Archive for December, 2008

Food that keep you young

 Keep Young with 6 kinds of Food





Olive Oil
Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were largely responsible for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete. Now we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases.








In the 1970s, Soviet Georgia was rumored to have more centenarians per capita than any other country. Reports at the time claimed that the secret of their long lives was yogurt, a food ubiquitous in their diets. While the age-defying powers of yogurt never have been proved directly, yogurt is rich in calcium, which helps stave off osteoporosis and contains ‘good bacteria’ that help maintain gut health and diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness.






Thirty years ago, researchers began to study why the native Inuits of Alaska were remarkably free of heart disease. The reason, scientists now think, is the extraordinary amount of fish they consume. Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help prevent cholesterol buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms.




The Kuna people of the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, have a rate of heart disease that is nine times less than that of mainland Panamanians. The reason? The Kuna drink plenty of a beverage made with generous proportions of cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia.








Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasizes healthy living and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefits similar to those associated with olive oil. They’re also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.



In a landmark study published in 1999, researchers at Tufts University’s Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging fed rats blueberry extract for a period of time that in ‘rat lives’ is equivalent to 10 human years. These rats outperformed rats fed regular chow on tests of balance and coordination when they reached old age. Compounds in blueberries (and other berries) mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function.

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Go Green and Save Money

Go Green & Save some $$money$$ during this financial uncertainty.

Tips for Going Green

1. Tint your windows: reduce heat

2. Use fan instead or air-con

3. Turn off unused electrical appliance

4. Buy local products if possible: reduce greenhouse gases generated during transportation

5. Walk or cycle if destination is nearby

6. Eat less meat: producing, processing meat generate more greenhouse gases than producing, processing vegetables

7. Print, photocopy less

8. Run less programs/processes on your computer: reduce the load of computer processors thus saving energy.


Any idea?

Do add in.

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Problems teachers face teaching adolescents

Problems teachers face teaching adolescents


From my past experiences teaching children, adolescents to adults, I would like to share some of the common problems that teachers face teaching adolescents in this topic.


Below are three main problems that we face when teaching adolescents?


                    a) Adolescents may not pay attention for


 b) Adolescents challenging teachers’


                    c) Moodiness of adolescents.


How to overcome these problems?



a) Adolescents may not pay attention for long.


When adolescents do not pay attention for long it means there is something wrong with our teaching. It is either monotonous or not interesting to the students. Most students will be day dreaming or disturbing the teaching process. So there is a need to change our style and method to be unpredictable and attention grabbing to the students to avoid boredom and to remain relevant.


So during lesson plan always include some games to kill boredom. Games certainly make learning fun, as long as they are relevant to the lesson point taught.


Include some songs which they love in our teaching to arouse the student’s interest. Every lesson should be well prepared so that all topics discuss and taught are associated with their interests, goals, likes and dislikes to make the lesson a success.


During the lesson or half way through the lesson, the students lose interest and cannot remain focus the teacher should immediately change the method, technique and the approach.

It is important to change the methods and approaches for every lessons to make it interesting. Boredom comes with repetition if the same method and approach is used every day.


b) Adolescents challenging teachers’ authority.


Good example is students answering back in a very unfriendly manner or very uncooperative.


The teacher should in first few days of class create a warm, comfortable and friendly atmosphere in the classroom. Treat adolescent students as though you are one of their friends. Let them know that if there is any problem feel free to approach and consult the teacher. Be approachable!


Give a helping hand and show concern for the students instead of turning a blind eye or ignoring their problem. Give advice and provide guidance. This will establish a co-operative relationship with the students thus gain their trust.


For example, students break a minor rule by throwing rubbish around and are caught. The teacher carries out a punishment of cleaning the compound to impose discipline and show of authority.


The above disciplinary action bound to create resentment and be challenged by adolescent students. At this age, adolescent students begin to think for themselves. They begin to explore some independence and develop their own views.


So they need reasoning. Explain to them that it is wrong; give the reasons why they should throw it at a proper place. Encourage them to pick it up willingly instead of imposing punishment straight away. Let them go with a warning.


c) Moodiness of adolescents.


          The character and behavior of adolescents are unpredictable. Some ‘natural leaders’ as I call them are very happy, positive and out going than turn withdrawn and quiet the next.


          This sudden change of behavior is natural because adolescents are going through both psychological and biological changes. If ask to perform a certain task and the students is not in the mood of doing it on that day, go easy on him or her please do not force and insist that it has to be completed while others have and impose punishment. The student may be tired or having her period so let the student take a rest to show the teacher cares.                   


                   In extreme cases, an obedient, good, kind, shy and quiet student who faces problem in socializing with other students either because of fluency in the language or cultural differences, especially foreign students should not be marginalized and left unnoticed. Worst still if the student is ridiculed and made fun off. It will change the student’s psychological behavior from an obedient, good, kind, shy and quiet student to one who is withdrawn, irritable, filled with hate and vengeance toward other students and the teacher. If ignored and prolonged, this can result in unforeseen circumstance like in the worst case scenario, a killing spree to seek revenge which usually end in suicide.


                   Special attention has to be given from the very beginning to these students to encourage and assist them not only from the teacher but also try to get follow students to help. Show the unfortunate student that he is accepted and nothing to be shy of to have the disadvantage and all are willing to help and listen to any problem. Gain the student’s trust and friendship to show that we are a family.


          Feel free to comment or add your experiences and solutions to this or other problems.

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The benefits of Banana

Benefit of banana

After Reading THIS, you’ll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas, containing three natural sugars –  sucrose, fructose and glucose, combined with fiber, give an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.  Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy  for a strenuous 90-minute workout.   No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit.  It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and  conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

  • Depression:
    According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst  people suffering from depression, many felt much better after  eating a banana.   This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a  type of protein that the b ody converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel  happier. Forget the pills — eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which  can affect your mood.
  • Anemia:
    High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
  • Blood Pressure:
    This unique tropical  fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it  the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food  and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to  make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
  • Brain Power:
    200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams  this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a  bid to boost their brain power.  Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
  • Constipation:
    High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to  make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood  sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

  • Heartburn:
    Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
  • Morning Sickness:   
    Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
  • Mosquito bites:
    Before  reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected  area with the inside of a banana skin.  Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
  • Nerves:
    Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the  nervous system.
    Overweight and at work?
    Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads  to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at  5,000 hospital patients,  researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs.  The  report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood  sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
  • Ulcers:
    The banana is used as the  dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft  texture and smoothness.  It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases.  It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of  the stomach.
  • Temperature control:
    Many other cultures see  bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical  and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand,  for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is  born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
    Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the  natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Bananas can also  help people trying to give up smoking.  The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance.  When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.  These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    According to research in “The New  England Journal of Medicine,” eating bananas as part of a  regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.  When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.  It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.  So maybe its time to change that well-known  phrase so that we say,

“A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

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