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I have always loved coffee. Drinking a cup early in the morning is one of my joys in life. However, ever since I was diagnosed as hypertensive, I was ordered to drink it in moderation, better yet, not drink it altogether.

Needless to say I miss it so much, but I’m concerned about my health and I’m scared not to obey the doctor’s order. So, I don’t know how to react about this article on in the internet.

Source: WedMD

Coffee May Combat High Blood Pressure

Chemicals in Coffee Appear to Combat Blood Vessel Aging, Researchers Say
By 
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Sept.1, 2010 (Stockholm, Sweden) — Older people with high blood pressure who drink one to two cups of coffee a day have more elastic blood vessels than people who drink less or more, Greek researchers report.

As we age, our blood vessels get stiffer, and that’s thought to increase the risk of high blood pressure. The new findings suggest moderate coffee drinking may counteract this process.

Previous research has shown conflicting results as to whether coffee is good or bad for the heart.

The new study involved 485 men and women, aged 65 to 100, who live on a small island called Ikaria, in the Aegean Sea, where more than a third of people live to celebrate their 90th birthday.

“We were aiming to evaluate the secrets of the long-livers of Ikaria,” says study head Christina Chrysohoou, BSc, of the University of Athens.

She presented the findings at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

Coffee Improves Blood Vessel Elasticity

Participants, all of whom had high blood pressure, underwent imaging scans to measure the stiffness of their blood vessels.

Of the total, 33% of participants drank no coffee or less than one cup of coffee a day, 56% drank one to two cups, and 11% drank three or more cups a day.

People who drank one to two cups of coffee a day had about a 25% greater elasticity in their major blood vessels than people who drank less coffee or none at all.

Their blood vessel elasticity was about five times greater than people who drank three or more cups a day.

The analysis took into account factors that can affect blood vessel aging — age, gender, smoking, education, physical activity, body weight, blood pressure, nutritional habits, and diabetes.

The study also showed that people who drank one to two cups of coffee a day were less likely to have diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or to be overweight, compared to people who drank more coffee or less coffee, Chrysohoou says.

Nutrients in Coffee Credited for Fighting Blood Vessel Aging

Most of the men and women drank traditional Greek coffee in small, espresso-sized cups.

Greek coffee is considerably stronger, with more caffeine, than espresso, Chrysohoou tells WebMD.

She credits compounds, including flavonoids, magnesium, potassium, niacin, and vitamin E, for combating blood vessel aging by blocking the damaging oxidation process and reducing harmful inflammation. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. This, in turn, can start chain reactions that damage cells.

Traditional Greek coffee contains more of these chemicals than most other types of coffee as it is unfiltered and boiled, Chrysohoou says.

“We recommend hypertensive patients drink coffee in moderation, just one to two cups a day, as it seems that it may improve arterial aging,” Chrysohoou says.

One limitation of the study is that participants drank their coffee in cafes with friends or with family at home, in a relaxed atmosphere. Therefore, the psychological benefits of socializing on heart health may help explain the findings.

Expert Skeptical

American Heart Association spokesman Ray Gibbons, MD, tells WebMD that he is skeptical of the results.

“I’m concerned whether this finding could be reproduced,” he says.

Other factors in the Greek lifestyle, such as the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, could explain the results, Gibbon says.

The Filipinos are mostly Catholic and therefore observe the Lent Season.

Though I haven’t been a practicing Catholic for several years now, I still observe Lent. The season started on Ash Wednesday on which the faithfuls’ foreheads were marked with ash, which, as far as I can remember, is the reminder of where we came from, ash.

Another highlight of the season is the Palm Sunday which is the beginning of the Holy Week. Faithfuls bring palms to commemorate the time Jesus entered Jerusalem and was met with a crowd waving palm leaves. Then come Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday. The Maundy Thursday is the time Jesus and his disciples shared the Last supper, then, Good Friday is the death of Jesus Christ.

The following day is Black Saturday, black because Jesus is still dead at that time and will finally rise again the following day, the Easter Sunday…

Personally, I spend the Holy Week watching Bible inspired movies and of course, reading the Bible, itself.

 

If you happen to live in the Philippines, you know how hot it is right now. It is scalding hot.. It’s as if you’re being boiled alive. For those who have air conditioned houses, well, good for them. But for us, ordinary citizens, well.. we have to keep our bodies cool and hydrated, otherwise.. we’ll drop dead.

So, how do we keep ourselves hydrated?

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Water might seem like the new “in” thing. These days, it’s difficult to thumb a supermarket tabloid without spotting at least a few water-bottle-toting celebrities. But in addition to being a favorite accessory of Hollywood A-listers, water is also essential to your health. Water makes up approximately 60 to 70 percent of the human body by weight, so all of us need to stay hydrated to keep our bodies running smoothly.

These simple tips can help make getting enough fluids part of your daily routine:

  • Have something to drink when you first get up in the morning.
  • Carry a plastic water bottle with you during work hours and when you are away from home for long periods of time.
  • Try to drink something before, during and after exercising, especially in hot weather.  Drink water every 15 minutes as you exercise.
  • Remember to drink before you get thirsty.
  • Try to limit caffeinated and sugary beverages.  Caffeine acts as a diuretic and can cause you to lose fluids quickly.  In addition to having extra calories, the fructose, or natural sugars, in fruit juice can slow your body’s ability to absorb fluids.
  • Monitor your fluid intake, factoring in foods. Most of what we eat contains some water, especially fruits and vegetables.  Packing ready-to-eat fruits in sealable plastic bags can be a great way to restore fluids and vitamins during outdoor activities.
  • Keep a glass, cup or plastic bottle of water next to your bed.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Remember to drink before you get thirsty and be alert for common signs of dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Infrequent or dark urination
  • Muscle weakness or cramping
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Tiredness
  • Sunken eyes
  • Inability to produce tears

 

I haven’t been feeling well lately. Much as I wanted to do some writing, I couldn’t. I feel so unproductive.

