History and Health of Coffee

The history of coffee

Coffee goes at least as far back as the thirteenth century with a number of myths surrounding its first use. The original native population of coffee is thought to have come from East Africa, and it was first cultivated by Arabs from the 14th century.[1] The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen.[2] By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia,Turkey and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and then to the Americas.[3]

The health of coffee 

Energy Booster

Coffee is basically a great energy booster and it is highly recommended for people who needed the pepping up in work or other activities. Coffee is vital for those who are working longer hours or those who needed to stay awake or wake up early in the morning. It boosts your energy level as well as sharpens your memory and brain. Thus, it is a great way of avoiding certain memory-related ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease or memory gaps.

Antioxidants Fight Disease

Coffee also helps in preventing serious ailments and health risks such as cancer, heart diseases, type 2 diabetes and liver damage among others. Caffeine is known to have antioxidants which help in battling free radicals in the body. Free radicals are known to increase cell damage which eventually results to cancer or liver damage such as cirrhosis. Moreover, coffee has chromium and magnesium which helps in regulating the insulin level of the body and basically stops type 2 diabetes.

Weight Loss Aid

Another important impact of coffee in your health is on weight loss. There are certain conceptions that coffee is a great way or instrument in losing weight. For instance, coffee increases the level of energy in the body which helps you endure longer hours of workout. Thus, the more and the longer you exercise, the more calories you shed or cut off your system which is done through boosting energy and drinking coffee.

Most coffee types are with a natural sweetness to the palette hence if you drink full-bodied coffee with lesser calories, your appetite craving is affected. You could significantly cut on your desserts which are main sources of calories and result to obesity and overweight.

Many Myths Are Not True

There are undoubtedly lots of health implications in drinking coffee especially in moderating or balancing your consumption. Nevertheless, there are also myths and misconceptions which could ruin the reputation of coffee and its supposedly good impact on your health. Some of the coffee myths include its hazardous effects on your health however there are also countering facts that could discredit the myths proliferating in the healthcare industry today.

Source:  CoffeeFacts and Wiki 

Blood & Nicotine

The bridge between spirit and body

As it is with most drugs, the effect of nicotine – a component of tobacco – is also not only physical. The “inner well-being”, an aim of smoking, touches also the psychic level, more precisely: the deep “ego” of man, his spirit.

In this context a question arises: How is it possible that a material substance like nicotine can influence the immaterial spirit?

Naturally, the latter cannot be influenced directly by the nicotine molecules. There has to be a “connecting element” between body and soul – and this “element” is the blood, more precisely, the radiation of the blood. The blood, a “juice of very special kind” in the words of Goethe, emits radiations or waves which in their fineness resemble the radiations which emanate from the densest cloak of the soul – called “astral body”. The similarity of the radiations forms a “bridge” between the physical body and the soul, on which all information “circulates” between the material and the immaterial spheres. In this way the spirit is fully connected to the body during its incarnation on earth.

The blood radiation is dependent on the composition of the blood. Any change in this is bound to influence also the condition of the soul. It is for example well known that a drop in the blood sugar level (hypoglycaemia) evokes nervousness, a lack of vitamin B1 leads to states of anxiety, too much lead in the blood triggers depressions etc. Thus it is easy to understand that nicotine likewise changes the blood radiation, and therewith the condition of the smoker’s soul. Across the blood radiation (and followed by a similar radiation process across the finer cloaks of the soul) the spirit, too, is indirectly influenced by the effects of nicotine.

Now it could appear as if we were defenceless against all earthly influences which can reach us through the blood radiation. However, this is not the case. For the spirit likewise exerts influence on all bridges of radiation, but “from within”.

Read the Full Article at Grailafica

Speed Reading 101

Whether you’re hitting the textbooks in philosophy class, reading long-winded emails from co-workers, or just reading the morning newspaper, chances are at one time or another you’ve wished you could read a little faster. Here are a few tips to help quicken your read! 

Time your current reading speed. Not only will timing help you to tell if you’re improving, but it will also keep you motivated.

Get rid of distractions. Even if you think you read better when you have music playing or when you’re in a crowded coffee house, you can probably increase your speed if you reduce distractions to a bare minimum. 

Adjust reading speed depending on the material. Often, we must trade off comprehension for speed, so an important part of increasing reading speed is deciding how thoroughly you need to comprehend a particular piece of writing. So before you even start reading, decide how fast you intend to go.

Learn to separate the wheat from the chaff with pre-reading. No matter what you are reading, there is frequently a lot of “filler” that you can read quickly through or even skim over. With practice, you will be able to identify the most important parts of a book as you skim through it. When you get to such a passage, slow down.

