Thursday, 26 July 2012

Secret of the Turkana Beauties

Do you love the Turkana beauties? So natural and so real. I sure do. Here is the a share of the creativity of our young people and the beauty in our Kenyan people. I particularly  love the Turkana Granny. I would love to know the secret to her beauty. I sure want to look good even in my eighty's. May be granny takes Aloe Vera and Cactus fruits, that grow in the wild in drylands like Turkana - where she lives. Or someone out there has another idea? Check out this magazine. 


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

GENTSE FEESTEN, What do you think about it?

Gent is a city in the Oost Vlanderen province in the tiny European country called Belgium. Gent has a long history going back centuries. It has evolved from being a kingdom on its own to an important steel industry city and  to what it is today - a student city. Yes, Gent is a student city with over 60,000 students. Salons and cafe' always have a student rate indicated because students are so important to this city's economy, even housing business is geared to meet students need (single rooms and studio apartment are the mainstay of the residential real estate business in the city).
Perhaps what the city is most famous for it what is called 'the Gentse Feesten'. This is annual event held in July each year since more than 500 years ago. It is 10 straight days of doing nothing but hanging out and about in the city, listening to different music performances, drinking, having fun and literally just idling around. During the 10 days, offices, factories, businesses,schools, universities etc are all closed. No one is obliged to work during these days. Even hospitals operate  on low key during this period. Most Doctors and nurses are off duty for the feast. Life during this period rotates around the feast. The city receives millions of tourist and visitors who just come to see just how a city can organize a big party to last 10days for itself.
I happened to be in Gent this year and  for the first time witnessed the feast. You cannot imagine what this is. the city centres turns to a carpet of people, millions of them all just idling and drugging their feet around. Music is played every corner and it is all a blast. Of course there is no space for cars and even public buses. people walk from their homes to the city. At 10 o'clock in the night you see swarms of people walking to the city from their homes as if the party has just began. It is amazing.

I do not know what to make of the Gentse feast. It is just mind baffling to me. How can people afford so many man-hours in the modern times to celebrate??? - nothing in particular. Rest is healthy I think, it  makes people focus better - but again what about the losses on the economy are they ever recovered? Is the society better and stronger? Why has Gent feast beaten the ages to exist to date and be as phenomenon as 500 years ago? I particularly like the way the city handles numbers, putting up mobile urinals and toilets all over the center and ensuring all are supplied with clean water and the emptying to the city sewer services. It all work very well. A healthy thing and beautiful thing Gent Feast is I think...

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Health benefits of Moringa oleifera

If what you read below sounds interesting to you do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment.

Here are Frequently Asked Questions  about  MORINGA OLEIFERA

Why is moringa called the “Miracle Tree”?
There are many health benefits to consuming Moringa, which is why it has earned the title of a super food, and is also sometimes known as The Miracle Tree, or the Tree of Life.Moringa leaves and pods when taken in regularly, will nourish the body with necessary vitamins and minerals. All parts of the moringa tree including leaves, pods, bark, seed, fruits and root has medicinal value. Hence, it was called the ‘Miracle Tree.

Is Moringa oleifera just another dietary fad/super food?
Moringa oleifera has been in use for more than 2,000 years and is a very valued plant for a wide variety of applications. It has been revered for centuries in countries in Asia and Africa for both its healing and nutritive value. It is only now being discovered in western culture as people look to nature for health and treatment. In many third world countries, it continues to form the basis for nutritional programs put into place by charitable organizations. The biggest challenge for Moringa oleifera is the “too good to be true” syndrome. It offers so much, that it is difficult to believe such a simple plant can be so useful. 
Q: If it's is so good, how come I haven’t heard of it?
Moringa oleifera is a botanical name and is known by over 200 names in many different countries, which adds to its anonymity. It is usually the product of tropical and sub-tropical countries, where the hardy plant survives well and provides sustenance to native people. As a result, this product hasn’t been commercially farmed and produced on an industrial scale.but has been in the diets of indigenous people of Africa india and Asia since 15 Bc. However, it is incorporated into many “proprietary” formulas for nutritional supplements and the oil is used in many luxurious cosmetics.

