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Usana – Usananimals – Healthy Nutrition For Growing Children

Marketed by the No.1 nutritional supplements provider, Usana Health Sciences, Usanimals are specially designed nutritional supplements for children. They consist of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients for growing children in the age group of 13 months to 12 years. During this period, children require optimal nutrition to support their development.

Most of the skills required in adulthood are learnt during the first 12 years. This includes simple activities like walking and running and complex ones like playing a sport or a musical instrument. The child also learns to speak, read, write and communicate with gestures. All this is a result of an increased coordination of brain and body.

Young children display a tremendous amount of energy. They can play and jump around through the day without any sign of tiredness. Obviously, children in this age range of 1-12 years need a lot more energy as compared to an adult of 20-25 years. Along with energy, they also need a vital supply of nutrients.

However, it is a shocking fact that nutritional needs of children across the world are not met. In underdeveloped countries, many children suffer from malnourishment. They are inflicted with physical and mental health complications caused by insufficient diet. The situation is no better in developed countries, where children are brought up on inferior diet like pizza, burgers and french fries. Experts say that it is important for growing children’s diet to include minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc along with vitamins like B6, which are easily available in fresh green vegetables and fresh fruits.

Usanimals are mineral, anti-oxidant and vitamin supplements. Growing children need a daily replenishment of Vitamin C and E and Usananimals packs a considerable amount in its formulation. They are a part of the Usana Essentials family of supplements and specifically address the needs of the ‘below 12 year olds’.

Usanimals come in the form of easy-to-eat chewable tablets with a wild berry flavor. The flavor is due to the presence of blended fruit powders of raspberry, cranberry, blackberry and wild blueberry. Children find this flavor quite tasty. They also love the funny animal shapes of the tablets. Parents prefer Usanimals because they do not contain sugar but only a natural sweetener.

Usanimals is the only product that offers a wide array of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, tuned to the needs of active, growing kids. Based on advanced research in nutrition and prepared with the highest pharmaceutical quality, they have proven to be a safe and effective nutrition support system for young children.

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Process of Food Digestion – An Interesting Story

How food gets converted into nutrients

When food is solid we chew it. We swallow it if it is liquid. Then it goes down our throats. It is interesting to learn what happens to food in entire digestive track and how our food habits influence our health, fitness and wellness.

Mouth process:

When we chew our food in mouth it gets broken into small pieces and gets mixed with saliva. Saliva is a colorless watery liquid which is always present in our mouth. It contains enzymes which digest food. These enzymes in saliva convert insoluble starches into water-soluble substances.

Actually this is the process of digestion. Enzymes convert many complex food substances into simpler substances which then can be absorbed by the body and used for its needs. These enzymes are made by different organs / glands. What finally remains after processing of the food in the digestive track is not useful for the body & is thrown out as stools or faeces.

When we smell food, our mouth waters. Saliva starts flowing down from the three pairs of salivary glands — one pair below & in front of each ear, another pair at the back of the lower jaw & the third pair underneath the tongue.

We normally produce about 8 to 10 cups of saliva in a day, in our mouth.

The enzyme in this saliva breaks down carbohydrate into simpler soluble forms of sugar.

The more we break our food by munching, the better. Saliva can then act faster on the food. Thorough chewing helps digestion process. (It is said, every mouthful of food should be chewed 32 times, once for each tooth).

Food then passes down our throat through food pipe. The small flexible lid in our food pipe, called epiglottis, closes automatically when we gulp down our food. It prevents food from going down the wrong passage which is wind pipe, lying alongside.

Stomach Process:

Stomach is an important bag shaped organ. It constantly contracts and relaxes and churns the food inside. Inside lining of stomach secretes many enzymes.

These enzymes help to breakdown proteins in order to allow body to absorb nutrients. These nutrients are then used up by body for body repair or body growth or as a fuel (energy).

Large number of glands is present inside lining of the stomach. One of the enzymes, called Renin, converts protein from milk, into soft curd. Another enzyme, called Pepsin, breaks down the long protein chains into smaller units called Peptones which are soluble in water.

Stomach also makes a large amount of hydrochloric acid. This is the same acid which we see in the chemical laboratory. This acid does many jobs as follows:

1) It weakens the proteins by loosening some of their links.

2) It dissolves minerals from various foods we eat

3) It kills bacteria which enter our stomach with the food we eat.

Food stays in the mouth for a few minutes but stays in the stomach for hours. maximum secretion of Renin, Pepsin & hydrochloric acid takes place about two hours after eating a meal. Food digestion at this time goes on very actively.

Digestion in the stomach is basically breaking down of proteins into simpler peptone unitswith the help of two enzymes and hydrochloric acid.

Outflow valve of stomach which remains closed most of the time during the day, opens up occasionally & allows very small amount of semi-digested / digested food to proceed further into small intestine. This valve opens and closes automatically. It allows partly digested semi-fluid, pasty food to pass through to small intestine.

