3 very helpful travel tips.

It doesn’t matter what the destination, travel conditions, duration, budget or reason may be, there are fundamental things about traveling you need to pay attention to.

It’s not only about investigating the places you might like to visit, or even the place you’re going to be staying, it’s about planning a lot of other details.

People tend to underestimate these details. What they don’t know is that they can basically ruin your whole vacation.

We’ve summed up in a short list of 3 tips you should follow to make sure your travel don’t get compromised or ruined.

These tips work better for first time lonely travelers.

1)           Plan on time.

It may sound really old but, it’s actually very important to have all planned with time.

Most people seem to leave important things for last and they end up not enjoying their vacations the way they imagined they would.

If you have a defined destination and you can book some dates safely then…

Don’t hesitate to buy your tickets with time!

This will definitely allow you to find the best prices on hotels and plane tickets.

2)           Find out all about your destination.

It isn’t enough if you know all about the tourists attractions; you need to enrich yourself with knowledge about the place’s history.

It’s very helpful to know a little bit about its history, culture and customs. Only this way you’ll get an idea of what you’re going to be facing when you get there.

Just a little reading about the culture of the place’s destination can get you to prepare yourself on what to expect in terms of people’s attitude.

This, I additions, can give you even more ideas of places to visit and interesting activities.

3)           The “art” of packing.

This is everybody’s tricky part: packing.

Since most people tend to pack and carry more than they need and sometimes driving them to leave the essentials at home while using an inadequate suitcase.

Your luggage will obviously depend on the type of trip you’re going to have.

But a few things should stay constant: carry the essentials and carry them comfortably.

If you travel on a tour or for business, a suitcase with good wheels, spacious and appropriate for your height, will suffice.

If on the contrary, you travel on your own, the best thing is a strong backpack, comfortable, with several pockets and that you can carry on your back.

For a few more tips on traveling, you should check out http://www.travelertalk.org/ lonely travelers will advise you on your trip so you can feel comfortable!

4 Plants and herbs useful to prevent pharmaceuticals´ shakedown

The most powerful industry in the worldwide economy, above the oil industry, it is the pharmaceuticals business.

An industry allegedly dedicated to healing the world, but the reality proves something different.

Every year pharmaceuticals’ companies expend more money on the advertisement or legal suits than research.

Why is this? Simple. Like any other business, the goal it is to make as much money as they can. Meanwhile, our health; well, that´s another business.

However, you must ask yourself, where does the medicine come from?

Research labs focus their work on how nature deals with diseases. Keep in mind those pharmaceuticals´ labs really, don´t invent anything. Merely, synthesize compound already used by nature to deal with diseases.

We don´t intend to make you stop using pharmaceutical medicine, but to consider natural medicine as an alternative source of wellness, in some cases less toxic to your body.

Therefore, we present five medicinal plants and herbs with a positive effect on your health.

1 Stevia (stevia rebaudiana)

This plant serves a sweetener and sugar substitute. It is one hundred fifty times sweeter than sugar and surprisingly it won´t cause the inconvenient sugar does to your body.

Medical studies confirm that the active principle of the plant induces insulin production, creating a positive impact diabetes patient’s health.

2 Caltrop, Puncturevine or Goat´s Head (tribulus terrestris)

Traditionally consumed as tea, this plant it is been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat headaches, premature ejaculation and spermatorrhoea (escape of sperm without orgasm).

Throughout history, it has been used also as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Recently, a study from the Medical Sciences University of the Holy House in Sao Paulo, Brazil, concluded that this plant also improves dominion on women´s sexual dissatisfaction and proves to be effective on sexual disorders treatments.

3 Dandelion (taraxacum officinale)

This plant is from the family of sunflower, used since ancient times to purify the blood, a Vitamin K provider and a natural antioxidant.

Also provides one hundred twelve percent of daily minimum requirements of Vitamin A.

Among its numerous benefits are:

  1. Helps the body to eliminate waste.
  2. Regulates cardiac rhythm and blood pressure.
  3. Prevents lung and mouth cancer.
  4. Protects the retina from UV rays.

4 Cinnamon (cinamomum zeylanicum)

The main benefit of this herb, often hidden to people is the amazing capacity to metabolize sugar better.

Now you may understand cinnamon´s use as the perfect companion to some desserts and candy.

Egyptians used it to relief gastrointestinal spasms and relieving digestion.

A German study concluded that cinnamon eradicates most urinary-tract infection diseases and have an important impact on the treatment of vaginal candidiasis and thrush.

