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LATEST NEWS: A NUTTY REPORT

Eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day may improve thinking, reasoning and memory, and keep age-related mental disorders at bay. This has been found in a study by the researchers from the University of South Australia which was conducted on 4,822 Chinese adults aged over 55 years. Ming Li, lead researcher said that by eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day, older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent- compared to those not eating nuts — effectively warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition decline.

TAKEAWAY: EAT MORE NUTS. They are rich in nutrients and protein.

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Beauty beyond looks

‘Tis the time of selfies and profile/display pictures!

Congratulations, you have a girl!

Oh wow, she likes just like her mom, look at her eyes, long lashes, and her long fingers, she might be an artist.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, it was said. I disagree. Beauty lies inside a person, hence, it lies in knowing the person.

I had an article published in a popular city magazine recently. I received compliments from friends and family all around the world, but what we they praising? My picture, how I looked or how the light on my hair made it look so lovely. Practically, no one read my article and commented on that.

Men feel that complimenting women on their looks is all that they need.

No sir, not real women. We work on our inner strengths more than our make up everyday.

Women with intelligence know to redirect themselves and others, they stand up for what they feel is right and will fight till the end for their values. They have no time to go window shopping or watching YouTube videos on makeup skills.

Parents:

Start empowering your kids with focus on their inner strength and beauty.

Praise them for their efforts, hardworking attitude, getting things done. Do not praise their looks.

Teach them that outside beauty is temporary and also, not within our control. But, inner beauty is permanent and definitely up to us to create.

A 5 year old child once told me, " we all have a small God within us and when we do good things to others, it gets bigger and spreads". Whether one believes in God or not, let’s make the goodness inside us shine, so it spreads it’s light outside and makes us look divine.


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LATEST NEWS: SODAS AND JUICES AND DEATH

A study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation found an association between people who consume sugary drinks and an increased risk of death. The observational study found adults who consumed more than two sweetened drinks a day had their risk of death increase by 21 percent over adults who drank less than one sweetened drink a month. For women, their risk increased by 25 percent, while the risk for men was up 12 percent.


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KID’S DENTAL HEALTH

This week includes World Oral Health Day, and here is some info on the importance of caring for our mouths

  • Young children don’t need to see a dentist

FALSE . More than half of children under the age of four don’t see a dentist. Children should begin seeing their dentist as soon as their first teeth start coming through.

  • Always brush your teeth before breakfast

TRUE. Foods containing citric acid, like oranges and grapefruits, weaken tooth enamel. Brushing too soon after eating and early in the morning will brush away plaque bacteria that has developed during the night which could be fed by sugar or acid in food, causing further softening of the enamel.

  • Mouth ulcers are harmless

NOT ALWAYS . While ulcers are usually more ¬uncomfortable than dangerous, the sores which appear on the cheeks, lips and tongue should always clear up within a week or two.

But if a mouth ulcer lasts longer than three weeks you should get it checked by a dentist or doctor urgently as it may be a symptom of something more serious like cancer.

  • Gum disease can cause Alzheimer’s

UNLIKELY. Some studies have found higher levels of a bacteria linked to gum disease but not for Alzheimer’s, yet.

  • Milk teeth don’t matter – they fall out anyway

FALSE . The milk teeth act as a guide for our adult teeth to grow through in the right place. If you lose your milk teeth early due to factors such as tooth decay, the adult teeth coming through can go ‘rogue’ and start emerging in the wrong places in the palate.

  • Brushing without toothpaste is best

MAYBE. A study by the American Dental Association discovered that “dry brushing” – not using toothpaste – is more effective at removing plaque than brushing with toothpaste.

  • Bad breath is caused by gum disease

NOT ALWAYS. While bad breath is often an indicator that you might be suffering from gum disease, it could also be a warning sign of other serious health issues.

Halitosis can be a symptom of acid reflux, a bowel obstruction, digestive issues or even diabetes.

  • Regular flossing can prevent heart disease

TRUE. According to research funded by the British Heart Foundation, people with gum disease are at risk of developing coronary heart disease. When you have gum disease, up to 100 million bacteria can live on a single tooth. It also causes gaps to form next to teeth, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Researchers have found dental bacteria in the heart, where it can attach to arteries and valves, as well as causing inflammation. You can prevent problems by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, flossing daily, and looking out for signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums.

  • Mints are the secret to fresh breath

FALSE. Leaving sugar in the mouth for extended periods of time can lead to an accumulation of sticky plaque on the teeth and encourage the growth of bacteria.


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SIMPLE VEGETARIAN SUBSTITUTES

Switching to a vegetarian diet has been shown to be very healthy for the body and good for the environment.

Attached a few simple solutions to switch from your carnivorous diet.

1) Replace meat with tofu, tempeh or mushrooms

Tofu has just as much protein and iron as most meat, making it an ideal substitute. It’s hardly everyone’s favorite food, but its versatility means that it can be prepared in a variety of different ways, and it’s also available in a range of different flavors and textures. It can even be used as taco meat.

If tofu just isn’t going to work for you, mushrooms are another great substitute to consider. They’re rich in protein, vitamin C, and iron. They can be marinated and grilled for the perfect burger, and Portobello mushrooms can be stuffed for a quick and easy meal.

You could also try tempeh, which is made from whole soybeans and is firmer than tofu. It’s rich in protein and fiber, and you’ll find it at your local grocery store.

2. Replace regular milk with soy milk or almond milk or similar

There are tons of alternatives to regular milk out there these days, such as soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, hemp milk, almond milk and coconut milk. You should try a few of them to discover which type you like best for the next time you order a vegan coffee at Starbucks!

3. Replace cheese with nuts

Although vegan cheese is actually a thing, nuts can easily be pureed into a creamy sauce. Cashew nuts are particularly good for being used in this way, making a cashew nut sauce is perfect for substituting into your favorite dishes, such as fettuccine Alfredo, nachos or even fondue. You can also consider tofu for replicating ricotta or cottage cheese on dishes such as pasta and pizza. If you don’t believe me, try the cashew-quinoa burger at the Spiral Diner.

4. Replace bacon with Tempeh or veggies

Bacon lovers will find giving it up to be an almost impossible task, but tempeh actually tastes almost identical to it. It can be cut thinly and fried like bacon, but some vegetables, such as eggplants or mushrooms, can actually be fried and baked to crisp perfection.


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LATEST NEWS: ONE MORE ON MEASLES

As many as 261 people, mostly children under the age of five, have lost their lives due to measles in the Philippines since the start of 2019, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This is 547 per cent increase as compared to 2018.

Takeaway: Don’t become a statistics. Vaccinate.