Small intestine process:

Small intestine is a long tube which further processes the semi-digested food which comes from stomach.

Top part of small intestine is called duodenum and is about 25 cms long. There are main three juices which digest food in the small intestines. Bile juice, a bitter substance comes from liver.

Second one comes from pancreas and third one from small intestines. Juice from small intestine trickles from many places along the way. Small intestine is quite long about 5 to 6 times longer than your own height. It is properly folded in the abdomen. Most of the digestion takes place in this small intestine.

The digestion process is somewhat complicated. Pancreatic juices contain many enzymes and hormones. These help breaking down of peptones (derived from proteins) into individual amino acids.

Pancreatic juice also digests both fats and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates get converted into soluble glucose by pancreatic juice. Similarly, Lactose (present in milk) is also converted into soluble glucose.

Fats are digested to give simpler substances with the help of another kind of secretion of liver.

The liver is the chemistry laboratory of the human body.

Blood flows from heart to liver. The liver controls the level of sugar in the blood & storage of such sugars in the muscles. It takes amino acids from the blood and makes them into proteins and stores it.

It releases these proteins when required by the body. It also destroys poisonous substances and stores vitamins and minerals.

All the food which is by now broken down into simple, mostly water soluble substances is absorbed in the body through small intestine.

The inner lining of the small intestine has a number of tiny, finger like projections called villi. These are sucking organs which seize the digested materials and transfer them to the blood.Blood carries these nutrients through circulatory process to various organs of the body.

Some part of digested fats also gets carried away through another network called lymphatic system. This system also empties its contents in blood, somewhere near the neck.

Vitamins and minerals are often water soluble and are not broken down further & absorbed in the blood after being detached from the food when other nutrients get digested. Vitamin A which is fat-soluble, gets absorbed in the small intestine somewhat like fat itself.

Food which we eat finally reaches blood. It is then carried to all parts of the body, to supply their needs of energy and the body building and regulation of body functions.

Large intestine process:

The large intestine is situated next to small intestine and is tubular in shape. Its inside is smooth without any projections. It is placed in abdomen in the shape of English letter U upside down.

As the digested food passes along the intestine, water is absorbed from through the walls and into the blood. The food becomes less liquid and becomes hard. Breaking down of the digested food gives rise to some substances which carry bad smell. The undigested food is then thrown out of the body in the form of stools through the opening called Anus.

How the digested food is made useful?

Carbohydrates (starches & sugars) are broken down first in mouth and then in the small intestine into simple sugars chiefly glucose.

Glucose is absorbed by the villi of the small intestine directly into the blood stream. It travels all over your body and is used by muscles as a source of energy for their working.

A small part of glucose is converted into glycogen which is the form in which glucose is stored both in muscles (about two thirds) and in the liver (about one third).

Some glucose is always circulating in the blood and the level is steady. When the sugar level goes up it is a sign of a fault — such as the disease diabetes.

Fats are broken by way of intermediate simpler forms eventually into glycerol & fatty acids. Part of these fatty acids directly go into the blood and then to the liver as does glycerol. These fatty acids are either used for energy or sent via blood to other parts of body. They then may be used for energy or built back into fats, which are dispatched through the blood for storage as fatty tissues.

Any excess food which we eat above our requirements is converted into and stored away mostly in the form of fat. When we get insufficient food (e.g. during fasting) fat deposits are first used up.

Proteins reach blood stream as amino acids which are their building blocks. At various places in the body, these amino acids are picked up by the body organs and built into variety of compounds.

Tissue proteins, enzymes, hormones and so many other chemical compounds are protein in nature. Liver itself makes and stores body proteins.

Vitamins and minerals are also stored in the liver. Whenever body needs them, these are released to the body parts and organs.

Conclusion

There are thousands of interconnected processes going on in our body, all the time. Food is digested and then absorbed in the small intestine. All the absorbed vital nutrients are then circulated via blood to different body parts / organs. And the process goes on.

What Has Changed in Health & Fitness Over the Last 30 Years?

There have been many changes in fitness over the past 30 years. It’s human nature to reminisce about times past. That’s great but lets not forget that things change as well. This is certainly true in the area of health and fitness. “If you do what you have always done, you will get the results you have always gotten” is true, but what if the situation changes? Then what used to work is no longer a viable and effect way to get the results that we want. In this article I will outline seven items that have changed over the past 30 or so years that affect the way we view health, fitness, exercise and what is considered “best”. Let’s look at some of these changes in Fitness.

1. Activity level

This change in fitness is pretty obvious. We just don’t move around as much as we used to 30 years ago.

