月度归档八月 2018

9 useful facts about almonds

Almonds are nuts, rich in nutrients. Due to its high content of dietary fiber, protein, organic vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, the almonds are considered to be appropriate for maintaining a healthy food diet.

Here are some health benefits of consuming almonds …

1. Against colds and flu

Eating almonds help protect the body from viral diseases and influenza. According to research by British and Italian scientists ingredients in the outer shell of almonds strengthen the immune system reaction to this type of infection.

It is believed that substances in almonds help to increase and improve the ability of white blood cells to detect viruses.

2. Reducing Cholesterol

A handful of almonds a day helps reduce cholesterol and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, US researchers found.

Consumption of ’75 almonds a day lowers levels of “harmful”, LDL, cholesterol by 19%, according to survey results.

3. Against diabetes and heart problems

Eating almonds have a positive effect on limiting the risk of developing diabetes. Nuts are rich in the mineral magnesium, which plays a role in regulating blood sugar.

Study at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey publish, that a diet rich in nuts helps to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the levels of “harmful”, LDL, cholesterol in people with prediabetes.

4. To reduce high blood pressure

People with diets with a high content of sodium deficient in calcium and potassium are at higher risk of developing hypertension.

Incorporating healthy foods like almonds in your diet, you can effectively reduce or prevent high blood pressure.

5. Almonds protect against cancer

The content of amygdalin in almonds reduces the risk of developing cancer. The composition acts as antioxidant and helps to the removal of carcinogenic free radicals from the body.

The high fiber content in nuts purified toxins from the gut, leading to degeneration of the cells and reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.

6. They are rich in proteins

The proteins are about 18% of the composition of the almonds. Amino acids contained in them, betting proper development of muscles and tissues in the body.

As a number of carbohydrates in almonds is limited, they are a good source of protein for people with high blood sugar levels and diabetes.

8. Against constipation

Due to the high fiber content, the consumption of a handful of almonds a day helps prevent constipation, experts say.

Fiber facilitates the movement of intestinal contents and effective release of the intestines.

9. help weight loss

Eating a handful of almonds for breakfast helps weight loss because they have an effect to satiate and suppress appetite for a long time.

Food with a low glycemic index, such as almonds, are degraded more slowly by the body, which do not cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels and insulin.

Nutritionists and dietetics recommend eating a handful of raw and unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts a day.

How to Choose an Electric Water Boiler and Kettle

If you are a tea or coffee lover, the first thing you should include in your kitchen is an electric kettle or water boiler.

Choose one that is made of stainless steel instead of plastic, you will see how the result is better. We also recommend that you choose one that gives you the option of having variable temperature and that heats up water really quickly. Finally, it should be easy to clean, easy to use, and be well priced of course. 

Guide to buying the best electric water boiler.

Water boilers and electric kettles function very similarly so we will use the terms interchangeably. A few more precise tips that you should take into account when choosing the best option among all existing ones.
When was the first electric water kettle created?
A little history. You should know that the first model appeared in the nineteenth century and it was the Compton and Co company that brought it to market in 1891. These models heated the water with external accessories and, the first to use their own elements appeared in 1922. From then on, other brands started working and it was in 1955 when Russel Hobbs invented the first fully automatic electric teapot. The wireless teapots would come out around 1986.

A few things to keep in mind when deciding on one or another model:

• Capacity – The vast majority of models have a capacity of 1.5 liters. So, at least, make sure that the one you are going to buy has at least one liter.

• Speed – If it’s not fast, it’s of little use. In fact, the vast majority of teapots that are currently on the market do so between 3-4 minutes. Keep that in mind.

• Stay Warm – With this function you will get your hot drink at least 30 minutes.

• Auto Shut Off – It is more a fact of security than anything else, but we assure you, it is not bad to have it. And, above all, if you have a somewhat stressful lifestyle. At least you reassure yourself that, after a while, it will turn off automatically.

• With or without cable – There are these two types of models. It is clear that the models that do not have a cable are much more comfortable since you do not have to worry about having a plug nearby. In addition, you can take it wherever you want.

• No Splash Feature – Let’s not forget that we are talking about boiling water and we do not want frights or burns.

• Selection of temperature – We have already told you that it is important if you are someone who wants to get a perfect drink. The vast majority of medium-quality models already include the option to vary the temperature.

• Beware of the handle – It is important that it is comfortable and that it facilitates your grip. Therefore, a non-slip design will give you a lot of security and, of course, not burn.

• Easy to use – An electric kettle has to be intuitive, easy and fast.

• Water level indicator – It is very useful because it will let you know at all times how much water you have left and what possibilities you have to make more cups.

• Design – Currently you can find all shapes, colors and designs. Therefore, you will have no problem finding one that suits your cooking style. Power. It will determine how quickly the water is heated, and the faster you do it, the less energy you will spend at home. It will be enough with about 3000 watts.

• Whistle? – And, finally, this function will come great to know how much you have the water ready even if you are not next to the teapot.

Guide to cleaning and maintenance of the electric kettle.

Lastly, to protect your purchase, you should clean your device regularly as it will increase its durability. An important part of cleansing is decalcification. To do this, you can use a homemade trick: put a cup of white vinegar with three cups of water, boil it and leave it overnight. The next morning, you empty it, fill it with water and boil it

Why People Prefer Coach Travel?

