suggestions to hopefully help make it easier to make a good smoothie for your needs

The recipe that I usually use is 1 cup of a liquid and 1 cup of fruits or vegetables. This is perfect for a morning smoothie when you don’t need allllllll that much protein and you want that good healthy taste to keep you on track for the rest of the day. This typically makes a smoothie that is a good consistency. It is solid but still easily moveable so you can easily drink it out of a bottle.

There are many different liquids that you can use for your smoothie. Green tea is perfect for the morning because it will boost metabolism and it has caffeine to give you a morning boost. What I do is I buy the gallon jug of Lipton iced green tea and put a cup of that in my smoothie. If you don’t want to buy iced tea you can make the hot green tea the night before and chill it in the fridge overnight so it will be ready for you in the morning.

The options for fruit in the smoothie is endless. There are so many options that you can use and mostly for the fruit the combinations are just to your specific taste. I would recommend to only use frozen fruits though because it acts and both fruit and ice to give in the smoothie texture rather than just a liquid. If you do choose to use non frozen fruits than I would add some ice to the mixture to make it less liquidy.

The combinations for smoothies are endless this is just my favourite type to make, although there are many more different kinds. Protein power, cinnamon, and chai seeds can be added to any recipe to boost metabolism and flavour. Hope you enjoy your smoothies and happy cooking!

Yummy Foods

Most people don’t eat nearly enough fruits and veggies in our everyday diets so I found a video with some cool ideas on how to incorporate these healthy foods into our daily meals and snacks. You can find the link here.