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Hot drinks that are good for you this winter

In winter we definitely need to wrap up warm, especially for those of us who are getting a lot older. We are most vulnerable so also are people with some form of disability. So there is the need to get cosy, and one way of doing this is to have hot drinks.
However, we need to be cautious of what we take in as well, making sure it is not laced with sugar and full cream milk.
So what drinks should we be thinking of?

First one on the list would be :
Fresh Ginger Tea
Ginger tea has been known to be good for stomach aches and nausea. To make ginger tea, grate or cut a slice a small piece of root ginger. Add boiling water and let it brew for 10 minutes.
You could also buy ginger tea from the shops.
Fruit Tea
There are numerous fruity flavoursome fruit teas, with low-calorie options. Remember to check the labels, selecting the ones without sugar and also ones with liquorice, as they are like to raise your blood pressure.

Fresh Mint Tea
Mint tea, has been known to aid digestion and it is also a great plate cleaner. Simply tear a few mint leaves, wash and place in a small teapot and add boiling water. However watch out for Moroccan mint tea, served in restaurants as they could be loaded with sugary syrups.
Hot Chocolate

Don’t we all like hot chocolate, however, they can bes very rich in sugars and saturated fat from full cream milk also often laced with whipped cream on top. The added sugar could result in weight gain, and a full cream would increase cholesterol level

So then would be the healthier alternative would be.
Simply mix unsweetened cocoa powder with low-fat milk and add sweeteners or other low-calorie sugar

A coffee latte made with made with whole milk could have as much as 300g calories in them. Our best bet would be to use low-calorie milk with sweeteners. By all means, avoid flavoured drinks such as vanilla or gingerbread lattes which normally have sugary syrups.
Green Tea
Green tea has some amount of caffeine, made from the same as black tea. Green tea is a healthier option to drinks that have high sugar and fat composition
Some of the benefits of green tea are as follows.

Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health

Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter

Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance

Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Some Types of Cancer

Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection

Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Obesity

Green Tea May Help You Live Longer


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Tofu the facts and its benefits


Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food cultivated by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is a component in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Tofu can be soft, firm, or extra firm
Nutritionally, tofu is not only a great source of protein, at 8.5g of protein per 100g, but it’s also low in saturated fat at 0.8g per 100g. To put that into perspective; an average woman between the ages of 19 and 50 requires around 45g of protein per day and no more than 20g of saturated fat each day.

Flavour-wise, tofu isn’t much to speak of on its own, but it’s a behemoth when used in recipes that feature strong herbs or spices. Tofu is available in different grades of texture, from firm to silken. Firm tofu works especially well in stir-fries and curries, as it holds its texture together well. This beautiful bun cha recipe from Jamie magazine uses tofu alongside red chilli, soy sauce and sesame oil to really give the tofu a boost of flavour!
The soft, silken tofu is best used in dips, smoothies and desserts, however, as it can be blitzed in a blender easily to create a creamy texture. This recipe for vegan chocolate pots really makes tofu the centre of attention. They are also quite high in saturated fat, so should be eaten occasionally as a treat!
Tofu also provides a selection of micronutrients such as copper, manganese, thiamine (vitamin B1) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6). Manganese makes and activates some of the enzymes in the body and the B vitamins, B1 and B6 are responsible for the release of energy from carbohydrates and the metabolism of amino acids (building blocks of protein) respectively.

So, whether you’re a meat eater or not, tofu is a great ingredient to include in one’s diet, as it’s such a versatile and nutritious food. if you’re struggling! reference Jamie Oliver

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High Blood Pressure The Silent Killer

Blood pressure keeps blood circulating around our body but if the Pressure is raised; it puts us at risk of a number of conditions including heart attack , stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

So, what is high blood pressure? Well, as blood is passed around the body, it creates a pressure against the sides of the blood vessels.
The measurement of which is termed the blood pressure. We need a certain amount of pressure to keep the blood flowing.
It is important to have our blood pressure checked because high blood pressure often shows no symptoms. You may be walking about with HBP and not be aware. Meaning you could be dying slowly

People over the age of 40 who might not have been diagnosed with HBP should request for a health check from their GP
It is believed that there are about 7.5million people in the UK with undiagnosed HBP. High blood pressure is even a more serious problem than diabetes, as it comes with various complications.

