How to Tenderise Beef Naturally

This is easy. Use fresh produces like pineapple, grated green papaya or mashed kiwi fruits.

The natural fruit enzymes will help to break down the meat fibre and thus making the meat more tender.

Alternatively, you can buy tender cuts such as fillet and tenderloin. Remember to always cut against the grain.

How to Cut Onion without Crying

This is easy.

One way is to cut the onions such that the side that you are cutting faces away from you. However it doesn’t always work.

To prevent tearing, you can cut the onions in halves first and than soak them in iced water for 5 minutes. Only dice them after that.

Another method is to store them in fridge. Onions release a volatile vapour when they are cut, and that’s what caused the tears. Keeping the  onions cold retards the release of the vapourиконииконописikoniсвети георги

How to store Fresh Herbs in Refrgerator

This is easy.
Wrap fresh herbs such as coriander, parsley and spring onion in newspaper and stores them in the chiller.

They will look slightly limp when you take them out of the fridge. They will spring back to life when soak them in some iced water.

To ensure that they last longer, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes before storing in the fridge. You should trim and dry the herbs thoroughly with kitchen paper towel and place the herbs in zip lock bags or plastic containers. They should last for 3-4 days.

Art and Culture: Good Health may be found at the Museum

If you thought visiting art museums and attending cultural activities is highly boring and a sheer waste of time, then you seriously need to think again. Rather, think about the times of the earliest hunter/gatherers, the early man and what he did in his free time? Yes, maybe in his leisure time, he went to work on his logs, inventing tools or building fires or simply hunting. But have you ever wondered what really occupied his free time? The earliest artists were the hundred thousand-year-old Neanderthals, painting the walls of their deep dark caves. So, don’t we need to rethink? Are the human beings progressing as a species or simply metamorphosing into machines? Has this got to do something with the ever shortening leisure time at our hand?

In these times, for most people, caught up with their mundanely stressful lives, leisure time, do not include stuff like developing a sense of appreciation for things like fine arts. Work related problems and tensions make you mechanical enough to ignore the creative and aesthetic aspects which the humankind possesses. However, in such a rat race, it is increasingly becoming important to slow down and enjoy good and beautiful things around you.

Let’s live it: A recent research study seems to support the above mentioned statement quite well. The study points out that men and women who engaged in artistic-cultural activities on a regular basis were more likely to recognize with emotions such as happiness, contentment and healthfulness. The study also stated that a more developed taste in art is directly proportional to your personal healthy lifestyle.

Increased participation in cultural groups and social activities, can also dramatically lower your stress levels and instill you with a deep sense of well-being. A healthy sense of well being is highly necessary to function well as a normal, feeling-perceiving human. Naturally, this strongly prevailing sense of well being helps lower the levels of depression and anxiety.

Get creative: Creative tasks like joining crafts or baking/cookery classes and activity clubs like swimming, photography, music etc can give you the much needed break to introspect about various facets of life. Similarly, browsing through an art museum and gazing at numerous styles of paintings while absorbing their exquisiteness in detail can stimulate those cells in your brain which have been dulled over the time. Certainly, this helps to invigorate you internally and you begin to look at life in a positive perspective.

However, this cannot be restricted to artistic activities solely. Among women, the study reported, increased involvement in religious gatherings and events could be associated with life satisfaction. Religion apart, sports also held a positive impact on women, as most of them tended to be fitter and happier if they watched or participated in sports. Volunteering for social work and community help also can lead to believing in the goodness of yourself.

The aforementioned research study may bring out a very obvious truth about importance of leisure, but some aspects of the study partly require further analysis as the study has been done in context of people from Western nations and the same may not hold good for say people from the East or Oriental nations. So, more research is needed that will re-furnish the almost obvious truth.

Undeniable truth: The healing characteristics of involvement in both perceptive as well as participatory art and music are now being taken ahead and developed into full-fledged therapeutic science. These involve clinically approved methods aiming to heal neuro-generic as well as hypochondria-associated disorders. But these severe conditions are highly avoidable provided you learn to nurture your life with the wonderful zest for skills and talents.

Nevertheless, in order to pursue a normal and healthy lifestyle fulfilled with cherishable, pure and blissful happiness, it is important to retain the element of curiosity and adventure. After all, living life fruitfully is also an art and all you need to do is try and become a good Artist.

About the author:

Amanda Kidd is a blogger and writer. Being a health writer, she frequently writes for her health site. She herself follows a healthy lifestyle and makes people aware about healthy living with her write-up.Православни икони

Improve Your Health By Going Green

More and more people are going green to save the environment. What you may not realize, however, is that going green can also improve your own personal health. Not only that, but it can also save you a lot of money.

