LDL and HDL Cholesterol

LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result.
HDL cholesterol is considered “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries. Experts believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it is broken down and passed from the body. A healthy level of HDL cholesterol may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.

Noche de San Juan

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¿Sabe cuáles son los cuatro alimentos que ayudan a mantener dientes sanos?

¿Sabe cuáles son los cuatro alimentos que ayudan a mantener dientes sanos?

La salud de nuestra dentadura depende en gran medida de los hábitos alimenticios.

El correcto cepillado de dientes, la utilización de hilo dental y los tratamientos de blanqueamiento, son de gran utilidad a la hora de tener una dentadura sana y  más blanca. No obstante, la salud de nuestros dientes depende en gran medida de nuestros hábitos alimenticios, existen alimentos que por sus propiedades ayudan a desorganizar la placa bacteriana de los dientes, mientras que otros como el café, té y vino tinto, favorecen la aparición de manchas.

Recomendaciones

Frutas y Verduras de consistencias fibrosas: Frutas como la manzana y verduras como el apio y la zanahoria crudos, permite arrastrar la placa bacteriana mejorando el estado de las encías y dientes.

Té verde (sin azúcar): A pesar de que las sustancias del té suelen teñir los dientes, esta variedad de infusión posee catequinas que previenen la inflamación de las encías y matan las bacterias, además es rico en fluor, propiedades que permiten  que los dientes resistan el ataque de la placa bacteriana.

Queso: Es rico en calcio y fósforo, vital para los dientes, y además favorece el proceso de remineralización del esmalte dental.

Chicle (endulzado con xilitol): A pesar de su mala reputación, su consumo moderado disminuye la proliferación de bacterias y aumenta la producción de saliva, lo que permite neutralizar los ácidos que dañan nuestra dentadura y regenerar los minerales esenciales del esmalte.

Fuente: Diario La Segunda

How to Dry Fresh Herbs

How to Dry Fresh Herbs

Drying your own herbs is easy and painless — as long as you know what you’re doing. Different herbs require different techniques; some popular herbs don’t usually take well to traditional methods of drying at all.

Drying Herbs: The Basics

No matter what drying method you are using, there are a few basic steps that need to be followed.

1. If you are harvesting herbs directly from your garden, make sure to pick them at their peak, when their flavor is the strongest. For most herbs, that means when the buds have just appeared, but are not fully open yet.
2. The best, and only, herbs you should dry are fresh herbs. Remove any yellowed, dried or otherwise unhealthy looking leaves.
3. Clean your herbs before drying them. Run the stems under cool, running water, removing any dirt or bugs, and pat dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Herbs should be totally, completely dry before you start the drying process.
Bunching

Good For: Marjoram, lavender, chives, sage, oregano, rosemary, mint, catnip, lemon balm.
Method: Tie 5-8 stems together in a bundle, and place bundle in a paper bag, stems extending out from the opening. Hang the bag in a dark, warm place with good air circulation. The temperature should be about  21-26 degrees C. Let dry for two to four weeks, checking periodically to make sure the bundle hasn’t come loose.

Tray/Screen Drying

Good For: Basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, rosemary.
Method: Remove stalks and stems. Handle leaves gently, and cut large leaves into small pieces. Place on a drying tray, old window screen or baking sheet. If you’re stacking trays, place a spacer in between each try so the herbs have air circulation. Place in a warm, dark area and stir daily until thoroughly dried.

Oven Drying

Good For: Basil, bay leaves, mint, sage.
Method: This works best for gas ovens. On a baking sheet, arrange individual leaves so that no leaves are touching. If you have enough for more layers, place a paper towel between each. Do not turn on the oven. Leave overnight.

La ONU invita a comer insectos para combatir la obesidad

La ONU invita a comer insectos para combatir la obesidad

 

En todo el mundo se consumen 1.900 especies de insectos, la mayoría de ellos en África y Asia. Naciones Unidas acaba de sugerir que extender esta práctica a países occidentales podría ayudar a combatir la obesidad y mejorar el medioambiente; y combatir, al mismo tiempo, el hambre en el mundo.

La idea la ha sugerido el departamento forestal de la FAO (la organización de la ONU para la alimentación y la agricultura), durante una Conferencia Internacional sobre Nutrición y Seguridad Alimentaria en Roma (Italia). “En las culturas occidentales tenemos prejuicios y pensamos que como los insectos se comen en países en desarrollo no pueden ser buenos”, admite Arnold van Huis, de la universidad holandesa de Wageningen, y autor de un informe que defiende esta tesis.

Este documento sostiene que muchas especies de insectos contienen la misma cantidad de proteínas y minerales que la carne y el pescado, pero además son ricos en algunos ácidos grasos que han demostrado sus beneficios para la salud.

Eva Muller, representante de la FAO, ha recordado que cada vez son más los restaurantes occidentales que incluyen insectos en sus cartas; como los saltamontes del danés Noma, considerado el mejor restaurante del mundo. Pero además de ayudar a combatir la epidemia de obesidad en los países industrializados (que afecta ya a 500 millones de personas), la FAO considera que el consumo de insectos supondría un menor daño ecológico, ya que su producción requiere menos tierras y emisiones de gases a la atmósfera.

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Five Things That Make Daters ‘Click’

5 Things That Make Daters ‘Click’

 

It’s what everyone hopes for when they go on a first date, and the first thing friends will ask you about: “did you click?”  And what I always found interesting about “clicking” with someone—feeling like you’ve connected or formed a meaningful bond with them—is how quickly you can know it’s happened…or hasn’t happened. In fact, sometimes it can feel like it only takes a few minutes of talking to a stranger, from romantic prospects to new friends, to know whether you’ve bonded.

But what actually makes that “clicking” feeling happen…and how long does it really take? Does it come down to common interests?  Attraction?

The paper, “Making the Connection: Social Bonding in Courtship Situations,”  found that connection was all about words—how they were delivered, when, and for how long. That’s made men and women in the study feel like they were clicking and had forged a meaningful relationship…yes, even in the span of four minutes!

So what exactly got them to feel that way? Researchers had the speed daters fill out pre- and post-date surveys and wear audio recording devices during the dates. They found that:

  • Women felt a sense of connection to men that used appreciative language (like “good for you!”) and sympathy (like “that must have been tough on you”).
  • Women also clicked with men who interrupted them—not by changing the topic of conversation, but by finishing a sentence or adding to it. Even in four short minutes, it demonstrated understanding and engagement.
  • Asking too many questions, however, was a no-no. Sounds counterintuitive, but women in the study felt disconnected when they had to ask men questions (because the conversation was lagging) or when the men asked them questions (because they had nothing else to say).
  • Varying one’s speech to get louder or softer also endeared couples to each other—anyone who’s been on a date with a monotone speaker can probably attest to that!
  • Finally, both men and women were in agreement that they felt like they clicked when the focal point of the conversation was the woman, and the man’s “job” was mainly to demonstrate alignment with and understanding of his date.

article by: Diana Vilibert