A mix collection of inspirational stories gathered from the internet and personal experiences.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.

~Bill Copeland

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Never let the things you
Don't have, Can't have or
Shouldn't have,
spoil your enjoyment
of all that you Have!
Count your blessings!

Remember, the greatest
gifts are not material things,
but the Love we Give, the
Joy we Share, the Hope we
Inspire in others & the
Prayers we Offer for others!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.

~Maya Angelou

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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What I’ve learned is there’s a scientifically proven phenomenon that’s attached to gratitude, and that if you consciously take note of what is good in your life, quantifiable benefits happen.

~Deborah Norville 

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You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.

~ Louise Smith

Monday, September 22, 2014

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Sometimes walking away has nothing do with weakness, and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own.

~ Robert Tew

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You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

~Sarah Ban Breathnack

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future.

~Steve Maraboli

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You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.

~Michael Phelps

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ 

~Brian Tracy

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One person’s ceiling is another person’s floor.

~ Denis Waitley

Friday, September 19, 2014

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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

~Annie Dillard

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Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

~Steve Jobs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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If you are called to be a sweet sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

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You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.

~Joan Baez

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

~Arthur C. Clarke


Lesson 1
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.
The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.
When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour.
Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'
After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.
The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.
When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'
'It was Bob the next door neighbour,' she replies.
'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'
Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.
Lesson 2
A priest offered a Nun a lift.
She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.
The priest nearly had an accident.
After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.
The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'
The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.
The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'
The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.'
Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.
On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.'
Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.
Lesson 3
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.
They rub it and a Genie comes out.
The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'
'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.'
Puff! She's gone.
'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.'
Puff! He's gone.
'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.'
Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.
Lesson 4
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'
The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
Lesson 5
A turkey was chatting with a bull.
'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'
'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.'
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch..
Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Moral of the story: Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.
Lesson 6
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.
While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.
The dung was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.
Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

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The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

~Marcel Proust

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within our power so that a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him.

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

~ Anais Nin

Monday, September 15, 2014

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What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.


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If you wait, all that happens is you get older.

~Larry McMurtry

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.

~Scottie Pippen

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Sometimes people are beautiful, not in looks, not in what they say, just in what they are.

~Markus Zusak

Saturday, September 13, 2014

How to make it on the Internet

MANILA, Philippines - We young people can’t afford our own houses yet, but we do own a hefty amount of real estate. Online, that is. Virtually, we’ve found homes through our blogs and social media accounts; the feel of a perfectly framed Instagram post or a well-written blog post can practically give us the same cushy feelings that our beds can give. In fact, psychology professor Kristen Lindquist of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says that because we get a shot of dopamine for every like, reblog, and fave, it becomes something we crave for. You know, like cocaine but cheaper.
So it only makes sense that like our moms and titas who would basically D-I-E at the thought of their living rooms making the cover of Architectural Digest, some of us would also like our Internet enclaves and personalities to gain the kind of attention we think they deserve. Of course, managing to cultivate a retweetable Internet persona is no easy task.
To figure out just what it is that makes an Internet superstar tick, we’ve called upon the collective powers of a few of Manila’s most well-known bloggers. From fashion blog demigods to Instagram rock stars, these virtual celebrities give us some tips and tricks to wading the waters of Internet fame. Fair warning, your online real estate will never be the same again.
Rule #1: Networking helps you gain a bigger audience
A lot of people think that making connections or reaching out is a trait of a user, but a friend once described it as such: ‘you scratch my back, I scratch yours.’ One example of this being, as a blogger, nobody’s going to read your blog if you don’t read other people’s blogs.
— Nina Pineda, @ninagpineda
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Weapon of choice: Blogspot
Rule #2: Quality will always trump quantity
It’s not about the quantity of your followers, it’s about the kind of people who choose to listen to you.
I have 5k Twitter followers, and for a nobody like me, it’s an insane amount. But if you compare it to other internet personalities, it is not that much. But I still feel pretty proud about it because my followers are some of the funniest people I’ve met. Whenever I tweet something mildly funny/witty, almost always someone way funnier/wittier than me responds. And it makes me feel good that at least one smart-ass likes my content.
— Khaela de Leon, @khaela
Weapon of choice: Twitter
Rule #3: Deal with your haters privately
People love drama, so much so that they’d actually try and start it for you. Be the bigger person and ignore it, just don’t comment on anything publicly — and if there is an issue, hash it out with that person privately. No one else needs to know business that is between you and the other person.
— Camie Juan, @camiejuan
Weapon of choice: Wordpress
Rule #4: Your safety is a priority
Share but don’t over share. Be cautious about what you put out on the Internet for your own safety.
— Camille Co, @camilleco
Weapon of choice: Wordpress
Rule #5: ‘Thank you’ goes a long, long way
The most important thing I want people to remember is to always be nice. No matter how big you get, it is important to remember to keep your feet on the ground. Never feel entitled to be treated specially just because a lot of people know you. When someone says your work is beautiful, never forget to say “thank you.”
— Jelito de Leon, @jelitodeleon
Weapon of choice: Instagram

