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Webmaster | 30. May 2006 @ 17:02
Fruits are needed in our daily life. But are they safe ? What precaution must we undertake....check out this website http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060528/spectrum/main1.htm
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Webmaster | 29. May 2006 @ 17:02

If you ask most adults why they don’t get the vitamins they need as part of their daily food intake, they’ll likely tell you that they just don’t have the time to eat like they should. It’s true that eating right does take some time and effort, but it’s also true that you can develop and maintain healthier eating habits without any drastic changes. Take a look at some facts and some alterations that can make a big difference in how you eat, and how you feel about what you eat.

Think the only healthy food is food that’s served on a plate that you eat with a fork? The truth is that many foods that are very rich in vitamins that your body needs everyday are available for your consumption on the go. And with some minor changes, even your fast foods can be healthy choices when you’re considering vitamins.

A cheeseburger from your favorite fast food place doesn’t have to be something you only indulge in now and then. While there are some other issues to consider (the amount of grease and salt, for example), a cheeseburger can provide you with many of the vitamins you need. A regular cheeseburger with a double patty gives you about 30 percent of your body’s B12 needs for the day and the dill pickles are a source of Vitamin K.

Instead of ordering French Fries to go with your burger, choose a salad. That doesn’t mean that you have to stop what you’re doing and sit down to eat the salad. Pile those veggies on the burger! The tomatoes are a source of Vitamin C, and the lettuce and mayonnaise has Vitamin K. Add it all up and a cheeseburger isn’t a bad choice when you’re trying to get the daily requirement of some necessary vitamins. Even a fast food taco can be a good source of Vitamin B12.

Sandwiches are generally not associated with healthy eating, but the same “cheeseburger rule” applies to any sandwich. Pile on the jalapeno or bell peppers for Vitamin C. Oils are also a good source of vitamins. Sunflower oil is very high in Vitamin E, for example.

Many foods that aren’t naturally high in vitamin content are fortified with vitamins. Most dairy products are fortified with Vitamin D. Taking just the time for a bowl of vitamin-fortified cereal in the morning can provide you with all the vitamins you need for the entire day. The next time you’re ready to dismiss a particular food as just empty calories, take a minute to evaluate what you’re really eating. You may be surprised to find the vitamin content is higher than you thought, or you may find that some simple changes can rectify the vitamin-poor choices.

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Webmaster | 21. May 2006 @ 04:27
Acidic Body will produce yeast and fungus which will inturn feed on the body's nutrients and this willl reduce chemical and mechanical absorption of everything a person eats, as much as 50 percent. This causes many people to become excessively thin, which is no healthier than becoming overweight. Without protein, the body cannot rebuild new tissues or produce enzymes, hormones or other tissue repairs. That is why underweight person fails to gain weight desite how much food she eats. [b]Why is your body acidic?[/b] Do you consume enough water ?(ie. at least 4 litres a day) Do you consume the "right water"? (ie alkaline water) If you say no to any one question above, your body likely to be acidic. Based on Dr Robert O. Young on New Biology, the steps are recommended below: Week 1 - Drink 4 litres of alkaline water. If you do not consume that much water, do it gradually. Start with 1 litre first, then increase gradually. (Add 1 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of soda into 1 litre of water). Follow this step for 1 week. Week 2 - Add 1 teaspoon supergreen (made up of 49 vegetables. Need more information, check out http://www.innerlightinc.com/wealth/supergreens.cfm into 1 litre of alkaline water. I will suggest you should do it gradually. So start with 1 litre of supergreen early the morning (preferably before your meal.) This is to cleanse your intestine. One might experience detox effects like headache, dizzy, fatigue. Don't worry. This is to clean up your body Week 3 - Increase your supergreen intake to 2 to 3 times daily. you should be feeling better now!You might experience good appetite. Stay on to supergreens drinks and 1 litre of alkaline water. S Now you can take in "FIBRADA PLUS" (purchase from http://www.innerlightinc.com/wealth/colloidalcapsules.cfm ) to speed up the process of gaining weight. If you need more information on this diet, you can checkout http://www.phmiracleliving.com/approach.htm :)
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Webmaster | 18. May 2006 @ 16:00

1. Making great biscuits: biscuits are great from scratch because most recipes use only 5-6 ingredients. My personal recipe uses only baking soda, baking powder, flour, buttermilk, salt, and butter. The most important thing to remember to ensure that your biscuits come out fluffy is to make sure that you use cold butter and that you leave the butter in small chunks throughout the mixing process. A common error is to mix the butter smoothly into the mixture. If you leave the butter in chunks, as your biscuits cook, the butter will form layers in the dough and the result will be more rise and fluff. This also works for making any puff pastry from scratch. Another great idea is to take the dough and put a thin layer over the top of a bowl of soup, then to bake the whole bowl in your oven. This will give your soups a beautifully fluffy top. Of course, make sure that your bowl is oven safe before baking it.

