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Talk to your doctor if you drink alcohol. It can weaken your heart and make it work harder. Research does show that a little booze can raise your HDL (good) cholesterol level -- but too much can make you gain weight or raise your blood pressure.

If you are diabetic, The best options are a glass of red wine, or a Vodka Soda with lemon or lime. Vodka has less calories than dark alcohol and the citrus fruit is a natural insulin desensitizer. A Vodka with club soda and lime is a far better option than a margarita which is loaded with sweet sour mix and calorie dense tequila. The average margarita has 400 calories - while a Vodka Soda with lime has less than 100 total calories! [from the Type II Diabetes Destroyer]








GINS:

Favorites:

1. Seagram's Extra Dry Gin. $12 for 750mL bottle. ABV 40%. Mild flavor. Inexpensive. Traditional Lon' dry. has a light citrus tang with a hint of spices, over a solid but refined base of juniper. Seagram’s Gin is the best selling gin in America. http://theginisin.com/gin-reviews/seagrams-extra-dry/ Review from theginisin.com: It tastes rather sweet. This is the first thing that I noticed, even though at similar proof to most gins (40%) it tastes much lighter and much easier to drink than most gins, but still retains a lot of classic gin flavor. (2 1/2 stars). My favorite mild gin. Got at Gabriels. 2 olives and very dirty. Neat it is quite sweet.

2. Tanqueray Lon' Dry Gin. $16 for 750mL bottle. ABV 47%. Traditional Lon' dry. Very strong Juniper taste. "Primary flavors of angelica, juniper, and coriander, Tanqueray Lon' Dry has won countless awards." http://theginisin.com/gin-reviews/tanqueray/ It's distilled in Scotland, and has been made more or less in its current incarnation since the 1830s. It is a classic and as expected it has a strong bite of juniper with a hint of acid sharpness. One olive and no dirty. Taste comes through better. Got at Gabriels.

3. Beefeater Lon' Dry Gin. $19 for 750mL bottle. ABV: 47%. Traditional / Lon' Dry. Little flavor with olive and ice. Strong smell of alcohol. Much better neat; no ice, no olive.

 

The Best Gin to Buy on a Budget Seagram's Extra Dry (Seagram's makes a very nice gin and tonic or gimlet, and it plays well in gin cocktails that call for citrus, such as a Gin Daisy or an Aviation. If you're trying it in a martini, be careful with the vermouth: this 80-proofer will need less vermouth than, say, a gin at 94-proof. It's not quite assertive enough to make a good Negroni—it gets lost between the Campari and the vermouth), Seagram's Distiller's Reserve (actually an aged gin.. this tastes likes a drier, pinier version of the classic Seagram's. It has a smooth and creamy texture, and tastes less citrusy and more spicy than the Extra Dry. The Distiller's Reserve has flavors of clove and peppercorn), Burnett's (The flavor is fresh, piney, and citrusy, with a mild and pleasant salinity. The finish lingers, though the gin's astringency really dried out my mouth, and that alone might be too much for some drinkers... Mix Burnett's into something citrusy (or a good ol' G&T), and avoid the martini; this gin isn't quite assertive enough for that drink), New Amsterdam Straight (New Amsterdam is not your standard gin. It's designed to be especially smooth, creamy, and citrusy, meant to appeal to people who are new to gin. And to be sure, it smells mostly lemony, with no pine aromas. The flavor is mostly orange and lemon, with very little juniper punch), Gilbey's ( a good classic Lon' dry at a compelling price point... in a martini and also a Negroni, though it would also work in citrusy cocktails, such as gimlets, sours, and fizzes. It's neither the biggest nor most complex gin available, but it's surprisingly good), Honorable Mention: Lord Astor (

The Best Gin for a Martini #1--Ford's Gin... Tasters preferred the Ford's martini for its impressive balance and also ranked it highest in terms of preferred aroma and taste, noting the drink's bright pine, peppercorn, lemon, coriander, grapefruit, and orange flavors. #2--Beefeater: The Floral Martini. #5--Bombay Sapphire: The Savory Martini... The Sapphire martini seemed less sweet and more savory to most tasters, offering lots of juniper, lemon, hay, and herbal flavors, along with citrus peel and a hint of salinity. One taster praised the Sapphire martini for having a little more hefty weight, and another loved its "nice, cool lingering finish."

GIN HEALTH BENEFITS Gin is a very interesting and healthy drink. Gin is the only alcohol liquor that was first developed as medicine remedy before it became popular as a social drink. Gin has many health benefits... I inform my customers if you want to drink hard liquor, choose Gin over Vodka, Whiskey or Rum. And if you ''t want the calories in beer and wine, TRY A GIN DRINK ! you can have almost nine raisins per day and you can see the Gin Health benefits with this for arthritis... is very good source of losing weight. It helps to fight against the obesity. Drinking Gin helps you to have stronger and healthy bones. This in turn helps you to reduce cardiovascular diseases... Gin also helps you in having great water retention in your body. This Gin Health benefit is due to the juniper berries which are present and acts as a herbal remedy for the diseases of kidney and liver. They have a diuretic action and here Gin helps in passing more water than any other alcohol.

Old Tom Gin

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Guide to Gin In some ways, you can think of gin as a juniper-flavored vodka. Gin is a colorless, usually unaged, spirit. It's ordinarily made by distilling or redistilling fermented grains with juniper berries and other aromatics (also known as botanicals). Juniper berries are a natural diuretic... During the Dutch War of Independence (1568–1648; also known as the Eighty Years War), English forces in Holland discovered gin and enjoyed it before battle. The English dubbed gin "Dutch courage." Gin became so popular among English troops that they brought it back with them after the war. Comments: Nolet's is a beautiful and expensive gin. I've been doing a lot of tastings for my martinis (ie. picking up another bottle) and its a favorite if you have the cash. I would say for the money The Botanist gin is a best buy. Similar aromas to Nolet's but almost half the price. -- The Botanist is my new favorite, complex and smooth. --Ransom Old Tom gin is fantastic. -- even better with bitter lemon!. --Right now I am enamored with St George's Terroir gin but I also picked up the Botanist and can't recommend it enough. --

GIN HEALTH BENEFITS Gin is a very interesting and healthy drink. Gin is the only alcohol liquor that was first developed as medicine remedy before it became popular as a social drink. Gin has many health benefits... I inform my customers if you want to drink hard liquor, choose Gin over Vodka, Whiskey or Rum. And if you ''t want the calories in beer and wine, TRY A GIN DRINK ! you can have almost nine raisins per day and you can see the Gin Health benefits with this for arthritis... is very good source of losing weight. It helps to fight against the obesity. Drinking Gin helps you to have stronger and healthy bones. This in turn helps you to reduce cardiovascular diseases... Gin also helps you in having great water retention in your body. This Gin Health benefit is due to the juniper berries which are present and acts as a herbal remedy for the diseases of kidney and liver. They have a diuretic action and here Gin helps in passing more water than any other alcohol.

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Gilbey's Gin. Good price. ABV 40%. $9 for 750mL bottle. Mild with floral overtones. Plastic bottle. Too cheap and tasteless. Maybe try neat?

 

Trying Out:

Bombay Sapphire Gin. $25 for 750mL bottle. ABV: 47%. "This is a complex gin; more flavors can be detected with each sip: cinnamon spice, astringent pine needles, a touch of lime zest and, finally, a big licorice finish comes singing through." http://theginisin.com/gin-reviews/bombay-sapphire/ This is the second most widely drunk gin in the world today. Not at Gabriels.

Aviation Gin. $30-35 for 750mL. 42% ABV. Not at Gabriels. It’s truly one of the new breed of American Dry. It is big and bold, but with the juniper in the background. It’s more of the bassist in this band. The citrus and the other flavors are in the front. This is a diverse gin, and '’t let the strong bouquet fool you. It makes for a stunning Tom Collins, a refreshing gin and tonic, and yes- a classic Aviation. But one thing that raises Aviation gin to the next level is its smoothness and complexity. It is a gin that you can sip neat or on the rocks, and not be left wanting. Its a great gin in martinis all around. Rating: Outstanding. a gin that has won its way on to my shelf and may prove to be a favorite going forward.

Captive Spirits’ Big Gin. $30-33 for 750mL. 47% ABV. Immediately, one noticed that the nose of Big Gin is strong and assertive. You can catch the sweet aroma of juniper as you pour the gin. The nose is sweet, a bit peppery. Lots of juniper, hints of citrus and peppercorn. The taste is a bit silky, even thick for a gin. It slides over the tongue, warming the mouth with a powerful burst of juniper.. overall, Big Gin is big on juniper. Rating: Lives up to its name beautifully. May not be available in Texas.

Ford's Gin. $25-31 for 1 liter. Proof: 90 = 45% ABV. Not at Gabriels. Juniper and bright spice on the nose, some floral hints as well. Mild, fresh, hints of lavender and cream on the close. Nice, smells a touch contemporary in style, but the presence of juniper is immediately detectable. The flavor is actually rich and thick. Rating: In terms of nationally/internationally available gins of this style, I think this is one of the best options out there: traditional enough for the purists; but has a couple of novel notes to appeal to folks who have got into gin via Hendrick’s and their ilk.

G’vine Nouaison. $35 / 750 mL. ABV: 44% ...this was the first gin I officially awarded five stars too. There’s some warm citrus notes a powerful note of cassia. The floral notes are there but very quickly give way to juniper and a burst of Lon' Dry style heat. The finish is a little bit of ginger, a little bit of cinnamon and a little bit citrus.

Hendrick’s. $25-34 for 750ml. 44% ABV. Modern. Rating: I love this gin, and its one of my favorites. Hendrick’s has been one of my favorite gins since I was first introduced to the beverage. Its lighter on the Juniper, but it’s not completely absent. The high notes are cucumber and rose. Because of the unusual blend of flavors and their mildness, this gin I think is best served as straight gin with tonic.

Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Lon' Dry Gin. $40 for 1 L. 90 proof/45% ABV. Five stars. Let me begin by getting this out of the way. This is my favorite gin. Hands down. The Miller’s regular strength (80 proof) is a solid choice, somewhat more inexpensive ($31-35 for 1 L). Miller’s gin balances a crisp clean Juniper flavor with a hint of Citrus sweetness. These two flavors are in such perfect harmony, that Miller’s is the epitome of versatility in gin. Whereas some gins are decidedly Citrus (Bluecoat) and others are about the Juniper (Tanqueray), this gin walks the line and is a good choice for whatever you drink of choice is. Despite the strength of the Westbourne (90 proof) it is remarkably smooth, and very drinkable straight. Availability: Criminally uncommon. Mostly higher end stores with a larger gin selection Rating: There’s few better gins out there.

