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Healthy Smoothie Ideas - Recipes That Actually Taste Good

For several years now, the smoothie has been all the rage. However, some smoothies have good intentions but do not taste very good at all. As a matter of fact, the more healthy ingredients you have in a smoothie, sometimes the less taste there is to offer.

However, not all smoothies have to be full of high sugar fruits or bitter vegetables. If you combine the right ingredients that are personal favorites of yours, then you can come up with a win/win combination. You can experiment until you find the smoothie that is right for you.

Strawberries and Bananas – An All-Time Smoothie Classic

This is your basic smoothie recipe for those who have never made their own smoothie. It is a great way to start off your experimenting. This smoothie has a nice sweet flavor thanks to the banana and strawberries and also includes vitamins - as well as a bit of protein. 

You don’t need a fancy food processor either; a simple blender will do the trick. Use one banana, one cup of low-fat milk, a cup of ice, approximately 3/4 cup non-fat yogurt, and about six strawberries. Toss all the ingredients into the blender. Once you have had the courage to make and try your own smoothie, you will see how easy it is to add different ingredients and even try it with some vegetables, perhaps some spinach or carrots.

Of course, if you are looking for added fiber in your diet, then you have to consider what foods or additives contain fiber and add them to your smoothie.

Mixed Berry Smoothie 

For this smoothie, you will need approximately one cup of fresh or frozen berries. Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are naturally high in fiber and when added to your smoothie can give you the added boost of fiber that you are seeking without the awful taste of some fiber alternatives. Add about 1/2 cup of non-fat yogurt and 1/2 cup non-fat milk to your berries with some ice and blend away.

Another great idea is to add peanut butter, all natural of course, to your smoothie mixture. Peanut butter that is all natural is a great source of fiber and tastes great. Of course, if there are any sort of peanut allergies, peanut butter is obviously not the way to go.

Depending on your taste buds and how far you are willing to experiment, you can always try to add things such as flaxseed (properly ground up) or some wheat grass. Adding honey to these smoothies might help offset the taste of these ingredients while still offering you the added fiber you need.

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How music helps you get better sleep

Music has been proven to improve a person's life. For some, it is an outlet for their creative side. For others, it serves as a medium to express themselves. To some people, it serves as a source of their inspiration and hope while for others, music serve as their ultimate relaxing treat. But for people who battle out things just for them to get better sleep, music definitely is their best option. 

People who are having problems to get better sleep are finding ways to get that most-coveted "treat". Some try exercises while others resort to other alternative means such music. Why? because music itself can lull them into deep slumber when chosen properly. 

The power of music 

To be able to avoid the distraction brought by this simple sound, people who are having a hard time sleeping have found a way to fight it off using music. Of all the so many kinds of music out there, people—especially those who are just beginning—are having a hard time choosing which one would suit the practice. 

If you are one of those who would want to use music as a tool to get better sleep, here are some guidelines in choosing the music that may help you achieve that purpose: 

- make sure that it doesn't have lyrics. In choosing music that will help you get better sleep, it is always best to choose one that has no lyrics because it can only distract your concentration. If you find plain rhythm boring, try to play something that has lyrics that your don’t understand so you don’t have to think what the song is saying. Aside from distracting your thoughts through the words you understand, music with lyrics will also encourage you to sing along which will totally shatter your concentration.  

- relaxing music with soft rhythm is always advisable. For starters, this type of music will do you good because it will help you clear your mind and focus on something. But, if want something better, you can choose music that have faster rhythm and beats or anything that your truly enjoy because this can no longer distract you. 

- do some experiments. Although soft and relaxing music is always advisable, try to play other types of music. Who knows? You might find better concentration of you play something that you truly enjoy. 

- try simple and soothing music is sure to focus your attention. If you don’t have the luxury of time to experiment on types of music to be played during meditation, then try surefire hits, which are simple and soothing music. Some of these may include classical sounds, sounds from the nature such as clapping of thunder, sounds of big waves, sounds of insects, and the wind. Other alternative options may also include simple instruments including tibetan singing bowl, flute, sitar, and tamboura which are known to have meditative inducing qualities. 

When choosing music that may help you get better sleep, it is very important to keep in mind that the type you should play must induce you to deep concentration and into deep sleep. You can download the music that you like from various sites in the Internet and burn in a CD. But if you burn have a portable MP3 player, it is best to upload the music there so you can listen to it anytime you to sleep. 

 

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A History of Alternative Herbal Medicine

History Of Alternative Herbal Medicine

The use of alternative herbal medicine can be traced back to ancient times. The lack of modern medical technology has made our ancestors improve their healing arts by making use of nature's gifts. Even today, current medical discoveries are mostly based on the findings and usage of natural herbal components by early civilization, improving it to become useful in today's health-related concerns. 

