Sunday, 27 September 2009

Things You Didn't Know About Drinking Water! (from HSI Daily)

8 x 8

Recognize that equation? It's the widely-touted recommendation for water intake: at least eight glasses per day, eight ounces per glass.

But when a couple of University of Pennsylvania (UP) researchers in the US, reviewed studies that investigated myths surrounding the 8 x 8 advice, they were surprised to find that there's no known source for the recommendation.

And they're not the first to discover a cold trail.

A few years ago, Dr. Heinz Valtin, of Dartmouth College went looking for scientific evidence to support the 8 x 8 dogma. In the August 2002 issue of American Journal of Physiology, Dr. Valtin wrote: "I have found no scientific reports concluding that we all must 'drink at least eight glasses of water a day.' On the contrary, there are publications that state the opposite."

The UP team took Dr. Valtin's work a step further. Actually, four steps further ...

Four busted water myths 

All quotes below are taken from the UP report, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (For those who skipped medical school, nephrology is the branch of medicine that focuses on kidney health.)

MYTH ONE: Increased water intake helps remove toxins from the kidneys.

FACT: Water does have some impact on substances cleared from the kidneys, but "current data are insufficient to assess the clinical significance of these observations." One study found that increased water intake actually lowered a type of filtration rate used to measure kidney function.

MYTH TWO: Increased water intake curbs appetite by increasing satiety.

FACT: "There is surprisingly little evidence regarding this issue. None of these studies makes clear whether drinking a large volume of fluid over the course of a day will decrease the number of ingested calories."

MYTH THREE: Increased water intake improves skin tone.

FACT: "One study suggested ingestion of 500 ml of water increases indices of capillary blood flow in the skin. To summarize the conclusions of other more exhaustive reviews: There is no clear evidence of benefit from drinking increased amounts of water."

MYTH FOUR: Increased water intake prevents headaches.

FACT: Only one trial was found that examined the effects of water on headaches. When 15 migraine patients were randomly assigned to increase water intake or placebo for 12 weeks, patients in the water group had a small but statistically insignificant drop in the number of hours with headache. Based on this result, the authors note that the water/headache-prevention link deserves further research.

Back to the source 

Meanwhile, Dr. Valtin believes he knows where the 8 x 8 myth got started.

The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the National Research Council recommends an intake of one millilitre of water for each food calorie ingested. For most people, this adds up to about 64 to 80 ounces of water per day. But the FNB recommendation also states that most of that water intake is achieved when eating prepared foods. So when the FNB recommendations were originally released, maybe someone missed that additional detail and jumped to the 8 x 8 conclusion.

That's Dr. Valtin's theory, and he's sticking to it.

Great Song With Great Meaning!

Demi Lovato - Gift Of A Friend

Sometimes You think You'll Be Find by Yourself
Cause a Dream is a Wish You Make all alone
Its Easy to Feel Like You Dont Need Help
But Its Harder To Walk On Your Own

You'll Change
When You
The World Comes To Life
and Everythings Alright
From Beginning To End
When You Have a Friend
By Your Side
That Helps You To Find
The Beauty Of All
When You'll Open Your Heart and
Believe in
The Gift of a Friend(x2)

Someone Who knows When Your Lost and Your Scared
There through The Highs and The Lows
Someone You Can Count On, Someone Who Cares
Besides You Where Ever You Go

You'll Change Inside
When You
The World Comes To Life
and Everythings Alright
From Beginning To End
When You Have a Friend
By Your Side
That Helps You To Find
The Beauty Of All
When You'll Open Your Heart and
Believe in
The Gift of a Friend

And When The Hope Crashes Down
Shattering To The Ground
You'll, You'll Feel All Alone
When You Dont Know Which Way To Go
And There's No Such Leading You On
You're Not Alone

The World Comes To Life
and Everythings Alright
From Beginning To End
When You Have a Friend
By Your Side
That Helps You To Find
The Beauty Of All
When You'll Open Your Heart and
Believe In
When You Believe In
You Can Believe In

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Have a GREAT Aidilfitri!

