Cómo hablar bien inglés

18 consejos sencillos para una fluidez extraordinaria.

¿Quieres aprender a hablar bien inglés? ¿Estás buscando un atajo para dominar el inglés? No existen trucos que te den un inglés perfecto en cinco minutos al día, pero sí consejos sólidos que te pueden ayudar a aprender a hablar inglés con más fluidez, en menos tiempo. A continuación, encontrarás en este artículo algunos consejos que te ayudarán a hablar inglés mejor que nunca.

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Cosas divertidas para hacer en verano

Lista de deseos.

Hay algo en el verano que nos da vida, ¿no es así? Bueno, esos días llenos de sol y brisa cálida están aquí con nosotros una vez más (gracias a Dios) y, por supuesto, estarás buscando actividades divertidas de verano y cosas que hacer.

Además de tomar el sol, caminar con esos hermosos vestidos veraniegos y dejar que la arena corra por los dedos de tus pies (si tienes la suerte de estar en la playa), hay varias otras ideas divertidas para agregar a tu lista de deseos de verano.

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20 health tips for 2021

Hoy os dejo íntegro un artículo publicado por la World Health Organization. Se escribió el 31 de diciembre de 2019, pero, con toda certeza, tiene plena vigencia para este año y para los venideros. He querido traer a este espacio este artículo por dos motivos: En primer lugar, en él se aborda un tema que siempre está de actualidad, la salud que tanto afecta a nuestras vidas. Y en segundo lugar porque está escrito en inglés, un inglés fácil, «previsible» y ortodoxo, con lo cual tendréis la oportunidad de practicar vuestro conocimiento del inglés y de darle utilidad al mismo.

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Christmas traditions

Con motivo de las fechas navideñas en las que nos encontramos, e independientemente de la transcendencia que tenga para cada uno de nosotros o del ánimo con que las afrontemos, quiero dejaros aquí unas pinceladas de conocimiento navideño que pueden ilustrarnos un poco sobre el origen de costumbres que permanecen entre nosotros y en las que nos vemos imbuidos a veces sin saber exactamente porqué.

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HACIENDO AMIGOS EN LONDRES

Hasta ahora en este rincón le hemos venido dando un repaso a sitios y eventos singulares y destacados de Londres los cuales, desde mi punto de vista, visitarlos o conocerlos nos aportaría disfrutar de momentos agradables y de paso enriquecer nuestro acervo cultural. Hasta nos hemos dado un paseo por el “más allá”, no por mucho tiempo porque, la verdad, en el más acá se está más a gusto.

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IMPACTO DE LOS PLÁSTICOS EN LA SALUD

Dejando a un lado la temática londinense, y por extensión la inglesa, que habitualmente trato en este medio hoy me propongo exponer de una manera clara y sencilla las consecuencias que sobre nuestra salud y la de generaciones futuras tiene el uso y abuso de los plásticos.

Antes de adentrarnos en el análisis de la repercusión de su uso en nuestro organismo y en el ecosistema repasemos a modo de introducción algunos de los aspectos más significativos que caracterizan a estos compuestos.

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Fotos de Gran Bretaña

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Walnuts

To say that walnuts are a nutritious food is a bit of an understatement.

Walnuts provide healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals — and that’s just the beginning of how they may support your health.

In fact, there’s so much interest in this one nut that for the past 50 years, scientists and industry experts have gathered annually at the University of California, Davis, for a walnut conference discussing the latest walnut health research.

The most common variety of walnut is the English walnut, which is also the most studied type.

Here are 13 science-based health benefits of walnuts.

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14 Very best places in the UK to visit

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Yup, there are so many incredible and a heap of the best places in the UK to visit. So much so that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

From the itty-bitty hamlets that are nestled within the Cotswolds to historic cities such as Edinburgh and York, there’s an epic amount of places and probably some unusual traditions that we have, too! 

…I mean, who doesn’t love seeing locals running down a hill after wheels of cheese! (yup, an actual tradition).

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Honestly, for me, I always try to remind others that the UK is so much more than London. Yeah, all the areas of London are amazing to explore; but we really do have a shed load of gorgeous places across the whole of the UK to visit.

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Anyway, before my love of everything cheese-based takes over,  take a look at these best places in the UK that are totally worth seeing. 

1.) Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire

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Robin Hood’s Bay is one stunning little spot to visit on the north of England that’s gorgeous to visit. This tiny little hamlet is nestled within the cliffs of Yorkshire and perched right on the Northern Sea coast.

Now, the whole place has a pretty long history, dating back well over 1,000 years.

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Once a sleepy little fishing village (with no roads to the village), it became a smugglers haven.

You see, contraband alcohol was brought in the dark of night and burrowed within the many tunnels and cellars that were dug underneath the houses. Nowadays, a little glass of sherry isn’t illegal and there’s a good list of old English pubs that dot the town.

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Anyway, make sure to visit the Old Post Office for some cake and a proper cup of Yorkshire tea. I mean, it’s Yorkshire after all, you’ve gotta have a good brew.

Read more: Best things to do in the North of England

2.) Ullswater, The Lake District

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The Lake District is the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and one that you shouldn’t miss. Now, the whole region has quite a few lakes, with Windermere being the largest (and most popular).

That being said, I have to be honest and say I prefer Ullswater (the 2nd largest) which is much quieter and on par (if not better, dare I say) than Windermere.

