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Why Pineapple is Called the Healing Tropical Fruit

I so love pineapples that I eat them everyday, thanks to the small pineapples sold on sidewalks at a very cheap price. Three of them cost only P25, sometimes P20, if you know how to bargain.

Pineapples give you vitamins and minerals, potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium, calcium, beta carotene, thiamine, folate, B6 and of course, Vitamin C. That's not to mention its soluble and insoluble fibers beneficial for effective weight loss.

Plus bromelain.

Bromelain is what makes pineapples effectively anti-inflammatory---and inflammation, incidentally, is mostly responsible for a lot of diseases, like arthritis which is fast becoming popular these days. You get rid of harmful inflammation, you get rid or prevent of a lot of deadly diseases. Thus, pineapple is called "the healing tropical fruit."

Of course, another reason for its healing property is its rich Vitamin C content. Fresh pineapples are rich with this vitamin which is essential for enforcing the immune system.

But …

How to Use Turmeric to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is swelling. It's the body's reaction to injury or infection. Arthritis, meningitis, sinusitis and the like (ailments with the suffix itis in them) are caused by inflammation and needs attention before worse infection sets in.

Here's where turmeric comes in as a practical home remedy. While seeing your medical doctor for consultation, try turmeric or "luyang dilaw" in Tagalog. It's active antioxidant---curcumin---is known to be powerfully anti-inflammatory.

Aside from being a good first aid remedy against arthritis, muscle sprains, pains and injuries, it can also prevent or slow down cancer. About 70 percent of cancers are due to inflammation. It helps prevents liver disease and digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

How do you use turmeric to reduce inflammation?

The simplest way is making tea. Just peel off turmeric roots (peel off thinly), wash thoroughly, and boil until the brew turns dark. Then take it warm as tea.

A lot o…

What You Should Know about Small Pineapples Sold on Sidewalks

You probably see them everyday on sidewalks---small pineapples vendors peel and slice and place in plastic bags. They cost P10 a piece or P25 per 3 pieces.

If you have no time peeling small pineapples, then buy these peeled ones.

For sure, they have lost their Vitamin C. Exposing pineapples like that quickly evaporates their Vitamin C. Well, other nutrients are probably still intact, like Vitamin A and some minerals.

But what's important is getting their fibers.

Don't expect to get powerful nutrition from these small pineapples already peeled and sliced. But what you get are its powerful fibers. Fiber is not just good for bowel movement. It's also vital for overall health.

With fibers, you get healthier digestive system and help good bacterial growth in your intestine. With a healthy digestive system, your body easily absorbs nutrition from other food. So you grow healthier and stronger with these small pineapples even if their nutrients have mostly evaporated.

Also, they…

How to Enjoy Your Jog and Get Tired Less

I had a great jog this morning, though a bit late. I did wake up at 5 am but had to do a lot of chores. So finally, I was able to go out and jog at 7:30 am. Goodness.

The sun was "too up" for me to jog outside. But I had to. Yesterday rained and I wasn't able to jog out (I just worked out indoors). So, I cannot have two successive days without jogging. Working indoors is good but jogging outdoors is still different.

But surprisingly, a thin cloud filtered the sun's bright rays so that it didn't hurt that much. It was like 7 am. I jogged leisurely while looking around, enjoying my surroundings and intently noticing things. Before that, I was unconsciously thinking about how many rounds more I should jog and how far the end of the streets were.

That made me grow tired quickly. So I changed mindset. Instead, I looked around appreciatively.

I appreciated the trees and gardens in the front yards of the houses I passed by, especially noticing their flowers and leaves.…

Suddenly Edema. So, What Do I Do?

Have you ever heard of God's health graces and mercies? I'll tell you a story.

Here you are, a health buff, very particular about what you eat and drink, working out regularly, observing a healthy lifestyle.

And then suddenly, edema.

So I had my urine and blood tested. They saw a trace of protein in my urine (proteinuria) and slightly elevated creatinine in my blood. The doctor said both indicate kidney problems, probably serious or just in their initial stages. I needed more tests.

Oh my! What happened?

Suddenly, I felt so weak and sick. Thoughts of me dying began in my mind when I was alone (or even with other people), I felt like a floating ghost seeing my former life on earth when I walked around, and I was imagining how my kidneys were being destroyed.

I saw 4 doctors, two of them nephrologists, one working at the Kidney Center. We chose to stick with the one at the Kindney Center.

