Three Health Benefits of White Tea

Everyone is talking about the health benefits of white tea. There are several benefits of white tea and we will take a look at some of those benefits. First let’s explain what white tea is. White tea is made from the unripe tea leaves that are picked before the buds have opened fully on the plant. The name comes from the silver fuzz that covers the buds, this turns the tea white as it dries up. There are different varieties of white tea which depends on the amount of leaves to buds that is used in each mix. For example, the white peony has one bud for every two leaves in its mix. The silver needle, which is the best is made from only the down buds and are picked within two days during early spring. Now that we explained a little about white tea, it’s time to talk about some of the benefits a person can receive from using white tea.

Anti-Fungal Effect
Studies indicated that white tea has an anti-fungal effect on chrysogenum, penicillium, and saccharomyces cerervisiae. In the presence of white tea extract chrysogenum, penicillium, and saccharomyces cerervisiae were completely inactivated.
Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Viral Effects
Research conducted at pace university discovered that white tea extract may hinder the growth of bacteria that can cause streptococcus infections, staphylococcus infections, dental carries, and pneumonia. It was also discovered that white tea is more effective than green tea when it comes to inactivating bacterial viruses and it has an anti-viral effect on human pathogenic viruses.

Cell Damage Protection and Skin Cancer
Scientists have discovered that white tea extract can provide protection against the Langerhans cell destruction. Not only did the extract protected the skin after it was exposed to sunlight but also the immune system was restored as well. The DNA damage that happens to cells after sunlight exposure was limited also. The white tea extract anti-oxidant properties may be the reason for it being so effective. The extract may provide you with anti-aging benefits.
From reading the above information you now know three benefits of white tea that can help you live a happier and healthier life.

Top photo credit: white tea by Marntzu cook

In text photo credit: White Tea by u m a m i

Palm Oil Is a Healthy Oil

In since U.S. food manufacturers have to now label the trans-fat content in their foods, some have decided to switch to healthier oils such as coconut and palm. This change is for the better. It will be wonderful if more and more food manufacturers do this as well.

There are some people that don’t know palm oil is a healthy saturated fat. Just like coconut oil, palm oil has been mistaken for being unhealthy for a long time. In actuality palm oil is a really healthy saturated fat. Both oils have been included in the diets of tropical people for thousands of years and helped people to stay healthy and lean for years. Just like coconut oil, palm oil is excellent for frying and baking. It is also very solid and stable at room temperature, therefore it do not need hydrogenation and does not have Trans fatty acids. Trans fat is bad for you, so you should avoid it. According to Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD, of the Weston A. Price Foundation, palm oil is a healthy and natural fat consisted of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.

After soy oil, palm oil is the second greatest utilized dietary oil in the world. It is healthier for the body than soy oil. Palm oil doesn’t come from the same palm tree as coconuts. In Africa a palm tree produces small fruits that contain the palm oil. In its original or unprocessed state palm oil is a reddish orange color and a rich source of carotenes and Vitamin E. For some people it can take a little time getting used to unprocessed palm oil because of its strong taste. When palm oil is processed it has the flavor removed and some it’s nutrients. Even if it’s processed it is still better for the body than canola or soy oil.
Switching to palm or coconut oil is better for you. Look for food products that contain non-hydrogenated palm or coconut oil or you can make your own healthy foods with these oils.

Top photo credit: Jukwa Village Palm Oil Production, Ghana by oneVillage Initiative

In text photo credit: Jukwa Village Palm Oil Production, Ghana by oneVillage Initiative

Apple Pancakes

These pancakes are very delicious; and I mean appley delicious. Any fruit can be used for these pancakes such as strawberry, banana, pear, or peaches. You can use canned fruit if you like. This recipe makes two pancakes and is best served hot. I bet you can’t wait to cook these pancakes up and enjoy the goodness.