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The Perfect 4 Day Itinerary For Visiting England's Beautiful Lake District (89)

We stayed at the amazing Another Place: The Lake, which was amazing. From there, we took the Ullswater Steamer across the lake, hiked the local mountains and paddle boarded our way over the lake.

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It’s a really special place to experience, especially if you want to enjoy a quieter side of the Lake District.

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The Perfect 4 Day Itinerary For Visiting England's Beautiful Lake District (108)

It really is one of the best places in the UK to explore if you love nature. 

Read more on how to visit the Lake District

3.) Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Cambridge is a relatively small city (by international standards, at least) but it packs a hefty punch on things you have to see and do.

Make sure you visit King’s College and the King’s College Chapel, where you can still see a massive wooden screen that Henry VIII gave to Anne Boleyn as a gift. It still has their initials inscribed upon it.

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For a tasty bite to eat, head over to Fitzbillies for one of their famous brunches and glorious homemade cakes.

Make sure to head out punting on the River Cam and see the best views of the city from Great St. Mary’s Church(next time King’s College). Be warned, though, the historic stone tower shakes quite a bit when the bells are ringing.

All that being said, it’s easily one of the best places in the UK to visit that’s perfect for a day trip from London.

Read more: Best things to do in Cambridge

4.) Malton, Yorkshire

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Possibly one of the best food spots in the UK, Malton is a place that I guarantee you’ll fall head over heels for; especially if you love little towns.

Over the last 10 years, or so, this small market town has transformed from a sleepy little community to a bustling spot for amazing local food, Yorkshire produces that (without sounding too cheesy) are made with loads of love.

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Spend the day wandering around the countless little stores and shops and make sure to indulge with mountains of freshly roasted coffee at ROOST and gorge on homemade gelato at Groovy Moo.

Oh yeah, make sure to wear elasticated pants too! You’ll fill your tummy.

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It’s easily one of the best places in the UK to spend a morning before exploring the rest of Yorkshire. 

Read more on visiting Malton, right here

5.) Bath, Somerset

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The Roman city of Bath is one of the best places in the UK, especially for a historic city.

You see, the whole city centre is heavily protected, meaning its character and charm have been kept for us all to enjoy today.

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Wander through the old Roman Baths, see the Royal Crescent and gorge on one of Sally Lunn’s Buns. In fact, take some home with you too, I guarantee you’ll want more than one.

Read more: Best things to do in Bath

6.) The Scilly Isles

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Now, it’s not often you think of the UK as tropical but the Scilly Isles are just that.

Because of where they ‘re situated (30 miles, or so), off the coast of Cornwall, this tiny group of islands benefit from the Gulf Stream that brings the lovely warm currents from the Caribbean.

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Fly over to the islands from Exeter or Newquay that’s near Watergate Bay (or take the ferry, too).

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Once there, explore a few of the islands and find one gorgeous stone cottages to rent on one of the islands.

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Make sure to run to also rent a bike, head into the bay shallow waters for kayaking and wander the charming tropical gardens on Tresco Island. They really are some of the best places in the UK if you want an island adventure. 

Read more: 1-week itinerary to explore the Scilly Isles

7.) Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh is one of my favourite Scottish cities. With thousands of years of history, a castle onto of an ancient volcanic butte and the picturesque old town, it really is a great place to dip into the beauty of a Scottish city.

Be sure to check out the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s palace whilst in Edinburgh),

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Also, if it’s your first time in the city, check out some of these free things, some of the cities best bars and a few of Edinburgh’s secret spots that are hidden in plain sight. It’s totally one of the best places in the UK to visit when exploring the beauty of Scotland. 

Read more: Best things to do in Edinburgh

8.) Watergate Bay, Cornwall

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Watergate Bay is a gorgeous little beach spot that’s just so lovely. On the north coast of Cornwall, near Newquay, it’s a great place to unwind, do some surfing or just relax on the sandy beach.

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We stayed at the beautiful Watergate Bay Hotel, which is a perfect mix of laid-back luxury with none of the pomp.

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Even for breakfast alone, it’s one of the best places in the UK! Their waffles are to die for! 

Read more on visiting the Watergate Bay

9.) Portmeirion, Wales

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Nestled within Snowdonia National Park, right on the Cardigan coastline is a picturesque Italian village that’s is definitely one of the best places in the UK.

Now, it’s not often you associate Italian villages with Wales but this place is just that. An Italian-Welsh village.

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If you’re blessed with a warm and sunny day, you won’t even believe you’re in the UK. It really is a secret little spot that you must visit when in this area.

Visiting Wales? Check out some of these amazing spots

10.) Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

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Possibly one of the UK’s largest National Parks, the Cairngorms is one vast place to explore. It’s easiest to visit the Cairngorms by car but you can also travel to train and arrange daily tours if you don’t drive.

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Make sure to rent a bike, head into the countryside and really immersive yourself in this unspoilt landscape. Oh, also, stop for some epic cakes and Scottish tea at the Druie Restaurant Cafe – it’s a delicious little spot.

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For a little more strenuous activity, think about hiking on one of the well-established trails that criss-cross this region or take a quad bike tour of the countryside.

Finally, make sure to spot some deer. They’re some of the most famous residents here and one of the best places in the UK to see them. 

Read more on visiting the Cairngorms

11.) The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

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Okay, so The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland has become a pretty popular spot to visit in recent years. I mean, the whole road looks incredible, especially with the twisted beech trees that line the lane.

As I mentioned in our bumper Irish post, the easiest way to get here is by car. Now, t’s best to follow the postcode of ‘BT53 8TP’ on Google Maps or your car’s GPS system; this way, you’ll get less lost! 