For example, consider how much money you spend on grocery shopping in an average month. Is it a lot? For some families, it can be hundreds of dollars. Then, consider the other problems that come with buying grocery store foods. For example:

• You waste money on gas to go shopping.
• You have to spend a lot of time shopping.
• Most foods bought in stores have been chemically treated.
• Most foods bought in stores are over-packaged and too much packaging creates more waste.

The Alternative:
You might think that you have to buy all of your food at the grocery store, but you really don’t. You do have an alternative. That is, you can buy food from local farms and vegetable stands. In fact, you could do better than that by simply growing your own home garden.

A home garden is an excellent resource, especially if you like to cook. Here are a few of the advantages to growing your own food:

• It’s Cheaper
• It’s Fresher
• It’s Readily Available
• It’s Pesticide Free (If You Grow It Organically)

Green Cooking Practices:
Once you have the food, you need to shift focus to how you are cooking it. For example, you might try using a toaster oven. You can find plenty of toaster oven reviews online and many of the top products, such as Breville toaster oven models, are designed with healthy cooking options, such as broiling and baking.

Using small appliances, such as a toaster oven, will save you a lot of time, energy and money. However, there are some things that only large appliances can do. So, if you must cook with a large oven, at least do so efficiently. Don’t preheat it unless you have to and cook several things at once to make the best use of the space and the heat in the oven.

Clean While Going Green:
Another area of your home life that you can make green is how you clean. That goes for both your body and your home. As far as your body is concerned, cut back on chemical-filled soaps, shampoos, makeups and perfumes. Instead, opt for all natural skin and hair care alternatives.

When it comes to cleaning your home, you also have natural options, such as:

• Lemon
• Vinegar
• Honey
• Soda (For Cleaning Clogged Drains)

In fact, you would be amazed at what natural products are capable of. Many can clean and disinfect your home. Some can even remove stubborn stains, which commercial cleaning products may be unable to get rid of. Plus, natural products are far cheaper and usually already on hand for other reasons.

Cut Back Your Carbon Footprint:
Finally, you need to cut back your carbon footprint. One way to do that is to get energy-efficient home appliances. Another way is to get an electric or hybrid car, which is much more eco-friendly than a standard car. Of course, it’s always better if you can get where you’re going under your own power, by either walking or riding a bicycle.

So, as you can see, going green is easy and inexpensive. Walking is great exercise, using less chemicals in the home is healthier for you and cooking in an eco-friendly way will save you money and taste a lot better. Clearly, there’s no reason not to improve your health by going green.

Author Bio:
Chris C is a huge fan of the go green movement. He is the publisher of . Both Chris and his website are devoted to helping consumers achieve healthy living through green habits and minor life changes.икони

Virtue of Slowing Down

It’s bang, slam, go, chop-chop and similar words that denote the fast-paced
frenzy of living in a high expectation society or city. City living is great
with all the virtuous conveniences it offers, so what more could one ask

Well, for me, it’s become draining. Almost as if fast-paced living has
sucked the life out of one’s soul and energy reserves. As if that were not
enough, the thought of all the pent-up frustrations we live with, with no
avenue of release, without anyone thinking you’ve just gone plain bonkers is
enough to drive one up the wall literally and figuratively.

Then comes the question of what such a stressful life does to our bodies. It
is almost as if our emotions become more fragile – we get angry more easily,
we lose our patience with the slightest things, or we plunge into depression
unconsciously, triggering more illnesses and diseases by simply the high
stress levels. I’ve been hearing of stories of cancer occurring in perfectly
healthy individuals with no history of the scary disease in their families.
Do we even realise what our fragile emotions are doing to our bodies? Do we
care enough to do something about it?

Scientific researches have been showing the connection between unhealthy
emotions such as fear and sickness. There are so many different diseases yet
science proves that more than 80% of today’s diseases are connected to
unhealthy emotions.

These emotions are called toxic emotions and create a chemical reaction
within the body that results in all types of sicknesses including multiple
sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, and
more. Emotions affect our physical health through the autonomic nervous
system, which controls everything that happens in our bodies except
voluntary movement and conscious thought. The autonomic nervous system has
two parts: the sympathetic division, which prepares us to escape from
threats (the ‘fight or flight’ response) and the para sympathetic division,
which controls things like breathing, circulation and digestion while we get
on with other things. In healthy people these two systems work in harmony.

One of the best ways I have found to help with overwhelming emotions or
nervousness running through the body is to simply slow down and take
ourselves out of the ‘rat-race’ and take our time to simply breathe deeply
(which we often forget to do when we’re all stressed up). Calm your mind and
body with relaxation methods, such as meditation or similar practices. These
are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. For example, you may do
it by exercising, stretching or breathing deeply when slowing down our
bodies and bring it into a more ‘peaceful state’. For city dwellers, the
biggest challenge is usually making the time to do this. However, I know
that it’s worth the commitment to regularly slow down every few days and
take the time out. This ensures that our emotions are not accumulating in
the toxic manner and we remain healthy in both mind and body.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself

One of the most unwelcome dwellers in any homes is Bed Bugs.