So I was worked up. I had a series of urine and blood tests plus ultrasound of the abdomen…

New People I Meet in the Streets During my Jog

This morning I went out a bit late for my jog because I and my wife discussed something about life and the Benny and Susanne Hinn wedding we had watched online the other day.

So anyway, I had my regular jog, and there was this big guy (in my mind I call him Sweet Big Guy) who I often see these days walking his little tiny dog (and letting it poo in the street) around in the morning. He carried a manual fan and umbrella along (protection from the heat and sunlight) and walked a bit around.

He probably felt that was enough exercise for his weight loss and diabetes. He often just stands there letting his dog smell plants, pee and poo. And then he loved chocolates and drank two bottles of softdrinks (thus Sweet Big Guy) , keeping these things a secret from his wife.

How do I know?

The street store owner where he bought chocolates and softdrinks told me so.

Each time I went past him, we greeted each other "good morning." I just wish he'd do more walking than just standing th…

Frankly, This is the Truth about a Healthy Fit Life and Wellness

I guess that's life---you can do what you can but you often end up guessing what happens next.

But then, you also have to be exact. Accurate.

Truth is, you don't know what's coming to you, whether you'd still be in good health tomorrow or not. You may have the best of health today but you don't know about an hour or day after if that would still hold true.

Health condition can drastically change in a moment.

Of course, they tell us to keep positive about it all. And we have to. I believe that with all my heart.

Yet, at the same time, we have to lean on the Creator---the Author of life, health and healing---depending on Him entirely and not being too confident about ourselves and what we do, can do and achieve.

There are two extreme views on this---no, three:

1. Others eat all they want, do no exercises, abuse their health and then claim that their faith in God will save them from ailments---relying "entirely" on God and keeping positive about it all.

2. …

Why Watermelon Does this to You in Summer

I didn't pay much attention to watermelon before because I thought it was just water and sugar plus the juicy meat that filled your tummy.

If only someone had told me how watermelons could make me look handsome, I wouldn't have ignored it.

But then one day I learned that it was rich in vitamins and minerals. So I started eating slices of it whenever there was watermelon around, especially in summer. And I'd been looking more handsome in summer ever since.

Delicious, juicy, and full of health benefits---what more cold you ask for?

If you want healthy skin this summer, watermelon is what you want to eat lots of during picnics. I mean, it's the fruit that's commonly brought along picnics, right? Often together with mangoes and bananas.

And summer time is when we often go on picnics. No wonder people look different in summer---they often glow with a healthy shade of pink. Probably it's due to summer picnics...and watermelons.

Watermelon is rich in Vitamin A, which…

Best Snacks In-Between Meals

Especially in summer, you need to eat in-between meals. Your metabolism works harder in hot days so you often feel hungry before a meal comes.

Well, in a way, you also eat more in cold weather. It's also due to your metabolism.

But it's okay. Nothing to worry about as long as you eat the right snacks. When I feel hungry and grabbing a snack, I choose fruits. And among the best fruits is pineapple.

Pineapple has natural sugar and fibers to renew your energy level and make your stomach feel full. I often just eat 2 to 3 slices and I'd feel strong and refreshed again.

A big apple is also ideal. I prefer big Fuji apple which is usually sweet and more fleshy.

And talk about "fleshy," I also recommend banana. Two big bananas in-between meals (two in the morning and two in the afternoon) are superb. You still got one left for eating before dinner.

Five bananas a day is the limit.

Atis or Sugar Apple is also good for snacks. And oh yes, mangoes. Summer time is mangoes t…

Why People Look at Your Face

Congratulate us! This is our 200th article!

Anyway, the best skin areas are those on the soles of your feet and on your butt area. They're the smoothest and firmest. Unfortunately, people don't look at your feet soles or your butt. They look at your face, first and last.

And your face is where skin is most sensitive.

I don't know why it's like that, but it's like that.

Most people don't have problems with their facial skin, but some do. Like I did in college. I always had this struggle before I left home for school---how to fix my facial skin. And the main problem was what soap to use.

I was a health and fitness buff then, but your shapely body often didn't matter when you had an oily, messy face. You wash it now and it's clean and tidy, but not after an hour or so. That was my problem.

I had used a number of recommendations---Neco, Perla, Safeguard, Ivory, Johnson's Baby Soap, laundry soaps---and they were good soaps (except the laundry soaps). Bu…

Why You Need Cucumbers If You're Diabetic

You're diabetic and you're wondering what food is good for you. Something you can eat when hungry though it's not yet meal time.

Something filling the stomach but does not give you more sugar.

Cucumber.

