Trying to Quit Smoking? 5 Helpful Tips to Make it Through Your First Week

November 2nd, 2007

When it comes to breaking any addiction, the first week is often said to be the most challenging. Since your body is accustomed to daily doses of nicotine, it can react harshly when suddenly deprived of the drug, causing what are known as withdrawal symptoms.

Like withdrawal from other drugs, beating a nicotine addiction can produce serious symptoms like Headaches, anxiousness and the inability to focus or concentrate, as well as many others.

These withdrawal symptoms are usually strongest during those first few days after quitting. Although their intensity can vary from mild to severe, the inability to tolerate these symptoms can oftentimes be the reason a plan to Quit Smoking fails.

We have assembled a list of helpful tips for you to use to during your first smoke-free week.

  1. Drink Lots of Liquids

Water acts as a natural detoxifier and can help to expel the residual nicotine in your system. Calming herbal Teas are also helpful, as they will help settle the anxiousness. Drinks containing caffeine - such as non-herbal Teas, coffee or soda - should be avoided as they can increase jittery feelings or nervousness.

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A Healthy Prostate

November 2nd, 2007

The prostate gland is below the base of the bladder of a man’s urogenital tract. This gland is about the size of a walnut and has the consistency of a water chestnut. While the prostate is considered a major accessory sex gland, the way it functions is not well-understood. With younger men, the prostate rarely receives medical attention except for treatment of infections or Cancer screening as part of a physical exam.

As a man ages, the cells that make up the prostate tend to multiply. The chance of having prostate problems tends to increase equally as a man ages. For instance, a man who is 50 years old has a 50% chance of having prostate issues. 60 years old, 60% chance and so on. Besides age, family history is the only other risk indicator.

Throughout a man’s life he produces testosterone and smaller amounts of estrogen. As a man ages, testosterone levels decrease as estrogen levels increase. He tends to become more vulnerable to the effects of certain hormones, including (DHT) dihydrotestosterone , which also rise.

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Best Herbs for Tea

November 2nd, 2007

Getting Started …..

Once I began blending and testing herb Teas to sell under my “Mossie Rocks” country store label, I knew what I didn’t want. An herb tea should never be flat and flavorless. Whether it’s fruity or spicy, soothing or lively, simple or sophisticated, it needs taste and personality.

I found my homegrown Mint, Lemon Balm and Chamomile were more flavorful than the herbal ingredients I could buy. I also learned that many of the old-fashioned beverage flavorers, such as Rose petals and toasted Sunflower hulls, are still delightful additions. And for simple pleasures, few things equal the fragrance and flavor of a few fresh leaves of Lemon Verbena steeped in boiling water.

Favorites …..

Here are my picks for the most flavorful and widely adapted “tea” plants for home gardens, along with tips for harvesting and my favorite recipes. All of these plants grow well throughout the United States. They are hardy perennials (up to -20oF) that do well in sun or part shade, except where noted……

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