Want to Live Longer? Drink Sour Milk (or Fermented Foods!)

That is a famous quote from the eastern European country of Georgia (formerly of the Soviet Union) relating to the long life of the people in that region. They have traditionally consumed large amounts of fermented foods, including yogurt, but this is not very realistic in many areas of the world today, including the United States. Many people are lactose intolerant, but you can still eat fermented foods!

Today the benefits of fermented foods are really catching on, but did you know that the fermentation process was originally used to improve the keeping and storing of foods? It’s thought that camel, buffalo, goat, sheep and cow milk were initially fermented naturally into yogurt. The hot temperatures (110 F) of the North African deserts were ideal for lactic acid-producing bacteria to ferment the milk carried by camels in goat bags. Almost every region in the world has developed fermented foods in their quest to acquire new tastes and improve shelf life. Farmers, rather than scientists, used their ingenuity and imagination. They were thinking in terms of how to best provide for their families, not realizing that thousands of years later, scientists would be examining the potential health benefits of fermented foods.

Elie Metchnikoff, a famous Russian Nobel prize-winning Bacteriologist looked into the possible health benefits of fermented foods in the early 1900’s. He noticed that Bulgarians had an average life span of 87 years-that was much longer than the 50 year life expectancy in the US at that time and almost 10 years longer than even today’s average life expectancy of 78 years! One of the most significant differences in their lifestyle was the consumption of fermented milks! Since Metchnikoff’s original study, researchers have found that many populations use fermented foods. Georgians, from what was formally known as the Soviet Union, live over 100 years and are playing polo and working in the farm fields! They attribute their long lives to fermented or “sour” milk, which is where the quote from the title of this blog came from! I’m not sure I would want to be working in the farm fields at 100, but I’d love to still be riding my horses at that age!

I know that my family has greatly benefited from fermented foods. My husband and I are in our 50’s, feeling and looking better than we did in our 30’s! CJ’s intestinal issues are healed, his mind is clear and his body is healthy. In fact, all our children are healthy. I KNOW that we would not be where we are health wise today without the benefits of raw organic fermented probiotic foods.

There are so many benefits of eating fermented foods and researchers just keep adding more things to the list. Here are some of the benefits of fermented foods:

  • Improves digestive function
  • Improves bowel function
  • Improves mood
  • Improves liver function
  • Decreases wrinkles
  • Improves circulatory function
  • Improves joint and muscle function
  • Improves sleep function
  • Improves resistance to allergies
  • Improves vitamin absorption
  • Improves lactose tolerance
  • Improves gluten tolerance
  • Improves appetite
  • Improves skin quality
  • Improves metabolism
  • Improves mental clarity (gut-brain connection)
  • Decreases your digestive ailments
  • Decreases your stomach ailments
  • Decreases incidence of heart burn
  • Decreases incidence of constipation
  • Decreases incidence of diarrhea
  • Decreases the presence of yeast infections
  • Decreases incidence of oral cavity infections
  • Decreases gas and bloating
  • Increases nutritional absorption
  • Increases energy
  • Increases hydration

Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with modern technology that we forget the benefits of simplicity. Today there are so many genetically modified refined and processed foods polluting our bodies. They were designed to make our lives easier, but that does NOT mean healthier! Our ancestors were onto something by fermenting their foods to keep them edible for longer periods of time. Our bodies cannot handle the chemicals it takes to keep foods stable/fresh on our shelves for years. I’d much rather have the “good” bacteria from my fermented foods in my gut, rather than subject my body to the harmful toxins in processed foods. It’s a “no brainer!” So if you haven’t tried Real Food Real Life’s raw, organic fermented probiotics yet, please do-you’re going to notice a healthier, happier you, not to mention looking physically better! Educate yourself on what cultured/fermented foods are available (such as miso, kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir, to name a few) and how you can add them into your daily diet. A fun family adventure would be to do a quick Internet search on what fermented foods YOUR ancestors ate! Mine made and ate fermented meats and cheese like salmon and parmesan.

Eat Fermented Foods!

Eat Well, Be Well, “Live Longer

Source by Tamara Yapp

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7 Health Benefits For Senior Citizens Who Take Line Dancing Instructions

Line Dancing is the Second Most Popular Thing Seniors Like to Do!

Line dancing is very popular among Senior Citizens. It’s fun, there is great camaraderie among the Seniors, and you don’t need a partner, and it’s an easy way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.

An Activity Director at a Retirement/Convalescent Home in California told me that line dancing is only second in popularity to square dancing and only because square dancing is an older form of dancing and more Seniors are familiar with it. Also, many Seniors were in square dance clubs and went to meetings each week when they were younger.

