How Foxtail Millets Are Beneficial to Health

Foxtail millet or belonging to the family of millets is an annual grass and the second most widely planted species of millets in East Asia.

Foxtails are cheaper to acquire and easy to cultivate having a crop cycle of about 60-90 days. Its early maturity and efficient consumption of water make it suitable for cultivation in the dry area. A warm season crop, typically planted in late spring, it has the longest history of cultivation among millets.

In China, foxtail millet is the most common millet and one of the main food crops, especially among the poor. In Europe and North America, it is planted at a moderate level for hay and silage and birdseed. However, in South India, especially in rural Andhra it has been a regular diet among people. It belongs to the old culture of Tamil. In old Tamil texts, it has been associated with Lord Muruga and Valli.

This easily cultivable crop is highly rich in fibre, protein and low in Glycemic Index. Foxtail is ideal for reducing cholesterol of body, controls blood sugar and aids in metabolism rate. As an antioxidant, it removes all acidic elements from the body.

Use in Diabetics:

Regular use of foxtail is a good guard against coronary diseases and reduces chances of cardiac arrest and fatalities. Being a diabetic friendly food, it contains a fair amount of phenolic (a strong anti-oxidant) used to get rid of toxins in the body. Rice is usually devoid of essential minerals and vitamins, but foxtail millet has enough amounts of both besides being rich in all amino acids, making it a desirable food for diabetics. Studies have shown that carbohydrates and fibre in foxtail millet are beneficial for diabetics, reducing blood sugar levels by about 70%

A Gluten Free Diet:

Many people are getting diagnosed with gluten sensitivity ( also called the Celiac disease), a substance found commonly in wheat. People who cannot consume wheat are left with very few options as most of the products in the market like biscuits, bakery items like bread, etc are made from Wheat. As a gluten free diet, foxtal millet is a perfect food for people suffering from Celiac, promoting digestion, increases energy levels and helping in maintaining cholesterol levels. In fact, they provide higher nutrition than wheat. A unique benefit of foxtail is that it helps in eradicating viruses and germs.

Preparations of Foxtail:

An easy to cook food, foxtail is an ideal substitute for rice or other grains that could cause blood sugar. It can be easily eaten with all side dishes that you eat along with rice, e.g., sambar, rasam, curds, dal, etc.

You can even make pulao, khichdi, pongal, upma and other such dishes. These millets can be beautifully served as a fibre rich salad or added to soups, burgers, muffins, pancakes and an endless list of such dishes.

Not every type of whole grain has so many qualities packed into one single shell. So start including Foxtail millets into your diet from today. You can make it all the more healthy and nutritious by buying only the organic millets, free from chemical sludge, pesticides and harmful sprays.

Source by Karthik Guduru

How to Care For Your Pool Cue {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

Now that you’ve purchased your very own pool cue, and hopefully followed some of the advice from earlier articles before doing so, you’re going to want to take care of your investment. A good cue is relatively durable and forgiving, but all cues require care and a little bit of maintenance. We’re going to be talking about wood pool cues here, graphite and fiberglass sticks are virtually bulletproof and require somewhat less care.

CASES. You are going to need a case in order to carry your new cue to the pool hall. I would think that would be obvious but yet I constantly see people coming in carrying their new cue in their hand. Come on now, you just spent your money and took the time picking out a pool cue that you love, but you can’t spring for some sort of case? Basic cases are vinyl or soft-sided material. These will protect your cue against minor drops and dings, but not much else. I highly recommend hard cases just because they offer so much protection. Some cases are tested by driving a car over them without damaging the cue inside! Your pool cue can take a lot of damage in your car, in your house, and even at your billiard hall so protect it as best as you can.

While we’re on the subject of transporting your cue – never leave your pool cue in your car, especially in the trunk! Wood is highly susceptible to temperature changes and to humidity, so avoid storing your billiard stick in your vehicle at all cost. The wood will expand and contract which could lead to warping, loose joints, and cracked points.

