Juicing and juice extractors

Juicing and juice extractors

Many People wonder why you would want to buy a juicer instead of just buying juice at that store. When you make your own fresh juice you know exactly what is in it and you avoid all the additives and preservatives that juice makers add to store bought juice. Fresh made juice also allows you to get the maximum amount of nutrients and antioxidants out of the foods you are juicing.

What would we pick?

If you want to only make fruit and vegetable juices we recommend a centrifugal juicer. If you plan on making primarily citrus juices make sure to go with one with a “citrus attachment” that helps in the extraction. If you did not care about noise I would also go with the self-ejection high speed juicers. You should check the best juicer reviews for a better insight on the best juicer for you. These will function quite well for you at a reasonable price. One of the best juicers on the market for simple fruit and vegetable juicing is the Omega line, in particular the 1000 and 9000 series. You will find these machines to be the best for first-time juicers.

If you are primarily interested in vegetable juice we would go with the Omega 8003, Samson, Lequip visor, Solo Star, or Champion Juicer. All of these models have been engineered to produce high quality juices and are easy to clean. Also, because they do not spin quite as fast as the others the juice will have a higher shelf life. The juice will be much darker as these types of juicers help reduce trapped air, which in turn, lengthens the shelf life of your vegetable juice.

Single Auger juicers are recommended for those that want to do a combination of fruit, vegetable, grass, and leafy green juices. These juicers will do it all. They use lower rpms so these juicers will also be quieter than most. They are, however, higher in cost. If you have decided that you are going to juice all of the above, in the Single Auger category we would recommend the Samson, Solo Star, or Omega 8003 juicers. In the Twin Gear juicer category we would recommend the Green Power, Samson Ultra, or Green Star juicers. All of these juicers are highly capable of handling multiple types of juices. Keep in mind, though, these juicers are not built for only fruit juicing. They are built to work with the fiber in vegetables.

Now, if you are ready to really step it up in your healthy lifestyle, and are ready to take the leap into eating more living and raw foods, you will be in a completely different category of juicers. You will enter the world of juicers made by Champion, Samson Ultra, Lequip Visor, etc. Eating more live/raw foods requires the ability to homogenize the food, which these juicers can handle. They can juice wheat grass (and other grasses) like nobody’s business.

Breville JE98XL Juicer
With the help of the juicer’s speed motor (that is dual in nature) and the cutting disc made out of stainless steel, the job gets done faster than one can ever imagine. Given the sharpness of the disc and the impeccable functioning of the dual speed motor, there is no hassle involved and the enjoyment ensues pretty soon.

Eat better, learn better?

Eat better, learn better?

Kids should eat breakfast, that’s a fact! The USDA expects to launch a three-year pilot program next year to test whether the national school breakfast program, which currently serves 7 million children daily at 70,000 schools, should be provided free to all students. The USDA is particularly interested in finding out whether kids do better in school if they eat a healthy breakfast.

Here are some other research findings:

A study by Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in February 1998, found that low-income children who came to class hungry were more likely to have problems in school.

“They are much more likely to have attention problems, psychological dysfunction, behavior problems, and they appear to perform more poorly academically,’’ says Dr. Ronald Kleinman, who is the principal author of the study, chief of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
A USDA survey of 1,295 children between 1994-96 found that 14 percent of low-income children, and 16 percent of children in higher-income households, did not eat breakfast.

Children who ate breakfast “had a statistically better overall diet’’ compared to those who did not. In addition, children who ate breakfast at school “had an even better overall diet,’’ it was found.
Breakfast Facts
Between 1965-91, the number of teens eating breakfast dropped 17 percent, according to a report done in December by Mathematica Policy Research Inc. of Princeton, NJ, for the USDA. During the same period, the number of elementary schoolchildren eating breakfast declined 9 percent.


“Eating Breakfast Greatly Improves Schoolchildren’s Diet Quality,’’ Nutrition Insights, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

“Universal-Free School Breakfast Program Evaluation Design Project – Review of Literature on Breakfast and Learning,’’ Mathematica Policy Research Inc. of Princeton, NJ.

Bread could be healthy if eaten moderately

Certainly the aroma of fresh baked bread in bakeshops is undeniably inviting. Thus, if you have a thing about bread or just love baking, then perhaps it’s now time for you to purchase a bread machine that will not just take pressure off your baking difficulties but will also allow you to make your very own freshly baked bread in no time.
Nonetheless, here are some of the reasons why you should purchase a bread machine.

