Sunday, 26 October 2008

The Benefits Of The Acai Berry

Have you ever heard of the Acai Berry? If you have not then it would not be a major surprise but it is one of those berries that everyone, women especially, should get to know extremely well in order to enhance your health. Smaller than a blueberry, it is one of the most potent superfoods around at the moment. As it is a superfood, it is widely used in energy drinks, health foods and even ice cream! This is, in effect, a quick introduction to the acai berry to show you just how good it actually is!

In terms of its status as a superfood, the acai berry has been used by Amazonian natives in Brazil for some years. It has ten times the number of antioxidants that the blueberry has, and the blueberry has highly been regarded as the top superfood around for some time. As such, the acai berry has a whole host of health benefits such as the following:

* It gives you an energy boost
* It aids the digestive process
* It boosts your immune system
* It fights free radicals and thus halts aging
* It detoxifies the body
* It fights cacerous cells
* It improves the circulatory system
* It can help you fight depression
* It supports weight loss

The small acai berry actually has everything you need within it for all of the above. It contains Omega fats, amino acids, antioxidants, electrolytes and vitamins E, B1 and A.

Although research is ongoing, the acai berry is most definitely safe to eat. There are no side effects and it can be added to almost any food to promote health. As such, you might want to get down to your local health store and investigate the benefits for yourself!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Used Medical Equipment: Save Money And Look After Your Health

We have all read articles about people suffering medical problems in the past and many of us feel for them. There are children with renal failure, women with heart conditions and men with life threatening conditions that suffer every single day, waiting at home for a transplant or living out their days as best they can. I felt the need to post this article when I recently saw a newspiece on TV about a lady with small children. She is waiting for a heart transplant at home but is unable to afford the machinery she needs to make her life a little less painful. As a result of the appeal, a kind businessman and his family donated the equipment she needed but I got to thinking just how many people may have the same problem and cannot afford brand new equipment. I also began to look at whether there were companies offering used medical equipment for individuals and medical centres alike so that they became affordable. I did not know it previously but there are such companies out there.

Buying used EKG machines, used patient monitors, used blood analyzers and used defribrillators (just to mention a few) can be extremely beneficial because they offer the same service as new machines but at a drastically reduced price that does make them affordable. This life saving equipment is of course tested to ensure that it works and has no damage or wear and tear, which is probably a worry that prevents people purchasing it. The point is that they can save lives without putting a family in jeopardy financially.

Many of the companies that offer used medical equipment also offers refurbished medical equipment as well. Medical Machines Online is just one of them that does so. This is recycled equipment that has been updated and works as good as if it were new. As such, you also have another option. The new parts in the refurbished medical equipment can give individuals peace of mind. Whether you want medical equipment for your home and personal use or you ae looking for equipment for a health practice, this is definitely the way to go.

Oh, and I finally just wanted to express my admiration for those individuals that can afford to make a difference in the lives of others and do so by donating equipment that is vital their health. There are so many people in the world that have money and do absolutely nothing with it besides feed their own greed so a huge pat on the back that also use it to do some good.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Go Organic: Growing Your Own Fruit And Vegetables

A quick trip around the vegetable section of your local supermarket will today provide you with more choice than ever before, and not only in terms of the types of vegetables and fruits available but also in terms of the different origins and methods of growing. Organic fruit and vegetables are big business today and actually sell far better than they used to because people are becoming more environmentally friendly and more conscious of what they are eating in terms of chemicals.

However, organic fruit and vegetables do tend to be more expensive than regular fruit and vegetables that we havebought for years. As such, the organic version may be out of the price range of many individuals with the credit crunch hitting hard. This is why you should look at growing your own! If you have a back garden or yard and the ability to put a little time into growing your own fruit and vegetables from seeds then you could ultimately save a lot of money.

We started growing our own potatoes this year and with only a few seeds we got quite a good yield. One packet of potato seed gave us enough potatoes for six dinners... and that was from an area in our garden of just one metre squared. My husband used the top soil and supplemented it by using a layer of compost. They were watered regularly and we dug them up when the stems died. The result was a load of gorgeous potatoes that cost us about £1.50 in total when the seeds and compost is taken into account.

If you want to save some money and eat organic fruit and vegetabes then growing them at home is the perfect answer. We're now growing onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces and apples in a larger area of our garden next year... I can't wait!

