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Health Corner: Matcha Green Tea Powder

Posted On: October 27, 2015

Introducing our Health Corner segment, where we will be sharing information on some products to enhance, activate and vitalize your health and well being. We'll share some ancient things as well, health secrets the Egyptians, even some past down from family and our elders used to empower and maintain youth and vitality.

Starting off with the Matcha Green Tea Powder, which are produced and manufacted mostly in Japan, parts of China and in some Asian cultures. But the Matcha leaves itself is only grown in Japan. Matcha Green Tea is a very special, ancient and traditional tea that has been around for hundreds of years; and used in different Chinese Dynasty to maintain their power and reign. The tea was also and continues to be used for spiritual purposes in Zen Buddhism and to elevate aspects of meditation. The tea is prepared in two distinctive ways, the Traditional Japanese Ceremonial and Ceremonial Grade (Premium and Culinary).

Although there are two different ways Matcha Green Tea Poweder is prepared, there are many several variances of the tea based on color and the refinement of the powder. The greener the matcha, the better it is for you.

So what does Matcha Green Tea Powder do and what are the benefits?

Good questions and lets get into them.

The Matcha Green Tea Powder has several health benefits that will empower, vitalize, ehnance and metabolize a person's mental, physical, emotional and as well as spiritual health. And just overall health benefits.

For mental health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder boost concentration, focus and memory. Because of the production of dopamine and serotonin, the tea elevates and magnifies the mind in remembering things, clarity, helps in concentration and focus which activates higher levels of creativity.

For emotional health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder is a great mood enhancer and also, promotes relaxation in order to stay calm and centered (balanced). It reduces anxiety, nervousness and hypertension. Although the tea has caffeine in it, unlike other products with caffeine, consumers do not experience the regualr side effects caffeine causes. Instead the tea aids as a stimulant that increases energy levels and endurance.

For spiritual health benefits: It does the same thing for mental and emotional health benefits. Buddhist use it because of its mood enhancing benefits, the way it expands levels of meditation and how it clarifies the mind and soul. Because of its calm and alertness benefits, Matcha Green Tea Powder helps one stay sharp and on top of their game.

For physical health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder cleanses and detoxifies the body of toxins. It is a great natural way of losing weight because of its cleansing properties. Due to its high levels of chlorophyll, the tea rids the body of all kind of toxins from metals and different chemicals. It will leave the skin smooth and clear, free of blemishes, acne and etc. Matcha Green Tea Powder also helps in maintaing youth, by cell renewal and restoration for the skin and keeps you natually beautiful from the inside out. It revitalizes the body, gives you that kick to get your day started right with great energy and the feeling of empowerment and exhilaration (a natural high) to soar and immense into great levels of yourself. (That's also mental, emotional and spiritual health as well).

For overall health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder is rich in antioxidants which helps fight against negative affects of UV radiation, prevents certain illnesses and maladies. One cup of Matcha Green Tea Powder gives you five times the antioxidants you need that are often found in raw fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants also help in skin care and health. Matcha Green Tea Powder is great for the immune system, by helping you create new and regenerate the cells you need to fight off colds, flu, illnesses and etc. It lowers the risk of certain cancers, prevents Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma and diabetes. The tea helps boost immunity and metabolism, improves cholesterol and helps burn calories.

"Matcha green tea is a rich source of Vitamins A and C as well as potassium, protein, iron and calcium. We all know how good ordinary green tea is for our body but a single cup of matcha green tea contains the equivalent nutritional value of roughly 10 cups of regular green tea."

Matcha Green Tea Powder can be consumed with cold or hot water until all of it is dissolved. Matcha can also be brewed with milk, usually it taste great with organic coconut milk, even soy milk is good too. It can also be consumed as a latte, used in baking for muffins, specialty bread and; several different recipes in cooking and baking. Matcha Green Tea Powder can also be added to your favorite smoothies.

The traditional method of brewing Matcha Green Tea Powder is with a tea bowl and bamboo whisk.


Men Only Nail Bar 'Hammer & Nails' In California Will Be Franchising Nationwide

Posted On: January 08, 2016

Michael Elliot is a former screenwriter who inked classic movies such as: Brown Sugar and Just Wright, in 2013 Elliot had another calling and became a businessman in the nail industry.

It all started when Michael Elliot went into a nail salon to get a pedicure and the experience was uncomfortable due to the salon of course, being filled with women and Elliot stating he felt out of place. So, he decided to open a nail only men bar to offer services such as: pedicure, manicure and etc., in an environment men would be comfortable at and resonate to. Elliot founded the first and perhaps in the world, men nail bar called "Hammer & Nails."

