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Zentraveler on anti-ageing supplement Carnosine.

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Carnosine is a naturally-occurring amino-acid, which has powerful immune boosting and antiageing properties. Although Carnosine has been known about for some time, its popularity as an antiageing supplement is relatively new – sparked by dramatic discoveries about its antioxidant properties.

You can get a certain amount of Carnosine by eating red meat, however after five hours it dissipates. If you are a meateater or vegatarian you may want to include the supplement Carnosine to help with the free radical amino acids and cell buuilding properties.

How Does Carnosine Work?

The proteins in our bodies are the substances most responsible for our ability to function and sustain life. Glycation causes the destruction of these proteins. Once too many proteins lose their ability to function, the body becomes prone to degenerative diseases and premature aging. Carnosine has been shown to specifically protect against age-related degradation of protein.

Protein degradation occurs as a result of cross-linking and the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These changes figure prominently in the process of aging and in its typical manifestations, such as skin wrinkling and brain degeneration. Carnosine is effective against cross-linking and the formation of AGEs. Glycated proteins produce 50 times more free radicals than nonglycated proteins, and carnosine may be the most effective anti-glycating agent known.

An example of carnosine’s defense against protein degradation can be seen when proteins are exposed to toxic malondialdehyde (MDA). Similar to formaldehyde, MDA causes protein cross-linking and formation of AGEs. Carnosine has been shown to inhibit MDA-induced glycation in blood albumin and eye-lens protein. Carnosine has also been shown to keep MDA from inducing protein cross-linking. One study showed that carnosine actually decreased MDA levels in mice.

Carnosine has been found to be a potent antioxidant that reduces and prevents cell damage, as well as improving cell function. As a water-soluble free radical scavenger, Carnosine protects against accelerated brain ageing by preventing lipid peroxidation within the cell membrane.

Beyond anti-aging, this amino acid can help keep you healthy in several other ways. Here are some of the main benefits of adding carnosine to your supplement regimen:

Diabetes Prevention — It can help lower blood glucose levels and make the body more susceptible to insulin, preventing type 2 diabetes in particular.
Cholesterol — Carnosine may prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries as well as blood vessel damage.
Hypertension — This molecule works to inhibit the sympathetic nervous system to prevent hypertension.
Heart Protection — Carnosine protects your heart against free radicals as well as toxins that can damage the tissues of the heart.
Vision Improvement — Because of its anti-glycation properties, carnosine can help prevent the formation of cataracts that can lead to impaired vision.
Wound Healing — The dipeptibes in carnosine promote tissue strength and collagen synthesis to help wounds heal faster.
Carnosine is also being studied for its possible role in cancer prevention. It’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect DNA from damage and can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Anyone with a history of vision problems or even dementia, as new research suggests, can benefit from adding more carnosine. It’s a reminder that the fight against aging is more than skin deep.

Taking carnosine supplements may help to extend the life of every cell in your body. Carnosine benefits include flushing toxins from the body, boosting the immune system and preventing cell damage. Carnosine is quite possibly the best natural defence against ageing you can buy.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE:”Most over-the-counter and almost all prescribed drug treatments merely mask symptoms or control health problems or in some way alter the way organs or systems such as the circulatory system work. Drugs almost never deal with the reasons why these problems exist, while they frequently create new health problems as side effects of their activities.” -John R. Lee, M.D.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:I believe, that given the right tools, the body, combined with a strong belief system, can naturally heal itself. Unfortunately, it is a very sad fact that more people die from chemotherapy than die from the cancer that the chemotherapy is trying to get rid of in the first place. It is not only toxic to cancer cells, it is also toxic to your body’s own good cells; as you will have seen if you have ever witnessed the terrible effects that it has had on anybody who has gone through chemotherapy.

Much research is beginning to show that Carnosine supplements may aid in the reversal of cancer damaging cells. If it was me, I would certainly try to find an alternative treatment to cancer…and would consider seeking out a alternative treatment medical doctor when faced with such a crucial medical decision.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Trips to the doctor and hospital.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Taking the proper anti-ageing supplement can add years to your longevity calendar.

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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Zentraveler explores Bohols chocolate hills, eco park and more!

Zentraveler stretching exercise to climb Chocolate Hills Viewing Area


We elected to arrange a full day tour with one of the tour operators at the Bohol sea port. The tour guide drivers are very courteous, good drivers, and provide lots of information about the different tourist spots. The tour vans are relatively new with aircon which makes the trip more enjoyable as you cruise through the countryside.

We left early in morning at six am as the famous chocolate hills were first on the list. Not only were we the first group there it was almost heavenly as we were surrounded by fog and clouds till the sun came bursting through… giving us an incredible view of the chocolate hills.

chocolate Hills


We took the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill providing many photo opportunities. They have safety rails, however if you are afraid of heights and not in good physical condition you may elect to stay at the base where they have a restaurant, bathroom facilities and many great views of the chocolate hills..

