Many people making the shift to a vegetarian or vegan diet may be reluctant to try meat or dairy alternatives. Others simply do not realize the variety of products available to replace meat and dairy and still enjoy favorite foods like burgers, shakes, and cheese. Meat alternatives are usually made from soy protein and other ingredients. These foods are not only of interest to vegetarians but are also of benefit to people who want to take advantage of the significant health benefits of soy. Soy protein products can be made to taste like meat. There are soy protein products that are naturally flavored to taste like beef, pork, chicken, and even fish. There are veggie burgers, hot dogs, and deli meats as well. These products vary in terms of how much they taste like the meat-based foods they are named after. Some taste remarkably like meat while others do not. In many cases, people like the new versions better, even if they do not taste like meat. There are also products, like Revival soy bars and shakes, which use a natural process to pack concentrated amounts of isoflavones (the compounds in soy that are credited with health benefits) found in into a single serving. Of course, the most popular meat alternative is tofu. Tofu, which resembles soft cheese, is made when soymilk is curdled with a coagulant. By itself, tofu is rather bland, but it has an amazing ability to soak up flavors. It is used as an ingredient in many flavorful recipes, such as scrambled tofu, tofu casserole, tofu stir-fry, and tofu taco filling. Meat alternatives are available frozen, canned, and dried. There are also fresh products, like tofu hot dogs and veggie burgers that can be cooked just like the meat-based varieties of these foods. Natural food stores and food coops have the widest selection of meat alternatives, but they are also increasingly available in mainstream grocery stores. Soy can also be made into "dairy alternatives" , such as soymilk, soy cheese, and soy-based puddings and frozen desserts. There are also soy products made to resemble butter, cream cheese, and yogurt. Soy products are an excellent source of protein, iron, and B vitamins. Some soy products are fortified with other nutrients as well. You may want to get more soy in your diet because of its nutritional benefits whether you are a vegetarian or not. There are many other soy products in addition to the wide variety of meat and dairy alternatives made from soy. These include soy oil, soy protein concentrate, textured soy protein, soy sauce, soy flour, and many other products that are used as cooking ingredients. You can also snack on soy nuts or crackers and soy butter. The possibilities are endless.There are hundreds of delicious recipes, like the taco recipe below, that use tofu or soy as the main ingredient. Many other soy and vegetarian recipes can be found in the e-book Vegetarian Cooking, available at www.d-vegetarian.com. Easy Tacos1 (12-14 oz.) bag frozen or refrigerated precooked soy crumbles* 1 (1.25 oz.) envelope taco seasoning mix 3/4 cup water flour tortillas or taco shells Cook the soy crumbles until brown, then drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water and mix well. Continue heating until thoroughly hot. Serve cup filling in each tortilla or taco shell. Yields 12 servingsPer cup serving: 46 calories, 6.5 g protein (4 g soy protein), 6 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat (0 g sat fat), 290 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 1.5 g dietary fiber*Morningstar Ground Meatless, Green Giant Harvest Burgers for Recipes and Lightlife Gimme Lean are a few of the soy crumble choices. Jen Scott is author of the successful new site www.d-vegetarian.com, dedicated to educating people about the benefits of having a more vegetarian like lifestyle.
