Years ago, when my grandfather was still alive, well meaning friends and family would get terribly upset if they saw him drinking and smoking. “How could you let him do that?” Granted, he was missing a lung from cancer, and had been an alcoholic for all the time I was growing up, but the guy was 92 and still going strong. Was not smoking or drinking going to give him an extra week with us?...more
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For a healthy heart, make sure your garlic is fresh crushed and not dried.
That's what us California garlic growers have been preaching for years, but new research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry - http://pubs.acs.org/stoken/presspac/presspac/full/10.1021/jf901301w- shows the "first scientific evidence" that freshly crushed garlic is more beneficial for the heart than dried garlic.
...begins with 30 minutes of gimpy steps. Today is National Start! Walking Day, and - while I may be hobbling this first day (and possibly the next few) - I'll be out there. My mother, father, brother and sister all had heart problems before they died, and a day doesn't go by when I don't think of my nephew's dark humor at his mother's December funeral, asking who was planning on dying next year.
If you have had the winter blues or blahs or just haven't been moving enough lately, it's time to get going. Spring is a robin's eyelash away and if you get moving you will feel better and be better able to move. Walking is a joint friendly exercise that beginners of any age can do. It strengthens your heart and helps reduce the effects of depression. Studies have shown walking reduces the risks of colon and breast cancers. It improves your cognitive function and is wonderful for your infrastructure ('dem bones).
While many of us would prefer to be immune from the commerce of Valentine’s Day, who among us would seek exemption from the understanding of pure love? Today, Poetry Fridays turns to Elizabeth Barrett Browning who triumphed over a suffocating childhood, campaigned long against the oppression of women and found enduring devotion in her beloved Robert. Predictably, she offers us foresight, insight and a vision of love for its own sake — exempt from fashion, ageless and timeless as well.