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How One Should Eat Fruits…… May 22, 2011

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Eating fruit

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

It means not eating fruits after your meals!  Fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach.

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.
Fruit is the most important food.

Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so. 
In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil….  So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining — every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc — actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!
Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI

Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE
An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants   & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke

STRAWBERRY

Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits  & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE
Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON
Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA

Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!

Can u believe this??
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. 

A serious note about heart attacks
(THIS IS NOT A JOKE) !

Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive. 

 

How snakes lost their legs May 4, 2011

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Some, if not all, snakes used to have legs, and now new research suggests snakes lost their limbs by growing them more slowly or for a shorter period of time.

The research, outlined in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, strengthens the belief that snakes evolved from a lizard that either burrowed on land or swam in the ocean.

In either case, its legs must have become less useful as the animal evolved over time.

“If something is not useful it can regress without any impact on the (animal’s) survival, or regression can even be positive, as for here if the leg was disturbing a kind of locomotion, like for burrowing snakes or swimming snakes.”

For the study, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, analysed a fossil snake named Eupodophis descouensi. The prehistoric snake lived during the Cretaceous Period in what is now Lebanon.

To better examine the snake, the scientists used a new imagining technique called synchrotron-radiation computed laminography (SRCL). With an intense, high-energy beam of x-rays, the SRCL deeply penetrated the fossil as the researchers rotated it. The result was thousands of two-dimensional images that were later compiled into a three-dimensional model of the ancient snake’s hips and ultra tiny two centimetre long legs.

“Synchrotrons are enormous machines and allow us to see microscopic details in fossils invisible to any other techniques without damage to these invaluable specimens.”

The new 3-D model determined that Eupodophis, in its lifetime, had two small regressed hind limbs and no front limbs. The leg visible to the researchers was bent at the knee, possessing four ankle bones, but no foot or toe bones. The high tech imaging further showed that the internal architecture of the leg bones strongly resembled that of modern terrestrial lizard legs.

“The legs were very regressed” in this snake, which is not the world’s oldest snake, but it comes pretty close. “The oldest snake remains are dated to 112 to 94 million years ago, and this snake is dated to around 90 million years ago.”

Searching for a common ancestor

Yet another snake from the same time period, Najash rionegrina, is also thought to have had two small rear legs, strengthening the theory that snakes once had legs and evolved from a lizard with limbs. Hussam Zaher of the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil, and a colleague found Najash (which means ‘snake’ in Hebrew) at the Rio Negro province of Argentina.

Najash retained a sacrum, a bony feature that supported the pelvis. Zaher believes this feature was lost as snakes evolved from lizards. The fossil snake from Argentina is also thought to have lived on land, since it was found in what was once a terrestrial environment. Zaher says its anatomy suggests this snake lived in burrows.

“The question of snake origin should not be resolved in the next 10 years.”

However, hopeful that all of the separate teams working on this puzzle can one day pinpoint what species was the common ancestor of all snakes.

The 3-step plan to all-round growth in your child May 1, 2011

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Top issues parents worry about most: children’s diet, behaviour and activities. Here experts offer plenty of tips to put their minds at ease.

If you were to ask a parent the three most important child care issues he/she faces, it is very likely that high on the list would be the diet children should follow, the behavioural issues that crop up and how to tackle them and the kind of physical activities kids should be involved in. While all these three are crucial for a child’s all-round growth, most parents are not sure what is apt for children at different ages.

Guidelines for parents to follow for children in three age groups 3-6, 7-11 and 11-plus in the areas of diet, activity and all-round development.

Eating right

Getting a child to comply with specific dietary guidelines is never an easy task. Most dieticians suggest making the child feel involved in the process by asking them what changes they are comfortable making, and using statements to positively reinforce good eating habits will result in improved dietary compliance. The family unit must also be encouraged to support healthy eating habits.

“Obesity is an epidemic that warrants immediate intervention, especially because it is associated with other health conditions such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnoea), high cholesterol levels and sometimes bone deformities.” “Obesity-afflicted children are at increased risk of psychological disorders (depression and low self-esteem), which can lead to lowered academic performance.”

Around 40 per cent of children have been found to be obese. The US’ “5-2-1-0” campaign is an important one to follow. The four simple numbers translate as: five servings of fruit and vegetables, two hours or less of television, one hour of physical activity and zero sugary drinks.

Fussy or picky eating is normal toddler behaviour and may become even worse as the kids grow older. Parents should not place too much emphasis or attention on it, especially if this type of behaviour occurs on the odd occasion.

However, if changes from being a “once-in-a-while” to a “persistent” practice, then more action will need to be taken. In such cases, parents should closely monitor the child’s growth and consult a doctor, if necessary. At this stage, a multi-disciplinary approach involving a dietitian might also be helpful.