First off, we all know that everyone loves a fresh, warm baked bread. Thus, buying a bread machine will allow you to do so in no time at all. As a matter of fact, your friends and family will be even delighted the moment you pull a hot loaf of bread out of the machine and slice it up to serve with dinner. What’s more, you will even get a flattering remark from them.

On the other hand, baking bread in the bread machine is a lot easier too. In fact, some bread machines these days only require you to just add all the ingredients, and then set it for an appropriate time depending on the bread you’re baking and there it is the machine will do the rest. Plus, it even shuts off without human intervention after its done baking. Thus, if you need to carry out some task for a moment or two, you can now do so without worrying that the bread will burn up.

Moreover, you can also make a whole wheat bread using a bread machine. Do you like to have whole wheat bread instead of regular white bread? Well, you can now make it yourself with the help of a bread machine and it’s easy.
Making Cinnamon rolls will now be a regular fix in your kitchen. As the bread machine will make cinnamon roll dough for you. Meaning to say, there’s no more rolling, pounding as well as waiting for the dough to rise and rolling again. Now you can just add the ingredients, and let the machine do the rest. The timer will just turn off as soon as the dough is ready and you can immediately use it to roll out dough for cinnamon rolls.

On the whole, buying a bread machine will absolutely perk up your baking experience and it will ultimately allow you to have a good time while enjoying a freshly baked goodness. Click here to check some bread machine reviews. You should not eat a pound of bread everyday, of course. But eating bread moderately is ok as far your health go.

Picturing Thought

Picturing Thought

“If we could look through the skull into the brain of a consciously thinking person, and if the place of optimal excitability were luminous, then we should see playing over the cerebral surface, a bright spot with fantastic, waving borders constantly fluctuating in size and form, surrounded by a darkness more or less deep, covering the rest of the hemisphere.”

—Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (from a lecture given in 1913, published in Lectures on Conditioned Reflexes. Twenty-five Years of Objective Study of the Higher Nervous Activity [Behavior] of Animals, 1928)science-of-thought


This fictionalized scene is not far from the future. Researchers are conducting very similar experiments in labs around the world, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques to detect minute changes in blood flow related to brain activity. By presenting a noise, odor, or tactile stimulus, researchers trigger a response in a subject’s brain, and then take a rapid series of scans to see how the mental wheels and cogs are reacting. The result is something very much like a “movie” of your thoughts.

This relatively recent ability to take pictures of a conscious brain has become a powerful tool for diagnostic treatment, and its potential for probing the nature of thought is staggering. Scientists can now observe a living human brain as it processes information, and from this they can extract images of what was once an abstract thought: lying, truth, humor, memory, or love—each leaves its magnetic footprints. It seems only a matter of time, then, before the realm of private thought will become publicly accessible.

In the past, researchers had limited techniques for observing the mechanisms of the brain. Scientists have relied on recordings from animal studies, surgery, autopsies, and behavioral observations, drawing insights about normal function only from injured or dysfunctional brains. Now, fMRI arms researchers with the ability to study normal, healthy brains “in action.” It’s the ultimate cinéma vérité—a docudrama of thought on film. And when researchers observe the brain as it responds to a stimulus, or completes a task, perhaps it is in the subtle shadows of the brain’s response that the elusive nature of thought resides.

In a Time magazine article titled “Will the Mind Figure Out How the Brain Works?” (April 10, 2000), Steven Pinker, professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of How the Mind Works, further explains the rapid trajectory of fMRI:

Every facet of mind, from mental images to moral sense, from mundane memories to acts of genius, has been tied to tracts of neural real estate. Using fMRI, a new scanning technique that measures blood flow, scientists can tell whether the owner of the brain is imagining a face or a place. They can knock out a gene and prevent a mouse from learning, or insert extra copies and make it learn better. They can see the shrunken wrinkles that let a murderer kill without conscience, and the overgrown folds that let an Einstein deduce the secrets of the universe.

The implications of such powerful technology, while exhilarating, also give one pause. True, we may be on the brink of discovering our “selves,” that curious mind we call “I” residing in our gray matter. But if we unlock the code to what we call thought, who will guard its secret? Will it then be possible to have our thoughts monitored against our will? Artificially controlled? The code is so complex that any real worries are premature. The billions of neurons connected by trillions of synapses present a formidable cipher—and the solution remains the most stubborn secret known to man (and even neuroscientists).