Currently, the average sedentary person living in an urban setting takes 900-3000 steps a day. Uh… that’s a puny number! In the journal of sports medicine existing literature was pulled together to set a general guideline of what a good number of steps per day would be

The author Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke translated different physical activity into steps-per-day equivalents. A rate of fewer than 5,000 is classified as sedentary, 5,000 to 7,499 is low active, 7,500 to 9,999 is somewhat active 10,000 or more is active and 12,500 or more is very active. So what does 900 make us? Close to dead! But its not hard to imagine. Get up from, take elevator to car park, drive car, take elevator to office, sit down, order fast food, reverse the process to go home and go back to bed. Just to note, 1km is about 1300 steps.

Its gotten to the point where we have to purposely inconvenience ourselves to get our activity level up. Here are some suggestions (that actually show us how pathetic our average activity levels have become).

Park at the far end of the car park and walk to your building Instead of dropping the kids off in front of the school, park a couple of streets before it and walk them the rest of the way… 10,000 is actually considered a LOW estimate for children.

Go round the shopping centre or supermarket in a random. With today’s super malls, this is a big thing!

Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator (well if you work on the 50th floor, maybe climb halfway to start)

Give the dog an extra 5 minutes on his walk (we need it even more than him)

Stop emailing colleagues in the same office, instead go over and talk to them (shockingly effective considering how much email we send each day!… great for team building as well)

Go for a walk during your lunch break, walk to get your lunch or to find somewhere to eat your lunch

Get up and do something, run up and down the stairs for example during TV ads (no excuses here!)

Walk to the corner shop instead of driving or popping in on your way home

Walk to friends houses instead of driving

Take public transport and walk from the train station

Dr. David Bassett studied an Amish community to see what things were like in the past. These guys have no cars, no electricity and do hard manual labor to put food on the table. Its like time travel to the past. They eat 3 large meals a day with lots of meat, vegetables and natural starches like potatoes.

The 98 Amish adults Bassett surveyed wore pedometers for a week. The men averaged 18,000 steps a day. The women took an average of 14,000 steps.

The men spent about 10 hours a week doing heavy work like plowing, shoeing horses, tossing hay bales, and digging. The women spent about 3.5 hours a week at heavy chores. Men spent 55 hours a week in moderate activity; women reported 45 hours a week of moderate chores like gardening and doing laundry. Wow that’s a lot of manual labor. Get a pedometer (its only like 20 bucks) and see how you fare.

2. Fat Percentages and Obesity

Activity level leads us right on to this point about obesity. The scary obesity rate is one of the most obvious changes in fitness.

The obesity rate among the participants in the study of the Amish population was 4 percent, as determined by body mass index, or BMI. The current obesity rate among the urban populations is 30% or more. OK the obesity percentages are a scary thing because obesity is already in the “VERY high risk of a lot of bad ways to die” category. There is still the overweight category (obviously fat but not hitting the medically obese range) to consider. These people are at a high risk already!

The total percentages of overweight + obese are really wild… hitting close to 70% in some cities. Compare this to the average in the 1980s. 10-15% obesity in most cities. It rose to the mid 20% in 1995 and its now at an all time high.

3. Diet

OK linked to point no.2 is of course diet. This is another obvious change in fitness. Its very simple actually. We now eat more refined foods (white bread, sugar, rice, flour, noodles). In the body these give pretty much the same response – FAT storage. The only time we should eat these items is immediately after hard training. As we can tell from point no.1, not much of any training is going on. But lots of eating is!

We also eat less fresh fruits, vegetables and meats. We eat more snacks like chips and cookies (which are also refined despite what advertisers claim).

These changes in fitness are made more troubling because even natural foods today are not as good for us as they used to be. Current farming methods make vitamin and mineral content in fruits and vegetables drop about 10-40% depending on the mineral. Corn fed meats don’t give us as good an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio as we used to get from grass fed and free range animals. (that means not so many healthy fatty acids for us)

And of course, we are also simply consuming more calories. The Amish people in the study in point no.1 ate about 3600 calories/day for men and 2100 calories/day for women. Many sedentary people consume this much and more! How? Well a fully “featured” gourmet coffee from coffee bean or Starbucks can add up to 500 calories in an instant of caffeine folly.

That’s 2 hours of walking for an average sized lady.

Just remember, calorie quality counts as well. 2000 calories of vegetables, meat and healthy fats is infinitely better than 2000 calories from french fries. Its close to impossible to get fat on the first, and nearly impossible not to get fat with the second.

I like this car analogy. If you had a 2million dollar dream car, would you put low grade or high grade petrol into it? High grade of course! Then why do some people put low grade filth into their bodies which are so much more important than the car we drive?

4. Games children play

The average child who grows up in an urban environment is a motor-skill weakling. As a hobby, I coach youth basketball. In our talent scouting, I have kids do a very simple drill of dribbling in and out and around cones. There are so many kids who can’t do it and some who I think might fall down if asked to RUN around the cones without the ball! This is in contrast to the past where kids ran around, chased each other, played physical games and sports of all kinds, where the playground was the center of fun for young kids. This lack of activity not only causes a change in fitness for the child in his/her youth, but has a profound long term effect as well.