Does moringa have anti-ageing properties?

Moringa is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, with high contents of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and bioflavonoid. Active oxygen radicals steal electrons from normal, healthy biological molecules. This electron theft by active oxygen oxidizes tissue and can cause disease. By supplying the body with these nutrients we can find an effective method to block the oxidation of healthy tissue by active oxygen, then we can attempt to delay the ageing process.

Is moringa dried leaf powder more potent than fresh leaves?
When you take a delicate moringa leaf and carefully dry it - amazing things happen. There is significantly higher nutritional value in the moringa dried leaf, in some cases over ten times in specific nutrients when compared to fresh Moringa leaf. Many universities and independent research laboratory analyses have confirmed the higher nutritional values in the dried leaf powder. What's more amazing is gram for gram comparison of moringa to common fruits and vegetables. The nutritional values of moringa's many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, and anti-aging compounds are higher than it's own fresh leaves.

How effective is moringa ?

A lot of research has been done about Moringa and has been part of the daily diet of people around the world because of it’s nutritional and medicinal properties. Moringa has saved millions of lives in poor countries where malnutrition is prevalent because of its high nutritive value. John Hopkins has released a scientific paper regarding some of the medicinal properties of moringa. 

What are known side effects of Moringa?
Moringa is chockfull of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids. According to the International Organization, Trees for Life, extensive research conducted at the Noguchi Memorial Medical Research Centre in Ghana has found that it's leaf powder has no toxic elements and no side effects were observed even in families consuming high amounts of Moringa.
Dr. Lowell Fuglie, based in Senegal and considered as one of the experts about moringa says that to date there has not been any known negative side effect even in the daily consumption of moringa.

However, each person is unique and responds differently. If you do suffer any side effects, they may range from mild headaches and upset stomachs, to nausea. This is simply the result of toxins being eliminated from your body. Gradually, these side effects should disappear.

Q: With the accessibility to fresh vegetables in most shops, why is a supplementation from Moringa necessary?
Time, non availability is usually the issue. Gyms, swimming pools and basketball courts abound, but we are more out of shape now than at any time in our history. In an ideal society, we would have the time to cook all of our meals from scratch with fresh vegetables that we can personally vouch for. However, the foods are full of pestcides,chemical fertilizers,growth hormones etc and most of us are so busy in the evenings with after-school activities, homework, travel, and chores, that meals are usually grabbed from the freezer or emptied from a can. As a result, our food is reconstituted, reheated, “enriched”, preserved, and genetically modified. We have only to look at the health of our youth, with a staggering increase in obesity, juvenile diabetes, and autism, to determine that all is not well in the world of nutrition. Our bodies were designed to get our nutrition primarily from plant sources. Balance is the key and Moringa oleifera is a naturally balanced nutritional supplement.

What are the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds present in Moringa?

Antioxidants: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B (Choline), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) , Vitamin B2 (Rivoflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6, Alanine, Alpha-Carotene, Arginine, Beta-Carotene, Beta-Sitosterol, Caffeoylquinic Acid, Campesterol, Carotenoids, Chlorophyll, Chromium, Delta 5- Avenasterol, Delta 7 Avenasterol, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid, Indoleacetonitrile, Kaempferal, Leucine, Lutein, Methionine, Myristic-Acid, Palmitic Acid, Prolamine, Proline, Quercitin, Rutin, Selenium, Threonine, Tryptophan, Xanthins, Xanthopyll, Zeatin, Zeaxanthin, Zinc.

Anti- Inflammatory Compounds: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Arginine, Beta-Sistosterol, Caffeoylquinic Acid, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Copper, Cystine, Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9, Fiber, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid, Indoleacetonitrile, Isoleucine, Kaempferal, leucine, Magnesium, Oleic-Acid, Phenylalanine, Potassium, Quercitin, Rutin, Selenium, Stigmasterol, Sulfur, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Zeatin, Zinc.

