Cup of Tea http://www.cuppatea.org The story of living healthy Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:26:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 http://www.cuppatea.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-CuppaTea-32x32.jpg Cup of Tea http://www.cuppatea.org 32 32 Easily download online videos with Keepvid for Android http://www.cuppatea.org/2017/08/04/easily-download-online-videos-keepvid-android/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:13:16 +0000 http://www.cuppatea.org/?p=110 There’s no lack of apps that let you download online videos and audio for Windows, Mac, Linux and other desktop platforms. Things are different when it comes to Android, but it doesn’t mean there are no options. It’s possible to easily download online videos with Keepvid for Android. Keepvid is an app that’s available for […]

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There’s no lack of apps that let you download online videos and audio for Windows, Mac, Linux and other desktop platforms. Things are different when it comes to Android, but it doesn’t mean there are no options. It’s possible to easily download online videos with Keepvid for Android.

Keepvid is an app that’s available for Windows as well as for Android. The application is free and enables you to download videos and audio files from numerous websites, as well as social networks.

How to download online videos with Keepvid for Android

Keepvid for Android is not available in the Play Store. However, you can download the app’s APK file from the official website.

Download Keepvid for Android (APK)

Before downloading the app, make sure that “Unknown sources” is enabled in your Android device’s Settings -> Security. This feature allows you to install apps from sources outside the Play Store and you won’t be able to install the APK otherwise.

After the APK download finishes, tap on the download complete notification to install Keepvid like any other app.

The main window is split into three tabs: Sites, Discover and Subscriber. Sites is the default tab and conveniently lists shortcuts to the most popular supported websites. Clicking on one will open it inside the app. Depending on the website, you might need to login with your user account to access the video you want to download.

To download the video, you have two options. You can copy the video’s URL, return to Keepvid’s Sites tab and tap the “+” button in the lower-right corner, then paste it.

Alternatively, you can browse the website and once you find a video you want to download, tap the download button in the upper-right corner to save it to your device. You may be prompted to grant permission so Keepvid can download the video.

KeepVid also includes a collection of media which you can freely explore in the Discover tab. Furthermore, you can also use the built-in search function to look for a specific video and optionally download it to your device.

The Subscribe tab allows you to access your subscriptions but you will need to login to your Google account. Once you log in, you will see them all listed and you will also have the options to download and share videos.

As you can see, it’s easy to download online videos with Keepvid for Android, and you have several ways you can do it. However, if you click on the downloader icon next to search you can also manage your downloads. It’s also possible to share any video you come across in the Discover tab or on websites opened inside the app. Sharing options include Facebook, Twitter, SMS, email, Whatsapp, Skype, copy to clipboard, and other supporting apps you may have installed on your Android.

The Keepvid app for desktop comes with some additional capabilities, video and audio conversion being the most important one. It’s true the Android app makes it super easy to download, manage, explore and share online videos but if you also need file conversion you’ll need to install the desktop version which is a paid product, but it does offer a free trial. On top of that, Keepvid Pro for Windows allows you to batch download videos and playlists, and even record your desktop or videos from online websites.

If you need just basic capabilities and you don’t want to buy the app, you should check out Keepvid’s free online tool. On the same page you will find instructions on how to download the free browser extension which lets you download videos directly from supported websites in your browser.

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6 Unusual but true health tricks http://www.cuppatea.org/2017/07/19/6-unusual-true-health-tricks/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:45:12 +0000 http://www.cuppatea.org/?p=103 Those who care about their health will always stay up to date with the latest scientific and medical discoveries. However, some health tricks are just plain weird! We have some unusual but true health tricks that are scientifically-proven. While they’re surprising to say the least, there is logic behind them. Cool off with a hot […]

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Those who care about their health will always stay up to date with the latest scientific and medical discoveries. However, some health tricks are just plain weird! We have some unusual but true health tricks that are scientifically-proven. While they’re surprising to say the least, there is logic behind them.

Cool off with a hot beverage

During hot weather we’re all tempted to reach for that almost frozen drink. However, studies and even some cultures show that drinking a hot beverage is a more efficient way to cool off. When you drink a hot beverage your body will try to compensate the change in temperature by making you sweat more. As you might already know, sweat will naturally cool your body as it evaporates from the skin.

