Many heart patients are routinely placed on anti-coagulants. Anti-coagulants help keep blood thin and flowing freely through veins and arteries; decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Heart patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), in particular, are advised to take anti-coagulants.Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of persistent, irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia). In atrial fibrillation, the heart's upper chambers beat irregularly, affecting blood flow to the heart muscle and to the rest of the body. It increases the patients risk of blood clots, which can cause strokes and what is known as TIA (transient ischemic attack). TIA is what most people refer to as a mini-stroke, in which the patient suffers the effects of a stroke, but only for the short term.For patients with AF, the heart beat may return to normal on its own, or the doctor may use electrical shock to get the heart back into its normal rhythm. Some patients, however, do not respond to this therapy, and require anti-coagulants to prevent stroke and other complications. In addition to AF, other heart problems may also require treatment with anti-coagulants.Some doctors prescribe an aspirin each day for its blood thinning and anti-coagulant effects, but some patients require something stronger than the simple aspirin. For these patients, there are many prescription anti-coagulants and blood thinners from which doctors choose.Anti-coagulants do have side effects; the most prevalent of which is the inability of your blood to properly clot in the event of surgery, or other bleeding. It is, therefore, very important to inform your doctors that you are on anti-coagulants, and to stop taking them before you have surgery. In addition, anti-coagulants may interact negatively with other medications and cause complications.The most common anti-coagulant is warfarin, also known as coumadin. If your doctor prescribes warfarin, you should carefully follow all the recommendations that go along with warfarin, including having a thorough understanding of all the interactions. The most important things you should know about warfarin include:You should not become pregnant while taking warfarin. Be certain that youre using a reliable form of birth control while taking this medicine. If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, let your doctor know immediately. Warfarin can cause birth defects.You must temporarily stop taking warfarin if you require any sort of surgery, including a spinal tap.Do not take warfarin in combination with aspirin or NSAIDs, (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) unless your doctor advises you that its ok. NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib, and diclofenac. Even our very common over the counter pain relievers like motrin and advil are ibuprofen, and can cause serious interactions with warfarin. Serious bleeding in your stomach and intestines can result when you combine warfarin and these drugs.Watch what you eat and drink. This may be the most surprising consideration for patients who take warfarin. Many patients have no idea that their diet can significantly affect how warfarin works for them.Dietary Concerns for Patients of WarfarinWarfarin can be seriously affected by the amount of vitamin K in your diet. And, vitamin K is in many of the foods that we eat in large amounts, including the following:liver,broccolibrussels sproutsspinachSwiss chardCorianderCollardsCabbageother green leafy vegetablesEven green tea, which has received rave reviews lately for its health benefits, can have a negative interaction with warfarin because of its vitamin K level. This is important for patients to understand, because many people have begun to drink "green tea" for its health benefits, particularly for those with heart problems.The reason that green tea has been recommended for heart patients is because it has been shown to be effective in lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol that clogs our arteries). In addition, green tea inhibits the formation of abnormal blood clots, which are the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. So, we have begun to think of green tea as a healthy beverage for people who have heart disease or may be genetically predisposed to heart disease.However, we now know that those heart patients who are taking warfarin for its anti-coagulation benefits should not drink green tea or at least should not do so without permission from their doctor.One compelling piece of information was discovered by the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Florida. One patient receiving warfarin after having a mechanical valve replacement in his aorta, was progressing well with the warfarin treatment. However, his bodys absorption of the drug suddenly changed.Within one week, the patients absorption of the warfarin dropped dramatically. Upon examination of the patients diet, it was discovered that he had recently begun to drink about one half to one gallon of green tea per day. Once the patient stopped drinking the green tea, his absorption of the warfarin began to return to normal.Many people do not recognize that green tea is a significant source of vitamin K, so even if patients have been advised to avoid foods rich in vitamin K, they may not realize that wu long tea falls into this category.So, if youre a heart patient, be sure to talk to your doctor about "wu long tea" . Green tea contains many healthful benefits, and can be particularly healthy for heart patients. However, if youre a heart patient who has been prescribed warfarin, wu long tea could significantly reduce the absorption of your medication.If youd like to drink wu long tea for its health benefits, your doctor may be able to advise you on a quantity that would be acceptable along with your warfarin.
