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More Amazing Powers of Vitamin C Newly Discovered

Never underestimate the power of Vitamin C for your health. I always tell people to take Vitamin C supplements (preferably sodium ascorbate) daily for better health and disease prevention.

I read this report from the site 4.dr-rath-foundation.org highlighting "a new concept of the importance of Vitamin C in maintaining the inter-cellular substance of connective tissues." To get a better idea, the article is titled "Vitamins C and P in Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease."

In other words, Vitamin C is powerful for preventing (or probably even treating) heart and brain problems where blood vessels are concerned.

It mentioned a few but powerful health benefits:

1. Wonderful for cellular metabolism or the chemical reactions in living organism which are vital to maintain life.
2. Helps heal wounds faster.
3. Helps the adrenal gland function better.
4. Detoxifying certain drugs from the body like sulfanomides and arsenic.
5. Effective against inflammation and inf…

Developing Healthy Thinking the Most Powerful Way

MIND HEALTH.

Here's the right way to develop healthy thinking. Ready?

Some people avoid watching anything violent on TV or the Net. They want to watch only "positive" shows. And they don't want to buy their kids violent toys like swords and guns.

They do these things to develop healthy thinking. Will they work?

Healthy thinking to me is knowing truth and reality, not hiding them. The last thing I want is to make myself believe that I live in paradise, in a perfect world. I've seen folks who have developed that thinking and often get shocked when faced with cruel reality. They freeze and don't know what to do.

I thank God for allowing me to grow up in the streets seeing real everyday life, seeing violence, crimes, seeing guns fire and knives thrust. I and my dad and mom watched detective and police stories and other action-packed series on TV like Hawaii Five O, Combat, Wild, Wild West, Knight Rider, Air Wolf, The Professionals, etc.

These TV programs were ab…

Pitfalls of Being Just Positive in Life

Mind health is not just about being mentally happy. It's also about being real.

We often hear smart people say, "Always be positive. Don't be negative." And what they really want us to do is tell lies. They don't want us to be real.

If you develop a mind that sees only the positive, you'd never get an honest picture of what's really going on around you. Worse, if you twist truth and present the negative as a positive, you may become a professional liar.

Real life is always a mix of positive and negative. The bible is full of examples. Here's one:

They have lied about the Lord; they said, “He will do nothing! No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine. The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them.” [Jeremiah 5.12-13] The false prophet wanted Jeremiah to be positive about things, especially to see only the positive. But Jeremiah kept on talking about the negative---because that was the real…

You Want to Really Sweat Out Toxins and Burn Fat? Here's What You Should Do

I wake up at 5 am but go out to run at 7 am or later. Why? I need to do a lot of house chores first. My wife and high school kid need my help in the morning so they can make it to their schools on time.

Before that, last summer vacation, I was able to run earlier---at 6 am when the day was still cool. But these school days, this seems almost impossible.

But I discovered something.

I found that jogging at 8 am made you sweat double or triple than if you ran earlier in the morning. Like this morning. I ran at past 8 am and man, did I sweat a lot! And I feel my stamina has also doubled, being able to run under harsher conditions, like a hotter day.

Just make sure it's not too hot for you. Avoid suffering heat strokes. And drink enough water before, during and after.

If you can jog on a hot day (but not too hot), it'd make running on a cool day a piece of cake. You can easily beat cool-day runners in physical endurance. It'll also strengthen your heart and lungs.

Just don'…

What You Should Eat After Running

After jogging for 30 to 40 minutes, what should you eat? First, because you lost a lot of body fluids from sweating, you should drink tap water. Never drink cold water---it can stress your empty stomach.

Then, eat a banana, protein-rich food, vegetables and a cup or half cup of rice. Banana will refresh your heart with potassium and give you energy plus vitamins and minerals. You have just burned calories so you need the extra energy. Hence, the rice, too. Protein will help repair injured tissues and vegetables will help empty your bowels.

After jogging, your body craves for nutrient replenishment. You should replace lost nutrients and fluids. You also need a little sodium.

But never eat too much. Just eat a small meal. If you feel hungry later, eat a small healthy snack. I like eating papaya or pineapple.

But don't they say that eating a heavy breakfast is healthy? The right thing is to eat a healthy breakfast, not heavy breakfast. Heavy can often just give you acid reflux later…

Eat Zero Fatty Food and Replace with Carb Food? Here's Why This Won't Work

I've seen lots of people cut out on their fatty food intake and instead eat a lot of carbohydrates like bread, rice, pasta and cakes. They think, as long as they cut out on fatty food and compensate by eating more carbs, they will lose weight and flatten their belly.

Sometimes, they also cut out on their meat.

On the contrary, you gain more weight by doing that and thicken your belly fat.

More carbs means higher sugar in the blood  and therefore poorer insulin function. And poor insulin function makes your belly fat thicker. Therefore, you gain more weight. Worse, the more belly fat you have, the poorer your insulin function, and so on. The vicious cycle goes on.

So, how about fats?

Eating enough fatty food helps balance hormones---and especially regulate fat-burning hormones. Many people don't know this. Learn to choose the right fats in your diet.