So, I whiled away the time by watching some old films. Among which are The Impossible, Enemy of the State, Saving Private Ryan, Enemy at the Gates, Basic Instinct, Perfect Murder, God of Gamblers, God of Gamblers 2.

Well, hopefully, I would get well enough to feature these movies on this blog..

We love watching films. That’s a common interest in the family. And when we watch, we really watch, as in all eyes and ears to the screen. That’s why the first time my husband came home from abroad, that’s three years ago, he bought some nice speakers.

But if we were happy about it, our neighbors weren’t. It seems like our audio is too loud that they can hear it from their own houses. So, we had to take it easy on the volume. But of course, watching with the volume turned low is not as satisfying. But since my husband is coming home again anytime soon, he can install acoustical foam around the living room.

I’m excited that I’m already checking out for some soundproof foam from here as early as now.

 

If you’ve been in the Philippines, you would have an idea how extremely hot the summer season could be. This year is no exception. Just last week, it got so hot we had to keep the fans fixed on us. Still, I felt so hot it seems like my body was going to explode. So, I kept a pitcher of water close and I take a swig every once in a while. I just hope and pray that none of us would get dehydrated this summer.

Source: WebMD

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we take in through drinking.

We lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and in our excreted sweat, urine, and stool. Along with the water, small amounts of salts are also lost.

When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to death.

Causes of Dehydration in Adults

Many conditions may cause rapid and continued fluid losses and lead to dehydration:

  • Fever, heat exposure, and too much exercise
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination due to infection
  • Diseases such as diabetes
  • The inability to seek appropriate water and food (as in the case of a disabled person)
  • An impaired ability to drink (for instance, someone in a coma or on a respirator)
  • No access to safe drinking water
  • Significant injuries to skin, such as burns or mouth sores, or severe skin diseases or infections (water is lost through the damaged skin)
Symptoms of Dehydration in Adults

The signs and symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness fainting
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output

Urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor if the dehydrated person experiences any of the following:

  • Increased or constant vomiting for more than a day
  • Fever over 101°F
  • Diarrhea for more than 2 days
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased urine production
  • Confusion
  • Weakness

Take the person to the hospital’s emergency department if these situations occur:

  • Fever higher than 103°F
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness (lethargy)
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest or abdominal pains
  • Fainting
  • No urine in the last 12 hours

 

City of Ember Image Source: Wikipedia

I’ve watched it a few years ago and it got me thinking.

First, that movies nowadays are more on post-apocalyptic theme. This movie, for instance. An underground city, the City of Ember, was created by builders to house survivors. They also prepared an instruction on how to leave the city and placed it into a small box which will automatically open after 200 years. The box was assigned in the care of the first mayor and was then passed on to the next and the next until such time that the survivors would finally get to leave the underground shelter. The chain, however, was broken when a mayor died and was not able to officially pass the box on and the instruction on how to leave the city was lost.

Second, that leaders usually use their power to take advantage of other people. The mayor of the City of Ember didn’t really care about the people, how they live, how they die. All he cared about was himself and how comfortably he was living when the majority of the people were miserable.

And third, there always is a way out, but only for those who want out. In this movie, it was Doon and Lina, with her young sister Poppy. They believed there was a way out if only they would find it. And they did.

 

deuce bigalow Image Source: Wikipedia

Yes, it’s an old movie. I’ve watched it a long time ago, then, my brother bought an original VCD so I got the chance to watch it again.

Aside from it being gross but funny, it was kind of informative in a way. I didn’t realize how insecure other women can be.

When I realized, at 13, that I would never grow as tall as other teens my age, I felt bad about it. I wanted to be at least 5’4” in height but it was obvious that that wouldn’t happen.

But when I went to college, I realized that my height actually didn’t matter much. I did well in school, I had many friends and nobody made me feel insecure for being such a short person.

So, when I watched Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, it made me think how easily I overcame my insecurity over my being small. And that there are other much more insecure women out there who felt bad about their weight, their height, their handicap and so on. More than that, I realized how much women feel the need for companionship, not necessarily a boyfriend or a lover, but someone who could simply be with them.

And one other thing I realized.. How lonely some people could be that they would pay another person just to be with them.

 

Earth Hour Image Source: Wikipedia

On March 29, 8:30-9:30pm, we turned off all our lights in the house and lit a single candle on the dining table. Since it was too dark in the house to do anything, I decided to go outside to pass the time by. If at first I thought it would be boring, I was mistaken, because it wasn’t. It was a beautiful night and I took the time gazing at the stars as I used to do when I was young. Then, I remembered how we spent such dark and warm nights way back in the province one-two decades ago. It made me feel homesick for my hometown.

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After an hour, I went back inside the house and turned on the lights. I felt good knowing I joined something important that night, not just for me but for the entire planet.

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Happy Earth Hour!

 

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I’m one of those people who still buy and collect original VCDs and DVDs. So, I always drop by Odyssey to check out whether my favorite movies are already on sale :D

And for the past few months, I’ve bought a several original VCDs to add to my collection. Among those are: Matrix Trilogy, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, Anna and the King, Apocalypto, Terminal, Unstoppable, Meet Dave and a lot lot lot more!

Oh, I love Odyssey especially when they are selling VCDs for P50 each…

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