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A Tomato A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

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In the first study of its kind that’s been done, researchers from the University of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford looked at the diets and lifestyles of close to 14,000 men aged 50 to 69. They concluded that men who ate at least portions of tomatoes a week were 18% less likely to develop prostate cancer than were those who had no tomatoes or very few.

They believe that the magical protection against illness comes from a key chemical in the tomato known as lycopene. Men should not panic – the tomatoes don’t have to be eaten raw. It counts if it’s tomato-based sauces that people use, tomato juice and even tomato puree on a pizza.

And being an overachiever is even a benefit here. Men who doubled their intake of fruit and vegetables to the five portions a day that is recommended reduced their risk by almost a quarter.

Now, one portion is equal to 150 grams of tomatoes, half a pint of baked beans or a portion of pizza with a tomato puree. It’s best to keep it as pure as possible, however, and not to overindulge in baked beans and pizza sauce as they have high levels of salt content.

Prostate cancer ranks as the most common form of illness for men. There are 41,700 new cases each year and 10,700 deaths in the UK alone. As research leader Vanessa Er, of the University of Bristol, said: “Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention. We also found men who ate more fruits and vegetables had a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The risk reduction figure for men who ate five or more portions of fruit or vegetables, compared to those who ate less than two and a half portions, was 24 per cent.”

Some in the medical profession disagree with a stud of this sort. As Dr. Iain Frame of the Prostate Cancer UK said, “Studies like these are notoriously difficult to interpret and should be done so with extreme caution. It is difficult to separate the effects of one type of food from another, and we still don’t have nearly enough evidence to make concrete recommendations on which specific foods men should eat to reduce their risk of prostate cancer. What we do know is that men shouldn’t rely too heavily on one type of food, such as tomatoes. A healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables together with regular exercise is by far the best option.”

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Bhutan: Get Away to Luxury with the Aman Hotels and Vladislav Doronin

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Anyone hoping to add a fantastic place to his bucket list will not want to overlook Bhutan. This landlocked country bordered by China and India is rich in history, lush in landscape and captivating in culture. In 2013, they welcomed nearly 120,000 visitors, which was the highest in their history.

Bhutan has been turning to tourism for revenue, but is certainly hoping to keep its rich spiritual and religious life intact. They are careful as they try to balance growth and modernization with their heritage.

The rise in tourism has certainly helped to provide more jobs, and the government is hoping that this can help to keep so many from migrating to India or Thailand. There are more than 1000 travel operators in the country and the industry employs close to 30,000. As one Bhutanese man who operates a travel agency for filmmakers and documentarians, Tashi Tshering, said, “the promotion done by high end resorts have benefited us a lot. More people are aware of us.”

Vladislav Doronin

Vladislav Doronin

Those interested in coming to Bhutan will have many options. Aman Resorts, with majority owner Vladislav Doronin, offers incredibly luxurious hotel accommodations in remote locations. They have five properties in the country and they were the first foreign hotel operator allowed to build in Bhutan in 2004.

John Reed, the managing director for Aman’s hotels in Bhutan said that their resorts create a feel of “rustic luxury” and that they support the local community. As he said, “We get our vegetables from local farmers. We buy Bhutanese handicraft pieces. We hire locals. We dress them in local attire, not uniforms. We want the local economy to benefit.”

They give back to the community as well. As Reed explains, “We help whitewash monasteries, rebuild structures, and teach English and math in classrooms.”

Other great hotel choices include Taj Tashi and Uma. Mukesh Cupta, who operates the oldest travel agency for Bhutan, Bhutan Travels, also recommends Zhiwa Ling in Paro. The hotel has a temple on the second floor with rescued wood from the 400 year old Gangtey Monastery and is decorated with all local décor.

Certainly, everyone from the Aman Group with Vladislav Doronin to Zhiwa Ling balances their desire for tourists with the sanctity of the holy sites and the environmental issues in the area. Last year’s gross revenues from tourism exceeded $63 million and are the highest to date.

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Sleepy Teenagers May Be Fatter Adults

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Your teenager’s lack of sleep just might be making him fat. That’s the result of a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics and conducted by Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.

The study found that teenagers who get less than six hours of sleep a nigh are 20% more likely to be obese later in life. The researchers found that, by age 21, those who had 8 hours of sleep during their teen years were significantly less likely to be overweight.

Researchers looked at information for more than 10,000 American kids aged 16. They revisited the information on the same kids when they were 21. 20% of the 16 year olds reported to getting less than six hours of sleep. This group was 20% more likely to be obese at 21 than were their peers who slept for 8 hours a night.
As Shakira Suglia, assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, said, “Lack of sleep in your teenage years can stack the deck against you for obesity later in life.”

