Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blood type diet

The blood type diet is currently a favorite diet among celebrities (the likes of Cheryl Cole, Sir Cliff Richard, Courtney Cox and Demi Moore) as it does not only result to weight loss but also promotes a longer life span, according to its creator.
Developed by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, a neuropathic physician, the blood type diet works on the premise that our blood type reflects our internal chemistry and determines the way our bodies absorb nutrients. According to Dr. D’adamo, a chemical reaction occurs between our blood and food we eat. This reaction is caused by a factor called Lectin – a type of protein found in food with agglutinating properties that can affect our blood. If we eat food with lectins that are incompatible with our blood type antigen, the lectins may target an organ or body system and may begin to agglutinate in the said area. Luckily, lectins are not life threatening and 95% of them are absorbed and sloughed off by the body.
What are the different blood types and what are the compatible and non-compatible with each type?
Blood group A – Vegetarian Diet
According to the blood type diet, people belonging to the blood group A are“cultivators”, ”herbivores” or agrarians“. People of this blood type have low stomach-acid content, therefore they have a hard time digesting meat and dairy products. Eliminating red meat will also eliminate toxic foods in the body.  Dairy products, kidney beans and lima beans are not recommended, so it’s important to consume nuts, seeds and tofu for sources of protein.
If you belong to this blood group, your body will benefit most from the consumption of vegetables, seafood, tofu, beans, grains, legumes and fruits. Vegetables will be the main source of minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. Type A’s are also very sensitive to the lectins in potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, cabbage, tomatoes and peppers. They should eat more alkaline fruits and avoid mangoes, papayas and oranges since they are not good for the digestive tract. For optimal weight loss, vegetable, pineapples, vegetable oil and soy foods are recommended.
Blood group B – Balanced Diet
People belonging to the blood group B have strong immune and digestive systems and should therefore, eat a balance diet which includes a wide variety of foods, from meat to vegetables. Blood group B people, according to Dr. D’adamo are not as susceptible to diseases as the other groups are and will live long, healthy lives without any complications.
People of this blood type easily gain weight with corn, buckwheat, lentils, peanuts and sesame seeds. Lectins in these foods affect the efficiency of the metabolic process that can result to fatigue, fluid retention and hypoglycemia. Remove chicken from your diet if you are a type B as it contains a lectin that agglutinates in the muscle tissue, attacking the bloodstream and could potentially lead to strokes and immune disorders. Type B’s thrive on deep ocean fish, but should avoid all shellfish since they contain lectins that are harmful to Type B.
They can enjoy dairy products but should stay away from most nuts, seeds  and wheat because they contain lectins that interfere with Type B insulin production. It is also very important to eliminate tomatoes completely from the Type B Diet as tomatoes contain lectin that can irritate the stomach lining.
Blood group B diet consists of meat, dairy products, beans, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Foods recommended for weight loss are eggs, greens, liver and tea.
Blood group AB – Mixed Diet
This blood type  have most of the benefits and intolerances of types A and B. People in this group should eat foods in between blood type A and blood type B. Just like  the Blood type A, blood group AB people cannot metabolize meat efficiently because of the low acid production of their stomachs so it is crucial to watch the portion and frequency. Chicken should also be avoided. Type AB’s have a weaker immune system so they will benefit from a diet high on vegetables and fruits with lots of antioxidants.
Tofu, beans, legumes and grains are excellent protein supplement for this group. Usually, Types AB can tolerate dairy foods, but too much of it can irritate the stomach. Type AB’s should wake up and drink a warm glass of water with the freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon to cleanse the system of mucus while sleeping.
Food recommended for weight loss are seafood, dairy, greens, tofu and pineapples.
Blood Group O – High Protein Diet
People on this blood type have a hardy digestive system and are believed to benefit most from a high-meat diet. They are allowed to eat meat, fish, vegetables and fruits. Wheat products are limited on this diet as they contain lectins that interfere with insulin efficiency. People on this blood type are prone to thyroid problems so avoid thyroid hormones-inhibiting food such as cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and mustard greens.
Those in this group, should stick to Vitamin K-enriched vegetables and fruits of alkaline nature such as berries and plums. Dairy products should also be avoided.
Although celebrities vouch for this diet, dietitians, physicians, and scientists dispute that the Blood Type Diet theory is unsupported by scientific evidence, hence the effectivity of this diet is not properly proved as well.
As with any diet, ask you doctor first. You body built may be able to tolerate following the restrictions on this type of diet.
Web references:
http://www.dietpromises.com/blood-type-diet

Bicycle Sharing Launched in Pasig City

 Pasig City now hosts a Tutubi bicycle-sharing station which was launched in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and Clean Air Asia.

