Monthly Archives: August 2011

Always Count Your Blessings

There are some people who are in the constant habit of complaining about everything. You could provide them with a free meal and they would look for faults. They may complain of it being poorly seasoned, or they may say that the quantity was insufficient (This sort of behaviour is encountered instead of a simple, “Thank you”).

Unfortunately, some people are psychologically conditioned to look at things from a negative perspective; there is very little that you could do to please those kinds of people.

Then you have the opposite; people who are easily satisfied and genuinely grateful for what little they have. These people may have a small home that is barely furnished and they may have a meager food supply and despite the circumstances, are happy.

In my young formative years, I was told a story; it remained with me in my adulthood. The story was about a man who was going to commit suicide because he had very little to eat. It goes like this: “One day, a man eat a banana (He believed that he was badly off, because that was all he had to eat). After eating the fruit he threw the skin on the ground nearby and placed a rope around his neck with the intentions of hanging himself. To his astonishment, another man came by quietly and swiftly grabbed the banana peel from off of the ground and started eating it. He removed the rope from off of his neck and carried on with his daily activities.” The moral of the story is: when you think that you are badly off, there are those who are worse off than you.

I know that some people may complain that they only have peanut butter to go with their bread. Now, what about those people who only have the bread? And then there are those people who have no bread at all!

I believe that if we show appreciation for what we have at the moment (It maybe a minute amount), the Universe will bless us in a big way. It’s all about gratitude!

The Healing Power Of Lettuce

Lettuce is one of my favourite vegetables; I LOVE adding it to my favourite food and it’s on my list of healthy snacks.

One of the nice things about lettuce is: it’s easy to encounter in most countries and it’s readily available in the supermarket.

Lettuce (Lactuca Sativa), is a rich source of vitamin K — vitamin K helps to increase one’s bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in their bones.

Eating lettuce also helps to lower the homocysteine levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.

The B-complex vitamins are also present in lettuce; this provides us with an energy boost.

The calcium that is present in lettuce helps to strengthen bones and teeth.

Lettuce is quite low in calories and its water content is over 90%, making it one of the ideal vegetables to acquire and maintain a slim figure.

The vitamin C, within lettuce helps to boost the immune system.

Lettuce’s high fibre content makes it great for the prevention of constipation and aids in digestion.

Lettuce is a rich source of folic acid — folic acid has a high reputation of preventing birth defects.

Lettuce is also high in magnesium; this mineral helps in maintaining the healthy function of tissues, muscles, nerves and the brain.

The vitamin A in lettuce helps to prevent us from getting cataracts, stroke, heart disease and cancer.

The iron that is contained in lettuce, improves the hemoglobin levels in the body; which makes it a wonderful vegetable to be eaten by those who are anaemic.

Those who suffer from insomnia can benefit by eating lettuce, because it contains lectucarium; this substance has the ability to induce sleep.

The alkaloids in lettuce contributes to the vegetable’s therapeutic effects. They are: hyoscyamine, lactucine, asparagine and lactucic acid.

Those who suffer from gout, gastritis and diabetes can acquire benefits from the regular consumption of lettuce.

And I am sure that in the near future, scientists will discover more amazing health benefits which are attributed to lettuce.

In the meantime, we all can continue to enjoy the health benefits of this crunchy vegetable.

Cherries Are Good For Us

Although the cherry is a small fruit, it packs large benefits in the area of health and nutrition.

Cherries contain anthocyanins; these antioxidants are used by the body to produce essential amino acids.

Anthocyanins are known to have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.

Anthocyanins also protects the heart and does its part to prevent cardiovascular disease. It enhances the effects on vitamin C, which protects the walls of our blood vessels.

Cherries are a high source of melatonin; this antioxidant is also produced naturally by our body; it is vital for proper immune function, it also regulates our sleep pattern and is known to slow the aging process.

Cherries have a low glycemic index; which makes it an ideal fruit for diabetics and for those who are interested in maintaining a healthy weight.

The high beta carotene content in cherries, helps to prevent the formation of cancer.

By consuming cherries, a person can actually lower their bad cholesterol level.

The regular consumption of cherries can relieve the pain associated with arthritis and gout.

Cherries when consumed, are an effective cleanser of both the kidney and the liver.

Where the nutritional value of cherries are concerned, they contain: anthocyanins, potassium, fibre, melatonin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, boron, phytosterols, folate, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium and manganese.

The Wonderful Health Benefits Of Carrots

The carrot (Daucas Carota), is a wonderful source of antioxidants.