2. Get a really good non-stick skillet: if you're tired of having food stick to the bottom of your cookware, then you really need to invest in a great non-stick skillet. The one that I have only set me back $30 and I can cook an egg on it over easy without any oil and not break the yolk . I'm very partial to Caphalon's commercial lines, but definitely check out Anolon, T-Fal, and Farberware as well. Some other very important features are whether the skillet comes with a cover, whether or not the handle gets hot when it cooks, and how long other buyers have found that the non-stick surface lasts for. Make sure that you don't confuse non-stick with hard anodized. Hard anodized is definitely not non-stick and you'll get very frustrated if you get the two mixed up. The additional bonus of a non-stick pan is that cleaning is really easy. Run your pan under water and most extraneous food will slide off easily.

3. Grilling or pan frying chicken without getting it stuck in the pan: one of the biggest problems with cooking chicken is trying to move it off the grill or pan. The key is to be patient. Use a spatula and wait for the chicken to release, because it will. Of course, if you didn't use any oil then the chicken will most likely get stuck anyway. But all proteins reach a certain temperature where they will release and it's just a matter of being patient and waiting for this.

4. It's never too late to marinate: a lot of people end up eating bland food because they think that they don't have time to marinate their food. Even if you only have less than an hour, you can make a great marinade. Just make the marinade twice as strong, and use strong flavors. Here's a few quick marinades that have worked for me - balsamic vinaigrette, soy sauce and minced garlic, or lemon juice/zest and white wine. Also try using dry rubs such as crushed red pepper and garlic powder.

5. Use kosher salt to season: kosher salt is the what every professional cook uses and there's good reason. Regular iodized salt breaks down right away when added to water. In contrast, kosher salt breaks down slower and delivers a more pronounced flavor to whatever you are cooking. If you want your steaks to taste like steak house quality, all you need is kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper.

6. Extra virgin olive oil is pasta's best friend: after cooking pasta, make sure that you mix the pasta with some extra virgin olive oil immediately. Otherwise, you'll find that the pasta will start to stick together after a short amount of time. Don't ever refrigerate plain pasta without adding olive oil. If you do, you'll end up pulling a big pasta block out of the fridge. Also, when you boil pasta, make sure you add a cup of kosher salt per gallon of water. This is what will give the pasta its flavor.

7. Making amazing french toast: the best way to make amazing french toast is to avoid using regular bread. Extraordinary french toast is made with cakes or specialty breads. Try slicing a pound cake from your local grocery store and turning it into french toast the same way you'd usually do it with bread. Another great idea is to make french toast out of banana bread.

8. Making icing for pastries. Making icing for pastries is one of the simplest secrets in the pastry world. To make icing, all you need is water and powdered sugar. Start with the powdered sugar in a bowl and add water slowly until you get the consistency that you desire. Then just use the icing to make danishes, cakes, and other pastries even more delicious.

9. Keep your kitchen knife sharp. A common misconception is that people cut themselves in the kitchen because their knives are too sharp. The reason for most kitchen cutting accidents is actually the total opposite. When you use a blunt knife, the knife will slide off whatever you're cooking and this when the knife usually cuts your hand. To keep your knife sharp, use a diamond steel and bring your knife down the steel at an 18 degree angle.

10. Cracking an egg without getting shells in the mixing bowl. This seems easy enough, but it's surprising how many experienced cooks still experience the annoyance of getting egg shells in their favorite foods. The way to avoid this is to first gently hit the egg's middle against a hard surface. Then, use two hands to do the rest. If you're right handed, hold the egg with your left hand, and use your right thumb to push the middle in and then pull the egg apart with both hands. If you are left handed, just switch the directions above.

Good luck with your culinary adventures!

About the author:

Jonathan Chin is the editor of intensecooking.com, an online resource that helps regular people connect with great home cooking secrets.

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Webmaster | 17. May 2006 @ 16:00
People who take sleeping pills often hope that sleeping pills will increase their sleep enough to make them more energetic in the day, and they may hope that sleeping pills will improve their long-term health. Unfortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth! People who take sleeping pills die sooner than people who do not use sleeping pills. But without sleeping pills I cannot get into sleep! That is not true. There are many alternative ways to get yourself into deep sleep by input the natural ingredients into our body. Don't worry. All vegetables, NO CHEMICALS!!!! One of the way invented by Dr Robert Young. Check on his website. http://www.phmiracleliving.com/search/index.php?category=Testimonies To start with the process, please make sure your water is alkalize (one way is to put 1 teaspoon to every 1 litre of water) Then subsequently, put in "greens" into your water. Not just any greens but supergreens from Innerlight. This is the only product that contain 49 vegetables. Check out from http://www.innerlightinc.com/wealth/supergreens.cfm . Try it and you will be surprise on the results. :w00t: Remember you are the one who can make your life better!
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Webmaster | 16. May 2006 @ 16:00

Fats have been unfairly lumped together as being all bad for too long. Fat doesn't necessarily cause disease, and can actually cause a role in its prevention. The truth is that some fats are very bad for us and some fats are actually very good for us.

