Five Healthy Benefits of Banana


Bananas are one of nature’s incredible nibble nourishments, however did you know exactly how healthy they are and what number of diverse and irregular uses they can have? Ahead are five banana medical advantages for more vitality, better wellbeing and notwithstanding enhancing the way you look and feel.

Great source Vitamin B6

Bananas are especially high in vitamin B6. This vitamin is critical for making hemoglobin for sound blood.

B6 is additionally included in keeping up fitting glucose levels, blending and separating amino acids and delivering antibodies for a more grounded resistant reaction in your body.

Only one banana has a full fifth of your suggested every day admission of vitamin B6. What’s more, they taste vastly improved than vitamin pills as well!

Extra Liveliness

Indeed, even with the expansion of brilliantly shaded “games” drinks, “vitality” bars and “electrolyte” gels (these are stacked with unfortunate chemicals and shading coincidentally) you regularly see competitors eating bananas just before and notwithstanding amid games.

Watching tennis for occurrence, it’s not remarkable to see the players nibbling on a touch of banana in the middle of recreations. On the off chance that a banana can keep an expert tennis player going, it’s got the opportunity to rank really well in the amazing vitality source stakes.

Actually, I have discovered the blend of common sugars, adjusted with the solvent fiber and potassium, to give a decent stable vitality when eaten thirty minutes prior to rec center or a run.

I’ve tried different things with this – running or weights with, or without a banana – and appear to reliably improve when I have one preceding preparing.

A few individuals are stressed over bananas spiking glucose, however tests show they really have a glycemic file of around 52, with 24 g of accessible carbs (bring down the less ready they are).

That is a glycemic burden in the region of 12 which isn’t viewed as that high. These figures will clearly fluctuate contingent upon mixed bag and readiness.

Bananas make an extraordinary nibble at work when your vitality is slacking keeping in mind they may not be the most clear weight reduction sustenance, they are just around 100 calories and can fulfill those sweet yearnings.

So in the event that you can supplant pieces of candy and other garbage sustenance with bananas, you may very well have a truly vital step towards getting in shape. If that wasn’t already enough your vitality will be considerably more enduring and predictable.


Bananas are among the most helpful sustenance wellsprings of potassium. This mineral is crucial for keeping up legitimate heart capacity and managing ordinary circulatory strain.

Various studies have demonstrated the viability of potassium rich sustenance like bananas in bringing down hypertension.

To such an extent that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits the banana business to make authority claims (much like they would a pharmaceutical medication) of their capacity to diminish the danger of hypertension and stroke.

Further research by the New England Journal of Medicine recommends eating bananas consistently in your eating routine can cut your danger of having a stroke by up to 40%.

The potassium in bananas is likewise helpful for your kidneys and bones. A decent potassium admission stifles calcium discharge in the pee that can prompt difficult kidney stones.

This concealment of calcium misfortune likewise lessens your danger of creating osteoporosis and fragile bones. A banana or two a day can have a few genuine medical advantages.

Variety of vitamins and essential Minerals

Nearby the large amounts of potassium and vitamin B6 officially said, bananas likewise have great levels of vitamin C, magnesium and manganese.

They are additionally a wellspring of the greater part of the other B vitamins and littler measures of follow minerals like iodine, iron, selenium and zinc.

Beneficial for Ulcers

Eating bananas routinely may help ensure against stomach ulcers. Mixes in bananas appear to make a thicker defensive hindrance in the stomach against hydrochloric corrosive.

Bananas likewise contain protease inhibitors that work to dispose of certain microbes in the stomach embroiled as a noteworthy reason for stomach ulcers.

So there you have five great motivations to get a group of bananas whenever you’re out shopping.

The Benefits Of Buying Coffee Online

 With the invention and proliferation of the Internet we have an unprecedented amount of retail outlets to choose from. This has implications in almost every sphere of retail and consumption but one you might not immediately suspect is in coffee retail and consumption. Where do you buy coffee online? Coffee drinking is widespread as are the industries for coffee growth, export, import, distribution, and so forth. It can be absolutely mind-boggling to discern what the best beans or the best company to buy them from is. Here are some tips about how to buy the best coffee online.


First of all, location, or where the beans are grown, matters a lot. Coffee plants, which are actually shrubs or small trees, are a fragile and sensitive organism that needs just the right environment to thrive. They favour warm climates (but not too warm) and also need to be partially shaded to avoid scorching of the leaves that, believe it or not, also affects the taste of the coffee bean. Did you know that the coffee bean, despite its name, is not a true bean? It’s actually an epigynous berry, or false berry as they’re sometimes referred to as.