Work out when you’re tired

This is another counter-intuitive health advice. I guess no one would be enthusiastic about exercising after a long and tiring workday, but it’s actually a good idea. Even a moderate intensity work out will make your body use more oxygen making you stronger and more resilient to fatigue. Exercise is also known to improve mood, depression and mental performance.

Spend less time together for a better relationship

Relationship difficulties

Even if you wholeheartedly love your better half, you both need some space every now and then. Spending some alone time can help you get in touch with yourself, as well as help you learn how to appreciate giving and receiving. It’s also good to miss your partner – you will only cherish the time you spend together even more!

Quit diet soda if you’re trying to lose weight

If you think that diet soda allows you to indulge without the calories you’re wrong. In fact, research has shown that obese and overweight people who drink diet soda end up eating more calories from food than those who prefer regular soda. Furthermore, scientists from the University of Texas discovered that diet soda drinkers ended up with a 70% higher increase in waist circumference compared to those who don’t drink diet beverages over the course of a decade.

Diet soda, but also other foods and drinks labeled “low-fat”, “light” or “low-sugar” trick us into thinking they contain less calories which is not always true. When you remove something, you need to add something else to make it taste as good as the original.

Remember things easily by handwriting notes

There’s more to handwriting notes than just storing your ideas. You will also have a better chance at remembering things if you manually write them down as it helps you “process” all that information. Reading the page you’re writing is not just a way of reviewing the information, but also to reinforce it.

Avoid antibacterial soap to prevent illness

Antibacterial soaps are usually advertised as being more effective at reducing the risk of getting infections or passing them to others. However, there is no evidence that shows antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular kinds.

Furthermore, some ingredients used in antibacterial soaps such as triclosan actually pose health risks especially for long-term exposure. Some of the side effects are hormonal imbalances as well as bacterial resistance. Some states have even banned all products containing triclosan but there’s certainly need for more research on the matter.

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7 Ways Sleep And Weight Loss Are Related http://www.cuppatea.org/2017/06/24/7-ways-sleep-weight-loss-related/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:15:24 +0000 http://www.cuppatea.org/?p=98 You know that it’s important to get enough sleep if you want to be alert and ready to tackle the day, but according to a study done by the CDC, 30% of us still aren’t getting enough of it. If you’re not getting enough sleep at night and you’ve been struggling to shed those last […]

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You know that it’s important to get enough sleep if you want to be alert and ready to tackle the day, but according to a study done by the CDC, 30% of us still aren’t getting enough of it. If you’re not getting enough sleep at night and you’ve been struggling to shed those last few pounds before bikini season hits, you’re might be surprised to learn that the building evidence for the connection between the two is quite staggering.

Here are 7 ways that sleep and weight loss are related:

Poor Sleep Habits Can Cause Weight Gain And Obesity

Everyone’s different; one person’s sleeping habits may not work for another. Nevertheless, experts recommend that people try to get at least seven hours of shuteye per night if you don’t want to gain weight. This applies to children and adults alike. If you happen to gain weight because of your poor sleeping habits, the extra pounds can make it even harder to sleep. It’s a vicious cycle.

By turning your electronics off an hour or so before you want to go to sleep and exercising during the day, you might find that you’re tired enough to drift off shortly after you’ve hit the sheets.

Being Sleepy Tends To Make You Hungry

You may have noticed that when you don’t get enough sleep, you want to eat everything in sight and none of it actually satiates you. And when you’re inconsolably hungry – if it goes on for any length of time – you’re bound to gain a few pounds. Researchers think that this happens because certain hormones (namely the ones that signal hunger and fullness) seem to get thrown out of whack when we’re not sleeping enough.

People who aren’t getting enough sleep at night also tend to have higher BMI readings.

Good Sleep Helps You Remember To Make Healthy Choices

Because of the way your brain processes are altered, you might have a hard time making good, healthy choices when you’re not getting enough shuteye because the part of your brain that’s responsible for decision making and self-control is actually dulled when you’re sleeping. As if that’s not bad enough, it looks like the brain’s reward center is more receptive when we’re running on fumes.