Time has shown us that diets that restrict all fats fail in terms of weight loss. Since the end of World War II, Americans have been told that they need to restrict saturated fat in their diets. So we switched to margarine from butter, and did what we could to restrict fat. We have been constantly told that the reason for our health problems is that we still eat too much fat, especially saturated fats.

Since Americans have been told to eat a low fat diet to lose weight, the results are that nearly two thirds of adult Americans are now classified as overweight and more children are overweight now than ever before. Obviously something is wrong. That is because we need special kinds of fats in our diets that we are not getting.

If you are like me, you grew up being told that vegetable oils were the good oils and saturated fats were the bad ones. Now we are finding out that it is just the opposite. Diets that are moderate to high in "good" saturated fats and oils such as coconut oil and olive oil are actually very good for us. They raise good cholesterol levels and lower bad cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure. As a matter of fact, people who started adding at least 4 tablespoons of coconut oil to their diets every day, have found that they can now lose weight when they could not before on a fat restricted diet. Sometimes the addition of these oils even helps with their health problems.

It turns out that the bad guys are polyunsaturated oils, which carry toxic fatty acids (long chain fatty acids or LCT's). These LCT's tend to produce fat in the body. Polyunsaturated oils are the vegetable oils we commonly see in the grocery store, such as soy, corn, cottonseed, rapeseed and safflower.

We have been told that they lower cholesterol, but they way that they do is not healthy, as it ends up collecting in the liver. These oils are easily oxidized and damaged by free radicals. When cooked they become rancid in a few hours, even in the refrigerator. This causes damage to our body at a cellular level, the end results showing up as problems like diabetes, cancer, hypothyroidism and heart disease. And if that is not enough, these oils help us to get fat, lower the metabolic rate in our bodies, help suppress the thyroid function and cause our skin to age quicker.

Trans-fat is one of the worst bad guys. Trans-fatty acids often appear on ingredient labels as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. It is what they do to vegetable oils to make them into hard fats such as margarine and vegetable shortening. It is used in the prepared food industry in baked goods like cookies, crackers, and most supermarket peanut butter to prolong the shelf life. These bad fats are used almost exclusively in fast foods that are fried. When heated and eaten, they turn into something like poison in your system, because your body can not process this kind of chemically made fat. Trans-fats not only increase levels of bad cholesterol, but they will decrease levels of good cholesterol in the blood stream and trans-fatty acids have been linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Fats such as margarine and shortening should be totally avoided, as well as foods items that contain them.

The United States FDA is finally catching up to this truth, and by January 2006 they will be requiring food products to label the amount of trans-fat they have in them.) What is frightening is that trans-fats are found in over 40% of the products on our supermarket shelves.

The fatty acid chains in coconut and olive oil are medium-chain fatty acids (MCT's) and they promote weight loss by increasing the body's metabolism to create energy. Coconut oil has become popular lately, because it has been discovered that coconut oil is nature's richest source of MTC's. If you decide to add coconut oil to your diet, it is recommended that you purchase virgin coconut oil (VCO), usually found in health food stores, because it from the best part of the coconut and has not been chemically bleached and heat processed. It is better for cooking than olive oil, because olive oil can be damaged by the heat of cooking, making it similar to the other vegetable oils in the body when cooked.

Even saturated fat from animals is not as bad as it once was thought to be, especially if it is from organically raised animals (free range and grass fed). Organic butter has a very high conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content, which helps us lose weight and gain muscle. But non-organic meats may still be dangerous because of the way the animals were raised or fed. Most grocery store meats are filled with hormones, pesticides, medicines and unhealthy fat that gets transferred to us when we eat it.

Organic grass fed and free range meat and eggs avoid these problems, and give us a much healthier source of protein and saturated fat. Organic saturated fats and oils are actually good for you and should be eaten daily. The body needs these fats for healthy functioning.

So, forget the guilt and fry up that range-fed chicken in some coconut oil and enjoy!

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By Dianne Ronnow © 2006 Mohave Publishing. All rights reserved. From "The Enzyme Health Diet Plan", a free ebook found at http://enzyme-health.com.

Dianne’s FREE ebook, "Coconut Oil Diet Secrets" reveals how people are losing weight and getting healthier with coconut oil diets. To find out the secrets of coconut oil, go to the web site at http://Coconut-Oil-Diet.com now!

