7 Herbs To Help You Use Less Salt

7 Herbs To Help You Use Less Salt

Before you decide to use less salt, know that humans need salt. We need 1500 mg of sodium, or 3.8 grams of salt, to replace the amount lost daily on average through sweat and urination. Besides helping to maintain fluid balance and cardiovascular function, sodium and chloride ions also play an important role in the nervous system. So keep your salt intake at a healthy level.

Salt is also the most common ingredient used in cooking. It acts as a preservative, a way to counteract the sweetness of a dish. And it satisfies our taste buds because it enhances the flavor of food.

Almost everybody loves that extra pinch or tablespoon of salt, but, too much salt can lead to several diseases.  High blood pressure being the most common.

Less salt, more herbs

If you need to or are choosing to decrease the amount of salt that goes into your food, consider using herbs as a taste replacement. You may already have these as a staple in your kitchen or in your herb garden.

Most of the food that we consume contains a fair amount of salt in them in their natural state. There isn’t a need to throw in some more.

One of the things people fail to realize is that eating healthy does not have to be misery. In fact, we all want flavor from our food. So, if that extra pinch of salt is important to you then take a look at the seven herbs below that can be used to replace salt.

Dill

Dill is a slightly sour herb that can be  paired with other herbs/spices to create a one of a kind flavor for your meals.

Consider pairing dill with a sweeter herb such as thyme to achieve a nice balance of sweet and sour. Dill can be used in the form of a leaf or in a crushed/dried form, it all depends on what you prefer.

Chives

 Chives are an age-old source of added flavor and it is used and grow worldwide. Chives add a hint of onion to your dish and they already have natural salt content within them.

Chives are perfect for potato soup, chili, or a vegetable stew. They are also great in small amounts, such as sprinkled on your potatoes.

Thyme

Thyme is a great alternative to salt because it comes in several flavor varieties including lemon and orange. There is a slightly salty undertone to thyme, but you also get the bonus of added flavor.

Thyme has a slightly sweet flavor as well and is best used in combination with parsley, oregano, and rosemary.

Thyme blends nicely  with roasted vegetables.

Mint

 Mint is a common herb used that comes in a variety of strengths. You can choose a mint leaf that will give a slight kick or a mint leaf that will change up the entire flavor of your meal.

Mint also comes in several different flavor combinations. You can buy flavors like chocolate mint and orange mint in your local grocery store. These flavors work great in pasta, in baking, and in salads.  Yet, Swiss mint is for desserts only as the taste is sweeter.

Oregano

Oregano is an Italian spice that works best with pasta dishes or added onto the pizza! Due to the spice’s potency and spicy undertones, the herb is an excellent substitute for salt. For an added kick, combine oregano with basil and parsley.

 Allspice

Allspice is a common herb blend amongst several cultures. There is no real “flavor” of allspice; the herb tastes like a blend of juniper, nutmeg, peppercorn, and cinnamon. Yet, it actually comes from a dried berry four in Jamaica.

 The variety of flavors that we taste with allspice makes it a great substitute for salt. Because it can add a unique flavor to your dishes and draw out the flavors of the dish itself.

Basil

Basil leaves are the most common herbs that are used for cooking in India. These leaves are pungent in taste and slightly sweet in nature. It is not just known for its medicinal benefits but also known as a salt alternatives.

Basil is a well-known ingredient in pestos, but it's also great in soups, stews, vegetable bakes and even desserts.

Less salt does not mean less flavor

 There is no need to add loads of salt to your meals in to enhance the flavor or just get that salty kick you crave.

Also, fresh herbs tend to be more flavorful and luscious than dried varieties. Make sure and get fresh whenever you can or grown your own.

There are many herbs that can help you add unique flavors to your dishes and still keep the salty undertones you desire. Take some time to experiment with the herbs mentioned above and decide which flavor combination you like the most!

Should you wish to buy a combination of salt and herbs, then take a look at Herb Salts

Sources:

Institute of Medicine

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY

 

Laughter is the best Medicine

Laughter is the best Medicine

For great health, the diet plays an important role, yet that's not all there is to it. To achieve optimal health, you need a combination of a healthy diet, exercise, and a positive mood. This is where “Laughter is the best medicine” comes in.