Poor sleep habits have also been linked to increased consumption of foods high in calories, fats, and carbs.

The Less Sleep You Get, The More Calories You’ll Want

Researchers did a study on 12 men and found that when they were only allowed to sleep for four hours a day, they consumed an average of nearly 600 calories more than usual. Another study, this time with 16 male participants, found that if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re less likely to know what a portion size looks like.

Though it’s unclear whether or not we’re eating more because we’re hungry or just because we’re awake (what else is there to do?), it’s an interesting question to ask yourself if you’re someone who tends to eat in the middle of the night.

Not Getting Enough Sleep May Alter Your Resting Metabolism

In a negative way, but findings aren’t conclusive. In this study, it looks like the resting metabolic rate (RMR) of a person slows down when they don’t get enough sleep, while in this one it didn’t seem to make any difference. This study shows that poor sleep can cause muscle mass, so perhaps that’s the deciding factor.

Either way, it’s something to keep in mind if you’re trying to trim and tone your body, not sleeping well, and aren’t seeing any success.

You’re More Likely To Work Out After A Good Night’s Sleep

We look, feel, and perform better after we’ve had an adequate amount of sleep so it makes sense that we would also be more motivated to work out. Even if you can manage to muster the energy after not sleeping well, you’re more likely to get tired and give up on your workout earlier.

Getting enough sleep, on the other hand, will make us faster, give us better reaction times and accuracy, and gives us increased stamina to help ward off premature fatigue.

Proper Sleep Habits Help Prevent Insulin Resistance

Insulin is responsible for moving sugar from your bloodstream to your cells so that your body can use it for energy. When we don’t get enough sleep, those cells can start to become insulin resistant. Your body starts producing more insulin to compensate and as a result, you feel hungrier than you should. This could lead to overeating and weight gain.

Insulin resistance is also a precursor to type 2 diabetes. What’s most scary is that it doesn’t seem to take more than a few days of being sleep deprived for the insulin resistance to start, so make sure that you’re getting enough sleep to avoid it.

Conclusion

Poor sleep habits can significantly contribute to the way our body responds to a wide variety of things, including food. When we don’t get enough sleep, we eat more and gain weight, which makes it harder to sleep.

If you’re having difficulty maintaining a proper sleep schedule, consider working a more exhaustive workout routine in every few days and/or try meditating. Ir’s probably going to take quite a bit of work to get yourself back onto a normal schedule, but the benefits are well worth the trouble.

What are your tricks for getting enough sleep?

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Is Cockroach Milk The Next Superfood? 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Dismiss It http://www.cuppatea.org/2017/06/22/cockroach-milk-next-superfood-4-reasons-shouldnt-dismiss/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:14:22 +0000 http://www.cuppatea.org/?p=95 It seems that every time we turn around, we’re hearing about some new superfood. Today I’m going to tell you about the latest – and possibly most disgusting – one yet: Cockroach milk. Many people are touting this new fad as a protein powerhouse not to be reckoned with, but is it really? In this […]

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It seems that every time we turn around, we’re hearing about some new superfood. Today I’m going to tell you about the latest – and possibly most disgusting – one yet: Cockroach milk. Many people are touting this new fad as a protein powerhouse not to be reckoned with, but is it really? In this post, we’re going to tell you what exactly cockroach milk is, how it’s obtained, and what the benefits of working it into your diet could be.

Where Does Cockroach Milk Come From?

While it might seem a little far-fetched to milk a cockroach, it might actually be possible. As it turns out, the embryos of the Pacific beetle cockroach ingest a liquid from their mother while they’re developing. That liquid eventually becomes tiny crystals inside the beetle’s intestines which can then be milked using a filter paper in the brood sac for the embryos.

Sounds like a lot of work and trouble, doesn’t it? It definitely is. But it might be worth it because it very well may be one of the most nutritious substances on the planet.

According to CNN, China is taking full advantage of this super-nutrient. Pharmaceutical companies are even ordering it because it might help alleviate stomach, heart, and liver disease. It hasn’t really caught on to the point that you can buy it at your local market yet, but it is being researched.