First of all, I would like to wish all my Muslim Friends SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI!!! Next, to the Chinese,  HAPPY MOONCAKE FESTIVAL!!!
Let me tell you a little about my RaYa Celebration this year...
At first, me and my whole family were suppose to go back to Singapore on the night of first day of raya... But, apparently, someone broke his promise and delayed it until today! Fine, I have no mood to celebrate raya anymore! We only celebrated raya on the first day and no more after that...! I have the worse raya ever this year! Raya doesn't seems to be a happy eid for me this year! Duhhh...I'm pissed off again! Hope next raya won't be so pathetic! Haiz...+.+!

Friday, 11 September 2009

Looking Forward For The Third Week!

Today, the second week of trial SPM is over! I'm really looking forward to do Chemistry and Physics papers, because both are my favourite subject! Hehex...@.@! Not forgetting about my superduper Economics ^.^! Sejarah papers were not really hard and not easy too....It's okay for me...Hmm, let's see whether I can really score in Physics and Chemistry next week...

I'm actually damn tired now...But, I still want to continue writing my blog for today, because maybe I won't be able to write a post next week...Haiz...Tuitions are making me becoming RESTLESS! I really think that I've lost much weight this month, as I've fast and did my solat tarawih everyday! All I've done is only done for Allah and to seek for Allah's blessing...Allahu Akhbar, Allah The Almighty!

Anyway, today there's Formula 1 GP on...So, I'm really eager to watch it! Wish Vettel and Webber luck! <3 F1!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Nice Song!

Watch this, nice song "Send It On" by The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and More Disney Channel Stars!

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Dates Are Good For Your Health!

Dates are also known as kurma or tamar...

Given below is the amount of nutrients in 100 gm of dates:
* Sodium - 2 mg
* Total Carbohydrates - 75 gm
* Dietary Fiber - 8 gm
* Sugars - 63 gm
* Protein - 2 gm
* Vitamin - A 10 IU
* Vitamin C - 0.4 mg
* Vitamin E - 0.05 mg
* Vitamin K - 2.7 mcg
* Thiamin - 0.052 mg
* Riboflavin - 0.066 mg
* Niacin - 1.274 mg
* Vitamin B6 - 0.165 mg
* Vitamin B12 - 0 mcg
* Folate - 19 mcg
* Pantothenic Acid - 0.589 mcg
* Calcium - 39 mg
* Iron - 1.02 mg
* Magnesium - 43 mg
* Phosphorus - 62 mg
* Potassium - 656 mg
* Sodium - 2 mg
* Zinc - 0.29 mg
* Copper - 0.206 mg
* Manganese - 0.262 mg
* Selenium - 3 mcg
* Total Fat - 0.39 mg
* Saturated Fat - 0.032 mg
* Monounsaturated Fat - 0.036 mg
* Polyunsaturated Fat - 0.019 mg

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Dates:

* Since dates get digested very easily, they are used for supplying quick energy and repairing waste.
* Milk, when boiled with dates, become a very nutritious and invigorating drink for children and adults, especially during convalescence.
* The nicotinic content in dates makes them an excellent cure for intestinal disturbances.
* Regular consumption of dates has been found to check the growth of pathological organisms and help in the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
* Being a laxative food, dates have been found to be beneficial for those suffering from constipation.
* For alcoholic intoxication, drinking water, in which fresh dates have been rubbed or soaked, is said to be quite effective.
* Studies have shown that consumption of dates, soaked overnight and crushed, is good for those who have a weak heart.
* It has been seen that dates serve as a tonic for improving sex stamina as well as sterility due to functional disorders.
* Researches have revealed that dates are effective in preventing abdominal cancer.
* Dates have a tonic effect and thus, hold value as medicines.

Just in case, dates are not only for muslims, non-muslims can also consume it...! Go and try it, its sweet!