Plymouth English Gin. $35-41/ 750 mL. 41% ABV. The flavors are not out of the ordinary for gin. There’s a strong citrus element and a strong juniper element. The flavor is smooth, but astringent. It has a bit of an oily lingering, but very pleasant mouth feel. Whereas many non-traditional gins '’t pair well with lime- Plymouth and Limes were meant to be in drinks together. In fact, as it is almost a classical example of gin it excels in almost any cocktail across the spectrum. I think that Plymouth has a direct comparison across the pond. Bluecoat Gin, which is considered an American Dry style also exhibits a similar orange/citrus and juniper profile. This is a perfect place to compare the difference between the two styles. Whereas, Plymouth feels smoother and cleaner and exhibits a strong juniper finish to compliment the citrus, Bluecoat goes for depth and and a different kind of complexity. Bluecoat feels less sharp and more citrus. Availability: Nearly everywhere. Rating: Superb, there are not many gins that are as common as Plymouth that are as good as Plymouth.

Vor Gin (pot distilled gin from Iceland). ~$42-52 for 500 mL. 94 proof/47% ABV. Terroir, the notion that place imbues the plants grown in a certain place with a unique character... a gin which is wholly unlike anything else out there. Vor means spring in Icelandic. Let’s start with the base spirit. 100% pot-distilled organic barley. Barley lends a distinct character to the base spirit that is rich, and grainy all on its own. The notes of the base are immediately recognizable, but they do not stop there. Upon it they distill local juniper. In addition they add local botanicals such as Crowberry, and more on this fruit below] and Iceland Moss [more type II and more on this again below]. In short, the combination of botanicals is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen in a gin, and you’re unlikely to have seen anywhere else before. That is unless you live in Iceland. Crowberries are native to the sub-arctic boreal regions around the world. The small purplish-black fruits... So how many gins have you had that have lichens in them? Tasting Notes: Immediately recognizable for having a strong grain based base. Very grainy, with a bright pot distilled character. Lots of depth in the mids, with sweet floral notes that are myriad and complex. In trying to tease it out, you get herbal hints, licorice, sour berry hame, thyme, oregano, angelica, and a pinch of ginger. Wow. Very complex.The palate is oily and thick, with a rich viscous mouthfeel. Juniper, grain, strawberry rhubarb, licorice, oregano, rosemary and thyme. There’s a sage-like richness, fading gently into notes of spearmint, leading to a long licorice and juniper finish.Very robust, bursting with flavor... an incredible gin, at this taste alone. I’m really blown away by the flavor, the richness and complexity. Rating: Rarely a gin comes along which is so complex and flavorful, with such depth and intrigue that you can cut it some slack for not working in a Tom Collins. It works everywhere else, and if this were more widely available, I’d probably always keep a bottle in stock in my home bar. Fans of heavier grain based gins or spice forward contemporary gins will love what they see here. Fans of the classic gin style might be surprised at first, but I believe if they give this gin a closer look they’ll find something here worth coming back to. Easily, one of our favorites of 2014. 5/5 stars.

Tanqueray's Old Tom Gin. ~$50 for 1 L. 47% ABV. Not at Gabriels. the same recipe as for our Lon' Dry, but in higher proportions." - Tanqueray. This new Old Tom expression adds just a bit of residual sugar to the mix, creating a rounder, more supple palate; but without losing any of the herbaceous character Tanqueray is known for. With its old school packaging and liter-sized format.. Palate: Leads with piney juniper and sweet lime but is impeccably balanced by licorice, black pepper, and the tropical fruits of the wheat spirit.

The Botanist Gin. $30-43 for 750mL. 46% ABV. Good as Nolet's but half the price. Not at Gabriels. $43 for 750mL. It’s a limited run (only 15,000 bottles)... distilled at the well known and respected Bruichladdich distillery in Islay which is best known for its whiskeys and the unique terroir that Hebrides brings to their creations. Neat, it was complex. There was a lot going on in there, but almost so much that you couldn’t really say that “this was in there,” or it felt like “this kind of gin.” Sipping, it has a vaguely vegetable like flavor, but juniper stands out. Side by side with other gins the Botanist when sipped neat doesn’t really taste all too different. It’s not as smooth as other gins at this price point, but that bouquet. I keep coming back to the scent. It is delightful and harmonious, but it’s a shame that those flavors '’t stand out when sipped. Rating: Good, but hard to recommend above other high-end gins. Nose: Leads with piney juniper and sweet lime but is impeccably balanced by licorice, black pepper, and the tropical fruits. Taste: The taste is rich and mellow; cool on entry then as it reaches the back palate you can feel the warmth and absolute purity of slow unhurried distillation. This is a bewitching, delectable and luxurious gin.

Ransom Old Tom Gin. $38 for 750mL?. ABV: 44%. Not at Gabriels. Category Genevere. Ransom Old Tom Gin is a genevere, which is officially defined as a gin made in the Netherlands or Belgium, where the spirit originated. The name genevere originated from the juniper plant (its also where the spirit gets its name). This Old Tom Gin is a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during the mid 1800's and the golden age of American cocktails.. dating from the days before prohibition. Pale amber pink color. ”This is an amazing gin, caramel colored, complex, rich flavors.. to rich for a martini, this is gin for scotch lovers....”

St. George's Terroir. $35 for 750mL... $12 for 200mL. ABV unknown. Not at Gabriels. Terroir Gin might be among the strongest, most aromatic gins that I’ve encountered. Simply uncorking the bottle, one can smell the vibrant aromas of the terroir gin [note, while writing this review my wife could smell it from halfway across the room, a testament to the strong scent]. On the taste, you get a strong dose of fir and juniper, as well as an herbaceous counterpoint. Something like Fennel. Hints of citrus lead to a long lasting herbaceous finish [notes that remind me or Rosemary, Bay Leaf, and Sage]. Rating: Memorable, enjoyable and unique. Although probably not for those who have not embraced their inner love affair with juniper, those who have might have found a new favorite.

St George’s Dry Rye Gin. $35 / 750 mL. Five stars! But then we have the outliers, the gins that use a neutral-in-definition-only base alcohol spirit: Grape from G’vine and Seneca Drums; and the Whiskey/Rye style base of gins like Smooth Ambler’s and St George’s Dry Rye Gin... Why might these great gins not win over every gin-drinker? Well because I think in taste and mouthfeel they resemble a nice Genever more than your average gin, and possibly even a White Whiskey. Are they gin? Most definitely. But sometimes I wonder if there needs to be another category of gin unto itself. I’ve already said that I '’t think “New Western” is a style as its just a contemporary spin on an already classic formula. But are these gins, which err towards a more whiskey like base? I really really enjoy this gin. The first thing that is noticeable on the nose is a distinct malty character, with peppercorn and caraway notes clear and up front. The taste is a whole different world, a warm malty texture and a vivid burst of juniper. While not aged, it truly tasted woodsy and dense. There’s a faint hint of candied, almost burnt citrus fruit, and then a long rye and juniper finish. Stunning and quite memorable. Availability: New York and California. Rating: A fantastic rye base gin. Among the best gins I’ve had.

Gor''s Gin. $11 for 750mL. ABV 40%. See note below. 80 proof. Not at Gabriels. Given its status as one of the most senior gins out there [having been produced since 1769!]. Nose is heavy with pine-laden juniper, with a peppery/resinous undertone. Coriander lurking on the edges as well, with a slight hint or citrus and a menthol character. Quintessentially classic. The palate is more of the same. Bright piny juniper, with hints of coriander, lemon zest. The finish is medium-long in length with an unmistakable juniper burst, but there’s some complexities and complications which emerge that challenge the notion that Gor'’s is a one-note gin. Certainly on its own, you can pick up a lot of depth and character, though I find that some of these intriguing low-notes are lost mixing. I’m sorry for my friends in the UK, but the variant of Gor'’s bottled at 37.5% ABV is rubbish. It tastes of watered down gin, and much of the nuance is lost. Frankly, that lower ABV variant was among my first tastes of Gor' and I was not impressed by it. I’ve grown to appreciate how vastly superior the 40% ABV variation we’re fortunate enough to have in North America is, while I think that the 47.3% ABV export variation is superior in terms of appreciating the botanical nuance, I find that while it mixes better [owing to its strength], it doesn’t read as clearly as Gor'’s Gin. In short, I prefer the 40% bottling and the 47.3% Export Strength if you can find it. Availability: Worldwide, though the 40% ABV offering is North America: Canada and the United States Rating: Classic gin doesn’t get much more classic than this. Fans of traditional styles are probably already fans of this gin and '’t need my words to convince them to pick up a bottle. It’s a solid buy, especially at its price point.

Blue Coat. $25 for 75oml. ABV unknown. Good review. Not at Gabriels. The case of Bluecoat, the “American Dry Gin” is an interesting one. It comes in a bright blue bottle and is sure to stand out on your shelf— one might say it is beaming with American pride. It’s made in Philadelphia and has a four grain base which includes corn, wheat, barley and rye. But really, all of this information isn’t going to help you. Let me some up this gin in one word: Citrus. You can taste the prickly warmth of the Juniper, but it is above all a citrusy gin. The strongest tasting notes are orange, orange, and maybe hits of lemon and lime. There’s also the slightest taste of clove or anise in there too, but in drinking and mixing this should be treated as a citrus gin above all. It is smooth, fragrant, and very drinkable. Where I think Bluecoat may come up short is appealing to the palette of traditional gin drinkers. Rating: A solid specialty gin that does somethings so well, I keep going back to it.

Genius Gin. $25/750 mL. 90 proof = 45% ABV. Made in Austin, Texas. Not at Gabriels. Unabashedly contemporary in construction, it uses a “hot and cold” process to bring out the best in its botanicals. Sweet spice on top, a tad malty, grainy and bright, Zesty. Mid notes reveal more traditional gin profile, with lemon zest and just a touch of ethanol. The palate reveals a pleasant, but never overwhelming warmth. Lime and citrus on top of the palate, but that fades nearly as quickly as it came on. The palate is dominated by sweet spicy notes: subdued rose, juniper, floral qualities, which crystallize more clearly on the finish. Hints of grass, a good deal of caradmom, citrus, lime and lavender. Availability: Only in Texas so far. Rating: Intriguing, contemporary and memorable. Works well in a lot of cocktails, and has depth and complexity that will bring folks to it neat as well.

Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin. $32/ 750 mL. 114 Proof = 57% ABV. So expect a punch on the nose and on the palate. The nose has a nice gin like stability, juniper, orange and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is acutely juniper based, but there’s some levels of depth. The early taste leads strongly with citrus, and then mid palate cinnamon, juniper and a peculiar floral sweetness. Rating: Bold and memorably flavored without being too overpowering. One of the finest Navy Strength gins I’ve had and one which I would recommend with no reservations.

Plymouth Sloe Gin. $32 for ? 26% ABV. A shot of Plymouth Sloe Gin costs approximately $1.89, about average for gin. Plymouth Sloe Gin is based on an 1883 recipe, and has since become an important part in various classic cocktails, notably the Sloe Gin fizz. The result is a smooth liqueur taste with a beautiful balance between sweet and bitter fruit flavours, and a hint of almonds from the stone of the fruit. Palate - fruity, smooth and full-bodied with a balanced sweetness and dryness.


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Gin Reviews

Alcohol proof is a measure of how much ethanol (alcohol) is contained in an alcoholic beverage. The term was originally used in the United Kingdom and was defined as 7/4 times the alcohol by volume (ABV). The UK now uses the ABV standard instead of alcohol proof.

What 'proof' on a liquor bottle really means In the U.S., if you cut the number in half, you get the actual amount of alcohol in the bottle. Eighty proof means 40 percent of the liquid in the bottle is alcohol... Suspicious buyers came up with a “gunpowder proofing” testing method. They mixed the whiskey with gunpowder and lit it. If the gunpowder exploded, the liquor had no water in it and it was “proofed.” And so was anyone standing nearby. This became the official term for pure whiskey.

Sloe Gin a red liqueur made with gin and sloe (blackthorn) drupes, which are a small fruit relative of the plum. Sloe gin has an alcohol content between 15 and 30 percent by volume. However, the European Union has established a minimum of 25% ABV for sloe gin to be named as such.[1] The traditional way of making sloe gin is to soak the sloes in gin. Sugar is required to ensure the sloe juice is extracted from the fruit. (In Germany and other German-speaking countries, Schlehenlikör is made by soaking sloes, sugar, and possibly some spices in vodka, gin or rum. The most popular commercial brand, based on white rum, is made by Mast-Jägermeister SE)

What Exactly is Sloe Gin? Sloes are little berries, about the size of a dime, that grow wild in hedgerows all over England. One reason you might never have heard of sloes is that they're not widely cultivated, because they taste terrible. Ripe sloes may be lovely to look at, but their taste is highly astringent and generally unpleasant... But our compatriots across the sea are an inventive sort, and they came up with a way to make the sloes useful: soak them in booze. The Brits have been making sloe gin for hundreds of years by infusing the berries in high-proof gin, along with a little bit of sugar. The result is a liqueur that's tart, but with a delicious richness and depth of flavor.... Sloe gin was traditionally drunk in the depths of winter, as a warming drink, until the Americans got a hold of it and summer-ified it with citrus and soda water. Thus was born the Sloe Gin Fizz, arguably the most famous sloe gin cocktail out there. Until recently, when the Plymouth distillery decided to start making sloe gin again, the old-fashioned way: with sloe berries and gin. Now, even if your house is not conveniently situated to a hedgerow, you can still experience the uniquely rich taste of real sloe gin. The Plymouth can be a little hard to hunt down.

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Mother's Ruin Gin had become the poor man's drink as it was cheap, and some workers were given gin as part of their wages. Duty paid on gin was 2 pence a gallon, as opposed to 4 shillings and nine pence on strong beer. Gin rendered men impotent, and women sterile, and was a major reason why the birth rate in Lon' at this time was exceeded by the death rate. The government of the day became alarmed when it was found that the average Lon'er drank 14 gallons of spirit each year! Much of the gin was drunk by women, consequently the children were neglected, daughters were sold into prostitution, and wet nurses gave gin to babies to quieten them. This worked provided they were given a large enough dose! People would do anything to get gin…a cattle drover sold his eleven-year-old daughter to a trader for a gallon of gin, and a coachman pawned his wife for a quart bottle. Gin was the opium of the people, it led them to the debtors' prison or the gallows, ruined them, drove them to madness, suicide and death, but it kept them warm in winter, and allayed the terrible hunger pangs of the poorest. In 1736 a Gin Act was passed which forbade anyone to sell 'Distilled spirituous liquor' without first taking out a licence costing £50. In the seven years following 1736, only three £50 licences were taken out, yet the gallons of gin kept coming. On the last night, as the last gallons of gin were sold off cheaply by the retailers who could not afford the duty, more alcohol was drunk than ever before or since. The authorities believed there would be trouble the following day but nothing happened. The mob lay insensible in the streets, too drunk to know or care.








Mixers

Negroni equal parts gin, sweet (Rosso) vermouth, and campari over ice. As the story goes, the drink was invented in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni wanted a little muscle in his Americano. He asked a bartender in Florence to forget the club soda and add gin in its place. The result: a serious drink for serious drinkers. three basic types of gin: a junipery Lon' dry style, a more floral style, and a Navy strength (114 proof, or 57% alcohol by volume). The Lon' dry is a bit of a benchmark. Tanqueray (Juniper--classic Lon' style), Hendrick's (floral--cucumber), Nolet's Silver Dry Gin (roses and berries), Plymouth, Royal Dock, and Perry's Tot (Navy strength, piney flavors). The Perry's Tot was definitely juniper-forward, with light citrusy flavors and a little floral sweetness. The Hendrick's had a milder juniper flavor, and it tasted fresher and less sweet than the Perry's Tot. The flavors were clean and soft, with hints of rose petals and that famous cucumber. The Tanqueray had the biggest flavors of the three, strong with juniper, plus a light citrus flavor, tasting somewhat of orange blossom. We also tasted something akin to anise in the Tanq. —the favorite—was made with Perry's Tot

Campari Campari was invented in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy. It was originally coloured with carmine dye, derived from crushed cochineal insects, which gave the drink its distinctive red colour. In 2006, Gruppo Campari ceased using carmine in its production... The company required bars that bought Campari to display the Campari Bitters sign.

Cinzano Cinzano is an Italian brand of vermouth, a brand owned since 1999 by Gruppo Campari.[1] It comes in four versions: Cinzano Rosso,[2] which is amber-coloured;[3] Cinzano Bianco, which is white and drier than Rosso, yet still considered a sweet vermouth;[3] Cinzano Extra Dry, a dry vermouth;[3] Cinzano Rosé, the newest of the four, rosy-coloured with orange highlights[3]... Cinzano vermouths date back to 1757 and the Turin herbal shop of two brothers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano Cinzano, who created a new "vermouth rosso" (red vermouth) using "aromatic plants from the Italian Alps in a [still-secret] recipe combining 35 ingredients (including marjoram, thyme, and yarrow)".[2] What became known as the "vermouth of Turin" proved popular with the bourgeoisie of Turin and, later, Casanova.

Aperol Aperol is an Italian aperitif made of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona among other ingredients... Aperol was originally produced by the Barbieri company, based in Padua, but is now produced by the Campari company. While Aperol was originally created in 1919, it did not become successful until after World War II.[1] Although it tastes and smells much like Campari, Aperol has an alcohol content of 11%—less than half of Campari. Aperol and Campari have the same sugar content.[2] However, Aperol is milder and less bitter. Campari is also much darker in color. Aperol to be sold in Germany has an alcohol content of 15% to avoid German container deposit legislation regulations. Spritz, an aperitif cocktail, is often made using Aperol.

5 Essential Campari Cocktails If you've never had Campari, the bright red liquid masks a surprise. This bittersweet stuff is definitely an acquired taste. I suspect nearly everyone grimaces the first time they try it, but that's no reason to give up. Campari cocktails are richly rewarding once you come around. Because they're long on flavor, you can generally savor them, letting them linger in your glass and on your mind.

5 Essential Fernet Branca Cocktails that mentholated scent, the sweet richness. It's oddly bitter and syrupy,

Have You Tried These Other Fernets?

5 Essential Bourbon Cocktails Old Fashioned--2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey (use something good, but not over-the-top), 1 teaspoon superfine sugar (or 1 sugar cube), 2-3 dashes of bitters; Angostura is traditional and works well; Fee Brothers’ Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Bitters are better. Whiskey Sour-- 2 ounces whiskey, 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1 teaspoon sugar. Mint Julep-- 2 to 3 ounces bourbon, to taste, 1 teaspoon sugar, to taste, dissolved in 1 teaspoon water (or use 2 tsp. simple syrup), 8 to 10 leaves fresh mint, Mint sprigs, for garnish, Crushed ice

05 Essential Tequila Cocktails Margarita, Sangrita (Sangrita's not so much a cocktail as it is an accompaniment to tequila. The idea is, you take a sip of tequila and then a sip of sangrita.), Agavoni (with Campari),

5 Essential Rum Cocktails daiquiri, Hurricane ( dark and rich Jamaican rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice), Mai Tai, Mojito, Planter's Punch

5 Essential Highballs Gin and Tonic, Paloma Brava (has grapefruit juice), Cuba Libre, Dark and Stormy, Pimm's Cup

5 Essential Gin Cocktails Martini, Martinez (start with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth, add a teaspoon of maraschino liqueur and a dash of either Angostura or orange bitters), Negroni, Gimlet ( a mix of gin (or vodka) and Rose's lime cordial. Some bartenders now make a fresher version using homemade lime cordial, lime juice, and gin. Both versions are crisp and refreshing; which version you prefer will largely depend on whether you value fresh juice in place of a bottled cordial), Jasmine

Drinks: Serious Eats








Rum

Too Good To Mix: 9 Rums Perfect For Sipping

#1 Zacapa 23--Made in Guatemala, this medium-bodied rum needs a single cube of ice to mellow out the heavy charred layers of oak. When chilled and diluted a bit, Ron Zacapa 23 ($45 for 750mL) shines with delightful toasted almond and almost raspberry-like fruit flavor that mingles pleasingly with dry tannins.

#2 Plantation 20th Anniversary XO--Plantation's rums are unique in that they're made and aged in various countries in the Caribbean and Central America, then shipped to France where they're aged a second time in Ferrand Cognac barrels to achieve a remarkable depth of flavor. Plantation Grande Reserve 5-Year-Old Barbados rum is a staggeringly good bargain at $21.99 for 750mL; it's zesty and playful with hints of banana, vanilla wafer, and subdued oak. If you're new to sipping rum, it's a perfect place to start.

#3 Flor de Caña 12 Centenario.

