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Biltong and Its Many Health Benefits

2017-03-23 23:01:07 Homegrown Health

Are you a meat lover? If yes, then you should definitely try biltong. This special kind of all-meat product originated in Southern Africa and after sometime it also invaded the European, American, and Australian markets. It is often likened to beef jerky only that it differs in ingredients and preparations.

Many people buy biltong because it’s a great alternative to unhealthy snacks like chips, burgers, fries, and the like. People who are watching their weight should be happy to know that it also contains fewer calories compared to beef jerky in the market today. But what make it stand out are its numerous health benefits like the following:

• Excellent source of protein

Whether you’re losing weight or want to have some muscles, biltong can provide you the protein you need. Research proves that it is a safe protein snack because compared with others, it has no carcinogenic ingredients. You can enjoy a handful of biltong twice a week and never have to worry about gaining pounds, only muscles. You stay healthy and fit too.

• Low in carbohydrates

Many people often say the culprit behind weight gain is carbohydrates. If this is the case then it’s good to know that you can still enjoy delicious biltong and still provide your body the energy it needs. This is why many outdoor enthusiasts buy biltong for them to bring along when they go hunting, camping, trekking, and the like. Just a few bites and you’re ready to roll. Weight loss fans are also encouraged to eat biltong as a substitute for other low-carb meat products since it’s healthier and definitely more delicious.

• No chemical content

Some meat products are hazardous to your health because of their very high chemical content. The contain ingredients like monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrate, artificial coloring and flavors, and preservatives. Thankfully, biltong doesn’t contain any of these. No wonder, many prefer it over other dried meat products. Its ingredients are only vinegar, black pepper, salt, coriander, sugar, and meat.

Biltong’s health benefits aren’t only ideal for people on the go. Did you know that children can also enjoy this product? As a matter of fact, mothers buy biltong for teething children. The chewy and delicious taste makes biltong an excellent alternative to commercial teething products.

The numerous health benefits of biltong are enough to encourage everybody that it’s indeed the best meat product in the market today. Buy biltong and enjoy the protein and low carbohydrates it provides without worrying about harmful chemicals getting into your system.

Source by Stephanie Prevendido-Gallardo

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Self-Awareness - The 3 Keys to Achievement - Attitude, Action and Acknowledgment

2017-03-23 13:58:32 Homegrown Health

“Learn to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” ~Anonymous

Most people want to achieve success but it is important to be mindful that the definition of success may be different for each individual. In order to achieve what you want there are three important elements – attitude, actions and acknowledgments.


The first step is to assess your attitude and how it helps or hinders your achievements. If negative beliefs keep popping up, it generally results in an unproductive outcome. Negative thinking can consist of constant worry, “what if” scenarios or not trusting yourself to manage and cope. Constant negativity tends to block creativity. When you assume the worst it is hard to think and complete things. Have you ever had one of those days when doubt keeps cropping up. Eg. “I’ll never complete this project on time.” or ” I don’t think my boss believes I am capable.” With these kinds of thoughts on your mind, how effective will you be in completing your work?

A positive attitude contributes to a belief that you have the ability to handle situations. It does not mean that you always have a “happy, nothing can bother me attitude”, but rather when stuff happens you are able to deal with it. You want to make sure that you do not magnify the positive and minimize the negative and thereby don’t see the reality of a situation. As you move up the career ladder you will need to be able to accurately assess both the positives and negatives and then make decisions.


Actions are your behaviors, the things you do which move you toward your goals. Taking action is an important step towards achievement. People sometimes assume that only big things count as taking action. However it is often the small, steady actions which contribute to you reaching your goals.

Inaction is paradoxically a form of action. If you have difficulty or avoid making decisions because you want to be sure you only do the “right” thing, you often end up doing nothing. You may also choose to do nothing because you have determined that it is the right decision at the time.

Sometimes fear may prevent you from doing or trying things that will lead you toward achievement. Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking, but you need to develop the skill in order to move your career or business forward. It would be important to begin to take small action steps, doing things that will make you more comfortable with speaking in public.

Maybe you have difficulty saying “no” which results in you constantly taking on additional assignments leading to being overwhelmed. Your action might be to begin saying “no” or a variation of “no.” This might be something such as, “that would mean two projects to be completed at the same time, which would you like me to work on?” or “In order to do that I would have to delegate some of my other work. Is that OK with you?”


Paying attention to what you have completed or accomplished and expressing gratitude for what you have and towards others are powerful strategies for moving you forward in your life.

There may be people you know who have difficulty accepting a compliment. They might either ignore or minimize it. This generally relates to someone’s self image. If you do not consider yourself “worthy” of positives then you tend to discard them. This may be a remnant from childhood when perhaps you received a lot of criticism. It is important to remember when you disregard positive feedback, you are conveying a message of disrespect towards the person who is offering it.

Acknowledging and expressing appreciations is also important. Walking down the street and saying hello to people, holding a door open or saying thank you are small ways of acknowledging others. When you do things for others or have them done for you, how does it impact your mood?