How to buy the roasted coffee?After harvest the beans of coffee. The next step is roasting the beans with high temperature about 220-260 Celsius. Grind them to small molecules. The taste and smelling of the roasted beans may be different in each time, up to many factors such as the size of coffee after grind, roasting time or coffee sources.These are the tips for select the best roasted beans:1. Buying amount of coffee as you need for only one week.2. The smelling of the roasted beans should be nice and no smelling of contaminate objects inside.3. Do not buy roasted beans from the store or supermarket that estate near by the strong smelling food shops. The roasted bean will absorb the scent of each food.4. Remember the flavor and characteristic of each type of coffee.5. Kept the roasted beans in vacuum or air tight for stable quality of coffee.6. Mill the roasted beans for single used only.Making coffee with coffee machines.Whenever you drink a cup of coffee, you have to realize about the flavor and quality of each cup not only the volume of water in a cup.Making a delicious cup of coffee is not easy. You have to learn and practice for a long time. Now a day, technology of coffee making machines such as Moka Express, Espresso pot and French Press make everything easier.These are important points for making coffee with coffee machines:1. Clean the coffee machine before and after usage.2. The water for making a cup of coffee should be clean and without chlorine.3. Use fresh milled roasted bean for every cup.4. The amount of coffee should be follow to the each formulation.5. Do not use boiling water for making coffee.6. Coffee maker should know the ratio of ingredients and know how to convert the unit.The coffee cupsThe coffee cups are the important part of making coffee that you should be not remiss. Coffee makers have to know which cup for each type coffee.Espresso: The Basic InformationNormally, Espresso is a cup of coffee that has golden milk foam bubbles on the top of the cup. The art of making Espresso such as milk foam bubbles, wipe cream adding, or liqueur adding makes the Espresso named in many reputes.Espresso and Black coffeeMany coffee drinkers have miss understanding about Espresso and Black coffee. Truly, Espresso is not similar to short black coffee.The different of Espresso and Black coffee:1. Coffee cup; A cup of Espresso is not more than 2 ounce but a cup of "black coffee" is 4 to 6 ounce.2. A cup of black coffee always serve with cream or sugar but Espresso serve without cream and sugar.3. Espresso has golden milk foam bubbles on the top of the cup but the black coffee has nothing on the top of the cup.4. The flavor of Espresso will stay on the tongue about 15-30 min. but no flavor stay on the tongue after drinking black coffee.5. The way to drink black coffee is sip slowly until finish but the right way to drink Espresso is drink all in one time.How to drink EspressoNormally, Espresso always drink during day or dinner and the right step for drinking Espresso is necessary to approach the truly flavor of Espresso. If you are interesting, try to practice follow the steps and you will get the miracle taste of Espresso.1. Before drinking, you have to smell the cup of Espresso.2. Sip a little bit of Espresso with loud voice and keep in your mouth a moment.3. Drink the rest all in one time and stay moment in the mouth.4. Try to remember the taste of Espresso and compare with the next cup.
You may remember the old adage 'you can't judge a book by its cover', but is the same true about a bottle of wine? Can you judge wine by its label?What Do The Labels Mean?There is a lot of information in the label of a bottle of wine, and if you aren't a connoisseur of wine it can be a little overwhelming at first glance. The majority of wine labels are quite similar though, containing information on the winery where the wine was made, the 'appellation' (the country or region where the grapes that went into the wine were grown), the variety (the type of grapes the wine was made from) and the vintage (the year when the grapes were harvested). The strength / alcohol content of the wine is also displayed on the label. Some extra information may appear depending on the country in which the wine was bottled. As an example, wines bottled in the USA are required to have the name and address of the bottler displayed on the label, along with certain consumer warnings. There are also sometimes some details on the ripeness of the grapes, and information about the winery that produced the wine.What Else Appears on Wine Labels?What once was just used to mark what was in the bottle, "wine labels" have become a spot to showcase artwork and make for a unique collection for a wine lover. While they may seem like an odd collection, the artwork on wine labels can be extremely beautiful, and a label may remind you of a special trip or an important event where you enjoyed the wine. And wine labels are certainly easier to save and display than empty bottles! Collecting wine labels has become so popular that manufacturers have even developed special cases to display them, and wine labels actually have their own category on eBay! Avid collectors often have their own websites or blogs devoted to sharing their collection with others.Can I Customize a Label For A Special Occasion?If you are planning a special celebration perhaps a wedding, anniversary celebration, or even just a really fancy company party, then you could take advantage of companies that allow you to turn a piece of your own artwork into a wine label. You could put pretty much anything you wanted on the label a photograph of the couple getting married, your company logo, or some other design of significance to the recipient. After the wine has been drank, it is likely the bottle will remain displayed in pride of place for a long time to come!
