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Coffee for Asthma Attack?

farmeric May 20th, 2010

You’re out in the wilderness and suddenly realize that you left your inhaler at home. What do you do if you feel an attack coming on?

Count on caffeine in a pinch!

Head for the coffee pot. ” A couple of cups of strong coffee will have a beneficial effect on asthma,” say allergist Allan Becker, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Manitoba, who tested the effects of caffeine on asthma.

Asthmatics given pills that contained the amount of caffeine found in two cups of coffee “could breathe better and their asthma improved,” Dr. Becker found. Caffeine and the popular asthma drug Theophylline are almost identical - your body doesn’t know the difference.

He cautions, however, that caffeine is not a substitute for your medication. “We don’t recommend it as a treatment, but in an emergency, when you don’t have your medication around, two strong cups of coffee or hot cocoa or a couple of chocolate bars would be an effective substitute medication that would buy time until you can get to your medicine or inhaler.”

12 Tips For Better Health

farmeric February 22nd, 2010

The biggest step to aiming towards better health is admitting the fact that you need to make changes towards becoming healthier and fitter. Here are some tips to help you improve your health and help you to reach a new and improved you.

1. Make it a life goal to obtain a healthier outlook on life which will undoubtedly lead to a healthier you, if you are determined to reach a better state of health, making it a reality will be so much easier.

2. Support your new way of thinking by learning everything you can about ways of reaching better health and living a healthier lifestyle. You can use the internet, books, DVDS, clubs, gyms and support groups to your benefit, knowing all you can about healthy living gives you a great base to work from.

3. You have to start somewhere so start by taking a look at your kitchen and reorganizing in preparation for your new way of life. Reorganize your kitchen cabinets, cupboards and refrigerator to ensure that there are no signs of the old you and all the signs of the things that will help you in your new lifestyle.

4. Replace old food with your new healthier choice and don’t forget to purchase any small appliances which you will need to support your healthier way of eating, such as blenders and food weighing scales.

5. Get a large planner calendar, pin it up in your kitchen and mark the day when you choose to begin your new lifestyle and stick to it no matter what.

6. From day one keep a journal, this can either be a traditional one or use your computer. You should include all thoughts and feelings about your new ways along with all the changes you see about yourself. This is essential to look back on to see the positive changes that are occurring due to your positive outlook and changes you have made. Continue Reading »

Top Ten Power Packed Foods

farmeric February 14th, 2010

What is the secret to a long and healthy life?  It is in the food that we eat.  As you well know, all foods are not created equal.  Choosing and eating the right foods may help increase your life expectancy as well as the quality of your life.

Here are ten of the top power packed foods designed to give you energy, vitality and all around good health!

1. Beans – If they give you gas, take precautions before you eat them.  Soaking them first can help.  Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, Northern) are high in protein.  This is plant protein so it contains very little fat, carbs and calories.  If fiber is a problem in your diet, eating a healthy portion of beans each day can keep your digestive system healthy.

2. Oatmeal – Oatmeal is coming into popularity as a food that lowers blood cholesterol.  You can make it yourself with rolled oats or eat the instant kind if you are in a hurry.  Oatmeal is a filling grain that also provides much needed fiber to keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar constant.

3. Fruits – Fruits are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A.  Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer.  Berries such as blueberries and grapes have the highest amount of antioxidants.  But choose an array of fruits in a wide variety of colors for maximum health.  The antioxidants in fruit boost the immune system to fight the effects of aging in the body.

4. Allium foods – This class of foods includes garlic, onions, leeks and shallots.  Garlic is known for lowering cholesterol.  Allium vegetables healp guard the body against the risk of cancer and many other ailments.  They also help lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots.  Eating these power packed vegetables in their natural state especially garlic increases their health benefits.

5. Salmon – Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of heart disease and other conditions like atherosclerosis.  Wild salmon is a fatty fish but it contains good fats that has been proven to improve health in children and adults.  Salmon is rich in protein which is of great use after an exercise session to build muscle tissue.

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Prevent Flu as Easy as 1,2,3

farmeric December 3rd, 2009

Cold nights are here again which leads to Colds as well!

And why?

As temperature drop, people begin to stay indoors and spend less time in the sun. It simply means the Vitamin D levels in our body begin to drop. With this, our body immune system goes down as well.

The Real Cause of Colds and Flu

Colds and flu are cause by viruses and not bacteria, so don’t take antibiotics when you have one because it won’t do you any good at all.

All if not most of the sickness are due to weak immune system. With less vitamins D during this season,  it will be easy for a lot of people to “catch colds and flu”.

More common factors that contribute in weakening to a weaked body immune syste are:

  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Less exercise
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Eating too much sweets and white grains
  • High level of Stress

The Top Way To Prevent Flu Continue Reading »

Jumpstart Your Workout With Honey

farmeric November 11th, 2009

Get more out of your workout with a surprising pick-me-up. A recent study of competitive bicyclists showed that honey gives you as big an energy jolt as glucose, the sugar used in sports gels and energy bars. HoneyBoth honey and glucose boosted the bike riders leg power and cut the time it took them to finish their race. Honey, though, has the added advantage of being much cheaper.

See for yourself if this natural sweetener gives you the energy to make it through a tougher workout. Before starting this, wash down a tablespoon of honey with a cup of water. Any time you need an extra boost of energy during your workout, do the same.

Use it after your workout!

Try it after your exercise, too. A post-workout spoonful appears to help your muscles recuperate. That’s because honey is a great source of carbohydrates, and your body needs them to replace the ones you burned.