Now, the road itself can get pretty busy with other visitors, so if you want a quieter view, head over early in the morning or just before sunset. That being said, it’s still one of the best places in the UK to explore when in Northern Ireland

Read more: Best things to do in Northern Ireland

12.) The Cotswolds, England

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This gorgeous area of England is as quaint as you can imagine. It’s easily one best places in the UK that’s so easy to visit in a car.

Think, rolling green hills, crooked little cottages and cosy little tea-shops to eat as many scones as possible. It really is a gorgeous area.

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There are a few places you should definitely visit, especially around Bibury to see one of the UK’s prettiest streets, Arlington Row. Another gorgeous spot is Castle Combe, head here for a little exploration of the village and head into the local, King John’s Hunting Lodge for a tasty lunch.

There are a few other beautiful villages you should definitely see, like Bourton-on-the-Water, the gorgeous LacockBroadway and Stow-on-the-Wold. All are picture-perfect and some of the prettiest places to visit when in the area.

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For a great spot to rest your head, head over to The Wood Norton Hotel, a grand old house that’s so stunning inside.

Read more: Best things to do in the Cotswolds

13.) The Highlands, Scotland

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Now, it really is hard to pinpoint just one spot in the Highlands, I can easily run off a whole notebook of 50-or-so spots you should definitely see, which I popped into a full guide, here.

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If you drive, this is one of the places to really head out and find some of the gorgeous spots that are scattered across the region.

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Make sure you head over to Bealach na Ba, which is one dramatic glacial valley to see. Also, don’t forget to make a pit-stop in beautiful ApplecrossTorridon and Plockton too.

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If you have even more time, you can even pop over to the Isle of Skye via the ferry or the bridge link. It’s easily one of the best places in the UK to visit when in the Highlands.

Read all the spots you should see in the Highlands

14.) Belfast, Northern Ireland

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If you’re looking for a city vibe whilst in Northern Ireland, head over to Belfast, that’s about 60 -minutes from The Dark Hedges by car. The Titanic Belfast is also an incredible experience you should see, whilst the Ulster Museum is a great place to visit should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Oh, and don’t forget to gorge at The Muddlers Club who’ve created a scrumptious tasting menu.



Fuente artículo: https://handluggageonly.co.uk/2017/12/22/14-beautiful-places-visit-uk/

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The Antioxidant Power of Swiss Chard Nutrition

Jillian Levy, CHHC

August 20, 2019

Swiss chard nutrition - Dr. Axe

Swiss chard is one of the most impressive and nutrient-dense vegetables out there. The range of antioxidants in Swiss chard nutrition can be seen both in its deeply colored green leaves and also in the reds, purples and yellows of its vibrant, multicolored stalks and veins.

What are the benefits of eating Swiss chard?

These include obtaining its many forms of polyphenol, betalain and carotenoid phytonutrients, which are powerful at fighting free radical damage, inflammation and disease development.

Swiss Chard Nutrition Facts

Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable in the Amaranthaceae plant family that has the scientific name Beta vulgarisIts name may be a bit misleading, because it actually isn’t a plant that is native to Switzerland — rather it was “discovered” by a Swiss botanist in 1753.

It’s actually native to regions in the Mediterranean, where it’s still a very popular vegetable today.

Today, Swiss chard goes by other names around the world, such as:

  • silverbeet
  • sea beet
  • spinach beet
  • crab beet

In fact, South Africa Swiss chard is actually called spinach.

It’s believed that Swiss chard has been included in the diets of Mediterranean populations for thousands of years. Even Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about Swiss chard nutrition.

Ancient Greek and Roman populations frequently grew and ate these greens, as they were aware of the many healing properties. Swiss chard has been used in folk medicine as a natural decongestant, allergy reliever, constipation reliever and joint pain reducer (likely because it reduced inflammation) for many years.

Swiss chard is now widely used in the food industry as a rich source of sugar, and it’s even being grown in space! It’s among the first crops being grown in planetary space stations for astronauts and was chosen due to its extremely valuable nutrient profile, as well as its ease of being harvested.

Like most foods, the Swiss chard nutrition profile changes depending on whether or not you consume it raw or cooked.

One cup (about 36 grams) of raw Swiss chard nutrition contains approximately:

  • 6.8 calories
  • 1.3 grams carbohydrates
  • 0.6 grams protein
  • 0.1 grams fat
  • 0.6 grams fiber
  • 299 micrograms vitamin K (374 percent DV)
  • 2,202 international unit vitamin A (44 percent DV)
  • 10.8 milligrams vitamin C (18 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams manganese (7 percent DV)
  • 29.2 milligrams magnesium (7 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligrams iron (4 percent DV)
  • 136 milligrams potassium (4 percent DV)
  • 0.7 milligrams vitamin E (3 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams copper (3 percent DV)

Meanwhile, one cup (about 175 grams) of boiled Swiss chard nutrition contains approximately:

  • 35 calories
  • 7.2 grams carbohydrates
  • 3.3 grams protein
  • 0.1 grams fat
  • 3.7 grams fiber
  • 573 micrograms vitamin K (716 percent DV)
  • 10,717 international units vitamin A (214 percent DV)
  • 31.5 milligrams vitamin C (53 percent DV)
  • 150 milligrams magnesium (38 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligrams manganese (29 percent DV)
  • 961 milligrams potassium (27 percent DV)
  • 4 milligrams iron (22 percent DV)
  • 3.3 milligrams vitamin E (17 percent DV)
  • 0.3 milligrams copper (14 percent DV)
  • 101 milligrams calcium (10 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams riboflavin (9 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (7 percent DV)
  • 57.8 milligrams phosphorus (6 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams thiamine (4 percent DV)
  • 15.7 micrograms folate (4 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligrams zinc (4 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligrams niacin (3 percent DV)
  • 0.3 milligrams pantothenic acid (3 percent DV)