The best coffee in the world is grown in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has the very best and most unique climate for growing coffee; it is sometimes referred to as paradise on earth. For a relatively small country it has an amazing array of biodiversity. This is one of the beauties of buying coffee online; you can travel long distances at the click of a button.

It might not always be possible or affordable to travel to the Dominican, paradise on earth, but now, thanks to the Dominican Sierra Group, the best online coffee store in Canada, you can buy Dominican coffee online. The Dominican Sierra Group distributes Café Santo Domingo, which is the most popular coffee in the Dominican Republic. Café Santo Domingo is the only “field to table coffee producer ” available in Canada. Café Santo Domingo owns the land, the coffee trees, the processing equipment, the roasting equipment, and the packaging equipment. The same day Café Santo Domingo coffee is roasted, it’s shipped to Canada, guaranteeing consistent quality for every cup, all with the proudest Dominican employees making this happen. It’s finally here, paradise in a cup!

Is Your Drink Making You Fat?


Is the drink in your hand contributing to the bulge around your middle? Sorry to say, but your favorite wine is definitely doing just that. Any glass of wine contains an equal amount of calories a small chunk of chocolate does, and one pint of larger matches the calories in a pack of salty crisps.

Selling you a drink in a restaurant, bar or club is a part of UK businesses. Almost every food business has alcohol beverages on the menu because an average UK resident consumes over 2000 kcal through alcohol every single month!

The statistics are astounding, having a drink five times a week will provide the drinker with as many as 44,200 kcal over a period of one year – now that’s equal to downing 221 doughnuts! As if drinking were not enough think about the snacks that go along with the beverage! These could be anything on the menu – pork products, salted nuts, finger chips, fish – you name it.

Most drinkers know that a session of heavy drinking will almost always lead to a sumptuous breakfast the next morning. But what has drinking got to do with the calories put on by gorging at breakfast? Dealing with hangovers, that’s what. Most people eat their hangovers away. Choosing fried food in place of the usual bowl of cereal adds as many as 450 kcal to the total number of calories collected the night before.

Many UK businesses work with the Department of Health to conduct health surveys to monitor general public health and wellbeing. The reports are alarming. The National Health Service advises that regular drinkers will not only have to fight the battle of the bulge in a short time but will also suffer many health issues – most of them serious.

A majority of women are blissfully unaware that just a drink or two of regular wine will make them overshoot their daily calorie limit and can account for close to 20 percent (estimated to be 370 kcal) of the number of daily calories recommended by health experts.

Many individuals will flinch at the very idea of consuming a glass full of cream. Yet these same people will not give a second thought to drinking two pints – containing the same number of calories. Either they are confused, ignorant, or don’t really care about counting calories – until they begin to suspect that the toilet scales may be broken! But they still won’t blame it on the drink.

What Are Hydrophilic Foods And How Do They Help You Lose Weight?


If you’re interested in weight loss, and hunger is your main enemy, you should take a look at hydrophilic foods. Hydrophilic means “Water-Loving”. Food that loves water? Sort of. It refers to the ability of natural substances inside the foods that soak up water, or cling to water. The two main types are “Pectins” and “Mucilage” or “Soluble Fiber”. Each one comes from plants, such as fruits, nuts, or seeds. But how does the ability to cling to water help you lose weight? There are actually several interesting ways it works, one of which you can watch happen, right before your eyes.

First, soluble fiber & pectin both cling to water and take up space. The ability to turn water (or liquid in the digestive system) into gel makes it more difficult for your body to absorb the water. It has to work with the gel, un-binding the fibers, which takes time and effort. In the meantime, you continue to feel full or satisfied. A side effect of this is it keeps the intestines hydrated, which in turn helps other foods move along smoothly through the digestive process. This taking up space makes a little food, go a much longer way in keeping you feeling satisfied.

Second, soluble fiber feeds the good-guy bacteria (Probiotics you always hear about in yogurt commercials) which then, in turn, help you digest your food better. Good bacteria help break down foods more thoroughly, and when you have better nutrition, you also have less cravings. Not having to fight cravings or resist problem foods also helps make it easier to lose weight. You cannot digest insoluble or soluble fiber. It doesn’t add to the calories you eat, because you cannot break it down for use. However, the good bacteria can, and prebiotic fiber (soluble fiber) keeps them healthy, so they can continue helping you.