3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons all-purpose whole wheat flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
½ cup low-fat milk
1 large apple
1 teaspoon oil

Mix both flours together in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl mix the egg, honey, cinnamon, and milk. Make a hole in the flour mixture and then pour the egg mixture inside the flour mixture. Mix well to make a smooth batter. Peel the skin off the apple, remove the seeds and core, and cut the apple into small pieces. Add the apple pieces to the mixture and mix well. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Pour some of the mixture in the frying pan to make a pancake. Cook pancake until the bottom is golden brown. Flip the pancake to cook the other side. Set the cooked pancake aside and repeat with the remaining mixture. Serve pancakes hot.


Photo credit: Apple Pancake Rings by Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife

Foods to Buy for Healthy Eating

If you are eating healthy or want to start eating healthy you should start writing a shopping list, plan, organize, and create a menu; Doing these things will help you save money, time, and stick to healthy recipes. You will have to go grocery shopping regularly in since healthier foods tend to have a more limited shelf life. Visiting health food stores can help you meet other health-conscious people.

Healthy eating can consist of fresh and or organic foods with no or gentle cooking methods without depleting food of its nutrients or adding any artificial foods. Most of the time when you eat healthy you have to cook your own food, because you can’t just go out and buy takeout food or fast food in since they are not healthy for the most part. With all the new kitchen appliances and gadgets we have today, cooking food yourself should be easier than before and fun. Below we will provide some of the products that you should include on your shopping lists for healthy eating.


Vegetables: Eat all your vegetables while they are still young. This is when they are tender. You can find some of the best vegetables at fresh food markets or health food stores. Grocery stores that are not health food stores usually sell vegetables that are genetically modified or have been picked while they are green and later ripened in boxes when being delivered to places long distance. Brightly colored vegetables and sprouts contain the most antioxidants and vitamins.

Fruits: It is best to buy seasonal fruits because exotic fruits have traveled long distances and ripened in their boxes and not on the trees. Local, fresh, naturally ripened and organic fruit are the best to buy.

Fish and Shellfish: The best fish to buy is unfrozen and fresh. Most of the fish you see in grocery stores that are not health food stores come from fish farms in which the fish are fed with artificial substances which can be unhealthy. Pink salmon and other popular fish will most likely come from a fish farm. Shellfish will be healthier. For example, shrimp does not live in chemically polluted water. When you boil mussels throw away the ones that do not open.

Meat: To be honest, it’s probably best to not eat meat at all in order to eat healthy; only because it’s difficult to find healthy meat that comes from a farmer that use healthy methods to ensure their meat is healthy. Many of the meats in grocery stores have a large amount of antibiotics and growth hormones. The best meat will come from small farms or organic farms.

Eggs: Buy free-range or organic eggs. Before buying them, make sure they are fresh.

Cheese: Cheese is rich in minerals and vitamins, although they are rich in fats as well. Buy fresh cheese only and try to eat it soon because fresh or gourmet cheese don’t last long.


Herbs: You can use herbs fresh or dried. You can plant and grow your own herbs and use them fresh. Also to preserve flavor you can buy whole spices/herbs and freshly ground them.

Grains: Eat whole grains and Whole wheat. Try not to eat refined grains or wheat because once it’s refined a lot of the ingredients are depleted. Rice may be the only exclusion because even if the rice grain shell is removed, many of the nutrients may remain in the rice grain.
Remember the saying, “you are what you eat”. So begin buying and eating healthy foods and have fun cooking healthy meals.


Top photo credit: Fresh fruit and vegetables by Mundoo

In text photo credit: Cheese School 101 by niallkennedy

Five Healthy Snacks to try

Snacks can be a healthy addition to living a healthy lifestyle. Healthy snacks can be counted towards the five a day target of fruits and vegetables and can provide additional nutrients to our bodies. Healthy snacks will help your nutrition and health and should be eaten between meals. It is recommended that healthy snacks should consist of fruit, nuts, vegetables, or cereal grains. It will cost you less than junk food that has little or no nutritional value and is not good for your health. Eating healthy snacks in addition to a good diet and exercise will lead to an improved well-being. Below are some ideas for healthy snacks that anyone can use from children to adults.