There are over 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds all naturally occurring in the moringa plant. That is why it is referred to as the best natural source of anti-oxidants.

What are the vitamins and minerals present in Moringa?

Vitamins: Vitamin A (Alpha and Beta Carotene), B,B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, Folate (Folic Acid), Biotin and much more.

Minerals: Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Fluorine, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Molydenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Sulfur, Zinc.

Amino acids: Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine.

Other nutrients: Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, Cytokins, Flavonoids, Omega 3,6 9 oils, Plant Sterols, Polyphenols, Lutein, Xanthins, Rutin and many more.

How does moringa act as detoxifier?
Moringa seeds are well known for its use to purify dirty water. Moringa seeds when mixed with impure water will absorb all the impurities. In the similar process, moringa attracts the toxins from the blood and removes and excrete toxic build up.

Can moringa supplements be taken with other prescriptions?
Moringa supplements is a 100% natural product made from the parts of the Moringa tree. People in India are taking moringa for hundreds of years as a staple food and have not reported any problem since then. However, we suggest you to consult with your physician whether you can take these supplements along with other prescription medicines.

What is the best method to take the Moringa powder?
The best way is to mix it with a glass of pure orange/lemon juice or warm water. A teaspoon of moringa powder mixed in a glass of orange juice will give you a wholesome drink filled with nutrients. It can also be mixed in porridge, smoothie, yorghurt, soup, or added to food.

How much Moringa  should I take a day?
The suggested daily intake is 3-4 teaspoons a day. Best before meals or sprinkled on all kinds of moderately hot beverages and food. AVOID COOKING MORINGA AS THESE DENATURES THE VITAMINS which are easily destroyed by heat.

Can moringa be taken by children and Expectant mothers?
It is a completely safe and natural product, which contains ingredients that the growing child and expectant mom needs.  The body will recognize and readily assimilate the natural nutrients.  It is one of the few plants that can be consumed by the entire family, infant to the old. In fact the World Health Organization recommends feeding malnourished infants and children Moringa on a daily basis.  Research shows that lactating mothers have increased milk flow when  they consume moringa.

Is GREEN GOLD Moringa all natural?

Yes, our moringa is 100% natural and is made from pure moringa oleifera leaf powder and fruit powder. All our moringa trees are organically grown without using any pesticides.

How is Moringa better than other nutritional supplements available in the market?

Most of the multivitamin and calcium supplements available in the market are made using synthetic ingredients. The human body absorbs very minimal nutrients supplied through the synthetic supplements. However, moringa leaves and pods are natural sources of calcium and multivitamins and their processing method also enhances the bioavailability of the nutrients. Further more Moringa’s rich portfolio of both minerals and vitamins forms a wholesome synergy that aids in the best levels of assimilation of minerals.

Bioavailability of Whole Plant Minerals: Calcium - Up to 8.79 times more bioavailable; Chromium - Up to 25 times more bioavailable; Copper - 1.85 time more retained in the liver; Iron - 1.77 times more absorbed into blood; Magnesium - Up to 2.20 times more bioavailable;

Manganese - 1.63 times more retained in the liver; Molybdenum - 16.49 times more absorbed into blood; Selenium - Up to 17.60 times the antioxidant effect; Zinc - 6.46 times more absorbed into blood.

What are the health benefits of Moringa? -
Daily consumption of the GREEN GOLD yields the following health benefits:
·      Antioxidants
·      Nourishes Body’s Immune System
·      Promotes Healthy Circulatory System
·      Anti-Inflammatory
·      Provides a Sense of Well-Being
·      Supports Normal Blood Glucose Levels
·      Promotes Healthy Digestion
·      Increases Energy
·      Enhances Skin Health
·      Promotes Normal Liver Function
·      Reduces the Appearance of Wrinkles
·      Promotes Normal Serum Cholesterol
·      Promotes Healthy Cell Structure
·      Nourishes the Eyes and Brain
·      Triggers Metabolism
·      Promotes Body’s Natural Defences


