Archive for the 'Health' Category



21
Jul
08

Face Mask Recipe: Dry Skin

Ingredients:

1 tsp powdered milk

1 tbsp runny honey

1 tsp aloe vera gel

2 drops essential oil

 Mix ingredients well, apply to face, let dry for 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water. This recipe is enough for two people. So grab a friend and do a mask.

21
Jul
08

Human Face Transplant

Here’s a family photo of little nine year old Sandeep Kaur before a grass cutting machine completely amputated her face and scalp. The machine caught one of Sandeep’s braids and then pulled her head in. Sandeep’s mother, who witnessed the accident, said: “I didn’t know where her face was. Everything was peeled off.”

Sandeep Kaur’s face arrived in two pieces at a hospital in India where it was replanted onto her skull 10 years ago. Sandeep arrived at the hospital unconscious with her face in a plastic bag. There’s another photo of Sandeep Kaur after her groundbreaking face replant. Although they didn’t realize it at the time, Sandeep’s doctors were making history. Sandeep’s operation is considered the world’s first full-face replant. It has inspired a team of doctors in Louisville, Ky (very close to where I’m from) to attempt the first human face transplant. They also did the battery charged heart thing.

Sandeep Kaur aged 19, 10 years after the accident that ripped off her face and nearly claimed her life. Today, Sandeep is training to be a nurse.

21
Jul
08

Get Creative with Green Tea

GREEN TEA LEMONADE

If you like your tea lemony and your drinks lightly sugared, this combo should hit your sweet spot. “It gives you that fresh green flavor, with a hint of lemon — perfect for summer,” says Nelson Drago, owner of the Chado Tea Room in Los Angeles.
Makes about four 1-cup servings

1 tablespoon loose Japanese green tea leaves, available in Asian markets and health-food stores
9 ounces lemonade, sweetened to taste
Sliced fresh lemon or whole strawberries for garnish

Steep tea leaves in 18–20 ounces of barely boiling water for 3 minutes, or longer if you like stronger tea. Pour brewed tea through a strainer into a large carafe or pitcher full of ice. Stir in lemonade. Serve in glasses garnished with the fruit.

MANGO TANGO ICED GREEN TEA

Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) up the antioxidant ante.
Makes four 1-cup servings

1 1/2 cups chilled green tea (Heiss suggests using 2 tea bags of Stash Premium green tea)
3/4 cup chilled mango puree, sold at Asian markets and in some supermarkets
3/4 cup chilled peach or apple juice
1 cup chilled pineapple juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients, pour into blender (make in batches if necessary), and blend for 2 minutes. Pour over ice and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.

MATCHA LATTE ICED ENERGY TEA

This recipe hails from Essencha Tea House & Fine Teas in Cincinnati. Part of Zen Buddhist culture for centuries, matcha makes brilliant but bitter green tea. However, matcha latte is “creamy yet crisp,” says Essencha co-owner Tracy Monson. “And it gives you the ultimate energy boost!” Because it’s made from the entire leaf, matcha may be the healthiest of all green teas.
Makes one 1-cup serving

1/2 to 1 teaspoon good-quality matcha, sold at Asian markets
1 tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
8 ounces milk or soymilk

Place matcha and sugar in a high-sided bowl. Whisk gently until blended. Add enough hot water to make a light paste, whisking until the mixture is free of clumps. Transfer to a cocktail shaker. Add milk and ice and shake well until foamy. Strain, and then drink straight up or over ice.

15
Jul
08

What Your Skin Wants You To Eat

Diets loaded with vegetables, beans, cold pressed olive oil and multigrain breads (even better spelt bread)will save your face and organs.

Vitamins A, C, and E and the minerals zinc and selenium will keep wrinkles under control by reducing the amount of potentially damaging free radicals produced by skin cells.

Carotenoids contribute to healthy skin coloring. Eat lots of cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and fruits and vegetables that have deep green, yellow, orange, and red hues.

Drink water, it moisturizes your skin from the inside out, helping to maintain its elasticity and suppleness. Skip the soda. It’s really very tacky anyway.

