Health tips for Normal delivery

March 24, 2011 by  
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About HH Sant Shri Asaram ji Bapu: Param Pujya Sant Shri Asaramji, endearingly called ‘Bapu’, is a self realized saint from India and have been known as ‘saint of common people’. Asaram ji Bapu is the most famous saint in India having more than 20 million followers. There are more than…

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Great Grow Your Hair, Diet, Food, Exercise, Love and Luck Resolutions Tips

March 14, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Happy New Year Everyone! In this video I give you eight great new years resolution tips on diet, exercise, stress reduction, healthy foods, hair, and romance. I hope you enjoy this video and make some of these tips your new years change. I think youll be very happy if you do. Please subscribe because I have a lot more to come; something for everyone. Thanks so much for viewing! To purchase a YouTips4U custom-designed T-Shirt please click here: To visit me at my blogspot, please click here:

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YouTips4U – Herbal Health Tips for When You’re Sick to Help You Get Well Fast – Flu Season Herbs

January 15, 2011 by  
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To purchase a YouTips4U Custom Designed T-Shirt, please click here: For more helpful tips, or if you have any questions, please visit Hi, in the video I share with you what I do to get well quicker when I am sick with a cold or flu. I am a big believer in herbal teas to help relieve symptoms, boost my immunity and speed my recovery. I share with you three products that I use that I think you will find very helpful next time you are feeling ill with a cold or flu. I believe in the healing effects of herbal teas, tinctures, liquids and capsules. Herbs have been around for centuries and many of the over-the-counter drugs and pharmaceuticals we use have not. I always take the natural approach whenever I can. Use them when you need them only so you don’t overdue it. Please SUBSCRIBE because I have lots more helpful videos to come including more herbal tip videos. Thanks so much for viewing and I always love your comments

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Decaf coffee against diabetes

February 8, 2010 by  
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So what did you drink for breakfast this morning? Coffee? Tea? How many cups? If you’ve had say, 3 or 4 cups of your favourite brew today, you may actually be protecting yourself from Type 2 diabetes. At least that’s what a team of researchers from University of Sydney in Australia is saying.

The researcher performed a so-called meta-analysis of data from 18 separate clinical studies that involved almost half a million participants. And the results of the analysis showed that people who drink lots of tea or coffee have lower risk for type 2 diabetes. A consumption of 3 to 4 cups of the drinks can reduce your risk by a fifth or even more. Each additional cup cuts the risk by 7%.

So what is in a cup of coffee or tea that gives us protection from diabetes? No, it is not the caffeine that provides the benefits because decaf coffee seems to work best. The researchers believe it might be other compounds that are responsible for the protection. Some of the possible compounds involved are the element magnesium and the antioxidants lignans or chlorogenic acids.

This isn’t the first time that decaf coffee gives positive health outcomes. A 2006 study of 28,000 women reported that consumption of 6 cups of decaf coffee a day translates into a 33% diabetes risk cut compared to no coffee consumption. In recent years, tea is also available in decaf form.

The authors concluded:

“The identification of the active components of these beverages would open up new therapeutic pathways for the primary prevention of diabetes mellitus. If such beneficial effects were observed in interventional trials to be real, the implications for the millions of individuals who have diabetes mellitus, or who are at future risk of developing it, would be substantial.”

Now, before you put your kettle to boil, let us slow down a bit. Previous studies on tea and coffee have been linked these beverages to health benefits against cardiovascular disease and cancer, although there are also evidence of harmful effects. More studies are needed to confirm these findings.

According to Dr Victoria King, of Diabetes UK, said:

“Without full information about what other factors may be influencing the type 2 diabetes risk of the studies’ participants – such as their physical activity levels and diet – as well as what the active ingredient in tea or coffee appears to be, we cannot be sure what, if anything, this observed effect is down to… What we can be sure of is that the development of type 2 diabetes is strongly linked to lifestyle, which means that many cases could be prevented by keeping active and eating a healthy balanced diet that is low in fat, salt and sugar with plenty of fruit and vegetables.”