Some of the many phytonutrients and antioxidants found in Swiss chard nutrition include:

  • carotenoids, such as beta-carotenelutein and zeaxanthin, which are crucial for eye health
  • volatile oils and acids like myricitrin, coumaric acid and rosmarinic acid
  • flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol, which act as antihistamines and reduce allergic reactions and inflammatory responses

Research shows that chard is also one of the best sources of betalains, water-soluble plant pigments that have a wide range of desirable biological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

On top on this, chard packs an impressive amount of potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, and even more vitamins and minerals. And with high levels of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and many trace minerals, there’s almost no health condition that Swiss chard nutrition is incapable of helping.

Types and Facts

Chard plants come in many varieties and colors, such as deep green, red, yellow, orange, purple and multicolored Swiss chard. The vibrantly colored leaves grow on top of thick, celery-like long stems.

Some of the many varieties in existence include:

  • Burgundy
  • Rhubarb
  • Ruby
  • Geneva
  • Lucullus
  • Winter King
  • Perpetual

When different colored chards are bunched together, this is known as “rainbow chard.”

Many people are unaware that the Swiss chard plant is a variety of the beet, both of which are cool-weather veggies grown for their edible leaves and leafstalks. Nutrition experts believe that Swiss chard and other chenopod vegetables, like beets, can be a highly renewable and cheap source of nutrients for many populations.

Swiss chard nutrition is so prized because not only can the plant can be grown in a range of soils and require little light and water, but it also provides such a high amount of essential vitamins and minerals.

Swiss Chard vs. Kale vs. Spinach

Calorie for calorie, compared to Swiss chard nutrition, kale offers a similar amount of vitamin K but more vitamin A and C. Kale is a cruciferous vegetable that is rich in antioxidants and vital nutrients that support detoxification, heart health, cancer prevention and brain development.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the secret behind the cancer-killing ability of cruciferous veggies is that they’re rich in glucosinolates — a large group of sulfur-containing compounds

How does spinach nutrition compare to Swiss chard greens?

Both have a mild taste and are less bitter/spicy than greens like mustard greens, kale or arugula. The two are similar in terms of calories, fiber, protein and carbs.

Both are great sources of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C. Spinach is also a great source of folate, manganese, calcium, riboflavin, potassium and magnesium.

Benefits

1. High in Antioxidants

Swiss chard nutrition is thought to contain up to 13 different types of polyphenol antioxidants alone. In 2004, researchers were also able to identify 19 different types of betaxanthin antioxidants in Swiss chard nutrition, as well as nine types of betacyanins among the different varieties of chard.

One of the primary flavonoid antioxidants found in the leaves of chard is called syringic acid. Syringic acid is known for regulating blood sugar levels, making it the object of much research over recent years as diabetes diagnosis rates have continued to increase.

Something else noteworthy about Swiss chard nutrition? Its anti-aging antioxidants also help prevent cancer, heart disease, eye and skin disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, and much more.

2. Protects Heart Health

2016 meta analysis found evidence that regular intake of leafy greens leads to a significant (15.8 percent) reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease.

The range of antioxidants found in Swiss chard benefits heart health in multiple ways, such as by lowering levels of inflammation and normalizing blood pressure, since Swiss chard can help turn off pro-inflammatory reactions. These reactions can worsen high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and increase the risk of suffering from a heart attack, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease.

Swiss chard is considered an anti-hypertensive vegetable because it contains many trace minerals that are crucial for proper circulation, blood vessel health and heartbeat regulation. Magnesium, potassium, copper, iron and calcium, for example, are all minerals found in Swiss chard nutrition that work together to aid in red blood cell formation, nerve signaling, blood vessel constriction and help control blood pressure levels.

Research shows that people with hypertension (elevated blood pressure) who consume nitrates from nitrate-rich whole foods, including beets and chard, benefit from improvements in blood pressure levels. Nitrates can help reduce platelet aggregation (blood clots) and support functions of the tissue lining the interior of blood vessels, called the endothelium.

Animal studies have also shown that extracts derived from chard leaves have hepatoprotective effects and hypolipidemic activity, meaning they can help regulate liver function and cholesterol levels.

3. Fights Cancer

A key benefit to Swiss chard nutrition is that its leafy greens contain many cancer-fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients. In fact, it is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on the planet.

Some of the most notable include beta-carotene, apigenin flavonoids like vitexin, quercetin, numerous carotenoids, and a range of betalains.

Studies show that Swiss chard extract has the ability to inhibit proliferation of human cancer cells and stabilize fibroblasts, which are important cells that make up connective tissue. The antioxidants found in Swiss chard nutrition are associated with the ability to stop growth of cancer cells from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial and lung tumors.

Because of Swiss chard’s powerful ability to fight cancer, researchers have begun testing the seeds of Swiss chard, in addition to extracts taken from Swiss chard leaves, to identify if they can be used as a natural chemo-protective treatment.

