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The Benefits of Dead Sea Brine

The benefits of Dead Sea brine are not immediately obvious, unless you are aware of the fact that one type of salt is not the same as any other. In fact, the Dead Sea has one advantage over other so-called natural salts in that it is an ancient inland sea which is not subject to a continuous flow of water into it and out of it.

Because of this, this body of water has retained the remnants of its one-time habitation by a large number of different organisms, ranging from fish to mollusks, and is consequently packed full of minerals, vitamins and many other nutritious substances that can help to supplement what is occasionally missing from your diet through direct contact with, and absorption through, your skin.

The reason that Dead Sea brine is so effective is that you can maximize the absorption through bathing in it. Yes, nutrients can be absorbed through the skin in the form of creams, oils and emoluments, but not nearly as much as liquids can when your body is immersed in them.

One of the conditions that Dead Sea brine can help to relieve is the immune system response known as psoriasis. This causes skin cells to be regenerated at several times the normal rate and can be a very unsightly though completely innocuous skin condition. Many who suffer from psoriasis use the brine and the salts regularly to maintain their condition, and in some cases even cure it.

The brine cleans out your pores and keeps them free of oils, and can hence help to prevent acne, and healthy pores and follicles also means healthy hair. For overall skin conditioning it is difficult to beat Dead Sea brine. But what are the drawbacks?

The first is that this natural skin care product is one of the most imitated of them all. There is nothing to stop any Tom, Dick or Harry from dissolving some table salt in tap water, adding a bit of baking soda and something to make it just ever so slightly translucent, and selling it as the genuine thing. Even ordinary sea water has been bottled and sold.

One of the better ways to take advantage of the properties of the concentrated minerals contained in this brine is to use skin care products that have been formulated with it. What would you rather purchase: a product containing Vitamin E, glycol, collagen, ethanolamine, hydrogenated lecithin and sodium lauryl sulfate, or a natural oil containing Dead Sea brine?

Even by itself, the brine is natural and beneficial to your skin. However, the Dead Sea is gradually drying up due to the River Jordan being increasing diverted and used for irrigation and drinking water, and there will come a time when there is none. Until that day, fakes will become an increasing problem so if you can get your hands on the real stuff then enjoy the benefits of Dead Sea brine while it is still available.

Laura’s website Castle Baths Spa Products offers information on a several different natural skin care products, and for more information on using dead sea brine for skin care, check out Castle Baths Dead Sea Brine.

Brine Before Grilling On Pizza Stones

I’m sure everyone has been to a barbecue, bitten into a grilled chicken breast only to have it crumble like sawdust in your mouth. Then on top of it, the grill-meister asks you at that exact moment, “How do you like the chicken?” With clenched teeth and a wry smile, you say, “Mmm, that’s good!” Well, let’s put an end to this farce. The way to avoid dried-out chicken, pork, and shrimp is to brine it before grilling.

Simply put, brining is soaking the meat in salty water for several hours to overnight. This will help protect the meat when you cook it in the very hot, dry environment of the grill. You’ll be left with chicken and pork that is plump and juicy, yet fully cooked. Shrimp, which becomes rubbery when overcooked, will remain tender and flavorful. Brining your shrimp first will allow you enough time to place them on the grill, flip them all and brush them with your favorite sauce.

Enhance the flavor of the protein by adding additional ingredients to the brine like brown sugar, bay leaves, thinly-sliced raw onions, fresh garlic cloves, whole black peppercorns, etc. Adding some alcohol like bourbon or tequila will leave a nice hint of flavor that will really accent a barbecue sauce made with the same ingredient. There is nothing like bourbon-brined pork chops with a bourbon/apple barbecue sauce. These additional notes of flavor will help your next barbecue go from ordinary to extraordinary!

Brining is also a great way to defrost your protein, while adding flavor. More times than not I will use frozen shrimp, pork chops and loins, or chicken breasts. Placing these frozen proteins in a bath of salt water to defrost in the refrigerator is a great way to bring them to a safe temperature before grilling.

Brining doesn’t have to be an exact science. Brine shrimp in the refrigerator for about an hour, pork chops or chicken breasts for 2 – 3 hours, and whole pork tenderloin for about 4 hours. For a whole turkey (smoked, brined turkey is unbelievable!) I recommend brining overnight.

When you take your brined meats out of the brining liquid, place them on a paper towel-lined plate and pat completely dry. Spend a little extra time on this crucial step. Dry meat on the grill will caramelize and create a crispy crust; however wet food will steam and be bland. Once you’ve completely dried the meat, add a little oil and your favorite spice rub (if the recipe calls for it). Just remember that you’ve already added salt to the food while it brined so use less salt than you normally would to season the food.

I hope you find brining to be a technique you use the next time you grill delicate meat.

Introducing the Grilled Pizza Stones and Grilling Accessories.

Brine Nitrous Lacrosse Head Review

Brine Nitrous: The Brine Nitrous has been getting many mixed reviews after its release. The Nitrous is a variation of the Matrix and in my opinion does perform better than the matrix. I feel that this stick has a lot of potential to be a very good faceoff head if you tune it to how you like it. Personally I feel this faceoff head would do best with a slight pinch towards the top of the head giving it a more narrow channel. This would allow you to have more cushion as to where you set up on the line. Your head would be narrow enough that you could clamp, top and pinch all very easily. This head could give you the best of all worlds especially if you prefer a flexible lacrosse head.