It's your best choice. First, it's easily available anywhere you are. Second, it's cheap. Third, it's easy to prepare---no cooking needed.

I love cucumbers even if not peeled. Just wash the skin thoroughly and then slice right away. Just keep it chilled. Anytime you feel hungry, just grab a few slices. Make sure to buy cucumbers with firm bodies, not those already soft. We need cucumbers with nutrition still intact.

And remove the seeds if possible.

Best of all, cucumbers have a type of hormone that pancreatic cells need to produce insulin. That's all-natural help for diabetics. Of course, this doesn't mean you can do away with your diabetes medication. Cucumbers can just help a bit and it's safer compared to other foods.

But go on with your med…

So What If Ginger is Anti-Inflammatory? One Thing You should Know about Ginger

You take ginger ale when you have problems with your voice. That's what most folks think gingers are for---better voice quality.

Most of us don't know it's anti-inflammatory, too.

But so what if it's anti-inflammatory?

It means it's anti-pain.

In fact, says Dr. Josh Axe of Medical News Today, small amounts of ginger are more effective for reducing pain than taking painkillers and other pain medications most general practitioners prescribe today.

Got a headache or toothache and you're tired of medicines and their side effects? Try sipping fresh ginger drinks.

More importantly, ginger is best against intestinal or digestive inflammation. Moreover, it has prebiotics. Some fibers in it are pro-good bacteria.

You having problems with acnes or pimples? It's probably due to some digestive problems, too, says Axe. So, enjoying sips of ginger tea (or eating bits of ginger) now and then may also solve your acne problems as it solves your digestive health.

Nausea dur…

Facial Skin Care During Your Summer Outing

WELLNESS. We're preparing for a trip to Calamba, Laguna this afternoon. My wife is busily preparing her wonderful picnic dishes, and I serve as her quality control or master taster.

Anyway, when you're right in the middle of a summer outing---especially when you're on the road to the outing destination---it's difficult to maintain clean skin, especially facial skin. You get all oily and dust and germs easily stick to your skin.

I should know---I'm an expert on oily skins---I mean I probably have the most oily face on the planet. It's not really getting rid of oiliness for good but controlling it. Because oil on the skin helps you delay skin aging. Dry skin ages faster.

So oily skin is good. Too much oil---well, that's the problem we must control, especially during an outing. If only I could collect oil from my face and sell it as cooking oil. I'd probably be rich!

So what do you do to manage sebum or skin oiliness, especially if you're right in the…

How Your Water Intake Should be in Your 50s

HEALTH. Here's what I learned lately---when you're middle aged, you should begin to watch your water intake, the same way you begin to watch what you eat.

Age slows down your body as well as your body organs, no matter how healthy you are. So sometimes, your water intake when you were young does not work anymore now that you're in your 50s.

You should drink fluids according to how your body can manage them.

If you drink a lot at a time, your body may find it difficult to manage it, especially if you're not moving around a lot anymore. Like me---since I have been writing full-time as a content writer and blogger (and not been moving around a lot as I used to), confined to my desk most of the time---and yet drink a lot of water---some form of water retention happened.

It's what they call dependent edema, one cause of which is sitting in a chair for a long time. If that happens on a daily basis, it may lead to health problems, like edema.

So, what I do now is do more…

How It Feels to be 56

LIFE

Me? 56?

Well, in a way, it's beginning to feel like it. But sometimes I can't believe how time flies by. It's like only yesterday I was 16 or 20. Now I'm 56.

It's my birthday (again) and I thank God for life, health, family and ministry. I thank Him for making everything simple and practical.

This morning I was brisk walking around the neighborhood and surveyed the place where I grew up in. A lot of my contemporaries aren't here anymore---transferred to some other places---and others have left this world.

As I was walking down Assets Street, I thought I heard my friends' voices when they were yet kids. I saw in my mind how they swiftly and expertly maneuvered down the street on their bikes.

I also saw them play basketball with bare feet.

Then I smiled---do you really get this sentimental when you're past 50? Or am I just the one like this?

I thank God that I'm in good health---though lately I don't know how this renal problem got into me. …

How You Waste Your Brisk Walks

FITNESS. It looks like more and more folks are jogging in our area each morning. And I also notice more joggers daily late in the afternoon.

That's good news. More health-conscious neighbors.

But the bad news is, you can be jogging and brisk walking daily for hours and yet waste all of it down the drain. How?

As I watched some of these joggers and brisk walkers, I noticed how they found it all a burden. One young lady, for instance, probably was pushing herself so hard trying to beat goals, her face was twisting and she groaned in pain as she passed me by.