#4 Ron Abuelo 12 Años--Made by the third generation of the Varela Family in Panama,* this rum ($34.99 for 750mL) walks a fine line between dark sugar and wine-like tannins with flavors that remind me of the layer of marzipan on a Christmas cake, blended with toasted coconut and cedar. If you're a Scotch fan, give this one a try: its subtly smoky backbone mirrors a good peaty dram. Dilute with a cube or two of ice to help it taste its best.

#5 El Dorado 15-Year-Old Special Reserve--A favorite of tiki bartenders everywhere for its opulence and crazy depth of flavor, El Dorado's 15-Year-Old Special Reserve ($50 for 750mL) is a stunning sipper with an enormous bulky body full of tobacco, dark molasses, and a wonderful underlying funk. Blended from a combination of rums aged up to 25 years, it's aged in used bourbon casks, which lends soft vanilla and oak flavors. It's almost chewy in its texture and offers a huge complexity of flavor: you'll note bold hints of coffee and clove-spiced orange.

#6 Santa Teresa 1796--The Santa Teresa 1796 ($40 for 750mL) is the company's flagship sipping rum. The production process is quite complicated, as a blend of white rums, heavy-bodied rums like blackstrap, and pot still vintages from four to 35 years old are blended together and aged in bourbon barrels before the batch is then passed through another lengthy round of aging solera-style (a rotating system used for the likes of sherry) in former Cognac barrels. Dry leather, slightly smoky honey, and coconut flavors set an understated tone with a supple and soft body, but the rum also packs a fair amount of spice, making it a sound option for fans of rye whiskey. It takes some experimentation to find the best level of dilution; too much ice and all the warm honey notes dissipate, too little and it doesn't expand to its full potential. Start with a single ice cube and adjust until you find your ideal ratio. It's a fun journey that ends up showcasing all of the rum's nuances.

#7 Appleton Estate 12 Year Old--Vibrant bittersweet orange and molasses drive the flavors in this Jamaican beauty. The straightforward Appleton Estate 12 Year Old ($36.99 for 750 mL) rum works well in cocktails thanks to its whiskey-like woodiness (specifically, it's great in a rum Old Fashioned). If you're a fan of dry Tennessee whiskies, though, try sipping this well-balanced rum on the rocks.








Healthy Amount

Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much is Enough and How Much is too Much? The People's Pharmacy

The Mayo Clinic reports on its website that moderate alcohol consumption can:

“Reduce your risk of developing and dying from heart disease

“Possibly reduce your risk of ischemic stroke (when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow)

“Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes”

The experts for the Mayo Clinic define “moderate” alcohol consumption as:

One drink a day for women.

Two drinks a day for men under 65 and one drink for older men

A drink equals a 5-ounce glass of wine or a 12-ounce glass of beer. A drink of liquor equals 1.5 ounces.

Your safest approach to alcohol is to drink only in moderation, to escape the risks of excessive consumption — including suicide, fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis and heart failure. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans allows no more than two drinks for men daily and one for women. A drink of distilled hard alcohol is considered 1.5 fluid ounces. (1.5 fluid ounces = 44.36 grams. 3 fluid oz. = 88.72 grams)

Cancer:

Alcohol use is the second leading cause of cancer, right behind tobacco use. While a moderate or low consumption of alcohol can be healthy and lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, excessive drinking is known to cause heart failure, stroke, and sudden death. In 2007, experts working for the World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer looked at the scientific evidence regarding cancer and alcohol use from 27 different studies. They found sufficient evidence to state that excessive alcohol use is the main cause of mouth, esophagus, liver, colon, mouth, rectum, and female breast cancers.

Alcohol consumption and overeating interfere with D6D action... GLA: THE MISSING LINK Why dietary supplementation with Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) is necessary for the average North American... Over the last 30 years, researchers have found that many people have difficulty utilizing Omega-6 found in the form of Linoleic Acid due an impairment in a critical enzyme – Delta-6-Desaturase, or “D6D”. The D6D enzyme is essential for converting Linoleic Acid into hormone-like compounds called eicosanoids, which are essential for cellular function on a minute-to-minute basis.

D6D function is impaired in many people partially due to the excessively high consumption of Linoleic Acid and partially due to other lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, stress, vitamin deficiencies, and high levels of saturated fat and trans-fatty acids in the diet. Some disease states, such as diabetes, are also associated with impaired D6D function.

If a person consumes lots of Omega-6 as Linoleic Acid, but the activity of the D6D enzyme is impaired, then the body is not able to use the Omega-6 it’s getting to produce those beneficial eicosanoids.

Loss of delta-6-desaturase activity as a key factor in aging. Aging is characterized by a wide variety of defects... Delta-6-desaturase (D6D) levels have been found to fall rapidly in the testes and more slowly in the liver in aging rats. D6D is an enzyme which converts cis-linoleic acid to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Other factors which inhibit D6D activity are diabetes, alcohol and radiation, all of which may be associated with accelerated aging. In meat eaters or omnivores which can acquire arachi'ic acid from food, the main consequences of D6D loss will be deficiencies of GLA.

defective D6D enzyme = use Borage Oil? The D6D enzyme is often referred to as a "lazy" enzyme. That is to say, it can be slow in doing its job, and under some conditions may actually be impaired. People with skin disorders such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis show increased levels of linoleic acid with a simultaneous decrease in gamma-linolenic acid. It is here that the importance of borage oil with its rich source of gamma-linolenic acid becomes evident. Used as a dietary supplement or even applied topically, borage oil can circumvent a "lazy" or impaired D6D enzyme by supplying the body directly with GLA and thus allowing the production of normal levels of PG1.

Several recent studies indicate that BORAGE OIL taken orally increases PG1 levels in the skin and suppresses chronic inflammation. Evidence from animal studies indicates that skin disorders associated with fatty acid imbalances can be corrected through dietary inclusion of borage oil. Similar research with humans has confirmed these findings.

How Alcohol Affects Weight Loss Pure alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram, which makes it nearly twice as fattening as carbohydrates or protein (both contain about 4 calories per gram) and only just under the caloric value for fat (9 calories per gram). This means that if you want to lose weight and reduce excess body fat, alcohol is not a good choice.... Gin, rum, and whiskey (1 fl.oz.) has zero grams of carbs.

Does Drinking Hard Alcohol Help With Weight Loss? Hard liquor, or hard alcohol, typically applies to distilled beverages that contain a minimum of 35 percent alcohol, including vodka, brandy, rum, tequila and gin. While some online bloggers speculate that you’ll lose weight by drinking hard alcohol — since a shot of tequila contains fewer calories than a 12-ounce beer — no evidence exists to support the claims. A single ounce of vodka, scotch or other hard liquor like whiskey typically contains between 64 and 80 calories. Consumption of three 1-ounce drinks in an evening may add as many as 320 calories to your daily intake...

Consumption of any alcoholic beverage elevates your chance for a buildup of visceral fat, or belly fat, according to the October 2007 issue of the "European Journal of Nutrition." Visceral fat hides inside your abdominal area and increases your chances of cancer and heart disease. The dangerous buildup is caused by alcohol’s interference with your body’s ability to burn fat, which is key to successful weight loss. Although your liver normally metabolizes fat when alcohol isn’t present, a person who drinks rum, whiskey or even beer triggers a process called fat sparing. The process forces your body to use the calories from alcohol instead of the calories from fat.


12 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

Have you adopted a vegan or plant-based diet in hopes of losing weight, but the pounds refuse to budge? Or worse, maybe you GAINED weight? You're not alone! While you may not be eating the Standard American Diet anymore, a vegan/plant-based diet has its traps too. Here are 12 culprits that will keep you from losing weight: Oil - If you're not oil-free, that's your #1 culprit. Even if you think you're oil-free, make sure you really are. It's shocking how often oil sneaks into foods, like non-dairy milk and mustard! Alcohol - The second biggest culprit, especially if you're drinking wine, beer, or alcohol with mixers. If you're drinking booze, your body can't burn fat or other calories. High-Fat Plant Foods - Tofu, tempeh, avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut milk, coconut, nut butters, chocolate, and olives are high in fat. "The fat you eat is the fat you wear." - Dr. McDougall Liquid calories - Smoothies and shakes ''t provide the same satiety as chewed whole foods. They also skip an important step of the digesting process -- chewing. You'll eat less if you chew. You're Counting Calories - Intuitively you know 100 calories of carrot cake isn't the same as 100 calories of carrots. So why do we keep plugging them into the same math formula? Why do we expect our bodies to treat them the same? You wouldn't mop the floor with a muddy rag assuming just because it's a rag it'll get the job 'e, right? Convenience Foods - Vegan substitutes like faux meats and cheese are not healthy. Your body knows what to do with peas and soy beans, but not weird lab creations from pea proteins, and soy byproducts. Eating Out - Even if you're ordering a vegan meal, most restaurants overload their food with salt, sugar and oil; a killer combo that makes you overeat AND gain weight. Coffee - Sugar and creamer (even vegan creamers) can turn a latte into a hot, drinkable candy bar. Drink it black or with a little almond milk. Salt - Eating salt won't make you gain weight, but it will make you retain more water, which shows up on the scale. Fiber-Broken Foods - Make sure you're buying 100% whole-wheat (or gluten-free) and oil-free breads, pastas, and crackers, and use them to accent your diet. ''t make them a staple or a snack. Dried fruits - Dried fruits are very calorically dense and not satiating. They are also often coated with sugar and oil. How Alcohol Affects Weight Loss Pure alcohol contains about 7 calories per gram, which makes it nearly twice as fattening as carbohydrates or protein (both contain about 4 calories per gram) and only just under the caloric value for fat (9 calories per gram). This means that if you want to lose weight and reduce excess body fat, alcohol is not a good choice.... Gin, rum, and whiskey (1 fl.oz.) has zero grams of carbs.

Does Drinking Hard Alcohol Help With Weight Loss? Hard liquor, or hard alcohol, typically applies to distilled beverages that contain a minimum of 35 percent alcohol, including vodka, brandy, rum, tequila and gin. While some online bloggers speculate that you’ll lose weight by drinking hard alcohol — since a shot of tequila contains fewer calories than a 12-ounce beer — no evidence exists to support the claims. A single ounce of vodka, scotch or other hard liquor like whiskey typically contains between 64 and 80 calories. Consumption of three 1-ounce drinks in an evening may add as many as 320 calories to your daily intake...

Consumption of any alcoholic beverage elevates your chance for a buildup of visceral fat, or belly fat, according to the October 2007 issue of the "European Journal of Nutrition." Visceral fat hides inside your abdominal area and increases your chances of cancer and heart disease. The dangerous buildup is caused by alcohol’s interference with your body’s ability to burn fat, which is key to successful weight loss. Although your liver normally metabolizes fat when alcohol isn’t present, a person who drinks rum, whiskey or even beer triggers a process called fat sparing. The process forces your body to use the calories from alcohol instead of the calories from fat.

