Thursday, July 7, 2011

We have to admit that we usually correlate heat and burning with metabolism. And related to it is physical activity. Between couples that meant “fun way of burning those excess calories”. But research says...It’s sizzling hot in the room and yet you don’t burn as much calories. One interesting article from Dole Nutrition Institute focuses on “boosting metabolism by braving cool temperatures”.

Energy expenditures were monitored for 15 men (average age 26) and 10 women (average age 32) as they alternated 12-hour periods in rooms heated to either 80 degrees or 60 degrees. The surprising finding: Exposure to 60-degree temperatures resulted in a 6% increase in calories burned without significant changes in physical activity. Moreover, exposure to lower temperature also resulted in a 13% increase in fatty acid levels in the blood, indicating that fat stores were being mobilized.

At work is thermogenesis: the conversion of calories to body heat. A similar dynamic was demonstrated in one German study where drinking 17 ounces of water increased metabolism by 30%, as increased energy was needed to heat the water to the body’s temperature. So, how can you use temperature to turbocharge your weight-loss efforts? Indoors, let your body acclimate to a cooler environment. Outdoors, exercise during cool weather without bundling up (e.g., shorts instead of sweats). By exposing your arms and/or legs you will not only burn more calories – you may augment your vitamin D levels by letting your skin soak in sunlight (which triggers vitamin D production).

One note of caution: If you’re prone to high blood pressure, exposure to cold temperatures could increase your vulnerability to heart attacks so exercise moderation in taking advantage of cool calorie-burning effects.

Dole DNI concern for the increasing prevalence of obesity was the reason for compilation of articles such as the one above. Dole Nutrition Institute Jennifer Grossman head starts with her innumerous editorials and television guesting’s that which focuses on Dole’s Summer Campaign on Nutrition and Health. “Feed the world with knowledge” is the main concern and so Jennifer Grossman Dole Nutrition Institute tries to reach far and wide to encourage people on the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet, in addition to many other advices to combat obesity world crisis. Any that could be advantageous like the aforementioned “boosting metabolism by braving cool temperatures”. The passion of Jennifer Grossman to share this to others is something we should have as well. And in our own little way imitate the Jennifer Grossman Dole that which spreads the word through her publications and spread in our own way in our blogs, social networks or even by word of mouth.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011


None other than Nat King Cole advicing people to SMILE...

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking

Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

It lightens up the mood, it brightens up the day. Not just for you but for others that passes you by. SMILE is contagious. It's so easy to give that you almost need not make an effort to do so. And it comes back twice as nice because in your heart you knew that you shared something. You knew that you are not a snob and the other person knows it. And you knew that somehow you have a friend in that person for returning it.

It is very seldom that a smile is not given back. What are you to lose to smile? In fact there is everything to gain. You relax your facial muscles, you practice humanity, you encourage friendship, you pass common good, you make your day happier, you contribute to a peaceful society, you make others feel as good as you feel.

You are not seeing that someone face-to-face and yet you can still share a smile. Share SMILE QUOTES that can travel down the wire and make the heart fuller, send a message with a smiley to go with it in your mobile phones or websites for it to represent you, talk with a smile in your face though just on the phone for that someone at the other end of the line to hear the smile in your voice.

Pass along the smile...be happy and let everyone else around you be happy.



"Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?"
- Cinderella

Physical appearance is a factor to loving someone but that is not all there is to it. We love because of the person that he is. We love someone "despite of". But more often than not, attraction that starts with the interest to look give way to knowing that someone more and in the end love blossoms.

And love makes us glow. Contentment and happiness makes you smile more, be positive and be nice to everything and everyone around you...therefor making you beautiful in the eyes of everyone else. Those in love are inspired to look good...and they do than when they are not.

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