Evaluate your definition of success. The three components of achieving the life you desire are your attitude, your actions and acknowledgments. Perhaps now is a good time to become more aware of how you use these qualities in your daily life.

Copyright 2008, Gail Solish. All rights reserved.

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Moderate drinking can lower risk of heart attack, says study

2017-03-23 08:21:11 Homegrown Health

Drinking in moderation helps protect heart, with study finding it lowers risk of many conditions compared with not drinking

Moderate drinking can lower the risk of several heart conditions, according to a study that will further fuel the debate about the health implications of alcohol consumption.

The study of 1.93 million people in the UK aged over 30 found that drinking in moderation defined as consuming no more than 14 units of alcohol a week had a protective effect on the heart compared with not drinking.

Previous studies have suggested that alcohol has a positive effect on the levels of good cholesterol in the blood and proteins associated with blood clotting.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that moderate drinkers were less likely than non-drinkers to turn up at their doctor with angina, heart attack, heart failure, ischaemic stroke, circulation problems caused by a build-up of fat in the arteries and aortic aneurysm than non-drinkers.

But the research found that heavy drinking more than 14 units increased the risk of heart failure, cardiac arrest, ischaemic stroke and circulation problems caused by fatty arteries.

The authors of the study, from the University of Cambridge and University College London, welcomed the findings but cautioned: While we found that moderate drinkers were less likely to initially present with several cardiovascular diseases than non-drinkers, it could be argued that it would be unwise to encourage individuals to take up drinking as a means of lowering their risk.

This is because there are arguably safer and more effective ways of reducing cardiovascular risk, such as increasing physical activity and smoking cessation, which do not incur increased risks of alcohol-related harm such as alcohol dependence, liver disease and cancer.

Moderate alcohol consumption has long been associated with a lower risk of heart disease compared with abstinence or heavy drinking but the authors described their study as the most comprehensive to date on the relationship.

Non-drinkers were separated from former and occasional drinkers. With previous studies, concerns have been raised that people who have stopped drinking due to illness could have skewed results among non-drinkers.

An independent review of evidence, which formed the basis for last years change in the official advice on alcohol consumption, lowering the recommended limit to 14 units a week for both men and woman, found that the benefits of drinking for heart health only apply for women aged 55 and over and the greatest benefit is seen when they limit their intake to about five units a week, equivalent to about two standard glasses of wine.

The study found that heavy drinking resulted in an increased risk of a range of heart diseases compared with moderate drinking, but carried a lower risk of heart attack and angina.

The authors cautioned that this did not mean they were less likely to experience a heart attack in future, just that they were less likely to present these conditions at first diagnosis, compared with moderate drinkers. Also, as the study is observational, no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.

One unit of alcohol is about equal to half a pint of ordinary strength beer, lager or cider (3.6% alcohol by volume) or a small pub measure (25ml) of spirits. There are one and a half units of alcohol in a small glass (125ml) of ordinary strength wine (12% alcohol by volume).

Dr James Nicholls, the director of research and policy development at Alcohol Research UK, said that given the increased risk of other health conditions from drinking, moderate alcohol consumption within existing guidelines was unlikely to curtail or lengthen life expectancy overall.

While the findings provide convincing evidence for protective effects, the authors sensibly point out that this doesnt mean it would be wise to take up drinking in order to lengthen ones life not least because any protective effects tend to be cancelled out by even occasional bouts of heavier drinking, he said.

There are better ways to strengthen the heart such as exercise and good diet. All things being equal and given the increased risk of suffering other health conditions linked to any amount of alcohol consumption if you drink within the existing guidelines it is unlikely that alcohol will either lengthen or shorten your life.

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'What's mum got to be depressed about?' - BBC News

2017-03-23 05:06:34 Homegrown Health
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Bruce Turner’s mum Tina was diagnosed with depression in 1990 and was hospitalised many times throughout his childhood. Now, at 20 years old, he still struggles to understand her condition.

If you met my mum you would think she was the life and soul of the party. She’s confident, full of energy and charisma, but she lives with depression and when it hits she is none of those things.

In those times she becomes scared and fragile, sees the worst in situations, and her ability to love and show compassion is taken away. She’ll shut herself off from the world and won’t get out of bed or speak to anyone for weeks.

It strips her of emotion – so if someone knocked on the door and told her she had won the lottery or her children had died in a car crash, her reaction would be the same.

I’ve been surrounded by mental illness my entire life and, though I still live at home with my parents in Wilmslow near Manchester, I still can’t get my head around it.

The first time mum’s depression affected me was when I was about nine, but it was hidden quite well from me, my twin sister Millie and my younger brother, Jake.

Mum was admitted to hospital. Dad told us she was poorly but we didn’t understand what was happening. He cried, which was a real shock, and when she returned he told us to be quiet around the house.

She looked and acted differently. Normally mum was very glamorous but she became a shadow of herself, she stayed in her bedroom and was always in night-wear. Mum has since told me it took all her willpower to even go to the toilet back then.

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It was a shock to see her so vacant and she was scared of the people she loved the most. When her three children were laughing, it would send her into a panic and sleep became the only time the demons disappeared. She often hoped she wouldn’t wake up.