Still, researchers have already fingered the seat of fear, language, and memory in the brain, and they can point with confidence to the hub of human vision, touch, smell, and hearing. Those discoveries came well before fMRI hit the scene, and so it seems only a matter of time before the underlying mechanisms—the software if you will—will be cataloged and filed.

“There’s no doubt that physiological brain activity is the cause of experience,” Pinker noted in his article. “Thoughts and feelings can be started, stopped or altered by electricity and chemicals, and they throw off signals that can be read with electrodes and other assays. I [have] little doubt that we will crack the mystery of consciousness, in the sense of which brain events correlate with experience. Just compare brain activity when a person is awake or anesthetized, or when a novice is thinking about his golf swing and when a pro does it automatically.”


“Excuse Me Sir, Your Amygdala Is on Fire…”

Even without a full understanding of the mechanisms of thought, the physiological events that accompany our thoughts and actions betray us. In a dramatic physiological change caused by, say, fear, an fMRI scan shows a veritable bonfire of light and color in the amygdala. This is why, when the fictionalized man felt trapped in the fMRI machine, the scientist knew he was afraid or anxious. Similarly, the man’s excited olfactory center and hippocampus tipped the scientist off about an odor triggering a distant memory. Brain scientists are even examining the neurological events that accompany humor. Scans show that while subjects listen to the setup of a joke their prefrontal cortex is activated, then the punch line sends the orbital prefrontal cortex into paroxysms of light.

In a recent interview for the BBC’s Beyond the Millennium series, Floyd Bloom, chair of the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute and editor-in-chief of Science magazine, offered a series of compelling predictions about the future applications of fMRI. “There will be ways of engaging the visual and the auditory systems,” he said, “such that you can do a diagnostic on yourself. You’ll get a feedback back from your readout device that says ‘you know, you better tune up your musical listening skills, you seem to be losing a little bit there, and oh by the way, your French has gone down about 15 words since the last time we did it, so let’s play those language tapes again and keep that part of the brain up.'” Bloom taps into the more Orwellian potentials of fMRI when he posits that “Brains have been studied enough that we would say certain neurotransmitters may be deficient in the brains of people who show antisocial personality.” He goes on to suggest that “We’ll know by the time you’ve completed your university training what’s likely to be a good career path. So, by 2010…it seems to me that we’ll not only be able to predict what course you’re on, but find ways to change that trajectory if…we as intelligent parents of the decade 2010 would say: ‘This is not where I want my child to be going, we need to train them in a different way.'”

When asked in the BBC interview whether he worries that such knowledge might be abused, Bloom echoed the fears that many of us have about “Big Brother” technologies:

“Yes, I do,” Bloom said, “in the same way that I have anxiety over what increased genetic information might tell us about the vulnerability [to disease]. Certain families are going to have vulnerability to alcoholism; they’re going to have vulnerability to depression, or to schizophrenia, or to Huntington’s disease. And will we use that knowledge in a way to help them avoid the problem, or will we use it to cancel their health insurance plans? That’s where politicians have to understand enough about science to be able to see the strong implications of knowing, rather than to force people to ignore what could make a huge difference in the future of their lives.”

Nowhere Left to Hide

For absolute, impenetrable privacy, humans have always had one reliable corner in which to hide—the invisible realm of their thoughts. Now that those regions are becoming visible, the next step, if history tells us anything, is colonization.

We lie, sometimes for good; we hide our emotions, often for self-preservation; and now these flimsy defenses may be dropped for good. Terry Sejnowski, an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, stated in a recent lecture that the CIA is interested in using fMRI to develop improved methods of lie detection. The theory is, if there are parts of your brain that light up when you lie, but remain quiet when you’re truthful, even the most convincing act will be exposed.

And researchers are closing in on this theory. Studies have shown that lying correlates with an increased activation in the prefrontal region, as well as other distinct areas of the brain, and so fMRI should be able to not only study the behavioral aspects of lying, but also catch deception in the act.


As far as we know, only humans have evolved the cognitive ability to lie. And one might assume evolution has provided us with this tool for a reason. If the human brain really can solve its own riddle, then what if the answer is, we shouldn’t have looked?