Thursday, 19 February 2015

Five Coffee Replacements for College Students

Many people begin their love affair with coffee while in college or university. With late nights, long study hours, exams, homework and a social life, coffee is the fuel that keeps college students focused, energized and alert. However, most students don't realize that the caffeine boost they crave can have some very negative ramifications to their health. Caffeine addiction is the most prevalent type of addiction in the world, and recent research has shown that long-term caffeine use can actually have a negative effect on memory and learning. Caffeine can also cause withdrawal symptoms even after limited use, and the last thing a busy student needs is a massive migraine while studying for a mid-term exam. Fortunately, there are several coffee substitutes that improve focus, energy, memory and mental performance while promoting good health. Check out these five coffee replacements for college students:

Vitamin B12:
Vitamin B12 has been found to be essential for brain and nervous system function and is also known for helping mental clarity and performance. Scientific research has concluded that B12 has energy enhancing properties to naturally raise energy levels. Most energy drinks contain Vitamin B12, although most of the energy derived from consuming these drinks is from caffeine and sugar. B12 is also important for melatonin production, which is responsible for regulating your sleep patterns, meaning it can keep you awake and alert during the day, but not disrupt your sleep at night.

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Matcha Green Tea Powder the New Healthy Coffee Alternative

What is Matcha Powder anyway? Where does it come from and why the current interest in more and more gourmet coffee shops as a drink choice? With more and more coffee drinkers choosing Matcha as their drink of choice, what is it about this new coffee alternative that has people asking why?

The health benefits of Matcha are intriguing. Matcha has at least three times greater the quantity of EGCG available from other commercially available green teas. In 2003, researchers at the University of Colorado found this to be the case. This benefit is due to the fact that the complete leaf is digested, as compared to steeping water and the bagged teas people are most commonly accustomed to drinking. You will find much higher potency of antioxidants, catechins and chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea Powder.

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Caffeine in Coffee Vs Tea

Tea Vs Coffee

Tea and coffee are the most popular drinks on earth besides water, consumed on a daily basis by billions of people worldwide. There is growing research to suggest both popular beverages have health and well being benefits. While both help keep us awake and rejuvenated, tea and coffee are vastly different in their makeup and effects on the body.

White and Green Tea are the clear winners in the health stakes as they are packed full of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that contribute in an incredibly positive manner to improve our overall health and wellness.

Caffeine is probably the most talked about ingredient in both coffee and tea. It is a stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. It's legal and whilst not considered addictive, its definitely habit forming and tolerance to its effects can be developed quickly and easily.

A 1995 study suggests that people develop a tolerance to their daily dose of caffeine (whether its one, or five cups a day) somewhere between a week and 12 days. And that tolerance is pretty strong. One double blind study had two participant groups; one group received an astronomical 900 milligram caffeine pill per day, the control group received a placebo pill. After 18 days the results showed that the two groups had nearly identical statistics with regards to mood, energy, and alertness. The group ingesting the equivalent of nine coffees a day had adapted to the huge caffeine consumption and showed no heightened signs of alertness, energy or mood. They would feel it, though, when they stopped.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Fair Trade Tea/Coffee - What's the Issue?

Fair trade has become a large social movement that has developed over the years and spread through many different countries in an effort to create better trading conditions, and promote sustainability. Fair trade affects numerous industries but most notably coffee, sugar, tea and wine have been affected. Coffee and tea are two of the largest industries because they are enjoyed by people all over the world and the industries affect everyone from the rich to lower middle class.

Tea and coffee are collected from many nations, some more developed than others, and for a while trading for them involved unfair practices. Various products could be purchased for much less than they are worth which created a dangerous trade related situations. Luckily, there are many companies today who are happy to be a part of the fair trade movement.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

How To Remove Coffee Or Tea Stains From Carpet

Nobody ever plans on having their beautiful new carpet stained but, yet, it always happens. Unless you live as though your home is a museum, spills and the resulting stains are a fact of life. Given this reality, knowing how to take care of various types of products that cause the need for carpet stain removal is important indeed. There are many key items known for their staining ability. Coffee and tea are among the top of the list and together account for a large percentage of overall stains on carpets, upholstery and rugs everywhere. If you are in need of carpet stain removal due to a spill of either coffee or tea, there are a few things you can try before you need to pick up the phone to call a professional.

One of the least known techniques and products that can effectively combat tea or coffee spilled onto a carpet is the good old standard baby wipe. Yes, that's right. The chemicals in the wipe are great at dissolving the tea and coffee stain in carpet. Using the baby wipe, blot the stain in a light manner from the outer edges in toward the center. This can also be done if coffee or tea has been spilled on any upholstery or even an item of clothing. Another interesting home remedy for coffee and tea that has found its way onto your carpet is a mix of baking soda and water. Create a paste (very stiff paste) with the combination and rub it into the affected area. Ironically, this mixture is also highly effective at removing the same stain from any china or other cup and saucer that may be used to serve the coffee or tea.