Film feature: The Meaning of Tea

December 24, 2008 by  

Documentary films might not be your cup of tea but you have to try this one. The Meaning of Tea, a film by Tea Dragon Films, is a 74-minute documentary on – well, tea. Now, you may ask, what is so special about a film about – of all things – tea? What on earth is so exciting about tea? Well, check out this press release:

The Meaning of Tea is an engaging documentary film that explores the romance and complexities surrounding tea, a universally beloved and widely consumed beverage. The film travels through eight countries, unveiling many reasons behind tea’s mysterious appeal. From afternoon tea in the Midwestern United States to tea estates in India, from the traditional tea ceremony of Japan to modern tea life in Morocco, the film explores the rituals and ceremonies of tea celebrated and enjoyed by a myriad of unique cultures. With an exciting mix of interviews, archival footage and music, the film sheds light on tea’s many varieties, whose value, use, practices, and traditions are sometimes misunderstood, neglected, and even threatened by today’s marketplace. The common thread weaving together these individual stories is the question of whether there is any inherent “meaning” to be found in tea, particularly in an era increasingly dominated by mass-marketing, fast food and corporate coffee. The film also examines the role certain modern forces pay in threatening the survival of tea and its cultural significance. By visiting places where tea is still revered and by investigating its role in these societies, The Meaning of Tea suggests the profoundly positive role tea may play in the future of humanity.

Tea is supposedly the most popular drink in the world after water. However, experts may argue that it has been overtaken by soda and other sweetened drinks among the younger generation. We know, however, the adverse health effects that soda has brought about. Tea, on the other, has been shown to have beneficial effects on our health as I’ve written in previous posts:

The Meaning of Tea was directed and produced by Scott Chamberlin Hoyt, together with Michaela Mckee and Keir Moreano. The film may just be “the beginning of a movement to reduce the stresses of our “amped-up high-tech world by encouraging people to have a cup of tea.” Now, that’s what I call a relaxing idea!

Photo credit: 2008 Tea Dragon Films

Can a cup of green tea a day keep the doctor away?

November 19, 2008 by  

The cold weather is upon us and a cup of something hot is just the thing to drive the chills away. So what is your favorite hot drink?

This report by Greek researchers published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation suggests we should go for green tea.

What’s in a cup of green tea?

Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a plant that grows in China and other parts of Asia. Whereas “tea” is the Western world usually refers to black tea, “tea” in countries like Japan and Korea actually refers to green tea. Unlike black tea, green tea is practically unprocessed and has therefore undergone very little oxidation. Green tea contains strong antioxidants in the form of flavonoids, similar to what is found in red wine and dark chocolate. However, it is thought that green tea contains more antioxidant compared to other hot beverages because of the minimal oxidation it undergoes during production. The antioxidant content would vary, though, depending on the tea plant variety and cultivation and processing styles.

What are the health benefits of green tea?

“The study found that the consumption of green tea rapidly improves the function of (endothelial) cells lining the circulatory system; endothelial dysfunction is a key event in the progression of atherosclerosis.”

The randomized study of 14 participants involved the measurement of the diameter of the brachial artery 30, 90 and 120 minutes after drinking a cup of green tea, a cup of coffee and a cup of hot water. Results showed that the brachial artery, which a major blood vessel in the upper arm, was significantly more dilated after drinking green tea. The highest measurement was 3.9% increase after 30 minutes of consumption. No significant dilation effect was observed among those who drank coffee or hot water.

According to researcher Dr Nikolaos Alexopoulos

“These findings have important clinical implications. Tea consumption has been associated with reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in several studies. Green tea is consumed less in the Western world than black tea, but it could be more beneficial because of the way it seems to improve endothelial function. In this same context, recent studies have also shown potent anticarcinogenic effects of green tea, attributed to its antioxidant properties.”

However, a study by German researchers indicated that the endothelial function amelioration effect of black tea is comparable to that of green tea.

Besides its cardiovascular benefits, green tea is associated with reduced mortality due to other diseases. Japanese researchers found that regular drinking of green tea can prevent chronic diseases from cardiovascular disorder to cancer and can therefore prolong lifespan.

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Tea for Two

September 23, 2008 by  
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Let’s talk tea.

I’m basically a java girl but I keep plenty of tea around for those tea occasions. Ginger tea after meals to aide digestion, green tea in the evening, and of course chamomile (honey vanilla chamomile) before bed.