4. Helps Prevent Diabetes

Swiss chard nutrition has been praised for making the leafy green a powerful blood sugar regulator. Swiss chard has nutrient properties that are believed to be one of the best vegetables for people with prediabetes, diabetes, or other forms of metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance.

Certain flavonoids found in Swiss chard help inhibit activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase, which breaks down carbohydrates into simple sugars. Therefore, studies show that Swiss chard consumption may make it easier to maintain a steadier blood sugar level.

This makes Swiss chard an anti-hypoglycemic vegetable and one of the best foods to incorporate into a blood sugar-stabilizing diet.

Another unique benefit of Swiss chard is its effect on pancreatic beta cells. Beta cells in the pancreas are responsible for producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar.

It’s believed that Swiss chard may help pancreatic beta cells regenerate and therefore helps control insulin production more effectively.

In addition to its special phytonutrient abilities, Swiss chard is high in fiber, with almost four grams per one-cup serving of cooked chard. Fiber helps slow down the release of sugar in the bloodstream following a meal, in addition to having heart health and digestive health benefits.

5. Maintains Bone Health

Swiss chard is a great source of vitamin K and calcium, two key nutrients needed to maintain a strong skeletal structure. Ninety-nine percent of the body’s calcium is stored within the bones, where it is needed to help maintain bone strength and mineral density and prevent weak bones that can lead to fractures.

Just one cup of cooked Swiss chard provides more than 700 percent of your daily vitamin K needs! Vitamin K is an essential nutrient for bone health.

It reduces fracture rates because it activates osteocalcin, the major non-collagen protein that helps form bones. This nutrient found in Swiss chard helps modulate bone metabolism, aids in bone growth and protects the body from bone mineral loss common in the aging process.

Additionally, a number of other nutrients are found in chard that support skeletal health, including iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A and C.

6. Improves Digestion

Swiss chard benefits digestive health by helping reduce inflammation within the digestive tract and regulating bowel movements that draw toxins out of the body. Swiss chard’s phytonutrient betalains are excellent for supporting detoxification by acting as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants within the gut.

Swiss chard also contains about four grams of dietary fiber in just one cup of cooked greens, which helps regulate blood sugar levels, improves colon and digestive health, prevents constipation and diarrhea, and also helps you to feel fuller in the process.

7. Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function

Many studies show that regularly eating vegetables with high betalain levels provides significant protection against certain oxidative stress-related disorders, which includes neuro-degenerative diseases. Betalains and the other antioxidants found in Swiss chard nutrition defend brain cells from mutation, protect from DNA damage, reduce free radicals and lower the risk of disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

2018 study published in Neurology concluded, “Consumption of approximately 1 serving per day of green leafy vegetables and foods rich in phylloquinone, lutein, nitrate, folate, α-tocopherol, and kaempferol may help to slow cognitive decline with aging.”

8. Protects Eye and Skin Health

Yet another benefit of Swiss chard nutrition is that this vegetable is an excellent source of carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been getting significant research attention lately due to their ability to protect vision and ward off eye disorders, such as glaucoma.

According to studies carried out by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, carotenoids are able to protect the retina and cornea and defend against age-related disorders of the eyes, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, night blindness and cataracts. They do this by absorbing damaging blue light that enters the eye before it can cause disturbances to the retina.

Betalains found in Swiss chard nutrition also protect the health of the nervous system, including specialized nerve signaling, which is crucial for the communication between the eyes and brain.

Swiss chard benefits skin by helping protect against free radical damage, such as the type caused by UV light. Studies show that eating nutrient-dense leafy greens may be one way to help reduce development of wrinkles, other signs of photo-aging and even skin cancer.

9. Benefits Nerve and Muscle Function

Swiss chard provides a high amount of magnesium, potassium, calcium and other minerals that are crucial for muscle and nervous system health. Swiss chard nutrition contains an impressive 38 percent of the daily magnesium needs for every one-cup serving of cooked chard, which helps improve circulation and reduce muscle cramps and pain that can result from a magnesium deficiency.

Swiss chard’s high level of magnesium can also help prevent stress-related symptoms that take a toll on the nervous system, including insomnia, mood disturbances, headaches, high blood pressure and an increased risk for diabetes.

How to Select, Cook and Get Into the Diet

Swiss chard can usually be found at farmers markets and in grocery stores available throughout the year, but technically its peak season is during the summer months, from June through August. This is when you’ll most likely find the best-tasting, freshest Swiss chard, especially at local farmers markets.

Chard plants grow mostly in the Northern Hemisphere and are known to be easy plants to grow, although they’re very perishable once fully grown and ripe.

Look for Swiss chard that has tall, vibrant leafy greens that do not have many signs of discoloration, wilting or holes. The stalk should be thick and crunchy and may come in colors other than green.

For example, Swiss chard can commonly be found in shades of white, red, purple, yellow or even be multicolored.

Here’s how to prepare Swiss chard before cooking it:

  • Once purchasing Swiss chard, do not wash the greens right away, as this encourages them to wilt more quickly.
  • Instead try putting them inside of a plastic bag and wrapping a damp paper towel around the stems, which will keep in moisture and prolong its freshness.
  • Try to use Swiss chard within four to five days of buying it.
  • You can always cook the greens and freeze them for later, which will preserve the nutrients and make a great addition to soups, stews or sauces down the road.
  • When you’re ready to use Swiss chard, lightly wash/rinse the leaves and pat dry, or use a salad spinner to remove moisture.

What does swiss chard taste like?

Swiss chard tastes mild, although some find that it does have a somewhat bitter and strong flavor, especially when eaten raw.