Every fall I travel to the South of Europe a nice warm village to stay over the winter. Usually, it's a great time of the year. I enjoy planning and packing, yet, this year it was stressful for me. It started the month before, not knowing if we were going at all, something was needed and fast. Then it was I remembered Laughter Therapy – After a few laughs I started to feel much better,  I stayed stress-free and enjoyed the planning, packing and trip.

Laughter can be infectious. When you hear the sound of laughter, you can’t help but laugh yourself. When laughter is shared among others, it causes a binding between people. It increases both intimacy and happiness.

It is well known that laughter triggers healthy bodily changes and healthy changes in the mind. Laughter can increase your energy level, lessen pain, strengthen the immune system, and protect you from stress. Laughter is the best medicine because it is free, fun, and easy.

Every fall I travel

Laughter is Strong Medicine

Laughter can be a strong antidote to conflict, pain, and stress. There is nothing else that works more dependably or quicker to bring your body and mind into balance than laughter. The use of humor can lighten your burdens, connect you to others, inspire your hope, and keep you focused, alert, and grounded.

With this ability to renew your health and heal you, laughter can be a great resource for whatever problems you may have. It can also strengthen your relationships. It can support your emotional and physical health and well-being.

How Is Laughter Good For Your Health?

Laughter can do many things for your health. These include the following:

  • Laughter can increase your immune system. It can decrease the level of stress hormones within the body and increase the number of immune cells and antibodies you have, which will help you become more resistant to disease
  • Laughter is relaxing. A wonderful laugh can relieve you of stress and physical tension so that your muscles can be relaxed for up to 45 minutes following laughing.
  • Laughter releases endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s feel-good hormones. When your endogenous endorphins are released, you feel a sense of well-being and a reduction in the sensation of pain
  • Laughter can help the heart. Laughter can increase the ability of the blood vessels to nourish all parts of the body. It can increase your blood flow, which can help prevent heart attacks and other types of heart diseases.

The Benefits Of Laughter

Laughter is known to have many health benefits, including physical, emotional, and social benefits.
Some of these include the following:

•    Decreases your stress levels
•    Increases your immunity
•    Relaxes your muscles
•    Protects your heart
•    Lessens pain
•    Lessens fear and anxiety
•    Relieves stress
•    Adds joy to your life
•    Enhances your mood
•    Improves your resilience
•    Attracts other people to us
•    Promotes the bonding among group members
•    Improves teamwork
•    Strengthens relationships

Laughter Can Help Your Emotional Health

Laughter simply makes a person feel good. This good feeling persists even when you are done laughing. Laughter helps you maintain an optimistic and positive outlook. Which means  you can easier get through situations of loss, disappointments, and other difficult situations.

Laughter is more than just a protection against pain and sadness. It gives you the strength and courage to find other sources of hope and meaning. Even when you find yourself in the most difficult of times, laughter or even a smile can take you far when it comes to feeling better. Laughter really is a bit contagious. When you hear someone else laugh, it primes your brain and sets you up to join that person in laughing, too.

Laughter And Mental Health

Laughter is associated with better mental health. Some things laughter can do to improve your mental health include the following:

•    Laughter allows you to relax. A good laugh can lessen stress and increase your energy levels so that you can remain focused and get more things accomplished.
•    Laughter can lessen distress. It is hard to feel sad, anxious, or angry when you are instead laughing.
•    Laughter shifts your perspective. It allows you to see things in a less threatening and more realistic light. Being humorous helps create a psychological distance between you and stressful events so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed.

Laughter Has Social Benefits

When you use humor and engage in playful communication with others, your relationships become stronger. You trigger positive emotions and an emotional connection with those you are laughing with. A positive bond develops—one that can act as a powerful buffer against disappointment, disagreements, and stress. When you laugh with others, this is a more powerful thing than when you laugh alone.

How To Create More Opportunities To Laugh

There are things you can do to increase your chances of laughing. Here are some you might try:

•    Attend a comedy club
•    Watch something funny on television
•    Watch videos of funny animals there are tons on YouTube, or just add the search term “funny   into the YouTube search bar
•    Read the comics in the newspaper
•    Be with people who are funny
•    Share a funny story or joke with another
•    Read a funny book
•    Sponsor a game night with your friends
•    Play with your pet
•    Play with children
•    Do something you think is silly
•    Engage in activities you consider fun

Laughter can do a lot to help you feel better on a physical, emotional, and cognitive level. Don’t be afraid to share a good laugh with others for all around better health.