Pectin (a substance apples are famous for) is known to lower hunger hormones. An apple a day may not keep doctors away, but it may keep hunger at bay. (There are more types of apple than there are days in the year, so if you don’t like one type, there are certainly more flavors to choose from) However, keep in mind that hunger hormones & fullness signals are chemical signals. Unlike nerve signals, they take time to activate and reach the brain. It can take up to 15 to 20 minutes for a chemical signal to go from the stomach to the brain, so patience is key.

Hydrophilic foods also slow down the body’s ability to convert carbs into sugars. This evens out blood sugar, resulting in positive changes like reducing or eliminated ‘afternoon slumps’, stopping insulin spikes, and limiting the “store belly-fat” insulin signal that generally occurs when a lot of sugar is consumed. Even out your blood sugar over the course of the day, calm down fat storage signals and feel more even energy throughout the day when you choose these great foods.

Now that you know what hydrophilic foods can do for you, you’ll want to give them a try. There’s nothing exotic or expensive here, and some of the foods may have already been a part of your menu. Tasty staples like the sweet potato, apple, oatmeal, artichoke, beans, beets, carrots, green beans, asparagus, berries, citrus fruits of all types, pumpkin, peach, pear and even mango are on the list. Slightly less popular or seasonal-only options include quinoa, peas, brown rice, figs, papaya, snow peas, various squash, bok choy, peaches, kiwis and cabbages. The key to using them, is to include 1 hydrophilic food at each meal of the day.

But what about the promise of the soluble fiber you can see?

That one belongs to one of the most hydrophilic foods of all, the chia seed. This tiny seed has no flavor. It’s about the size of a poppy seed, but when you get it wet, something impressive starts to happen. The seed’s shell is covered in soluble fiber. When dry, it is invisible. But, when you wet the seeds and wait, you’ll find that each one forms a bead of gel. If you look closely, you’ll see the gel isn’t perfectly clear, there’s a little ‘halo’ of gray in there, and that is the soluble fiber. It stands on end when wet, to make the water cling to the seed.

Having a soluble fiber loaded seed without a flavor is important, because unlike an artichoke or peas, you can add tiny seeds to almost anything else. That easy-yogurt-cup not have the soluble fiber you want? Sprinkle on some chia, and now it will. Want to choose white rice with a Chinese dish instead of the known hydrophilic brown rice? Chia to the rescue, because you won’t notice the seeds are there, but your body will, when the soluble fiber activates. If you’d like to observe chia gel in action, just add 1 tablespoon of dry chia seeds to 9 tablespoons of water in a seal-able container, shake or stir, and wait about 15 minutes. When you return, you’ll see a thick gel as formed.

There are 2 general keys to using hydrophilic foods for weight loss, appetite sabotage, and fullness factor. By making a hydrophilic food a part of each meal, you take advantage of the fullness factor. Including a pear or peach at lunch, oatmeal with cinnamon, raisins and apple slices at breakfast, or a sweet potato at dinner will make the meal fill you up faster. You’ll want less of other foods present at the same meal, or you’ll stay full longer. This also helps avoid snacking between meals. You can also use a hydrophilic fruit to sabotage your appetite, if you have half an apple, or two figs, or a small slice of papaya or kiwi or an unsweetened beverage with chia seeds about 15 to 20 minutes before a meal. Selecting just one of these with half a glass of water will activate the soluble fiber and reduce your appetite. It has to be about 15 to 20 minutes before the meal, because the chemical signal from the stomach is rather slow to reach the brain, letting you know its working.

Using food in specific ways as a tool to help you lose weight is great, because it’s so safe. There are no pills or chemicals needed, your energy is steady, and you can skip up to 600 calories per day by reducing or sabotaging your appetite. Keeping insulin & its fat storage signals under control while boosting your healthy helper digestive bacteria are also great ways these foods help you with weight loss goals. You can always add more hydrophilic foods to any meal to increase the effect. The list of specific foods in this article is a start, but a simple online search will reveal even more choices for your menu. Don’t forget about the chia seed, either. It’s the only one you can put into ANY food (or drink) to add hydrophilic properties. If the fruits you want are out of season, and you’re not in the mood to fix quinoa, some chia sprinkled over the spaghetti or a glass of ice cold raspberry tea with chia gel will still satisfy. With this knowledge, chia seeds, and these tips on your side you can try weight loss the easy, safe & food based way.

Top 5 Diets in The World You Should Know


The Cabbage Soup diet

The Cabbage Soup diet is as it sounds, eat cabbage soup instead of your main meals and very little else. It reduces the calorie levels of the body to the point of near starvation. You are allowed fruits and vegetables next to the soup, but you should eat as to feel satisfied not stuffed.

This system should not be used for more than a week as it is generally used when the weight is to be lost very quickly, for example, for a wedding. Alcohol is forbidden, water and unsweetened juices are the only beverages you should drink throughout the week. You will lose weight fairly quickly on this diet, but is only suitable as a very short-term solution, the side effects include flatulence and bad breath.

People with long-term health conditions should consult a medical professional, but for people otherwise healthy adjustment, this diet should not cause harm.

The Atkins diet

The Atkins diet is a low carbohydrate diet. If we reduce the amount of carbohydrates and eating more protein and fat, our bodies will naturally lose weight by burning our stored fat much more efficiently.

The problem with the Atkins diet is that because the body burns its own fat, depending on what you eat, it can have some unpleasant side effects in some people, such as bad breath and constipation. And with such a restricted diet, where you eat a very limited amount of fruits and vegetables and protein simply just pure and saturated fat, you increase your risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

The potential is there to lose a lot of weight very quickly on the Atkins diet you will tend to feel full longer by eating lots of carbohydrates, but this kind of diet when long-term monitoring is dangerous for your health.

South Beach diet

The South Beach diet is quite similar to the Atkins diet in that it is another low in carbohydrates and proteins rich diet, except that it is much more balanced. Instead of sticking rigidly to low carb foods throughout the dieting phase, it focuses on how each of good and bad carbohydrate foods impact your sugar levels in the blood.

You hold two weeks of strict retaining what you can and can not eat and from there you can start introducing carbohydrates and healthy fruit to your diet again, it is all about experimentation with your diet and watching the weight patterns, learn what triggers your body to gain weight. If you start to gain weight again, you can easily return to the strict diet for two weeks.

As low-carb diets go, it is a much healthier diet because it not only encourages dieters not to cut anything and eat everything in moderation to maintain a healthy weight. This means that you are much more likely to stick to this plan and achieve your goals successfully.

The Zone diet

The Zone diet is different from other systems in that it discourages consumption of carbohydrates, bad fats, processed foods and sugars and focuses more on us eating more meat, fruits and vegetables. Dieters are encouraged to also calculate the amount of calories they need one and it also encourages regular eating habits and regular consumption of good fats and low glycemic foods.

It is a healthy way of eating and controlled which ensures effective weight loss, although many people may find it costly and difficult to follow.

Detox diet

Detox diets involve either not to use or attempt to flush out the substances that are considered useless or harmful. Examples include limiting the consumption of foods without dyes or preservatives, taking supplements, or drink large amounts of water.

The latter practice in particular, drew criticism, but to drink much more water than the recommended levels can cause hyponatraemia.

Reduce Your Cholesterol Intake With Red Rice Yeast


You can immediately improve your diet and reduce foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats.

  • use olive oil instead of butter or margarine blocks
  • yoghurt instead of cream
  • steam or grill instead of frying
  • use low-fat milk and cheese
  • try the fish and tofu in place of red meat
  • avoid fried and fatty foods like chips, bacon, burgers and cakes and biscuits made of hydrogenated fats
  • avoid chips and peanuts if you are snacking and replace them with dried fruit or pretzels
  • eat more fruits and vegetables, especially raw.
  • on top of that, it is worth taking a dietary supplement called red yeast rice. It comes in capsules and is taken daily.

If you have tested for high levels of LDL (low-density lipoproteins. a “bad” cholesterol), take red yeast rice capsules daily and ask to be re-tested every month for three months to see if your body can be corrected.

Avoiding statins and their well-known side effects by improving your diet with this supplement will help maintain your overall health for longer. If you encounter other related problems or can not overcome your diet, go with a medical herbalist.

Know more about red yeast rice

Red yeast rice (Monascuspurpureus), or RYR for short. is a dietary supplement made from a red yeast grown on rice, which is widely used in Chinese cooking to make such as Peking duck and Char Siu. That’s where they get their red color characteristic. RYR contains many natural compounds, including a group of fourteen monacolins. One of them, monacolin K, is that the statin drug lovastatin is made from.

These monacolins function similarly to statins and cholesterol levels. But maybe they are not as concentrated, or perhaps because other compounds offer a protective effect, RYR does not seem to cause the same level of side effects that statins.

RYR does not cause the same side effects, but is still effective in reducing the harmful LDL. Side effects where clinical trials have shown RYR, for example, similar levels of muscle weakness to pravastatin, RYR dose was surprisingly high (2400 mg x 2 times a day, or a total of 4800 mg).

How much the doses

An overview of multiple studies, showed that doses greater than 2000 mg per day in total are useless. They have also shown that plant sterols and stanols work best when combined with a diet low in unsaturated fats.

  • Try taking the 400 mg capsules three times a day (a total of 1200 mg) in combination with a better diet, to help your LDL levels return to normal without experiencing side effects.
  • If they are very high, you could take 5 capsules per day (a total of 2000 mg) for the first week or two, but then drop again the amount, especially if you have been previously intolerant to statins.

If you are already on statins, you can decrease the statin dose and increase the dose of RYR, but it must be done under the supervision of your medical herbalist with access to frequent tests. It is best, if possible, to try RYR first before starting statin therapy.

How to choose the right red yeast rice

You can buy RYR on its own. This is the cheapest way, but there are some things to consider. RYR capsules made in USA do not contain monacolin K. This is because FDA regulations require that it be removed to prevent people taking statins with receiving too high. So it is “weaker” than RYR produced in the European Union where it is not necessary.

RYR is often sold in combination with the natural enzyme CoQ10 (ubiquinone) located in each cell of the body. Low levels of CoQ10 are particularly associated with:

  • heart failure
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • gum disease.

Statins can reduce CoQ10 levels up to 40%. Some studies have also found, although the results are mixed, that CoQ10 supplementation helps reduce muscle weakness commonly known as a side effect of statins.

CoQ10 also has other advantages as well as support a healthy heart, it can increase energy. The heart, liver and kidneys that have the highest demands of energy of course also have the highest levels of CoQ10 in the body. It also boosts antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are found in berries, grape seeds and vitamin E. They help fight free radicals that are a primary trigger in cell aging.

Although it is more expensive, it is a wise precaution to purchase a capsule RYR rice with CoQ10 included, especially if you take high RYR doses or always take some statins under the supervision of your medical herbalist or health care professional.


The Art of Cooking With Italian Wines


Few pleasures feel as amazing as taking a sip of a good Italian wine while enjoying dinner. Well for us it is before, during and after dinner. Yet, it is not necessary to gulp down a full glass of wine if your main goal is to simply savor the flavor of it. You can enjoy the flavor of your Italian wine by cooking dishes with it, too.

Let us find out what cooking with Italian wine is about.

Why Italian wine?

A number of international dishes make use of wine, most common being Spanish, Italian and French cuisines. All of these cuisines can be prepared using nearly any variety of wine, yet the Italian varieties seem to have established a rather large fan base, especially when it comes to cooking with it. They are the largest producers of wine in the world. Cooking with Italian wine is a wonderful way to give a unique flavor and an added kick to your dish.

Aspiring for greatness

Whether a dish cooked with wine comes out great or not depends on the quality of wine used. If you use a wine of lower quality, your dish may not taste as great. But if you make use of an amazing wine, the same dish will turn out delicious! To determine whether to use a wine for cooking or not, you may want to taste it first. If you like the taste, you can then proceed to cook with it.

Note also that, when it comes to Italian wine, price has nothing much to do with quality. So, buying the most expensive wine is not guaranteed to give you the best results. The way we see it, if you enjoy drinking it, then you will enjoy using it in your dish.

Another technique is to pairing the wine’s region with a regional dish. If you have a Tuscan recipe then try pairing it with a wine from the same region.

Not all wines are the same

Different dishes do best with different varieties of wine. Desserts do best when a fruity, rich variety of wine is used. Strong white wines, on the other hand, compliment sauteed and baked dishes beautifully. Red wines bring out the best of hearty dishes and foods rich in meat.

The best part of cooking with wine

The best part about Italian wine, in the context of cooking, is that foods cooked with it can be enjoyed by everyone. Since the boiling point of alcohol is 175 degrees Fahrenheit, the alcohol contained in Italian wine gets evaporated very quickly during the cooking process, making the final dish free from alcohol. Boiled long enough and the wine will turn into more of a glaze, perfect for use on ice cream and other desserts. Therefore, even food lovers who are underage, or who do not consume alcohol, can enjoy delicious foods cooked using Italian wine!