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Michael Elliot spoke about his vision for the nail bar, the kind of items and materials he used to design it and the services Hammer & Nails offers.

"It started with a 17-foot 'auto' sign that I found in a vintage store. I looked at it and said, "I need to create a place where this sign feels at home." With that, I began to create my vision. All of our nail techs are females. There are no manicure tables and no spa chairs. The lighting is low, there's soft music playing, extra wide leather chairs and you've got your own personal TV and your own personal remote control and Beats by Dre headphones [to put on]."

Hammer & Nails sounds like a place men can watch football or a basketball game, while their feet are being rubbed and catered to. (Treat yourself!)

As the interview proceeded, Elliot elaborated about the importance of men taking care of themselves, nail health and rountine pedicures.

"Many guys, quite frankly, are embarrassed by their feet. Most men were never taught to take care of their feet; it's just a part of the body that they don't pay attention to. So they don't understand things like fungus or how to prevent ingrown toenails."

Due to the success of Hammer & Nails and high demands of nail bars for men, Michael Elliot will be expanding his business and franchising nationwide, as well as across borders into other countries.

"It's all about growing the brand. We're taking applications for franchise opportunities now. So far we've had interest from all over the country and the globe, really: San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Atlanta. We've even had interest from as far away as India, Austria, Berlin, Mexico and Uruguay."

With the expanse of Hammer & Nails, Elliot is looking forward to providing a haven for men to get pampered and maintain a healthy regimen of self care.

"Our goal is to award five (licenses) in the first year. We're really optimistic that the new locations will be a success, because once they open up [they're] going to be the 'go-to' place in that city. Let's face it, as a guy do you want to go to the corner [nail] spot or the man-cave nirvana? You're going to pick Hammer & Nails."


Video Source: NBC News




Beyonce's Launches Vegan Meal Delivery Services, With Her Trainer

Posted On: February 03, 2015

Beyonce is utilizing some of her assets and business knowledge to launch a new vegan meal delivery service. Following in the footsteps of her husband Jay Z, Beyonce is a queen who holds her king down on the chessboard.

Beyonce will be linking up with her personal trainer, to motivated people about eating and developing healthier lifestyles.

Marco Borges will help Bey implement the 22 Days Nutrition program. The program will introduce a meat free eating plan, involving strictly consuming fruits, vegetables and plant based food. The two will also help people adapt to the vegan lifestyle, of less to no carbs, oil and other fattening agents used in food.

The deliveries of the vegan meals will be once a week, according to the plan, valued at $9.76 to $16.50 per meal. One thing about eating healthier is, it is not a cheap lifestyle.

In 2013, Beyonce and Jay Z became vegans, it must of worked for them to have Beyonce launch this new meal delivery service inspired by it and investing to expose others into living and eating better.

Beyonce's trainer, Borges made a public statement about the new venture and helping people with their nutritious intake of plant based foods.

Check out his comments below.

"We all know the importance and value of eating plant-based foods but often times find ourselves trapped in a series of bad habits that sabotage optimum wellness. The Vegan Meal Delivery program makes it easier to reset your habits with healthy and delicious plant-based foods."

For more information about the 22 Days Nutrition program, click on the link below.




World Health Organization Confirms The End of Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

Posted On: December 31, 2015

The National World Organization (WHO) recently made a declaration to news media outlets that Guinea in Africa was free of Ebola and confirmed the end of outbreaks in the country.

Ironically, Guinea was where the outbreak of Ebola took place two years ago and ventured to other neighboring countries such as: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. Fast forward, the Ebola outbreak has ended where it started. In total there was 11,315 casualties, including over 100 healthcare professionals. The World Health Organization took extreme measures to eradicate Ebola from those countries and funding advertising to educate people about the stigmas of those who survived through treatment and care.

Guinea plans on having several concerts with fireworks to celebrate the country's milestone and monumental achievement of ridding itself of Ebola. WHO congratualed Guinea's government for their roles in curing their country by making these statements:

"Extraordinary leadership in fighting the epidemic".

The World Health Organization will remain in Guinea to maintain prevention of any kind of outbreaks and to keep the country free of Ebola. They noted although outbreaks ended in Guinea, the disease is not yet defeated and they still have a long way to go in making Africa Ebola free.

President Alpha Conde of Guinea since his presidency, has doubled funding for healthcare and will continue to alleviate the country of its burdens.


News Source: BBC


130 Med Students Graduate in Somalia, Making History & Progress Towards a Better Tomorrow

Posted On: December 29, 2015

Reviving healthcare, one hundred and thirty student graduated in medical studies at the University in Somalia’s capital.