HBP can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes. My mother lived with ‘managed’ HBP for over 50 years with hardly any complications.
Lifestyle changes can help reduce one’s HBP. These include becoming more active, losing weight, taking in less salt, and cutting down on alcohol intake as well as eating a healthy diet.
The normal BP should read135/85 or 130/80 or below for those with heart disease. So, don’t get caught out, get checked before it becomes too late.

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Siggis dairy gives Greek yogurt a run for their money

Siggis is an American brand of Skyr, an Icelandic cultured dairy product, high in protein, vitamins and minerals.
It is thick, creamy and rich in nutrients, made with simple ingredients (skimmed milk) and not a lot of sugar.

So, what are the other benefits, it is good for the gut, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in our stomach. These bacteria promote immunity and utilization of nutrients.
One serving of yoghourt yields 15-18 grams of protein, which when mixed with nuts, like almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts and seeds like pumpkin make a perfect breakfast or a snack within meals.

There are several many ways of including yoghurt in a meal, so try some now. Stay healthy visit our shop on facebook

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Red wine is good for you only if………


The health benefits of red wine have been talked about several times over for some time now.
Many believe that a glass each day is a valuable part of a healthy diet, while others think wine is somewhat overrated.
Research has repeatedly shown that moderate red wine consumption seems to lower the risk of several diseases, including heart disease.

Red wine is made by fermenting dark-colour, whole grapes. It is high in antioxidants, and drinking moderate amounts has been shown to be good for health.
There are many types of red wine, which vary in taste and colour. Common varieties include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir and Zinfandel.
The alcohol content usually ranges from 12–15%.

The actual colour of the wine can range from intense violet, typical of young wines, through to brick red for mature wines and brown for older red wines.
Consuming moderate amounts of red wine has been shown to have health benefits. This is mainly due to its high content of powerful antioxidants.This antioxidant has been linked to many health benefits, including fighting inflammation and blood clotting, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer
The alcohol in wine is also believed to contribute some of the benefits of moderate wine consumption.
Small amounts of red wine are linked to more health benefits than any other alcoholic beverage
People who drink approximately 150 ml (5 oz) of red wine a day seem to be at about a 32% lower risk than non-drinkers.

However, higher intake increases the risk of heart disease dramatically.
Drinking small amounts of red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to retain the “good” HDL cholesterol in the blood. Oxidative damage and the oxidation of the “bad” LDL cholesterol may also be reduced by up to 50%

So the watchword is moderation, which is true for almost everything else, a word to the wise is enough. Heed the advise and drink sensibly whether it be red, white or rose and any other drink.

Finally, do not get caught drink driving it is not worth the risk.

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Activity, activity, activity , the only way to good health


The news media, this week has been talking about the rise in type 2 diabetes amongst especially men in the UK. So what is diabetes?
This is a condition in which glucose ( sugar) levels in the blood are too high. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1, where your body doesn’t make any insulin, and type 2, where your body can not use the insulin it produces. Usually due to  EXCESS FAT in organs. This prevents the insulin from working effectively.
Diabetes increases your chance of developing cardiovascular diseases. So what is the solution, and this lies in getting active.

The need to get active cannot be overemphasised, we need to get more active.

Diabetes is on the increase in the UK and America, purely because we are too busy chasing money. Money is important, but so is your health. We need to be in good health to be able to chase money.
If exercise were to be in a pill form, it would have been very cost effective. Sadly it isn’t and therefore the only way is to stay active.
Join a gym, this as other benefits, like meeting people which could be useful if you are in business or if looking for a companion.
To stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.

How much physical activity do you need to do each week depends on your age.
For now, I would duel with those adults 65 and over, because I fall into that category.
You require moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or walking, pushing a lawn mower, ballroom or line dancing every week.
You need to strengthen muscles in your legs, hips, back abdomen, chest shoulders and arms at least twice a week.