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14
Jul
08

Genetic Testing

If I had a genetic predisposition to a deadly illness like cancer or heart disease I would want to know! I do know these test are not like a crystal ball but they do give you a probability percentage of the likelihood of this happening in your life time. If you know you are at 85% at risk to become obese, wouldn’t you want to know so you can take action now. I did some research on genetic testing and there are four types of test. Prenatal testing, Gene Sequencing, SNP Testing and Genome Sequencing. I am interested in SNP Testing for myself. The test costs around 2500 and is not covered by insurance.

TEST DETAILS: SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphisms, are tiny sections of DNA typically used to identify genetic variation across populations. Scientists embed a clients DNA into a small silicon chip containing reference DNA from both healthy and ill individuals. If the client’s genetic info matches up with the DNA common among people afflicted by certain diseases, the scientist can give a person an idea of how likely it is that they will contract those diseases. The results remain largely inconclusive. If you share a strand of diabetes’s related DNA with a person who actually has it, the chances of them getting it are certainly elevated, but not a hundred percent. The same would be true for this person’s child, if the child and parent shared the same strand, the child is at an elevated risk as well.

 

11
Jul
08

Dry Dead Brittle HAIR, ugh

“I ask models to treat dry hair with avocado, which have tons of essential fatty acids that enhance shine,” says Bumble and Bumble editorial stylist Dennis Lanni. Here is his Soft as Silk Hair RECIPE:

Toss 2 peeled, pitted avcados into a blended and whip

Coat hair, saturating each strand, root to end

Comb through to evenly distribute the mixture, then clip hair up for 30 minutes (I would use a shower cap)

Wash out with a hydrating shampoo follow with conditioner

05
Jul
08

Red Over Green

No matter which color you chose, bell peppers are loaded with age fighting antioxidants but the red ones have a super power punch. The red bell pepper is disease fighting machine with its phenol content. Red bells are also high in vitamin C. The wonderful antioxidant that keeps your skin and blood vessels young.

Try this salad recipe I learned in Sofia Bulgaria…..

>1large Red Bell Pepper,1 Large Green Bell Pepper, 1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper, 1 Large seedless cucumber, 2 Large Tomatoes, Handful chopped Green Onion,

Cut everything into hearty size chucks and place into bowl

Use equal parts of sunflower oil and your choice of vinegar

sprinkle salt over salad and toss

Boil 4 Eggs and cut them into slices over salad

egg yolk will mix with oil and vinegar for a great dressing

add feta cheese and enjoy!

05
Jul
08

Color Psychology

Color has a profound effect on us mentally and physically. Most of the time we are not aware of it.

BLUE> Slows your pulse rate, lowers body temperature & reduces appetite. The color of both the sky and ocean, is the most popular of colors. Blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals. Blue can as well be cold and depressing. In China blue is associated with immortality. For Jews blue symbolizes holiness. In Colombia, blue is associated with soap. For the Hindus blue is the color of Krishna.

RED>Stimulates a faster heartbeat, raises blood pressure and increases breathing. It is the color we pay the most attention to. Red is the warmest and most energetic color in the spectrum. We associate red with love and emergency exit signs. Red clothing gets notices and makes the wearer appear heavier. In India red is the color of purity. In China red symbolizes celebration and luck.

BLACK> The absence of light and color. Black is the color of authority and power. Black clothing will make you appear thinner. It is a timeless color. Priests wear black to signify submission to god. We associate black with sophistication, evil, death, formality and underground.

GREEN> Is one of the most popular colors along side of blue. Green is the easiest color on the eyes and can actually improve your vision. It is a calming and refreshing color that has great healing powers. In China a green hat means his wife is cheating on him. In India green is the color of Islam. In some tropical countries green is associated with danger. Seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

Purple> Represents royalty and is considered an exotic color. Purple is rare in nature and come across as artificial or of arrogance. Purple dye was made from the mucous gland of a snail back in the day causing it to be super pricey.

YELLOW> The attention getting color. It is sunny and optimistic. In Asia yellow is sacred. Yellow enhances concentration and speeds metabolism. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take. Babies cry more and adults loose their tempers often in yellow rooms.