Train yourself not to reread. Most people frequently stop and skip back to words or sentences they just read to try to make sure they understood the meaning. This is usually unnecessary, but it can easily become a habit, and many times you will not even notice you’re doing it.

 

For the full list of speed reading tips check out the Wiki -how 

Genius hour Learning from failure

Some classrooms are adopting “genius hour” time — inspired by Google’s 20% time idea — to allow students to pursue passion projects. But how do students spend their time? 140305114338-05-genius-hour-horizontal-gallery
Here, fourth grader Mushkale Uppal collaborated with friends to build a robot for genius hour in Robyn Thiessen’s class at Green Timbers Elementary in Surrey, British Columbia. “It opened up my creative side,” he said.

Mushkale’s classmate Kiran Rai says she learned an important lesson while attempting to make cookies in the shape of sunglasses for genius hour: It’s OK to mess up.Screen shot 2014-03-17 at 6.37.32 AM She also discovered she could learn from mistakes to improve her technique and that she could pivot — that led to these tasty cookie flowers with licorice for stems.

“I asked my students what they liked about this project and the most common response was that they loved the freedom to explore what they are passionate about instead of just doing the work they have been assigned by teachers. That freedom is what motivates them to explore big ideas and take ownership of their learning.Screen shot 2014-03-17 at 6.39.53 AM

 

 

The Bodhi Tree

Bodhi: (boe-dee) Sanskrit word meaning “to awaken to, to understand, to know.”

The Bodhi-Tree or wisdom-tree is the world tree, and its roots drink deep of the waters of infinity. Its branches and leaves blow in the winds of the Void, and it is lit by the clear light. It is a tree of refuge, a place of safety from the raging tigers and dragons of desire.BodhiTree1

Each leaf has the bright green of spring, and its bark has the darkness and fragrance of the forest. It has fruits of knowledge but these are not fruits forbidden to mankind by a jealous god. These fruits of knowledge are intended for all beings. While the fruits on the lower limbs give knowledge of good and evil, and awareness of many lives, those on the upper limbs give knowledge of unity and immortality.

The image of the Bodhi-Tree at this site has two components – the tree itself and its reflection. The tree represents life which is outwardly full of desire, sorrow, and ignorance. Its reflected image represents life’s perfection. It is life as reflected by pure, clean, awareness. It is what life can be in its ideal form and when understood in its true nature.bb Here, life is a set of changing reflections with no permanent anchor in physical form. The tree reflected in the water is like the self reflected in awareness. From a distance and without close examination, the tree like both the person and physical world appear to be whole and consistent things. Without meditation, physical forms appear solid and enduring. Their changing and fluctuating nature is not visible.

The Bodhi-Tree or wisdom-tree is a sacred symbol in Buddhism for a number of reasons.

  • It represents the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment, and is therefore sacred geographically.
  • It is ancient. Some would say it is the mythical World Tree. Thus, it is sacred temporally.
  • It represents growth towards liberation. Therefore, it is sacred developmentally.
  • It was said to rain blossoms, and is thus sacred aesthetically.

The Bodhi-Tree is a symbolic representation of the individual’s journey to infinity. As the seed which begins tiny and hard grows open and free, so should the mind and heart

Full Article here at Wisdom Tree

Pranayama: The Nose Knows

The topic of breathing and pranayama (the practice that works to direct the movement of life force) is a fascinating one.

Exhaling through the mouth can be beneficial in that it allows for a greater volume of air to be released at once and may help your jaw to relax. We all do this naturally when we are exasperated, tired, or weary. Take a breath in, then breathe out with a soft, sighing sound: You will feel your shoulders release, and as your jaw releases, your tongue will relax down into the base of the mouth, creating a quieting effect on your mind.16963-122

However, in most instances, it’s preferable to breathe through your nose. There are several reasons for this.

The first reason is that the nose does much more than just let air in and out. There are texts that claim it performs more than 30 functions, such as containing the receptors for smell, filtering out dirt and pathogens, and moisturizing and warming incoming air.

The yogic viewpoint is less concerned with the mechanical functions of the nose and breath and more interested in the process of how our breathing affects the nervous system. The ancient texts describe a network of subtle channels, called nadis, the three most important of which originate at the base of the spine. The ida flows to the left nostril, the pingala flows to the right nostril, and thesushumna is the central channel and balance point of the other two.nadis

The ancient yogis were able to map out thousands of these channels, not through dissection of the body, but through intense practice of introspection and awareness development of both the gross and subtle levels of the body-mind. Current research supports the yogic observations.

