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Why Staying There Can be Health-Disastrous

Just staying there a long time can wreak havoc on your health. No kidding. God designed our bodies to move around from time to time so all systems can run smoothly all the time. Your body is not designed to just stay there idle in one place.

The same is true spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially (of course) and financially. The moment you stop and become dormant, a lot of things start to go wrong.

I stand up from my PC desk now and then to exercise, but I realize how that isn't enough. I have to run or brisk walk outdoors as well or just go out to roam leisurely for a change of environment. It's good for your mental, emotional and spiritual health as well.


You keep yourself in your office or house the whole day every day and you might start getting some inner disturbances and personality problems. Or anxiety problems that cause a lot of other health problems eventually.

Go out and see life.

Spiritually, you also cannot remain the same, idle, or just "stay there.&q…

Why You Shouldn't Dismiss This Leaf If You Fear Deadly Diseases

If death doesn't scare you, hospital bills probably would. Some people fear deadly diseases because of the huge medical expense they entail.

So, if you fear deadly diseases, you shouldn't dismiss this green leafy vegetable---mustard green or mustasa in our vernacular.

No, it's not the mustard sauce you put in your burger or frankfurters. We're talking of the leaf itself. Fresh and green. That's what fights off diseases.

Just look what mustasa leaves are rich in: flavonoids, sulforaphane, indoles, carotenes, zea-xanthin and lutein. And that's not counting their vitamins, especially Vitamin K.


Sulforaphane and indoles---di-indolyl-methane (DIM)---have proven health benefits against prostate, colon, breast, and ovarian cancers due to their cancer-cell growth inhibition---their cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.

Fresh mustasa leaves also have amounts of B-complex group of vitamins like folic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin, and others. Folic acid in mustard g…

If You Were to Die Tonight, What Would You Rather Do The Whole Day?

ON LIFE. The other day, I read how a number of old, dying people were asked what one thing they regretted about in life now that they were dying.

Accordingly, majority of the answers were about not trying to do a lot of good things while they had the youth and energy.

Then the article encouraged readers to do all the fun they could now while they were strong---like traveling, boating, trekking, scuba diving, bungee jumping, kayaking, and other crazy stuff.

Probably.

But what if you had less than 24 hours left?

I for one would ask my family and close friends to gather by my bed and talk about some of the good old days we had and, most importantly, about Jesus. To me, that beats all the fun and adventure you could think of in this world.

Well, it'd be lots better if you could do the same while in vacation in Palawan, Batanes, Switzerland, New Zealand or the Bahamas if you had that much money. Much better if you could treat them for free as well.

My point is, whatever it is you'…

Appreciating NOW

MIND HEALTH. Have you tried standing still for a while, looking out the window and just watching how the rain wets the leaves and plants and the street asphalt, just listening to the peaceful downpour? And then breathing in that fresh, cool air?

I used to watch the rain precariously because I was always hurrying here and there, beating deadlines, aiming to finish some things. And rain just kept in the way of all that. I watched it not because I was appreciating nature but waiting for the rain to stop so I can go ahead with my appointments.

Then one day years ago, after reading about so many deaths in headlines, and watching the images of death, I suddenly realized---you never know when you're going. And once your to time to go comes, you never have enough time to appreciate life and your loved ones.


I think I read somewhere about a couple. The last time they spent with each other was a terrible quarrel and then the guy died suddenly right after. What a way to spend your last momen…

The One Real Danger of Modern Food

I once served home-made Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas on our dinner table. If you are an organic food dish lover like me you'd understand what kind of food this is---cooked just like how grandmas used to cook them.

All natural and nutritious.

Then my sons said, "What's that smell? Cat pee?"

Cat pee---that's how they found the aroma of sinigang sa bayabas.

The real danger of this present generation's getting so used to modern (synthetic) food is that their taste preference system (or taste bud mechanism) is being mutated into something that veers farther away from God's original design for human food consumption.

Most young people don't know what's real food from fakes (or poison).