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Webmaster | 16. May 2006 @ 08:50
[b]Cleansing: How to Kickstart your Alkaline Lifestyle[/b] Due to the highly acidic diet that most people all over the world are used to, our bodies urgently need to be cleaned up! It is important to do a cleanse to rid the body of impurities, normalise digestion and metabolism and realign the body to an alkaline pH level of 7.365. Cleansing eliminates acid wastes and negative microforms throughout the body, detoxifying the blood, tissues and digestive systems. Due to the removal of so many toxins and waste from the body it is not uncommon for someone on the cleanse to feel worse before they become better. Symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness and excess mucus can occur, however, it is important to remember that this is simply the body trying to flush out the excess toxins. The levels of ‘detox symptoms’ varies from individual to individual and it is important to ensure that whilst cleansing you must remain totally hydrated with alkaline water and green drinks as this will allow the toxins to flush out more quickly. [b] How To Cleanse - The Basics: Step by Step[/b] Cleansing is not a complicated process, however there are a number of simple rules that should be adhered to in order to maximise its effectiveness. [b]Water[/b] It is absolutely essential during the cleanse that you consume at least four litres of high quality, alkalizing water each day. The toxins that the body is trying to expel will attempt to leave the body in a number of different ways, including through producing increase mucus, through the skin (spots) and through the waste we produce. By remaining fully hydrated and alkalised the body is given the opportunity to rapidly flush out toxins ensuring that ‘detox symptoms’ are minimised while refreshing your body with the fluids it needs on a daily basis. [b]Liquid Feasting[/b] During the cleanse the most important thing to remember is that this is not a fast! The cleanse is quite the opposite as it is designed to feed your body with all of the nutrients that will aid repair and give the body the energy and replenishment it needs during the cleansing process. The quickest and most efficient way to alkalise and deliver nutrients to the body is through liquids as this is a form that allows the absorption of nutrients most effectively ensuring minimal waste. Raw soups, vegetable juices, green drinks are all highly alkalizing and vital to the cleanse. [b]Supplements and Essential Fatty Acids[/b] Although it is not absolutely essential to use supplements during a cleanse, it is highly recommended. The two most beneficial supplements during the cleanse are the Supergreens powder (or capsules) and the Prime pH drops (or alternate brands such as Inner Balance). These two supplements provide not only high fibre, protein, alkaline salts, and a vast array of vitamins and nutrients but are also anti-yeast, antifungal and anti-mycotoxic, making the water that you drink far more alkalizing. Essential oils (ensure they are cold pressed oils such as Udo's Choice), including omega 3 and omega 6 are important in mobilising stored fats and toxins within the body, providing a wide range of benefits including: lower blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of stroke or heart disease increased weight loss through an increase of the metabolic rate and fat burn-off, killing of cancer cells, prevention of liver damage, improved hair, nails and skin, creation of a healthy environment for human cells, particularly brain cells, nerve synapses, visual receptors, adrenal glands and sex glands. A good multi-vitamin is also recommended which contains a good range of minerals and preferably alkaline salts. Do ensure that any supplement you do take is vegan friendly and does not contain yeast. [b]A Rough Guide...[/b] A cleanse can last anything from 1 to 7 days and beyond depending upon your level of health (although it is recommended to seek advice if undertaking a long-term cleanse). It is not a complicated process and the most important thing to remember is that this is not a fast - eat until you are satisfied! The cleanse is quite the opposite to a fast as it is designed to feed your body with all of the nutrients that will aid repair and give the body the energy and replenishment it needs during the cleansing process. The cleanse will alkalise and super-hydrate your body setting you on the journey to optimal living health. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ross_Bridgeford Check out this....Supergreens - a must to use inorder to complete the alkaline process!!!! http://www.innerlightinc.com/wealth/supergreens.cfm
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Webmaster | 16. May 2006 @ 08:22
[b]Have you experience the followings? - one get fatigue or tiredness that lasts for at least 6 months and is not relieved by normal rest; - one feel tired that nothing arises interest in oneself; - one keep haveing constant headaches; - one will experience forgetfulness; - one will experience joint pain, often moving from joint to joint (migratory arthralgias), without joint swelling or redness; - one will suffer from muscle aches (myalgias); - one may have sore throat, red but without drainage or pus.[/b] [b]YES[/b]. These are the symptons of chronic fatigue. With this illness, one cannot fulfill their dreams even they have number of dreams and opportunity. Everyday, people are stressed with different demands from different people. It is important that we need to maintain our body to the best possible conditions so as not to miss out the best moments in our life. You may say "yayaya, no big deal! See doctor to get the medicine!" But imagine you may need to inject unknown substances in your body that might experience side effects.As the old saying goes, we are what we eat! We need to solved the root problem!But how? Dr. Robert O. Young come out with the proven theories that by keeping body at pH7.5 will keep the body back in shape. To do so, it is important to drink "supergreens" and avoid eating certain category of foodstuffs.Check out the stuff at http://www.innerlightinc.com/wealth/supergreens.cfm Read up the testimonials written by chronic fatigue sufferers. Please check out the website [url]http://www.phmiracleliving.com/search/index.php?category=Testimonies[/url]. (Please open this website at Internet Explorer.) Evelyn Tan
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Webmaster | 14. May 2006 @ 16:00

Are you tired of your regular Joe life and your regular Joe cup of coffee that you start your day with? Then it’s time to reward yourself with something different. Why not jazz up your morning ritual with cup of rich gourmet coffee.

The dictionary defines gourmet food like this, “Gourmet food is that which is of the highest quality, perfectly prepared and artfully presented.” If you want the highest quality food you go to a top notch restaurant but if you want the highest quality coffee, you can do that at home yourself. That gourmet meal is probably going to stay at the restaurant unless you invite a chef over but gourmet coffee can be made in the comfort of your own home with just a little practice.