The reason that nose breathing is more effective in creating energy changes is that when you breathe in or out through your nose, you stimulate the olfactory nerve; this impulse is then passed on to the hypothalamus, which is connected to the pineal gland, which is associated with the third eye area—seat of the “sat guru,” inner wisdom. Some say the ida and pingala interlace their way up the sushumna and end somewhere in the sinus chambers; others say that they end in the “third eye.” When you breathe through your nose, you are helping to open and balance the sushumna and quiet and steady the mind.

For more helpful information go to the Yoga Journal 

11 Surprising Facts About the Respiratory System

The respiratory system is made up of several organs and structures, including the lungs, windpipe, diaphragm and alveoli. It is responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon-dioxide waste.

Breathing allows you to take in the oxygen your cells need and expel carbon-dioxide waste. But when you exhale, you also breathe out a lot of water.

How much water do you lose from breathing?

When at rest, humans exhale up to 17.5 milliliters (0.59 fluid ounces) of water per hour, according to a 2012 article in the journal Polish Pneumonology and Allergology. But you lose about four times that amount when you exercise, the study said.

The average time an adult can hold his or her breath is between 30 and 60 seconds. This limitation has more to do with the buildup of blood-acidifying carbon dioxide than the lack of oxygen, which your body stores in muscle proteins called myoglobin.

But free divers — people who practice the sport of diving underwater without using equipment like scuba gear — have different techniques, such as hyperventilation, to decrease the concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood, allowing them to hold their breath for remarkably long times. Denmark’s Stig Severinsen currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest free dive — in 2010, he held his breath underwater for 22 minutes.

Horses only breathe through their noses.

Asthma was once treated with psychotherapy

The lungs are the only organ that can float on water.

When you breathe in, our chest swells; when you breathe out, our chest collapses. But these chest movements are not actually the result of air filling up or exiting the lungs.

During inhalation, the diaphragm — a thin sheet of dome-shaped muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities — contracts and moves down, increasing the space in the chest cavity. At the same time, the muscles between the ribs contract to pull the rib cage upward and outward. During exhalation, the exact opposite happens.

Read more interesting facts about human and animal respiratory systems at  Live Science 

Thee Inverted Vegan Cookie

Once I saw this, I knew this is what my desert for the weekend would be. A warm inverted cookie with some fresh Vanilla Bean Ice Cream non dairy of course. 

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

6 tablespoons vanilla soy/rice/coconut/almond milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

  1. In a large bowl, beat the first six ingredients until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Side Note: If you would like your cookies to come out Inverted like the picture bake them on the opposite side of your cookie pan. 

For more delicious cookie recipes swing over to Taste of Home

Bonus: 7 Tips to making your own Vegan Ice Cream

Rare Diamond Reveals Earth’s Interior is All Wet

“It’s actually the confirmation that there is a very, very large amount of water that’s trapped in a really distinct layer in the deep Earth,” said Graham Pearson, lead study author and a geochemist at the University of Alberta in Canada. The findings were published today (March 12) in the journal Nature.dd

The worthless-looking diamond encloses a tiny piece of an olivine mineral called ringwoodite, and it’s the first time the mineral has been found on Earth’s surface in anything other than meteorites or laboratories. Ringwoodite only forms under extreme pressure, such as the crushing load about 320 miles (515 kilometers) deep in the mantle.

What’s in the mantle?

Most of Earth’s volume is mantle, the hot rock layer between the crust and the core. Too deep to drill, the mantle’s composition is a mystery leavened by two clues: meteorites, and hunks of rock heaved up by volcanoes.dd2 First, scientists think the composition of the Earth’s mantle is similar to that of meteorites called chondrites, which are chiefly made of olivine. Second, lava belched by volcanoes sometimes taps the mantle, bringing up chunks of odd minerals that hint at the intense heat and pressure olivine endures in the bowels of the Earth.

Earth’s deepest ocean

The diamond from Brazil confirms that the models are correct: Olivine is ringwoodite at this depth, a layer called the mantle transition zone. And it resolves a long-running debate about water in the mantletransition zone. The ringwoodite is 1.5 percent water, present not as a liquid but as hydroxide ions (oxygen and hydrogen molecules bound together). The results suggest there could be a vast store of water in the mantle transition zone, which stretches from 254 to 410 miles (410 to 660 km) deep.

“It translates into a very, very large mass of water, approaching the sort of mass of water that’s present in all the world’s ocean,” Pearson told Live Science’s Our Amazing Planet.

Full Article Here

 

 

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