Here are some of them: Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), whole eggs, seeds, avocado, fatty fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon, trout) …

You'd be Shocked How Healthy Butong Pakwan Really Is

Butong Pakwan or watermelon seed. We've been thinking, all we get from eating it is salt (butong pakwan sold in small packs are salted for taste) and chewing fun to kill time away.

I used to just let the seeds remain in my mouth until I have sucked all their saltiness. And then I'd spew them all out.

But don't take butong pakwan lightly from now on.

Nutritionists claim butong pakwan actually has tremendous health benefits.  No less than the US National Institute of Health says butong pakwan is rich in magnesium which is important for regulating blood pressure and metabolizing carbohydrates which is good for normalizing blood sugar.

Butog pakwan also has iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, sodium zinc and manganese which are vital minerals.

It's also so rich in protein. A cup of it satisfies 61 percent of your daily recommended dose of protein. The protein includes tryptopjan, amino acids, glutamic acid arginine and lysine. Some experts say added arginine may be good f…

3 Things Your Ancestors Did to Stay Healthy

Our ancestors did a lot of things to stay healthy. That's for sure. But I want you to see only 3 things here. Do the same so you'd stay healthy, too.

1. Moved It! They moved around a lot, possibly most times of the day, to hunt for food. Imagine, they had to hike miles, run fast a lot, climb hills, mountains, trees and cliffs just to have something to eat each meal---breakfast, lunch and supper.

I'm not saying you hunt for food each meal like that as well. What I'm saying is, keep moving. Keep busy with physical activities---walk, run, jump and climb. Walk to your office and back home if it's within walking distance, or get off the bus or jeep several corners before the exact spot you should get off. Take the stairs and if possible jump 2 to 3 steps at a time.

Avoid taking conveniences when you have to go to places---don't take the elevator or escalator. Don't take pedicabs or tricycles.

Walk, walk, walk!

Don't let yourself get tied to your desk all da…

Best Jogging Style to Trim Your Tummy

If you don't do your jogging right, it won't help you workout your bulging tummy. But don't worry, it will still workout your legs, lungs, heart and release lots of sweat from your head and face.

And probably make your feet ache.

But you see, among unfortunate things in working out is working so hard and yet seeing your tummy remain the same size. Worse, it's even growing bigger. It's like each jogging step pumps more air into your inflatable belly.

I pity joggers I see around my neighborhood who have been working hard daily each morning for years and yet remain pot bellied.

If you want your tummy trimmed, this is how you should jog.

1. Do it uphill. The best place to jog is where the ground slightly ascends, like here on our street. As you climb uphill, hop and lift your body with each step, making your steps or strides as far reaching as possible---but not too much to make you look like a desperate zombie.

What I also do is to "claw" my stepping foot o…

Quick Snacks that Wreck Your Health

I know it's tempting to eat small cakes, slices of rolls, biscuits cookies and stuff like that when you're snacking. And we think these are harmless to health because we see no pork or animal fat in them, even if we read the ingredients.

But watch out for this terms---hydrogenated vegetable fats or oils and transfat.

Just because we see the word "vegetable" we think it's healthy. Hydrogenated vegetable fat is really dangerous for the heart. So if you are fond of eating biscuits to appease hunger and you do this regularly, I hope you don't end up with a heart problem someday.

Hydrogenation puts hydrogen atoms in oil, the process reduces the amount of unsaturated fatty acids and increases saturated fatty acids in the oil. When you take in lots of saturated fatty acids, you increase your cholesterol levels which may lead to serious heart problems.

Healthy eating means you lower your saturated fats intake. But you do the opposite when you always eat quick snacks…

What Happens If You Don't Take Your Afternoon Naps?

As kids we hated taking naps in the afternoon. We were forced to take it and would be punished for not doing so. So I and my cousin, Arnold, often tried escaping from afternoon naps.

When we did, it was like conquering the world.

But often we got caught and suffered incarceration in our bedrooms. Later, we filed protests.

But when I became a young adult and adult, I started appreciating afternoon naps, especially when I began doing a job. I was a working student in college so I napped inside public jeeps on my way to school from work. Once I reached school, I was totally refreshed.

(I want to tell you how I managed to nap in the office on office hours and in class while our boring profs lectured---and never got caught---but I won't).

A good nap is from 20 to 30 minutes. Overdoing it, though, would disrupt your sleeping pattern (and would get you caught at work or at school). You may find it hard to sleep at night if you prolong your afternoon naps.

What happens if you miss your n…

How Anger Endangers Your Health

It's normal to get angry. Even Christ got angry a lot of times. But the bible cautions us on the side effects of this emotion. Thus, it says, be angry but don't remain angry all day. Specifically, it says don't let sundown catch you still angry.

Is it okay then to be angry 23 hours a day? Well, try it and see what happens?

I believe the idea really is to cut-short anger instead of prolonging it. Anger triggers harmful chemical reactions in the body. These reactions then translate into toxins and higher acidity levels in the body (like higher uric acid levels) as well as the formation of free radicals. I don't know how, but that's what happens.

But you also need to express anger because suppressing it also builds up stress and pressure that may be harmful to your blood pressure and heart health.

Here's the picture---zero anger is bad, but so is too much of it.

So, you need to stay in-between. And that's where the bible wisdom comes into play---be angry but …