The historical event was the biggest class to receive their degrees in beocming doctors and forged the promise of a better tomorrow in Somalia's healthcare institutions. The graduation also embarked, the country's will to rise after a 2009 bombing during a graduation ceremony. Some of the survivors were in attendance at the present graduation and expressed, the success of the med graduates in tackling the challenges of healthcare, working with the government, improving the availability of medical supplies and equipment; staffing in hospitals and etc.

The med graduates consisted of men and women, some of them were interviewed and made statements about ooking forward to working with the people of Somalia and providing quality healthcare.

Hit the play button to check out the footage.

Congratulations to all the graduates.

News Source: CCTV


Game Changer: Lt. Gen., Nadja Y. West Becomes The 1st African-American Army Surgeon General

Posted On: December 30, 2015

2015 was definitely the year of many first and it will continue well into 2016 and beyond!

Making headlines is Lieutenant General, . Nadja Y. West who was sworned in as the new Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). She also, made history as the first African-American to do so.

It is wel highlighted that Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West is the first Black woman to take office and position as an Army Surgeon General. Prior to her new rank, West was the Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon and with a resume that consist of: Commanding General, Commander of Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C.; Division Surgeon, 1st Armored Division, Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany and Europe Regional Medical Command. Genera Nadja's education consist of: a Doctorate of Medicine from George Washington University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In conclusion, she gained three stars as a lieutenant general which led West to be appointed as the 44th Army Surgeon General.

Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West was sworn in by Acting Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning. As the Army Surgeon General, West will be responsible for providing information and advise matters pertaining to healthcare involving the U.S Army, and its military to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff. She will oversee the management of healthcare, its policies (discontinuation and revising new ones), the development of new programs for the military's healthcare system, assessing health hazards, formulating new healthcare standards and regulations. In addition, General West's duties will require her to intergrate new heathcare service systems and developed new medical devices, and resources for the U.S. Army.

As of now, General Nadja manages forty eight medical treatment facilities and supervises the provision of quality healthcare to an estimate of four million active army members and their families. Although, she was sworn in, Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West will be officially pinned during a formal ceremony in 2016.

100 gun salute to her!


The Benefits Of Strawberries

Posted On: March 15, 2015

You are what you eat, so eat strawberries and be sweet!

As a creative genuis, whatever it is that you create. It could be clothes, music, maybe you are chef who makes and creates dishes and etc., what you eat can affect how productive, and effective you are in your creativity. We become the food we ingest and digest. Also healthwise and not just in creativity. It's very important to have fruits and vegetables in your daily intake of food.

During the Winter, most people gain weight from all the festivities of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the hearty foods winter brings. During Spring and Summer, people eat less and eat more fruits and vegetables, because of the heat.

One fruit that is loved by many are strawberries and eating strawberries has its own benefits. One of the benefits are, strawberries strenghten eyes. So, that's a good thing because strong eyes can see much further than dreams, because of vision.

Check out the rest of the benefits below.


Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The Breakdown of The Word "Human"

Posted On: January 12, 2015

There are several theories about how humans evolved, how we came to be. We have the "caveman theory," which I'll get into some other day. It's a very controversial theory that is more directed towards one particular race. Then we have the theory about the apes and etc. The "ape theory" is more of a scientific theory, which is far fetched.

As human beings, we are created, designed and made in God's likeness and image. But nobody knows how God looks like. There is this so called image of Jesus Christ that most people believe and it's really sad because that image is a fabrication, it's a big lie! It's an actual image of somebody who was the total opposite of Jesus Christ. If you are Black, Asian and etc, how can you worship this White God when he is not even made in your image? It's contradicting. Because again, we are "all" created in God's image and likeness. So, these pictures of this White Jesus that is floating around would contradict that. The actual image of this White Jesus is actually "Cesare Borgia." You could do the research yourself but I'm not going to get into that right now.

Let's look at the word "human" and break it down.

The word "hue" means "color" so if we were to put hue and man together, we would have the word "hueman," which would mean "colored man." The irony of that is, Black people are said to be from scientists and ancient writings due to research, as the beginners of civilization, where humanity actually evolved from.

Now let's get rid of the "e" in "hue" and look at the word "hu" which means "God" in Arabic. Let's combine the word "hu" and "man" and we have "human," which would mean "Godman." Now, this is a very interesting irony because we as humans are made in God's likeness and image. Depending on what you believe in, we as humans are one step down from the angels but yet somehow balanced, because of our power of free will. The free will of choice which started the whole war of good and evil, between God and Satan. Because God gave humans this power of free will, to basically choose between good and evil.

Back to the word "human" which really means "Godman." And it makes you wonder about this controversial lyric from Jay Z in Usher's song, 'Hot Tottie,' where Jay Z talks about being born a God who was downgraded to a human being.

