May 29, 2014

Getting Essential Nutrients Through Supplements [plug]

A healthy and balanced diet is full of essential nutrients that the body needs in order to sustain itself. Unfortunately, most children and adults do not get enough of important vitamins and minerals from a regular diet. It may be very difficult to integrate certain food into a common western diet that consists of packaged items and prepared products. People also tend to eat a relatively small amount of fruit and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as other nutrients.

To make up for a lack of nutrients in a common western diet, supplements are available for consumption. Small gel capsules or pills can be easily swallowed with any sip of water or beverage. These supplements are formulated with extracts of more than a dozen essential vitamins and minerals. Additionally, other phytochemicals might also be on the ingredient list of dietary supplements.

A typical dietary supplement capsule usually contains all of the essential vitamins that include A, B, C, D, E and K. However, vitamin C may be available in small concentrations because it is found in most fruit based snacks and juices that are commonly consumed by people of all ages.

By contrast, the fat soluble vitamins do not exist abundantly in common food. People have to follow a special diet in order to get a full serving of vitamin D, E and K. The vitamin B complex is in its own category as it consists of multiple vitamins. There are special names assigned to some of the B vitamins that are essential for the human body. For example, Thiamine refers to vitamin B1 and riboflavin is the name for vitamin B2. Most of the B vitamins are usually added to enriched products such as bread and pastries.

Modern dietary supplements are also loaded with important minerals for the body. For example, magnesium and calcium might be found in large concentrations of all natural supplements that come in gel capsules. Exotic extracts of herbs might also make the list of ingredients of all natural supplements. In ancient oriental medicine, herbal leaves and roots play very important roles. Shopping for vitanica supplements at or other websites is an example of seeking organic dietary supplements in a modern western diet. The dosage of each nutrient is explicitly listed on the label of a bottle. Overdoses of organic supplements rarely result in dangerous consequences compared to drugs.

Apr 25, 2014

Cook Up Your Holiday Feast with Lazada!

Be it the holidays or a special occasion, nothing beats the usual commercialized take out and delivery food than a hearty and welcoming home-cooked feast for those people that matter most to you. I myself have been gradually shifting from the delicious restaurant and fast food items to home-cooked meals for many reasons, including finding healthier alternatives to sodium-laden and preservative-infused fatty food that the many businesses in the Metro have been serving us. Let's be honest, no matter how healthy they claim their food to be, they all go straight to our arteries.

Although I am no way assuming that all home-cooked food are healthier, which all depends on how the cook prepares the food and what kinds of ingredients she uses, but being in control of what goes into the food we eat gives us some sort of a healthier advantage. Less oil and less salt, and being able to preserve the meat and vegetables' natural nutrients cannot be easier to do at home.
 I personally use non-stick pans and cookware and have reverted to being oil-free with most of our meals. But to be able to do so, you have to choose very carefully. I once was amused and bought a supposedly non-stick pan from the dollar store, and after two uses, I had to throw it out because not only lost its non-stick quality so easily, it also chipped and burns fast. What every budding chef needs are quality cookware. I bought my non-stick set from Lazada PH, where I buy other non-kitchen stuff as well. It's true that I splurged a bit on it, but the Tramontina Versalhes 13-piece cookware was worth every peso. There are many choices to choose from over at the site, but I always opt for the complete package. Every bit is durable, very easy to clean, and has a classic look.

What's even better is that you can cook everything from flame and carcinogen-free grilled foods to incredible sauces and stove-top broiled meat and vegetables for your special gatherings. Lazada also provides many other useful and fun kitchen accessories and cookware to suit your personal needs, so go on ahead and try them out.

Apr 17, 2014

Perfect Combinations: Wine and Cheese Glossary

At times we go out and skip the usual beer and tequila, and instead opt for more sophisticated nights out with friends. What better way to show off sophistication than having a wine and cheese tasting party? Impress your friends and get that vibe of elegance and maturity about you by serving fruity Merlot with the tangy bite of herbed cheese, or the sweet Moscato with that sexy and spicy Pepper Jack cheese. Whatever strikes your fancy, you just can't go wrong with this.

For those who are at a bit of a loss with regards to which type of wine pairs well with which kind of cheese perfectly like peanut butter and jelly, at the end of this post is a lovely little guide to how to match these yummies together courtesy of Cabot, a well-known company that sells high-grade dairy products made lovingly by farm owners in New York and New England.They have been serving customers since 1915, and are well known for their sharp Cheddar, absolutely gorgeous Greek-style Yogurt and premium churned butter among others.

Their award-winning products are sure to win you over, and you will be able to help 1,200 farming families by supporting their goods.

perfect wine and cheese pairings
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