Where It All Began

The use of alternative herbal medicine started out as trial and error. Application looms large in the practice than actual research; though the latter came sometime later when medical practices started its evolution. 

The basic application of herbal medicine involves disinfecting wounds or used as a poultice. Later discovery on the method involves pounding leaves and roots to paste for directly administering it to patients. It later evolved into combination with other potent medicine to improve its effects, and was even later introduced to meals and normal human diet to promote better health and improve physical, emotional, and mental recovery. 

Variation Of Use

The use of herbal medicine varies according to the customs, traditions, and beliefs of the different cultures. Medical practitioners of the Orient tends to use herbal components in all aspect of their daily lifestyle -- integrating them into a person's daily diet to promote healing and longevity, as well as improving their normal rejuvenation capabilities. 

Oriental medical practitioners are also known to use herbal products alongside energy therapy, like Qi Gong and Reiki. Energies provided by an experienced practitioner of the arts stimulate the healing process from the outside, while nutrients and extract from herbal components works its function on the inside to achieve total body rejuvenation.

North American's use of herbal medicine varies; aside from its basic use to treat wounds and cure minor ailments, these natural components are also utilized in tribal ceremonies and customs - to drive away evil spirits, blessing during weddings and celebrations, and so on. Some of these healing traditions involving herbal components are carried on even today. 

Uses Of Herbal Medicine

Alternative herbal medicine has many uses today. Aside from being utilized for physical ailments -- like sore throat, fever, flu, diarrhea -- herbal concoction are now being used to address emotional and mental problems. 

Certain plants have the capability to help a person relax to cope with their emotional and mental problems. Peppermint, for example, is known to have a minty quality that can cool a person's temper or help a person relax during stressful times. 

Also, herbal products today are also utilized to improve the body's overall performance -- boosting a person's stamina, improving the body's defense against infection, and so on. 

Safety In Usage

It's true that alternative herbal medicine is safe to use as compared to its synthetic counterpart, but it is essential to take some necessary precaution to ensure that there will be no side-effects or allergic reactions to its ingredients to promote body wellness. 

Consultation of a medical expert is necessary to determine whether it is safe for you to use herbal products or not. Even if the medicine worked on others, there is a possibility that it will have a reverse effect depending on your body's chemistry. Such is the case; it is essential to have doctor look at your present medical condition to determine if you are compatible with the alternative herbal medicine or not. 

I personally do not recommend that anyone discontinue their current medication and start using alternative herbal treatments without consulting with a professional.  Sometimes the body needs time to detox from other medications and some people need an entire lifestyle change for the alternative treatment to be effective.  Keep researching and check with a professional before using alternative treatments. 

 

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Quick Tips: How To Boost Metabolism

Metabolism is the speed at which your body breaks down your foods and turn them into energy. The faster you break down energy and use energy, the less likely you are to store calories as fat. In other words, the higher your metabolism, the less fat your body will naturally maintain.

How do you boost metabolism naturally? Here are a few ways.

==> Alkalize Your Blood

The level of acidity in your blood has a direct correlation to your metabolism. The ideal pH for your body's bloodstream is 7.35.

How do you know what your pH level is? You need to get your blood tested. Some insurance plans cover this, while others don't. If you're serious about increasing your metabolism, however, it's a worthwhile investment.

Once you get your pH test back, actively work on either increasing or decreasing your blood acidity level until it's at the target 7.35 value.

==> Eat Bigger Meals Early in the Day

Your body starts the day out with an extremely fast metabolism. Your body then gradually slows down its metabolism until night time, when the metabolism is much slower.

Most people's diet is completely the opposite of what it should be if you want to lose weight. Ideally, you should eat your biggest meal for breakfast. This allows your body's fast metabolism to process all that food quickly.

Likewise, you should eat your smallest meal at night when your body's metabolism is slow.

==> Eat Low Glycemic Index Foods

The glycemic index is a grade for foods of how much it will spike your blood sugar. The higher the grade, the worse it is for your energy and metabolism.

If you want a high, stable metabolism, stick to low glycemic index foods.

This doesn't mean you have to drastically change your diet. All you need to do is replace high GI foods with low GI foods of a similar nature.

For example, instead of having potatoes, have red potatoes. Have whole grains instead of white rice. Have fruits for snacks instead of candy bars. Add a side salad to your steak instead of French fries.

==> Work Out!

This is the most simple and direct way to increase your metabolism. If you want your body to process energy faster, you need to burn more energy. Otherwise your body simple won't feel the need to have a fast metabolism.

Work out on a regular basis, ideally at least 30 minutes a day, four days a week. This alone will do a lot to increase your metabolism.

Increasing your metabolism is one of the easiest ways to lose weight. Instead of having to actively burn calories through workouts or decrease food intake through dieting, you simply allow your body's natural functions to do the hard work.

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