At almost any class in line dance instructions, you will see many Seniors. There are several dances suitable for people with limited mobility, such as  “Tush Push”, “Electric Slide”, “Country Walkin'”, “Dancin’ with You” and the ever beautiful, “Waltz Across Texas”, which I love to do to Collin Raye’s “Dreamin’ My Dreams of You.” There is even a “sit down” tongue-in-cheek line dance by Knox Rhine called “Take A Break” which doesn’t even need music! Most classes feature easy line dances as well as more advanced.

Health Benefits

The health benefits of line dancing are obvious. Everyone benefits from exercise and line dancing is so much fun, it doesn’t seem like exercise. I read a report that said that people who line dance could possibly live an extra ten years. This may or may not be true, but it’s certainly something to consider.

Here is a list of some of the health benefits you will enjoy if you line dance on a regular basis:

* Cardiovascular and muscular strength and flexibility become better;

* High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and high triglyceride levels, as well as high blood sugar levels can all improve;

* Coordination improves as you work through the different movements;

* Lung capacity can increase;

* Bone strength can increase; bone loss can be stopped or slowed down

* Help with weight control – half an hour of continuous line dancing can burn an average of 300 calories

* The social aspects of  line dancing are obvious. Your sense of well-being and the camaraderie you have with the other dancers is wonderful for your health.

Line Dance Videos are available everywhere

There are many line dance DVDs and videos that Seniors can purchase and use to practice in the privacy of their homes. This is especially good if they are shy about going to a regular class or don’t have a class in their community that teaches line dancing for seniors.

Scooter Lee and Jo Thompson

The lovely and talented singer/songwriter Scooter Lee has many classes targeted towards Seniors through her non-profit organization, Dancing for the Dream®, which she started with choreographer Jo Thompson.

As popular as her music was for line dancing, at first Scooter Lee didn’t line dance herself, even after being diagnosed with numerous health issues and being overweight.  Finally, after learning to eat right, exercise, and create good habits in her life with positive thinking and positive people, she included line dancing in her routine for good health.  Though the damage to her joints and organs was not reversible, Lee started to pay attention to her own health, eventually losing approximately 150 pounds in five years.

Where to Find Classes for Line Dancin’ Fun

You can find many classes for line dance instructions just for Senior Citizens at Community Centers, Parks and Recreation Departments, and Church Groups all over America, as well as at classes at dance studios.

If you live in the Eastern part of America, check out the classes available through Step In the Name of Life(TM).  They have classes in at least 32 cities.  Jamie Gant started the first group in Florida so his grandmother would have a place to go to line dance for her health.  After going with her, he was ready to start classes for everyone.  Their goal:  Stepping Away Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure & More(TM).

Source by Renee Benzaim

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Men’s Gold Bracelet – Discover the Secret Health Benefits!

Gold has been long sought after as a precious metal in which to create beautiful works of art that can be worn by people to show their status and wealth. Wars have been wrought and blood shed all for the possession of this metal. Gold is still very valuable today and is still a much prized possession. It is no wonder then that men the world over love to purchase and wear gold bracelets.

Besides being a valued commodity that can be exchanged for a lot of money, gold bracelets can hold some hidden health benefits for those who wear them. Gold has been long thought to possess the power to restore a person’s psychic energy and thus return to them the balance they need in their daily lives.

Gold as been used by far east alternative medicinal practitioners for thousands of years to help people restore the energy and balance in their lives. The added benefit of wearing gold in a bracelet is that it creates an energy circuit much like the earths own magnetic field; thus helping to circulate this newly restored energy to the rest of your body and throughout your blood stream.

Many customers after wearing a gold bracelet say that they would never go back to not wearing them because their health has improved so much that they no longer require heavy doses of medication or energy drinks to give them that boost of life. Now they can enjoy life to the fullest by simply wearing a piece of jewellery they would wear anyways.

Source by Jeni Braxton

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Social Work Theory and Practice – Making the Links

Our experience is that many students on the social work degree can be intimidated by the word ‘theory’. This immediately inhibits effective learning about theory. Theory in social work is about how we relate to others and how we make sure that we are providing effective services. It is important that theory is not seen as the preserve of academics or senior social workers. Through understanding and applying theory to social work practice our work with service users can become far more effective and person centred.

Lots of people think that theory is something purely academic, with no link to “real life”. Many social work students cover theory at university, but begin their practice learning experience intimidated by the idea of how to apply theory to their practice and especially concerned about how to demonstrate the links they have made in their assignments and reflective accounts..