To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercises such as cycling or brisk walking every week, and
  • Strenght exercise on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

So get cracking and live longer, go for it.

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Beware of your alcohol intake as Christmas approaches

Christmas is nearly here again, and it comes with merrymaking which involves a lot of food and drinking.
This is the tendency to overindulge in alcoholic drinks, please do watch what you drink and the quantity you drink.

If you drink a large (250ml) glass of wine, your body takes about three hours to break down the alcohol
If you drink a pint of beer, your body takes about three hours to break it down. A pint of strong lager is equivalent to three units, so this will take a longer time.
That said,  other factors will affect the time it takes the drink to break down in your body.
Some of these factors are as follow:

1. Whether you are male or female
2. Your weight
3. Your age
4. How full your stomach is, having food in your stomach, slows down the effect the absorption of alcohol, thus reducing its immediate effect
5. The strength of the alcohol, obviously spirits are much more potent
6. Your stress levels.
As you can see, ‘one size does not fit all’ so know yours.

Do not get caught drink driving, it is not worth it. A friend of mine got stopped a day after he had been drinking, and he was well over the limit and got banned for 12 months. Now he has to cycle to work in the cold because he could not afford to pay for a taxi all the time. You wouldn’t want to be in the same soup. Why not get a taxi, it does cost initially, but well worth it.

More than 70,000 people every year are caught drink driving. If you fail a roadside breath test and are found to be over the limit, you could have a criminal record. A criminal record would affect so many things, including a refused entry into another country. It could even end you up in jail, depending on the circumstances. Being over the limit could result in a fine as well a ban.

So the watchword is don’t drink and drive, keep safe.


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Why Turmeric has become so popular recently

Recently turmeric has become very popular, several households have subscribed to turmeric. So what is turmeric, and why this sudden surge in popularity.
Turmeric is a perennial plant, belonging to the ginger family, found mostly in Southeast Asia. It grows best in areas with heavy rainfall and in temperatures of between 20-30 C . It grows as a rhizome, and it is boiled, and then dried in deep ovens when it is being preserved They are then ground into a yellow-orange powder, it is this yellow colour that which is identified with curries.
Turmeric has been used in kitchens in south-east Asia for thousands of years, as a spice, and as a colouring as well as giving flavour.

Turmeric has long been used for medicinal purposes, in India and other counties in the Southeast Asia.
Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric which gives it its unique properties. Recently, however, researchers have become increasingly aware of its medicinal properties.
The following are some of its known benefits.
1. It has unique anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. (Slows down the ageing process due to its antioxidant properties
2. People with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have responded well to turmeric.
3. It is believed to bring about improved brain function and lower the chances of brain diseases. It has been known to prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s diseases by removing amyloidal plaque build up in the brain.
4. It has been known to help lower the risk of heart diseases.

So how is it to be used.
Turmeric could be added to cooked vegetables, meat and fish dishes and virtually in any meal preparation.
Turmeric could drink a beverage as well.

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Almonds, its nuts and milk are a good source of protein

Nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains are all good plant sources of protein, especially if you are a vegetarian. Most vegetarians think they might be missing out on protein, But as long as they consume milk and dairy products, they are bound to get a good supply of calcium and protein. However including, pulses, eggs, nuts, sprouted beans, and seeds make up for the animal protein. Almonds are just one of such nuts. We are going to single out almonds for now.

The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and North Africa. Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree.
Although almonds are high in calories and considered “energy-dense” (as all nuts are), they provide a whole range of critical nutrients and chemical compounds

Almonds are considered dry drupes so they first must be extracted.
In the medical world, almonds nutrition is most praised due to the presence of monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins like riboflavin, and trace minerals such as magnesium.
Almonds are a type of drupe nut, which means along with other nuts like macadamias, pecans and walnuts, they have multiple layers that enclose a single, hard seed in the center.

Adding a few almonds to your cereal, or just having a handful to nibble, will do you good. Almond milk is also a good source.