"I was born a God/I made myself a King/Which means I downgraded to a human being/You was born a Goddess/ I made you my Queen."

--- Jay Z

Some people are actually offended by this lyrical quote and think Jay Z should not compare himself to God or Jesus Christ for that matter. But if we look at the word "human" and what the suffix of it is, is Jay Z off? Because again, we are created in God's likeness and image, that would makes us Godbodies. But depending on the purpose of why we are created, either we serve as angels or like Jay Z said, we are downgraded as human beings. Or, we can elevate ourselves and become Kings and Queens.

Things that make you hmmm...


Product Review: Fit Tea

Posted On: March 07, 2015

With the rise of social media, it has unleashed many businesses and products. Social media is a great platform to promote and market your business. It connects you to potential buyers and clienteles within your community but all over the nation and the world as well.

We've noticed certain products hitting the market due to social media but can't be found in stores. Most of these products are created and developed by people like me and you. In our "Product Review" segments, we are starting with "Fit Tea" which is amongst many other teas that have entered the realm of social media marketing and promotion.

Fit Tea is a tea designed to help people slim down, curb their appetites and flush out toxins from their system. The tea has two detox program: one is for 14 days and the other is 28 days. I went with the 28 days. The tea in itself taste great, I didn't need any kind of sugar for it, it has this cinnamon and minty taste to it. The tea can be consumed hot or cold. Its not harsh like other diet teas when it comes to helping an individual detox, its light on the stomach and makes you fill full after drinking it.

Fit Tea does indeed slim a person down and because of the feeling of fullness from the tea, a person will consume less food. However, Fit Tea does recommend a healthy eating regimen be used while taking the tea. It is better to drink this tea early in the morning or around lunch time like noon. Any time later than that will keep a person up all night and sometimes for 48 hours straight.

It's a healthy tea and I recommend it. Tea is go for us but that's another topic.

Just like with any other diet products and supplements, losing weight is really about what we eat, the intake and routine exercises. As far as Fit Tea, because it is a natural product, it's okay to use it to help in losing weight but the tea can not do the job for you.


Fasting to Develop a Pure Hunger & Enhance Your Visions For Success

Posted On: January 13, 2015

How hungry are you for success? What are you willing to give up in life in order to gain? Would you give up food? Your social media? Phones? and etc. Are you willing to fast, to know what pure hunger is truly about?

Fasting is not just about refraining from certain foods or the foods we love, which can be a big issue for some of us. And in fasting, it helps us develop self control.

There are different means and ways to fast, some with prayers and some without. Prayers can also mean mantras or certain mantras. Fasting can be giving up consuming any kind of foods for 24 hours or a few days, or it can be giving up all unhealthy, processed or cooked foods. And strictly eating raw fruits and vegetables. Also, drinking only water.

A lot of great leaders fasted from Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and many others who fast for a purpose. They gave up eating so they could gain the success of their purpose.

Fasting can range from like I stated above, giving up food all together or certain foods, it can also be refraining from social media, the use of foul language like cursing, getting angry or being reactive with anger, from watching television or listening to the radio, from anyone or anything that is negative or brings down our energy level and more. There are many different purposes why we fast and we acquire many benefits from it as well. Some of those benefits are, we become more gounded but yet elevated, we develop self control when it comes to food cravings and the temptation of unhelathy foods, self control from anything that is not good not only for our bodies but our whole essence, fasting also helps develop a pure hunger for success because we discover a purpose for it; fasting can also help enhance our visions for our dreams and goals, fasting is a good way to detox ourselves, helps us acquire patience and more.

You might have a goal or a dream you want to achieve but lack the vision for it. Try fasting. It will also help you to become more creative, as your body and total essence cleanses itself from the detox of fasting, your vision will become more clearer. Ideas will be more broaden and you'll be able to create without limits, as in expanding your horizon. We grow based on our visions, we expand and elevate based on our visions.

Fasting helps us become better people.

Fasting is good for health purposes and also, the wellness of our souls.


Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Opens In NYC

Posted On: January 08, 2016

After Governor Andrew Cuomo inducted the marijuana medical bill into law, New York City begin its progression towards the bill by opening one of eight cannabis dispensaries.

The grand opening took place yesterday (Jan. 7th) at Columbia Care on East 14th Street. The dispensaries will treat patients with severe medical conditions/diseases and clearances for treatment following prescriptions from their doctors. Due to certain restrictions, patients will not be allowed to smoke any of the marijuana but instead the cannabis will come in forms of: capsules, liquids, vaporized therapy; and mostly induced orally. The marijuana treatments will be sold to patients and insurances do not cover any cost pertaining to cannabis care.


Video Source: New York Daily News