Practice learning is about relating the ideas learned in University to the practice setting. However, in order to link theoretical knowledge to practice, students need a firm grasp of the fact that theory is something everybody uses every day in social work and that theory has a clear link to common sense/what works/real life or whatever the phrase of choice is. Without this, theory can become something which seems abstract and this develops the idea that theory is something you learn at University and then forget when you enter the “real world” of work.

The Requirements for Social Work Training state that all social work programmes must:

“Ensure that the teaching of theoretical knowledge, skills and values is based on their application to practice.” (Department of Health 2002)

Whilst the basic aspects of social work theory will be taught in the University setting, practice learning is about you transferring your knowledge and applying theory to your practice, and you will need to demonstrate that you can make the links in your written work.

What is theory?

It is our view that social workers in the field and social work students on placement are applying theory every day. However, they may not realise it, and they may not be able to describe the theory or name it.

Theories in social work are nothing more than an attempt to explain situations and social relationships. Theories have been developed since it became clear that there were similar patterns or repeating cycles of behaviour both in an individual’s life and in the lives of lots of different people. Since theories have been expressed by academics and social scientists, they often use an academic language. Don’t let that put you off. Theories are life dressed up! Many theories actually have a very straightforward, accessible message even if you sometimes have to look beyond the jargon.

There has been some debate about what actually constitutes a theory. Generally, a theory helps to explain a situation and perhaps how it came about. In science, a theory is seen as helping to:

** describe (eg: what is happening?)

** explain (eg: why is it happening?)

** predict (eg: what is likely to happen next?)

Sometimes theories are also seen as helping to control a situation and bring about changes.

Social Work Theory and Practice Learning

In supervision discussion, placement assignments, portfolios etc you need to be able to describe the situation you are working with, explain why you think this came about, what you can do to bring about change etc. In doing so, you will be drawing upon some form of theory. You may, however, not always be aware of this.

Whenever you are considering theory, we would urge you to:

1. Recognise that no single theory can explain everything: When a person engages in an action (or inaction) the reason for their behaviour can be rooted in a range of causes or motives.

2. Related to the first point, recognise that some theoretical approaches just don’t work with some people. Applying Brief Solution Focused Therapy can be really effective with some people. For other people, it leaves them cold.

3. Take a critical approach to theory. If it doesn’t “work”, why not? Can you adapt aspects such that it is helpful?

4. Always apply the value base to theory – much of the theory used in social care practice and social work is drawn from outside of the profession. Theory may have its roots in education, psychology or management. As such, it may not incorporate social work values and you should take responsibility for applying these

5. And finally, never be intimidated by theory. You use it every day.

Why do we need to apply social work theory to practice?

Whilst individual social work theories have different purposes, using all kinds of theory in our work offers us, as social workers, some important things.

** Theories can help us to …

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Lose 30 Pounds in 60 Days – How to Lose 30 Lbs Fat in Less Than 2 Months!

Do you want to lose 30 pounds in 60 days but don’t know how? If so then today is your lucky day as I will explain just what you can do to drop that fat in less than 2 months with little work. That’s right, no exercise, expensive diet pills, starving on low calorie diets and best of all no stress! This weight loss method is the most revolutionary way to lose weight since instead of always struggling with losing weight it will train your body how to burn more fat than normal while becoming healthier at the same time!

It’s Called Calorie Shifting

So just what is calorie shifting? It’s a dieting method focused on boosting metabolic function while eating food, possibly more than you already do! You see when you starve your body as most low calorie diets tend to do you in fact reduce your bodies ability to burn fat by stunting your metabolism. Your body is always in a fight or flight balance internally, when you suddenly start avoiding calories it causes your body to conserve and hold onto fat stores within the body much more aggressively. This causes a backlash effect when you finish the diet as the lbs come rolling back on.

With calorie shifting you don’t have to worry about this, because instead of working against food you are actively working with it to increase metabolism and burn more calories than you are consuming. Best of all the diet is healthier because you get nutrients that are necessary without lacking them as you would on a low calorie diet. Calorie shifting is the future of dieting, many people are just stuck in the mindset that you need to avoid calories to lose weight and it’s simply not true. In fact if you look at people who exercise, the ones who eat more and exercise will still lose far more weight than those who eat less and don’t stimulate their metabolism with either working our calorie shifting.

Source by Rachel Archer

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3 Healthy Wrap Recipes That You Can Easily Bring On The Go

Eating a balanced and nutritious meal every day is ideal, but if you don’t always have the time to prepare home-cooked meals, healthy eating gets more challenging. Aside from salads which can be prepared in batches beforehand, another healthy snack alternative is a wrap – plenty of nutritious ingredients rolled into one! The best part is that they’re easy to prepare and pack, too!