Your safest approach to alcohol is to drink only in moderation, to escape the risks of excessive consumption — including suicide, fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis and heart failure. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans allows no more than two drinks for men daily and one for women. A drink of distilled hard alcohol is considered 1.5 fluid ounces.

14. Alcohol

Alcohol use is the second leading cause of cancer, right behind tobacco use. While a moderate or low consumption of alcohol can be healthy and lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, excessive drinking is known to cause heart failure, stroke, and sudden death. In 2007, experts working for the World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer looked at the scientific evidence regarding cancer and alcohol use from 27 different studies. They found sufficient evidence to state that excessive alcohol use is the main cause of mouth, esophagus, liver, colon, mouth, rectum, and female breast cancers.

Absinthe--Slideshow

Chai--the drink India cannot live without

5 Reasons Booze Is Deadlier than Heroin and Other Drugs That'll Land You in Jail

Slideshow: Diabetes-Friendly Drinks and Cocktails

SMART Recovery Self-Management And Recovery Training... addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

The Stanton Peele Addiction Website excellent articles

Dangerfood: Tonic Water "Tonic water" is a serious misnomer. While this bubbly drink starts as standard water with some carbon dioxide, fruit extracts, sugar, and quinine may all be added to boost flavor. Once those extras are all mixed in, just 4 ounces of this favorite cocktail mixer boasts an impressive 11 grams of sugar

This dangerfood is an easy one to swap out for a healthier alternative, though. For a cool and refreshing drink, choose seltzer and add a squeeze of lemon for flavor. Seltzer is usually straight water with bubbles — no additives. In a cocktail, again switch to seltzer and lemon (or other fruit) and add a splash of bitters to mimic the flavor of the quinine in tonic water.

Stop Drinking Now All Natural & Non-addictive Non-pharmaceutical Declinol helps minimize cravings and allows you to easily cut back or quit at your own pace.

Declinol products are natural and safe herbal, nutritional-supplement based formulas that come in several versions and strengths to fit your unique needs and goals. Whether you wish to simply cut down to one or two drinks or completely quit, all versions support reduced cravings and assist with minimizing withdrawal symptoms – allowing you to arrive at your desired alcohol consumption on your own schedule.

For light drinkers who are trying to cut back a drink or two, or for occasional alcohol cravings, choose Declinol Regular Strength sprays. For medium-use drinkers or occasional binge drinkers, choose Extra Strength. If you have a longer-term alcohol issue or are a regular binge drinker and want to get back to the healthy zone or completely quit, doctors use and recommend one of the Clinical Strength kits.

While everyone is different, most people require 60 - 90 days to change their physiology and learned behaviors to achieve a new routine of reduced or no alcohol. Regardless of your starting point, after achieving your goal, the Declinol product provides customized long-term vitamin supplement and cravings support to help keep you at optimum health and minimize risk of relapse.

Eight Ways to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure Blood Pressure and Vegetarian Diets, a global meta-analysis published Feb. 24, 2014, in JAMA Internal Medicine, finds a nutrient-packed vegetarian diet can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Alcohol can cause a sudden rise in blood pressure. Women should consume less than one alcoholic beverage per day (daily alcohol use increases breast cancer risk),16 and men should limit themselves to no more than two drinks.17An alcoholic beverage is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled liquor.

Blood Pressure Fact: The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute finds modifying alcohol consumption can lower systolic blood pressure by an average of 2 to 4 mm Hg.


aviva, or eviva, is prost in Greek

Greek drinks:

  • ouzo
  • metaxa
  • yamas
  • mastica
  • souma

8 Drinks, Besides Coffee, That’ll Wake You Up But, in the midst of growing up and taking responsibility for our actions, the negative effects of coffee quickly become apparent. In excess, the caffeine can really twist up our cardiovascular system, causing increased irregular heartbeats, anxiety and various other unwanted ailments. As consumers, it takes a very careful eye and easy-flowing source of money to buy coffee responsibly, both from an environmental and human rights standpoint.

But, we love it, and that’s that. And, it’s not all bad. Coffee actually does have significant health benefits, too. Even so, in an ideal world, our general attitude and ability to wake up shouldn’t rely entirely on one beverage. So, what if there weren’t coffee at the ready? How, then, could we wake up?

Hot Chocolate, Chai, Dandelion Root Tea, Kombucha, Mint Tea, Yerba Mate, Black Tea, Green Tea With Citrus, Green tea is just something we should all be drinking. It can help with our teeth, lungs, organs, and immune system. It prevents several types of cancer and cognitive diseases. It also has a little caffeine. With a squeeze of citrus, or vitamin C, some of its antioxidants are seriously strengthened, and the smell of citrus fruit inspires uplifting moods.









Pain Trigger: Beverages

When it comes to beverages, alcohol is the king of pain. Red wine, whiskey, beer, and champagne are the drinks blamed most often for a throbbing head.
Solution: Limit your intake of alcohol. [http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/ss/slideshow-reasons-for-pain].

5 Reasons Booze Is Deadlier than Heroin and Other Drugs That'll Land You in Jail








Wines

Favorite Wines:

Chianti
Barolo
Riesling

Texas Wines:

Haak Vineyards & Winery 2014 Semi-sweet Blanc du Bois, white like riesling, $19
Llano Estacado Signature Meritage Red Wine, classic Bordeaux, $10
http://www.texasmonthly.com/food/top-texas-wines-spring-2016-edition/
http://www.dallasnews.com/life/cooking/2014/09/23/10-outstanding-texas-wines-that-are-a-good-value
https://www.texaswinetrail.com/ Tx Hill Country Wines
https://txwinelover.com/

The Texas Hill Country wine region starts out just north of San Antonio and stretches halfway to Fort Worth, some 15,000 square miles. http://www.winespectator.com/wct/region/rid/110

http://www.gotexan.org/ExperienceGOTEXAN/TexasWine/WineBasics.aspx

Barolo Wine Barolo is a red Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wine produced in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. It is made from the Nebbiolo grape and is often described as one of Italy's greatest wines.

Barolo is often described as having the aromas of tar and roses, and the wines are noted for their ability to age and usually take on a rust red tinge as they mature. Barolo needs to be aged for at least 38 months after the harvest before release, of which at least 18 months must be in wood.[2] When subjected to aging of at least five years before release, the wine can be labeled a Riserva.








Dandelion Tea

I Ditched Coffee For This Caffeine-Free Energizing Herb & It Totally Changed My Life mbg

For as long as I can remember, starting my morning with a hot cup of coffee has been, dare I say, a spiritual experience. However, as a healthy lifestyle expert, I am well aware of the fact that coffee isn't for everyone, and there are even potential health issues associated with drinking coffee. For one, many coffee beans contain mycotoxins and mold, toxic secondary metabolites produced by organisms of the fungus kingdom that can cause sickness. Caffeine also increases cortisol, the famous stress hormone, and depletes our body of magnesium and B vitamins that are essential for balancing hormones. So what's a coffee-loving girl to do?

Meet dandelion tea.

After much research, I stumbled upon a drink that made giving up my morning coffee a breeze: dandelion tea. While the name might make you think of that pesky spring weed that pops up in the most random of places, this tea is exotic and full of powerful health benefits. This vibrant and colorful yellow weed has roots and leaves that have been used in teas throughout the northern hemisphere for centuries. Brought to the New World in the 17th century by European settlers, dandelion tea was used medicinally to treat fevers, boils, eye problems, diarrhea, fluid retention, liver congestion, heartburn, and skin ailments, and it helped support digestion.

According to a 2013 study, 74 percent of Americans suffer from some form of digestive issue. What makes dandelion root tea healing for our digestive fire is the bitter taste that stimulates gastric juices to improve bile flow. Like my beloved coffee, dandelion tea has a similar diuretic effect on the body.

If you've ever bought dandelion leaves at your local health store and attempted to put them in a salad, you're aware of their incredibly bitter and spicy flavor. Americans are not partial to this taste, since bitter and pungent foods are not commonly found in our diets.

While I knew I wanted to make the shift from my delicious warm cup of coffee in the morning to this superfood tea, would I have to sacrifice taste? Upon trying my first cup of dandelion tea, I recoiled. The taste was pungent and earthy, and I may or may not have had to plug my nose to finish the rest of the cup. But I was not a quitter! After several weeks of trying the tea, I realized that I wasn't applying the same creativity to my tea that I had to my sacred morning coffee. I was not a black coffee kind of girl and always rotated a mix of ingredients like coconut butter, ghee, cinnamon, and homemade nut milks to my morning coffee. And I also realized that I had to try many coffee brands until I found a blend that I liked. Thus, I realized I needed to step up my morning tea game.

After much trial and error, I found several brands that have created rich and flavorful blends to satisfy my relatively simple American palate. My favorite is The Republic of Tea's Dandelion Blend [https://smile.amazon.com/Republic-Tea-Dandelion-Superherb-Caffeine-Free/dp/B00IKH2Z6M/ref=sr_1_3_a_it], which is spiked with French vanilla. I love adding a steamed cup of homemade vanilla walnut milk and monk fruit for a very sweet morning experience.

For my die-hard coffee fans, I highly recommend Teeccino's Dandelion Caramel Nut Tea [https://www.amazon.com/Teeccino-Dandelion-Caramel-Caffeine-Prebiotic/dp/B00WSWWROA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl]. This tea has a smooth and rich finish due to the French chicory that is commonly added to coffee. As fall approaches, this is a great base for a homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte, with coconut whipped cream, pumpkin spice, and Ceylon cinnamon.

But what if you need your caffeine fix?

Dandelion tea is caffeine-free—but hear me out. I know that, to morning coffee drinkers, getting that burst of energy is what makes coffee so appealing; however, you might actually experience more energy by reducing your caffeine intake altogether. "Caffeine prevents the neurotransmitter called adenosine from signaling to your body that you are tired. However, your brain begins to anticipate when these effects are coming, especially if you drink coffee daily around the same time," says Mariza Snyder, D.C. By consuming a morning drink that is caffeine-free, your body will learn to make its own energy rather than rely on your daily dose of coffee to stimulate your nervous system.

Intrigued? Play around and experiment. Make your morning tea in your own delicious, creative way. Add different spices and flavors like cinnamon or vanilla extract. Try it iced, or enjoy it warm. And mix it up! Incorporate the tea a few days a week and have your cup of joe on the others. Life is all about balance.

