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April 21, 2015

“Fed Up”… This Is An Important Film

by darkjade68

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Four words… Sugar… Manipulation… Deception… Addiction

On NETFLIX now, check it out, you won’t regret it

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April 26, 2014

Maximum Life (Volume VII) – Focusing On Your Health… Not Being Passive

by darkjade68

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Maximum Life (Volume VII) – Focusing On Your Health… Not Being Passive

by DarkJade

So much of what happens in our life, really comes down to ‘Focus’.

Right?

I mean, all the Knowledge in the world doesn’t really do us a lot of good, if we don’t Apply it…

And I’m speaking from experience… Trust me, I do not apply all, or probably even half the things that I know which would actually benefit my life in some way.

What do I know?

Lets take a look…

What I Know;Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Eat Vegetables – Seems obvious enough, right? But do we all eat enough of them… I’d say, just from what I’ve been exposed to along away, that maybe 40% or so of our Diet should be Vegetables… Leafy Green ones are likely the best.
  2. Exercise – Another Obvious One, Right? From what I’ve learned along the way, you should probably Exercise maybe 4 or 5 times a week, for up around a half an hour if you can swing it… Or if health allows.
  3. Take Care Of Your Teeth – Obvious Again, Right? Brush them a few times a day (After Every Meal Really), Floss (This is Huge I’ve Heard), and yes, see a Dentist probably once a year at least.
  4. Eat Protein – Obvious… I’d say maybe 35-40% of your Diet should be Protein… Or perhaps, 30-40%. Too much Protein isn’t good though, I believe it’s hard on your Liver… But I’m not a Doc, just make sure you get enough.
  5. Watch Your Carb Intake – We all need Carbohydrates to survive… But there are some that are better than other… If you don’t watch this, it could not only cause you to gain weight, but it also promotes Diabetes… In my opinion, if you check out Diets Recommended for Diabetes Type II, you’ll actually find what you should be eating ‘Now’, in order to ‘Prevent’ Diabetes II… Or at least greatly decrease the chances of getting it. Beware of Simple Carbs like, Breads, Pastas, and Regular Potatoes.
  6. Don’t Eat A Lot Of Sugar – Sugar is probably the Major Contributor towards Weight Issues, and Diabetes… If you can help it, Don’t Drink Soda… Really, Really watch your Juice Intake… Juice is so concentrated, that if I have any, it’s usually an Inch or Less of it in a glass. Also watch your Fruit Intake… Some Fruit is ok, but as far as I can tell, it should probably only represent maybe 10 to 15% of your Diet… I’d lean towards 10%. Just because it has so much Sugar.
  7. Be Nice To One Another – Seems Obvious as well, right? The Domino Effect is Monumental… This kind of Mindset ‘Literally’ Changes, and or Can Change, the World… And when I say Change, I mean Improve. Not being Corny here, it’s a Truth.
  8. Laugh – I know, you’ve probably all heard this before… And, there’s a Reason for that. Why do you think I recently Recommended the “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” Cartoon, Lol… Made me Laugh for 3 Days. Laughter Increases the Oxygen to our Cells for One, which literally Lengthens Life… And it also generates all kinds of Chemical Reactions, that Improve Our Overall Emotional, and Physical Health. Watch “Young Frankenstein”, it could Change Your Life, Lol
  9. Listen To Music You Like – Guaranteed (Other that some very rare individuals out there that might not enjoy Music), Listening to Music You Like will Improve Your Whole Life… If you’re just not listening to much music… Too Busy, Etc… Change that. It will likely both Improve, and Lengthen your life… No Joke.
  10. Get Good Sleep – My Grandma that lived into her 90’s once told me years ago, that the Secret To A Long Life was to ‘Walk 5 Miles A Day’, Don’t Eat Sugar, and Get 8 Hours Sleep a night… Bam Right? These things are huge… The Truth is, however, many people have a hard time sleeping that many hours… For all sorts of reasons… I myself probably average 5 hours a night sleep… But often I only sleep like 3 hours. But none the less, she’s right. I will say that if you Exercise Regularly in your life, it will likely increase both your ‘Ability’, and ‘Need’ for sleep. Those 3 things that my Grandma Suggested, would probably increase the length of your life by maybe 10 to 15 years maybe… Not bad, right?

The truth is, this list could go on and on… But let me make some Comments in regards to each of these items, personally.

