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Zentraveler on the Allmighty Apple!

apples-1Why make life so difficult! Why not just listen to your grandmother and eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away! Eve used the apple to entice Adam. Johnny Appleseed went across the United States seeding entire areas so that people could enjoy long healthy lives.

Apples come in many sizes and colors and have many different tastes and consistencies. Some have a hard crunch, others are soft like the Yellow Delicious and others defy the imagination. Just to eat an apple is refreshing and so nutritious for your body.

“Recent studies have suggested that the consumption of apples can help control weight gain, lower the risk of heart disease and fight cancer. Though most people think the flesh of the apple is the most delicious part, the skin is definitely the most nutritious.

The apple skin contains 4 milligrams of quercetin, an anti-oxident compound preventing oxygen molecules from damaging individual cells. This can prevent cell changes that can lead to cancer. A Finnish study concluded that men who had the highest intake of quercetin lowered their risk of heart disease by 20%. This compound has also been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors and keep cancer cells from spreading.

The insoluble fiber found in apples is responsible for a host of other benefits. The apple skin is considered roughage and is a great remedy for constipation. Insoluble fiber also helps the digestive tract run smoothly, helping to prevent diverticulosis, a condition which can lead to colon cancer. Another benefit of insoluble fiber is its “filling” effect, this being an effective appetite supressant.

Apples also contain soluble fiber, which has the opposite affect of insoluble fiber, forming a gel-like material in the digestive tract that can help lower cholesterol, as well as, the risk of stroke and heart disease. One of the soluble fibers found in apples is called pectin. Pectin reduces the amount of cholesterol produced in the liver, slows digestion and and the rise of blood sugar making it ideal for diabetes patients.

To get the maximum amount of benefit from your apple, be sure to choose a variety that browns easily, like Granny Smith. Finally, don’t substitute apple juice for an apples. Though it contains some iron and potassium, apple juice contains little of the beneficial compounds quertecin and fiber.” —

You can do so many things with apples. You can make a delicious homemade Dutch apple pie. You can bake apples… add a little brown sugar and almost go to heaven they taste so good. You can go to a fancy restaurant and oder the Waldorf Salad… complete with nuts and apples, which leaves you feeling full without the calorie load so many of us put into our bodies each and every day.

You can drink apple cider, use apple vinegar, eat dried apples as a snack, eat apple turnovers, apple sauce, apple schnitzel, and even end up bobbing for apples at a party.

So there you have it! If you simply want to incorporate an apple a day for eating or to make snacks… it’s as easy as pie and your body will definitely thank you for adding one of the wonders of the world into your daily regimen.

QUOTE: “Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it (religion) should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual and a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.”- Einstein

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Apples are more powerful than Caffeine at helping to stay awake.

Whether Adam and Eve actually ate an apple may still be a big question for historians. Jewish history says the apple was really a fig! Whether the apple was a fig or not, the English word “apple” is an appropriate translation, because etymologically, the English word “apple” is a generic term including all fruits, berries, and nuts. For example, the Old English word for cucumbers is Cucumbers eorþæppla – literally, “earth-apples” or “earth fruit”. Thus, the forbidden fruit could have been an apple, fig, etrog fruit, banana, or even a cucumber – all these species would be covered by the English word “apple” in its traditional sense.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Apple seeds! Just think you could be another Johhnny Appleseed and start spreading the word!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler visits Ogtong Cave, Philippines!

Perla Ogtong Cave

Perla Ogtong Cave

Nature really understands how to create something that keeps us earth dwellers in amazement. Imagine a resort located on the scenic Bantayan Island, Philippines that has it’s own cave with steps going down into the sparkling blue waters and the grounds decorated in flowers overlooking the bright blue sea.

If you have a bit of the explorer in you …you can invision yourself drifting into nowhere as your eyes look into the cavern of bright shinning waters. After making your way by swimming and stepping between stones you eventually reach the end and witness some light and a few bats flying overhead as if to dare you even more. The cave is sealed off to the mysteries of the underground and it makes you wonder what other cave systems could be imbedded in the earth’s maze.

The resort is already working on another cave system… so who knows what the future brings with the exploration of another underground system maybe leading directly to the ocean full of hidden treasures and new species of fish yet to be discovered.

Ogtong Cave is a complete resort reasonably priced for foreign travelers complete with jazzui rooms, wedding suites, and naturally designed lodges set in a picture perfect setting. The grounds abound with well manicured gardens, footpaths, and a sparkling bright swimming pool overlooking the sea.

As you stroll around the gardens you can also have lunch in a small tree house or dine in the fully equipped restaurant where the fish of the day is caught fresh daily (probably just in front of the resort by local fisherman) and served to perfection in an outdoors setting overlooking the Ogtong Cave Resort.

Different type of native birds are in outdoor cages with a rare Phillipino Oriole taking front stage. Also you can say hello to the billy goat and watch the newly added fish aquarium located in the main restaurant.

Bantayan Island is located about four and one half hours from Cebu City in the province of Cebu. You can either hire a taxi from the airport or take the direct bus from the north terminal for about 80 pesos to Hagnaya approximately three hours. Then take the ferry from Hagnaya for about 120 pesos one and half hours to Santa Fe, Bantayan Island.

Ogtong Cave resort is located just outside Santa Fe heading south towards Bantayan. Resort signs are well marked and you can drive or take a tricycle.

So there you have it…..a complete natural resort fit for a King or Queen at affordable prices. You can stay in a twin Seaview Villa with air and ref and TV for about $70.00 US per night. Why not make a reservation now and enjoy the luxury of a five star resort on a hidden island in the Philippines.

Ogtong Cave Resort:email for reservations!

QUOTE: “I explain to you matters Pertaining to enlightenment, But don’t try to keep Your mind on them. Just turn to the ocean Of your own essence And develop practical accord with its nature.” …..Yangshan

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The average size of a newborn kangaroo is the size of a coffee bean.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Water! Water, Water, everywhere and not a drop to drink! You can start to save water by turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth. You can take a three minute military naval shower. Wet yourself, soap yourself, and then rinse. Just by doing those simple things you can help save millions of gallons of water.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Water is everything! Do your part to help conserve water and life. It’s critical to our survival!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?

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