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Ever wondered what the benefits are of singing or what is music therapy?
Then check out our latest video from Ash! ^.^

P.S.: I’m super sorry for misspelling “therapy” in the thumbnail and I blame it on my allergy which completely disrupted my ability to think straight. Haha.

Blueberries are not only tasty, but are low in calories and packed with vitamins, fiber, manganese, iron, and antioxidants. The berries and leaves have a number of medicinal properties that have been used for generations to treat and prevent digestive orders, improve circulation, maintain eye health, and reduce inflammation. Scientific research in the United States, Canada, and Europe continues to reveal the amazing health benefits of blueberries.

Each ½ cup serving of fresh blueberries contain 11g of carbohydrates from two main sources: dietary fiber and simple sugars. A serving of blueberries contains 10 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C, as well as 2 percent of the recommended daily allowance for iron. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen, helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries, and promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.

Health Benefits

Regularly consuming the nutrients contained in blueberries may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, high blood cholesterol and cancer. They are also proven to combat insulin resistance that has been linked to obesity and diabetes – rats that dined on a diet of blueberries ended up with reduced liver mass and lost abdominal fat.

Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits and vegetables, which combat free radicals that can damage cellular structures and DNA.

The health benefits associated with blueberries are attributed to their unique assortment of phytochemicals, the most abundant of which are anthocyanins, the plant pigments responsible for blueberries’ deep blue color. Current research regarding blueberries has focused primarily on their antioxidant properties with the potential cancer-prevention properties, protective effects against dementia-related diseases, and link to urinary tract, heart, and vision health.

For centuries, dating back to ancient Greeks and Romans, blueberries have been used to treat diseases of the urinary tract. Studies have shown that hippuric acid in blueberry juice acidifies urine, which prevents harmful bacteria from developing and helps to remove calcium oxalates that lead to kidney stones.

Astringent and antivomitive properties in blueberries also make them a great treatment for a number of digestive issues. The astringent agents are able to stop diarrhea and aids difficult digestion. More than 30 anti-inflammatory properties are present in the blueberry and can help reduce the effects of inflammatory bowel disease.

Blueberry extract helps improve micro-circulation, which benefits the capillaries serving the eyes and mucous membranes of the digestive and pulmonary systems. Healthier capillaries improve circulation throughout the body, which could help those suffering from arthritis, water retention, varicose veins, bruising, and hemorrhoids. Tea made from the dried leaves can be used for sore throat and inflammation of the mouth or the skin lining the throat.

Effective treatment of wounds and skin diseases are also associated with blueberries. Mouthwashes made of dried blueberry leaves can help reduce mouth ulcers and the anti-inflammatory properties of the plant also help reduce pimples and facilitates healing.

Studies suggest that women who have a diet high in anthocyanins, which are found in blueberries, have a significantly reduced risk of developing heart disease. Potential benefits of blueberries on the heart include increased flexibility in the blood vessels, decreased inflammation, and decreased platelet aggregation.

Blueberries are also brain boosters. Studies have shown that blueberries can help with memory loss and increased circulation, which may help to combat the start or progression of degenerative diseases like Parkinsons and Alzheimers. Findings have spurred new research into the benefits of blueberries on cognitive function, since they point to the possibility of overcoming the genetic predispositions to Alzheimer’s disease.

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The 25 reasons why you should ride

  1. No gas required
  2. Free parking everywhere
  3. No traffic
  4. Always be the first one in line at the light
  5. A bike goes where you want, when you want
  6. Get your exercise while commuting to work
  7. Builds muscle and increases strength and endurance
  8. Annual cost of operating a bike: $120, vs annual cost of operating a car $5170
  9. 100 bicycles can be produced for the same energy and resources required to build one medium-sized car
  10. Decrease your carbon footprint
  11. Limit your otherwise excessive purchases at the grocery store
  12. Tend to support local businesses
  13. Automatic air conditioning
  14. There’s adventure around every corner
  15. You get to see the city
  16. Less expensive to fix or replace than a car
  17. You can learn how to fix your bike and maintain it
  18. Makes you feel like a kid again
  19. You appreciate a beautiful day
  20. Feel the wind in your face and in your hair
  21. Get some vitamin D
  22. You meet people on bikes
  23. Puts your mind at ease
  24. Anyone can do it
  25. It’s fun
the benefits of dating niall:

-sexy irish morning voice

-endless laughs

-having his blue eyes always looking at you

-being able to tease him when he says something funny

-stealing his clothes (especially his flannels and sports jerseys)

-the other members would be like brothers to you

-the freaking cuddles you would get

-dynamite kisses (obviously)

-he would treat you like you’re his whole world

My healthy soup recipe

Hi everyone!