Eating Vegetables – I maybe eat 25-30% Vegetables each day… And I’m a Vegetarian… So this is an area that I need to improve. And what would that take? Focus…

Exercise – I Really, Really, Really need to improve this… And it is 100% about Focus for me.

Take Care Of Your Teeth –I do not Floss, or go to the Dentist Really… In this case, it would take both ‘Focus’, and Money. Unless I have Coverage, which also takes money. But this is an ‘Essential’ thing.

Eat Protein –I’m 100% Fine in this Area… I Eat Enough Protein.

Watch Your Carb Intake – When I found out my Blood Sugar was High a 2 or 3 years back (Pre-Diabetic II), I completely changed my diet to 40% Protein, 40% Vegetables, some fruit, and some grain… But not much. And removed Soda, and Juice from my Diet. This basically got my Blood Sugar under control, and as a Side Effect, I Lost like 35-40 Pounds, which I didn’t really realize I was carrying. Sounds Great, right? Well, it was… However, I shortly after Became a Vegan, which caused me to lose like 5 or so more pounds, but I found it very hard to control my Carbs… And so a year later after becoming a Vegan, it’s kind of switched to Vegetarian (Basically I eat some Cheese, I still don’t drink Milk, or Eat Fish, or Eggs really). My Weight is still good, but I have no idea how my Blood Sugar is… I need to get tests to find that out… Cuz I will say, I’ve eaten more Bread and Chips than I was eating prior to become Vegan/Vegetarian… So we shall see.

Don’t Eat A Lot Of Sugar – I barely touch Soda, Candy or Juice.

Be Nice To One Another – I’ve always liked people, so this hasn’t ever really been an issue/problem for me.

Laugh – Also not an issue… I hang out with Hilarious People, an Love Watching Romantic Comedies, or Funny Shows.

Listen To Music You Like – I do Listen to Some Music I like, but should probably listen to more… I Highly Recommend Creating a Personal Pandora Station if you haven’t… It’s Free, and you can basically Create Custom Radio Stations for yourself.

Get Good Sleep – Like I mentioned above, I get maybe 5 Hours a Night on Average… I do believe that the main way that I could Improve this, is bey Getting More Exercise…

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Well, That’s Enough For Now… The One Major Factor I Feel To Improve Any Of These Areas, Is To ‘Focus’

There Are Other Areas, And Things That I Would Recommend Being A Focus In Your Lives, But This List At Least Catches Some Important Ones… Being Creative, And/Or Pursuing Your Dreams Might Also Be Included… Perhaps I’ll Create Another List At Some Point…

Nuff Said

Thanks For Listening/Reading

DarkJade-

 

February 28, 2014

Maximum Life (Volume VI) – Some Healthy Fruit Benefits Defined

by darkjade68

pg-boring-fruits-amazing-benefits-01-fullExotic superfruits like guava, mangosteen, acai, and goji may tout sky-high levels of antioxidants and vitamins, but reams of recent research have shown that the ordinary apples, grapes, and other fruits that make our shopping lists week after week boast some pretty impressive health benefits of their own. While there’s nothing wrong with splurging on imported power fruits, some of the best finds in the produce department are the ones you’ve probably been eating all along. Read on to see just how good those shopping-cart staples are for your health.

pg-boring-fruits-amazing-benefits-07-fullGrapefruit: Diabetes Buster

Adding grapefruit to your diet may decrease your risk of insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, according to a study from the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. When overweight adults ate one half-grapefruit, drank grapefruit juice, took a grapefruit pill, or took a placebo, once a day before a meal for 12 weeks, those who consumed grapefruit in any form had lower insulin levels (higher levels are a sign of type 2 diabetes). What’s more, the grapefruit eaters lost an average of 3.5 pounds more over the course of the study than the placebo group. Scientists believe that an antioxidant in the grapefruit called naringenin is responsible for its protective effects. (But if you take any medications, talk to your doctor first, since grapefruit can interact with many different drugs.)

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Blueberries: Fat Blasters

Blueberries can help keep you healthy, according to a new study in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Researchers found that a compound called pterostilbene worked with vitamin D in the body of mice to boost your immune system and fight off infections. However, it is unclear if the same effect will be seen in humans.

But blueberries do have proven health effects for humans. Preliminary research has found that these bite-sized berries may limit the amount of adipose (fat tissue) the body creates, according to an August 2012 study from Texas Women’s University. Researchers found that blueberry antioxidants reduced the number of fat cells in mice by as much as 73 percent. Blueberries can also help you slim down by satisfying your sweet tooth for few calories — just 44 per half cup. They may also keep your mind sharp — past research has linked blueberries to improving memory and learning, thanks in part to the anti-inflammatory effects of anthocyanin – the antioxidants that give the fruit its bright purple hue.

