Cinco de Mayo Revealed
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:53
Glasgow, Scotland, April, 2014–Literally "the Fifth of May," Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrated to honor Mexican culture and heritage. More specifically, it commemorates Mexico’s Battle of Puebla in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in Puebla, where the famous battle took place but it really isn't as important as most people think. September 16, Independence Day, is a much more important holiday in Mexico. For some reason, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States of America, by Mexicans and Americans alike, than in Mexico.

One theory for this: it was celebrated in all of Mexico and by Mexicans living in what is now Texas and California, but which used to be part of Mexico. It was eventually ignored in Mexico but still celebrated north of the border. Americans never got out of the habit of remembering the famous battle.

Of course, an important way to pay homage to a particular culture is through its traditional food. Read on for some tasty and healthy Cinco de Mayo-themed recipes. And here’s a bit of history you can use to impress your fellow party-goers:
The Word is Getting Around
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:38
We (your editors) have written in several previous articles about the incredible efficacy of a new supplement called Zija. Formulated in this country naturally, the powder-like product comes from the leaves and bark of a small plant called the Moringa tree. When you mix the Zija mango-flavored product with water before you start your day, it goes down easy and prepares you for most anything.

Now more health and medical professionals are getting into the game—not necessarily of Zija, but of the realization (mostly coming from the study of ancient medicine) that certain plants contain highly curative values within them.

With this in mind, the folks at one of the country’s most prestigious teaching hospitals have started giving their patients formulations of certain plants. (We’re not identifying the hospital; we’ll let them make their own declarations.) They have found a high degree of cellular antioxidant activity present in these plants, which they call “edible flowers”. They’ve also found flavonoids, phenolic compounds (the safe kind) and in general a radical-scavenging activity that rids the body of potentially dangerous toxins.

Better Sticks for Better Living
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:23
Fort Worth, Texas, April 2014—The humble chopstick, used for over 5,000 years by billions of people the world over, just underwent a major overhaul. Future Sticks are a safe, high tech, newly-patented version of the chopsticks we've all come to know and love (or loathe).

They have a traditional tapered end, but with a newly patented eating end with teeth that increase the gripping power of the chopstick. This makes it possible for everyone to enjoy using chopsticks with ease and confidence, or to start that chopsticks diet everyone’s talking about.

Anyone who has sheepishly asked the waiter for a fork and knife while their dining companions used chopsticks like pros will welcome this innovation. So, too, will those with arthritis, hand tremors and other dexterity challenges. Even for the most experienced chopstick user there are certain dishes that are difficult to eat, such as noodles and hard shelled seafood. Future Sticks solve that problem; but if they wish, experienced users can also flip them over and use the traditional side to eat with.

But wait! There’s more!
Feeling Good—Naturally
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:44
We (the Editors) have discussed this natural phenomenon before, but not in every issue.

It’s time for an upgrade.

We’ve been introducing/talking about an all-natural product that comes from an ancient botanical called The Moringa Tree.

Dating to biblical times and valued for its medicinal properties, a few years back, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) declared the Moringa to be the “most nutritious botanical” they had ever studied.

The nutritive qualities within the Moringa are due to the fact that the extract from this tree contains most, if not all of the essential amino acids, plus a very high number of antioxidants, anthocyanins and anti-inflammatories. In addition, the absorption factor is abnormally high, enabling the goodness within this stuff to stick around long enough to do lots of good things.
Upgrade Your Lemonade
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:27
New York, New York, March 2014—To celebrate the brand’s 10th anniversary, Vita Coco® brings together two of summer’s most popular drinks. Think fresh coconut water and homemade lemonade, combined to create “Vita Coco Lemonade.” The new all-natural beverage – the company’s sixth standard flavor – can be found soon at groceries.

Vita Coco’s new lemonade flavor is made with coconut water, natural lemon puree and a touch of natural fruit sugar. It’s a nutrient-dense, thirst-quenching drink one can enjoy during and long after the dog days of summer (if they ever arrive!).
How to Play with Your Toes (And Why You Should)
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:30
Columbia, Missouri, April 2014—Here is some practical and fun advice from Lynn Maloney, a dear friend and gifted acupuncturist.

A stiff gait and poor balance make us feel less confident in our movement as we age. Falling also becomes a greater concern and bigger threat. However, this loss of agility is not a necessary part of aging. But how can we keep our gait agile and confident? It’s simple: play with your toes!

A wonderful Japanese acupuncture teacher, Kiiko Matsumoto, tells her patients to play the childhood game Rock/Scissors/Paper – but not with their hands, the way many of us did in school. Make these shapes with your feet and you will keep – or regain – more limber and stronger muscles in your feet. Healthy feet allow you to roll through your feet as you walk and keep your posture upright and confident. Massage and acupuncture help your feet in this way, too; but daily stretching and strengthening of the toes is a fun and easy way for you to take control of improving stability and ease when you walk.
Going Hawaiian
Friday, 25 April 2014 20:13
Lahaina, Maui, April 2014—It has been almost 25 years since the former Pioneer Mill Company first started planting coffee on its Kaanapali Estate in West Maui. Today, MauiGrown Coffee is flourishing as one of the largest commercial coffee growers in the U.S. They've also carved a growing market niche worldwide for their 100% MAUI Origin Coffee.

"Back in 1988 we planted four Arabica varietals - Yellow Caturra, Red Catuai, Typica and Mokka," said James "Kimo" Falconer, President of MauiGrown Coffee. "At the time, it was considered cutting edge to have multiple coffee varieties planted on a single estate. Through the years, we focused on refining our varietal approach to growing coffee and our harvesting and processing methods. Today, the fruits of our labor are paying off."
Thriving Under Stress
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:37
Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 2014—Stop for a moment and consider your average workday. Do you rush to get things done but still fall behind? Is the pressure of your work so great that you “crash” when you get home? Do you want to live healthy, but never have the time or the motivation to do so?

The very nature of modern life is hectic to an extent that could not have been imagined just a generation ago. No wonder we struggle with work-life balance!

But despite the fast pace of everyday life and work, there are many who live a daily life that results in increasing motivation, productivity and wellbeing. Andy Core’s new book, Change Your Day, Not Your Life, shows you how to become one of those people. The author instills real-world mindsets and tools to make change a little less daunting and a lot more doable. And, he does so with a very simple premise: you don’t have to change your life, you only have to change your day.
Fuel for Discussion
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:17
Everywhere, USA, March 2014—Does it really matter what kind of fuel we use to power our lives? Must we choose between the lesser of evils? As always, it’s best to define terms before engaging in meaningful debate. Here again the science geeks at Earth Talk, a feature of The Environmental Magazine, answer a key question to inform one end of the discussion around the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called?

The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel, and other energy sources. And they can generate extreme amounts of particulate pollution, carbon emissions, and ecosystem destruction during their lifecycles from production to consumption.
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