30 September 2013, Pasig City -- Residents of Pasig will soon be pedaling dragonflies around the city. Tutubi (or dragonfly) is a metaphor for the way people will fly around the city on the proposed future city-wide bicycle sharing network. Bicycle sharing is a network of stations where a person can pick up a bicycle at one station, use it and drop it off at any other station in the network. It is a system that allows the public short-term access to bicycles as a transportation option for practically free.

The Tutubi bike-sharing system is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a demonstration project launched by the Asian Development Bank, funded by the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) and managed by Clean Air Asia. The demonstration project was introduced by Mayor Maribel Eusebio in Pasig City today during the flag-raising ceremony. “We are thankful to the ADB and the Japanese government for selecting our city as a pilot area because this project will complement our different non-motorized transport initiatives such as our Bike to Work Loan Program for city hall and barangay employees,” says Mayor Eusebio who is also an avid cyclist.
Mayor Eusebio of Pasig City recognized the support of the Asian Development Bank and Clean Air Asia during the launching ceremony.
The Asian Development Bank promotes bicycle sharing through its Sustainable Transport Initiative. Both the Asian Development Bank and Clean Air Asia have worked in partnership with Pasig City to launch a number of sustainable transport initiatives including the car free sundays. The bicycle-sharing system demonstration project will be complemented by the Ortigas Greenways project in creating a more sustainable and walkable Pasig City.
Pasig City, the host city for this bike sharing program, has launched a Green City Program in 2007 and has since initiated various efforts to promote eco-mobility such as passing a city ordinance allowing bike plans (instead of car plans) as a benefit for city and barangay employees and closing off three public roads (F. Ortigas, Jr. Avenue in Ortigas Center, Caruncho Avenue near Pasig City Hall and MRR Road along the Pasig River) every Sunday to give space for children to play and cycle. “To succeed in promoting bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation, people’s participation must be secured through leadership by example and provision of incentives,” says Mayor Eusebio.
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 Mayor Maribel Eusebio of Pasig City and the Tutubi bicycle-sharing station in the Pasig City Hall.

The demonstration project in Pasig City will start with one station. The station has a terminal which resembles an ATM and 10 bicycles with docks that secures them when they are not in use. The station is located at the Pasig City Hall and the bikes are only accessed by a card system available initially to city hall employees.

Bike sharing systems have become an affordable, sustainable and fashionable means of mobility that has seen tremendous growth in cities throughout the world. The tipping point of bike-sharing systems happened in Paris (Vélib’) and Hangzhou, China (Hangzhou Public Bicycle), with 20,000 and 66,500 bikes respectively. Now there are over 500 systems in every region around the world.

The application of technology allows users to swipe a card to unlock a bicycle and to ride the bike from one station to another for free amount of time usually 30min to 1hr. The technology as well as a deposit mechanism ensures the system is secure against theft.

The Tutubi bikes may only be used via access cards that will be distributed initially to city employees only. “Bicycle-sharing is recognized by cities as a means of travelling on short trips that are too long to walk, and a way to close the gaps between public transport and a commuter’s final destination – otherwise known as the last-mile issue,” says Chee-Anne Roño, Program Officer of Clean Air Asia. The bike-sharing demonstration project in Pasig City, which is expected to last for three months, aims to make the Tutubi bikes a familiar and accessible means of mobility to the city’s employees. “There is no doubt that introducing a bike-sharing system in Metro Manila could be challenging,” added Roño. “The main obstacle to the success lies in the mindset of people, where certain stigma against cycling remain entrenched, ranging from perceived dangers in cycle commuting to belief that cycling is only for the poor. But we have seen steady growth of bike commuters around the metro in the past years and this is encouraging.”

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Kobe steals all of Jordan moves

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. He's not sure about Kobe Bryant. In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that was released Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), Jordan said there's a long list of players he would've liked to have played one-on-one — Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Bryant and James, who dons the cover of this year's game. "I don't think I would lose," Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, "Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves."