Bow to the Queen of Herbs

Holy Basil or The Queen of Herbs

Whether you call it Holy Basil or The Queen of Herbs, as they do in India, tulsi leaves used in tea are renowned in Ayurvedic medicine as an “elixir of life.” Ayurvedic medicine is native to India and practiced in some other countries as a form of alternative medicine. Tulsi is mentioned in the central teachings of ayurvedic medicine, written at least 2,000 years ago, but tulsi tea has been used in India and tropical regions of Asia for more than 5,000 years. The tulsi herb is rich in … [Read more...]

Do these jeans make me look fat?

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In between exchanging recipes or chatting about the kids, women often engage in what’s termed “fat talk.” Experts once thought fat talk was reserved for middle school girls, but studies have found that it is a common occurrence in women of all ages, including older women, and even some men do it. Denise Martz of Appalachian State University who co-authored a study on the subject says, “Because women feel pressured to follow the fat talk norm, they are more likely to engage in fat talk … [Read more...]

Go Green With Avocados

Avocado

The avocado has been misunderstood in the past because of its high fat content, but avocados provide more than 25 essential nutrients. A serving of avocado, which is one-eighth of the fruit, has only 5 grams of fat per serving, but that fat is the monounsaturated kind, which is heart-healthy and may help to lower cholesterol. Avocados are also rich in omega-3s, another heart-healthy ingredient. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the avocado is the potassium content. Compared to bananas, … [Read more...]

The Energy Secret

CoQ10

Our bodies are like well-oiled machines and like complex systems they need energy to run properly. Coenzyme-Q-10 (also known as ubiquinone), a vitamin-like substance, is present in most red blood cells and is responsible for the body’s own production of energy.  Discovered in 1957 and commonly called CoQ10, scientific studies have linked it to a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and slower aging. Studies in mice show it increases their life span by 25 percent. According to the … [Read more...]