The Benefits Of Garlic

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Garlic is part of the onion family (genus) and is a native plant of Iran and Central Asia. It has a long history of use as a food seasoning/flavoring and traditional medicine.

 

Antibiotic

Garlic is known to have antibacterial properties. Louis Pasteur, the inventor of the pasteurization process, found that garlic was a good antibiotic. Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax is said to be very sensitive to garlic. Garlic has been shown to kill bacteria and also protect the body from pathogens ( viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi).

 

Active Ingredient

The active ingredient in garlic is allicin. Studies have shown that there are two different substances in garlic, alliin and allinase which are both held in separate compartments within the garlic clove. When the clove is crushed, the two substances contact each other and form allicin. The allicin has a short life because it reacts with the proteins surrounding it,  but a British scientist,  Dr Peter Josling, states that he has found a way to stabilize alicin and has produced consumable allicin capsules and also an allicin anti bacterial gel. Both products seem to have good reviews.

 

I first came across the product several years ago when I was suffering from a bad case of the flu. I was searching for a natural product to alleviate the symptoms. I bought some capsules and I found that they worked very well for me, they didn’t just get rid of the symptoms, but seemed to kill the flu.  Now, I have a supply of capsules at the ready in the medical cabinet. I should take one every day but I normally start taking one capsule per day as soon as I feel the first symptoms of a cold or flu and continue for a couple of days after the symptoms have disappeared. I would like to take one per day, every day because the allicin is believed to have a beneficial effect for many different illnesses, but it is sort of expensive. Of course, garlic ( and I am sure allicin also) keeps the vampires away. 

 

You can do your own research by entering “Allicin C”,  “Allicin Gel” and “Peter Josling” into a search engine. You can also check out a website called “Garlic Wise”. I haven’t added any links, I am not affiliated with any of the products, I just found that allicin for me.

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Create Your Own Furniture And Wood Crafts For Fun Or Profit

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Whether you are thinking of starting a hobby, or gaining skills for a business, being able to create wooden furniture is an absorbing and potentially lucrative way to spend your free time. A practical skill is a wonderful thing to develop and working with wood could even be seen as artistic. This skill could set you free from the employment rat race if you want it to, although if you are a beginner, it takes time to develop the skill.  Woodworking skills need attention to detail and patience. If you already know that you are a practical person, then you have an excellent chance of developing the skill set fast. If you aren’t sure that you can master the skills……..you will never know unless you try

“Whether you think that you can, or you think that you can’t……..you are right” (quote from Henry Ford).

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Can at Home Fitness Workouts Be As Effective As Gym Workouts?

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Sometimes you just can’t make it to the gym every time you want to-meetings run late, traffic gets backed up, the car breaks down or something else happens that stops you from getting in your workout. The next time that happens you might want to consider working out at home rather than skipping your training session entirely. Have you not trained at home because you don’t believe you can get a decent workout? Well, think again because you’re dead wrong-you can. At-home workouts, if done with reasonable intensity, can be extremely effective. A good in-the-house workout session can be made even better if you add in a pair of dumbbells.

While depending on your fitness goals, training in the home might not be right for every person all the time, and nothing will ever replace weight lifting for building mass, for even the most dedicated gym rat, working out at home can be a nice break from the routine at the gym once in a while. Plus, it’s always a good idea to keep your muscles guessing by challenging them. There are a few other advantages to working out at home too: you can listen to your favorite music, there’s no waiting for machines, there’s no one to hassle you, no worries about cleaning up after others and you don’t have to drive. It can also be a great way to dodge the inner escape artist every once in a while when you just don’t feel like going to the gym or need a change of pace. If you’ve got kids, at-home workouts can help get them on the right track early on.

The question is though, “Is working out at home effective and can I see results?” The answer is yes! The key though to an effective home exercise program is to include exercises that work three key areas: cardio, strength and flexibility. Even if you don’t have a fully-equipped home gym, there are plenty of exercises you can do using just your bodyweight. Keeping a set of dumbbells around the house can give your in-home workout some teeth and get your muscles pumped. Plus, they don’t take up a lot of space and help in stabilizing and developing muscles that are important to strength, balance, and posture. Some strength training exercises you can do at home using just your bodyweight and dumbbells include:

Chest: Push-ups are great for working the pecs. Vary the spread of your hands to work different parts of the chest. For even more punch, place your feet on a chair or your bed and try some decline push-ups. Do some chest presses with dumbbells lying on the floor and dumbbell flies (flat or incline if you happen to have an adjustable bench at home) to round things out.