Most people can relate to carrots’ moderately sweet taste and crunchy texture.

Carrots nutritional source consists of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C vitamin A, thiamine, biotin, potassium and fiber.

One can prevent the onset of macular degeneration by consuming carrots regularly.

It also improves our eyesight; the vitamin A contained in the carrot is responsible for this.

Carrots are great for diabetics because the cartenoids within the vegetable helps to regulate their blood sugar.

The beta carotene in carrots reduces our risk of having a stroke.

Carrots are known to improve stomach and gastrointestinal health.

The regular consumption of carrots, significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, cancer of the lung and colon cancer.

It also helps in preventing heart disease.

Beautiful skin is also a by-product of regular consumption of carrots.

Most people prefer their carrots cooked. However, the full health benefits of the vegetable can be achieved by consuming it in its raw form.

The Potential Dangers Of Arranging Dates Via Social Networks

In today’s modern world, people are finding very innovative ways to communicate and meet with each other; this is being done via the numerous social networks that are on the internet.

I my humble opinion, I think that too many young girls are putting themselves at risk. Some of them have even gone as far as to arrange dates with men whom they have never met (For the record, I think that this is kind of crazy. Although, some of you may find nothing totally wrong in this).

I have heard about negative outcomes in the past where women were actually raped and killed (Now, this can’t be good).

Did people abandon plain old “Common sense”?

People should know what they are getting themselves into. At least, get some solid information on whom you are going to meet — especially if you have intentions of meeting them in person at a designated location.

Remember: there are all kinds of people in the world and unfortunately, not everyone has pure motives.

On Netlog, women would appear out of the figurative woodwork and send me private messages in my inbox telling me that they are looking for an honest and loving guy and because they have been through my profile, they think that I am the one or that they would like to develop a relationship (Sorry, call me old-fashioned. I am not into this internet dating thing).

Hmmm. I wasn’t aware that Netlog was a dating site. As, a matter of fact, I don’t think that it is (Luckily for me, this sort of thing doesn’t happen to me on Facebook).

I am responsible for my safety and you are responsible for yours; remember that!

Basil Is A Great Herb With Beneficial Health Effects

The name “Basil” has its origins from the ancient Greek word, “Basilikohn”, which when translated into English means: “Royal.” One can only imagine that this herb was highly revered in ancient times.

Basil’s is known officially in the scientific community as: “Ocimum basilicum”.

There is more to basil that meets the eye and as you have guessed, its benefits go way beyond than just being a great seasoning.

The leaves of basil contains health beneficial oils such as terpineol, citral, eugenol, linalool, citronellol and limonene; these oils contain anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Basil is also an excellent source of vitamin A; this vitamin, an anti-oxidant, is essential for great vision. It helps protect the body from cancers of various types.

Basil also contains, zeaxanthin — zeaxanthin plays the important role of protecting us from age related macular disease.

The basil herb contains vitamin K; this vitamin aids the blood in clotting. It also helps in maintaining our bone density.

The lovely thing about basil is the fact that it is very low in calories and it contains no cholesterol.

The nutritional value of basil consists of: dietary fiber, folates, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, niacin, potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, copper, zinc, manganese, magnesium, carotene-ß, lutein-zeaxanthin and crypto-zanthin-ß.

The Wonderful Health Benefits Of Turmeric

The people in ancient times definitely knew the healing power of the herb turmeric.

For many years, it was used in both Chinese and India’s Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and cleanse the body.

Today, Western health practitioners are beginning to take notice of the positive effects it has on the human body.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa L), is a relative of the ginger family.

This herb is native to India; it has many rhizomes on its root system; this is the source of the culinary spice known as turmeric.

It is commonly used as a food colouring for curry and as a preservative for food.

Turmeric has also been used as a dye for clothing and it has also been used as a cosmetic.

In the medicinal aspect, it is used to treat numerous ailments, such as: skin problems, arthritis, muscular problems and stomach ache.

The Chinese utilized it as a remedy for chest pain, a topical analgesic, as a remedy for colic, to combat ringworm, also as a curing agent for hepatitis and to help relieve depression.

Turmeric is an antiseptic; it can be used externally to disinfect cuts, bruises and burns.

Curcumin, the main active constituent in turmeric, can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (I sure LOVE the sound of that)!

I think that it would be a great idea to have this herb around as there are many benefits to its name.

If you don’t have turmeric at home, you may want to add it to your shopping list for future purchase.