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Coffee Tips and Tricks

Caffeine Content Inside Coffee

Merely because you might be drinking a dark roast coffee does not mean your coffee has more caffeine in it. This is just the way the beans were prepared, not how much caffeine is in them. If your coffee has the term Robusta on it's packaging, it usually has twice the amount of caffeine as standard Arabica coffee.

To save money by getting bulk coffee without sacrificing flavor, measure out what you plan to use immediately and store it at room temperature. Coffee tastes best when it's brewed from room temperature grounds. Coffee you plan to use within the next week can go in the refrigerator, and the remaining beans or grounds should go in the freezer.

Coffee tastes a lot better when it is fresh brewed, and its actually lower in caffeine if consumed right after it is made. Some people are particular about only using spring water or water in bottles to make it, while others seem to think plain works just fine for making good coffee. Personally, I prefer filtered water myself.

Be sure the water you are using in your coffee maker is fresh, clean and tastes well. Your coffee will only taste as good as the water you are using to make it. You may want to have a taste of the water before putting in the coffee maker to brew.

Coffee Storage and Brewing

Does your coffee get stale because you cannot drink it quick enough? You ought to store it in an airtight container. Put your weekly dose of coffee in to a smaller container and keep it in your freezer so it stays fresh. Store the rest of your coffee in a larger airtight container and open it only when you need to refill your smaller container.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Secret Coffee War That Nobody Knows About

Coffee, the most consumed beverage on the planet next to water. In the last 10 years there has been a major shift in the business world. All the major CEO's of the restaurant industries are all heading towards one thing, its called coffee.

It all started with Starbucks when they were marketing their coffee in such away that people are willing to pay $5.00 a cup. It is said for every 7 cents it costs Starbucks to make coffee, they make $15 profit. Those are massive profit margins and you wonder why Starbucks has been opening more and more stores.

Companies like McDonald's wanted a piece of that pie so their major board members went to work to see how they can profit in the coffee business. After shifting most of their advertising dollars to coffee, they brought out their McCafe brand. Didn't you notice their commercials never cater towards their burgers or happy meals any more. They are pushing their McCafe brand and they started out with sampling their Coffee for free. This was genius because their McCafe brand makes more profits and revenue than their burgers.

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Tips for Making Great Coffee

Coffee is one of the World's favorite beverages. There's nothing like a good cup of coffee and there's nothing worse than a bad cup of coffee. Here are some tips to help you make great coffee every time.

Tip 1: Grind it yourself. Freshly ground beans are fresher and more flavorful than any ground coffee that you could buy in the store, even the expensive stuff. Fresh grinding means great taste and full bodied aroma every time.

Tip 2: Start with quality beans. Don't just buy anything. Even un-ground coffee beans vary in quality. The quality has to do with where they were situated in the roaster at the time of roasting. No roaster heats absolutely evenly; therefore, some beans will be roasted more than others and some may be over roasted. The ones that don't "cook" properly are packaged and sold as cheaper brands.

Tip 3: Use quality equipment. A high quality coffee machine will make better coffee than the cheap eight dollar coffee maker for sale at the local discount store. The main difference is in how well the brewing basket seals and the way the hot water is sprayed into the coffee. Good quality coffee makers have a shower head above the brew basket, not just a hole or a few holes to let the water through.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Green Tea: A Good Cancer Prevention

At least one third of all cancer cases are preventable, and cancer prevention is the most effective strategy in reducing the number of both new cases of cancer and deaths caused by cancer. Although lots of remedies and natural medicines were said to prevent the deadly disease, some experts say that green tea is good for cancer prevention.

Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Popular in countries such as China and Japan, it accounts for 20% of tea consumption worldwide.

It may be consumed in the form of a brewed beverage or capsular extract. In some countries, tea is used as dietary supplements. In China the medicinal use of this tea dated back to 4,700 years ago.

Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Natural Remedies of Sore Throat

The cold medicine business is booming, as anyone who's been to a drugstore knows by looking at the rows and rows of displays of both well known and knock-off brands. Is is worth stuffing in all these chemicals just to get rid of an irritating cold? Or is there another way?

Personally, I lost my faith in the over-the-counter medicine business a long time ago. Going to the store to buy cold medicine or some lozenges for my sore throat was more of a formality than something I really believed would work. I'm sure thousands, make that millions, of people feel the same way as I do now, and perhaps you do as well now that I've given you a refresher.

listed below are the most effective Natural Remedies to cure sore throat

1. Raw garlic
Raw garlic is one of the most potent sore throat fighters, but make sure to buy it fresh and organic whenever possible and to eat it raw. Cooking kills most of the beneficial effects of garlic. The enzymes that are destroyed during cooking are necessary for our body to properly absorb the benefits of garlic. Raw garlic can be added to green smoothies (along with fruit... it's an acquired taste) or simply put in a homemade olive oil based salad dressing.

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