Shoulders: Shoulders are little tougher to work out using just your body weight so you’re better off using dumbbells. These are all great exercises that are easy to do in the house: seated press, side raises, front raises, bent-over reverse flies and shoulder shrugs; upright row.

Arms: There are plenty of effective exercises you can do at home to pump up your arms using just a chair and a set of dumbbells. Biceps: Just like at the gym you can do standing or seated bicep curls, concentrated curls, standing or seated alternating curls and hammer curls. Triceps: Doing push-ups with your hands close together is an excellent way to beef up your triceps. Or, sitting on a chair, do some one-arm behind-the-neck extensions with a dumbbell. Using a chair you can also do bent-over kickbacks and lying flat on the floor you can do a couple of variations of triceps extensions using a dumbbell.

Back: For your back, try dumbbell rows, dumbbell dead-lifts and if you’ve got a spot where you can do pull-ups, holding a dumbbell between your ankles will really give you an extra punch.

Legs: There are plenty of exercises you can do in the home to work your legs but add dumbbells and they’ll be even more effective. Here are a few examples: squats with dumbbells, lunges with dumbbells and standing calf raise (holding a dumbbell in one hand).
Adding dumbbells to your out-of-gym or at-home cardio routine can help you make the most of your time. Carry a set of dumbbells with you when you walk, alternating between curls and just carrying them at your side. If you do this though, be careful not to swing your arms around too much, you can injure yourself easily. If you’ve got access to a set of stairs, walk up and down carrying a couple of dumbbells at your side-you’ll get your heart moving in no time.

If you don’t want to skip the gym in favor of an at-home workout but do want to kick your metabolism up a notch while you’re hanging around the house, set aside some times throughout the day to spend a few minutes moving around using dumbbells. A University of Missouri (Columbia) study found that when we spend too much time sitting on our rumps, the body’s fat burning mechanisms slow to a near halt. No surprises there but the study also found that moving around whenever possible can jumpstart the fat burning process again. So instead of just lying around on the sofa for hours at a stretch, get up, pick up the dumbbells and get your ass moving-even if it’s only ten minutes at a time. You’ll burn some extra calories and you’ll do your body good.

Mike Westerdal is the author of “Dumbbell Exercises and Lifting Routines” To Help You Gain More Muscle, Lose Weight, or Just Get Yourself in Better Physical Shape… WITHOUT the Hassles, and Expenses of Health Clubs. Increase Your Muscle Size And Improve Your Physical Fitness In 90 Days – Guaranteed.

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Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss

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Studies have found that Apple Cider Vinegar may assist a person to lose weight. Most of the studies have been conducted on animals but the results are promising.

The best type of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from organic apples and is unfiltered, unrefined and contains “the mother”. The mother appears in the ACV as a cloudy weblike substance and it contains beneficial probiotics and enzymes. The mother is thought to be the substance that gives ACV it’s health benefits, and this is why it is important to get ACV that contains “the mother”. You can normally tell if ACV contains “the mother” by it’s cloudy appearance, but manufacturers will also make it clear that their ACV contains “the mother” on the product label, because it is a positive attribute that increases sales to people who are health conscious.

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR’S BENEFITS

Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid. It is believed that small amounts of acetic acid can help to activate the metabolism and assist the body to use fat as an energy source.

Apple Cider vinegar seems to help a person feel less hungry and when taken before a meal, a person may eat less and feel more satisfied after the meal. Some studies suggest that the ACV causes feelings of nausea and this is why it works as an appetite suppressant. I have been taking ACV for a while and I have never experienced nausea after taking it, so the reaction to ACV is probably unique to each individual.

Studies on mice have found that the mice who were fed a daily dose of ACV had lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol than mice who were not given ACV. There is a connection between blood sugar levels and obesity and it has been found that it is much harder for people to lose weight when they have high blood sugar levels. Do high blood sugar levels cause weight gain?, or does weight gain cause high blood sugar levels?. Studies are still working on this, but if ACV can benefit both, I think that it may “kill two birds with one stone”

 

HOW MUCH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?