Chinese herbal teas are also called Tisanes and are not, technically speaking, actually teas. Rather, they are infusions made from herbs instead of tea that is made from the Camelia Sinensis plant. The essence of the herb is extracted when the tea is steeped in hot water.Chinese herbal teas are traditionally used for their healing, medicinal properties. Many varieties are also enjoyed simply for their taste, however. China is known for producing an entire pharmacy of herbs, making the herbal teas from there increasingly popular today.The Beneficial Properties of Chinese Herbal TeasThe caffeine-free alternative represented by herbal teas is one of the well-known benefits Chinese herbal tea offers. Additionally, many of them are attributed with very soothing and comforting effects. Rosebud and Chrysanthemum herbal teas are two of the more popular examples of them.Rosebud and Chrysanthemum teas are considered in China to be a woman's herb. They are, however, also useful for aiding digestion. Even a hard-core tea drinker is sure to enjoy the fresh floral flavor of these miniature rosebuds. Chrysanthemum tea has long been used to cool the body and reduce fever and has a particularly unique flavor.Due to the lack of caffeine, Chinese herbal teas are great beverages to have when caffeine would be avoided, such as at night before bed.The Fantastic Flower "Herbal Teas" Among the many varieties of Chinese herbal teas are the wildly popular flower teas. These teas are, like all herbal teas, caffeine-free alternatives and offer various benefits. Most offer a palate of flavors while being calming and soothing.The following are among the more famous of the flower herbal teas (alphabetically):* Carnation Flower Tea--The tea brewed from this is attractive red flower is said to help restore the energy of the body. It is also widely used for relaxing.* Chrysanthemum Herbal Tea--This tea has a subtle sweetness and is regarded as highly refreshing. Among the popular cooling infusions this is a premier choice.* Forget Me Not Flower Tea--This brews a mild and grassy flavored tisane. Said to aid the lungs, it is also caffeine-free. It is widely known for its beautiful purple flowers.* Gongju Herbal Tea--The Gongju flower is known for its soothing and relaxing attributes and brews a smooth tasting herbal tea.* Jasmine Bud Flower Tea--This Chinese herbal tea, according to some experts, is comprised solely of the small and beautiful Jasmine flowers that have not yet opened. The tea produced sweet and caffeine-free.* Kuding Pearl Tea--The leaves for this variety are rolled into large pearls, which is one of the sources of its nickname, "one leaf tea" due to the size of the leaves. The other reason it is called "one leaf" is because of the belief that only one leaf of this tea is needed to heal a number of things. Many people consider this tea to be a bitter tea, but nearly everyone agrees that this ancient leaf brews an interesting herbal tea.* Yunnan Flower Bud Tea--This Chinese herbal tea grows, as implied by the name, in the old forests of Yunnan. This rare flower is primarily a local Yunnan drink and is caffeine free.* Wild New York Ginseng--For those who appreciate the wild growing conditions in which the roots ripen this is another well-known Chinese herbal tea. It is said that each root develops a unique appearance and personality because of the rugged wild conditions. Size and age can vary greatly, with some of these wild roots being very small and very old while some larger roots are much younger. These herbal roots live for seven years or more.
What do you do when youre down with flu on a cold rainy night? Or you just need a break from your clutter of work? What do you reach for every morning on the breakfast table?Drinking a cup of beverage, be it coffee, hot chocolate or simply a cup of hot milk, is just one of those things that you do as part of your daily routine.However, we usually do not realize what it is that helps make this moment a good one. It is of course, none other than that favorite mug that each of us definitely own. As we are creatures of habits, we tend to use the same mug every single time we have our drinks, till the mug sees its first crack sign or till its broken.But sometimes, we do get bored of using the same mug repeatedly, forcing us to make our way into that store to find another one to help us to begin our day. Most of us would like to find a funky one to replace our old mug, but the choices available seems to be those dainty floral patterns or colored mugs, or those Worlds greatest dad! or My friends visited New York and all I got was this lousy mug! types of mugs. Living in such a clich world, how on earth are we going to find a mug that is creative or unique enough to go with our coffee every morning?What if I told you that you are now able to create a mug personalized according to your liking? May it be a simple phrase from the bible, some cute cartoons, a picture of your sports fan, loved ones, or even you! The search is over! Technology these days are so frighteningly advanced that you can create these mugs in a blink of an eye. The quality of the imprinted photos does not fade with every rinse and wash. Trust me, these photo mugs still retain their vibrant image exactly like the day you got it although it has been coated with enormous amount of saliva and soap over the years.What is so amazing about these personalized photo mugs is that they are more functional and better utilized than the average-normal-over-the-counter picture frames. These cute and innovative mugs do not only serve as decorations but also they do not accumulate dust and needs regular cleaning. Unlike photo imprinted T-shirts, they do not fade or get wrinkled. It also does not make you feel bad whenever you throw a T-shirt with your best friend on it into a washing machine and watched it being spun and squished dry. These mugs are the perfect gift for any occasion, be it birthdays, weddings or just a token to celebrate the greatest of friendships. The most important aspect of a gift is not measured by the price value (as much as it is wrongly assumed in this materialistic world) but rather how personal it is to a person. I believe that by transforming a normal looking mug into a personalized one complete with pictures that captures a moment in time which means a lot to them, forever embedded in a mug. That is pretty much as personal as you can get.My dad and I used to love to share a great cup of coffee brewed to perfection before we start the day. That short but meaningful moment is the true essence of our relationship. Now that Im out of town, I miss him as much as he misses me. So, I decided to take a picture which is of him and me when I was around four years old, fishing together, and make it into an 11oz photo coffee mug. This way, whenever he drinks his favorite cup of beverage, hell be seeing me and thinking of me and vice versa. Isnt it always better to share that special experience with someone? When we are alone, the smiling picture of your son will put you into a much better mood and draws out the cold lonely feeling of drinking a cup of hot chocolate on an empty piece of table.So why wait any longer, get your own photo mug today at your nearest store. It is guaranteed to make that cup of coffee, hot chocolate or fresh milk taste much better than any you have tasted before.