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Spices For Life

The world is filled with many different spices, some hot, some cool, and some refreshing when eaten.
Through studies done some of these spices can actually make your body rev up and get your
metabolism running in high gear making it easier for you to burn fat thus loss weight.

Pepper for instance from Cayenne to black pepper can boost your metabolism for up to three hours
at a 50 % rise because it makes your heart beat faster and heats your body from the inside out.
Capsaicin which is found in hot peppers is also an appetite suppressant. Eating this spice a few
times a week can help you achieve more burn from the foods you add it to. Studies show that if you
are not a true fan of this very spice then you can also take the Cayenne capsules and achieve the
same benefits.

Cinnamon can also have a good affect on boosting your metabolic system but beware not to eat too
much of this one because it has something called coumarin that can cause liver damage. It is
recommended to not eat more than a teaspoon a day to avoid this from happening. Cinnamon can
help boost your weight loss because it lowers sugars and helps you process carbohydrates better.
This spice is also known to help in pre-diabetic conditions, so have a little but don’t over due it.

Mustard seed is also another great way to get the boost and help you burn more calories just by
consuming it. It has a thermo affect that can last for hours after the meal is over.

Ginger is the spice for all things good, eating ginger can be used as a diuretic, it also is good for the
digestive system, and lowers your cholesterol due to the fact it wont let you absorb as much as if
you had not have eaten it.

All of these spices can help you get the boost you are looking for and has so many medical benefits
that it is well worth eating them. I would recommend if you are not used to eating spicy foods to
begin slowly and work your way up. As you add more and more of any of these wonderful spices
you will reap the benefits with a higher metabolism and helping with your digestion. All of these
elements will make for a healthier and better quality of living well.

December 15, 2010   1 Comment

Medical Oddities

At times nature can be very cruel. Odd genetic defects and conditions can take place and many do on a daily basis. When you are carrying a child, you have high hopes this child will be born normal with two arms and legs, ten fingers and ten toes, two eyes and a nose, but in the case of Lakshmi a two year old little girl from India this is not the case. This little girl was born with four arms and four legs. Genetic defects play all the parts in this game and this little one has been thought to be a reincarnation of the Hindu Goddess Vishnu. Lakshmi recently under went the surgery necessary to make her a normal child with only two arms and two legs.

Dede Koswara has a rare genetic defect known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis that makes it impossible for his body to fight off various strains of HPV.  Dede has become an Internet sensation along with television documentaries made about his condition and treatments that have been tried to help with his defect. He has been described as half man and half tree. Till date doctors have not found a cure for his condition.

Polydactyly is a condition in which extra digits are present on hands or feet. In most cases the extra digit is unusable and removed at an early age. This condition is rare in humans, but very common in cats, and is not at all unusual for them to be born with three or more extra digits on each paw.

Jesus Aceves is only one member of his family to have a rare condition known as hypertrichosis. This condition causes hair to grow very thick and all over the face. Jesus attempted to shave his face and get a regular job, but he learned very fast that it would be much easier for him to become one of the acts in the sideshow. Several members of his  family have the same condition.

There are so many different examples of the cruelty of nature sometimes and this was just a few, but with medicine and the people who study it many of these conditions can be fixed or made easier to live with.

November 9, 2010   1 Comment