Once they settled in, you will find it tough to get rid of them. Because they multiply rapidly yet rely very little to survive. In fact, bed bugs can live without food for more than 1 year! Horrifying, isn’t it?

Bed bugs live in any part of the home – from  tiny cracks in furniture to textiles and upholstered furniture. They tend to prefer beds, comforters, mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. Generally, they are attracted by the body warm and carbon dioxide of humans when they rest in bed at night. Once the humans are sound asleep, it’s play-and-bite time for them. If you woke up with a line of red and itchy bumps on your skin, you were been attacked while asleep.

Getting rid of bed bugs is definitely NOT an easy process. You can wash your linens and all that stuff in hot water but they will return to dwell again. You can spray insecticides but once the poison is gone, the bed bugs surface to hunt yet again. It can be very tiring to eliminate them.  That’s why many people called the bug-busters. The pest-control expert may recommend certain forms of deep-cleaning such as scrubbing infested surfaces with a stiff brush to remove eggs, dismantling bed frames and furniture, filling cracks in floors, walls, and moldings, encasing mattresses within special bags, or using a powerful vacuum on cracks and crevices. You can only cross your fingers that the pest expert got rid of all of them at one go. It only needs a surviving couple to bring back an entire colony!

I know it because I’m fighting an ongoing issue for many years and that’s despite keeping the house as spic an span as I can. Don’t be deceived by those who said bed bugs only live in dirty place.

If you have similar challenge and is a hands-on  DIY person, you may want to check out this self-help book, Remove Bed Bugs Guide – Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast! before calling in the expert.КартиниИдея за подарък

What causes Dark Eye Circles?

They said you won’t get dark eye circles if you got at least 8 hours of sleep.

I did yet I still have ugly dark rings under my eyes and I’m honestly sick of people asking me “Why are you so tired?”

Fatigue isn’t the only reason for under-eye circles. What appear to be under-eye circles are sometimes just shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under your eyes that develop as a normal part of aging.

I went online to search for causes and here are some common causes listed

  • Allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
  • Lifestyle factors, such as physical or emotional stress, smoking, or chronic alcohol use can take a toll on your appearance
  • Nasal congestion (which can dilate and darken the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose)
  • Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians
  • Rubbing or scratching your eyes
  • Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
  • Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obviously
  • There’s lots of materials on how to reduce dark eye circles and I found this one to be pretty interesting. A Certified Naturopathic Doctor Charles Silverman said there two organs are responsible for 60 percent of all cases of dark circles. When you treat them and you will kiss your dark circles good bye forever using natural inexpensive home remedies. Sounds pretty logical to me. Heard that from an old  Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner too.

    I’m inclined to find the root causes and not restrict to the common home remedies that usually include these  methods: Cucumber slices or cool tea bags or pureed potato  placed over closed eyes.

    Additional Reading
    “Look 15 years Younger and Sky-Rocket Your Self-Esteem” by Charles Silverman

    Parents: Challenges You May Face When Your Child Has Eczema

    43785658_sIf your child was recently diagnosed with eczema, also commonly known as atopic dermatitis, you have a long road ahead. Although eczema is easily treated at home, there are many hard issues that you, as a parent, will face.

    Nighttime Itching

    You might assume that nighttime itching is the same as daytime itching for children with eczema, but it can be very different, especially in small children. Although they do not fully understand the complications that can arise from constant scratching, children are aware of their actions during the day. On the other hand, many small children continue to scratch in the middle of the night, without even being aware of their actions. This type of eczema is difficult to treat, as you cannot spend every night grabbing your child’s arm before they itch.

    To combat the nighttime itching that is common among children with eczema, look for doable alternatives. If dust is a trigger factor, keep your child’s room clean and dust-free. If sweat is a trigger factor, dress them in light clothes and keep their room a cool temperature. If you don’t know the cause, try to keep areas susceptible to itching, such as the arms and legs, covered.


    An eczema outbreak starts out relatively pain free. It typically begins with a simple itch that can’t stop. Soon, your child may find themselves literally digging at their skin. They mistakenly believe this will make the itch go away, but it doesn’t and it only gets worse. Severe rashes and the open wounds caused by constant scratching can lead to pain and discomfort. No parent wants to see their child in pain. That is why you must stop it at the source. Work with your child and his or her doctor to determine your child’s trigger factors. These are what cause the uncontrollable urge to itch. In the meantime, keep your child’s skin well moisturized.