Information Source is Botanical Treasures, Nairobi 

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Sunday, 8 July 2012

How I take care of my face

Your face is your interface with the world. You want to send to the world the best about yourself. people form opinion about you based on what is written on your face. It is of your interest to take care of the face skin and bring out its best. I am a firm believer that we all have good skin. I agree your skin may have issues here and there, now and then, but with proper care it will do alright. General health of your body reflects on the skin and so the first and most important care for your skin is a (i) balanced diet which includes all vital elements that the body needs especially vitamins and minerals. (ii) water - recommended water intake is about 2 litres per day for an adult, so keep that glass on sight; (iii) sleep - rejuvenates your whole body. (iv) hygiene - avoid clogging pores and ensure you regularly clean it (iii) pampering - being gentle and loving to your skin (iv) nourishment with good nutrients (see what is in your beauty product).

My daily face care regime entails four steps that I have found to give me great results (a young, healthy and beautiful looking skin):
1. Cleansing: The reason why you want to cleanse your skin using a good cleanser is so to remove make-up (if you use it), dirt and impurities and to keep the skin blemish free.  You need to cleanse twice a day morning and evening.
 (a) Morning cleansing: Remove any sweat, oily build-up, dead skin cells, and pillow grunge from the night before. It is essential to wash your face because most treatment products penetrate the best when applied to clean, bare skin.
 (b) Night Cleansing: Will give you a fresh palette for makeup application the next day.  Night cleansing is very important because it removes make up, sunscreen, pollution, and other grime you’ve accumulated from the day,  so your skin can “breathe” and stay fresh while you sleep.
How do you cleanse?
3-steps process (a) apply the cleanser to your fingertips of both hands and rub together; (b) massage cleanser all over face and neck; (c) wipe off the cleanser with a cotton bud or pad and rinse the face thoroughly with warm water (avoid hot water it dries the skin). Be careful not to scrub. While Gently Cleansing is recommended even for those on Acne and Rosacea treatment. Scrubbing the skin worsen acne, as it can remove skin lipids and can increase irritation.
What kind of cleanser should you use? A non-irritating, pH balanced cleanser is best. To decrease inflammation avoid harsh cleansers, alkaline bar soaps and alcohol-based products, these may worsen irritation on your skin. Cleansing products with mild surfactants can remove surface oil and dirt without compromising the skin’s barrier function. It is important to thoroughly rinse cleansers from the skin because the residue can be irritating.
My favorite cleanser:
Sonya Purifying Aloe Cleanser is a remarkable, gentle cleanser with aloe and fruit extracts is designed to gently remove makeup and debris without over drying. It leaves my face feeling wonderfully soft, fresh and clean each I use it.
Treatments targets ‘certain conditions’ that your skin may suffer. If you got acne, then you’ll want to include a BHA or other acne treatment of some sort. If wrinkles and Fine lines, you may want to include Vitamin C products or retinoid. Treatment should be the first thing applied to clean skin in order to ensure maximum effectiveness. Even though I do not have issues that need special treatment on my face I always apply one cream AloeVera Gelly just to feed my skin with the goodness of this product and to sooth my skin. I like this product because in combination with drinking of Aloe Vera Gel, eczema that affected my leg for more than 3 years is now clear. Hairdressers use the Aloe Vera Gelly around the hair line before perming and coloring.
3. Moisturize
Why is Moisturizing your skin important? Skin need moisture and moisturizers are meant to seal in your skin’s natural moisture, to adds extra hydration so your skin can function at its best, to reduce discomfort and effects of dryness or taut skin and to form additional layer of protection against everyday wear and tear.
I use the the Aloe Nourishing Serum to moisturize my skin and I just love it. It gives me a smooth and a lovely feeling that no other product I used before gave.
Skin also need protection from UVA and UVB rays from the sun. You always need to have it before you set out for that holiday or a day in the beach or park. Did you know sunscreen is also important during winter because the rays of sun are as harmful to skin in winter just like in the summer. I recommend Aloe Sunscreen spray. It is water resistant, effective and easy to carry .
You can find these product here.