THE TIP. The tip of your pool cue (the part that hits the ball) is the most important part of the stick. You can shoot pool with a tree branch or a broom handle – or the most warped stick in the house, if the tip is solid and properly shaped you can play with it! No joking! Screw- on tips are a serious no-no, so don’t even go there. “Real” tips are glued on and come in a variety of hardness. Soft tips hold chalk better and are better for applying “English” but they wear out and mushroom quickly. Extremely hard tips last forever but need constant re-chalking. Some say they make for a more accurate shot as well. A medium hardness tip should be fine for most players. The tip must be able to hold chalk, so periodic scuffing is necessary. The roundness of the tip should be maintained with a shaper. Most players compare the roundness to that of a nickel, though some prefer the tightness of a “dime curve”. Shaping and scuffing too often will cause your tip to disappear quickly, so only shape and scuff when necessary. The sides of the tip should be even with the ferrule, not mushroomed out. Get yourself a scuffer/shaper and take care of that tip!

THE SHAFT. When you first purchased your pool cue the shaft was nice and smooth, and slid through your bridge hand ever-so-easily. That didn’t last long, did it? The sweat, oils, and dirt from your hand will gum up on your shaft very quickly, making it sticky and not so smooth. How do you prevent this, and how do you clean it up? First, you cannot do much to prevent this from happening aside from washing your hands often and keeping them clean and dry. Some people use powder, like baby powder, on their bridge hand and on the cue. A tiny amount of powder that has been thoroughly rubbed in to your hand is okay – it makes your skin softer, but powder should never be used as a lubricant. Wash your hands! Powder will cause your pool cue shaft to gum up more quickly, and powder ruins the felt on the pool table. Nothing looks worse or plays worse than clean green felt with white baby powder all over it because some idiot thought that they had to dump powder all over themselves in order to shoot better! It just ain’t so – so don’t do it. It is bad for your cue and bad for the table. Have some respect, huh?

Wiping the shaft of your pool cue down with a soft cloth in the course of play will limit the amount of crud that builds up on it. Not eating or drinking with your bridge hand is a good habit to get in to as well. Using a very light leather burnishing pad occasionally is a good idea. In time however, the pores in the wood of the shaft will become completely crammed full of dirt and oils and it will need a thorough cleaning. I’m going to tell you how I do it, just remember that if you screw up you could ruin your cue. Forever. The first step is to completely wipe down the shaft (not he ferrule) with a soft cloth and some rubbing alcohol. You don’t want to soak the wood with it, use just enough to clean the wood. Continue wiping with alcohol until you don’t see dirt on the cloth. The alcohol removes the dirt and oil from the wood and opens the pores of the wood. Now you want to just let it sit and dry for several hours. Now it’s time for wax! That’s right, I said wax. You need to use 100% carnauba wax for this. Car wax is fine, as long as it is 100% carnauba wax.

Just like waxing a car, apply a coat of wax with a soft cloth or applicator and let it dry to a haze. You cannot let it dry too long, just let it sit awhile and have some patience. Once the wax has dried thoroughly you’ll want to wipe it off – and immediately start working the shaft with a leather burnishing pad (or a plain piece of thick leather if you don’t have a burnisher – which you should have anyway). Wrap the leather around the shaft and stoke it up and down as fast as you can (yes, it sounds dirty). The more you rub and the faster you rub the hotter the wax will become, which allows it to work into the pores of the wood. When you are finished you will have a beautiful, smooth shaft once again – but you’re not finished just yet! You are going to need to run through all of the steps again, except for the alcohol part. Apply more wax, let it dry, rub the heck out of it, repeat until you have at least 3-4 layers of wax thoroughly worked into the wood. Now take care of the tip and go shoot some pool!

THE BUTT. The butt of your pool cue shouldn’t need much maintenance at all. Keep it clean and wipe it down with a soft cloth during and after play. Don’t hit things with it and don’t drop (or throw) it on the floor. The joints will loosen up, the wood will crack, and parts will separate if you do. Then you’ll have to buy a whole new cue.

“Dings” in the Shaft. Nothing is more annoying than working your pool cue through your bridge and feeling little “dings” in the wood. As hard as we try to take care of our pool cues these little dents always seem to show up – as if by magic. Here is a method I learned that will remove small imperfections from your pool stick’s shaft. First, you need to wipe the shaft down with rubbing alcohol just like in the paragraph on cleaning the shaft. This will open the pores of the wood. Next, find a spot where you can place the shaft where it will not roll, and where it won’t get bumped. Lay the shaft (horizontally) down with the dings that you want to remove facing up. Now, soak a very small piece of tissue with water and roll it into a ball (think miniature spitball) and place the tissue ball directly on the indented spot on the shaft. It is important that the tissue ball not be larger than the actual indent on the shaft. Let that set until it dries completely – what happens is that the wood in that one tiny area absorbs the water from the tissue and swells, bringing that spot level with the surrounding wood. In a perfect world the “ding” will have disappeared, but what usually happens is that the “ding” becomes a small “bump” – which is fine because bumps can be worked out with a burnishing pad fairly easily. Once you have all of your “dings” up to level or slightly above level it is time to wax the shaft. Follow the instructions above for the proper method to do this. Of course another way to remove dings and dents from your pool cue would be to take it to a professional, but where’s the fun in that?