*Try eating fruit salad, in which you can combine your favorite fruit together for this snack such as apples, pear, kiwi, peaches, and mandarin oranges. This snack will help you reach your five a day fruits and vegetables

*Avocado has a great source of fiber, potassium, Vitamin C and E. Avocado also has folic acid, which is a very important vitamin for women that are pregnant. Cheese has a great source of calcium and whole meal bread is high in fiber. Try making yourself an avocado and cheese sandwich on whole meal bread.

*Try eating some dried banana chips. Bananas have a great source of potassium, Vitamin A and C. Dried banana chips for the most part are fried in coconut oil and coated with honey. Sometimes you can find dried banana chips in muesli, which is wonderful for a carbohydrate boost.


*As mentioned earlier, cheese is high in calcium and whole meal crackers are a good source of fiber. A very popular snack to try is cheese and crackers.

*Hummus has fiber and iron. Hummus is made from dried chickpeas, garlic, and sometimes made with tahini. Tahini is high in calcium and made from sesame seeds. Try eating hummus in pita bread.


Top photo credit: Grilled cheese sandwich with avocado and spinach <3 <3 by randy_adamczyk

In text photo credit: Day 272 – Banana chips by Karin Beil

Chicken Stir Fry

The vegetables in this recipe make this dish colorful and healthy. This recipe can be made with any meat, but we will be using chicken for the recipe. The meat you can try can be fish, shrimp, beef, and etc. This recipe is great for dinner. Left-overs will make a good lunch. The aroma of vegetables combined with the chicken will have your mouth-watering before you eat your very first spoon full.


About 1 ½ pounds of skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 bunch broccoli
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1 red pepper
½ small onion
1 teaspoon corn starch
½ cup of water
1 tablespoon oil

Cut chicken into small chunks. Place chicken in a bowl and add soy sauce and ginger. Chop broccoli into small pieces or florets. Slice the mushrooms, chop the onion, and cut the pepper into thin strips. Place the cut up broccoli, red pepper, onion, and mushrooms in a separate bowl. In another bowl mix the corn starch with the water until its smooth. Heat up oil in a wok or frying pan and add the chicken and sauce mixture. Cook chicken until its almost done. Turn the heat up and add all the vegetables and stir for about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the corn starch mixture into the stir fry and cook until the sauce thickens. Serve this dish hot.


Photo credit: Chicken and veggie stir-fry…. by Chris Gladis

Health and Disease in Nails

The nails protect the fingertips and help you grip things firmly. The nails are at the end of the fingertips on the dorsal surface. It contains a sturdy flexible keratinous nail plate originating from the nail matrix. Soft tissue called the nail bed lies underneath the nail plate. The nail fold or the cuticle is between the skin and the nail plate. A healthy normal nail is slightly pink and the surface is convex from side to side. On average finger nails grow 1 cm in 3 months and toe nails grow 1 cm in 24 months. The nails can help give the general health and hygiene of a person through its appearance, color, nature, and shape. Sometimes doctors may examine the nails to find out about possible diseases. An abnormal nail may be due to diseases or genetics. The cause of change in the nails can be from something simple or something that’s life threatening. An examination of the nails is needed for diagnosis. We discuss some abnormal findings and there possible causes for you to be aware.