Friday, September 12, 2014

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The wishbone will never replace the backbone.

-Will Henry

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Be meek. Do not allow challenges to make you loud.
Be loving. Do not allow pain to make make you hate.
Be kind. Do not allow bitterness to steal your compassion.
Be merciful. Do not allow your failure to harden your heart. 

Stay steadfast though the rest of the world may doubt. 
Believe in yourself, but believe that everything you are
able to do is by God's grace.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Raising Performers

As a child do you remember being asked by your parents to show off your latest song, poem, dance or any new trick learned? I do. We start out our kids very early in life, “Show Lola your close-open, close-open” then the baby obliges by closing and opening his hand, followed by “beautiful eyes!” then the baby blinks his eyes.
My sons were no exception to this tradition. In fact, I remember my oldest always dancing to Ice Ice Babyby Vanilla Ice when he was one year old. No matter what he was doing, he would drop it, even when crying. It was automatic for him to stop so he could do his moves. My second son’s motivation to dance was caught on video when he was about three. There was a party in my parents’ house and he wasn’t in the mood to dance. But when he saw Lolo giving away money to the dancers, he danced his heart out beating all the other kids with his wild moves. My youngest son’s lullaby was no less than Together Again by Janet Jackson. No soft music could make him sleep any better than this disco tune, which I had to play over and over again until he fell asleep.
So I am not surprised when they all grew up loving the art of dancing. My husband and I both dance but not in the same calibre as our sons.’ Theirs is performance level because they all opted to pursue this in their respective school and outside school organizations. They’ve competed and won local and international contests. We enjoy watching them dance, even if their six-hour competitions at the Araneta Coliseum would render our eardrums out of commission because of the loud thumping they call music.
Dancing is not the only performance we can encourage our kids to do. There’s singing, storytelling, reciting poems, cracking jokes, hosting programs and many more. My youngest even boasts of his trick wherein he sticks out his tongue to reach his nose, and his ability to read words backwards rendering all our names German and Hebrew sounding, “Hi my name in Otsuaf Notna, my parents are Otsuaf Nivram and Esor, and my brothers are Otsuaf Nitram and Euqirne!”
Almost every night during their toddler years, they would have an impromptu program using the bay window seat across our bed as their stage. No one allowed himself to be left behind without a number. It was always, “My turn, my turn!” This was like a ritual before bedtime prayer. Later, they moved on to the bigger stage in their pre-school, then big school, and even outside the school. They have come a long way from our bay window seat.
Sometimes people ask me how come all of them are not shy, especially when they hear them give a presentation. Kanino nagmana? Although it may be true that kids are born with their own temperament, I would like to believe that no child is born shy. Maybe some do not love the limelight as much as others do and prefer to do some stuff on their own, but I guess all kids, during most part of their awake time, would enjoy the company of others. And yet, we see kids who are severely, almost painfully, shy they can’t even answer the question, “Would you like to play with this toy?” without looking for Mama’s approval. During our children’s party days, I observed quite a handful of kids not joining the games despite the fun and the attractive prizes in store for the winner. In fact, most of the time, a mother would volunteer that her child didn’t want to join because he didn’t want to lose. He might get embarrassed if he loses. Now I think that’s where we can work something out.
In the audio video presentation made by our sons as their surprise gift to us during our anniversary, they mentioned some quotes from Papa and Mama that they always heard growing up, and they may be among the reasons why they’re comfortable and actually enjoy performing. These are:
1.     From Papa – “If you learn how to lose, you will never lose.”
2.     From Mama – “You should only be shy if you did something wrong.”
Other things you can do are the following:
1.     Encourage them to narrate their day during mealtime together. Ask the right questions so that they give details or even act out their story. Withhold your judgment until after the narration.
2.     Give praise generously when it’s due.
3.     Commend the courage to join contests and take risks.
4.     Do not allow mocking and insults on wrong moves and inability to win.
5.     Distinguish insults from constructive criticisms. It’s also important that your children not only get praises, but also learn how to accept other people’s opinion.
6.     Teach them how to handle frustration by allowing them to express it and by doing no. 3.
7.     Encourage them to admire, and be happy about other people’s achievements, even their own competitors.’
8.     Try this. When our sons got too big for our bay window seat stage, we sometimes asked them to “present” – i.e. take the microphone and talk about any topic they wish to talk about. 
9.     Make them host programs.
10. Encourage them to converse with your adult guests at home up to the extent you deem appropriate.
Raising your children to be performers will definitely help them in their chosen career, academic performance and even their relationships with others. Remember, severe shyness can be disabling. You don’t want your child to miss out on the fun and learning he could me missing out on just because he’s shy. When he becomes an adult, you don’t want his brilliant idea go unnoticed just because he was unable to present it clearly and confidently to the decision makers. I tell you, there’s a lot more to raising performers than the showbizzy part of it. It’s raising them to be great “interactors,” listeners, sharers and learners because a lot of brilliant ideas and breaks come from interactions with other human beings.
For the meantime, enjoy your children’s performances like this dance presented to us by our sons. It’s a source of pure joy for my husband and me. (Click link to view dance)
(Rose Fres Fausto is the author of bestselling books Raising Pinoy Boys (download free book sample)and The Retelling of The Richest Man in Babylon (a story and activity book for kids from 1 to 92). Click this link to watch book trailer.
To read her other articles go to www.RaisingPinoyBoys.com or PhilStar.com Author Archive. Send your questions and comments via email to maryrose_fausto@yahoo.com or FQMomm@gmail.com.)
This article is also published in RaisingPinoyBoys.com.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How to Make a Man Feel Like a King