NEVER USE ABRASIVES. Ever. Period. That means no sandpaper, no scouring pads, no wet/dry paper, nothing. If it was designed to remove wood than keep it far away from your pool cue! You never want to remove a layer of wood just to make it smooth – you want to clean the existing wood to maintain the shape, balance, and feel of the cue.

Your pool cue represents an investment on your part, so keeping it clean and in good condition will make it last a lifetime – now that’s a lot of pool playing!

Source by Steve Didier

Children and Obesity – Today’s Parents Have Longer Life Expectancy Than Their Children

Today’s generation is the first generation in U.S. history not expected to live longer than their parents. The main reason: obesity. Doctors are concerned about childhood obesity because it can lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and sleep apnea. Regretfully, social isolation and discrimination can also be an outcome for the obese child. Although obesity can be linked to one’s genetic makeup, there are important behaviors within our control that can reduce the likelihood of excessive weight gain. So what can parents can do to protect their children from the dangers of childhood obesity?

Limit passive television, internet, and video game entertainment. What’s the magic number? Two hours per day or less.

Rarely give your kids sugary sweets or high-fat treats. You should never allow your children to eat sugary sweets or sodas on a daily basis. Our children only get sugary treats maybe once a week or twice a month. And, as a result, they don’t crave them or hound us for them. Healthy snacks include bananas, carrots, fig newtons, grapes, and other fruits. Fruit juices contain a lot of sugar as well. Mix water with about 1/6th organic fruit juice. This will keep your kids hydrated, keep the calories low, and still give them a little flavor and vitamin C. Of course, it’s even better if you can juice the fruit yourself.

Make them move! It doesn’t necessarily have to involve expensive gymnastic classes, structured swim lessons, or an overly scheduled lifestyle. Remember when you were a kid? Most of us spent a good portion of our childhood entertaining ourselves by running around the neighborhood playing games. We weren’t thinking about exercise – we were just doing it. Chase your kids around the yard or go for an evening walk with the family. Just make sure that they move their bodies every day.

Eat at home. One major reason to eat at home that many people may ignore is the fact that you can control the cleanliness of your food. A friend of mine who worked at a four-star restaurant went into work one day with the flu. When I asked him why he would go in and handle food, he said he wouldn’t get paid and could even get fired for missing a busy weekend shift. But as it pertains to obesity, portion control is the main reason to eat at home. Today’s plate in the average American restaurant was yesterday’s platter that fed an entire family.

Hide the veggies. With kids, especially picky toddlers and preschoolers, you can sneak the veggies into their diets by making their food fun. For example, you can make a salad into a cartoon-looking face, or a plate of whole-grain pancakes into a clown face with strategically- placed berries. Also, make a list of their favorite dishes and think of creative ways you can make them more healthful.

With collective education and effort, we can reverse the dire prediction regarding the longevity of the youngest among us and help make them the healthiest generation to have ever lived. It’s up to us to protect our children.

Source by Katie B. Marsh

Why Urbanisation Has Spurred a Growth in the Self Storage Industry {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

New research has revealed that an incredible 82% of Brits are now living in urban areas.

Whilst it might not come as much of a surprise to learn that the majority of us want to live close to where the jobs and all the amenities are, the growing demand for houses in cities means that people are being forced into smaller, yet more expensive homes.

Despite the fact that the number of people per household has also grown, the size of the average one bedroom flat is now just 47 square metres (505.9 square feet).

As living spaces get smaller and property prices get bigger, it’s forcing more of us into rented accommodation and first-time buyers are getting older and older. In 2001, 17% of the UK population was renting whereas today in 2015, this figure has risen to 25%.

As well as people struggling to afford a decent sized home, even many of those who were once living in a reasonably sized house or flat are being forced to downsize.