Gourmet coffee is more expensive than say, supermarket brands but the taste is also much richer. Unless money is no object, why not save the gourmet cup of coffee for the weekends. Make it an end of the week tradition. Stick with the supermarket coffee for when you’re rushing off to work.

To make your own gourmet coffee start with the beans. Gourmet Coffee beans can be bought by the pound and there are many varieties to choose from. Some of the most popular gourmet beans include Kona, Jamaican Blue Mountain, and Sumatra types.

Coffee beans are similar to wine in that they name the beans after the region. In the world of wine you have the popular Sonoma wines which come from Sonoma Valley in California. In the world of coffee the equivalent would be Kona beans which come from Kona, Hawaii.

Kona coffee beans are grown in rich volcanic soil and the mild tropical climate of the Kona coffee belt on the western side of the Big Island of Hawaii. It has a wonderfully full, rich and smooth flavor with little or no bitter after taste. Be sure that you buy Kona beans and not a Kona blend. A Kona blend can legally be labeled as Kona with as little as 10% of actual Kona beans in it.

Next you’ll need to grind your beans. Ground coffee begins losing it’s flavor once it’s exposed to air. So you’ll want to grind just enough to make your desired amount. Store any leftover grinds in an air tight container. You’ll want to grind you coffee beans very fine but don’t pulverize them into dust. If you over grind them the heat and friction will vaporize the oils that give the coffee it’s distinct flavor.

When was the last time you cleaned your coffee maker? A clean coffee maker makes a significant difference in how your coffee tastes. At least once a month pour a mixture of half vinegar and half water into your coffee maker. Let the mix run through the full brew process. Repeat the process again using only water this time to rinse it out. Do this one more time if a vinegar smell is still present.

Now you’re work is done and it’s time for the coffee maker to pulls it’s weight. Use clean filtered water and fill the coffee maker to the desired level. Use about 6 ounces of water for every 2 heaping tablespoons of coffee. Turn it on and hang around while it brews. You’ll want to be there to enjoy the delightful aroma.

Everyday coffee is perfect for everyday life. But every once in a while you should treat yourself to something special. And what better way to start a special than that with a special cup of coffee. Gourmet coffees can really jazz up your day.

About the author:

Anthony Tripodi is the webmaster of http://EndlessCoffeeBreak.com - The Guide To Coffee. For more information about coffee including speciality coffee drink recipes, ideas and equipment, visit http://www.endlesscoffeebreak.com.

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Mixed Fruit Beancurd Pudding for your mum ! yummy :P This contains two portions : beancurd at the bottom and syrup & fruits on top. [b]Ingredients for bottom[/b] *3-4 teaspoon agar-agar powder *1000ml water *400ml soya bean milk *200gm castor sugar *100ml evaporated milk *1/2 tin mixed fruit cocktail [b]Ingredients for top- syrup[/b] [b][i]Boil all ingredients and let cool.[/i][/b] *2 teaspoon agar-agar powder *500ml cocktail syrup *1/2 teaspoon instant jelly * Little poppy seed *Few drop of yellow colourings [b]Cooking Method for the bottom[/b] 1. Boil agar-agar and water. 2. Add in soya bean milk and sugar and cook for a while. 3. Add in evaporate milk and mixed well. 4. Pour the mixture into small cup 5. Put mixed fruits and syrup on top 6. Let it set in refrigerator. 7. Ready to serve Hope all mothers loved this!!!
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Tips for choosing the best home-made wine ingredients:

Fruits must be ripe, but not over-ripe. A few shriveled grapes or black currants are unlikely to harm a brew. In the case of larger fruits such as plums, the doubtful ones should be taken out.

The choice of roots (beetroot, parsnips, etc.) for wine-making purposes should not be dismissed so readily. The best, (or even the only) roots suitable for wine-making are those that are old and shriveled. Parsnips that have been stored throughout the winter or left in the soil are at their best for our purpose in March, as are old potatoes purchased in June when the new ones are coming in. They are ideal if they are well shriveled and/or sprouting. (Be sure to break off the roots before using them.)

These old roots contain less starch than the fresher ones, and we do not want starch in wines because it slows down the clearing process. Besides this, when old roots are used, they flavor the wine less, and it is not in the least bit earthy.

It is a mistake to believe that using additional ingredients, (such as less water, or more sugar/yeast), than is indicated in the recipes, will produce a more potent wine. The strength of wine is decided by the volume of alcohol in which the yeast can live and continue to do its work, and not on the quantity of any ingredients. Too much sugar makes the wine far too sweet. More yeast makes no difference at all, simply because it cannot make more alcohol than it can live in. Age makes very little difference to the alcohol content of wines. Too many ingredients will produce a liquid of too high a specific gravity and a liquid containing too many solids per part of water, (in other words a liquid which is too thick) and this will take a very long time to clear.

Because of this, you should never use more ingredients than the recipe indicates.

About Straining:

Fine muslin is best for straining mixtures produced when making root wines. Tie one piece on the tub - allowing sufficient sag - and place a second piece over this.