At the very top is a liberty type bell which I guess they use to call in the gods or to announce important events and holidays throughout Bohol.

chocolate Hills Bell

Exiting the chocolate hills we headed to the Loboc Eco Adventure Park which has a large reception center, clean restrooms and a magnificent zip line crossing the Loboc river. This is an excellent well-developed tourist destination for the adventurous.

Loboc Eco Adventure Park


Driving through the scenic mahogany forest and curvy roads we arrived at the Tarsier Conservation Area where we trekked on primitive trails with helpful guides to point out the mostly sleeping Tarsiers. As part of the parks guidelines management requests: if you have a flash camera digital or otherwise to please turn the flash off as this would disturb their sleep sequence. The guides are helpful and will assist with your camera if necessary. Tip! Wear good shoes… if the trails are wet they tend to be quite slippery.

Tarsier


The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) is very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men’s hand. Mostly active at night, it lives on a diet of insects. Folk traditions sometimes has it that tarsiers eat charcoal, but actually they retrieve the insects from (sometimes burned) wood. It can be found in the islands of Samar, Leyte, Bohol, and Mindanao in the Philippines.

Tarsier Native Gift Store


From there we purchased some native carvings had a snack of the local fruits and drank fresh Buko “coconut water” and headed off to the Simply Butterflies Center which is highly educational as our tour guide told us about many types and styles of butterflies including their reproductive cycle molting stages. As you walk through the screened in outdoor room you are amongst a colorful tropical garden with hundreds of butterflies resting or flying… just waiting to be on Facebook.

Simply Butterflies Center

We headed to the Bohol Python and Wildlife Park to complete our tour for the day. The wildlife park is a fun place to visit and see some of their different animals, birds, and reptiles and photo the largest snake in captivity in its own cage. You can also purchase homemade cakes, snacks, and souvenirs and take interesting photographs.

Bohol Python & Wildlife Park

We ended our evening by going to the newer shopping mall where we just hung out and took a leisurely dinner.

So there you have it. If you enjoy travel adventure, like to see some of the wonders of the world and enjoy taking photographs… Bohol should definitely be high on your list as a tourist destination.

Perla Learning to Fly

QUOTE: “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women’s breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child’s drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 meters high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate-brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.

Legend has it that the hills came into existence when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.

However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they were formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of an impermeable layer of clay. If you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Old black and white photo postcards…nostalgia.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:It’s all in zee travel…get off the couch grasshopper and keep moving…you never know whats around the next curve or corner.

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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Zentraveler on the Third Eye!

Third Eye Dimensions

What is the third eye? The Third Eye is a natural part of every person, but it’s a “meta” organ. In other words: it consists of all the senses and mind working together as a larger more powerful sensory organ. The Third Eye is a very clever bit of natural evolution: a meta organ designed to sense, connect to patterns and then relay that data back in overlays of information on top of your other senses.

In layman’s terms the third eye is located in the center of the forehead and is often used by mystics and energy healers, who can see the paranormal including: Buddhas, gods, animals, ghosts, demons, and is similar to dream like states, where there is no limits to imagination and entering other dimensions with higher vibrations.

Anyone interested in learning more about opening your third eye could find a master teacher or learn on their own from the internet. Caution when the third eye is opened it can have consequences that you are not used too and can be a bit intimidating while seeing and learning about other dimensions.That is the reason it is recommended to work with a professional master on the opening of the third eye.

When we begin third eye meditation we will begin to see glimpses of various colors rotating around us, crystal clear visions of many things, including: unanswered questions, unusual sounds, and actually see our masters in their original forms. With full concentration of the senses… everything turns into a bright light which can lead toward Enlightenment.

The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring to a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight. In certain dharmic spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, the third eye refers to the ajna, or brow, chakra. The third eye is referred to the gate that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with religious visions, clairvoyance, the ability to observe chakras and auras, precognition, and out-of-body experiences. People who are claimed to have the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers.

The area between the eyebrows, the sixth chakra known as the ‘agna’ meaning ‘command’, is the seat of concealed wisdom. It is the centre point wherein all experience is gathered in total concentration. According to the tantric cult, when during meditation the latent energy (‘kundalini’) rises from the base of the spine towards the head, this ‘agna’ is the probable outlet for this potent energy. The red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. It is also the central point of the base of the creation itself — symbolizing auspiciousness and good fortune.

The Red Dot known as the bindi is arguably the most visually fascinating of all forms of body decoration.Women of India display this mark or their marriage status. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental mark on the forehead between the two eyebrows — a spot considered a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. Also loosely known as ‘tika’, ‘pottu’, ‘sindoor’, ’tilak’, ’tilakam’, and ‘kumkum’, a bindi is usually a small or a big eye-catching round mark made on the forehead as adornment.