Eating, Drinking Your Way To A Healthy Life

farmeric September 13th, 2009

Eating, Drinking Your Way To A Healthy Life

An interview with Dr. Maxima Flavier of UPLB
By   VIRGINIA   ANN   BURGOS

A HEALTHY lifestyle today is associated with the use of natural compounds derived from food crops. Nutraceuticals, the food substances that provide medical or health benefits including prevention and treatment of diseases, and cosmeceuticals, substances that bank on natural ingredients to enhance beauty, are the emerging trend in health and wellness, especially in the US and in Europe.

The use of traditional components is not new to Filipinos. Long before researches on nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals were undertaken, traditional herbs were already being used as health remedies, especially in the rural areas. Some of the most common herbs used in the rural areas include banaba, for urinary tract infection, lagundi, commonly used as expectorant but also has many benefits, and ginger, for arthritis, these herbs are now being developed for commercial consumption by other pharmaceutical companies.

The utilization of natural medicines is one of the advocacies of Dr. Maxima Flavier, director of the Institute of Chemistry (IC) at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB). “I prefer to use traditional natural products; you get them by eating their sources,” she told Biolife as she discussed the benefits of natural products like rice bran and siling labuyo.

Dr. Flavier was also the co-adviser of a study undertaken by IC on the health and medicinal benefits of rice bran as an angiogenic. Before this, she stayed in Japan for a year as a visiting professor conducting research on the effective utilization of rice bran.

Their study in UPLB showed that rice bran contains Phytosterols. Phytosterols are now being incorporated in the production of food and beverage, as studies have showed that they help prevent heart diseases by reducing the level of bad Continue Reading »

VEGETABLE JARDINERA

farmeric July 7th, 2009

Winner Recipes from O! My Gulay
First Runner-up

Pasay South High School
1. Joanne Camille De Luna
2. Ma. Vanilyn Bilbao

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ kl hotdog/sausage, cubes
  • 1 can (100 ml) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 cups pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup pickle slice1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 pc red/green bell pepper
  • 1 cup singkamas, cubes
  • 1 cup potatoes, cubes
  • 1 cup carrots, cubes
  • 1 tsp salt, iodized
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup baguio beans
  • 1 cup sayote, cubes

Preparations instructions:

  1. Saute garlic and onion in hot oil. Add sayote, potatoes, carrots and singkamas, tomato sauce and pineapple juice. Let it simmer until the vegetable becomes tender. Continue Reading »

How To Make Malunggay Tea

farmeric June 28th, 2009

Malunggay tea processing is the method in which the leaves from Moringa oleifera are transformed into the dried leaves for brewing. Malunggay tea is considered a dietary source of important vitamins and minerals.  Tea from malunggay is a healthy drink and contains a higher level of polyphenols (flavonoids), which are known for anti-oxidant activity.

Harvesting and collection of leaves for drying. Harvesting is done by picking 2-3 younger green leaves and with no signs of yellowing of the compound leaves with snap.  Collected leaves are placed in a tray before transporting them in a drying shade.

Sorting and cleaning. Immediately after harvesting, collected leaves are cleaned and sorted out with un-necessary materials such as dust and laid out in a in a plastic tray or basket with 2-3 cm. fine mesh.

Air-drying. Air drying will last with in 2-3 days in a shade house and not sun dry for this will affect the quality of the tea if it is exposed to sun.  The tea leaves will begin to wilt soon after picking, with a gradual onset of enzymatic oxidation. Air drying is used to remove excess water from the leaves and allows a very light amount of oxidation. The leaves can be left in a cool breezy room to pull moisture out from the leaves. The leaves sometimes lose more of their weight in water during wilting. Continue Reading »

Protect Yourself From FLU at Work

farmeric June 25th, 2009

Every day we face health risks in the workplace. From commuting using public transportation until we arrived in our work. It is our duty to protect ourself and be in good health while on the job.

Keeping yourself healthy and safe at work is mostly common sense, but we tend to get so busy and stressed out that we sometimes forget to take the basic precautions.
Common sense tips you can use every day to stay healthy at work.

  • Use ergonomically designed equipment if possible. Make sure your chair, your keyboard, your mouse, and your monitor are positioned for your greatest comfort.
  • Don’t let your workspace become a breading ground for germs, insects, or other nasties.You might not have that much control over others’ hygiene, but try to keep your own equipment and workspace reasonably clean.
  • If you have or have recently had a cold, periodically wipe down your monitor, keyboard, and phone. And, use tissues and dispose of them properly. Continue Reading »

What is Lycopene?

farmeric January 20th, 2009


I was having a sumptuous breakfast this morning when I saw this catsup bottle in front of me with this information about Lycopene. I was intrigued with all the nutrition written on the label that we can get in eating tomatoes.

So what is Lycopene?

Lycopene is a from a family of carotenoids. A pigment that comes naturally from vegetables and fruits. It is this pigment that makes tomatoes red. It can also be found in watermelon.

Did you know that watermelon has more lycopene than a tomato? In an average, a watermelon has 40% more lycopene!

Sources of Lycopene

Our body doesn’t produce lycopene on it’s own. We need to eat foods rich in lycopone in order for our body to get the antioxidant benefits.  The good news is, there’s a lot of sources we can get enough lycopene.

As mentioned above, fruits and vegetables that are high in lycopene include tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya and other red fruits.

Another good news is that  Tomato products, including ketchup, tomato juice, and pizza sauce, are very rich source of lycopene. And did you know that tomato products are far more richer in Lycopene than fresh tomato? And these products are better absorbed by the body too. This is because cooking breaks down cell walls, re­leasing and concentrating carotenoids.

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