They didn't develop a taste for real food like sinigang sa sampalok (using real tamarind fruit, not the powdered chemical in sachets), sinigang sa kamias, or pinangat na isda. What their minds and taste buds identify as food is anything processed or ordered from fas…

The Super Vitamin in Kamote Tops You Probably Don't Know Of

The popular sweet potato crop or locally known as kamote in itself is packed with super nutrition. cholesterol and fat free, sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamins B6, D and C. They contain enough iron, potassium and magnesium.

Similar to carrots, they're also rich in beta-carotene (and I'd prefer eating boiled kamote than boiled carrots anytime). Beta-carotene is the precursor your body needs to process Vitamin A.

But then that's not all. Look at kamote leaves.

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center researchers have found that both mature and young kamote leaves are rich in ascorbic acid or Vitamin C, especially the young leaves and buds. Mature leaves are rich in riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and Vitamin B6.


Now, Riboflavin is what really makes kamote tops so special. It helps supply the body with energy from the carbohydrates you eat. In addition, it serves as a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body and protects your DNA from damage. It also slows do…

This Exercise Reduces Nervousness During Emergencies

Have you ever wondered why your breathing becomes rapid during emergencies? You suddenly find yourself in an emergency and your nervousness and heavy breathing minimizes your courage to face up to it.

Imagine if you can have minimal nervousness and normal breathing during a confrontation. You look cool and unperturbed even if the situation is already intense and everyone involved is ready to explode in anger---and there's danger lurking somewhere.

Don't you like that cool disposition?

Well, it can be possible if you do this exercise---squats.


You may also do other aero exercise to achieve this, but squats are the best. Squats strengthen your leg muscles so that they remain firm even under stress (emergencies tend to weaken our legs) and squats also strengthen your heart and lungs. They also enable you to easily control your breathing.

Do 20 squat repetitions in 4 sets initially, and then gradually increase. But you should consult your doctor first.

Another good exercise to re…

Your Soul Bridges the Gap Between Spirit and Body for Health

"The body without the spirit is dead," says James 2.26.

For good health then, the body needs to be linked to the spirit. And there is no possible way this can be done except through the soul.

Often, spirit and flesh (or body) are in conflict. What the spirit wants the body counters, especially if your spirit harbors the right principles and the body just wants convenience. But if your spirit holds to wrong principles, the body finds an ally in it and together they carry your soul to perdition---especially to bad health.

The soul then is merely tagged along by whichever is stronger---the spirit or the flesh. If the body or flesh is stronger your soul aligns with it and together they easily defeat the spirit. Even if you have the best health intentions, you never achieve them.

To maintain discipline in your health and fitness regimen, you need to have a strong and decisive spirit that subdues your soul---your mind, emotions and will. If this happens, it will be an easy task to…

The "You" in Three Versions

You actually have three awareness in you. Your "you" is in three versions---the spirit you, the soulyou and the body you. They're all you.

But sometimes they're all different. So you appear "inconsistent" to people.

They have to be in harmony if you're going to be a healthy and fit person. In fact, the three have to be in unity if you're going to have a sound personality and a good life.

Everything goes wrong the moment the three disagree and act separately. The spirit believes one thing but the soul reinforces another thing. And then the body does something on its own as well.

For instance, your spirit believes the principle that you should avoid softdrinks and sodas because they create belly fat in you. But your soul says something else. Your mind thinks of a tall glass of iced softdrinks, your emotion craves for it and your will is ready to do it.

But then you see a bottle of beer and you change mind and drink it instead (the body triumphs over …

Why Your Body, Soul and Spirit Talk to Each Other and How This Affects Your Health

Very few people know this, but the body, soul and spirit always talk to each other. And overall health depends on how they can talk effectively.

I'll give you an example. Your spirit believes in something, your soul decides on a course of action and the body obeys. That's how healthy communication goes among the three of them.

Soul, by the way, is intellect, emotion and will. Spirit is strength of character within you. And body is, well, your physical body.

The right thing to happen is for your spirit to direct your soul. And then the soul commands the body. The soul should be submissive to the spirit and the body obedient to the soul. So it's quite important what values system you feed your spirit because it provides the impetus for the soul and body.

Thus, if you have a languid spirit that hates physical exertion, your soul would pick that up. Your intellect would always reject anything that requires physical activity, your body will always feel tired or lazy and your wi…