Let’s dissect my favorite teas.

Ginger tea:

Used for centuries to aide digestion, ginger also helps with gas and bloating. Ginger tea is also considered an aide for motion sickness. Talk to your doctor if you are taking warfarin (coumadin) which may be affected by ginger consumption.

A lovely Lemon Ginger Tea recipe from The Daily Green


6 cups water
4 teaspoons sugar
1 inch fresh gingeroot, thinly sliced
8 pieces lemon peel, strips
6 green tea bags

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Check out what your drink does to your heart

September 9, 2008 by  

Heart experts from all over Europe and the world met in Munich, Germany last August 30 to September 3 to share the latest research findings on cardiovascular sciences at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2008. Today and in the coming days, I will be presenting some extracts from reports presented at the Congress.

One of the most interesting presentations under the topic “Cardiovascular Disease Prevention – Risk Assessment and Management” is entitled “The gourmand’s heart – a bitter sweet relationship?” where Spanish heart expert S.S. Menendez summarized the latest updates on the health effects of four common food and drinks in the Western diet, namely tea, coffee, wine and chocolate.


Dutch researchers reported that tea showed beneficial effects on cardiovascular health in many studies (but not all) conducted in Europe. The substances responsible for the positive effects are most likely the strong oxidants flavonols and catechins found in tea.


The caffeinholics among us will immediately ask – what about coffee? Greek researchers reported that coffee does not increase the long-term risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Nor does it worsen existing conditions of CVD. However, coffee consumption may increase blood pressure and interact with cigarette smoking, leading to adverse effects. Also, the health effects of coffee may differ depending on the type of coffee and the way it is prepared.


Researchers from the land of chocolate – Switzerland – reported about the positive effects of cocoa. Cocoa benefits cardiovascular health by “lowering blood pressure, improved endothelial function, improved insulin sensitivity and platelet function.” However, these effects are only true for unprocessed cocoa from the cacao beans but not necessarily for the chocolate goodies you see in Swiss confectionaries. Processing of cacao may lead to loss of its antioxidant properties.


Now, the list won’t be complete without touching on wine. Italian researchers reported that moderate alcohol consumption reduces CVD risk, CVD mortality and total mortality in healthy people and in patients with a history of CVD. Wine, especially, should be alcoholic drink of your choice. For maximum cardiovascular protection, 1 to 2 glasses per day for women and 2 to 4 glasses per day for men are recommended. However, overconsumption of alcohol can lead to major health problems as discussed in a previous post.

In conclusion, tea, cocoa, and wine showed beneficial effects on cardiovascular health but the effect of coffee is not clear. As parting shot, the author gives the following prudent recommendation:

Take a coffee or cocoa drink for breakfast, drink green tea during the day, a glass of wine in the evening and … a piece of dark chocolate before going to bed !!!

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Diabetes and Coffee

March 11, 2008 by  
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It is pretty early, at least here on the East Coast of the U.S., so I would like to share a cup of coffee with you. If you would prefer tea, go right ahead and brew up a cup. I will just sit here and wait while you get it.

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Evil Coffee!

Even after scientists discovered that coffee and tea both have antioxidants and other compounds that are great for the body, people avoid coffee. They say there is too much caffeine in it or quote studies from decades ago concerning the beverage.

Many will avoid the drink their entire lives, citing good health as the reason. For those who avoid it because they do not enjoy the taste, that is a totally different matter. Taste is taste, you either enjoy it or you don’t. But, do not let the small amounts of caffeine deter you from having a cup of joe if you previously loved the stuff!

Power packed Java.

Coffee is a plant based beverage and as with all drinks made from plants, it has benefits from the original source. Four years ago, scientists discovered that people who drank coffee had a lower risk of developing diabetes and that there is a compound in coffee that helps the body metabolize sugar.

If you want to drink coffee to help prevent diabetes or if you would like to enjoy the other benefits of the coffee bean, try decaffeinated.

One More Thing

If you are a tea drinker, you are already aware of the health benefits of tea. But, did you know that drinking tea, real not herbal, can improve your insulin activity by up to fifteen times? According to the research, you should not use milk in the drink, as it can interfere with the compounds in the teas acting properly.

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