Did you know that music affects life’s longevity?

September16

According to Dr. Mao music has a long history of therapeutic use. Music helps bring balance, boosts brain power, helps us live longer.

Classical music and meditation music were found to have the most benefit on health. On the other hand, irritating sound can cause stress, with all its negative consequences for your health.

Find your personal tranquilizing sound, and make it the background to your day. It helps provide peace and calms your nerves.

You can also use music to soothe yourself to sleep. Playing tranquil music an hour before sleep is just one way to induce an automatic sleep response.

Did you know that you can laugh off 40 calories?

September7

It’s no joke! A study from Vanderbilt University showed that you can burn up to that many calories by laughing genuinely for 10 to 15 minutes. (Watch your favorite comedy to giggle off even more weight.)

Did you know that sleep can help you lose weight?

September6

The latest research suggests that you need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to lose weight and keep it off.

The science of sleep: How does it work? In her book Sleep Away the Pounds, nutritionist Cherie Calbom explains the delicate chemistry. “When you don’t sleep enough, your level of ghrelin — the munch hormone, which triggers appetite — goes up,” Calbom says. “At the same time, your level of leptin, which controls your appetite and aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, goes down.” When leptin levels drop, we crave more food, particularly carbs, whether or not we’ve already consumed enough calories.

So hit the sack early!

Did You Know You Can Fight Fat With Peppers?

June23

Scientists from the American Institute of Cancer Research are reporting new evidence that capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers their kick, may cause weight loss and fight fat buildup by triggering certain beneficial protein changes in the body.

Past research suggests that obesity can be reduced by preventing immature fat cells (adipocytes) from developing into mature cells.

Past research also linked capsaicin to a decrease in the amount of fat tissue and decreased blood-fat levels. With that knowledge, the researchers tested capsaicin’s effects on pre-adipocytes and adipocytes growing in laboratory cultures.

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They found that capsaicin prevented pre-adipocytes from filling with fat and becoming full-fledged fat cells. The effects occurred at levels just slightly greater than those found in the stomach fluid of an individual eating a typical Indian or Thai diet, the researchers noted. Capsaicin worked by providing a biochemical signal that made fat cells undergo apoptosis, a mechanism in which cells self-destruct.

In the study, rats were fed a high-fat diet, either with or without capsaicin. A comparison group was fed a normal diet, capsaicin-free. Compared to the high-fat eating group, the capsaicin-treated rats showed decreased weight gain and accumulated less fat. The capsaicin-treated animals also gained only slightly more weight than those fed a normal diet.

Analysis found that when the animals were fed a high-fat diet, 37 proteins changed, with many expressing higher levels and others lower. Among these, levels of 20 proteins were partially or fully restored to normal levels in the capsaicin group. The capsulize-treated rats lost 8 percent of their body weight and showed changes in levels of at least 20 key proteins found in fat. The altered proteins work to break down fats.The effected proteins in the capsaicin-treated group are linked with fat and carbohydrate metabolism. “These changes provide valuable new molecular insights into the mechanism of the antiobesity effects of capsaicin,” the scientists say.

Did you know that real diamonds can be made from peanut butter?

June26

 

 

 

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Scientists in Edinburgh University were able to prove that the common peanut butter can be made into diamonds! The reason why there are no vast amount of instant billionaires from this is that in order to create a grain of diamond you would need to squeeze the paste between two diamonds under extreme pressure and through temperatures as high as the inner core of the Earth, which can only be done with sophisticated scientific equipment. Professor McMahon stated that many carbon containing materials can be turned into diamonds – including peanut butter. The resulting diamond is not glamorous because impurities from the main ingredient make it discolored, but the price can still fetch to about USD$25,000.

Did you know that there is a new breed of purple tomatoes?

June22

 

Last 2008, a scientist from the John Innes Centre developed a purple tomato as a power food, in hopes to prevent cancer. These tomato’s have two genes taken from the snapdragon flower, which is high in anthocyanin. It is a strong antioxidant pigment which is also responsible for giving plants, such as berries, a deep purple or blue color. The study showed that cancer-prone mice having a diet of purple tomatoes lived longer then those with the red tomato diets.

Did you know that cow fart is responsible for a large percentage of global warming?

June16

 

 

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According to a 2006 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, livestocks produce 18% of the world’s green house gas problems, making them one of the top 3 contributor’s to global warming. A cow can produce 25 to 130 gallons of methane a day! In addition to this, forests are replaced with grazing land and animal manure is a large source of water contamination and acid rain. Save the world and eat greens!

Did you know that the worlds most expensive spice is saffron?

June13

 

 

 

 

 

 

The three bright red colored stigmas of the purple Crocus Sativus Linneaus flower are individually handpicked, dried then slightly fermented to produce saffron. It takes 50,000 to 75,000 flowers, the size of a football field of cultivated crocus to make 1 pound of dried saffron, which sells for about US$1,500. This spice is known to give dishes a hint of hay-like aroma and bitter taste. 

 

Read more about the world’s most expensive food here:

World’s Most Expensive Foods

Did you know that green potatoes are poisonous?

June1

The skin of potatoes turn green when they are overexposed to sunlight and heat. The color itself which is caused by chlorophyll is not poisonous. It is more of an indicator that the vegetable has high content of solanine, a natural toxin that is produced in the green areas. This can cause health problems such as nausea, diarrhea, and headaches if it is consumed in large doses.

Did you know that chocolate does NOT contribute to acne breakouts?

May29

Messy Chocolate

Several scientific studies show that eating chocolate does not cause acne breakout. It is possible that for messy eaters, nuts and chocolate oil can irritate the skin if it gets all over the face.

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