This top piece containing the solids can be lifted off without letting them fall into the brew. Jelly bags or similar things made of suitable material are needed for fruit juices, as will be seen in the recipes.

About Sugar & Yeast:

You should always use white sugar, and make certain that all the sugar is dissolved before adding anything (like wheat or raisins) to the brew. If all the sugar is not dissolved, the yeast might not ferment properly & some of the sugar could settle in the form of syrup and be left in the lees when they are thrown away. As a result of this, the wine could turn out quite sharp. With a lot of other ingredients in the brew, it is quite impossible to tell whether all the sugar is dissolved or not.

Baker's yeast is all we need during this stage. This can be purchased at your local bakery. Yeast is added at the rate of one ounce per 1, 2 or 3 gallons.

Do not add the yeast too early...as a temperature well below boiling point will destroy the yeast organism and fermentation will not take place.

About the author:

James Wilson owns & operates www.e-homewinemaking.com, a site providing wine-making tips, tricks and techniques. If you're interested in making your own wine, visit www.e-homewinemaking.com today and sign up for the FREE wine-making mini-course!

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Webmaster | 13. May 2006 @ 10:01
Overweight and lack of energy to do things has been a common problem with many of us today. How do we solved the problem? Popping a diet pills, drinking slimming tea, reducing the food that we are eating and so on and on are the methods that we adopted inorder to keep our weight down. Some diets worked and after a while our size double when we went back to normal diet. Some do not even worked and one thing for sure, our body are affected in one way or another. Sound familiar? What is the solution then? The only way to slim down is to solve the root of the problem. Basically, we are what we eat. Nowadays, diseases have known to transmitted to poultry like chickens (bird flu) Are you pretty sure nothing will happen to us when we keep eating poultry? Even the vegetables are having problems like too much pesticides. Does that mean we do not eat at all? Of course NOT! Organic vegetables are here to save the day. As for the poultry, eat a little and try not to consume too much. Enough? NO! We need good quality water as 70 percent of our body is water. Many times, we do not consume enough water and we tend to drink water when we very thirsty. This is not the right way. We should hydrate the body whenever we can. Based on this theory, Dr Robert Young comes out with a marvellous life-saving method that allows you to live better and happier! His research shows that maintaining the body on pH value 7.5 helps to prevent sickness and disease from invading your body. Many people actually benefit from this program. You can download the audio program from [url]http://www.phmiracleliving.com/3bonuses.htm[/url] Supergreens are the one that widely recommeded. But please be remind that not all greens can be used in this diet. Only Innerlight has the product. Please look at http://www.innerlightinc.com/jenjen/mystory.cfm I wish that after listening to audio tapes. You can have a new life just like jenjen in the story and me. My life changed after I read about JenJen's story and decided to make a change in my diet. and purchase Dr Robert Young's book on pH miracle for weight loss. Charmaine Singapore
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Webmaster | 12. May 2006 @ 16:00

Have you tried to loose weight and failed?

Do you find it impossible to stick to a diet plan?

What if I told you that a recent exciting medical discovery has found the reason some people are overweight is due to unresolved emotional issues?

If we are being honest most people are overweight because they eat too much and do not do enough exercise. It is only for less than 1% of the population that their weight problem is due to a thyroid or glandular problem. For the other 99% of the population their weight problems are simply down to overeating and a lack of exercise.

However it is too simplistic and easy to just tell somebody they are overweight because they eat too much. If people are fat because they overeat then should we not be looking for the reasons as to why people overeat? I make's perfect sense that if we fix the reasons that cause people to overeat then they would be able to loose weight more easily.

Does any of the following apply to you?

- I eat to comfort myself.
- I sometimes even when I am not hungry.
- I eat when I am depressed or lonely.
- Eating makes me feel better.
- I eat when I am stressed.
- I sometimes reward myself by eating.
- After an argument with my partner I eat to console myself.
- I sometimes eat to punish myself.
- When the children play up I reach for the snacks.
- When I am under stress I crave sweet things

The above are just a few examples of emotional or comfort eating. Unless you resolve these issues then you will struggle to achieve your ideal weight and you will never be able stay slim. Dieting may work for a short while but as soon as your emotional issues re-appear you are going to be back to comfort eating. Your weight loss or gain will be decided by what is happening in your life emotionally.

The problem most people have is that they do not realise that this emotional eating is going on. They don't realise that every time they feel stressed they reach for some chocolate or every time they fight with their spouse they reach for the biscuit cupboard afterwards.

Emotional eating affects men, woman and children. Some people do realise that they comfort eat but they don't know how they can deal with it effectively.

So how do we deal with our emotional eating? Naturally we could try good old willpower but for most people this will be too hard. We could also try therapy but that could take months or years to resolve your issues. So what is the answer?

There is a new treatment available that helps in dealing with your emotional issues. This treatment is known as Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT for short. EFT has its basis in psychology and Chinese acupuncture. However instead of using needles you simply tap on certain designated meridian points on your upper body. Whilst you are doing the tapping you tune in/think about the problems you have. You simply tap your problems away. I know for a lot of people the idea of tapping your problems away will seem a ridiculous concept but the results back up the claims. EFT has helped thousands of people loose weight. EFT makes weight loss easy.