As you can see, the aforementioned plants and herbs can help to not only prevent, treat but also cure some diseases without the shakedown of the pharmaceutical companies.

However, it is always a good idea to consult your physician and never self-medicate to avoid unwanted consequences in the treatment of a medical condition.

Is drinking wine good or bad for you? Here is what I think!

Some people take drinking wine very seriously, a bit too serious if you ask me! But all jokes aside, although some people might defend wine drinking vigorously, some might disagree with this.

So, in this post I want to show you when wine is actually representing a benefit for you and when is it actually harming your health. Remember, there can be such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Whether people agree with this or not, it is proven that wine lowers cholesterol levels

For some people having really bad cholesterol levels can affect their overall health and most of the time, they will need to adjust to making some lifestyle changes if they want to lower that cholesterol and live longer.

Some of these changes include working out and eating well but, does that mean you have to sacrifice drinking? No, my friend.

You can still enjoy a glass of wine from time to time to help keep your cholesterol levels on the good side of things and keep your health in optimal condition.

Want to keep your brain as focused as it can be? Well, I got great news for you!

I really do think wine helps your overall health. Imagine, not only is it making your body be as great and in optimal conditions as it can possibly be but also, it is making your brain function to its fullest potential.

I do not know about you but, I want to be as smart as I can be and know everything and anything there is to know in this world and if wine is going to help me with that, then why the heck not?

Now, how much wine is too much?

Some people might consider normal to drink wine throughout the day others, once a week and others just once per day.

Obviously, if you over do it, you are not being healthy but rather, an alcoholic. So, make sure you keep your wine drinking as moderate as it can be.

 

Do you like tasting wine? Here are the places you should visit to do so!

Seems like some people were just born to experience the beautiful art of tasting wine, right? For some, this is truly a task not everyone can master. Now, if you happen to be really unaware of this subject, then you probably don’t know that there are places that wine tasters go to so that they can experience this to the best!

This is what I want to talk about in this post. If you really are serious about wine tasting, then you know there are some places you must visit before you die! Here are some of the places I am talking about.

Sonoma County in California

There are many places in California you can visit if you are very much into wine tasting and this is definitely one of them! There are so many wineries to explore there you will not be able to do it in just one day! There are around 400 of them! Can you imagine all the fun you can have with wine?

Australia has lots to offer when it comes to wine!

Did you think Australia was only famous for its incredible wild life? Well think again my friends because there are also places to visit so that wine lovers can enjoy and examine a good glass of wine! I am specifically speaking about the Barossa Valley. There are lots of wineries and some of them even offer the tours for free! What could be better than that?

If you want your wine visits to be in the states, then you can choose to go to Oregon!

I am going to be honest with you right now, whenever I think of wine, the last place I think of visiting is Oregon! But, I did my research and it turns out Oregon is a great go to place for wine lovers! There is a place called the Willamette Valley that just offers the best of the best when it comes to wine so you better take note of that if you want to enjoy world class wine!

What exactly is ionic colloidal silver?

When it comes to health and medicine, I always want to keep up with the latest news so that I can be aware of the things that may harm my body as well as the things that favor it.

Well, today I want to talk about one of the thing that actually represent a good benefit to our body and that is argent colloïdal. If you had not even heard about it before, not to worry because I am here to save the day by showing you everything there is to know about ionic colloidal silver. You most definitely do not need to thank me but, you’re welcome.

Let’s begin by defining what it is

You got to start by actually knowing what this is exactly right? Well first of all, it is a mineral.

It works as a supplement to the body but some would classify it as non-essential.

Whether people label it as essential or not, it works as a supplement to the body but, some would classify it as non-essential. Why? Your body can clearly function without it. But, that does not subtract any importance to this mineral.

These products are usually sold under the category defined as homeopathic remedies and over the counter supplements for diets. So, you can kind of see why some people would think it is worthless to purchase these products but, I happen to think the contrary.

What are its uses?

Like I mentioned before, some might use for let’s say “beauty reasons” but there are many important uses to this product as well. This product has also been known for being used for things like:

  • Lung issues like bronchitis.
  • Skin conditions like eczema which, we all know can get pretty bad sometimes for the person affected by it.

Other things like stomach issues can sort of be diminished by ionic colloidal silver. So, you see? You CAN take this mineral serious and I consider that the results can vary from person to person and based on this, people will determine whether this product works for them or not!

What does it do?

