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Piping Hot Tea Can Give You Cancer: Study
Researchers found drinking tea with a temperature above 70C inceased the risk of oesophageal cancer eight-fold.
But if you let your cuppa cool for five minutes it should be safe to drink, experts have said.
The cancer warning was issued after a study in Northern Iran where tea is often drunk piping hot.
Golestan Province has one of the highest rates of throat cancer in the world despite its residents not smoking much and drinking little alcohol.
Researchers studied the tea drinking habits of 300 people diagnosed with the cancer and a group of 571 healthy people from the same area.
Nearly all drank black tea regularly, consuming more than a litre a day on average.
What emerged was that people who drank tea at higher temperatures were far more likely to get oesophageal cancer.
The study - published in the British Medical Journal - found no link between the amount of tea drunk and the cancer risk.
David Whiteman from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research said there is no cause for alarm.
"These findings should not reduce public enthusiasm for the time honoured ritual of drinking tea," he said.
"Rather, we should follow the advice of Mrs Beeton, who prescribes a five to 10 minute interval between making and pouring tea.
"By this time the tea will be sufficiently flavoursome and unlikely to cause thermal injury."
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Agathi Keerai Benefits

  • It is bitter in taste
  • This has to be taken occasionally
  • This is not advised during medication, since it will reduce the power of medicine
  • It is an antidote for poisons
  • It is cooling
  • It is good for fever
  • It is a laxative
  • It helps in digestion
  • It is a tonic
  • It cures insanity
  • It is a very satvic food
  • folk medicine

Agathi keerai is very good when mixed with milk and boiled and then made into curd and that made into
buttermilk if taken twice a day all female related problems can be solved..:White discharge,Vaginal discharge with odour,Over heat.Crushed leaves are applied to sprains and bruises of all kinds.A tea made from the leaves is believed to have antibiotic, anthelmintic,antitumour and contraceptive properties. The bark is considered as a tonic and an antipyretic, a remedy for gastric troubles, colic with diarrhoea and dysentery. A bark decoction is taken orally to treat fever and diabetes. Juice of flowers put in the eyes is said to relieve dimness of vision. The leaves also have medicinal value and are reported to cure night blindness in cattle.  The root is a well-known medicine for malaria.Leaves and flowers are used as poultices. The principal medicinal effects are due to the trees astringency, hence it is used against inflammation, venom and other poisons, bacterial infections and tumors. Root juices are used for poultices and the leaves are applied for rheumatism, swellings, bruises and itching. For systemic disorders, decoctions are taken internally. Root resin, mixed with honey, is taken orally for phlegm and root juices are taken as an expectorant. Sinus congestion is reduced by taking a flower decoction.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Simple Exercices @ home

Here are some resistance training exercises that you can do using just your own body weight:
  1. Pushups- standard, on knees, feet propped up on a chair, leaning on a wall, upper body propped up on a couch, etc. There are even more variations by changing body placement and hand-width.
  2. Crunches- feet on floor, lets bent in air, legs straight in air, bicycle crunch, full sit-ups, oblique crunches, plank.
  3. Lunges- walking lunges, stationary lunges, side lunges, reverse or front lunges.
  4. Squats- feet together, feet shoulder-width, feet wide, back on wall (holding wall sit), holding extra weight (dumbbells, water jugs, etc), one-legged squats (advanced!)
  5. Bridges- lie on your back, legs bent, feet on floor. Lift hips toward ceiling, squeezing glutes the whole time. Challenge yourself by keeping one leg up in the air.
  6. Cardio- climbing your stairs, running/walking/jogging outside, hiking, jumping rope (or just jumping period), kickboxing routines, fitness videos, biking, etc.
As you can see, there are SO many options you can choose from, even with the smallest amount of resources. All of the exercise demos in the Fitness Resource Center are exercises you can do at home.

Investing a little money in a good resistance band, Swiss ball, and/or pair of hand weights will allow you to do a wide variety of exercises from home.

Time Involved: At least 20 minutes, 2-3 days per week

Body Benefit: Strong muscles on a tight budget
Nutritional Value :
  1. The herb comprises rich amount of vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin) vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
  2. This will help you to convert carbohydrates into glucose
  3. To improve the functioning of your nervous system.
  4. It has also good amount of vitamin K.
  5. It has an excellent source of minerals i.e. calcium, magnesium, sodium, manganese and zinc.

