1. 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Watermelon

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    Summer is the time to indulge in fresh, succulent juicy melon when they are in season and deliver an array of nutrients, vitamin and minerals. It is also incredibly hydrating (up to 92% water!) and is naturally low-fat. Make this melon a part of your daily diet and you will reap amazing benefits that range from improving cardiovascular health to nourishing your eyes and revving up your immune system. Read on to discover 8 amazing health benefits of watermelon!
     
    Cardiovascular & Bone Health
    The lycopene in watermelon is especially important for our cardiovascular health and is now being recognized as an important factor in promoting bone health. Consuming large amounts of watermelon has also been correlated with improved cardiovascular function because it improves blood flow via vasodilation (relaxation of blood pressure). Dietary lycopene (from foods like watermelon or tomatoes) reduces oxidative stress which normally reduces the activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts (the two major bone cells involved in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis) – this means stronger bones for those consuming lycopene-rich foods. Watermelon is also rich in potassium which helps to retain calcium in your body, resulting in stronger bones and joints.
     
    Reduces Body Fat
    The citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline is an amino acid which converts into arginine with help from the kidneys. When our bodies absorb citrulline it can take the step of converting into arginine if so required. Citrulline, when consumed, has the ability to (through a series of steps) block the activity of TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase) which makes our fat cells create less fat, and thus helps prevent over-accumulation of body fat.
     
    Anti-inflammatory & Antioxidant Support
    Watermelon is rich in phenolic compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids. The carotenoid lycopene in watermelon is particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals. The tripterpenoid cucurbitacin E is also present in watermelon, which provides anti-inflammatory support by blocking activity of cyclo-oxygenase enzymes which normally lead to increased inflammatory support. Make sure you pick ripe watermelons, because they contain higher amounts of these beneficial phenolic compounds.
     
    Diuretic & Kidney Support
    Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine, but does not strain the kidneys (unlike alcohol and caffeine). Watermelons helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) which eases strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.
     
    Muscle & Nerve Support
    Rich in potassium, watermelon is a great natural electrolyte and thus helps regulate the action of nerves and muscles in our body. Potassium determines the degree and frequency with which our muscles contract, and controls the excitation of nerves in our body.
     
    Alkaline-forming
    Watermelons have an alkaline-forming effect in the body when fully ripe. Eating lots of alkaline-forming foods (fresh, ripe, fruit and vegetables) can help reduce your risk of developing disease and illness caused by a high-acid diet (namely, meat, eggs and dairy).
     
    Improves Eye Health
    Watermelon is a wonderful source of beta-carotene (that rich red hue of watermelon = beta carotene) which is converted in the body to vitamin A. It helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration as well as prevents night blindness. Vitamin A also maintains healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, and mucus membranes.
     
    Immune Support, Wound Healing & Prevents Cell Damage
    The vitamin C content in watermelon is astoundingly high. Vitamin C is great at improving our immune system by maintaining the redox integrity of cells and thereby protecting them from reactive oxygen species (which damages our cells and DNA). The role of vitamin C in healing wounds has also been observed in numerous studies because it is essential to the formation of new connective tissue. The enzymes involved in forming collagen (the main component of wound healing) cannot function without vitamin C. If you are suffering from any slow-healing wounds, up your intake of vitamin C heavy fruit!

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/04/8-amazing-health-benefits-of-watermelon.html

  2. Enlightenment

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    Enlightenment does not come by reading many books, obtaining multiple academic degrees, meditating and starving the body under an ancient tree or praying the whole night under the moonlight! Enlightenment rises from within a soul that practices pure mercy, compassion, gratefulness, faithfulness and love in every situation! Because these qualities bring one closer to The Divine! The more closer one is to The Divine by practicing divine qualities, the more enlightened one will become! ~Prem Tihan 
  3. Each Moment

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    Each Moment in a day,
    has its own value-
    Morning brings hope,
    Afternoon brings faith,
    Evening brings love,
    Night brings rest,
    Wish you find them all today.

    Source: sms4smile

  4. Happiness

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    Happiness is not something
    you postpone for the future.
    It's something you design for the present.
    Make each moment a happy one.
    I just did it by remembering you!

    Source: sms4smile

  5. True friends

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    True friends are like mornings,
    you can't have them the whole day,
    but you can be sure,
    they will be there when you wake up tomorrow,
    next year and forever.

    Source: sms4smile

  6. Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks

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    SEOUL — At least four people are dead and nearly 300 missing after a ferry boat sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday. Authorities initially reported most of the passengers were rescued but quickly backtracked and raised casualty figures dramatically as the scale of the tragedy became clear….read more
    http://kimedia.blogspot.com/2014/04/hundreds-missing-after-south-korean.html

Live and Die for Buddhism

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Wall of Remembrance…

Wall of Remembrance…

BUDDHA OF THE BATTLEFIELD
His Holiness Maha Ghosananda
Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism
His whole life for the Khmer Nation,
Buddhism & Peace (5/23/1913 - 3/12/07)
He will always be in my heart...

Major Differences in Buddhism

Major Differences in Buddhism

There is no almighty God in Buddhism. There is no one to hand out rewards or punishments on a supposedly Judgement Day ...read more

This storm nearly took my life

This storm nearly took my life

Thanks to the police officers who came to help me and drive me out of the road till I was able to take over the wheel.

Keep being YOU

Keep being YOU

When other people treat you poorly, walk away, smile and keep being YOU. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. ~marcandangel

Lotus Flower

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What makes the lotus flower so special?

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.

Eternal Beauty

Eternal Beauty

The best way to fix a broken Heart

The best way to fix a broken Heart

My Reflection

My Reflection

This site is a tribute to Buddhism.
Buddhism has given me a tremendous inspiration to be who and where I am today. Although I came to America at a very young age, however, I never once forget who I am and where I came from. One thing I know for sure is I was born as a Buddhist, live as a Buddhist and will leave this earth as a Buddhist. I do not believe in superstition. I only believe in karma.

"My religion is very simple.
My religion is kindness"

"The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness." ~ Dalai Lama

When we live in the love of God

When we live in the love of God

Keep away from people who bring you down

Keep away from people who bring you down

You have a unique gift to offer this world. Be true to yourself, be kind to yourself, read and learn about everything that interests you and keep away from people who bring you down. When you treat yourself kindly and respect the uniqueness of those around you, you will be giving this world an amazing gift... YOU! ~Steve Maraboli

Do not let go your kindness

Do not let go your kindness

Because it’s who you are

Because it's who you are

You don't do kind deeds expecting kindness in return. You don't do kind deeds because you deem the recipient worthy. You do kind deeds because it's who you are, and because you understand the powerful difference your gentle hand makes in this dreary world. ~Richelle E. Goodrich

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