    Concern from Other Parents

    Although eczema and atopic dermatitis are common among small children, you are likely to get many stares on the playground. This is most common if your child’s eczema rashes can be seen by other parents. Although you should keep your child’s open wounds covered to prevent infection, don’t just cover them to please others.

    “Is eczema contagious?” That is a common question that many parents may ask. Unfortunately, some parents don’t even ask, they may automatically assume it is. You and your child owe no one an explication, as eczema is nothing but an inflammation of the skin. However, you may want to spread the word. As heartbreaking as it is to see other parents and kids point out your child’s eczema rash, it is a normal reaction that most don’t know how to avoid.

    These are just a few of the issues you may face as the parent of a child with eczema. Since your child is young and does not fully understand their skin condition, you must work with them to seek relief.

    If your child has eczema, finding a cure is a challenging, but necessary task. Luckily, research shows that all-natural treatment systems is possible on top of steroids which can be harmful over long run.

    (Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. Go check out an all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website, which may prove to be effective on top of the treatment you have been administering to your kid)

    How To Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups?

    22780787_sEczema is a chronic skin condition, also commonly known as atopic dermatitis. Sufferers often feel the constant need to itch the skin. This itching can lead to red rashes, blister-like sores that ooze, and scaly, rough patches of skin. The phrase “eczema flare-ups,” is used to describe outbreaks or episodes where the condition gets worse.

    Those who suffer from eczema are often plagued with the skin condition for life, but there are ways to seek relief. Unfortunately, this relief can be short-term. Some individuals can go months without an eczema rash and wake up one morning to have a significant outbreak. Although there is no way to cure eczema, there are steps you can take to avoid regular flare-ups.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #1 – Find Your Trigger Factor

    The phrase “trigger factor,” is often used to describe the onset of an eczema outbreak. Something triggers the skin. It is irritated and produces a reaction. There are different causes for flare-ups and outbreaks, but medical professional have developed a list of common factors. They include dairy products, chemical irritants, allergies, the weather, and stress.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #2 – Eliminate Your Trigger Factors

    Once you believe you found the cause of your flare-ups, eliminate these as an issue. Keep a daily log to monitor what you eat, what you are doing, and what you come into contact with. Compare your outbreaks to this log to determine possible culprits. Then, work to avoid them. You should automatically notice a reduction in outbreaks.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #3 – Avoid Too Much Direct Sunlight

    While sunlight is good for the body and skin, too much of it can cause dry skin. Dry skin is another common cause of eczema educed breakouts. Don’t hide inside and avoid the sun forever, but display caution. Apply sun screen, wear covering clothes, and seek sunlight in moderation.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #4 – Keep the Skin Well Moisturized

    As previously stated, dry skin can lead to an eczema outbreak. Avoid dry skin by keeping your body hydrated and well-moisturized. After a shower or bath, immediately dab the skin slightly dry and apply moisturize. Continue applying lotions and creams throughout the day.

    These are just a few ways that you can avoid eczema flare-ups, but they are successful and easy to implement.

    Treating eczema may seem like an impossible challenge. However, research shows that all-natural treatment systems can be effective.

    (Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. You can check out all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website)

    Cure UTI naturally?

    A woman usually gets at least one UTI in her life. And even one is too many.

    Urinary tract infections are basically caused by bacteria. E.Coli is the main bacterial culprit and is responsible for UTIs in about 80% of women. It typically lives in the human colon and when it migrates and travels from the outer urinary opening through up the urethra, the tube that connects to the bladder  it can invade the bladder and cause infection.

    Women are in greater danger to get UTI because a woman’s urinary opening is close rin proximity to her rectum which houses lots of bacteria from faeces.

    UTI can cause symptoms like burning sensation or pain when peeing, a feeling of urgency or frequent need to pee or pelvic pressure. If the infection travels up from the bladder to kidney, symptoms can include fever, lower back pain, vomiting or nausea.

    What causes UTIs?

    Risk factors includes

    • Diabetes
    • Neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis.
    • More frequent sexual intercourse
    • A prolapsed bladder
    • Any abnormalities in the urinary anatomy

    What doesn’t cause UTI?

    Tight undergarments or myth that wiping front to back after using the toilet, douching and peeing pre and post sexual intercourse.

    How to treat UTI?

    If you go to see a doctor, you will be given an antibiotic to take for 3 – 7 days. If the infection has strike the kidney, you may be given a longer course. Although there is no clear evidence, consuming 150ml to 750ml cranberry juice daily possibly help to prevent  UTIs.

    For Further Information on natural cure for UTI and Bacterial Vaginosis:
    UTI-Be-Gone – 100% Natural Urinary Tract Infection Cure by Sherry Han

    Bacteria Vaginosis Relief by Kristina J. Tomlin