7 Ways Dandelion Tea Could Be Good for You healthline

1. It Reduces Water Weight

2. It Could Promote Liver Health

3. It Can Act As a Natural Coffee Substitute

4. Similarities Between Dandelion and a Weight Loss Drug?

A recent Korean study suggests that dandelion could have similar effects on the body as the weight loss drug Orlistat, which works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase, an enzyme released during digestion to break down fat. Testing the impact of dandelion extract in mice revealed similar results, prompting researchers to recommend further study on the possible anti-obesity effects of dandelion.

5. Dandelion Tea May Soothe Digestive Ailments

6. It Could Have Future Anti-Cancer Applications

7. It May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections








Carbonation

Is Carbonated Water Bad for You? HealthLine

Calcium loss in bones; Tooth decay; IBS; Weight gain; Takeaway

By now, everyone is well aware of the hazards of drinking soda, both sugary and sugar-free. But what about their less showy cousins: seltzer water, sparkling water, soda water, and tonic water?

Some people claim that carbonation increases calcium loss in bones, causes tooth decay and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and can make you gain weight even without the calories, sugar, and flavor that are found in regular soda.

But how valid are these claims? Let’s investigate.

Does carbonation increase calcium loss in bones?

In a word: No. A 2006 study involving 2,500 people set out to determine what effects consumption of colas and other carbonated beverages had on bone mineral density.

While researchers found that cola beverages were associated with low bone mineral density in women, other carbonated drinks didn’t appear to have the same effect. This is due to the fact that cola beverages have phosphorus, which can increase the loss of calcium from the body through the kidneys.

Does carbonated water cause tooth decay?

As long as it’s plain carbonated water with no added citric acid or sugar, then the answer is no.

If you’re looking at soda and other carbonated beverages with added ingredients, however, the risk factors go way up. A 2009 case report states that the acids and sugars in these drinks have acidogenic and cariogenic potential and can cause erosion of the enamel.

The process of carbonation is simply the addition of pressurized carbon dioxide gas to plain water — acids, sugars, and salt aren’t being added. It’s adding these ingredients that ups your risk for tooth decay.

There is a misconception that the carbon dioxide gas, dissolved in carbonated water as carbonic acid, is highly acidic and can damage teeth. However, a 1999 study and a one from 2012 suggest this isn’t actually the case, and that the concentration of carbon dioxide doesn’t harm the enamel of the teeth.

Does carbonated water cause IBS?

While it won’t cause IBS, drinking carbonated water may lead to bloating and gas, which can lead to IBS flare-ups if you’re sensitive to carbonated beverages.

The bottom line: If you have stomach issues and experience flare-ups after drinking carbonated water, you may be better off eliminating this beverage from your diet.

Can carbonated water make you gain weight?

While plain carbonated water is a better choice than sugary beverages like soda, juice, or sweet tea, a small 2017 study revealed that PLAIN CARBONATED WATER INCREASED A HUNGER HORMONE CALLED GHRELIN in men. Even the beloved LaCroix may not be so perfect.

Essentially, when your ghrelin levels are high, you’ll feel hungrier and are likely to eat more, which can lead to weight gain. But more research is needed to confirm this outcome on a larger scale and in women.

It’s also important to note that not all carbonated water is created equal. While carbonated water is just water plus air, some bottled seltzers and flavor enhancers contain sodium, natural and artificial acids, flavors, sweeteners, and other additives.

All of these could contain hidden calories and extra sodium. Also, these additives can lead to cavities and weight gain over time, studies show, so read labels carefully.

How to keep it healthy

Always read the ingredient list and keep a look out for additives like sodium and sugar to avoid negative consequences for your teeth and body. Be aware of the differences between the usual suspects:

Club soda contains sodium, but seltzer water doesn’t.

Tonic water contains added sweeteners and flavors.

Flavored sparkling water may have added citric acid or natural sweeteners, along with caffeine and sodium.

Experiment with adding combinations of fresh fruits, herbs, citrus, or cucumbers to plain carbonated water to change up the flavor.

Medically reviewed by Daniel Murrell, MD on August 29, 2018 — Written by Cara J. Stevens

Baskiss Soda Siphon Maker, Making Sparking Water for Juice Drinks Cocktail, 1 Liter $29.99 & FREE Shipping. 3's

STRONG CONSTRUCTION - Baskiss Soda siphon is made of solid aluminum and interior is lined with edible epoxy resin to prevent soda water away from aluminum.

UNIVERSAL COMPATIBLE - It will fit any kind of 8g CO2 cartridges(NOT INCLUDED). Easy to use and ultimately a money safer over buying bottled soda water.

EASY TO USE AND WASH - Just add a 8g CO2 cartridges into the charging holder and shake. ONLY carbonate water with CO2 cartridges in this soda siphon.

SodaStream Source Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black $99.98 & FREE Shipping. 4s

This kit includes: (1) Source Sparkling Water Maker, (1) Mini CO2 Carbonator (makes up to 9L of sparkling water), (1) 1 Liter BPA-Free Reusable Source Carbonating Bottle, (1) 60 Liter mail-in rebate

Features LED fizz indicator, Snap-lock bottle technology, and requires no electricity or batteries

CO2 Carbonator Compatibility: 60L, which can be exchanged at several of your favorite retailers

Carbonating Bottle Compatibility: 1L PET, 1L Source, 0.5L Source

For troubleshooting and warranty information please contact a Sparkling Water Specialist at 1-800-763-2258

Enjoy the freedom of making your own sparkling drinks in just seconds, with the SodaStream Source

Sodastream's prestigious and award-winning sparkling water maker represents a celebration of beauty and simplicity. The elegantly redesigned carbonating bottle easily locks into place with a single-push motion. Powered by a CO2 cylinder, the refined mechanics allow you to see the level of carbonation through the intuitive LED indicator.

Question: If we only drink a glass or two per day, approximately how long will the LTR bottle remain fizzy?
Answer: I have found that the 1 liter bottle will remain fizzy for 3 days or more if you have put a lot of carbonation in at the beginning, and that you make sure to recap the bottle tightly enough when you put it back into the fridge.

Question: can you make a half bottle at a time? Other wise I just have to throw away half a bottle that has gone too flat for my taste.
Answer: No, the white tip that goes into the bottle doesn't reaxh the half way point. However, I think you can buy smaller bottles.

R Pros:

1. Easy to use. Since it was used, it didn't include any direction booklet, but the directions were written on top of the machine, and I had no difficulty getting it to work.

2. Air tight! During carbonation I couldn't hear or see any signs of leaking between the bottle and the machine. I didn't see any water leaking or hear any hissing, so it looks like all the CO2 is going directly in the bottle. The next step would be a soap bubble test to verify this.

3. You control the amount of carbonation based on how long you push down on the machine. If you let go at the first LED, it's low carbonation, 2nd LED gives you medium carbonation, and the 3rd LED gives you high carbonation. I tried at all 3 LEDs and got the expected level of carbonation all 3 times.

CONs

1. New ones are expensive and you can read up on the cost/benefit analysis in some of the other reviews. If you want to make soda cheaper, then you may not want to invest in this product. If you want to have carbonated water available at your convenience, then this is perfect. I fall in the latter category, so it's worth it for me. I like to make my own fruity flavorings

R This is the one you need and this is why AND about the replacement cartridges

READ THIS if you're evaluating overall price of using this unit. What I did not read ANYWHERE was about the CO2 cartridges as well as the rebate (thank you) offered with this starter kit. Pricing replacement cartridges kinda expensive for $30 - $40! I called mfgr - very professional rep explained how it all works. You take the starter CO2 that comes in package to Walmart (or Target) customer service & they will charge you $14.99 for a full size replacement CO2 cartridge (and you give them the "starter" CO2 cartridge). Apprehensive at first, but customer svc dept Walmart actually had a sign posted and plenty of cartridges in stock. I'm so glad for initial rebate & phone call because I was going to order couple CO2 cartridges, but I decided to just order 1 so when 1 runs out I have a spare until I can get to Walmart to swap again for $14.99. I was relieved that the cartridges are only $14.99 during trade-in process.

I can actually do it myself and it's EASY. NO twisting, no individual cartridges, not too heavy or bulky. We've tried a couple different kinds of "bubble" water makers. Just don't over fill these bottles, really, or there will be a little water on the counter. Otherwise there is no dripping or any spillage whatsoever. Owned it about a month now & I use it daily. I ordered the 2 pack Sodastream Twin pack water bottles so I could have 3 bottles total so the water could get & stay cold in fridg. Thanks America's Test Kitchen as well as other reviewers for detail about this.

Sodastream 60L Co2 Carbonator, 14.5oz, Set of 2 $59.99 & FREE Shipping. 4.5s

Makes up to 120 one litre bottles

Works with all SodaStream machines

Twin Pack! Lightweight aluminum-Fully Charged

Licensed CO2 carbonator is included with every SodaStream soda maker kit

When empty, SodaStream takes back the cylinder to be cleaned, inspected, refilled and reused








Favorite Alcohols

Seagrem's Dry Gin #1,

Rum #2,

Smirnoff Vodka #3








Water

Properly Filter Your Water

Mercola Story at-a-glance

If you care about your health, filtering your household water is more a necessity than an option

Drinking water is becoming increasingly toxic worldwide, thanks to aging water pipes and chemical pollution. Water treatment plants cannot filter out all of the toxins now entering the water

One of the most pernicious toxins in American water supplies is fluoride. While fluoride isn’t healthy for anyone, pregnant women and households mixing formula for babies should take extra care to avoid fluoridated water

A 2017 analysis of water samples from 50,000 water utilities in 50 states revealed more than 267 different kinds of toxins in U.S. tap water. To find out what’s in your tap water, check out the EWG Tap Water Database

Ideally, filter the water you use both for drinking and bathing, as immersing yourself in contaminated water may be even more hazardous to your health than drinking it







Coffee

What’s All the Noise About Coffee? By Dr. Mercola

The number of Americans drinking coffee in 2017 rose after a decline of the previous four years as gourmet brews gained popularity, especially among younger consumers

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled coffee must carry a cancer warning under Proposition 65 as the brew contains acrylamide, a known carcinogen and potential neurotoxin

Acrylamide is created when carbohydrate-rich foods are heated at high temperatures; but while the production of acrylamide starts with brewing, elimination with longer roasting means dark roast coffee contains less than light roasts

Caffeine is the most consumed psychoactive drug in the world, including children and adolescents; however, caffeine has demonstrated the ability to disturb sleep and had a long-lasting negative effect on brain maturation in young people

What Is Coffee's Effect on the Kidneys? The ever growing worldwide popularity of coffee as a beverage of choice also makes it a subject of intense study into its health effects. There is research that has been done to study how coffee impacts everything from our immune system, to the risk of heart disease, and even cancer risk. The debate about whether coffee is good or bad for you has actually raged on for over a thousand years, ever since coffee was first discovered (possibly) in Ethiopia.