Medicinal Value :

  1. In India the roots, stems and leaves has been traditionally used as an herb for treating acute and chronic diseases for thousands of years.
  2. The indigenous Siddha system of medicine recognizes Vallarai as ‘Kaya Kalpa' or ‘elixirs of life'.
  3. Many of the ‘Ayurvedic Rasayana' preparations use Vallarai as an important ingredient.
  4. The traditional physicians of ancient Indian have recognized the plant's ability in healing chronic wounds, varicose vein, stomach ulcers, skin disorders i.e. eczema, psoriasis or leprosy, dreaded viral infections i.e. hepatitis and syphilis.
  5. The herb has ability to balance your excessive BP to near normal level.
  6. It is highly recommended as a de-worming agent.
  7. The herb is also prescribed as an expectorant since it clears phlegm from your respiratory system.
  8. It is a tonic and has ability to tone up your muscular tissues.
  9. It improves hemoglobin percentage, RBC, serum cholesterol and blood sugar in your blood.
  10. It activates fast growth of your hair, skin and even nails. It is identified as an excellent brain and nerve stimulant.
  11. It is believed that this herb improves brain function and the mental ability as well as improves memory and learning performance.
  12. You are able to overcome easily all your negative effects related with fatigue and stress.
  13. The herb has potentials to improve I.Q. among children. It is also recommended for mentally retarded children.

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Now that you're on the weight LOSS side of things, did you know that there's a BIG culprit out there that often causes many moms to eat more than they should and hence GAIN weight?
What is it?
It's Phantom Hunger (in other words, hunger that is NOT real!). 
Although it FEELS like hunger and you feed it, it is really FLUID that your body is after. That’s right, you are thirsty, but misinterpret it as hunger!
Now it's not news that obesity is a problem in our society today. But with all of the weight loss products out there, we have to ask ourselves what's really going on because we keep getting fatter?
One of the key contributing factors is that we have lost touch with our hunger and our thirst. We eat to numb, reward, distract, and excite ourselves, rather than to fuel our bodies. That is why getting in touch with our thirst, hunger and reasons for eating is a mandatory step to losing and maintaining our ideal body weight. 
So the next time you feel hungry, ask yourself why?  Are you hungry OR thirsty? 
In general, the majority of us need to concentrate on drinking MORE fluid in a day. On average, the body uses about 12 glasses of water every day, so you need to replace it with at least 8 glasses of good quality water daily. 
Other good fluids are fruit (preferably fresh and watered down) or vegetable juice and/or herbal tea.  Fruit juice is the one you have to be most cautious of because of the high sugar concentration.
How many glasses of water are you drinking per day? 
Here are 4 Great Tips to help YOU Stay Hydrated
1. Always carry a bottle of water around with you (in your car, at your desk, etc…) and sip it throughout the day that way - you’ll be much more likely to drink and get your quota.
2. UP your daily water intake (more than 8 glasses) if you exercise, drink coffee or tea (both diuretics), or if the weather's hot.
3. Drink between meals and not WITH your food (water dilutes the digestive juices and slows the absorption of nutrients).
4. And finally, add a squeeze of lemon to give your water a fresher taste – that is if you don’t like the taste of water (lemon will also act to increase your metabolism - yippee!).
Stay Hydrated!
'Address proof card'

Many working peoples often shift their houses. For them, it is difficult to produce an address proof issued by Govt with latest address.

Our India post (post office) has come up with a solution.

Now you can get an Address proof along with your photo from India post. Since the ID proof is issued by India post which is a central government

Organization, it is similar to Govt ID cards like Driving license, Voters ID etc. It can be used for opening bank accounts, for getting telephone/internet Connections etc.

The total cost for getting this ID card is Rs.250/ (Rs.10 for application and Rs.240/- processing fee).

Inform everybody. This is very useful

For more details the candidates can enquire the nearest post office.

All frequent travelers….

R u searching for train availability? ?? Here s an easy way to find Seat availability of all trains in a single hit….
Found this site useful – Train availability calendar – Authorized site
http://www.cleartri calendar
If you (or your kids) were born in Chennai, you can download your (your kids) Birth Certificate in PDF format or print it directly from this site:
Laudable effort from the Chennai Corporation. Hope others follow suit. Some brokers will be jobless now and the associated bribery among officials reduced.
Note: DOB Year Limit is 1950.
Death Certificates are also available for download in the same site.
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