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Tuesday, January 10

Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

I'm pinning when I saw this Minnie Mouse cupcakes. Aren't they cute?

These are great for kiddie parties and giveaways too..

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Foods for the Brain

Any idea what foods are good for our brain?

Well, foods that are rich in compounds such as anti-oxidants and omega 3- fatty acids can improve brain health and memory.

Here are the 6 foods that can boost up your gray matter.


It contains high amount of antioxidants which may combat the damage to brain cell's DNA caused by free radicals in our bodies, experts says.

And a study presented in 2010 at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease reported that mice with Alzheimer's demonstrated improved learning, memory and motor coordination after being fed walnuts.


Not only good  for the eyes, but also to our brain.

Carrots have high levels of a compound called luteolin , which could reduce age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain, according to a study published in 2010 in the journal Nutrition. In the study, mice whose daily diet was  supplemented with 20 milligrams of luteolin had reduced inflammation in their brains. The researchers said the compound also restored the mice's memory to the level of younger mice's.
Olive oil, peppers and celery are also high in luteolin.

Adding some vitamin-rich berries to your diet may not be a bad idea if you want to improve your memory, according to several studies.
One study, published in 2010 in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that after 12 weeks of daily supplements of wild blueberry juice, nine older adults who had started to experience slight memory problems showed better learning and recall abilities than a similar group of adults who didn't take the supplements. The blueberry group also showed reduced symptoms of depression.
And in a 2009 report in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers said they examined a group of studies that showed fruits such as blueberries and strawberries, which are high in antioxidants, can decrease a type of stress in cells associated with aging and increase the signaling capabilities in brains. In one of the studies, researchers placed 6-month-old rats on a diet supplemented with blueberry and strawberry extracts (totaling 2 percent of their diet) for nine months. These rats had better spatial and memory skills than rats not given the supplements.

Although recent research has shown that taking fish oil supplements may not help slow the cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease, other studies have shown that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids could help slow typical cognitive decline that comes with age.
A 2005 study in the journal Archives of Neurology found that people 65 and older who ate two meals of fish a week for six years had a 13 percent decrease in cognitive decline, compared with people who didn't eat any fish regularly. And people who ate one meal of fish a week had a 10 percent decrease in cognitive decline.
Fish high in vitamin B12 may also help protect against Alzheimer's , according to a study published in 2010 in the journal Neurology.

Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea do more than keep you awake in the mornings — studies have shown they may prevent Alzheimer's disease and improve cognitive function.
A 2010 study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found that when researchers gave caffeinated coffee to mice genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer's disease, the disease either slowed in progression or never developed. Based on the finding, coffee eventually could serve as a therapeutic treatment for people with Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said.
Tea showed protective effects on the brain, too. Tea drinkers did better on tests on memory and information processing than non-tea drinkers did, according to a 2010 study of 716 Chinese adults 55 and older in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.

The green leafy vegetable is loaded with vitamins C and E, which, studies have shown, help to improve cognitive abilities.
A 2000 study in the Journals of Gerontology showed that rats whose diet was supplemented with vitamin E experienced a 500 to 900 percent increase in brain and nerve tissue over an eight-month period, as well as an increase in the release of dopamine in the brain, the "pleasure" chemical that controls flow of information to different parts of the brain.
And a 2000 study in the journal Brain Research found that aging rats had some of their age-related memory and motor deficits reversed after they were fed diets supplemented with spinach, strawberries or blueberries.
Pass it on: To amp up your brain health and slow cognitive decline, eat your leafy greens, berries, nuts and fish.

Myth of the Human Body Exhibit

Part of the field trip last December was to visit the exhibit of Myth of the Human Body in Taguig City. It was our first stop out of the few places we visited.

At first, some parents had a second thought,worried if our preschoolers would be scared about the said exhibit. You know, seeing cadavers and all for a 4/5 years old was something to consider about. But luckily, nobody got scared. They were all so keen and curious.

still in the bus waiting for the go signal to hop off

the building where the exhibit is located

first in line

showing she's excited

the hall where we waited for our turn

stairs going up to another viewing area

the viewing area where both students and parents stayed to watch an introduction about the exhibit

one of the Gods

 The famous exhibit opened its doors here in the country last October 15, 2010. It showcases real human specimens that were preserved through the process called plastination which was developed by Gunther vons Hagens, a German anatomist.

front door of the building

the entrance

The exhibit shows all the body systems in detailed. From skeletal system to circulatory system. It also shows the sick organs which serves a lesson and a reminder to all the viewers to really take care of the body. 

the Gods

It is a great educational medium to help students or people to educate more about the body. Its simply incomparable to any existing scientific materials present in universities.
these area is where we are allowed to take pictures
We were told that the majority of the bodies were Chinese and were preserved for more than 20 years already.

We were advised not to take pictures to give due respect for the bodies. Just lucky enough to sneaked some snapshots before entering.

I can say that this is a must see exhibit especially for students. So educational and worth every penny one has to spend. Entrance fee is P360.50 each.

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This only mean I want to eat sweets. BUT, I'm stopping my self to do so... I told myself to cut my indulgence to  sweets this new year. And I am mustering all my strength to say NO.:))

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