Today i made a soup and i wanted to share with you my recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 3 carrots
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 turnip
  • I also put a leftover of lettuce and spinach that i had in the refrigerator    ( you can put any other leftover that you have if you want)

How to prepare:

cut everything into smaller pieces

Put in a pan and fill it with water to the top. After the water is boiling wait around 20 minutes and then you can separate the vegetables from the water and start triturating it and adding the water that you separate before until you have the Right texture. 

Hope you enjoy this recipe and that you try it :) 

I will be posting soon the benefits of eating soup so stay tuned for that :)

Watermelon is by far, one of the most powerful, body-healing fruits out there! The amazing health benefits of watermelon cover everything from your brain all the way to the cells in your feet.

The best time to indulge in this fresh, succulent, juicy melon, is summertime, when they are in season and deliver an array of nutrients, vitamin and minerals.

Watermelon is incredibly hydrating (up to 92% water!) and is naturally low-fat. Make this melon a part of your daily diet and you will reap amazing benefits that range from improving cardiovascular health to nourishing your eyes and revving up your immune system! Read below and see for yourself!

Cardiovascular & Bone Health

The lycopene in watermelon is especially important for our cardiovascular health and is now being recognized as an important factor in promoting bone health. Consuming large amounts of watermelon has also been correlated with improved cardiovascular function because it improves blood flow via vasodilation (relaxation of blood pressure). Dietary lycopene (from foods like watermelon or tomatoes) reduces oxidative stress which normally reduces the activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts (the two major bone cells involved in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis) – this means stronger bones for those consuming lycopene-rich foods. Watermelon is also rich in potassium which helps to retain calcium in your body, resulting in stronger bones and joints.

Reduces Body Fat

The citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline is an amino acid which converts into arginine with help from the kidneys. When our bodies absorb citrulline it can take the step of converting into arginine if so required. Citrulline, when consumed, has the ability to (through a series of steps) block the activity of TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase) which makes our fat cells create less fat, and thus helps prevent over-accumulation of body fat.

Anti-inflammatory & Antioxidant Support

Watermelon is rich in phenolic compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids. The carotenoid lycopene in watermelon is particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals. The tripterpenoid cucurbitacin E is also present in watermelon, which provides anti-inflammatory support by blocking activity of cyclo-oxygenase enzymes which normally lead to increased inflammatory support. Make sure you pick ripe watermelons, because they contain higher amounts of these beneficial phenolic compounds.

Diuretic & Kidney Support

Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine, but does not strain the kidneys (unlike alcohol and caffeine). Watermelons helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) which eases strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.

Muscle & Nerve Support

Rich in potassium, watermelon is a great natural electrolyte and thus helps regulate the action of nerves and muscles in our body. Potassium determines the degree and frequency with which our muscles contract, and controls the excitation of nerves in our body.

Alkaline-forming

Watermelons have an alkaline-forming effect in the body when fully ripe. Eating lots of alkaline-forming foods (fresh, ripe, fruit and vegetables) can help reduce your risk of developing disease and illness caused by a high-acid diet (namely, meat, eggs and dairy).

Improves Eye Health

Watermelon is a wonderful source of beta-carotene (that rich red hue of watermelon = beta carotene) which is converted in the body to vitamin A. It helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration as well as prevents night blindness. Vitamin A also maintains healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, and mucus membranes.

Immune Support, Wound Healing & Prevents Cell Damage

The vitamin C content in watermelon is astoundingly high. Vitamin C is great at improving our immune system by maintaining the redox integrity of cells and thereby protecting them from reactive oxygen species (which damages our cells and DNA). The role of vitamin C in healing wounds has also been observed in numerous studies because it is essential to the formation of new connective tissue. The enzymes involved in forming collagen (the main component of wound healing) cannot function without vitamin C. If you are suffering from any slow-healing wounds, up your intake of vitamin C heavy fruit!

