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GREEN TEA TIME

Green tea's history goes back to 2737 BC and the Chinese Emperor Shennong who – it is said – accidentally drank water in which a tealeaf had been boiled. This history of being linked to the highest tier of Chinese society made green tea expensive and inaccessible to the general population. It was not until the fourteenth century that green tea became widely enjoyed throughout China – revered for its taste and medicinal qualities. Later explorers brought the tea back to Europe and the British imported tea plants to India where they thrived. Today it is grown throughout the world. Harvesting Tea Green tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant native to Asia. The part of the plant used for...

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MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD) – A SCARY THOUGHT!

When most people think of things that are good for eyesight, they immediately think of carrots. However, new evidence suggests there is much more involved in keeping your eyes healthy. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of blindness in those older than fifty in developed countries. Now it is striking at a much younger age leading researchers to believe that early prevention is the real key to eye health. So beginning now is the right time to prevent disease and improve your eye health. Your Immune System Works For Or Against You It appears that early in AMD, an activation of the immune system sets the stage for a self-destructive process that eventually kills the photoreceptor (light-sensitive)...

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WHAT ARE THE CELLS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

All white blood cells start in bone marrow as stem cells. The generic stem cells will divide and differentiate into all different types of white blood cells. Learning all of these different names and the function of each cell type takes a bit of effort but here's a quick summary to help get them organized in our brains: All white blood cells are known officially as leukocytes. Leukocytes are divided into three classes: Granulocytes - Granulocytes make up 50% to 60% of all leukocytes. Granulocytes are themselves divided into three classes: neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils. Lymphocyte - Lymphocytes make up 30% to 40% of all leukocytes. Lymphocytes come in two classes: B cells (those that mature in bone marrow) and...

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LET’S TALK ABOUT COFFEE

Why has a substance that apparently offers no nutritional value – no vitamins, no minerals, no enzymes – become so widely used throughout the world? Many coffee drinkers enjoy the taste. And for those who don't there are countless additives to mask the flavour like sweeteners, milk, and chocolate syrup to name just a few. Other people drink coffee for the caffeine boost. Many people swear they can't get going in the morning without a cup of coffee – or several. They feel physically tired and mentally foggy without their morning brew. Most regular coffee drinkers argue their habit isn't doing them any harm. In fact, they'll point to reports touting the health benefits of coffee citing studies that claim...

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DETOXIFY

ARE YOU A THREE? It's a toxic world out there. Some toxins we can avoid and some we can't. So for the sake of argument let's say a personal toxic load of three out of ten is something the body can deal with while not compromising your health. But many toxins are beyond your control such as air pollution or the x-ray you needed when you fractured your wrist mountain biking last summer. What can you do to lower the toxic load you carry? Step One: Assess Your Cosmetics Women who use make-up on a daily basis can absorb almost five pounds of chemicals into their bodies each year, so this is not a matter to take lightly. Putting chemicals...

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