1. Hygiene:
It very easy to tell if a nail is unhygienic. Dirt under the nails can cause the ingestion of pathogens when you eat. Improper nail cutting can cause worm problems in children. If worms crawl in the anal orifice children may scratch the area which can lodge the ova of worms under the nails and can be consumed when eating. Sharp nails can also worsen a skin disease through scratching and can accidentally cause small wounds, when a person accidentally scratches themselves.
2. Color of nails
• Nails are pale in anemia
• Leuconychia is when the nails are white or have white spots. This is seen in nephrotic syndrome and chronic renal failure.
• White nails is also seen in hypoalbuminemia as in cirrhosis and kidney disorders.
• Discoloration in nails can be caused by certain drugs such as antibiotics, sulpha group, anti-malarial and etc.
• Fungal infection can cause black discoloration in nails.
• Pseudomonas infection can cause black or green nails.
• Vasculitis can cause nail bed infarction, especially in SLE and polyarteritis.
• Splinter hemorrhages in subacute bacterial endocarditis, rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, and collagen vascular diseases can cause red dots in nails.
• Blunt injury can cause hemorrhage and causes blue/black discoloration.
• Kidney diseases and decreased adrenal activity can cause brown nails.
• Wilsons disease can cause blue semicircles in the nails.
• Jaundice and psoriasis can cause the nails to become yellow or yellowish. Also when the blood supply decreases the nails can become yellow.
• Yellow nail syndrome causes all nails to become yellowish with pleural effusion.


3. Shape of nails:
Clubbing is when the angle between the nail base and the skin is eradicated and the tissues at the base of the nail are thickened. The fingertip becomes bulbous (rounded or swollen) and looks like the end of a drumstick. The nail becomes more convex or curved. If the condition becomes worse the nail can look like a parrot beak. Causes of clubbing can be from severe chronic cyanosis, Congenital Injuries, Heart diseases like fallot tetralogy, subacute bacterial endocarditis and etc. Lung diseases like empyema, bronchiectasis, carcinoma of bronchus and pulmonary tuberculosis and abdominal diseases like crohn’s disease, polyposis of colon, ulcerative colitis, cirrhosis of the liver and etc.

Koilonychia is when the nails become concave like a spoon. The nails become soft, thin and brittle. The normal convexity of the nail will be replaced with concavity. Koilonychia can be seen on nails of people with iron deficiency anemia.

Raynaud’s disease can cause Longitudinal ridging in nails.

Dermatomyositis can cause ragged Cuticles.

Nail fold telangiectasia is a sign of dermatomyositis , SLE, and systemic sclerosis.

4. Structure and consistency
• Fungal infection of the nail can cause discoloration, deformity, abnormal brittleness, and hypertrophy.
• Thimble pitting of the nails can be the result of acute eczema, psoriasis, and alopecia areata.
• Paronychia is the inflammation of the cuticle or nail fold.
• Onycholysis is the separation of the nail from the nail bed seen in psoriasis, infection, and after taking tetracyclines (antibiotics).
• lichen planus, epidermolysis bullosa can cause nail destruction
• Missing nail is seen in nail patella syndrome, which can be hereditary.
• Nails can become brittle in gangrene and raynaud’s disease.
• Nail falling is seen in fungal infection, psoriasis and thyroid diseases.

5. Growth

The growth of nails is affected by decrease in blood supply and severe illness. When the disease goes away the growth starts up again which results in transverse ridges known as beau’s lines, which can help you determine illness.

Top photo credit: Nails by matsuyuki

In text photo credit: Fingers by fortinbras

Consume Hair Vitamins and Minerals to get Healthy Hair

There are different hair vitamins and minerals out there that can help someone get healthy hair. Not getting enough hair vitamins can cause thinning hair or total baldness in more serious cases. The condition of a person hair can reflect the overall condition of the body. More hair vitamins may be needed if a person is ill or malnourished, the hair will show damage and may stop growing.