This head also gives you a wide variety of ways to string your stick since the sidewall stringing holes are not spaced like a normal head and are instead one after the other for the length of the head. Having the ability to string up your Nitrous exactly how you want also makes a huge difference in winning in losing. Obviously you don’t want a tennis racket as your pocket but setting it up so you can basically have a pocket in the back of your mesh can also help you win some faceoffs. Both the Nitrous and Blade I feel can give you the best pocket within a pocket. Both have narrow channels until they reach closer to the top of the head which I feel creates a better hold on the ball when going to faceoff. They both are able to flex easily which makes the pocket very loose when facing of giving an extremely good hold on the ball as if you are able to cradle the ball with the back of your mesh. Overall I will give this lacrosse head a very good rating but needs to be tuned to your specific liking still.

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The Benefits of Dead Sea Brine

The benefits of Dead Sea brine are not immediately obvious, unless you are aware of the fact that one type of salt is not the same as any other. In fact, the Dead Sea has one advantage over other so-called natural salts in that it is an ancient inland sea which is not subject to a continuous flow of water into it and out of it.

Because of this, this body of water has retained the remnants of its one-time habitation by a large number of different organisms, ranging from fish to mollusks, and is consequently packed full of minerals, vitamins and many other nutritious substances that can help to supplement what is occasionally missing from your diet through direct contact with, and absorption through, your skin.

The reason that Dead Sea brine is so effective is that you can maximize the absorption through bathing in it. Yes, nutrients can be absorbed through the skin in the form of creams, oils and emoluments, but not nearly as much as liquids can when your body is immersed in them.

One of the conditions that Dead Sea brine can help to relieve is the immune system response known as psoriasis. This causes skin cells to be regenerated at several times the normal rate and can be a very unsightly though completely innocuous skin condition. Many who suffer from psoriasis use the brine and the salts regularly to maintain their condition, and in some cases even cure it.

The brine cleans out your pores and keeps them free of oils, and can hence help to prevent acne, and healthy pores and follicles also means healthy hair. For overall skin conditioning it is difficult to beat Dead Sea brine. But what are the drawbacks?

The first is that this natural skin care product is one of the most imitated of them all. There is nothing to stop any Tom, Dick or Harry from dissolving some table salt in tap water, adding a bit of baking soda and something to make it just ever so slightly translucent, and selling it as the genuine thing. Even ordinary sea water has been bottled and sold.

One of the better ways to take advantage of the properties of the concentrated minerals contained in this brine is to use skin care products that have been formulated with it. What would you rather purchase: a product containing Vitamin E, glycol, collagen, ethanolamine, hydrogenated lecithin and sodium lauryl sulfate, or a natural oil containing Dead Sea brine?

Even by itself, the brine is natural and beneficial to your skin. However, the Dead Sea is gradually drying up due to the River Jordan being increasing diverted and used for irrigation and drinking water, and there will come a time when there is none. Until that day, fakes will become an increasing problem so if you can get your hands on the real stuff then enjoy the benefits of Dead Sea brine while it is still available.

Laura’s website Castle Baths Spa Products offers information on a several different natural skin care products, and for more information on using dead sea brine for skin care, check out Castle Baths Dead Sea Brine.

Brine Before Grilling On Pizza Stones

I’m sure everyone has been to a barbecue, bitten into a grilled chicken breast only to have it crumble like sawdust in your mouth. Then on top of it, the grill-meister asks you at that exact moment, “How do you like the chicken?” With clenched teeth and a wry smile, you say, “Mmm, that’s good!” Well, let’s put an end to this farce. The way to avoid dried-out chicken, pork, and shrimp is to brine it before grilling.

Simply put, brining is soaking the meat in salty water for several hours to overnight. This will help protect the meat when you cook it in the very hot, dry environment of the grill. You’ll be left with chicken and pork that is plump and juicy, yet fully cooked. Shrimp, which becomes rubbery when overcooked, will remain tender and flavorful. Brining your shrimp first will allow you enough time to place them on the grill, flip them all and brush them with your favorite sauce.

Enhance the flavor of the protein by adding additional ingredients to the brine like brown sugar, bay leaves, thinly-sliced raw onions, fresh garlic cloves, whole black peppercorns, etc. Adding some alcohol like bourbon or tequila will leave a nice hint of flavor that will really accent a barbecue sauce made with the same ingredient. There is nothing like bourbon-brined pork chops with a bourbon/apple barbecue sauce. These additional notes of flavor will help your next barbecue go from ordinary to extraordinary!

Brining is also a great way to defrost your protein, while adding flavor. More times than not I will use frozen shrimp, pork chops and loins, or chicken breasts. Placing these frozen proteins in a bath of salt water to defrost in the refrigerator is a great way to bring them to a safe temperature before grilling.

Brining doesn’t have to be an exact science. Brine shrimp in the refrigerator for about an hour, pork chops or chicken breasts for 2 – 3 hours, and whole pork tenderloin for about 4 hours. For a whole turkey (smoked, brined turkey is unbelievable!) I recommend brining overnight.

When you take your brined meats out of the brining liquid, place them on a paper towel-lined plate and pat completely dry. Spend a little extra time on this crucial step. Dry meat on the grill will caramelize and create a crispy crust; however wet food will steam and be bland. Once you’ve completely dried the meat, add a little oil and your favorite spice rub (if the recipe calls for it). Just remember that you’ve already added salt to the food while it brined so use less salt than you normally would to season the food.

I hope you find brining to be a technique you use the next time you grill delicate meat.

Introducing the Grilled Pizza Stones and Grilling Accessories.