Of course this change in fitness is a result of a combination of possible factors.

Parents who only consider academic success to be worth striving for, who only give a child recognition and praise when they do well in academic subjects.

An education system who also values book knowledge above other things and takes away physical education classes to put more academic lessons in.

Poorly taught PE lessons that don’t help a child develop motor skills in the key early years Busy double-income families where fathers are not free to play with their children (or don’t care enough to… money isn’t everything dads)

The maddening computer game addiction situation where virtual life is more important than real life. I believe this is the reason for all the empty basketball courts in my neighbourhood. It used to be that teams lined up to play there. Now only people my age (late 20s to 30s) play. No young kids are there any more.

But actually, so what? The issue is that if kids stink at sport and physical activity, the well known psychological factor of “competence” comes is. Simply put, in general, we do what we are good at. If our next generation is poor at sport and physical activity, they are even less likely to do any of it! Which combined with items 1 to 3, make for a deadly health crisis for many countries. Obesity costs the UK 7.4 billion in national health care per year! If we don’t help our kids, that’s only going to grow to be a bigger and bigger burden for everybody.

5. Social Support

This is a more subtle change in fitness. People are communal animals. We stick with things because there is a supportive community behind us. Even drug and alcoholism rehab centers recognise this. We all need social support. But social links are getting weaker. And no, Friendster and MySpace links don’t make up for it.

In a more connected but less close world (I know so many people who are only comfortable behind a computer screen and not in front of a real person) there is less social support than in the past (extended families, communal living, strong friendships within a neighbourhood etc) and its hard to stick with something which requires dedication and sacrifice like an exercise program. I’m not a sociologist but I do believe there is a reason that exercise classes do better in terms of membership than individualized training. Most of them certainly are not as effective as great individual coaching. But the social factor does come in when sustaining a lifestyle change is involved.

6. Free Time

This subtle change in fitness is pretty clear. We just have less time that we “own”. Bosses, social, family and other commitments make free time a very precious commodity and it adds difficulty to the fact that time is our only non renewable resource. When we choose to exercise or spend time cooking to keep a healthy lifestyle, we are competing with movies, games, TV and other things for free time. We know that exercise is good for us, but it not only has to be good for us, it has to be BETTER in our minds than the latest episode of desperate housewives, or the latest computer game. That’s the issue. We need to prioritize long term health over temporary fun.

7. Training methods

OK here is where we are doing well. 30 years ago the aerobics craze took the western world by storm. Its not a very good training method both in terms of results, and in terms of results per unit of time. Add that to the fact that we have such minimal time to train, we can’t afford to train in a sub-optimal way. We know a lot more now. Fortunately for us, there are good methods that smart coaches use to improve training efficiency and get RESULTS even with less training time. Some of these include smartly designed resistance training programs, interval training and good assessment techniques to determine individual needs. If you have a coach like that in your corner, you can turn back the clock and avoid becoming one of the ever growing statistic of people who’s health is headed in the wrong direction. Stay fit and strong and good luck!

EVOX Therapy Helps Reduce Stress, Improve Relationships and Overcome Obstacles

Long term stress can lead to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and numerous chronic health problems that can leave people feeling ‘stuck’, immobilized, or unable to overcome unhealthy situations. This pattern of being ‘stuck’ often keeps people from becoming their best self or working through challenges to achieve their goals and dreams. And in times of challenge and uncertainty, it’s important to put forth your best efforts to be able to overcome obstacles and create new pathways to success and a better and more peaceful way of living life. The newest scientific brain research reveals the power that the subconscious mind has on most of what we do, and how we behave and react to various people and situations. Our minds have been ‘trained’ to react to certain stressors based on past experiences, both positive and negative, as well as on the relationship dynamics with our primary caregivers during our childhood.

By unlocking the subconscious mind and healing old thought patterns and perceptions, we can be empowered to make better decisions in the future. We can overcome self-sabotaging behavior, become more confident, more motivated to make positive changes in our lives, and better at effectively handling stressful situations and challenging relationships with family, friends, co-workers and colleagues alike.

EVOX Perception Reframing Therapy uses voice mapping technology along with scientifically researched galvanic skin response (GSR) to detect areas of emotional congestion stored at the subconscious level. The voice is analyzed and the appropriate frequency signatures are then fed back to the body during the therapy session. Memories of past situations are often released from the subconscious so they can be recognized and healed at the deepest level. This process provides a person the freedom to move forward with a new healthy perception and better responses to the people and situations surrounding them. The results often feel subtle, but provide profound and powerful vehicles for lasting change.