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Apples: Cholesterol Zappers

An apple a day may in fact keep the doctor away — especially the cardiologist. When women ages 45 to 65 ate around a cup of dried apples each day for a year, they experienced on average a 23 percent drop in “bad” LDL cholesterol, according to a Florida State University study. What’s more, the women’s “good” HDL cholesterol increased by about 4 percent, and they also lost an average of 3.3 pounds. The heart-healthy benefit may stem from the apples’ pectin (a type of fiber) and polyphenols (a group of antioxidants). Other research has found that apples also protect against asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), possibly due to their high level of flavonoid antioxidants.

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Tangerines: Metabolic Masters

A flavonoid (a type of antioxidant) in this citrus fruit may protect the body against the triad of diseases known as metabolic syndrome — coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes — according to research from the University of Western Ontario published in the journal Diabetes. When researchers fed mice a typical “western” diet (high in fat and refined sugar) that was supplemented with the tangerine antioxidant nobiletin, the mice experienced no increase in cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, or blood sugar, but mice who didn’t get the nobiletin did see a rise. Other long-term animal studies have found that the compound prevents atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Tangerines may also help cancer-proof your body — if you eat the peel. A compound in the peel called salvestrol Q40 halts the activity of an enzyme that incites the growth of cancer cells, a British study found. Try some tangerine zest in your tea or sprinkled on a salad for a citrusy twist.

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Strawberries: Cancer Fighters

Slicing strawberries into your morning cereal or yogurt may cut your risk of esophageal cancer, according to a small study from the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus and researchers in China (it was partly funded by the California Strawberry Commission). When 36 people with precancerous esophageal lesions ate two ounces of freeze-dried strawberries daily for six months, 80 percent saw a decrease in the severity of the lesions. The researchers aren’t sure which of the vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients in the berries is responsible, but they plan to investigate the possibility that strawberries may be valuable as an add-on or alternative treatment to cancer-treating drugs. Strawberries also take care of your ticker. A recent study from the University of California, Davis, found that regular strawberry consumption can counteract the inflammatory and blood clotting effects of a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal, potentially decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Dried Plums: Bone Boosters

The fruit formerly known as prunes may help keep bones strong. When postmenopausal women ate about half a cup’s worth of dried plums for three months, they had increased levels of hormones associated with bone formation, according to research from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. And in a 2010 Journal of Nutrition study, adult and elderly mice who were fed a diet that contained dried plums not only experienced a drop in loss of bone density, they actually gained bone mass. Researchers say dried plums may have an effect on hormones that prevent bone breakdown due to a dip in estrogen levels. Most famous for their digestive health benefits — and ability to, um, get things moving — dried plums are also good sources of blood pressure-lowering potassium and cholesterol-friendly fiber, making them a heart-healthy snack.

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Cranberries: Smile Savers

Think out of the can when it comes to these tart fruits. Antioxidants called proanthocyanidins in cranberries halt the activity of bacteria that cause dental cavities (but beware of overly sugary jellied cranberry sauce that can do more harm than good to your teeth — look for fresh cranberries and simmer up your own subtly sweet relish instead). And the same antimicrobial properties of cranberries that prevent bacteria from clinging to your teeth also work on your bladder, helping to prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberries may even protect your stomach from ulcers by acting on the H. pylori bacteria that cause them.

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Grapes: Inflammation Squelchers

Eating polyphenol-rich grapes — especially red ones — can reduce inflammation that contributes to a variety of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and high blood pressure, according to scientists from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The fruits may fight inflammation in several ways, including acting as an antioxidant, reducing cell stress, and blocking pro-inflammatory compounds called cytokines. Grapes also contain the much-hyped compound resveratrol, which has been linked in large doses to heart health and prevention of lung, breast, and other types of cancers.

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Red Grapes: Immune Booster

Red grapes, like blueberries, can give your immune system a boost, thanks to the compound resveratrol, according to a new study in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. The compound, which is also found in red wine, may be the reason why red wine has shown to have positive health effects.

Red grapes have also been shown to reduce levels of LDL, regarded as the “bad” cholesterol, and raise levels of the “good” cholesterol HDL, according to a 1999 study in the journal Circulation.

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