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4510324_make-man-feel-like-king.html

By Erica Loop, eHow Contributor
Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4510324_make-man-feel-like-king.html

1. Make a point of asking about the little things. Instead of waiting until you have a reason to call your guy -- such as scheduling a date or asking for a ride -- dial his number just to ask about his day. A simple act shows support and caring without going overboard. This shows your man that you are thinking about him often and that you value what is going on in his life. Add a sentimental statement that lets him know he's on your mind. You'll flatter your guy by telling him that you were thinking about him, according to Isadora Alman, sex, marriage and family therapist, in her article "5 Ways to Make Anyone Feel Special" on the Psychology Today website.

2. Give sweet little gifts. Look for items that clearly take who he is and what he wants into account. For example, bring him his favorite coffeehouse drink during his break from work or download a play-list of his favorite tunes.

3. Cook him dinner. While this brings to mind June Cleaver, you can treat your man like a king by making a dinner that caters to his wishes. For example, if you know that avocados are his favorite food, start with a guacamole appetizer, move on to chicken with avocados as a main dish and make a side that also contains them. This shows him that it is not just a meal -- it is a meal specifically for him. Take him by surprise and cook a meal for no real reason other than you want to show that you care.

4. Pay attention to him, and only him. Put your phone down, turn away from the TV, close your laptop and listen to him when he comes home at the end of the day or the two of you are on a date. Look him in the eyes when he's speaking to you, ask questions about what he's saying and smile to show your interest. 

5. Throw him a compliment. You don't need to shower him with praise 24-7. If you know that he is feeling unsure, find something to say that will pick up his mood or give him a compliment such as, "You look so handsome in that shirt," or, "You have the most beautiful blue eyes. I just can't look away from them."

6. Show him affection. Give him hugs and kisses or hold his hand to show that you are his and he is yours. Avoid making it quick. Hold on and hug him for a few minutes to show that you care.

7. Give him a grand offering. You don't have to start every day with an over-the-top gift, but an occasional big-time gesture, along with the little everyday trinkets that you give him, shows how much you care. Make it meaningful and don't just buy the most expensive watch at the jewelry store or pick a random vacation spot. For example, if he's been talking about a golf resort that his friend recently went to, schedule a surprise weekend getaway to the destination.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The short secret to long life: Boost your immune system