QUOTE:”ALWAYS DREAM,EVEN WHEN AWAKE.” PERSONAL TAO

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Some researchers of ancient civilizations and traditional cultures believe that the third eye is a legacy of extraterrestrial ancestors of humans. According to legends, it granted to them remarkable abilities – hypnosis and clairvoyance, telepathy and telekinesis, the ability to get knowledge directly from the cosmic mind, to know the past and future, and even to overcome the force of gravity.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your first eye, your second eye, and your third eye….from the song “I can see clearly.”

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Walk on the wild side. Why not enter another dimension by opening your third eye…who knows maybe some have the fourth, fifth eye, and so on. I’ve got my eye on you grasshopper …so lets become our parents worst nightmare…thoughtless. Not as easy as it sounds…. I challenge you not to have any thoughts…because the mind likes to play tricks and keeps them coming and coming.

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 on health benefits of black tea!

Black Tea

Over the years black tea has been neglected as green tea gets all of the press and attention, however black tea has many excellent health benefits and should be seriously considered as an addition to your daily drink regimen.

Black tea, known to the Chinese as red tea, is the most common product of the tea bush Camellia sinensis, produced by encouraging freshly picked tea leaves to darken with large amount of cellular oxidation. It is the same plant as green and oolong tea, but is left to oxidize longer than either of these and so has a different, generally stronger flavor and different health benefits. Black tea stores better than other types of tea and can keep its flavor for several years. Whole leaf black tea is considered the best quality, whereas broken leaves are often used in tea bags. Black tea is often mixed with other ingredients such as bergamot (orange) oil to create Earl Grey tea, or cinnamon and other spices to create chai tea. In many cultures, black tea is taken with milk, lemon and/or sugar or sweetener as well.

Black tea contains caffeine. It has very few to no calories or nutrients, although it does contain antioxidants. Black tea should be steeped in just boiled water. While the tea in tea bags usually has a high surface area and should only be steeped for a couple of minutes, whole leaf tea can be steeped for 5 minutes without turning bitter. Many cultures have significant rituals surrounding the brewing and serving of tea.

Black tea has many health benefits, most of them stemming from the polyphenols it contains, which are a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants are protective chemicals which prevent free radicals from damaging the body. Black tea has been shown to reduce some symptoms of heart disease and may even help to keep blood cholesterol levels from rising.

Black tea also helps to boost the immune system, as well as lower the chances of dementia in later life. Drinking black tea may give a short mental boost by increasing alpha brain-wave activity, as well as lowering the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol are linked to the eventual development of osteoporosis. Black tea can also help to reduce bad breath and tooth decay.

Research has shown a long-term study by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment found a correlation between regular consumption of black tea and reduced risk of stroke. Researchers looked at data from a study examining the health benefits of foods that are high in flavonoids – phytonutrients with antioxidant benefits. While some of the flavonoids were obtained from fruits and vegetables, seventy percent came from black tea. The study looked at 552 men over a 15 year period. Researchers concluded that the flavonoids in black tea helped reduce the production of LDL – the “bad” cholesterol that can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

Men who drank over four cups of black tea per day had a significantly lower risk of stroke than men who drank only two to three cups per day. A separate study by Dr. Joseph Vita at Boston’s School of Medicine supported these results. For four months, sixty-six men drank four cups of either black tea or a placebo daily. Dr. Vita concluded that drinking black tea can help reverse an abnormal functioning of the blood vessels that can contribute to stroke or heart attack. Furthermore, improvement in the functioning of the blood vessels was visible within two hours of drinking just one cup of black tea.

Finally, a study of over 3,000 adults in Saudi Arabia – where black tea is favored over green – found that regular consumption of the dark brew can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by fifty percent.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: Ever since tea was first discovered, its cultivation and consumption have been encouraged because of its apparent ability to ward off disease, strengthen powers of concentration, cleanse the body, and aid digestion. Legends of its medicinal properties reached Europe and the New World from China, intriguing the Western consumer, and now, centuries later, modern research has begun to confirm many of those early beliefs. —JANE PETTIGREW

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:While references to tea in Chinese literature go back approximately 5,000 years, the origin of tea’s use as a beverage is unclear. Ancient folklore places the creation of the brew at 2737 BC, when a camellia blossom drifted into a cup of boiled drinking water belonging to Emperor Shen Nung. However, most scholars credit a reference found in Erh Ya, an ancient Chinese dictionary, dated about 350 BC.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Tea Leaves: Write your own destiny grasshopper…what are you waiting for?

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Drink several cups of delicious Black tea daily to reduce the risk of stroke, dementia, and coronary heart disease.

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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