The subconscious mind is like a powerful operating system that is constantly running in the background of our daily life, and greatly influences our reactions to both people and situations. Healing the emotionally congested areas in the subconscious mind frees a person to choose rather than just react. Recognizing that you always have a choice is powerful, and leads you to make empowered and healthy decisions in the future. Making more healthy decisions usually leads to less drama or chaos in our lives.

In as little as 6 weeks, TransGenerational Reframing sessions can be completed. These are important sessions that can help reframe old perceptions acquired in our childhood from interaction with our primary care-givers and other formative relationships. Reframing perceptions from childhood can prove to be immensely healing on many levels. Results have shown to have positive and life changing effects for many people. After the TransGenerational Reframing sessions are completed, a person is free to use individual EVOX sessions to reframe the perception of any event, goal, or other areas in their lives in which they would like to see improvement.

Examples of how EVOX Therapy can be beneficial:

– Victims of violence, trauma, or abuse can experience significantly reduced levels of anxiety or depression that surround the memory of the event. Trauma in childhood often leads to depression or anxiety later in life. EVOX Therapy can be very helpful for those suffering from PTSD.

– A person who repeatedly chooses unhealthy relationships can learn to quickly recognize the negative pattern and make better choices in the future. Eliminating toxic relationships will provide more space in your life for more genuinely loving, healthy, and authentic relationships.

– Performance in athletics, work, or school can be improved by clearing sabotaging or negative beliefs held at the subconscious level. Overcome challenges, meet goals, and improve performance.

– Fears and phobias can be quickly overcome, leading to more peace and freedom.

– Is helpful in overcoming addictions, compulsive and other destructive behaviors.

– Behavioral issues such as anger or rage can be overcome by healing the emotional trauma(s) that perpetuate inappropriate or unhealthy reactions.

– Improve interpersonal relationships with your spouse, children, and friends.

– Chronic illness almost always has an emotional component that is overlooked by the medical community. Reframing perceptions can have a huge impact on recovering from autoimmune illnesses, chronic pain, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and many others.

– Is complementary to traditional ‘talk-therapy’. We can’t talk about that which we are unaware. The subconscious keeps us ‘safe’ from trauma by hiding it from our conscious awareness. However, we can’t heal what we can’t feel. The reality is that the trauma or negative perception is still affecting our behavior; we are now just unaware of where it’s coming from. EVOX Therapy can greatly assist the effectiveness of talk therapy sessions by opening awareness to issues that need to be courageously faced with complete honesty.

EVOX Therapy can be used in an endless number of situations to reframe the unhealthy perceptions that inhibit healing and growth. Growth is not stagnant, but instead is about healing the past and moving forward, freeing you from negative repetitive thoughts and behavior. Freedom from the past can move you closer to a healthier future. Always choose to be the best ‘you’ possible!

Factors to Consider When Buying Catering Equipment

For those in catering trade, it is important to have stylish and quality equipment. Food served in designer, light weight crockery or a cocktail in an innovative glass looks far more tempting. Here are a few tips that will help you in searching for the right catering equipment supplier and stocking your restaurant with highest quality products.

For catering trade, whether it is a food truck, restaurant, or an occasion catering, the value or quality of the equipment used guarantee the quality of the food produced. Therefore kitchen catering equipment is the most vital investment you should make in your home or business.

Finding a reputable supplier can make a difference in how efficiently your kitchen runs. Carry out some research in advance and look at all your options. There is a common believe that cheaper things are of low quality and expensive things are worth. This is not true; you can find a supplier who supplies quality goods at low price and one supplying poor products at a higher price. Before making a decision on what to buy consider the following factors.

1. Look for reputable suppliers:

You should be careful when looking for suppliers. It is important to check the quality of the products offered. Nowadays the brand or company name is not very important. When looking for suppliers you need to consider some background check about product reviews, company achievement and market feedback so as to assess well the quality of the goods and services offered.

2. Cost of the equipment you are buying:

You should be practical on cost of the equipment. Purchasing catering product right away is not very necessary when you have many business matters to settle. Instead of purchasing, you can consider rental options so as to save money and verify the quality of the item at the same time. Also make sure to compare current market prices among different suppliers effectively. Take your time to look for the best deals that meet your budget. It is advisable to ask for product catalogue from suppliers to make comparison easier.

3. Buy energy efficient equipment:

Saving money on your catering items will not help if you are likely to spend more money on usage and maintenance of the equipment in the end. Ensure you get supplies that have high energy saving ratings so as to use the equipment continuously without incurring high expense on electricity. Compare energy ratings so as to have an idea about products that are energy efficient. You can ask your relatives or friends for more advice concerning to energy efficient products.

4. Assess product warranties and contract terms:

Whether you are renting or purchasing catering equipment, ensure that you check contract terms and product warranties and other conditions carefully. Cautiously check the vital contract clause on product polices, as well as maintenance and repair services. Reputable companies that provide rental options often offer customers with maintenance and onsite inspection free of charge on the product they are leasing. The exchange policy is also very important: the rented equipment can undergo wear and tear or damage during the transportation process. In such circumstance, exchange policy should be clear.