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10 Great Benefits of Gratitude

Here are 10 great benefits of gratitude:

1. Gratitude vibes are mirrored by “the always working” Law of Attraction which brings you more to be grateful for. (And then what you see in the mirror starts looking really, really, really, good!)

2. Healthy meals of gratitude will improve your vibes in all areas of your life and will help your body, mind, and spirit thrive.

3. Daily cups of good ol’ gratitude will align you with your inner guidance and tune you into your true power. Side effects are: “You’ll smile more, randomly, and people will wonder why you’re so happy.”

4. Put a couple scoops of gratitude in your thoughts every day and you’ll end up super boosting your confidence.

5. Showing someone gratitude can also trigger a ripple of good vibed “pay it forwards.” Meaning, gratitude can spread from you to many others around you.

6. Gratitude can cause you to be happy right now. Seriously! It really can! It’s proven and stuff…

7. Gratitude is in the upper echelon of the “Upward Spiral” in “The Emotional Guidance System.” Which is a another way to say it’s AWESOME and therefore makes you AWESOME.

8. Gratitude is an “in the vortex” vibe, and being in the vortex is definately beneficial.

9. Gratitude is kryptonite to resistance and also to negative thoughts, and it can increase the levels of good you allow to flow into your life.

10. Last, but not least, gratitude causes you to feel really, really, really, good.

BEAUTY TIPS FOR SISTERS

1. To beautify your eyes, lower your gaze towards strange men this will make your eyes pure and shiny.

2. To beautify your face with brightness, keep doing wudhu at least 5 times a day.

3. To have attractive lips,keep them busy with the remembrance of Allah ta'alah,reciting the qur'an but also don’t gossip and backbite and always speak the truth.

4. To have soft skin all over your body, “MODESTY” (Haya) is one of the best brands; particular the clothes that are not transparent and revealing.

5. To remove impurities from your face and body, use as many times as you can ; a soap called “Istighfar”(asking forgiveness from Allah Ta'alah) -this soap will wash away many bad deeds if used with sincerity.

6. Now about your hair,if any of you has any problem ,try “Islamic Hijab” I guarantee it will work wonders.

7. As for jewelry, beautify your hands with humbleness and let your hands be generous by giving charity as often as you can.

8. To avoid heart disease,always forgive people who hurt your feelings.

9. As for your wonderful feet,to keep them free from any bad smell may sure you always walk to the pathway that will lead you to “JANNAH”.

Pass this to your sisters so that they can also benefit from these tips Insha Allah.

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Top Feng Shui No-Nos

Before you start reshaping your lives with Feng Shui principles and hanging up crystals, consider these basic feng shui no-nos that could be representing major blocks in your life.

Change an unwelcoming front entrance.

Make a shift. Make it happy. Your front entrance is also known as the “mouth of chi,” and it’s your face to the world. Make sure your doormat is relatively clean and new, and that your porch is clutter free. Having the colour red there is a boon, or perhaps a fountain or flowering plant. When your front entrance is attractive, it attracts good things into your life.

Clear items under the bed.  

In feng shui, your bedroom is one of the most important rooms of the house. Why? Because good sleep is key to a good life. Keep the area under your bed free of clutter so that healthy, happy chi (energy) can circulate.

Chairs, beds, and appliances are arranged so that your back is to the door.

Whether it’s your bed, your desk, or your stove, it’s best to be in the “command” position, where you have a view of the door of the room. This way you can be fully present in what you are doing.

Make sure mirrors are not positioned poorly.

Yes, mirrors can be tremendously beneficial, but they can also be harmful. If it’s cutting your head off when you walk by, reflecting something unpleasant (i.e. the toilet or clutter), or facing your bed, please adjust it.

Keep in mind that fragmented or warped mirrors may give you a “fragmented” or “warped” sense of self, and while antique mirrors are in vogue, sometimes they can be a problem because you’re not seeing yourself clearly.

Cleanliness is Godliness

If your house is dirty, you’re letting negative chi collect.

If your house is cluttered and you have a lot of stuff that you don’t love or use, you’re creating very real blocks for yourself. Let it go.

This applies to clothes you don’t wear, broken electronics you’ve been meaning to fix, that project that you’ve been meaning to get to for five years, and things you’re holding on to for emotional reasons. When you release them, you are sending a message to the universe that you want something better — and that you trust the universe to deliver. Clean up, and see how much easier you can breathe!

By K.Nagori