A 2008 study from Korea that involved over 2600 women showed that consumption of coffee was associated with a decreased risk of kidney disease, including in diabetic women. As we know in medicine though, population-based surveys are not enough to draw hard conclusions.

Therefore, given the pertinent and possibly controversial nature of the topic, a meta-analysis published in 2016 attempted to answer this very question. This meta-analysis showed no association between coffee consumption and increased risk of kidney disease in male patients. Interestingly, it actually noted the possibility of a reduced risk of kidney disease in women who drink coffee.

The results of the above meta-analysis are similar to another study from another part of the world, specifically the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua where lower prevalence of chronic kidney disease in coffee growing villages has been noted.

Benefits of Coffee and Tea

Mercola STORY AT-A-GLANCE<

Tea, particularly green tea, has been linked with a reduced risk of stroke, diabetes and depression, and improved blood pressure, abdominal obesity and glucose levels

Coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of premature death and cardiovascular death, heart disease, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes

Coffee should be organic and shade-grown; drink it black or with added coconut oil or MCT oil

Tea should be organic and grown in a nonpolluted environment to avoid contamination with heavy metals or fluoride; drink it without milk, with lemon added if you like







Matcha

Matcha Is Super Trendy — But Do You Actually Know Why It's Good For You Or What It Is? Consider This Your Ultimate Guide

But what is matcha?
And how is it different from regular green tea? Matcha is made from the tea plant Camellia sinensis, which produces tencha tea. The big difference between matcha and other green tea is that matcha is grown in the shade, which increases the amount of cell-food chlorophyll in it, which gives it its bright-green color.

Regular green tea comes from this same plant, but the leaves are usually consumed via tea bags. Matcha is made by grinding up the pure green tea leaves into a powder, creating a much more concentrated version.

A study found that matcha has three times the amount of EGCG than regular green tea. EGCG is a catechin (a class of antioxidants) which has anti-tumor and cancer-preventing properties. Matcha may also provide relaxation and increased focus. It contains high levels of L-theanine, which promotes a sense of overall well-being and calm. When this is mixed with the caffeine content, it produces a relaxed type of alertness.

I never thought I'd be a matcha drinker over a coffee drinker, but recently it became evident to me that though I adored coffee, the feeling was not mutual. After experimenting and deciding to switch from coffee to matcha for a few weeks, I realized that coffee was the culprit that exacerbated my hormonal acne, aggravated my body's acidity levels and gave me acid reflux, and triggered my anxiety levels.

Matcha still gives me that kick I need in the morning, but it offers a different and more steady level of energy; there are no highs and lows or crashes. I'm hooked.

There are a few main types of matcha—and it's easy to be confused.

One of the most common questions I'm asked is the difference between different types of matcha. There is ceremonial grade and culinary grade, then there are all sorts of "green tea powders" you may find online being marketed as matcha, but they're probably not at all, so be aware of that.







Sodas

Give Up Soda

Mercola STORY AT-A-GLANCE

Giving up soda — both sugar-sweetened and diet — is one of the most fundamental steps you can take to improve your health. You likely have made that choice long ago, but it is one that is important to many that you know

Research suggests sugary beverages are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths and 6,000 cancer deaths

Men who drank an average of one can of soda per day had a 20 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed soda

The problem with soda stems from its high sugar content — particularly the liquid high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) variety — and, in the case of diet, its artificial sweetener content, among other issues.

Try Hibiscus Tea Instead

If the idea of swapping your daily soda with water sounds less than enticing, consider swapping it with tea instead. This gives you the best of both worlds: flavor and a healthy boost to your diet, as high-quality tea can have quite a few health benefits. Hibiscus tea is one such option. It has a pleasingly sharp flavor, similar to the tartness of cranberry, and you can find it in liquid extract form that allows you to add a few pumps to your glass of water.

Organic Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Concentrate, Unsweetened $13.99 p 5s

Unsweetened Rose Green Tea, 16.9 oz (pack of 12) $18.69 4's

Hibiscus Liquid Extract, Organic Hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) Tincture 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $17.95 p 5s

Herb Pharm Certified Organic Green Tea Extract - 1 Ounce $9.52 4's

Ginger Alcohol-FREE Liquid Extract, Organic Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Dried Root Glycerite 2 oz $19.95 p 4's

Sang Shen Alcohol-FREE Liquid Extract, Sang Shen, Mulberry (Morus Alba) Fruit Glycerite Herbal Supplement 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $17.95 p

Ingredients Organic Sang Shen, Mulberry (Morus Alba) Dried Fruit Powder. Origin: China. Other ingredients: Vegetable palm glycerin, crystal clear water. Contains NO: Alcohol, GMO, gluten, artificial colors, heavy metals, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers.

Directions
Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal glycerites is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Glycerites can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some glycerites are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

Green Tea Extract, alcohol free, 4 oz bottle, 240 doses $24.95 ($6.24 / Fl Oz) & FREE Shipping 5s not organic?

Matcha Green Tea Tincture Alcohol-FREE Extract, Organic Green Tea, Matcha (Camelia sinesis) Dried Leaf (2 FL OZ) by Secrets of the Tribe $15.99 ($8.00 / Fl Oz) & FREE Shipping NR

Fibromyalgia Care Tincture, Cat's Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa) Inner Bark, Bromelain (Ananas Comosus) Powder, Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea) Root $34.95 ($8.74 / Fl Oz) & FREE Shipping 5s

Certified organic

Bladder Be Well Kidney Health Liquid Extract (2 oz) by The Herbalist $30.00 & FREE Shipping 5s

Contains herbs with diuretic and soothing properties for kidney and bladder health, to be taken 1-2 dropperfuls 3X daily

Made from carefully chosen small batches of certified organic and sustainably harvested herbs

Ingredients
Uva Ursi fresh-dried leaf (Arctostaphylos uva ursi), Juniper fresh-dried berry (Juniperus communis), Buchu fresh-dried leaf (Barosma betulina), Pipsissewa fresh-dried leaf (Chimaphila umbellata), St. John's Wort fresh flower tops (Hypericum perf.), Echinacea fresh root (Echinacea angustifolia), Yarrow fresh-dried flower tops (Achillea mill.).

Organic Holy Basil Extract, 1 oz by Herb Pharm $12.45 4's

R Best Holy Basil extract - Close to real fresh leaves

The best Holy Basil extract. Tried other Holy Basil extracts and nothing came close to this. Was recommended by my Naturopathist to prevent my occasional cold and sinus infections along with lack of energy.

Grew up munching real fresh Holy Basil in India and when I say this is close to the fresh leaves you can trust me on that

Looking back it has definitely helped my sinus and kept my energy levels up

R Taste nasty

Tried this it taste really bad. Gave me cramps in various parts of my body. Painfully long cramps

R Effective

I do like this product. I use one dropper two times a day. Not only does it provide vitality and energy but it calms and I am less anxious. Please note, this is a blood thinner!

R My new go-to holy basil extract product!

I am a huge fan of holy basil (organic only) because it is such a powerful adaptogen like licorice root, ashwaganda & mushrooms are. I absolutely love consuming holy basil in tea form, but I was dying (figuratively) to try it in liquid form too so I could add it to cold drinks like sparkling water or cold, filtered water if I wanted to.

After some looking around for an extract form of it on Amazon, I ran into this product and decided to buy it right away because I'm familiar with Herb Pharm as a reputable company and felt I could not go wrong.

It's been some time and after finishing the whole bottle, I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat who is health-conscious, looking for energy (natural vs. the jittery type), looking to de-stress and/ or wants to make some amazing tasting hot & cold drinks with it.

R I have use this for 10 years. Don't get colds. ( Note: I am 70 years old.) 4 years without flu shot and no flu. Of course I do take other supplements , but trust this Herb.

R I take it when I first get up of a morning and I can feel within 30 minutes the energy it gives me. Very nice when I haven't had that great of a night sleep. I like the larger bottle. Better value for sure.

R I ordered this to help with my chronic urticaria (hives). I'd read somewhere about its anti-histamine qualities and it really helped me out during my itchiest outbreaks. I took it along with D-Hist and Vitamin C. Looks like Holy Basil is good for so many ailments and this is a good quality brand.

Borage Liquid Extract, Organic Borage (Borago Officinalis) Tincture Supplement 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $19.75 ($9.88 / Fl Oz) + $3.95 shipping 5s

This is a Highest Strength Alcohol-based liquid extract. You can also purchase an ALCOHOL-FREE version of this extract by following this link: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AN5UHYA/ (Copy and Paste the Link into a Browser Address Bar).

Borage tincture contains ONLY natural ingredients!

High Quality Borage liquid extract - crude extract of first extraction! We meticulously produce our extracts according to precise standards where each herb is extracted according to the distinct characteristic of each plant!

Borage is a native plant of Southern Europe, which has become naturalized all over Europe and the United States. It's fair to say borage "grows like a weed". This useful herb grows abundantly in abandoned lawns and garbage dumps. At one time borage was an essential herb for beekeepers, grown to help bees produce more honey. Traditionally, it was also grown as an ornamental, or boiled as a pot herb. Borage is noted for having a cucumber like flavor and easily recognized by its white prickly hairs and bright blue, star-shaped flowers. Its dark green leaves are gently curved and its fruits consist of dark brown nutlets (seeds) in groups of four. Borage is thought to be an excellent insect repellant, so it is often grown in gardens to protect from damage insects can cause or used in certain skin care products.

Ingredients
Certified Organic Borage (Borago Officinalis). Origin: Poland. Other ingredients: Alcohol, vegetable palm glycerin, crystal clear water. Contains NO: GMO, gluten, artificial colors, heavy metals, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers.

Directions
Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal tinctures is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Tinctures can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some tinctures are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

Pot Marigold Alcohol-FREE Liquid Extract, Organic Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) Dried Flower Glycerite 2 oz by HawaiiPharm $19.95 p 4's

The calendula (Pot marigold) is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term "marigold" refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to color cheese.

Ingredients
Certified Organic Pot Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) dried flowers. Origin: Egypt. Other ingredients: Vegetable palm glycerin, crystal clear water. Contains NO: Alcohol, GMO, gluten, artificial colors, heavy metals, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers.