EFT is also perfect for addictions. Again you simply tap your addictions away. So if you are addicted to chocolate or cream cakes use EFT and tap your addiction away.

Naturally EFT will not make you loose weight overnight. You did not become overweight overnight. It was gradual process due to your overeating. So when you try to loose weight you have to be patient. It can be very dangerous if you loose the weight too quickly.

One of the great things about EFT is that sessions can be done over the phone or Internet. Your EFT specialist will tell you where to tap and what to say. Being able to do EFT sessions over the telephone and Internet means it is perfect for seriously overweight people who have mobility difficulties or people with agoraphobia.

I know for some for you reading this article all of this must be a little bit hard to take in but what if I told that not only is EFT perfect for weight loss it is perfect for nearly every emotional and physical issue you can name? EFT often works where all else has failed and often works where conventional medicine has no answers. It has been known to work for all sorts of issues such as anorexia, bulimia, self harming, depression, phobias, allergies, anger, panic attacks, stopping smoking, asthma, shingles, OCD, trauma, high blood pressure and so much more.

So if you are struggling to loose weight then what emotional issues do you have?

Copyright 2006 Wayne Ennis

About the author:

Wayne Ennis is an EFT specialist and can help with all sorts of medical, physical and emotional issues. You can read all about EFT and what it can help with at http://www.advancedtherapies.co.uk.

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Many diets have been in the market. I believe many of us have tried out at least one of the these diets like Atkins and diet slimming pills and low-carb diet. It either turned out to be success first but then once we switched back to normal diet , it turns out to be worse (Under most circumstances, our weight bounced to double or some damages are done to our body organs):sick:. Most of us not only have to face our weight problems but also health problems. We keep trying all kinds of diet methods to keep our body and mind kicking alive!!!!Does this sound familiar to you? Recently, someone introduced me alkaine-acid diet. It is based on the theory that body works best under ph 7.5. But have you ever wonder most of the things you consumed actually belong to acidic catergory like pork, beef, chicken and even fruits (most of them except tomatoes and avocados):O. This makes your body acidic and thus, tiredness and aching and not to mention diseases start to invade your body. The funny thing is that even tap-water is harmful to us. Why? Only distilled water have neutral ph and it depends on the brands of the distilled water ........i am so shocked to hear about this. Only exercise will alkalise the body. But the problem for over-weight people is that exercise can be tedious and sometimes the effect is not as good as we have expected. Sound familiar again? We are what we consume. There must be a simple method which not only deal with health, weight and disease. All at one go. Tune in for more information:idea:
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The first step to loose weight and be healthy is to control your eating habits. Loosing weight starts with eating moderately.

Did you know that your new automobile is likely to have a larger cup-holder than your older model? That restaurants use larger plates, bakers are selling larger muffins, pizzerias have larger pans, and fast food companies are using larger French fries and drink containers than 20 years ago? Did you know that identical recipes for cookies and desserts in the old editions of �Joy of Cooking� specify fewer servings?

It is evident to all of us that overweight and obesity have increased sharply in the USA in adults and children in the last few years. Since studies show that activity of people has not changed much in the last decades, the increase in body overweight must come from a change in the food intake. Considering that about half the people in the USA consume their meals outside the home, the portion sizes become an important factor in the increase of body overweight.

The American Journal of Public Health published a study about the current sizes of portions in restaurants, fast foods, and food manufacturers. The authors compared the data with the sizes of the past 30 years, and they came up with some amazing numbers. First they noted that all the portions offered in every category exceed by far the guidelines of the USDA and the FDA. Cookies are seven times bigger than recommended, cooked pasta five times larger, muffins three times larger, and so on.

Then they discovered that portion sizes began to grow in the 1970s and have continued to grow at the same rate as body overweight. Food and fast food companies today promote larger items and use larger sizes as selling points. Widespread price competition has induced manufacturers to introduce larger items as a means to expand market share, since they discovered that profit rises when the product size is increased. In the mid �50s Mc Donald offered only one size of French fries: that size today is called �small�. The food industry invests billions in making their products more attractive, sexier, saltier, or sweeter and we are vulnerable to their promotions. This happens at a moment when we became more sedentary and kids spend longer hours in front of the TV or their computers.

Going to Europe or other countries we see some striking differences in the food habits. First of all there is not so much advertising about food. Most of the Italian TV ads are about basic ingredients such as olive oil, wine, and pasta, and not so much about prepackaged food or fast food chains. In addition the portion sizes are considerably smaller than in America. I recently had dinner in a steakhouse and the smallest portion available on the menu was a 10 oz filet mignon. That is about three times larger than the average size of a portion of meat in Italy.

I noticed myself many times that people moving to the USA from other countries would gain weight in few months. There is no doubt in my mind that the large amount of food we ingest today is one of the main causes for the general growth of overweight in America. This doesn�t affect only people with a weight problem, but also those who are maybe only a few pounds over and struggle to control the size of their waistline. In an environment where lifestyle and advertising pushes to eat out more and in larger quantities it is imperative that we learn how to control ourselves.