Can you eat Swiss chard raw?

Yes, although most people greatly prefer the taste of Swiss chard when it’s cooked — and combined with seasonings like salt or garlic. Cooking Swiss chard brings out a natural sweetness and decreases bitterness, making it a great addition to a variety of hearty and savory recipes.

Is Swiss chard healthier cooked or raw?

Swiss chard nutrition is beneficial whether it’s raw or cooked, although it’s recommend that you try briefly steaming or boiling Swiss chard or lightly sautéing it before eating it. This helps decrease certain acids found in these greens and improve its taste and nutrient availability.

What’s the best way to cook chards?

You can use use fresh chard leaves in salad or wilt them like you would spinach if you don’t mind the taste. Some people like to cook the ribs separately from the leaves because they need a longer cooking time to become tender.

You can cook Swiss chard by quickly boiling the leaves for only two to three minutes in an open pot (don’t add a lid, which will hinder the process a bit) or by sautéing them in a pan with some olive oil, stock or coconut oil just until they are wilted.

Can you juice Swiss chard?

Yes, this is a great way to obtain chard’s nutrients easily. Swiss chard juicing benefits include supplying you with antioxidants, and vitamins K, A and C, just like if you ate the greens.

The only downside is that you miss out on the fiber.

Chards are biennial crops (they are available year-round) and can grow well in both cool and hot temperatures. You’ll be most successful at growing Swiss chard if you plant seeds in moist, humus-rich soil.

Here are other tips for growing chard:

  • Chard can either be seeded (aim for 0.5 to 1.0 inches deep) or transplanted when the seedlings have 4 to 6 leaves.
  • Germination typically occurs when the temp rises above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot summer temperatures diminish the quality of the crop, so ideally grow when the night temperature is still cool.
  • Give chard plants full sun, which is about 8 to 10 hours a day.
  • Plant in wide rows spaced 6 inches apart.
  • Swiss chard grows best in soil that has a pH of 6.5 to 7.5.
  • Ensuring the plant has consistent moisture is also important. Mulching can be beneficial for retaining even moisture.
  • Once the leaves are matured and about 8–12 inches long, you can harvest Swiss chard. Chard can be stored for one to two weeks, as long as it is refrigerated at 40 degrees F or below.

Recipes

Here are some of Swiss chard recipe ideas to try:

What makes a good Swiss chard substitute?

Chards can be used in recipes the same way many other greens are used, such as escarole, kale, spinach, collard greens or mustard greens. All of those make great Swiss chard substitutes, especially spinach and escarole, which also have mild flavors.

Risks, Side Effects and Interactions

Is Swiss chard toxic?

While it’s a very healthy and totally edible leafy green, according to the Colorado University Food Safety Center of Excellence, “Swiss chard is often associated with the pathogens coliListeria, and Salmonella because the crop is a raw, fresh marketed product.”

To reduce your risk of catching harmful bacteria from chards, wash the greens thoroughly and be careful about using contaminated surfaces or utensils that can transfer microbes.

Some worry that Swiss chard stems are poisonous. Is there any truth to this claim?

No, the stems are edible and where many different nutrients can be found. However, chard stems do contain oxalates, like other vegetables within the same plant family.

Oxalates are normally not a health concern when eaten in normal, moderate amounts, but in rare cases eating high levels of oxalates can cause certain health problems.

Oxalates are most known for potentially interfering with the absorption of certain minerals, such as calcium. However, experts still agree that oxalates do not pose a threat for the vast majority of people, and their presence in vegetables like Swiss chard definitely does not outweigh the many health benefits of these foods.

People who have a history of kidney or gallbladder problems may want to avoid eating Swiss chard due to its oxalates, though, since these can aggravate symptoms in some cases.

If you have an allergy to chards you may experience a negative reaction when eating the stems or leaves. In this case, Swiss chard side effects may include tingling in your mouth or throat, stomach pains, itchiness, rash, etc.

If oxalates cause you any serious side effects, you may experience kidney stones, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, vomiting and a weak pulse.

Final Thoughts

  • Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable in the Amaranthaceae plant family that has the scientific name Beta vulgaris. Chard plants come in many varieties and colors, such as deep green, red, yellow, orange, purple and multicolored Swiss chard.
  • Why is Swiss chard good for you? Chards contain many different types of antioxidants, including polyphenols, betaxanthin, syringic acid, vitamins A and C, lutein, and other carotenoids.
  • Swiss chard benefits include reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, fighting cancer and heart disease, protecting skin and eye health, maintaining brain health, improving digestion, and supporting muscle and nerve functions.
  • You can eat these greens both raw or cooked. However, cooking chards improves not only the nutrient availability, but also the taste.
  • Swiss chard is susceptible to foodborne pathogens, like other leafy greens, so be careful about washing this veggie thoroughly before preparing it.

Fuente: https://draxe.com/nutrition/swiss-chard-nutrition/

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50 Common Grammar Mistakes in English

by Rebecca

Below are some of the most common English mistakes made by ESL students, in speech and in writing. Go through the examples and make sure you understand the corrections. Then try the grammar test at the end to check your progress.

