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Quitting Smoking: It is Difficult for Women than Men

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Quitting Smoking It is Difficult for Women than MenIt is commonly stated that quitting smoking is quite a difficult task for many. However, did you know that it is harder for women to quit smoking in comparison to men? It is certainly a bad news for all women smokers, especially for those who are trying to quit. It’s told that women cannot take the advantage of the smoking cessation therapies that are quite effective on men. Being a smoker, not only are you prone to cancers and pulmonary diseases but can also suffer from osteoporosis with aging. Women smokers planning for pregnancy might experience difficulty and the child during birth could have low weight.

A detailed study will let you know as why women face certain difficulties in the process of quitting smoking. And, probably that might let you fight the habit of smoking.

Scientific research states that non-smoker women and a smoking woman have the same number of nicotine receptors in the brain. It’s told that this is something to do with the progesterone levels in the body. Fewer nicotine receptors mean that, they might have the urge to smoke even if the body is exposed to nicotine. This fact implies that women are unable to take the advantage of nicotine replacement therapies. On the other hand, male smokers have a lot many nicotine receptors in the brain in comparison to the non-smoking men. Thus, they can make good use of the non-smoking replacement therapies. And, quitting smoking is easier for men than woman. Studies also state that, women are more dependent on the physical actions related with smoking. And, this includes actions like holding a cigarette in the hands or lips and drawing on it.

Well, this does not conclude the fact that women cannot resign from their habit of smoking. There are a few options to do so: practicing yoga, meditation, deep breathing and even using nicotine replacement therapies that could mimic the act of smoking can help to go a long way in quitting smoking.

If the situation is too severe then one can even consult a doctor for advice. As, at times smoking deteriorates the health of a woman to a great extent, thus steps should be taken to curb it at early as possible. The only reasons that one gets addicted to this habit is stress, peer pressure, advertisement from tobacco companies, losing weight, family issues or exposure to cigarette at home etc. Smoking, however does not solve these issues, the problems anyways still remain there and in turn being addicted to this habit, you move on to ruin your health. It is all about the right support you receive from someone to quit this habit.

Now that you know, how to go about it, stand up and go on to set yourself free from the chains of this habit. Today being World Cancer Day, get started with it! Live life simply and happily J

By- Angelica Campbell

An Amazing Six Varieties of Tea

Friday, February 1st, 2013

An Amazing Six Varieties of TeaTea is one of the most common beverages around the world. Throughout centuries the drink has been used for medicinal purposes for its healing properties. I just love tea! For me, my day starts with a cup of my favourite tea and even ends to with a cup of hot tea. Being a true lover of tea too, I had very little knowledge about the various types of tea. However, my recent exploration has told me a lot of stories about tea. If you are new to tea, then there might be chances for you to get confused with the various styles, names and grades of tea. Therefore, to simplify things, I have got something good to share.

Earlier I thought that each type of tea- black, green, white, yellow and the pu-erh teas had originated from an individual’s name or from a plant. However, my exploration made me realize that there are a lot more things to know about tea. The different types of tea are actually determined by the steps they are put for processing. All types of tea need to undergo the 8 steps in the process of tea making and they are: plucking, sorting, cleaning, drying, sorting, processing and finally its packaging. It is the processing feature that determines the type of tea is to be prepared.

There are other elements too like leaf size, climate, elevation its being grown at, type of soil, amount of moisture, time of harvesting that are important in determining the type of tea being processed. However, the two major factors contributing to the type of tea is the type of manufacturer and for the time period the leaf is being dried or oxidized. The level of oxidation is important in determining the type of tea.

A quick look at the six different types of tea:

Green Tea: This is one of the most common types of tea and consumed by a large number of people. The tea is well known for its medicinal effects it provides. Instead of a grading system, green yeas use name designations. It is said that more than 3,000 different types of green tea is just in China and it is not easy to keep a track of all. Japan is also known for producing green tea. And, as it’s grown there in fewer styles, therefore it is easy to identify the different styles of green tea.

White Tea: Previously, only China was one of the few countries producing white tea with their Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) and Bai Mei (White Eyebrow).    However, even Sri Lanka has joined the competition with its Ceylon Silver Tips and Bai Mu Dan (White Peony). And, both of these are equally rejuvenating as China’s white tea. There are other countries too in the list of production of white tea, but none have reached the level as that of these two countries.

Black Tea: Black Tea is absolutely oxidized and is broken into two categories. One is whole leaf tea and the other is broken leaf. The broken leaf tea is graded with the help of a wire mesh screen with graduated sizes that goes from the largest and thickest leaf to the smallest particles called dust. Broken leaf teas are mostly found in tea bags.

Oolong Tea: Oolong Tea is produced by China and Japan. Both these places are bestowed by nature with areas that help in the growing conditions of Oolong tea. The careful manufacturing process provides the tea with various styles and flavours ranging from sweet to hearty and robust.