One very good way to start I learned from a trainer at the gym, and I encourage everyone to try. It is very simple: On a notepad write down everyday for a week everything that you ingest. Take note of the quantities, not only for the main meals, but even the smallest things such as drinks, candies and snacks. Then with the help of a calorie chart add up the numbers. Many people say �I don�t know how I gain weight. I don�t eat very much�. I bet they are ready for a big surprise. It is incredible how all those little things we munch during the day add up to a large number of calories.

After the shock, the realization will come that something needs to be done. First it is important to understand what a regular portion looks like. 3 oz meat: is approximately the size of a deck of cards or a bar of soap (when was the last time you saw a steak of that size?); 3 oz fish: the size of a checkbook; 1 oz cheese: the size of matchbox; one medium potato: the size of a computer mouse; 1 cup pasta: the size of two eggs.

When eating out choose the small or medium sizes instead of the large ones. Ask for half of the meal to be packed to go. Share your portion with a friend. Don�t eat the bread and butter before the meal. For your home don�t buy a lot of food, but buy single serving packages. If you snack don�t eat from the bag, but place a few chips or crackers on a dish. Cut in the amount of sauces, mayonnaise and cream cheese, and use low calories types. If you are a big eater fill yourself with a large quantity of vegetables and eventually fresh fruit.

In conclusion: Everyone that tries to keep weight under control knows how difficult it is. The first step is to be inventive in ways to reduce the sizes of the food portions.

About the author:

Anna Maria Volpi is a cooking instructor and personal chef in Los Angeles. Visit Anna Maria website http://www.annamariavolpi.com/ for step-by-step illustrated traditional Italian recipes for tiramisu, pasta, pizza, lasagna, risotto, gnocchi and much more, articles and food newsletter.

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Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic functional disorder of the intestines which causes abdominal pain, often accompanied by cramping, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. It is also referred to as spastic colon or mucous colitis. Irritable bowel syndrome is more commonly known by its abbreviated term - IBS.

There are three forms of IBS depending on the symptoms -- diarrhea-predominant (IBS-D), constipation-predominant (IBS-C) and IBS with alternating stool pattern (IBS-A). Clinical investigations are going on a new IBS subtype, post-infectious IBS (IBS-PI).

Symptoms of IBS

IBS symptoms include:

� Abdominal pain
� Discomfort associated with changes in bowel habits
� Fewer than three bowel movements a week
� More than three bowel movements a day
� Hard or lumpy stools
� Loose or watery stools
� Straining during a bowel movement
� Urgency (having to rush to have a bowel movement)
� Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
� Passing mucus (white material) during a bowel movement
� Abdominal fullness, bloating, or swelling
� Chronic pelvic pain
� Mental stress
� Fibromyalgia and various mental disorders
� Researchers believe that there are neurological and psychological disorders associated with IBS.

Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The exact causes of irritable bowel syndrome are unknown, but there are factors that may aggravate the trouble. Dietary factors and stress don�t exactly cause IBS, but they can aggravate it. Various studies and researches have noted an IBS connection to diet. Physicians feel that the correct diet can provide IBS relief.

Common IBS diet advice includes:

� Eat soluble fiber foods and supplements.
� Substitute dairy products for soy or rice products.
� Be careful with fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in insoluble fiber.
� Eat small amounts in regular intervals to lessen the symptoms of IBS.
� Avoid eating red meat, oily or fatty (and fried) products.
� Avoid taking dairy products (especially when lactose intolerance is suspected).
� Avoid solid chocolate, coffee (regular and decaffeinated), alcohol, carbonated beverages and artificial sweeteners.

IBS Treatment

IBS treatment includes dietary advice and medication. Developing good dietary habits may be the best treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

Medications can provide instant IBS relief. These may include stool softeners and laxatives in constipation-predominant, and antidiarrheal (loperamide) in diarrhea-predominant IBS. The low dosage of tricyclic and SSRI antidepressants has shown to be the most widely prescribed medications for helping to relieve symptoms of visceral sensitivity (pain) and diarrhea or constipation respectively. Other medications include:

� Alosetron: Alosetron is a selective 5-HT3 antagonist for IBS-D. It is only available for women in the United States under a restricted access program, due to severe risks of side effects if taken mistakenly by IBS-A or IBS-C sufferers.

� Cilansetron: Cilansetron is also a selective 5-HT3 antagonist that is undergoing further clinical studies in Europe for IBS-D sufferers.

� Tegaserod: Tegaserod is a selective 5-HT4 antagonist for IBS-C. It has shown to have an excellent safety profile for relieving IBS constipation and chronic idiopathic constipation.

About the author:

Paul MacIver writes about health conditions including IBS and Crohn's Disease. For further information on Irritable Bowel Syndrome visit http://www.beat-ibs.info/ or to read how hypnotherapy can be used to beat IBS check out http://www.online-ibs-help.info/.

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