Yes, there’s a doctor in the house, Dr. Jau-Fei Chen, but she believes that we don’t have to look far because the best doctor in the world can be found within us  our immune system. And a healthy and well-cared-for immune system is the key to effectively preventing illnesses.
Dr. Chen has made a name for herself in the field of nutritional immunology not in Taiwan, where she was born, but in the US, where her work in disease prevention has been widely recognized.
Nutritional immunology? Now, that’s a mouthful!
Dr. Chen explains, “Nutritional immunology is a science that studies the link between nutrition and the immune system. According to nutritional immunology, nutrient-rich foods contribute to a strong immune response, which in turn neutralizes disease-causing germs and prevents infections. Similarly, when we are ill, such foods will help us to recover faster.”
She notes that while many take the effort to eat nutritiously when they’re (already) sick, only a few take precautions, which could have prevented the illness in the first place.
Really now, Dr. Chen’s health prescription is simply this: Prevent disease and you don’t have to worry about curing it.
Dr. Chen defines the immune system as an amazing “proactive defender.”
In short, the secret to long life is to boost our immune system. And we can do this by eating a large variety of plant foods, which aid digestion and flush out toxins. On the other hand, “consuming too many animal products and high-fat foods will impair immunity, leaving us in a tired, lethargic state.”
A healthier diet = a better life. Dr. Chen arms us with more nutritional wisdom in this Q & A from her book Enjoying Health & Longevity with Nutritional Immunology.
What are some of the plant foods that are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, and polysaccharides that help prevent cancer?
Among the nutrient powerhouses are:
• Antioxidants — grape seed, cactus fruit, ginseng berry, rose, five leaf ginseng, and citrus.
• Phytochemicals — soy, cactus, broccoli, cauliflower, ginseng berry, chrysanthemum, cassia tora, mulberry leaf, and sophora bean.
• Polysaccharides — pearl, mushrooms like shiitake, reishi, maitake, coriolus versicolor, and agaricus blazel murill.
Can fish oil supplements prevent cancer?
So far, research has only shown the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids from natural fish sources. Research has not yet demonstrated any possible benefit from taking fish oil supplements.
If I have a genetic risk of cancer, is it too late for me to prevent it?
Cancer is caused when our cells mutate ... Nutrition cannot change our genes. But by eating healthy, we can prevent genetic illnesses from being triggered, help control the illness or reduce the symptoms. The American Cancer Society advises that certain nutrients may protect our cells from mutating or becoming damaged. Physical activity and weight control may also delay or prevent the development of cancer in people with increased genetic risk.
Can I get cancer if I am overweight?
The American Cancer Society says that being overweight or obese can increase the risk of breast cancer among post-menopausal women and some other cancers such as those of the colon, gallbladder, and kidney.
The American Heart Association reports that people who are more than 30 percent over their ideal body weight are more likely to develop heart disease even if they have no other risk factors like smoking and diabetes. This is because the extra weight puts a strain on the heart and increases blood pressure and cholesterol.
Should I avoid preserved meats?
Experts say this could be due to nitrites, which are added to many preserved meats to maintain their color and prevent contamination with bacteria. Nitrites can be converted in the stomach to carcinogenic nitrosamines, which may increase the risk of stomach cancer.
Diets high in vegetables and fruits that contain vitamin C and phytochemicals retard the transformation of nitrites to nitrosamines.
Is it true that cooking meat or boiling milk can be harmful?
Cooking and heating are actually necessary to remove harmful germs from meat and milk. However, research suggests that frying, broiling, or grilling meats at very high temperatures creates chemicals that might increase cancer risk. Experts say that the process of pasteurizing milk not only removes germs but also detroys milk’s natural enzymes and alters its delicate proteins, causing human-like chronic illnesses and even stillbirth in lab animals.
How much water and other fluids should I drink?
The American Cancer Society suggests that drinking water and other liquids may reduce the risk of bladder cancer as the water dilutes the concentration of carcinogens and shortens the time in which they are in contact with the bladder lining. Although drinking eight cups of water a day is recommended, theAmerican Journal of Physiology reports that the actual requirement for each individual can differ. Too much water may become burdensome and lead to water intoxication, where the kidney cannot keep pace with the fluid intake.
Are there nutrients that are only found in animal products and not plant foods?
All the nutrients needed to support and enhance our immune functions are readily found in plant foods.
Does “natural” equal “healthy”?
No, not everything natural is healthy. For example, herbs are divided into food herbs and medicinal herbs. Medicinal herbs cause side effects while food herbs don’t. The compound ephedrine, from the herb ephedra, can cause brain hemorrhage in serious cases. Cocaine and tobacco are other examples of natural herbs that can cause harmful side effects. Experts also say that some herbs, although natural, can cause adverse effects when taken with certain prescription or over-the-counter drugs.