1
Wrong: I have visited Niagara Falls last weekend.
Right: I visited Niagara Falls last weekend.

2
Wrong: The woman which works here is from Japan.
Right: The woman who works here is from Japan.

3
Wrong: She’s married with a dentist.
Right: She’s married to a dentist.

4
Wrong: She was boring in the class.
Right: She was bored in the class.

5
Wrong: I must to call him immediately.
Right: I must call him immediately.

6
Wrong: Every students like the teacher.
Right: Every student likes the teacher.

7
Wrong: Although it was raining, but we had the picnic.
Right: Although it was raining, we had the picnic.

8
Wrong: I enjoyed from the movie.
Right: I enjoyed the movie.

9
Wrong: I look forward to meet you.
Right: I look forward to meeting you.

10
Wrong: I like very much ice cream.
Right: I like ice cream very much.

11
Wrong: She can to drive.
Right: She can drive.

12
Wrong: Where I can find a bank?
Right: Where can I find a bank?

13
Wrong: I live in United States.

Right: I live in the United States.

14
Wrong: When I will arrive, I will call you.

Right: When I arrive, I will call you.

15
Wrong: I’ve been here since three months.

Right: I’ve been here for three months.

16
Wrong: My boyfriend has got a new work.

Right: My boyfriend has got a new job. (or just «has a new job»)

17
Wrong: She doesn’t listen me.

Right: She doesn’t listen to me.

18
Wrong: You speak English good.

Right: You speak English well.

19
Wrong: The police is coming.
Right: The police are coming.

20
Wrong: The house isn’t enough big.
Right: The house isn’t big enough.

21
Wrong: You should not to smoke.
Right: You should not smoke.

22
Wrong: Do you like a glass of wine?
Right: Would you like a glass of wine?

23
Wrong: There is seven girls in the class.

Right: There are seven girls in the class.

24
Wrong: I didn’t meet nobody.

Right: I didn’t meet anybody.

25
Wrong: My flight departs in 5:00 am.
Right: My flight departs at 5:00 am.

26
Wrong: I promise I call you next week.
Right: I promise I’ll call you next week.

27
Wrong: Where is post office?
Right: Where is the post office?

28
Wrong: Please explain me how improve my English.

Right: Please explain to me how to improve my English.

29
Wrong: We studied during four hours.
Right: We studied for four hours.

30
Wrong: Is ready my passport?
Right: Is my passport ready?

31
Wrong: You cannot buy all what you like!
Right: You cannot buy all that you like!

32
Wrong: She is success.
Right: She is successful.

33
Wrong: My mother wanted that I be doctor.
Right: My mother wanted me to be a doctor.

34
Wrong: The life is hard!
Right: Life is hard.

35
Wrong: How many children you have?
Right: How many children do you have?

36
Wrong: My brother has 10 years.
Right: My brother is 10 (years old).

37
Wrong: I want eat now.
Right: I want to eat now.

38
Wrong: You are very nice, as your mother.
Right: You are very nice, like your mother.

39
Wrong: She said me that she liked you.
Right: She told me that she liked you.

40
Wrong: My husband engineer.
Right: My husband is an engineer.

41
Wrong: I came Australia to study English.
Right: I came to Australia to study English.

42
Wrong: It is more hot now.
Right: It’s hotter now.

43
Wrong: You can give me an information?
Right: Can you give me some information?

44
Wrong: They cooked the dinner themself.
Right: They cooked the dinner themselves.

45
Wrong: Me and Johnny live here.
Right: Johnny and I live here.

46
Wrong: I closed very quietly the door.
Right: I closed the door very quietly.

47
Wrong: You like dance with me?
Right: Would you like to dance with me?

48
Wrong: I go always to school by subway.
Right: I always go to school by subway.

49
Wrong: If I will be in London, I will contact to you.
Right: If I am in London, I will contact you.

50
Wrong: We drive usually to home.
Right: We usually drive home.



Fuente: https://www.engvid.com/english-resource/50-common-grammar-mistakes-in-english/



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Como y donde, leer y escuchar, «simultáneamente», audiobooks online

A continuación se describe, mediante capturas de pantalla, un procedimiento sencillo para poder descargar libros en cualquier idioma -también en inglés- y/o leerlos y escucharlos «simultáneamente«.

En primer lugar habrá que acceder al sitio web donde se alojan millones de títulos, muchos gratuitos. El sitio es: https://openlibrary.org/

Una vez entremos en el sitio nos aparecerán «estanterías» de libros con tres opciones: sponsor (de pago), read (listos para leer y descargar gratis) y, finalmente, borrow (prestar).

Explicaré la opción «read» (libros gratis) mediante imágenes que son lo suficientemente explícitas como para no dejar margen a la duda. Antes de descargar el primer libro se nos pedirá que nos registremos, simplemente con una dirección de correo electrónico y una contraseña, nada más.

Read: libros gratis
Selección del libro deseado
Descarga / Lectura / Audición
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Canciones para aprender inglés

Ben E. King – Stand by me

Black – Wonderful life

Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely

Dusty Springfield – Son of a preacher man

Dusty Springfield – You don’t have to say you love me

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Elvis Presley – In the ghetto

Frank Sinatra – My way

Frank Sinatra – Strangers in the night
Michael Buble – Mack the knife

Roger Whittaker – The last farewell

Sting – Englishman in New York

Sting – Fields of Gold
The Mamas & The Papas – California dreamin

Tracy Chapman – Baby can I hold you

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Massed Pipes & Drums

Amazing Grace by Pipers Of The World – Royal Music Show

Massed Pipes & Drums parade through Deeside town to start the Ballater Highland Games 2018

Massed Pipe Bands parade through Inverness City centre for Crocus Group event April 2017

Scotland the Brave by the Massed Bands on the march after the 2019 Dufftown Highland Games in Moray

Dark Isle Piper: The Gael ( Last of the Mohicans Theme)

The Massed Pipes & Drums – Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2012

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Fun facts about the United Kingdom

Fun facts about the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom, popularly known as Great Britain, or simply as the UK, is one of the most Influential, powerful, and richest countries in the world. It is an amazing piece of land that is rich in history and facts, some of which are yet to be discovered. From the natural beauty to the people, technological advancement, sports, no one can ever have enough of the UK. To learn more about Britain including some of the surprising and interesting facts about the UK, here are some of the fun facts about the country.

