We all know that what we eat has a tremendous influence on how we look, because everything we eat becomes a part of us. Beautiful and glowing skin is one of the most important signs of good health and one of the secrets of personal success. It is the biggest organ of your body, and in order to keep your skin healthy and youthful, you must nourish it with certain vitamins and minerals. Below, you can learn what are those nutrients and in what foods they occur. Read the rest of this entry »

December 22, 2008

Tea Tree ForestMany of us know about miraculous effects of Tea tree oil. This is a popular essential oil obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree from Australia. Centuries ago, Australian aborigines were using these leaves as tea, that gave its worldwide known name to this plant. The natives also discovered excellent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of Melaleuca alternifolia. In the eighteenth century, the members of Captain Cook’s expedition brought the first tea tree leave samples to Europe. Since those times, a great deal of researches and studies of therapeutic effects of this plant were carried out, and production of various creams, lotions, ointments and other medicines containing tea tree oil was put on a commercial footing.

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December 16, 2008

The deeper into the wood you go, the more timber seems to grow. When we start looking for effective techniques, various diets and herbal supplements, which can help us lose weight, we find more and more opportunities and want to try everything. However, not all diets can be useful and effective, and sometimes those people, who are ready for everything in order to shed extra pounds, can seriously harm their health. Find out the truth about these 5 common myths related to weight loss. Read the rest of this entry »

CaffeineMillions of people around the planet start their day with a cup of their favorite tea or coffee. This ritual is very common to us all and we all know that morning cup of tea or coffee can help us refresh our mind after the night’s sleep and get focused on the things we need to accomplish during the day. Certainly, such powerful refreshing effects of these morning beverages can be achieved at the expense of high caffeine content in both tea and coffee. Caffeine is an alkaloid which is known for its effects on our nerve system. It causes irritability, anxiety, headaches, increased heart rate and high blood pressure. However, such effects will manifest only in that situation, when the levels of caffeine intake are really high.

Many people wonder, what type of tea contains the greatest amounts of caffeine? For example, some of my friends are convinced that the stronger the tea, the more caffeine it has. At that, some of them think that green tea has less amounts of caffeine than the black tea, because black teas are darker and stronger. Those are quite weird ideas, aren’t they? Specialists argue that high-quality non-flavored green  teas have the highest content of caffeine among all teas: up to 80 mg of caffeine in one big cup (8 ounces). High-quality non-flavored back teas contain up to 60-70 mg of caffeine. Green flavored teas contain from 45 to 70 mg of caffeine, and black flavored teas can have caffeine content levels as low as 35-40 mg in a cup.

This is very important to keep in mind the results of this study, Caffeine in teabecause as we can see, the strength and color of tea does not play any important role when talking about caffeine content. There are some moms, who give green tea to their infants thinking that green tea is not strong enough to harm their children. Remember that children below 2 are not recommended to have caffeinated drinks at all! And what about the adults? There are certain groups of people, who also have to stay away from caffeine. Those include, first of all, the people who suffer from atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and problems with vessels, as well as those who have gastritis or peptic ulcer. Finally, pregnant and nursing women have to limit their caffeine intake and drink no more than 1-2 cups of tea a day.

At the same time, for the majority of us, moderate doses of caffeine will not bring any harm and can be even useful. Consuming 600-700 mg of caffein every day is considered to be a normal dose of this substance, but maximum daily dose of it should not exceed 800 mg. Since maximum content of caffein in one cup of green tea is 85 mg, drinking 7-8 cups of tea a day should be considered safe.  Recently, British specialists discovered that it is optimal to drink 8 cups of fluid every day, so you can include 3-5 cups of strong tea in your daily fluid intake, ejoiy this wonderful drink and benefit from its numerous positive effects on your health.

AcneA great deal of teenagers have very hard times fighting with acne break outs. No matter where it is: on your cheeks, forehead, neck, back or chest, it is a very bothering and embarrassing problem. You have, probably, tried a lot of various topical creams, ointments and lotions, which are available in our pharmacies and health care shops. They all were so promising, but the majority of them did not cause any noticeable positive effect. Therefore, it is a good time to try the most effective natural remedies for treating acne. First of all, you need to remember that you can use herbal remedies for acne treatment both internally and externally, so the combination of these two therapeutic methods will help you maximize the effects! Read the rest of this entry »

Recently, our leading dietologists and nutrition specialists publicized a list of top 7 products, which can help modern men stay healthy for life, be active and always in a good physical shape.

  • OystersOysters. Oysters and other sea products are considered to be powerful sexual stimulants. It is absolutely true, because those eatable soft tissues of oysters, mussels and lobsters have very high content of proteins and various microelements necessary for good men’s health. In addition, oysters contain great amounts of zinc, an important microelement and antioxidant, which is claimed to protect against negative chemical processes and cellular damage in male body and prevent prostate cancer. Enjoy eating oysters, however, do not forget to cook them well in order to avoid swallowing salmonella or other harmful bacteria. Read the rest of this entry »