Happy National Spinach Day!!! – Benefits of Spinach

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  1. Anti-inflammation and Anti-cancer

There are more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach and these are powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer fighting agents. In fact, researchers have created specialized spinach extract to use in controlled laboratory studies. Medical studies show that spinach intake can potentially decrease the incidence of breast cancer in women. The science of nutria-genomics and epigenetics points more and more to the impressive value of spinach. Furthermore, inflammation plays a detrimental role in causing a variety of disease processes. The flavonoid and carotenoid content have anti-inflammatory substances and are plentiful in the leaves of the spinach plant.

  1. Antioxidant

Lutein and zeaxanthin are potent antioxidants and have a vital role in protecting the macula and the retina in general. Research suggests that spinach can play a vital role in prevention of age related eye problems such as macular degeneration. Spinach is an excellent source of many other antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. Medical science knows that oxidative stress is a key contributor to numerous health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and an overall decrease in longevity.

  1. Bone Health

Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health. Fortunately, spinach contains 200 percent of the daily value in just one cup of fresh spinach leaves. One cup of boiled spinach contains over 1000% of the daily value. Other nutrients such as calcium and magnesium found spinach play an important role in supporting bone strength.

  1. Gastrointestinal Health

The antioxidant affects to help minimize DNA damage and lessen the risk of colon cancer. The presence of folate and vitamin C along with beta-carotene make this green gem a powerful weapon in guarding our gastrointestinal health.

  1. Other Benefits
  • Blood Pressure. Proteins and spinach have been shown to inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme. This aids in decreasing blood pressure.
  • Zeaxanthin and lutein are protective against age related vision deterioration. Macular degeneration is the best study and most likely to benefit from spinach consumption.
  • Vitamin A is of paramount importance in protecting mucous membranes including the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tract. White blood cells called lymphocytes rely on Vitamin A to help fight infection. One cup of spinach contains over 337% of the RDA of Vitamin A.
  • High concentrations of Vitamin A help the skin stay healthy, retain moisture and fight acne, thickening and wrinkles.
  • Calcium buildup in blood vessels is a contributing factor to heart disease and stroke. Vitamin K found in spinach helps prevent calcium from depositing in tissues and blood vessels.

Brain Function. The protective sheath around our nerves relies on vitamin K to help synthesize this vital protective covering. Vitamin K found in spinach is essential for the overall health of our nervous system.

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Money on my Mind – Seperate yourself from Mediocrity

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Science of Persuasion – Principles of Persuasion (Science is Awesome)

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This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective based on the research in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence. This video is narrated by Dr. Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin, CMCT.

Happy National Pecan Day!!! (Mar.25th) – New Orleans Chocolate Pecan Pie

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New Orleans Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients

Crust:

pie crust

Filling:

4 ounces bittersweet, dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter

½ cup packed, dark brown sugar

3 large eggs

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup light corn syrup

1½ cups pecan pieces

Instructions

Crust:

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Roll out dough on floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Trim overhang to 1 inch; fold under and crimp decoratively. Set aside.

Filling:

Stir chocolate and butter in saucepan over low heat until melted. Cool slightly.

  1. Whisk brown sugar, eggs and salt in large bowl to blend. Whisk in corn syrup and chocolate mixture.
  2. Sprinkle pecans over unbaked crust. Pour filling over pecans. Bake until crust is golden and filling is puffed, about 55 minutes.

Cool until just warm before serving.

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Angelina Jolie has ovaries, fallopian tubes removed to cut cancer risk – What are your thoughts, would you do the same thing?

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According, to CNN, Two years after she underwent a double mastectomy to cut her cancer risk, actress and U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Jolie, 39, carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the latter at age 49 and died seven years later.

But a blood test that revealed worrying markers accelerated the process, the Hollywood star said. Her doctor told her he wanted her to see a surgeon immediately to check her ovaries.

What are your thoughts on her decision? Would you do the same thing if you were in the same position?

Cancer Causers at Home, You Should Get Rid Of – Tell us whatever else is Hazardous in your own household?

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You think you may be safe in your own home. But, there are many items in your home that could cause you to develop cancer.

Our home is supposed to be our sanctuary, but we are being invaded by cancer-causing chemicals. There are many carcinogens that find their way into our homes without us even knowing about it through dyes, shampoos, rubber, plastic, perfumes and more. With the times constantly changing, there are more dangers in some homes than there is outside.

This is to inform you of the things that you could possibly have in your home that could be causing you cancer. They may seem the be safe, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Those smells good perfumes may smell pleasant, but you won’t be saying that from the hospital bed.

  1. Candles: The CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, performed a study that confirmed that 40 percent of candles contain lead wires inside the wicks. Manufacturers use lead to make wicks firmer because fragrance oils soften waxes. According the CPSC, a candle that contains lead – core wick releases five times the amount of lead that is considered hazardous for children. Children being exposed to high amounts of lead can result in learning disabilities, hormone disruption, behavioral problems and other health problems.
  2. Air Fresheners: There are so many different kinds of air fresheners right now it is ridiculous. These air fresheners have volatile organic compounds, toxins, and carcinogens like phthalate esters in the formula. A study was released that found 13 common household air fresheners contain chemicals that can affect reproductive development and aggravate asthma.
  3. Antiperspirants: Conventional antiperspirants and deodorants contain several ingredients linked to virulent cancers. Antiperspirants and deodorants are designed to stay in the body for hours, this allows harmful chemicals to get deep into the skin.
  1. Art supplies: There are certain art supplies like rubber cement glue and Epoxy, acrylic solvents and paints, and permanent markers contain chemicals linked to organ damage, cancer and allergies. Children are really vulnerable to toxins because of their under-developed immune system and higher metabolisms, so pay extra attention to the products they use.

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The Dragon’s Philosophy – Be You

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Motivation Monday – Are you Driven?

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Happy National Chip & Dip Day!!! (Mar. 23rd) -Tell us your favorite Chip and Dip combination is?

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It’s National Chip and Dip Day! Chips and dip are the iconic American party snack. Whether you prefer tortilla chips, potato chips, or corn chips, there are dozens of dips to complement your snack of choice.

Humans have been dipping their food into sweet and savory sauces for centuries. Some of the earliest dips were hummus and olive oil, which originated in the Mediterranean region and are still very popular today. Salsas and dips made with sour cream became popular in the United States in the 1940s. After the Great Depression, many middle class families found themselves without a maid for the first time. Chips and dip became the go-to party dish because it was so simple to prepare.

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