Posts Tagged ‘Health

07
Aug
08

All things Gold

Gold Leaf Facials are the craze in Japan. The treatment is available at thirty salons and spas. One session will last anywhere from one to two hours. The price starts at 20,000 to 30,000 yen which is 170 to 250 dollars. I am a huge fan of gold leafing, I just never thought about putting on my face or drinking it. Here are a few other gold things that are badass. Click on pics for descriptions and prices.

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.

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.

 

29
Jun
08

Scream YOUTH

Periodically do a raw-juice cleanse. Spring clean your system and get rid of toxins, improve energy & mental alertness. Your skin will glow!

  • Lips that scream I’m youthful are glossy! Put away dehydrating harsh looking matte lipsticks.
  • Brow Gel. Get some. Brush the brows upward (they’ll stay that way).
  • Whiten your teeth. Not enough time…eat foods such as Apples, Celery and Spinach. These foods naturally whiten teeth.
  • Wear clothes that FIT your body. Baggy or looser fitting clothes or just that ensemble of a tshirt with sweat pants adds years and pounds.
  • Hair color that is dark accentuates wrinkles. A flat dark color will age you, go for something multidimensional.
  • Sugar is the #1 enemy. It attaches to collagen!
  • DO NOT over match your outfits, shoes, and handbags.
  • Take your vitamins, you’ll feel 6 years younger.
  • Be active! even a small amount of exercise will improve your life not to mention blood circulation.
  • Wear colors that compliment your skin tone.
  • SMILE. Smiling distracts from areas that show your age.
  • Go be YOUTHFUL. It’s an attitude thing.
23
Jun
08

Skinny Bitch

This is one of the Top 200 Books ever written! Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin say what we all need to know with such a bitter sweet tongue. I read Skinny Bitch while flying from North Carolina to Seattle, The book had a profound effect on me. I ate sour cream made with pasteurized milk and immediately vomited. Hahaaahahaa I am a health food freak who gave up soy milk as advised by my Ayurvedic doc. This book made me think a lot and reminded me that India is a cattle loving place, unlike Americans they adore cows....so buy raw cow milk and boil (pricey) or return to soy. I returned to soy. This guide made me want to eat better, live better, be prettier from the inside out. These two authors also have a follow up that I have yet to read. It's called> Skinny Bitch in the kitchen.

READ and share your thoughts.......Cheers!

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