Directions
Shake well before use. 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal glycerites is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Glycerites can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some glycerites are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

Nature's Answer Alcohol-Free Milk Thistle Extract, 2-Fluid Ounces $14.97 p 5s

Milk Thistle also known as Silybum marianum, Holy Thistle, Variegated Thistle, Lady's Thistle. Milk thistle is a member of the sunflower family native to a narrow area of the Mediterranean. It has since been naturalized throughout Europe and can commonly be found in Oregon and California where it is considered a common garden weed. Despite this unsavory reputation, milk thistle has quite a striking appearance, noted by the large pink or purple flower growing atop its solitary stem. The edible thistles were given the name silybum by Dioscorides, a Greek physician who served in the Roman Army over 1,900 years ago. The thistle with white mottling on its leaves became known as the "milk" thistle. In Catholic Germany, its usefulness was said to be second only to calling on Mother Mary, and the white mottling on the leaf is said to be the touch of the Virgin Mary?s milk, hence the species name "marianum." Milk Thistle contains silymarin (silibinin, silydianin, and silychristin), vitamin E (tocopherols), and about 90% fatty acids. The leaves of the milk thistle are edible and can be consumed as a potherb. Three of the active compounds within milk thistle seed are collectively identified as silymarin. The German Commission E has approved an extract of 70% silymarin in supporting healthy liver function. The Commission has also approved milk thistle in its crude form for minor dyspeptic complaints.

Ingredients
Certified organic Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) dried seeds. Origin: Turkey. Other ingredients: Vegetable palm glycerin, crystal clear water. Contains NO: Alcohol, GMO, gluten, artificial colors, heavy metals, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers. Other ingredients: Vegetable palm glycerin, crystal clear water. Contains NO: Alcohol, GMO, gluten, artificial colors, heavy metals, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers.

Directions
Shake well before use. Take 20-30 drops, three times a day or as directed by your practitioner. The best way to use liquid herbal glycerites is to put the suggested amount in a glass of water, tea, or juice and drink the entire contents. Glycerites can also be administered directly into the mouth without the assistance of water however some glycerites are unpalatable which is why most people prefer to dilute them into a beverage.

Question: Is this for humans too? Is it bitter or how does it taste?
Answer: This is for humans. I have been using this product for approximately 8 years. I put 15 drop or so into my coffee every morning, that way you don’t taste it. It is an excellent product and does improve liver function. I am a healthy older person and my physical showed improvement in my lab numbers over the last few years.

R Healing natural medicine

We have used this for a year. The milk thistle has a nasty grass juice type of taste, however we hide it in coffee or orange juice and you don't taste it. It has made my swollen liver be healed and also taken my daughter's liver levels from too high, to now normal ranges.

I use this form because it seems to work well and can be used for those who can't take pill form.

R I chose this to help our old dog with pain from degenerative myelopathy in his hind legs. I place drops inside his side lower lip morning and evening. We can Definitely see the difference in his energy, ease of movement, playfulness returning, solid sleep, no groaning when getting up or laying down. It has the slightest pleasant mint flavor that he has no problem with whatsoever. So glad I learned about this from a Facebook hemp oil page.

R My husband's liver and kidneys are functioning very well now. Good blood numbers. Know Milk Thistle is the reason in part.

R I have been using this for almost 2 years, it's the best! I prefer this non-alcohol version for the taste

Unlike soda that will overload you with sugar and/or artificial sweeteners, hibiscus tea is high in vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants, and studies suggest it may improve blood pressure, help prevent metabolic syndrome, protect your liver and even provide anticancer effects.27 It’s the opposite of drinking soda in terms of what it does to your health! It’s not only hibiscus tea that offers benefits, of course. If you prefer green or white tea, these are healthy choices as well.

In addition, if a soda craving strikes, fit in a quick workout, drink a cup of organic black coffee or consume something sour (like fermented vegetables or lemon water). All can help you to kick your sugar cravings to the curb.

The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is another great option, which has been shown to significantly reduce cravings while increasing peoples’ ability to show restraint — even after six months.28 A video demonstration is below, but here is the basic approach, which you can start using right now:

Identify a food or beverage you crave by visualizing it or imagining you’re eating/drinking it
Tap on your activated thoughts (for example, “I want this,” “I have to have it”)
Tap on each of the specific sensations or thoughts you have about the food (sweetness, saltiness, creaminess, crunchiness, how it feels in your mouth, how it smells)
Scan your body for any tension, and tap on that too

Video on How Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) works






Tea

All types of tea come from the same basic plant, the Camellia Sinensis plant. The differences between teas arise from processing, growing conditions, and geography. ... Tea can be divided into six basic categories: black, dark (including puer), oolong, yellow, green, and white.

TYPES OF TEA details and info.

8 Benefits of Green Tea

Weight Loss

Green tea has been shown to increase your metabolism an additional 80 calories per day. Studies have shown that the polyphenols contained in green tea provide both health and metabolism boosting properties. Resting metabolic rates have increased over 17% contributing to faster fat burning effect in some research reports. In addition to its role in speeding your metabolism, it is also responsible for reducing hunger pangs as well as cravings. This makes green tea a great way to help shed those stubborn extra pounds.

Improves blood flow

Long known for its medicinal properties, green tea has health benefits that scientists are still discovering. For those with circulation problems, this “miracle” beverage can actually help to improve circulation and blood flow. Green tea contains flavonoids which increase circulation by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing blood to flow more freely through the body. Recent studies have also shown that green tea has short term benefits on arterial health. Drinking green tea can help the arteries to expand temporarily which helps the blood to circulate through the body. Improved circulation doesn’t just benefit cardiovascular health, it benefits the entire body. This is great news for anyone looking to improve their overall health!

Diabetes

One amazing benefit of drinking green tea is its ability to not only help prevent diabetes, but also its ability to help treat it. Green tea is rich in antioxidants including catechins. Studies have shown that catechins can positively affect glucose metabolism, which helps diabetics to maintain regular insulin levels. Catechins can slow the production of glucose while helping to increase the production of insulin. Green tea can help even out blood sugar levels and reduce insulin sensitivity. Additional research has shown that green tea lowers the risk of developing diabetes which is important for anyone with a family history of this disease.

Improves cholesterol

Green tea offers amazing cardiovascular benefits. In addition to helping to improve circulation, green tea can also help to protect LDL cholesterol and prevent ailments such as coronary artery disease. Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant known as EGCG which helps to decrease inflammation and prevents LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. The antioxidants in green tea prevent plaque build-up on arterial walls and also work to reduce cholesterol. Many doctors are starting to recommend green tea as a part of a healthy heart diet for those looking to improve symptoms, prevent heart disease and stroke, and increase their blood circulation.

Skincare

Thinking about replacing that cup of coffee with a cup of green tea? Here is another reason to do just that. The antioxidant properties in green tea make it an excellent source for healthy skin. Green tea contains polyphenols, which can help with cell regeneration and preventing skin damage. While not a replacement for sunscreen, studies have shown that long term consumption of green tea can help to prevent damage from UVA and UVB rays. The antioxidants in green tea also help calm inflammation as well as aging of your skin. With skincare as an added benefit, many companies are starting to include green tea as an ingredient in lotions and facial cleansers, though direct consumption is recommended as the best way to benefit green tea.

Reduces stress

There is nothing more relaxing than sitting down with a soothing cup of tea. In fact, green tea actually contains ingredients that can help to reduce stress and calm nerves. Green tea contains a compound called L-theanine which can help with serotonin and dopamine levels and positively affect emotions and mood. In addition to this, there is the added psychological benefit of slowing down and taking a moment to just sit and sip. Taking a moment to relax and combining it with the stress reducing ingredients of green tea can produce a calming and soothing effect.

Fights cancer

Its’ anti-inflammatory properties

Improves brain function

Forgot where you put your keys? Green tea can also help with memory and brain function. In addition to providing additional energy, the compounds in green tea can offer help with aging and improving brain function. Studies have shown that the catechins that help with cardiovascular health also improve circulation to the brain. Green tea’s compounds can also have protective effects on neurons which may help to reduce the risk of neurological and cognitive diseases. Research has shown a stronger working memory area of the brain for those who consistently drink green tea. The L-theanine contained in green tea helps with focus and attention, increasing the benefits of this amazing beverage.

Benefits of Coffee and Tea

Mercola STORY AT-A-GLANCE<

Tea, particularly green tea, has been linked with a reduced risk of stroke, diabetes and depression, and improved blood pressure, abdominal obesity and glucose levels

Coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of premature death and cardiovascular death, heart disease, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes

Coffee should be organic and shade-grown; drink it black or with added coconut oil or MCT oil

Tea should be organic and grown in a nonpolluted environment to avoid contamination with heavy metals or fluoride; drink it without milk, with lemon added if you like


Black Tea

Black Tea: This Bold-Flavored Beverage Is Bursting With Benefits Mercola

Did you know that black tea may help improve your mental alertness, heart health and gut flora, too? Find out why this tea is a worthy addition to your regimen.

Black Tea May Be Good for Your Heart Health, Gut Flora and More

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

Black tea not only warms your body with every sip, but it may also provide you with antioxidants, polyphenols, tannins and various minerals, among others

In general, an 8-ounce serving of unsweetened black tea can provide you with 14 to 61 milligrams of caffeine, making it a great alternative to caffeine-laden beverages like energy drinks and soda

Tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. In America alone, around 158 million people drink tea each day. The Tea Association of the USA also reveals that the total tea consumption in the country amounted to a whopping 3.8 billion gallons in 2016, more than 80 percent of which was black tea.

Like green tea, white tea, oolong and pu’erh, black tea is also a “true tea” that is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What makes these teas different from each other is the way they were processed. With organic black tea, the leaves are allowed to wither after harvest in order to reduce their moisture content. The withered leaves are then rolled by hand or a machine to break their cell walls, thereby exposing their enzymes to oxygen and allowing the oxidation process to take place.







Bottled Water

email from Dr. Osborne 5/28/18

93% of Bottled Water Contains Plastic Particles A just-released study by the state University of New York found that 93% of water bottles tested across 9 countries showed microplastic contamination. That’s right! PLASTIC in our bottled water. The study found an average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter of water, TWICE the amount of contamination found in ordinary tap water. The study included top brands of globally sourced water, including Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, and Nestle Pure Life, among others.

Study researchers said that 65% of the particles found were “fragments” of plastic, including plastic used to make caps for those and other bottles. Risks include connections to certain types of cancers, lower sperm count and increases in ADHD and autism. 48,000 Municipal Water Systems in the U.S. have CONTAMINATED WATER


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