A suggested amount is 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 ounces of water 2-3 times a day before meals.

 

HOW TO TAKE ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar can be mixed with cold water, or warm water with honey to sweeten it. You can also use ACV as a dressing on salad, either straight or mixed with olive oil. There are many drink recipes out there that contain ACV,  but be careful not to mix it with ingredients that are counterproductive to weight loss.

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Apple Cider Vinegar is believed to have many health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. I think that at a minimum, it could be a very good supplement to a diet plan. With all of the other benefits that ACV gives us, I think that it is worth a try.

Apple Cider Vinegar does not look like a quick fix for weight loss, but can be seen as more of a supplement to a diet plan. My advice is to not take too much ACV,  moderation in all things is good and too much of a good thing usually leads to counterproductive results.

The Law Of Attraction, Really?

Is the law of attraction real?. In basic terms, this theory states that if you think about your desire with enough concentration, it will eventually materialize. The subject is interesting and when you research it, a different perspective on life and reality is revealed. Some people believe that everything and everyone is basically made of energy vibrating at different frequencies, like radio waves and quantum physics seems to be heading in the direction of proving this theory. Maybe the alchemists were onto something. If this is true, then the Star Trek replicator could become reality one day. Of course, gold and oil would not be as desirable anymore.

 

The smallest known particle of matter is the quark, but the theory is that when matter is broken down as far as is possible, what we find is energy vibrating at a certain frequency and it is the speed of vibration that determines what we perceive to be different types of matter. This leads to the law of attraction theory because the energy or force is consciousness and all knowing. Some people call this god, others call it the universal field / consciousness and various other names. The theory is that a person’s thoughts have energy and power and the thoughts are sent out into the universe and must be made material in the end, because they are energy and this energy consciousness cannot determine reality from dream/desire. Many self help books and audio recordings have variations on this theme.

 

I don’t know whether the theory is correct but it does allow for experimentation. It certainly seems that negative thoughts do have a lot of power, all we need to do is think negatively in a concentrated manner and we get very negative results, and negative thinking comes naturally to most of us, almost as if it has been programmed into us. Many people can’t believe the theory because the concept is alien to everything that they have been taught, their whole lives have been based upon the idea that taking action is the only way to make something happen and action is the only thing required. I believe that positive thought does have a power, but concentrated thought leads to action which leads to materialization of the desire. There are some self help authors who state that thought is the primary force in making a desire materialize and others who state that action is most important. Some “gurus” state that thought /intention on it’s own will materialize your desires. I do know that without at least one or the other, no desire will materialize and it is fair to say that if negative thoughts have power, then positive ones do also.

 

The early 20th century self help author Napoleon Hill stated that “definiteness of purpose” was his first law of success, and this makes sense, as a person can’t make their desire materialize if they don’t have one. Concentrating on one desire as your definite purpose can, at the very least, go a long way to making it happen, so this seems to be a variation on the thought theory, although he does stress that action must also be taken. 

 

What I have understood so far from research is that in order to manifest your desires, you must….

 

  • Decide upon one desire and think about it in a positive manner as frequently as possible.

 

  • Believe that your desire has already been manifested. This means that initially, your desire must be believable to you.

 

  • Don’t be impatient, because you don’t want to give the “force” a deadline as this could lead to negativity.

 

  • Think positively as much as you can in general and be on the alert for negative thoughts, as they mess up the process.

 

  • When a good idea comes to you, in connection with your desire, take action on it.

 

  • Frame your desire in positive terms and never say negative phrases like “ I can’t afford” this or that etc.

 

  • Visualize yourself as the recipient of your desire ( in the present moment).

 

  • Reprogram your subconscious to think in positive terms.

 

  • Be grateful for the good things that you already have,  and say so every day.

 

The theory is that positive energy vibrates on a different and higher frequency than negative energy, and positive energy (your desires, good things etc) will only be attracted to other positive energy………those thoughts sending out a broadcast from your mind.

 

I’m no “guru”or expert and I am still studying the topic because I find it interesting. I have always wondered if “this” is all there is, “this” being the humdrum, tedious negative environment that most people exist in, so it is a novel concept to find theories that put forward the idea that we are creating this environment by our own thoughts. 

 

Try it out, it certainly won’t do anyone any harm. It can’t do any harm to think in a positive way.