There are some great seed shops online that can deliver fruit and vegetable seeds to your door for very reasonable price. We used Dobies because they're close to us, but Sutton Seeds is also good. Both stock seeds for all sorts of fruit and vegetables! The links are below if you want to take a look, although I think they only deliver to the UK. Both come highly recommended:

Dobie's link for vegetable seeds
Sutton Seed's link for vegetable seeds

If you want to purchase other stuff for your garden then I think both do that too. I know for a fact that Dobies does but Sutton's is worth a look too. The links are also to the side under "Useful Links" for ease of access.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast cancer is an issue that affects many women and men alike today. It is also an issue that is extremely close to my heart because my Mum has had breast cancer twice. At the time she was initially diagnosed with it she was only 32 years old. She has had the all clear for some time now and is not only my best friend but my hero as well. She put up an absolutely amazing fight and I consider myself extremely lucky to have her in my life today because I know many others do not have mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends as a result of this disease.

As such, I was pleased when I found out it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and also that Cancer Research UK has launched a marketing campaign to coincide with that. They have released a video to encourage women to complete breast checks regularly and show them how to do it. Girls, you are in for a treat because the model having the breast check happens to be an absolute male babe!

The video is certainly memorable so if you do have any questions as to how you can check your breasts effectively then watch it because it will tell you everything you need to know. Early detection is the key to survival so it is incredibly important that you perform the check at least once a month.

However, if you do want a little more information then you can visit the following two sites:

It's A Girl Thing
Breast Awareness Guy

I received the press release about this, including the following paragraph, which I think is really important:

As breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK, the work done by Cancer Research UK is vital. The charity is the largest single funder of breast cancer research in the UK, spending around £45 million on groundbreaking work into the disease last year. Teams of researchers across the UK are dedicated to improving our understanding of the causes of breast cancer and investigating new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. They are also helping to improve the quality of life for women living with breast cancer.

You can support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work by making a donation at, where you can also download a digital calendar featuring Tommy.

And now for the piece de resistance of this post... the video! Ladies, watch it and drool!!!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Your Dental Health And Happiness

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about how telling jokes and smiling can give your health a boost. I hold to the maxim that a smile can brighten up anyone's day, no matter what else is going on around them, but I am absolutely amazed about how many people will not smile because they hate their teeth. I was reading an article on another blog today about Nadia O'Neal, the Tampa Cosmetic Dentist. It pointed out that she was an inspiration to women everywhere as a result of her skills in the field of dentistry and also the fact that she is undoubtedly one of the best in the field. The article pointed out just how well her business is doing as a result of her place as the top Tampa dentist. However, it also pointed out that she helps people to get their lives back on track again.

Coming from the UK where NHS treatment leaves a lot to be desired, I was amazed to find that the services offered were so comprehensive and so well organised on the website. Maybe that's just me but I could believe, after viewing the website, that she helps numerous families and individuals get their confidence back and achieve dental health for life.

I am extremely lucky in that I have very few hang ups about myself. I used to have enough to fill the pages of Tolstoy's War and Peace before I became older and wiser, but then I have never had any issues with my teeth. My dentist is simply amazing but I have to say that, viewing her Tampa dentistry site, I would be tempted to go to Nadia O'Neal if I was close enough!

It is important though to ensure that you do have a good dentist because the value of dental health cannot be underestimated. Smiling may improve your health and make you happier but then so will a pain free mouth!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

When it Starts to Get Chilly, Make Some Heart-Healthy Chili!

With the official start of fall just behind us, it’s time to start looking for some healthy winter foods that offer the comfort of the season, without adding tons of extra calories to your diet. Chili is a great, easy-to-make and affordable meal that takes about an hour to prepare. Depending on how many mouths you have to feed, this recipe can last for several days, when stored properly. So snuggle up with a hot cup of chili and enjoy this heart-healthy version of a traditional favorite.


· 3 lbs ground turkey
· 1 medium onion, chopped
· 3 tablespoons minced garlic
· 3 tablespoons cumin
· 2 tablespoons chili powder
· 1 large can of petite diced tomatoes
· 3 14 oz cans of kidney beans
· 3 14 oz cans of black beans
· 2 large cans of V8 low sodium vegetable juice
· Salt, to taste
· 16 oz low-fat Colby jack cheese, shredded*
· 1 container fat-free sour cream*

* Depending on taste


Brown ground turkey with onions and minced garlic, stirring frequently. As the meat begins to brown, add the cumin and chili powder. After the turkey is fully cooked, stir in large can of diced petite tomatoes.

Drain all six cans of beans and add to mix. Add 1 ½ - 2 cans of V8, depending on consistency you prefer. Simmer on medium-low heat for 30-45 min.

When serving, top with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with cheese, if preferred. Turkey chili can be saved for up to five days, if stored correctly.

This recipe is an alternative to traditional chili and serves 4-6 people.

This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of nursing schools online. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com.