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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yogurt & its benefits

According to Wikipedia, Yogurt is defined as a dairy product which is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used in this process are known as 'yogurt cultures'. And, the fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which will act on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and its characteristics.

Cow's milk is the most commonly used but milk from water buffalo, goats, sheep, horses, camels and yaks has also been used in some parts of the world.

The initial step to produce yogurt, is to heat up the milk to about 80 °C (176 °F). This is to kill any undesirable bacteria and to denature the milk proteins so that they set together rather than form curds. Then, cools it to about 45 °C (112 °F). The bacteria culture is added and the temperature is maintained for 4 to 7 hours to allow fermentation.

Presently, more and more end-users are consuming yogurt for good health. It has known to be nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Definitely, much more nutrients as compared to those that are obtained from milk alone. Men and women who are lactose-intolerant can consume yogurt without ill effects because the lactose in the milk has already been converted to glucose and galactose, and partially fermented to lactic acid by the bacterial culture.

However, yogurt contains varying amounts of fat. There is non-fat (0% fat), low-fat (usually 2% fat) and plain, or whole milk yogurt (4% fat). Many believed that frequent consumption of low-fat yogurt can promote weight loss, especially due to the calcium in the yogurt.

In fact, it is rather easy and inexpensive to make yogurt at home. Start by boiling milk. Then, lower its temperature to 112°F (45°C) and then, add a spoonful of store-bought yogurt to a small amount of the milk. Stir it well, and then, add the rest of the warm milk. Keep the whole batch in a warm place for several hours so the yogurt can set. When the yogurt is ready, refrigerate immediately. According to individual's liking, you may add fresh fruit, jam, granola, honey etc.

It is recommended that women who are suffering from yeast infection (especially those with prolonged whitish vaginal discharge) should try to consume yogurt to resolve their problem. Although, it might take time to make yogurt and also quite costly for some families, the end results has always been beneficial. Because of improved lifestyle, yogurt is now been made commercially and they are readily available at all supermarkets.

As such, there is no more excuse for anyone to say that they have no time to prepare it. If you don't have the time, then just drop by any sale outlet to grab one. Good luck and stay healthy !!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Let's make a Difference in someone's life today ?

Especially dedicated to all the TEACHERS in our lives

At the above 'You Tube' Presentation, you will find a motivational and inspirational movies that you can enjoy for yourself, as well as, send it to others .... so that you can also try to make a difference in other's lives too.

The Author of this fantastic and touching presentation mentioned that ..... One of the most important ways we can make a difference is by following our dreams with the SYNERGY of MasterMinding, i.e.

When two or more people come together
in the spirit of harmony,
it's like putting LIGHTNING in a Bottle !

And when this happens, a difference can be made in the lives of so many throughout our communities and world. Amazing things happen when people come together harmoniously for an objective or goal.
To quote Walt Disney, "You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality."

Watch this presentation and share it with your friends. As long as we are able to make a single soul realizing such importance in "Making a Difference" and saving them from failure or the worst turn in life, we will surely fulfill a meaningful mission of our own too. Everyone can also 'Make that Difference' and realized the type of impact one may have on another's life, by your actions, or lack of action !!!

The full script of her write-up can be viewed herewith :

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What is meant by Mental Breakdown (Nervous Breakdown) ?

This is a type of mental-related problem which is frequently detected in our today's society, as lifestyles started to get more sophisticated, or our employers get more demanding. This sort of scenario has also started to emerge from homes, which are caused by nagging and extreme temperamental parents, lashing at their children by finding faults with every small thing they did wrong, or right. It is indeed very wrong for them to bring their frustration home from their office and the long lasting victims are their innocent children.

However, a situation of nervous breakdown usually occurs with a person who is faced with intense depression, or anxiety. When this limit is reached, there will be no turning back when the mental level of an individual just broke loose. Nowadays, this sort of incidents happened from the workplaces to the homes, or at public places.
Nonetheless, a nervous breakdown can also be defined as an acute emotional, or psychological imbalance, or a total collapse. It is not a medical illness, but rather confined to more of mental related. It generally occurs when a person is experiencing severe depression, or an intense feelings of being out of touch with reality. Often, it is the result of prolonged endurance which are not been properly addressed over a long period of times.
A person who is suffering from such a problem will carry symptoms, such as :
a) extreme tiredness, or loss of interest in meeting obligations or following instructions;
b) weakness and tensed tissues or muscles;
c) irregular heart beat with severe trembling, or shaking by himself;
d) uncontrollable crying, easily irritated and sometimes, look confused, disoriented;
e) loss of interest in everything and feelings of worthlessness.

Otherwise, there might also be a loss of self-esteem and confidence in oneself, extreme weight loss or weight gain, disrupted sleep patterns and feelings of guilt and despair.

This is a serious psychiatric condition and should not be taken lightly.

Thus, when a person is undergoing such a tremendous situation, it generally means he has already reached his 'limit' and it might appears that he is becoming crazy ! He will grasp his hair, or shiver badly while squatting with both arms holding tightly to his 02 feet. He might even go into a frenzy situation with unknown strength, or yelling and crying continuously. This is because, he is at his breaking point and is completely 'stressed out'. It is, as if he is at the 'edge of a cliff', where he could not tolerate anymore. Thus, there is always a limit to everyone and also, a limit to how much one can cope with. Anything that goes beyond, will depend on the intensity of how much a person has already tolerated since Day 1.

Many of us have seen such pitiful person in our lifetime and I believe we have witnessed all types of symptoms, ranging from individual to individual. For the superstitious community, they, sometimes, thought that the said person could have been possessed by some form of evil spirit. Although, it may appear as such, but it is hoped that they will also seek the help of a western doctor too, to find the real truth.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Why do we eat Oysters ?

It all depends on what each individual is looking for. Some said that they are good for your sexual life. However, more importantly, Oyster contains a huge amount of zinc, which is a necessary mineral to boost our immune system and also, great for testosterone production. All humans need testosterone. They said human sperm has 800 times more zinc than our blood.

It is quite difficult to source for zinc in vegetables and fruits. So far, pumpkin seeds are the only known source. But again, one has to consume so much of it, in order to meet the body's requirement. Our human bodies needs zinc. It is vital for the immune system, hormone production and the endocrine system. Should one finds that their energy levels are low, or their sex drive ... one should know what to do !!!!

Unfortunately, it is advisable to eat boiled, or grilled oysters nowadays. Unless, you knew the original source from where the oysters came from, you may eat them raw, from time to time.  In view of all the pollution in the sea because of oil spillage and other toxic contaminations, it is best to cook the oysters to eliminate those troublesome  bacteria.

Otherwise, oysters are also considered as a low-energy-density food. They have few calories and will be a big help to put you off, from your extra weight. Oysters are low in fat and high in protein. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium and vitamin E, which are playing a major role in lowering your blood pressure and reduce your risk of having stroke, or heart attack. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids can also improve blood cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation and thus, is another huge help to lower your risk of heart, or cardiovascular disease while vitamin E (a superb anti-oxidant) will protect your cell membranes from free-radical damage.

Most people ............. either love eating them, or hate them. But, for those who simply adore eating them, do take note ........ there is always a limit in eating them. Too much of something can also be bad for our health too.