As children we went to youth club every Friday. Mum would never take us because she wasn’t “well” so we would always go with friends.

One Friday night, after she was discharged from hospital, she came to pick us up. It was amazing. I looked at her and thought she was back to normal again, but it was only the beginning of her recovery.

She says she dreaded doing the pick-up and it took a huge amount of courage that night.

As we grew up our grandparents kept family life as normal as possible. Millie now plays football for England and Bristol City WFC and my younger brother, Jake, 18, is a goalkeeper for Bolton Wanderers.

Despite everything, they never missed a training session. Mum has said if she thought her illness had affected us in any way it would have made her battle worse.

Mum has long periods of wellness but, when I was 16, the depression returned and I found it harder to cope with.

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This time I knew what was coming but the more I understood, the more I worried, and I was fearful that other people wouldn’t understand.

I put a brave face on at school and whenever anyone asked I would say mum was “fine” or cover the truth by saying she had a physical illness.

At that age I found it hard to understand the situation and I was angry. She was admitted to hospital again and again and there was something about not being able to see anything physically wrong with her that made me question whether it was really there at all.

I thought: “What has mum got to be depressed about? She lives in a nice house with a nice family and is financially stable.” I didn’t understand how “being sad” could be an illness and would make flippant remarks about how she should just “pull herself together”.

The triggers for mum’s depression are difficult to understand. She lost a few close family members which she thinks affected her, but she also says one major episode came after watching the film Ray, about the blind rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. It sounds surprising that she could be affected by a film like this, but she said it broke her heart and tipped her over the edge.

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The pain caused by depression within a family is tremendous, but it’s brought us closer.

It has made me appreciate every opportunity I receive, although I also live with the constant worry of when or if she’ll have another episode.

Mum, who’s 49, is currently well and we hope it remains that way for as long as possible, but the dread of its return never goes away.

The rapid disappearance of the person you love can be painful and frustrating. It’s the fact they are facing the darkest battle and there is nothing you can do.

I think the stigma surrounding mental health needs to be improved and it should be considered like any physical illness. Ignorance can’t be acceptable for an illness where suicide could be the ultimate trauma.

If depression affects someone you should surround them with love, appreciate the struggle and be there for them. Send them a “get well soon” card to let them know you’re thinking about them.

After 20 years of living alongside mum’s battle, I still don’t completely understand depression, but I’m getting there.

Produced by Beth Rose

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Healing Rain - 6 Little Prayers That Bring Divine Healing

2017-03-23 04:55:56 Homegrown Health

Ok, let’s start with the amazing story of

Robbie and how a little-known scripture in the book

of Galatians got him healed of cancer –

after the doctors had given him only

6 months to live!!

Ready? Here we go…

Robbie at 45 was diagnosed with terminal

cancer several years ago and was given just

6 months to live. He and his wife Nancy,

resigned to this fate, and retired to a

small community to wait for the end.

They were Christians. They believed the Bible.

So, instead of blaming God like so many in this

kind of situation do, they made up their minds

that they were going to study the Scripture

and pray till the very end.

An old story remembered

But Nancy also remembered a story she’d

read years ago. It was about a certain

missionary in the jungles of Africa who

came down with a deadly disease and was

left to die. After a week of intense

suffering and pain, he had a dream.

In the dream, he saw his Bible opened at a certain

chapter and two verses of scripture highlighted

in red. He woke up, managed to open his Bible

to that chapter and painfully copied out the

two verses.

Scripture Verses in Action

Every few hours he would pray using those two verses.

The pains were tormenting him. On the third day,

he drifted off to a painful sleep after the prayers,

as usual. Many hours later, he was awakened by

a fearful sound – the roaring of a lion. He leapt

to his feet, and started running blindly for a while.

Then he stopped.

It suddenly hit him that he was completely healed…

he was feeling no trace of pain at all!

Nancy remembered this story vividly and

hope began to rise in her that God could

also intervene and save the life of her husband.


So they continued to praise God,

even in this circumstance. They kept right

on thanking Him. And they kept praying.

Then it happened.

During prayer one night,

a verse of scripture in Philippians kept coming

into Robbie’s mind. To his surprise, Nancy

stopped abruptly after a few minutes and announced

she was going to search for a verse that’d been

flashing in her mind since they started praying.

Guess what? It was the exact same verse

that Robbie was thinking about. They opened

the Bible, found it and began to use it

everyday in prayer.

The miracle begins

The 6 months came and went. Robbie was still alive.

In fact, he seemed to be getting better and

better everyday.

One year. Two years…

Robbie was back on his feet.

He even went back to his old job for a while.

Five years later, he retired to become a full

time missionary. He’s still in the mission field

a decade after he was supposed to be dead from

terminal cancer!

P.S. The scripture in Galatians and the prayer

points that Robbie prayed are all detailed

in the latest edition of my popular ebook

“Prayer Cookbook for Busy People.”

Click here to get a taste of it FREE:

Be blessed!

Source by Elisha Goodman

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