The Benefits

It Gives You Energy

If you need a boost of energy to get you through the final stretch of your day, you might just find it in cockroach milk. It reportedly has four times the energy of cow’s milk and three times the energy of buffalo milk. In fact, given the cockroach milk’s amino acid profile it can actually be considered a complete food. Complete foods help revitalize the cellular structure within the body.

It’s A Protein Powerhouse

In addition to all of its amino acids, cockroach milk also contains lipids, sugars, and a ton of protein. With such amazing nutrition, it’s no wonder that the Pacific beetle cockroaches grow to be so big!

Slow-Release Nutrition

The idea of cockroach milk supplements is being thrown around quite a bit. Since it’s contains so much nutrition that’s time-released, supplementation would mean that the body could use it when it needs it.

It Might Help With Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse gases and climate change are definitely two hot topics right now, and it might help bring cockroach milk to the mainstream. Cows produce a lot. Almond milk is a popular alternative choice but, since it takes a pretty incredible amount of water to grow them, it’s not necessarily the best one. What is? Maybe cockroach milk.

Where to Find It

If you live in China, you’ll have a much easier time finding it than you would in the Western world since tens of millions of cockroaches are being farmed there. The milk is very popular in traditional Chinese medicine and is being used for everything from treating wounds to healing disease.

Conclusion

Though it looks like cockroach milk may indeed hold a ton of nutritional value, more research is needed before it becomes a viable option for most people. Nevertheless, it looks like we could be seeing this odd fad make it’s way onto grocery and health food store shelves soon, so don’t be surprised when you start to see it.

Would you try cockroach milk?

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Should you brush your teeth before bedtime? The answer might surprise you http://www.cuppatea.org/2017/06/15/brush-teeth-bedtime-answer-might-surprise/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:28:56 +0000 http://www.cuppatea.org/?p=86 Even if you’re very strict when it comes to sticking to your habits, you’ve probably skipped brushing your teeth before bedtime at least a few times. But should you brush your teeth before bedtime and even worse…feel guilty when you don’t? Most of us brush our teeth to prevent cavities, freshen up our breath and […]

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Even if you’re very strict when it comes to sticking to your habits, you’ve probably skipped brushing your teeth before bedtime at least a few times. But should you brush your teeth before bedtime and even worse…feel guilty when you don’t?

Most of us brush our teeth to prevent cavities, freshen up our breath and ensure our teeth look as clean as possible. As much as I love sticking to my personal hygiene habits, even I have omitted to brush my teeth before going to sleep simply because I was just too tired (it doesn’t happen often though).

Should you brush your teeth at bedtime? And if not….when?

Everyone knows good oral hygiene implies you brush your teeth twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening. But where do these rules come from, and should we stick to them?

I’m sure the truth will shock you. The American Dental Association says that all it matters is you brush your teeth twice a day and it’s actually not necessary to do it right before bedtime.

It turns out, the plaque is constantly building up in our mouths and it takes one day to mature. It sounds gross and scary, but yes……there are tiny living creatures in your mouth and you need to evict them twice a day unless you plan on keeping a zoo in there.

The bacteria that produces plaque also produces acid constantly throughout the day, with the occasional spikes when we’re eating. This is why we need to brush at least two times a day – less than that would allow the acid to eat into the enamel and eventually lead to cavities.

The best time to brush your teeth during P.M hours

So if it doesn’t matter when you brush your teeth why are we always told to brush in the morning and in the evening? It seems this recommendation is made simply to help us make teeth brushing a habit. Also, you’re doing your bedmate a favor by preventing that early morning dragon breath.

In fact, the best time to brush your teeth would be somewhere between dinner and bedtime, not right before hitting the sack. This way, the fluoride in your toothpaste has enough time to create a barrier against acid before you doze off. Also, it’s not recommended you brush your teeth right after a meal since that’s when your enamel is at it’s weakest state.

On top of that, make sure you don’t snack after you brush your teeth in the evening – this will cause bacteria to develop much faster, as it feeds off of any carbs.

However, don’t panic if you forget to brush in the evening on occasions as long as you don’t make it a habit. Plaque takes a long time to calcify and you simply need to brush a bit more next morning to solve the problem.

