How to be 100

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Paano na talong ko?

Last weekend, I have the chance to see my college friends whom I haven’t seen in ages. The reason why we got the chance to finally see and catch things up was because of the Bar Exams being held this month of September. And everytime its the bar exam, expect college friends reunion.

The rendezvous was a friend’s house in Quezon City. We were there half of the day, just basically talking and talking, and yes, more talking. It was really that long since we last saw each other that the stories and topics are just endless. Although most of the discussions revolves around the preparation for the bar, career and future plans, what-have-beens for our other classmates, etc.

During the discussions, a friend butt in and says “did you know that eggplant has nicotine?” I am not a smoker, and the mere mention of this statement made me curious because I love eating eggplant. Give me ensalatang talong, grilled eggplant, and mashed eggplant and I’m solved. So off I check the net to find out.

She was right. Eggplant has nicotine content. In fact, it has the highest concentration of nicotine of all edible plants. But before you throw eggplant from your diet list, let me assure you that the amount of nicotine from eggplant is negligible compared to say, passive smoking. According to Wikipedia, on average 20lbs of eggplant contains the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette.

Eggplant is effective in treatment of high blood cholesterol; it can block the formation of free radicals; and is a good source of folic acid and potassium.

Words hurt.

I was reminded by one of the main course points of a personality course I took last January 2008; the teacher said that for the 9 positive comments we receive and only one insult, we tend to remember the sole insult! True enough, negative comments or hurtful words leave a sting to our subconscious.

According to a new study, “memories of painful emotional experiences linger far longer than those involving physical pain.”

Fry your bowel!

We all know that fried foods are not healthy, period. But who cannot resist fried chicken, french fries, fried fish, etc.? Eventually, our body will just have to react.

Researchers have found that too much fried foods in your diet can increase your risk of bowel cancer later on.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) calculates that eating 150g of processed meats like sausages and bacon daily raises the risk by 63%. In addition, the high calorie content of a fry-up raises the risk of obesity, which is linked to many cancers.

Wear that shoes and run!

If you want to look young, grab that running shoes quick and hop on a treadmill or go around the park.

“Running on a regular basis can slow the effects of ageing, a study by US researchers shows. Elderly joggers were half as likely to die prematurely from conditions like cancer than non-runners. They also enjoyed a healthier life with fewer disabilities, the Stanford University Medical Center team found. Experts said the findings in Archives of Internal Medicine reinforced the importance that older people exercise regularly.”

The benefits of running on the BBC Health site.

The wonders of brocolli

I love brocolli. And recent studies prove that this green vegetable can reverse the damage caused by diabetes to our heart vessels.

“Eating broccoli could reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels, research suggests. A University of Warwick team believe the key is a compound found in the vegetable, called sulforaphane. It encourages production of enzymes which protect the blood vessels, and a reduction in high levels of molecules which cause significant cell damage. Brassica vegetables such as broccoli have previously been linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.” More from the BBC News Site.