Warts are generally small, rough, cauliflower-like growths, typically on hands and feet. Warts are common, and are caused by a viral infection, specifically by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Some scientists believe they are also caused by stress. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur. A few Papilloma viruses are known to cause cancer. Certain types of warts such as genital warts, can be contagious. How to Remove WartsThere are also several over-the-counter options. The most common ones involve salicylic acid. These products are readily available at most drugstores and supermarkets. There are typically two types of products: adhesive pads treated with salicylic acid, or a bottle of concentrated salicylic acid.Removing warts with this method requires a strict regimen of cleaning the area, applying the salicylic acid, and removing the dead skin with a pumice stone or emery board. It may take up to 12 weeks to remove a stubborn wart.Another over-the-counter product that can aid in wart removal is silver nitrate in the form of a Caustic Pencil, which is also available at drug stores. This method generally takes three to six daily treatments to be effective. The instructions must be followed to minimize staining of skin and clothing.Over-the-counter cryosurgery kits are also available, however often costing 3 times as much as other over-the-counter products.Like prescription treatments, over-the-counter treatments usually require multiple applications, and are only necessary if the warts are problematic. Additionally, these treatments are capable of destroying healthy skin as well as warts, so caution must be exercised by those attempting them without medical supervision.Duct tape occlusion therapy involves placing a piece of duct tape (or medical tape) over the affected area for a week at a time. The procedure is otherwise identical to that of using salicylic acid adhesive pads. Studies revealed the duct tape method is 85% effective.Other household remedies include the application of common household things, such as banana skin, vinegar, hot water and washing liquid, or unskinned potatoes, to the affected area. Accounts vary in regards to how long they must be applied in each session and how long they take to work.Without controlled studies for most household remedies, it is difficult to know whether the warts disappear because the remedies work, or if they disappear due to the individual's own immune system response to the virus. The success of hypnosis in curing warts at least suggests that the condition may be cured by belief in a remedy, the placebo effect or other psychological means.Some household remedies are potentially dangerous. These include attempts to cut or burn away the warts. Incense is sometimes used in Asian countries to burn warts. These methods are very painful, and can lead to infection and/or permanent scarring.Disclaimer - The information presented here should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you or someone you know suffers from warts, please see professional medical advice for the latest treatment options.Permission is granted to reprint this article as long as no changes are made, and the entire resource box is included.
Copyright 2006 Dr. Eileen SilvaDo you wake up refreshed in the morning without the use of an alarm clock and feel energetic all day? If you dont, you may not be sleeping enough (adults need between 7.5-8.5 hours a night of sleep) or you may suffer from a sleep disorder that affects 60 million Americans: insomnia. If you have insomnia, you probably experience difficulty falling asleep, waking up too early, waking up during the night and having trouble going back to sleep, or un-refreshing sleep. During the day, you may have difficulty concentrating or feel sleepy, fatigued, or irritable.Obviously a significant life stress (losing a job or a loved one, divorce, or moving), illness, or environmental factors (noise, change of bed, the neighbors late night party) can throw off your normal sleep schedule, and health conditions (depression, heartburn, cancer, asthma, arthritis, etc.) can cause insomnia as well. Once these situations resolve themselves, your sleep schedule should improve. However, if these problems are not present, and you still cannot sleep, perhaps some of your daily, and nightly, routines contribute to your sleeplessness. Diet, environment, and routine are three areas that commonly affect sleeping success. Here are some healthy tips that many experts agree can improve the amount and quality of your sleep.1. Dont go to bed hungry! Have a light, early dinner or a light snack, but avoid a heavy meal before bed, as going to bed with a full stomach can disturb sleep. Warm milk, dairy products, carbohydrates, and foods high in tryptophan (an amino acid) like turkey or bananas may help you sleep. Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4-6 hours before bedtime. Spicy foods may cause heartburn, which leads to difficulty falling asleep and discomfort during the night. Try to restrict fluids close to bedtime to prevent nighttime awakenings to go to the bathroom, though some people find milk or herbal, non-caffeinated teas to be soothing and a helpful part of a bedtime routine.2. Avoid caffeine! This includes chocolate, caffeinated sodas and teas, and coffee. Caffeine delays sleep and increases the number of times you awake during the night. It generally remains in your body from 3-5 hours, but can affect you for up to 12 hours.3. Give up smoking! Nicotine is a stimulant that can cause difficulty falling asleep and waking in the morning, and even nightmares. If thats not bad enough, smokers experience withdrawal symptoms for nicotine while asleep and experience sleep disturbances.4. Forego that night cap! Alcohol may help you to get to sleep, but it will cause you to wake up throughout the night, even if you arent aware of it. Alcohol also contributes to snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Although you may consider alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, causing nighttime awakenings.5. Is your room an inviting place to sleep? Make your sleeping environment a place for healthy sleep cool, quiet, comfortable, attractive, and orderly. Use clean, comfortable, and allergen-free bedding and pillows and a quality mattress. Keep the temperature cool, but not cold, and the room dark, quiet, and well ventilated for a restful sleep environment. If light is a problem, invest in blackout curtains, eye shades, or a sleeping mask. Install dimmer switches in bedroom and bathroom, keep them low at night and high in the morning. Experiencing bright light at a regular time in the morning should help you wake up and then feel sleepy at the same time every night. If noise is a problem, invest in earplugs, a fan, or a white noise machine to cover up interruptive sounds.6. Dont balance your checkbook right before bedtime! Avoid activities that cause excitement, stress, or anxiety. Quiet bedtime routines like reading, listening to music, or taking a bath are helpful to relax and wind down before sleep. Conduct these activities in dim light to signal the brain that it is time to relax and get sleepy.7. No pushups right before bed! Although daily exercise is a desirable asset to wellness, try not to exercise during the 3 hours before bedtime to avoid stimulation that could make falling asleep more difficult. Exercise also raises your body temperature, causing it to take longer to reach the cooler temperature associated with sleep onset.8. Sex or sleep only! The bedroom is not an office! Using your bedroom only for sleep and sex strengthens the association between bed and sleep. Your body needs to know that the bed is associated with sleeping. Do not engage in activities that cause you anxiety and prevent you from sleeping. If you associate a particular activity or item with anxiety about sleeping, omit it from your bedtime routine. For example, if looking at a bedroom clock makes you anxious about how much time you have before you must get up, turn it to the wall. Avoid TV or laptop computers, and if you find reading helpful, make sure to use a very small wattage bulb to read by. Train your body to understand that this is the place and time to rest.9. Early to bed, early to rise! Limit daytime naps to 30-45 minutes. Your sleep-wake cycle is regulated by a "circadian clock" in your brain and the body's need to balance both sleep time and wake time. A regular waking time in the morning strengthens the circadian function and can help you get sleepy at night. That is also why it is important to keep a regular bedtime and wake-time, even on the weekends when there is the temptation to sleep-in. 10. Count sheep, not problems! If you have trouble lying awake worrying about things, try making a to-do list before you go to bed, and then put those problems to bed for the night. If you can't fall asleep for over 30 minutes and don't feel drowsy, get up and read or do something boring in dim light until you feel sleepy. Stressing over whether or not you are getting enough sleep will just make matters worse. Relax, and you will eventually fall asleep.11. No middle of the night TV! If, after awakening in the middle of the night, you cannot get back to sleep within 15-20 minutes, leave the bedroom and read, have a light snack, or do some quiet activity (not TV). Return to bed after 20 minutes or so. Avoid looking at the clock if you wake up as this can make you anxious. As I said, turn it to the wall!12. No weekend sleep binges! Because of the high-paced lifestyle most of us lead, you may have difficulty getting enough sleep. Ongoing lack of sleep causes sleep deprivation, which runs up a sleep debt that you must pay back or your sleepiness will continue to worsen. However, avoid trying to pay up by weekend sleep binges as this will result in the disruption of your circadian rhythm.Make quality sleep a priority! Follow these guidelines and develop your own bedroom environment and regiment for healthy, restful sleep. Happy dreams!