Yellow Tea: This tea most of you will not know, as it is made only in China and that too in small quantities. At times, unintentionally it is even marketed and sold as green yea.

Pu-erh tea: There are two styles of this tea. One is shou pu-erh that undergoes a small aging process and is available loose and compressed into cakes called cha. Another one is Sheng pu-erh that is a longer aging style, compressed into other shapes and stored in temperature controlled rooms to age that could range something from ten to fifty years.

It sounds so incredible, that all these six types of tea start up from the same procedure like the leaf plucked from plant, but with the help of nature and the tea maker, the product ends up being entirely unique.

By Angelica Campbell

Friendship is the Secret to a Romantic Relationship

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Friendship is the Secret to a Romantic RelationshipHere is a piece of interesting news for all. A new study states that a long lasting friendship is a secret to a romantic relationship. So, if you have been waiting to build a good bonding with your partner and have tried various options and things have not turned out to be successful. Well, here is a fantastic way to ignite your relationship in a simple and healthy way. Recent research states that valuing your friendship with your partner helps to strengthen your relationship by creating more commitment and bonding between the two.

In a relationship, if people try to emphasize more on satisfying one’s personal needs or desires then the relationship is less likely to succeed or develop a good bonding. To enhance the quality of your romantic relationship, it is very important to value the friendship aspect of your friendship. As per the lead author of this study, Laura VanderDrift of Purdue University Indiana has said that- “Romantic relationships are, at their core, friendships.” Giving more importance to the friendship component in a relationship is relative to any other components (like sex) to promote a positive relationship.

According to researchers, friendship is a characteristic of love and hence should be strengthened in any relationship. The team to report these findings had conducted two experiments. One was on 190 students who were indulged in a relationship from the past 18 months. The students had to fill questionnaires that aimed to assess the amount of investment they had put in a relationship. (This also included the different aspects of their relationship and future plans)

On being contacted four months later for being questioned with more on their relationship, 27% of the couples were not together. And, the ones who had scored highly were the ones who had been more particular about the friendship aspect of their relationship and even seemed to be content with their romantic commitment. Over the four months of their study, they saw the increase in a few of things like: partners who had put in more efforts in building a strong friendship were less likely to break up.

The next experiment studied about the relationships of 184 students who had been dating for 16 months on average. These couples were asked to rate the different aspects of relationship like companionship, self-improvement, sex, security and new experiences. The people rating companionship proved to score higher in their romantic and sexual fulfillment. And, the ones who targeted more on their personal needs could not score higher in their level of commitment in realty too. Therefore, if you are planning for a happy and a long lasting relationship with your partner- remember Friendship first.

By- Angelica Campbell

Try this Delicious and Yummy Dessert- Gateau Ganache

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Try this Delicious and Yummy Dessert- Gateau GanacheDesserts are a fantastic option to give that perfect ending to your meal. Eighty in hundred people love to take a bite of these scrumptious delights. Be it the cookies, pies, cakes, ice-creams or any other sugary treats- they are loved. No matter whichever country you belong to, each country has its own unique dessert at offer.

Well amidst all the fab desserts that we have eaten often, here I have got an interesting dessert to share with all.

Ever heard about Gateau Ganache? Here is the recipe, how to prepare this fantastic dish.

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites (room temperature)
  • 6 oz crushed pecans
  • 1 ½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Put the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and let it for an hour, till it reaches the room temperature. Prepare two 8 inch cake pans in this manner: Cut two rounds of parchment paper so that it fits into the bottom of the pans. Grease and flour the cake pans, cover it with rounds of paper and grease and flour them.

Beat the egg whites till it is stiff and add the sugar and nuts to it at once and mix it gently with a metal spoon. Ahead to this, add vanilla and vinegar and mix it gently with a spoon pouring it in the prepared pans. Put it in the preheated oven and bake it for 35-40 minutes. Keep two wire cracks ready, so that as soon as the meringues are done, you will have to run a knife around the edges, cover it with the racks and turn it over so the meringues rest on the racks. Get the tins removed and peel of the parchment paper.

Now the icing part! To prepare the filling and icing, ingredients required:

3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

2tbsp sugar

½ pint whipping cream

Melt the chocolate in a double broiler or in a small bowl over hot water. During the cooling process, whip the cream and the sugar till gets stiff. Put half of the cream in a separate bowl and add half of the chocolate to it. Mix it gently! Place one meringue round on a serving plate and cover it with chocolate mixture. Top with the second meringue and cover it with the remaining cream. With the help of a spatula, dip into the chocolate and make swirls on the whipped cream so that it has a marbled effect. You can even grate a little chocolate over that and then keep it in the Refrigerator till it is ready to be served. And, finally the unique and delicious recipe is ready to serve.

If you have a sweet tooth, must try this & you will love it!

By- Angelica Cambell