There are several things to consider when buying or renting catering equipment. Make sure that you make the right decision by choosing a reputable supplier, selecting energy efficient equipment, settling on proper terms and conditions and purchasing a cost effective item so as to get the best deal for your money.

What To Look For In A Food Catering Service

Every event in the corporate world entails specific yet comprehensive details. Whether it’s a simple breakfast meeting, monthly executive lunch or an annual conference, the preparation should at least be weeks prior to the scheduled event date. You want to be able to provide delicious, filling fare that will not only keep everyone satisfied and energised for the event’s activities, but also get them talking about the high quality standards that your brand upholds for small and large events alike.

As such, your goal for your next event should be to pick catering services in your area with a solid reputation for delivering only the best quality food – and that means they whip up tasty, nourishing meals using the freshest ingredients. And simplicity must be their prevalent philosophy for preparing wholesome food that everyone will be sure to love.

Meals at the office or corporate events do not have to be heavy, strictly sit-down affairs. Think foods that can be held in one hand or eaten in a simple carton with chopsticks or a fork: sandwiches, wraps, salads, and sweet or savoury breads. How about a bowl of hearty, comforting porridge, or mixed fruits with cream, or muesli?

You’ll be amazed at how the most distinguished caterers around can create wonderful offerings made with fresh, wholesome ingredients (lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, light dressings and sauces, and a wide range of herbs and spices) that are quick and easy to eat, not to mention absolutely enjoyable.

Freshly roasted coffee is a definite favourite at these corporate gatherings and events, so that’s sure to be a specialty of the best names in catering. Most huge events, however, bring people with varying tastes together, so other equally refreshing beverages must be served – and like the food, they should be nutritious as well as flavourful. So a caterer that also offers freshly squeezed juices, coconut water, organic sodas and pure mineral waters is a keeper.

Aside from serving great food, good caterers extend their standard of excellence to the type of packaging they use. Pick a caterer that ranks sustainability high on its list of priorities. Biodegradable cartons, compostable tubs, and reusable paper handle bags are not only good for the environment, but they’re highly attractive, too.

Lastly, you’ll want to hire a caterer with proven experience and expertise in setting up the spread at your office or event venue. They must have all the equipment and provisions necessary to ensure that the food is kept wonderfully presented and fresh so everyone will be able to eat and drink comfortably. And they should also be thorough and efficient when packing up after the event is done.

With the right caterer, everyone at your workplace will have a taste of delightfully wholesome meals and an extraordinary event experience.

5 Healthy Tips for Bronchial Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

With the holiday season fast approaching and with added travel and holiday stress, a change in sleeping behavior may affect your asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Here are some helpful tips this holiday season that may help prevent exacerbation of asthma or COPD. The common symptoms of bronchial asthma are nighttime cough, wheezing and shortness of breath. The common exacerbation cause of bronchial asthma is respiratory tract infection, postnasal drip, gastroesophagel reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn.

1. Sleep adequately. You will want to sleep a little longer and go to bed earlier by the start of the holiday season if you feel there will be sleep deprivation on the weekend if you are planning to stay up late. Maybe, if this is the case, you will want to start going to bed a half an hour to an hour earlier from now on so that it helps the immunity and prevents infection.

2. Avoid junk food. Needless to say, it is very tempting but it may be a good idea to replace junk food snacks with good and healthy foods, thereby preventing bronchospasm, mucus formation, and nighttime symptoms of bronchial asthma. Cookies, pasties, etc., have refined sugar, which cause mucus formation and bronchospasm. Making sure a high-fiber diet is continued during the holiday season so there are normal bowel movements every day in the morning helps to prevent bronchospasm. If one is not getting a high-fiber diet regularly, he/she may help with starting one. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps. Apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, carrots, cabbage, and spinach to name a few, are good sources of healthy fiber. Understanding the basics of the diet and what needs to be avoided on a regular basis may help prevent exacerbation of asthma. Avoid dairy products such as cold food, ice cream (produces bronchospasm and mucus), bananas (increases sputum production and chest congestion), cold water or ice water or ice drinks also increase bronchospasm and replace them with room temperature water or drinks. Just like cold weather makes asthma worse, so do cold liquids and drinks which create winter inside the body. It slows stomach digestion, producing bronchospasm. We have seen in our practice that stopping this has decreased the need of a rescue inhaler by more than 50% in about 6 weeks in many asthma patients and in many after only a few months. It may help if one is looking for ideas that help to decrease the need for rescue inhaler use.