Approximately one-quarter of all the bones in the human body are located in the feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body. While 75 percent of the population may experience serious foot problems, it's usually not a genetic matter. Most foot problems are brought on by neglect and a lack of awareness of proper care-including ill-fitting shoes. Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet-so foot ailments can be the first sign of more serious medical problems. The best exercise for your feet? Walking. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-around well-being. A number of general foot problems can be caused by strenuous physical activity, including: • Arch strain/pain-Frequently the result of a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia away from the heel-usually the result of flat feet-can lead to pain in the heel and arch areas. Recommended treatments include shock-absorbing soles in your workout shoes and removable foot insoles. • Athlete's foot-A fungal infection that causes red, dry, flaking skin, sometimes accompanied by pain or itching. Athlete's foot is often contracted in showers, gyms, dressing rooms, swimming pool locker rooms or other warm, damp areas where fungus can thrive. Preventive measures include daily washing of the feet followed by thorough drying, and wearing dry, airy shoes and socks. Treatments include prescription medications, either topical or oral. • Toenail fungus-Known as onychomycosis, it can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools. Athletes and people who wear tight-fitting shoes or hosiery that cause trauma to the toes or keep the feet from drying out are at higher risk. It is difficult to treat, so the best course is to prevent it by wearing protective shoes or sandals in public showers or pool areas, and by not borrowing other people's shoes, socks or towels. Foot Health Is ImportantWhen it comes to painful feet, what appears to be minor may grow into a serious issue if left untreated. Seek out a podiatrist if you notice:• Blisters, calluses or thickening skin on the foot• Bumps on the toes• Peeling skin on heels, sides of feet or between the toes• Any wound or sore that resists healing• Thick, brittle, discolored or flaking toenails• Warts.Feet are susceptible to fungal infections that can result in itching and burning. Fungal infections under toenails can make walking, standing and wearing shoes miserably painful. Contact a podiatrist if you suffer from brittle nails or dry skin and want your feet to look and feel better.10 Steps To Healthy FeetTo keep your feet healthy and comfortable, follow these easy foot tips:• See your podiatrist and follow his or her directions.• Wear properly fitting shoes.• Keep feet cool and dry.• Wash and thoroughly dry feet daily, even between toes.• Avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row.• Always wear shoes in public areas, including hotel rooms and health clubs, to avoid contracting an infection.• Disinfect shoes regularly with a disinfectant spray.• Clip toenails straight across.• Use sterile pedicure instruments.• Foot pain, itching or ugly toenails should never be ignored. Your feet are feeling the impact of tremendous pressure with each step. If this is causing you discomfort, do not assume it's unimportant-visit a podiatrist.Wearing protective shoes or sandals in public areas can help prevent certain foot problems.
The musclemen use a number of dietary supplements and androgenic drugs to help their muscles and frames grow stronger. Anabolic steroids are often used as bodybuilding supplements. Musclemen use these pumpers to pump up their performance, power, and stamina that consequently help them bulking up their muscles. Musclemen buy anabolic steroids to have their anabolic and androgenic effects on their muscles. Anabolic androgenic steroids are a class of natural and synthetic steroid hormones that promote cell growth and division, resulting in growth of several types of tissues, especially muscle and bone. Anabolic androgenic steroids are referred to as AAS (anabolic/androgenic steroids). Androgenic steroids trigger up the anabolism, which is metabolic process that builds larger molecules from smaller ones. There are a number of anabolic arnolds available for bodybuilders. Some of common roids that musclemen buy include Deca Durabolin, Sustanon, Winstrol, Anadrol, Dianabol, Anavar, and Equipoise. According to a survey conducted on 200 UK gym users, there is a wide usage of drugs and steroids by musclemen and profession bodybuilders. The survey revealed that 10% of gym users use diuretics, 10% of gym users thyroxine, 14 % use insulin, 21% use clenbuterol, 22% use tamoxifen, 11% use human chorionic gonadotrophin, 24% use growth hormone, and 44% use ephedrine. Tamoxifen is a prescription drug used for treating breast cancer however, male bodybuilders use the drug in an attempt to reverse or prevent breast development.Steroid statistics reveal that most steroid users in UK are non-competitive recreational bodybuilders using the drugs for cosmetic purposes. There are as many 3 million steroid users in the USA. Nearly four out of five users in the United States are non-athletes "buy anabolic steroids" with the sole intention of improving physical appearance. About 89% majority of steroid users buy anabolic steroids from aberrant sources, with more than 50% buy anabolic steroids manufactured in back-street laboratories, and nearly 100% of steroid users experience subjective side effects.Undoubtedly, steroids have serious consequences, but steroids from aberrant and unreliable sources are surely very dangerous. You should buy anabolic steroids from reliable sources that sell real steroids. You can buy anabolic steroids online, but you must buy anabolic steroids from genuine and reliable sites.