Some of the most important hair vitamins to obtain healthy hair are B6, biotin, folic acid, and inositol. The best way to make sure you are getting enough of these vitamins is to consume vitamin supplements. It is not just hair vitamins that are needed for healthy hair but minerals such as sulphur, silica, zinc, and magnesium is needed as well.
The most important hair vitamin is vitamin A but the best way to consume vitamin A is by including beta-carotene in your diet; because Vitamin A can be harmful if taken in large quantities but beta-carotene doesn’t have that problem and is converted into vitamin A by the body, which can be used to stimulate healthy hair. Vitamin A isn’t just a hair vitamin, it is needed for other functions including normal growth of bones, nails, skin, and the sheath surrounding nerve fibers.
Protein is another important hair vitamin because hair itself is basically protein. The amount of protein a person consumes can affect the hair directly. Consuming a lot of protein can lead to better hair growth and a fuller head of hair. Insufficient protein in the diet can lead to slow hair growth and thin hair.

Vitamins and minerals are not the only things needed when it comes to strong healthy hair. Researchers have found a connection between the condition of a person hair and their overall health. If a person is not getting enough sleep or is under a lot of stress then the hair is likely to be affected and their diet most likely will not provide enough hair vitamins to stop these effects. Vitamins and mineral supplements for the hair can help repair damaged and weak hair.

Top photo credit: Blond long-haired young lady woman girl watching the surfers at Morro Bay, CA by mikebaird

In text photo credit: hair-larious by everyplace

Veggie Bread

We have a wonderful dish for the veggie lovers and that dish is veggie bread. We don’t call this dish veggie bread for nothing. It has a combination of onion, zucchini, and parsley. This is a healthy recipe you can make for your family and is a great way you can get your kids to eat vegetables. However this dish has meat in it as well that you will enjoy.

4 slices whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon margarine
4 slices of chicken or turkey
1 small onion
1 small zucchini
1 tablespoon Self-Rising flour
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 eggs
½ cup shredded low-fat

Cut or pull the crust off the 4 slices of bread. Lightly spread margarine on each bread slice. Place the bread margarine side up in a 9 to 10 inch microwavable deep dish. Cut the chicken or turkey up into small pieces and place in a bowl. Chop the onion and zucchini into small pieces and add to bowl. Add the eggs, flour, parsley, and cheese to the bowl and mix well. Use a fork to beat the eggs in the mixture. Spoon mixture on bread and cover dish with plastic wrap. Place the dish in the microwave and microwave on medium high for 8 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Photo credit: Wirsing-Quiche mit Schinken by Katrin Gilger

Get Pampered, Attractive, and Soft Feet

Are you one of the millions of women who don’t like their feet because it’s dry and cracked?
If you tried different creams, medications or pumice stones with little or no results or don’t have enough money to visit the spa for weekly pedicures, don’t worry. You can achieve results for your feet in the comfort of your own home.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Best, a Podiatrist 25 percent of his patients complains about having corns, calluses, and dryness. Pedicures are a very popular spa treatment possibly because of unattractive feet, which adds to the billions of dollars being made in the spa industry. Pedicures are no longer just about having beautiful polished toe nails. Cracked, dry and sometimes painful feet not only hinder the foot appearance, but it can cause infections.
For a safe and healthy pedicure at home use only podiatrist approved tools. For example you can use a heel smoother that safely and quickly remove cracked, calloused, and dry skin. You can purchase a battery operated hand held heel smoother with a diamond crystal buffing tip that makes your feet soft, smooth, and attractive. A pedicure at home is simple to do. You can light candles to get in the mood. We show you how to have a home pedicure experience below.

*To soften dry and calloused feet soak them in a warm bubble bath. Afterwards dry your feet off completely with a soft towel.
*Rotate a heel smoother across the feet in circular motions to exfoliate. Don’t hold the heel smoother in the same spot for more than 2 seconds.
*Use a good quality emery board that is brand new, to buff and shape the nails.
*Protect and moisturize the skin by rubbing lotion on the feet. For seriously cracked heels or calluses, apply lotion again before bedtime. Wear socks in bed to keep feet soft and moisturized.
*Polish your toenails if you want. Let them dry and you’re done.

Top photo credit: foot bath by najjie

In text photo credit: Woman’s Feet Holding Pink Rose Fresh Pedicure by Pink Sherbet