  • Although the UK is a large country covering about 93,600 square miles, nowhere in it is more than 75 miles from the sea.
  • The British drink over 163 million cups of tea daily, about 20 times the number of cups consumed by Americans.
  • Although Britain has been involved in many wars lasting decades, it has also been involved in the shortest war. The Anglo-Zanzibar War fought in 1896 lasted only 38 minutes.
  • The UK has the highest rate of obesity in the world with almost 25% of the British adults being obese.
  • The accent of the UK changes noticeably every 25 miles.
  • In the UK, it is illegal for anyone to die in the Houses of Parliament.
  • The Queen, Elizabeth II, has visited over 115 countries despite not having a passport.
  • In the UK, you can rent mourners to fill your funeral. The service is referred to as “Rent a Mourner” service.
  • York, Northern England is not only the most haunted city in the UK but also in the world. The city has recorded more than 500 cases of ghostly encounters.
  • The UK has the shortest scheduled flight in the world. The flight connecting the tiny islands of Westray and Papa Westray lasts only two minutes.
  • Soccer got its start in England when a skull of a Danish warrior was unearthed by Anglo-Saxon farm workers. They kicked the skull around to show their anger and amuse themselves. The early soccer was known as “Kick Dane’s head.”
  • One can be jailed for life if they placed a postage stamp with the Queen’s head upside down. That is considered as treason.
  • The UK was the first country to allow for the creation of babies using DNA of three people
  • Almost 25% of all women in the UK were named Mary in 1811.
  • The US eggs are illegal in the UK because they are washed. and the British eggs are illegal in the US because they are not washed.
  • More than 3,000 people in the UK were hospitalized in 1999 for tripping over a laundry basket.
  • Over 6,000 people are hurt or die in Britain annually for tripping over their trousers or falling downstairs while putting them on.
  • The British Navy used Britney Spear’s songs to scare away the Somali pirates along the coast of Africa.
  • Queen Victoria survived about seven assassination attempts
  • The UK has the third-highest rate of heart attack in Europe. It ranks just below Ireland and Finland.
  • Kate Middleton is a cousin to the first president of the US, George Washington, and American World War II hero, General George Petton.
  • London has the highest number of languages (300) than any other country in the world
  • Of all countries that celebrate Independence Day, 58 are independent of the UK, the highest by any country.
  • The most common cause of death for men less than 50 years old in the UK is suicide.
  • The average age for a first kiss in the UK is 15.
  • The 16th-century law in the UK forbade wife beating after 2100 hrs, simply because the noise disturbed people’s sleep.
  • Death penalty was outlawed in the UK following the wrongful execution of a man for killing his wife and daughter in 1950.
  • Children over 5 years old can ingest alcohol at their home or on private property in the UK.
  • In the UK, the Queen sends personalized birthday cards to those celebrating their 100th birthday every year.
  • Windsor Castle in Berkshire is the oldest royal residence in the world.

About the author

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John Misachi is a seasoned writer with 5+ years of experience. His favorite topics include finance, history, geography, agriculture, legal, and sports



Origen del artículo: «Fun Facts About The United Kingdom»
https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/fun-facts-about-the-united-kingdom.html

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Bienvenid@s al rincón de Stella Maris

En esta primera cita en El rincón de Stella Maris quiero manifestar mi deseo de un pronto final de este prolongado confinamiento para reencontrarnos, cuanto antes, en la medida de lo posible, con nuestra añorada cotidianeidad. Y también expresar mi deseo de que todos vosotros y vuestras familias hayáis superado sin “secuelas importantes» este amargo periodo.

De todo lo malo y negativo hay que tratar siempre de extraer algo positivo. Espero que todos y todas al menos lo hayáis intentado. En mi caso, tratando de superar esta limitación forzosa de la actividad normal, me surgió la idea de crear este blog que, posiblemente, en circunstancias normales nunca hubiera visto la luz. Esto indica que lo mejor de nosotros está “ahí” aunque no lo veamos o no lo sepamos ver hasta que las circunstancias adversas nos estimulan lo suficiente para desarrollar nuevas ideas o proyectos que nos hagan mejores no solo en el momento actual sino también en el futuro.

Deseo que este blog, cuya intención inicial y principal es la de que sea una herramienta eficaz para conseguir una mejor comunicación entre profesor y alumnos participantes y viceversa y de la propia actividad de inglés -más allá del ámbito de las aulas- sea una ventana abierta a otros temas de interés como, poco a poco, iréis comprobando.

Deseo además que este blog crezca y, para ello, vuestra participación y colaboración será imprescindible. Vuestros comentarios, vuestros mensajes y vuestra participación en las actividades y ejercicios que se van ir incorporando paulatinamente enriquecerán, sin ninguna duda, el contenido y “sentido” de este blog.

Os agradeceré sinceramente tanto las críticas constructivas como las sugerencias para mejorarlo y corregir los errores y carencias. Ánimo y a trabajar.

Stella Maris.

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