3. Compliance with the treatment of bronchial asthma. Continue the regular inhalers, nebulizers and other medication as prescribed by your health care professional. Understand the correct technique of the inhaler or nebulizer. Get familiar with the medication and its normal dose, the maximum dose that is allowed and its common side effects. If you feel that you are getting any of the side effects, let your doctor know about it. Make sure you rinse your mouth after the use of the inhaler or nebulizer to prevent oral thrush. Use the peak flow meter to check the asthma symptoms and keep a log of it. If one is a smoker than smoking cessation is the key to improve health, otherwise bronchial asthma or COPD will not get better and with time it will get worse. Inhalers or medication will not work with ongoing smoking. A person can end up with respiratory failure and be on a ventilator with ongoing smoking if asthma or COPD exacerbation cannot be controlled with nebulizers, steroids and antibiotics. Smoking cessation is key.

4. Exercise. Regular exercise helps to prevent the bronchospasm and chest congestion. In patients with exercise-induced bronchospasm, they may need to take the inhaler prior to work out. This is equally true for the patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as bronchial asthma patients.

5. Yoga and Pranayama. Pranayama are the breathing exercises of yoga. One may learn Pranayama and many other exercises of yoga to reduce stress from a local yoga instructor, which may help prevent bronchospasm, chest congestion, and nighttime wheezing. Yoga exercise is very different from a regular work out or aerobic exercise. After yoga, one may feel more relaxed and calm. Both exercises have their own merits and limitations and based on one’s personality one may favor one over the other. The goal is to do one or both than none at all.

In our practice, we have patients with severe persistent bronchial asthma symptoms on round-the-clock inhalers and nebulizers with multiple modalities of treatment and exercise. Yoga has shown such improvement in some patients that they do not need a need of inhalers or nebulizers. The point here is to say that yoga exercise and/or other regular or aerobic exercises do help if one does them regularly and helps the asthma symptoms as well as overall health when done regularly along with medical treatment.

Healthy Ways and Some Unhealthy Ways to Cook Salmon

The health benefits of fish are well documented, as evidence by the American Heart Association recommendation of eating at least two servings of fish per week for a more healthy heart. Salmon has received accolades as one of the premier varieties of fish to eat for health reasons. It is at the top of the list of foods that burn fat.

Salmon has the added advantage of tasting very good and being easy to prepare. Because of its high demand farm-raised salmon does have some health risks that the industry has not been keen on addressing. Because practically all of the fresh salmon we consume is farm-raised, if we are going to reap the benefits of this delicious fish knowing the most healthy ways to prepare it are important.

The majority of the contaminants in farm-raised salmon are located in the fat of the fish and in its skin. Therefore, as we look toward its most healthful preparation we will look for ways to cook out or eliminate these contaminated areas. Also, some ways of cooking are inherently better than others, so we will look at these factors and come up with recommended ways of preparing salmon.

With this in mind, we will stay away from pan frying or deep frying, and oily fish like salmon do not steam well. In the preparation of salmon, because it has a bolder flavor than most varieties of fish, you will be able to use bold seasonings and marinades. There are literally hundreds of salmon recipes on the internet, so I won’t get into favorite recipes, other than I happen to love dill with my salmon. But it is all personal choice.

1. Grilled. Fast and healthy, grilling works well for salmon because it is normally thick cut and is considered fatty. If you are concerned it may fall apart on the grill, cook it on a piece of foil.

2. Baking. As with grilling, the fish can be marinated prior to cooking, or sprinkle on some lemon and your favorite herbs and spices. You should avoid recipes that call for large amounts of mayonnaise, butter, oil, or cheese.

3. Poached. I’m not a big fan of poached salmon, but many people swear by this method. I think it works very well for tilapia and other light fish, but other methods of cooking better bring out the wonderful qualities of salmon.

One constant with fish is to not overcook it. Even salmon is much more delicate than meat and can easily dry out when overcooked, so grill, bake or broil over high heat for shorter periods of time. Also, overcooking will destroy a lot of its high nutritional value. The other constant is when buying fish, the fresher the better.

Granted, there is nothing quite like a wonderfully prepared piece of fresh salmon, but another safer and perhaps even more nutritious alternative is canned Alaska salmon. On the internet there are many recipes for salmon cakes, chowder, salads and many other alternatives. Just because it is canned doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious.

Healthy Eating Tips Which You Must Follow

“Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy” – this is a common saying and it is very unlikely if you have not heard it in your lifetime. Every one of us wants to stay healthy. To maintain a healthy life, we need healthy diet too. Without having a healthy diet, we may not even survive too long. But healthy eating style does not necessarily mean a boring diet. On the contrary, you can add a great variety in your healthy diet and enjoy its delicious flavor.

Practically, there is no secret about healthy eating. This should be a perfect blend of variety, balance and regulation. Additionally, you need to promote healthy lifestyle in terms of maintaining few useful strategies such as not smoking, minimum level of alcohol consumption, and stress management. In this article, we will explore few great healthy eating tips that can keep you healthy without compromising your taste-buds.