If you still need suggestions for laughter then click the book cover below:

 

Interesting fact about we can cheat the brain with laughter PubMed

A Guide to Vegan Boots

A vegan guide to buy boots

Vegan Boots: A Boot Whose Time Has Come

I got a pair of vegan boots a Target about four years ago for $30. They are adorable, durable, and still get plenty of compliments. If you’re looking for hiking boots or for fashion boots to wear downtown, it may appear challenging to find leather-free options. Yet, with a few tips, finding cruelty-free boots becomes a piece of cake.

When you begin your search for the perfect pair of boots, you’ll want to consider two things:

  1. Material is the most significant. Luckily shoe labels make it easy to distinguish between animal materials and vegan materials. You can expect boots are made from leather or other animal fabrics unless the label says, “All Man-Made Materials” or “100% Synthetic.” Then you’re in the clear! Just be careful, some shoes have a synthetic outer but a leather sole or a wooly interior.
  2. Glue is one of those “how vegan are you?” questions. It can be difficult to determine whether the glue that binds the boot together is vegan or made using trace animal ingredients. Many vegans decide not to worry about such details. Others commit to buying only vegan-certified footwear.

Vegan Boots List For Mindful Shopping

We are including two lists, the first with 100% vegan shoes and boots. The second with retailers that carry footwear made without leather or wool, yet, could contain trace animal ingredients in the glue.

100% Vegan Boots And Shoes Companies & Shops:

Big Retailers That Carry Man-Made Boots:

We wish you the best of luck in finding the perfect cruelty-free boots this season!

Guinness no longer fishy

Guinness no longer fishy

If you are a beer drinker you already know about Guinness´ plan to go vegan in 2016. What is the buzz about? Guinness has been around for 256 years and it that time never felt the pressure from vegan, that is until now. Maybe it´s an Irish thing. The brand has decided it is time for an improvement, although they call it change. Great news for vegans either way.

Since the 19th century, Guinness has filtered out yeast from its signature stout with isinglass. A by-product of fish bladders. Most of the isinglass is removed before the beer hits the market. Guinness answered in several emails, that there are still leftovers in the finished product. You may want to check the answers at http://www.barnivore.com/beer/26/Guinness . This is the reason, Guinness is off-limits.

Yet, many of us vegans still love our Guinness. According to CNBC, online petitions have been circulating asking Guinness to change their filtration process. The brand has announced that, indeed, they are planning to open a new filtration plant in 2016. A plant will finally make our beer vegan-friendly. “Whilst isinglass is a very effective means of clarification, and has been used for many years, we expect to stop using it as the new filtration asset is introduced,” a spokesman told Ireland’s The Times.

Now if only we can petition Baileys to replace  cream with coconut cream, finally we vegans can drink our favorite drinks. 🙂

Should you wish to check other beers for being vegan here´s a fine website dedicated to inform you about just that.

http://www.barnivore.com/ – their search base also includes wine and liquor.

Happy World Vegan Day 1st of November

Happy World Vegan Day 1st of November

World Vegan Day came to life on November 1, 1994 as a way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and the term “Vegan”. Then Vegan Society president Louise Wallis said the group chose November 1, because it is an auspicious day. This is now recognised as the date of establishment of the Vegan Society as well. Wallis said:

“We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944, but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for the 1st November. Partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain, Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration. Both apt and auspicious.” Read more about World Vegan Day at Wikipedia.

Along with celebrating the Vegan Society's birthday, Vegan Day is also an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was formed by Donald Watson.

Each year, vegan societies hold festivals and exhibitions around the world. It's a great time of year to find vegan supporters and vegan curious individuals celebrating with local events, talks and cooking demonstrations.

Check out these cool vegan events resources:

At VeganSociety.com you can find a list of vegan events in November and December 2015 word wide.

At Vegan.com you can find even more vegan events world wide.

We have decided to spend the day spreading the word about vegan compassion, together with a few good recipes on Facebook and Twitter – like the perfect chocolate mousse and Delicious Apple Crisp.

If you are on Twitter you may want to follow along with World Vegan Day tweets.

Enjoy this World Vegan Day however you choose to celebrate it. 🙂

Click below to the next page to check out one of the world's sexiest vegans.

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