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The health benefits of Chia seeds

Chia is grown and consumed commercially in its native Mexico and Guatemala, as well as Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Australia, and the southwestern United States.
Chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. They’re easy to digest when prepared properly and a very versatile ingredient that adds easily to recipes. Plus, chia seeds benefits are plentiful.
chia seeds benefits are plentiful. The seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. In fact, they were even used as currency.
The chia seed is nutrient-dense and packs a punch of energy-boosting power. Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. They said just one spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and chia seeds were known as “runners’ food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle.
Some of the benefits of chia seeds are as follows;

1.Promoting healthy skin
2.Reducing signs of ageing
3.Supporting the heart and digestive system
4. Building stronger bones and muscles
5.It has even been known for helping reverse diabetes.
Diets high in chia fibre have been linked to weight loss.
According to some researchers, eating 30 grams of fibre daily may help you lose as much weight as if you followed a more complicated diet.

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There is no such thing as a ‘healthy obesity’

Obesity as researchers has shown has no healthy option, in effect, there is no such thing as a healthy a ‘healthy obesity’ one. All obesity is bad for you, in every form of it, it carries the risk of us developing coronary heart disease.  The watchword here, therefore, is to maintain a healthy weight. To find this out work out your BMI

Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, even when you look healthy. People classified as healthy but overweight have a 26% increased risk of heart disease.

Healthy but obese people have a 28% chance of developing heart disease. We all know that being overweight has an effect on your physical body. One of which is having more fat around the waist increased blood pressure. Chances are there could be high levels of saturated fat (LDL) in the blood vessels, as well as high levels of sugar. In short, you cannot, studies have found out, be ‘fat and fit’

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What you should know about wheatgrass

We all know by now that we need to be eating fresh fruits and veggies every day in abundance for optimal health and detoxification. However, for many of us, this isn’t as easy as it might seem. While it isn’t meant to replace eating fresh vegetables, wheatgrass benefits provide numerous antioxidants and other nutrients, all in one small easy-to-drink glass.

I still visit many homes especially of people of African descent, and you wouldn’t find a bowl with fruits. Remarkably you still find people eating white bead, which is so unnutritious.

However today I am going to talk about the benefits of wheatgrass

What Is Wheatgrass? you may ask, any links with wheatsheaf, the beautiful pub in Bow Brickhill no!

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant called triticum aestivum. (2) This (gluten-free, of course!) edible grass is either juiced into a “wheatgrass shot,” or milled down into a fine green powder that’s used to create a multipurpose product for both humans and animals.

Types of wheatgrass:

Wheatgrass can be consumed on its own, or used in combination with other juices or supplements. Now considered to be a “superfood,” several forms of wheatgrass that are becoming more widely available include:

Which type is best? The best way to consume all foods is as close to their natural state as possible. For wheatgrass, this means that drinking it in juice form (“shots” as they’re called) would be preferred over consuming it in tablet or powder form. You can either visit an establishment that sells freshly made wheatgrass shots or try making them on your own (more on this below).

If you aren’t able to find fresh wheatgrass, wheatgrass powder makes a good second option. And if convenience is what you’re really after, high-quality (pure) wheatgrass tablets are certainly beneficial as well.

Wheatgrass Nutrition Facts

Some experts claim that wheatgrass contains several different elements needed by man. One of the most noticeable (and important) nutrients in wheatgrass is chlorophyll. (3)

Chlorophyll is the substance that gives wheatgrass its signature, bright green colour. Like other nutrient-dense greens, it’s used in the human body for a number of important processes: It’s a natural liver cleanser and detoxifier, acts as an antioxidant to reduce free radical damage, is a blood strengthener (it has a similar chemical composition to that of hemoglobin,) and can help give you a boost in energy.

But chlorophyll is not all wheatgrass has to offer. Wheatgrass benefits also include being loaded with amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), enzymes which are needed for digestion, and many vitamins and minerals needed for disease-free living.

Wheatgrass is rich in the following nutrients: (4)

Antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic acid
Electrolytes including magnesium and calcium
Amino Acids
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E