Add fish meals at least twice a week

Typically fish is a ‘must-have’ inclusion in healthy eating tips. It is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. If you take at least 2 fish meals in a week, it offers you a great health benefits such as lowering high blood pressure, cardiac problems, and lowering cholesterol level.

Omega-3 fatty acids can not be produced by our body. Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in decreasing cardiac problems, reducing high blood pressure, reducing the risk of arthritis, regulating abnormal heart rhythms, and promoting healthy brain function.

Add varied lean red meat meals several times a week

While considering healthy eating tips, a special emphasis must be given on lean red meat meals. You may have this meal several times a week. If you are a vegetarian, you must have legume or nuts daily in your diet. If you do not have it or its alternatives in your daily diet, it means you are lacking the required supply of iron and zinc. These are the essential minerals that can keep your brain healthy and active.

Add vegetables and fruits in daily diet

Vegetables and fruits are great source of dietary fiber. We need dietary fiber in our daily diet. It helps us not getting constipated. Additionally, it has other health benefits such as lowering cholesterol level, regulating glucose level and reducing the risk of cardiac problems. Remember it as an important ingredient of healthy eating tips.

Avoid eating in heavy volume

This is one of the important healthy eating tips that you probably should not avoid. Different scientific studies confirm that if you take your food in frequent segments rather than having it in bulk at a given time, it promotes healthy metabolism. That means, if you supply low amount of foods in different periods of time in a day, you actually help you metabolic system to function more efficiently. Hence, it lowers the risk of accumulated fat in the body and allows you to stay fat-free and healthy.

Drink plenty amount of water

‘Water is life’ and possibly there is no one on the face of earth who can deny the fact. Every one knows the health benefits of water. This is an essential part of healthy eating tips.

Almost 2/3rds part of our body is made up of water. Our blood contains 83% water, our muscles contain 75% water, our brain consists of 74% water and bone contains 22% water. Literally, the benefits we receive from drinking water are countless. Water is essential to absorb vitamins and nutrients in the blood stream. It also promotes the detoxification process by carrying out the bodily wastages from the body. Apart from that, it helps keep skin glowing and healthy. You should drink 5-6 liters of water daily to keep your system clean and healthy.

Exercise, Exercise and More Exercise

Although not directly belongs to the area of healthy eating tips, but if you wish to maintain a life in a healthy fashion, doing regular exercise has no other alternatives. You need to follow a daily schedule for exercise along with healthy diets to keep yourself fit and steady.

How L-Glutamine Increases Memory And Cognitive Functions!

If you are one of the many individuals that suffer from brain fogginess, fatigue and even lethargy, you can find the relief you need because L-Glutamine improves memory and cognitive functions. This amino acid is very prevalent in some parts of the brain, the spinal cord, and even organs of digestion and detoxification. These processes all work synergistically with each other to produce optimal health conditions that leave you feeling great at all times. If you have ever struggled to remember certain events, information, or critical details, you need to modify the way your brain comprehends information, which can be effectively accomplished when you use L-Glutamine to enhance memory function. This powerful antioxidant does it all, and revitalizes your cells so you benefit from enhanced energy levels for your health and anti-aging needs.

How the medicinal use of L-Glutamine improves your memory

Now you can experience all the thrills of being able to remember again when you utilize this natural alternative health supplement for total body strength and endurance. This active amino acid works through protein synthesis and chemical conversions in different parts of the body which stimulate healthy reactions to occur. Empowering your mind from the cellular level up, L-Glutamine improves memory and removes accumulations of ammonia and nitrogen in the blood which ultimately affects the functioning of your brain. Ammonia is present when this ingredient is converted into glutamic acid which requires certain amounts of ammonia. When you normalize these levels, the brain fogginess disappears as your cells receive proper amounts of oxygen and nutrients for healthy functioning.

Health advantages of using L-Glutamine to enhance memory function

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There have been numerous clinical tests performed on the efficacy of this organic ingredient. It is the most abundant amino acid of the body providing rich nutritional value as well as abilities to heal cellular injury. This key component triggers the growth of cells through modified metabolic activities so you can recharge your mind one step at a time. Clinical trials based on how L-Glutamine improves memory function indicate that patients experienced improved moods, emotional states, and did not suffer from inhibited cognitive functions after its consecutive use. This is a non-toxic way to reach your goals of mental health without causing harm to the rest of the body.

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Now you can behold the power of a substance that reverses the effects of aging in your mind because of how L-Glutamine improves memory function. This is by far one of the first senses of your body that decreases with age. When you combine its use with other natural vitamins, minerals, and key ingredients, your brains functions are normalized and strengthened as it binds with existing substances and tissues. Your neurotransmitters will be the first targeted cells that benefit from the medicinal use of this substance, which everyone knows is what causes depression and improved cognitive functions! Now you can feel your best and remember information for long amounts of time when you this ingredient for whole body health and anti-aging needs.