This certainly doesn’t sound like a good deal for any of us but one industry that is reaping the benefits of this is self storage. In fact, an annual report conducted by FEDESSA has revealed that across Europe, the industry is showing solid signs of growth, more units are being built, existing units are being expanded and new start-ups are becoming commonplace.

What is the link between the housing crises and self storage however? As many of us are being forced into smaller accommodation, it makes it very difficult to store all of our belongings. The fact that a huge proportion of the population can only afford a flat as opposed to a house also means that they are losing valuable storage space because they won’t have a loft, garage or garden.

If people really don’t want to downsize or simply can’t because of their growing family, they are choosing to turn different rooms of the house into bedrooms. Studies for example are quickly becoming a thing of the past as many people are being forced to turn this extra room into more suitable living arrangements.

Sometimes we may simply be forced to throw out the things we don’t really need but other times, there are essentials or sentimental items that we want to keep hold of. As space is limited in the home, people are opting to store their possessions in self storage. Quick, convenient and incredibly secure, it’s not hard to see why this has become such a tempting option.

Source by Charles Cockerton

Healthy Foods For Best Brain Health: Whole Grains, Green Leafy Vegetables And Fruits

The formula that improves brain health is the same as that for the body. There is nothing more basic and simple than feeding on whole grains, green leafy vegetables and fruits.

Whole Grain Foods

Truly, not very many foods do compare with a hearty whole grain bread by Liesbeth Smit. Besides the unsaturated fats, this bread is loaded with good carbohydrates, protein and fiber from 4 different types of whole grain flour: buckwheat, barley, rye and wheat; 3 types of seeds: flax seeds, sunflower, pumpkin and 2 other ingredients like rolled oats and wheat bran.

Since there are no hard and fast rules in making this bread, why not replace familiar grains with some ancient heritage ones for novelty and variety in your diet at the same time?

For example, the most nutritious fonio grain is rich in important amino acids not found in wheat, and can help synthesize protein. Moreover, its low sugar content makes it an ideal food for people with diabetes.

On the other hand, sorghum is very much like wheat; and can be baked into breads. It contains mostly carbohydrates and some protein but has more vitamin B than maize.

Then there is teff with many nutritional feathers in its cap: high mineral content, complete food in essential amino acids, and a great source of carbohydrates and fiber.

Green Leafy Vegetables

In general, all vegetables and fruits have flavonoids and carotenoids which are highly efficient antioxidants. Dark green leafy vegetables, for example, are good sources of vitamin E, and folate that helps break down an amino acid responsible for brain shrinkage. Leafy greens also contain essential amino acids and are a great source of vitamin K, which enhances cognitive function and improves brainpower.

Notably,villagers living in remote Asian regions live off wild leafy vegetables and are none the worse for it. For instance, Shiri villagers of Cheju Island, South Korea gather 24 species of wild leafy vegetables daily for food; while those in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, India, are kept alive by 79 species of uncultivated leafy greens.

It is clear the Asian urban menu is inextricable from leafy greens. For example, leafy green savories include Thull’s morogo leaf pie and Chuang Shu Chih’s spinach pancake, the Aubuchon family’s baked mushroom grits with Chinese spinach and Malcolm Riley’s young pumpkin leaves in ground peanut.

Further, leafy greens paired with noodles have remained the same all these years: wonton noodle soup with flowering Chinese cabbage and flat flour ban mian noodle with shredded potato leaves. Besides, Madame Lee-Chen’s penchant for using blanched greens like Tientsin cabbage leaves, mustard leaves, and stalks of flowering white cabbage leaves as garnish shows a connection between food choices and health.

However, the only recipe for leafy greens from Helen Clucas’ visit to rural China is white cabbage seasoned with ginger. This may be due to the fact that leafy greens are rarely served to guests.

Fruits: Avocado and Safou

As it is, the natural sugars of fruits can stimulate your brain. For instance, avocados improve blood and oxygen flow to your brain, suggests a website of the Villanova University. In addition, healthy unsaturated fats in avocados help keep your brain cell membranes flexible, according to Kansas State University. Lastly, as a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E, this fruit can lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as research by Morris, suggests.


Nevertheless, the avocado has found a new competitor in safou or butterfruit, a tropical African forest fruit, which is a combination of avocado proteins, and the vitamins and minerals of an olive. It protects your brain with abundant powerful antioxidants like Vitamins A and C from damage by free radicals. More importantly, its store of magnesium boosts the functions of the nerves and enhances brain health.