Basically, it gets rid of all the germs that might be affecting you in an obvious bad way.

How is your current job actually affecting your cardiovascular health?

It is not a secret to anyone that some people are at more risk than others when it comes to their heart and its health. But, even if you are the healthiest person and you work out and eat well, if you have a job that is risky when it comes to your heart health, you can still be at risk of heart disease.

If you only thought that the most damage jobs can do is some really back pain and stress then, you need to keep reading this post as you are in for a surprise.

Job stress is silently making your heart ill

It is no secret to anyone that job stress can really have a toll on your body. The list of side effects is endless and now, we need to add heart disease to that list my friends.

Do you really know how to recognize if you are actually being affected by stress at your job?

I just know you are asking yourself the following question: Do you really know how to recognize if you are actually being affected by stress at your job? There are some ways you can clearly know this:

  • If you get mad over the fact that there is coffee with sugar in the office rather than sugar free coffee and you make a big deal about it, you may be affected by stress
  • If you feel like you are having a really hard time getting that excel file done and you just feel like all the numbers get mixed as you see them, you may be having a hard time concentrating due to stress
  • If your blood pressure that probably is already high, just goes over the roof whenever you are faced with hard situations that stress you out. This is definitely affecting your heart.

How can I solve this or try to minimize it?

There are some stressful situations at work we just can’t avoid. So, as we are facing the music, there are some ways you can diminish the noise.

You can try things such as yoga, breathing exercises and taking a quick break during stressful situations.

 

 

Best High Fiber Foods For Weight Loss

Do you associate dieting and weight loss with hunger? If so, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that eating high fiber foods can help you lose weight and keep your hunger at bay!

 

RASPBERRIES

There are fascinating recent researches on raspberries for managing obesity and type 2 diabetes. Raspberries contain a naturally occurring compound called ketone that can increase metabolism in our fat cells so that we may be less likely to deposit fat and also use up some of the fat that is already stored.

Red raspberries, along with a range of other berries, can help improve insulin balance, blood sugar balance, and blood fat balance in obese persons with type 2 diabetes.

 

COCONUT

Coconut is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin, as well as minerals such as potassium, iron, and magnesium. It provides a significant portion of the daily recommendation of 25 grams of fiber from the American Heart Association.

 

PEARS

Pears are a good source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients with its vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids content. Remember to keep the skin in tact though because that’s where most of the nutrient is concentrated.

 

GREEN PEAS

The majority of the fiber in green peas are insoluble fiber. It’s packed with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and phytonutrients that promote overall health. Frozen peas are available year round and budget friendly, making them a practical addition to your diet. They are also easy to add to soups, salads and side dishes.

 

OKRA

Okra is a rich source of dietary fiber and several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and zinc. It is high in antioxidants and may support improvement in heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, digestive diseases, and even some cancers.

 

BLACK BEANS

Not only are black beans an excellent source of fiber, they are also a very rich source of protein. Both fiber and protein can help regulate the passage of food through our digestive tract. This provides a steady digestive flow that can help to regulate blood sugar and promote overall digestive tract health.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Recipe

These cookies with cream cheese and chocolate chip simply melt in your mouth. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies are simple, light and delicious, my favorite cookie recipe.

I often prepare them, for breakfast, with a glass of milk, for snack with a cup of tea or coffee, or whenever I crave for something sweet… I could eat them all the time. I like that they are simple, yet so delicious. My family and I prefer cookies that are not too sweet, but you can always add some sugar, if you wish. I usually make double dose of Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies so that we can enjoy them for a few days.

 

Ingredients

1¼ cup all purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cup powdered sugar
5-6 tablespoon chocolate chip

 

Instructions

In a medium bowl combine flour, cornstarch and baking powder. Leave aside. In a large bowl mix butter and cream cheese, with an electric mixer on medium speed, until it is fine and creamy. Add an egg, milk and vanilla extract and continue mixing. Then, add powder sugar and mix some more until the mixture is fluffy. Add dry ingredients and mix until you get fine dough. Finally, add chocolate chips and stir well. Leave in fridge for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Take the dough out of the fridge. Shape it into balls. Place them in the baking sheets, 1.5 inch apart. Flatten the balls using your hands or some firm object. Sprinkle some chocolate chip, if you wish. Bake for 10 minutes. Take them out of the oven and leave to cool in the baking sheets for a few minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool down completely.

Notes

Store them in well sealed container, at a room temperature, for about three days.