“Once you’re an obese adult, it is much harder to lose weight and keep it off. And the longer you are obese, the greater your risk for health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The message for parents is to make sure their teenagers get more than eight hours a night.”

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Loving Until the End

This is an incredible story of love and dedication. Watch and admire.

 

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4 Unusual Hotel Perks Coming Your Way

goldfishIf you’re interested in a rather unique hotel stay, here are a few choices for your pleasure:

  1. Kimpton Hotels: Are you missing your pet? Wish you had brought your fish along for the ride? No problem. With this US chain’s “Guppy Love” program you can have a goldfish put in your room during your stay. Hotel staff are responsible for the care of the fish and you can relax next to your aquarium and lower your stress levels.
  1. The Benjamin in New York has a sleep specialist on staff who offers guidance through the “Rest & Renew” program. Part of this program includes special pillows that guests can order off of the “pillow menu” and includes a power nap kit.
  1. At Provence Hotels your pet will be taken care of. This hotel has an in-room massage package that includes Reiki treatments and more. They have an in-house pet psychologist, pet grooming, dog walking and more.
  1. Finally, for guests who need a fragrance pick-me-up, the Vancouver Hotel Georgia offers a fragrance butler. Yes, this is true. He will come to your room with ten fragrances on a silver platter and you can select from the high-end brands to smell your best.
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Running for Heart Help

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While some people hate running, they just might want to start. Scientists at Iowa State University who analyzed 55, 137 adults aged 18-100 found that healthy exercise doesn’t have to be extensive or time-consuming. They have published their findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

They actually followed participants for 15 years, during which more than 3000 died. The findings were as follows. Runners, who only made up 25% of the study’s population, had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke than did non-runners. They also lived three years longer.

Even more surprising was the amount that you need to run. These found these results for people who ran less than 51 minutes a week – only seven minutes a day. This was true for people who ran slower than six miles an hour and fewer than six miles a week.

As lead scientist Dr Duck-Chul Lee explained, “Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for mortality benefits. Running may be a better exercise option than more moderate intensity exercises for healthy but sedentary people.”

He goes on to explain, “[This is because] it produces similar, if not greater, mortality benefits in five to 10 minutes, compared to the 15 to 20 minutes per day of moderate intensity activity that many find too time consuming.”

So how long do you have to keep running? Study participants who ran on a regular basis for six year experienced the biggest benefit. This amount of activity reduced their risk of death from heart disease by 50%.

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Saying Goodbye to Tattoos

tattDo you hate that daisy you had put on your arm when you were a teen? Do you regret emblazoning “Jason” on your forearm? Are you having issues with the lion’s tail you put on your shoulder blades?

Tattoos have been quite the rage for years now, but people are actually starting to regret those ink jobs more now than ever. Revenue for tattoo removal has actually surged a whopping 440% in the last decade, according to Marketwatch. This amounts to an estimated $75.5 million.

Hollywood paves the way in so many trends, and this may certainly be one of them. Those who have removed their body art in recent years include Eva Longoria, Megan Fox, and even the famously tattooed Angelina Jolie.

The good news in the tattoo removal world is that it no longer requires pain, surgery and scaring. Laser technology now allows users to break down the ink work in the skin using several colors of laser light. Red light is used, for instance, on blue, black and red inks; green light is used for red and orange.

As San Francisco-based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Kulick said, “What is attractive in your 20s is not so attractive in your 30s. The ideal color for removal is black because that tattoo will be at the same depth in the skin and the same wavelength for the laser to remove the ink. Now it’s very fashionable to have pastels and yellow, which is very difficult to remove.”

 

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History of Bimini and the Resorts World Bimini

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Bimini actually has quite a history to it, in addition to offering a beautiful vacation spot these days. Certainly, anyone who wants a great vacation spot will want to enjoy the Bimini cruise from Miami that allows them to get to Bimini in close to two hours. Once there, they can enjoy the majestic sands with the Resorts World Bimini and enjoy everything that the island has to offer today.

As the video below explains, Bimini has a rich history to it as well.

It was an offshore speak-easy and liquor store location in the 1930s during prohibition, allowing those in Miami a way to enjoy themselves during difficult times.

Bimini was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite getaways and was the inspiration for his book Islands in the Stream.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Bimini a number of times. He wrote part of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech while at Bimini. His visit impacted the people of Bimini a great deal. There is a memorial bust to him in Bimini at the crafts center.

Al Capone was also known to come to the island.

Learn more about Bimini, the Bimini Superfast and so much more here.

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