Thus, there is no mystery surrounding the best brain foods; in fact, the lack of it, makes you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

Source by Kez Sze

Choosing the Right Materials for Your Backyard Shed Is Critical {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

When choosing your backyard shed you are faced with a number of choices before finally making a decision. These start with the size and style of the shed and also include color and material. Of all of these choices, what you finally decide to build your shed out of may be the most critical of all. This one choice affects how durable your shed will be and how long it might last in your yard.

While all the various materials available for sheds have certain advantages, wood is still the number one choice by most homeowners for many reasons. Even though metal and resin sheds are still sold for certain applications, a wooden shed is the clear choice for most installations that require a larger shed that you want to be able to use for decades.

Resin sheds are a relatively new style of shed for homes. These sheds were initially used for smaller applications and have grown over the years to rival some of the medium sized alternatives. While these resin sheds provide a durable material that can withstand the elements, they lack the charm and style choices that other materials like wood provide.

Resin is a tough material but has a much lighter weight, these sheds tend to be smaller than other styles as well. This means that if you need a larger shed in your backyard to store a few bikes or even a lawn tractor, resin may not be the best choice. This weight also makes these sheds very susceptible to high winds and if they are not anchored adequately they will move off their foundations over time.

Metal sheds are another option for your backyard and even though they have been available for decades as an alternative to wood, they have their limitations.

This type of shed is typically sold in kit form and assembled by the homeowner on their property. Their construction is usually based on corrugated steel sheets that are used for both the walls and the roof. While this provides a durable construction, the walls and roof are very thin and may warp out of shape over time.

These metal sheds also suffer from rusting and other weather related damage and will need to be replaced more often than other shed types. They are also smaller in design than many wooden sheds but do a decent job of storing your items if you’re not too concerned with aesthetics.

Wooden sheds provide the best choice for most homes and offer both durability and good looks. Because they can be built in all shapes and sizes you’re sure to find one that meets you needs. You also have a wider selection of colors and materials than with the other shed types, which makes it easier to match you décor.

There are far more plans available for wood storage buildings than other styles and therefore you have a much broader selection to choose from. You can even customize most of these plans to add another window or door if needed. Most homes that install a wooden storage building can expect to use it for decades and keep all of their bikes and garden items safe.

Source by Brad Appleton

Maple Syrup Surprises

Can you believe that something as simple as maple syrup (unprocessed of course) may help prevent inflammatory diseases such as cancer, arthritis or Alzheimer’s? This is what the University of Rhode Island is saying after a recent study. Its actually loaded with polyphenols which are a plant based compound that works like an antioxidant.

If you add blueberries and maple syrup to your oatmeal, you get quite a healthful breakfast, bringing you the antioxidants from the syrup and blueberries as well as fiber and protein from the oats.

Maple syrup is also a natural anti-aging skin care aid because of it being an antioxidant. It repairs environmental and free radical damage. You can actually make a natural at-home facial scrub to fight fine lines like this: 1 tablespoon maple syrup; 3 tablespoons of finely ground oats; 1 tablespoon milk. Mix it all together well and massage gently into the skin. Leave on your face for 20 minutes and rinse off, followed by a good moisturizer, like natural almond or JoJoba oil.

Using maple syrup as a sugar substitute in baking your desserts is also a good option. Rather than white sugar, which can cause bloating, gas and indigestion, you can use the syrup. It works really well when baking butter cookies, pound cakes or coffee cakes. You would just replace the sugar with the same amount of liquid the recipe calls for by about a half-cup.

The other great properties in maple syrup that are good for your health are manganese and zinc which are immune system boosters, great for fighting off a cold when symptoms first appear – take your maple syrup and zinc!

Leave a comment and let me know if you would try to replace your table sugar for it in some of your baking recipes. In addition to using it on whole grain pancakes, waffles or oatmeal, you can add maple syrup to plain yogurt to give it sweetness and to your favorite homemade protein shakes.

Of course when using as your sugar substitute or added to other foods, be sure to count the sugar content in your daily calorie allotment. Just because its healthy, its still a food product that will raise glucose levels if not used in light moderation.

I also suggest using a syrup product that is not commercially produced with any added sugars, preservatives or coloring. You may pay a little more for the pure natural product, but it will be worth the best taste and ability to mix well with your other foods.

Source by Linda Wolschlager