Easy Avocado and Turkey Wrap

What you need:

  • 6 pieces 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 12 slices thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup cream cheese with chives
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and Dijon mustard, stir until smooth. Divide and spread mixture on each tortilla. Arrange about 1/4 cup of shredded lettuce onto each tortilla. Place 2 turkey slices per tortilla followed by about 2 tablespoons of Swiss cheese, then tomato, avocado slices and crumbled bacon. Roll tortillas tightly and secure with toothpick. Slice in half before serving.

Sweet Chicken and Cherry Lettuce Wraps

What you need:

  • 12 lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 kg. boneless and skinless chicken breast halves, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 kilogram dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup toasted and sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat in a skillet then cook chicken and ginger for 6 to 8 minutes or when chicken is cooked through. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine remaining oil, vinegar, teriyaki sauce and honey. Add cooked chicken, cherries, carrots, onion and almonds to the bowl and toss to combine. Divide and spoon mixture onto each lettuce leaf, roll into a wrap then serve.

Yammy Beans and Kale Wrap

What you need:

  • 2 9-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 4 large kale leaves, sliced into small pieces
  • 2 yams, cooked and cubed
  • 1 3/4 cups black beans, warmed
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

In a small bowl, combine kale, balsamic vinaigrette and soy sauce then cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. When ready, remove kale from marinade cook with olive oil in a skillet over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until dark green. Divide yams between 2 tortillas then top with kale, black beans and feta cheese. Wrap tightly and secure with toothpick.

Enjoy these healthy wrap recipes wherever you are!

Source by Adrian T. Cheng

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How Diet and Nutrition Can Increase Penis Size

Some people believe that a proper diet and proper nutrition can help increase penis size. The penis is not a separate part of your body. Therefore, you should make sure that it is properly taken care of with a balanced diet and proper nutrition.

Health is wealth

If your physical condition is poor, do not expect that your penis is also as healthy as the other parts of your body. To help increase penis size, you need to make sure that the rest of your body is not sleep and rest deprived, is not sick, not malnourished, or under too much stress. Otherwise, the performance of your penis may not live up to your expectations.

External factors

Penis enlargement is a process that works to increase penis size but you need to understand that there are several external factors that can influence how successful it can be. The most important factor of penis enlargement is the blood flow. Remember that insufficient blood flow reaching the penis results in a poor erection.

Essential nutrients

To keep your blood healthy, you need to make sure that you are on a proper diet and maintaining a regular exercise routine. Several vitamins and health supplements can help improve your blood, which can help increase penis size and your vitality. However, you need to ensure that your vitamins and supplements are able to provide you with the following ingredients:

· 500mg of calcium

· 300mcg of vitamin B12

· 250mg of vitamin E

· 1000mg of vitamin C

· 100mg of vitamin A

· 250mg of magnesium

· 5mg of iron

Vitamins and minerals

Those vitamins and minerals can be found in several one-a-day vitamins. However, you need to make sure that you read the labels of the vitamin bottles before buying the right one that fits your daily needs. Other supplements that can boost your sexual performance include bee pollen and L-arginine-also known as amino acid.

Bee pollen

Bee pollen is a supplement that can help increase penis size. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids. Regular doses can provide frequent erections, bigger ejaculations, and more sexual energy. It comes in tablet and capsule forms, but you can also take it in its natural form.

Amino acids

L-arginine contributes to harder erections and increased amounts of semen when you ejaculate. You are required to take 500mg every day and a 1000mg dose a few hours before intercourse so you can boost your performance. However, you need to use it in moderation and discontinue your use if you experience any form of side effects.

You are what you eat

Remember that those essential vitamins and minerals are also present in certain healthy foods that we can eat like fruits and vegetables. Also, keep in mind that your alcohol intake should be in moderation. Otherwise, too much alcohol can lower your sexual drive. Smoking is also bad and can affect the way you perform. Remember that blood flow is the key for a longer erection. Smoking decreases the oxygen and blood supply in your arteries, which affects your sexual performance and the quality of your erection.

Prescription medications

There are prescription drugs like antibiotics that can cause you to lose your sex drive and and may even lead to impotence. Consult with your doctor first if you feel that your prescribed medications are affecting your performance.

Avoid steroids

Steroids can also cause damage to your sexual functions aside from causing damage to your heart, kidneys, and liver. The side effects of steroids to the male reproductive system includes the shrinking of testicles and the reduction of testosterone production.

Source by Jason Stephenson

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