Another guy looked like he was angry at the world  each time he brisk-walked past me.

So I started smiling at all the joggers I passed by and greeted them good morning. Some responded, but some looked at me like I was from another planet.

I appreciate Paul, my jogging "classmate" in our area. He jogs at a pace he's relaxed with and you'd see in his face that he's just enjoying his workout. Sometimes I see …

How Leg Workouts Workout Your Tummy Effectively

FITNESS. It's been my theory actually since I was in college---working out your legs is a vital part of working out your tummy. A lot of "experts" laughed at me then and I could do nothing because I had no "expert' to back up my claim.

My muscles weren't bulky---they still aren't. Many folks think you become a fitness expert only if you look like Incredible Hulk.

But I went on doing my theory---worked out my legs. In fact, it's among my favorite body part to workout.

And then this guy comes along on Youtube. He's an expert. I mean, just look at his muscles and I'm sure you won't doubt that he's one hell of an expert.

And he says, it's vital to workout several other muscle groups around your tummy to effectively workout your tummy---like the leg muscle group. What he calls compound workouts.

And I'm telling you, leg workouts like squats are among the best exercises. I prefer it to running, although you should also jog and bris…

Life's Reality on a Healthy Fit Life: Why the Health Conscious Still Get Sick

LIFE. I've been a health and fitness buff for decades, in fact since I was in grade school. I have researched lots of things about it and observed life's reality about a healthy fit life.

You need to keep working out, eating right and living a healthy lifestyle.

But here's reality---these things aren't guarantees that you won't get sick.

You get a better chance to live healthy and ailment-free with a healthy fit life, but you shouldn't rely on it alone. You must cling to a higher health Source. A lot of wrong things can suddenly happen despite your efforts---things no one can explain (not even medical experts)---so we need all the help we can get from Someone who is over and above us all and controls all things.

Sometimes it's a wonder why some folks who are conscious of what they eat suddenly turn out positive for gall bladder stone or high in their cholesterol levels, and things like that.

Some non-smokers and non-alcoholic drinkers I know sometimes look…

Why Your Face Needs Facial Refreshment

WELLNESS. Do you treat your face to some refreshments now and then?

We understand it well when our bodies need refreshment. And the refreshment it mostly needs is rehydration. So we drink cool tall drinks of freshly squeezed fruits.

But few of us understand facial refreshment. We forget that the face is very much a part of us as the body is, and what the body needs it also needs.

The body needs nourishment and exercise. So does the face. The body needs to be refreshed. So does the face.

Facial refreshment is essential especially when you're out in the streets exposed to the sun, dust, smoke and the elements. Without proper facial skin care like facial refreshments, your face often suffers skin cell death.

So you need to treat your skin with the refreshments it needs to relieve it of stress and contamination or infection,

But you can't be washing your face now and then.

That's why 02 Bubble cleanser is the best handy solution. You just keep a small spray bottle of it in yo…

Why Two Meals of Green Leafy a Day are a Must

It's not just for dietary fibers (so you'd get healthier digestive system) and it's not just for getting the nutritious benefits of fresh green leafy vegetables (so you'd get Phytochemicals and antioxidants to fight off deadly diseases like cancer).

Here are two reasons why two meals of green leafy a day is a must:

1. Brain health. Rush University researchers in Chicago did a study on 950 senior citizens and found that green leafy eaters had less chances of getting dementia. According to the leader of the research team, Martha Clare Morris: "...increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”

2. Delay Dying. It's not just about delaying the effects of age but delaying dying. According to Mercola.Com eating green leafy vegetables "lowers your risk of dying prematurely by a whopping 42 percent! Moreover, it says that eatin…

Back to Semi Vegan

After being fully vegan for 5 months---and I enjoyed every day of it---I'm back to being semi vegan. I add some fish and a little bit of meat now and then to my meals.

Because since I've been going out of the house and eating in restaurants and fastfoods, I often have no choice but to eat meat. Most menus out there are meat.

I enjoy Chowking's Chopped Suey and Mann Hann's Mixed Vegetables. But I only get to eat them when their outlets are around. I also try Bhodi's now and then but their outlets are also not that many.

What I often come across is Jollibee and similar fastfood outlets. And moreover, I can't keep my companions waiting while I look for an eatery that serves good vegetable dishes.

So, I eat full vegetarian dishes only when I'm at home---and when they're available. Because most times, even at home, it's cheaper and practical to just order from the carinderia at the nearest street corner than cook your own food each meal.

But what I note…