Since you’re so considerate regarding your oral health that you’ve read so far, here’s one more important thing you need to know. The more often you snack, the more often bacteria living in your mouth will start producing acid which over time, will affect your enamel. Even sipping that second cup of coffee can have the same effect. So keep that in mind if you tend to snack frequently. For oral health, that’s certainly not a good thing, and in some cases, not even for your waist.

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Here are the healthiest types of bread you can eat (and the worst ones too) http://www.cuppatea.org/2017/06/15/healthy-bread/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:25:05 +0000 http://www.cuppatea.org/?p=79 When trying to adopt a healthier diet, bread is among the first things you need to let go, right after sugary sodas. But here’s the thing – not all loaves of bread are equal and some are actually good for you. But how do you know which are the healthiest types of bread you can […]

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When trying to adopt a healthier diet, bread is among the first things you need to let go, right after sugary sodas. But here’s the thing – not all loaves of bread are equal and some are actually good for you. But how do you know which are the healthiest types of bread you can eat? We’ve got that covered!

When trying to find a healthy piece of bread, labels can be confusing. That’s because a large number of manufacturers are trying to advertise their products as clean and healthy.

The healthiest types of bread you can eat

You’ll see all sorts of titles such as gluten-free, sprouted, whole wheat and multigrain, but which one should you choose? Here are the types of bread that are actually good for you and also the ones you should steer clear of.

Sprouted grain bread

While the occasional slice of white crusty bread never killed anyone, if you’re eating it often and just can’t turn into a “no bread” type of person you should opt for sprouted grain bread. It’s definitely one of the healthiest types of bread you can eat since sprouted grains turn some of their starch to protein, minerals, and vitamins.

This makes sprouted grain bread more nutritious than any other kind and also much more filling. Another benefit is pretty much all sprouted bread you can buy is made with better quality and cleaner ingredients that other types.

Whole grain bread

The bread that’s made entirely using whole grains is almost on par with sprouted grain bread. What matters most is that it should be made 100% of whole grains so it doesn’t contain the refined types or flour. While an honest whole grain bread is actually an excelent source of fiber and protein you should be careful when choosing one.

Some of them can contain added sweeteners (often the processed kinds), hydrogenated oils,  and even potassium bromate which has been linked to cancer. Your best best is to carefully read the labels before deciding if a certain whole grain bread is worth buying or not.

Multigrain bread

Technically, the name of this bread sounds awesome. It’s also true – multigrain bread usually contains various types of grains. The bad part is they aren’t necessarily whole grains. In fact, multigrain pieces of bread are usually made with refined grains so they’re not as nutritious, or fiber and protein-rich as their sprouted grain and whole grain counterparts.

However, they do contain a small amount of whole grain so they’re still better than the typical white bread.

Sourdough and rye bread

Sourdough and rye bread are made using refined flours just like white bread. As a result, they don’t have any extra nutritional value, although rye bread does contain caraway seeds. These seeds increase the fiber content a bit, aid digestion and also contain some antioxidants but there might not be enough of them in rye bread to make a difference.

So, if you like the taste of these breads feel free to enjoy them occasionally but don’t buy them because they’re healthier than white bread because they’re not.

Gluten-free bread

The gluten-free craze might have slowed down a bit but many people still think of gluten as one of devil’s spawns. Actually, gluten is harmful only to those who suffer from gluten intolerance and sensitivities. These people are forced to choose gluten-free bread because of their health issues. For the rest of us, it doesn’t make much of a difference.

Most gluten-free breads are made using refined grains and heavy starches such as potato starch and white rice flour. A lot of manufacturers also add more fat and sugar to make their flavor and texture more appealing. For this reason, it’s no surprise most gluten-free breads have higher caloric contents and lower levels of protein, fiber and other nutrients than numerous other types of bread.

Nevertheless, there are also healthier gluten-free breads made with lower-starch flours like coconut, almond, and quinoa flour. For the most part, don’t opt for gluten-free bread unless you are sensitive to gluten or you have celiac disease. Sprouted and whole grain bread are much better options for healthy individuals.

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