You know how travel has changed in the past decade? Accommodation providers, hotels and cruise ships have really increased their level of service and comfort. Coach Touring has also transformed, becoming inclusive, well-appointed and attracting a wider range of individuals. Coach tours can take you to destinations tailored to regions that are inaccessible by plane or train.

We all know what stress comes along with driving yourself through areas that you are not familiar with, especially in remote areas of Australia with road rules, signs that are indistinguishable and track surfaces that can be dangerous if you are not a seasoned driver especially in the outback. What we were never told is that driving annihilates your energy, or nerve racking especially navigating our long stretches of highways and nobody needs this on what is supposed to be a vacation!

Spending all this time behind the wheel, do you really get to enjoy that amazing view behind the back of a long-haul truck? Though with touring in a coach you get to enjoy the scenery behind the large windows with air conditioning that are lightly tinted so you can enjoy each passing moment and the seating is elevated enough to see past ongoing cars and vegetation.

You will not have to navigate, you do not need to study where to park or if there are fees or finding the best places to eat, drink or stay? On Casey Australia Tours we have planned it all out for you and with your free time, we can recommend the best places to experience. Our itineraries are developed from years of knowledge and the team will provide the best in destination travel. 

Our expeditions are not just about sitting and staring out the window or ticking the must-see boxes of an area, we deliver the prospect of meeting locals, swimming in spectacular gorges and sitting around a camp fire under a blanket sky full of stars.

The value of a tour is mapped out for most provisions, we have accommodation ranging from camping, motels, cabins and hotels and certain meals are also included in these departures. The upfront price of a tour allows you budget and duck common holiday expenses such as fluctuating fuel costs, park entries and vehicle issues that you may not have considered before travelling into outback areas.

Once upon a time, coach travel was for partying backpackers or unimaginative folk hobbling around, these days our passengers are a wide-ranging gang. Casey Australia Tours offers multiple active options and the occasional free evenings to explore on your own. Whilst we have many individual travellers, there is plenty of opportunity to meet new people and company builds quickly and you are journeying with like-minded people.
Casey Tours have specialty in long distance outback coach tours through remote sections of the stunning Australian landscape. Through Casey Tours, these Australian outback journeys are designed to give people entry to areas away from the cities while also giving the ability to experience the places, people, and stories that have made Australia the beautiful country it is today.

Is Cranberry Juice Good for a UTI?

It is no secret that urinary tract infections are common even among healthy women, and antibiotic resistance makes treating UTIs even more difficult. Finding a natural remedy would be ideal.

A multicenter trial was done involving 176 women who were divided into a cranberry juice group and a placebo group. The study started on November 16, 2005 and continued until December 31, 2008. The primary goal was to determine how long it would take for a participant to develop a clinically confirmed UTI. The rate of UTI development in both the placebo and the cranberry juice group were not significantly different, and the researchers concluded that cranberry juice was ineffective in reducing UTI risk. Looking a little deeper into the study we find a major setback: the researchers couldn’t get the sample size they needed to definitively show that cranberry juice had an effect because of administrative and budget issues. (1)

Another study was done that was double-blind and involved 319 women who had an acute UTI. Participants had cranberry juice or placebo twice a day, and they were followed by researchers for 6 months or their second UTI (whichever came first). They found that drinking cranberry juice offered no additional protection to developing a UTI. Looking deeper we find another flaw with the study. The researchers thought it was possible the placebo could have accidentally contained an active ingredient found in cranberry juice. The reason is that the rate of getting another UTI was half of what was expected according to literature in both of the groups! (2)

Is cranberry juice good for a UTI? Right now, we have 2 studies that say no, but a deeper look reveals they are seriously flawed.

A study was done involving 137 women who had at least 2 antibiotic treated UTIs or episodes of cystitis in the last 12 months. The women were at least 45 years old, and they received either cranberry extract or the antibiotic trimethoprim for 6 months. It was found that there was no significant difference in the time for the participants to have another UTI between the two groups, so the cranberry extract performed just as well as the antibiotic. (3)

A review of 10 studies where cranberries were used to prevent UTIs showed that in a 12 month period cranberries reduced the number of UTIs compared to placebo. Cranberries were also more effective than placebo at preventing UTIs in women who suffered from recurrent UTIs. The authors recommended that cranberries be recommended for prevention of UTIs in young women who suffered from symptomatic UTIs. They did not feel the data was strong enough to recommend for older women or people suffering from neurogenic bladder. (4)

So is cranberry juice good for a UTI? As you can see, the results have been mixed. The evidence seems strong enough to at least give cranberries a try to help prevent UTIs in women who suffer from recurrent UTIs.


1) Stapleton AE, Dziura J, Hooton TM, et al. Recurrent urinary tract infection and urinary Escherichia coli in women ingesting cranberry juice daily: a randomized controlled trial. Mayo Clin Proc. 2012;87(2):143-50.
2) Barbosa-cesnik C, Brown MB, Buxton M, Zhang L, Debusscher J, Foxman B. Cranberry juice fails to prevent recurrent urinary tract infection: results from a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Clin Infect Dis. 2011;52(1):23-30.
3) Mcmurdo ME, Argo I, Phillips G, Daly F, Davey P. Cranberry or trimethoprim for the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections? A randomized controlled trial in older women. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2009;63(2):389-95.4) 

4) Vasileiou I, Katsargyris A, Theocharis S, Giaginis C. Current clinical status on the preventive effects of cranberry consumption against urinary tract infections. Nutr Res. 2013;33(8):595-607.

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