Cooking, Food, Health, inspiration

Anti Aging Life: Lettuce from my Garden to the Table and Nutrition Facts

My romaine lettuce in my garden…GOING CRAZY…and healthy!

Lettuce Nutrition Facts at the bottom of the post.

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Lettuce is a great vegetable: it looks beautiful in your veggie yard, it is healthy on your plate and refreshing on your face.

My friend says lettuce and cucumber on her face work wonders. She looks 10-15 younger than her real age, that’s for sure!

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Many of us have the goal of being strong and healthy now and in our 80’s and 90’s ( I personally want to celebrate my 100 year birthday on a bicycle or motorcycle, yes, Sir! ) If you want to be live a long life you need to start eating some anti-aging food and, for starters, leafy greens have to be on your plate every day, lots of them!


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Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy55 kJ (13 kcal)
2.23 g
Dietary fiber1.1 g
0.22 g
1.35 g


Vitamin A equiv.



166 μg


1987 μg

1223 μg
Thiamine (B1)

0.057 mg

Riboflavin (B2)

0.062 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5)

0.15 mg

Vitamin B6

0.082 mg

Folate (B9)

73 μg

Vitamin C

3.7 mg

Vitamin E

0.18 mg

Vitamin K

102.3 μg




35 mg


1.24 mg


13 mg


0.179 mg


33 mg


238 mg


5 mg


0.2 mg

Other constituentsQuantity
Water95.63 g

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
Covid-19, Education, Health, Information

Learning Friday: Long Covid 19 Symptoms Of Long-Hauler Patients

All these symptoms can reduce the quality of life of the patient:

Long Covid is a range of symptoms that continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. It can happen to any Covid-19 patient, including those who were not hospitalized. Some patients develop medical complications that may have lasting health effects.

inspiration, mental health, Motivation

Words of Wisdom: Mental Flexibility to Help You Thrive in Difficult Times

Contemplation by Professor Michele Lynn Pruitt

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Today we face many changes, different ways of doing our daily chores, and huge differences in the way we purchase our necessities in life.

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It was interesting to see the changes in just our phone habits in the course of a few short years: home phones to flip phones to iphones. Now our phones seem a part of us in ways never thought 20 years ago.

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We wait in line to buy food, wear masks, don’t hug or shake hands and cannot see smiles.

Our best choice is to be flexible in this situation in order to survive.

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Flexible, independent thinking will help navigate these uncertain times. Listening, learning, and making decisions that are best for ourselves is the way to make it.

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INSPIRATIONAL Roosevelt: I’m Still Standing – Strong Minded Franklin D Roosevelt You Can Do It Too!


Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States of America, died at the age of 63, on April 12, 1945. I’m not going to tell you data about him and bore you to tears. We all know we can “Google” his name and find his bio anywhere in the interwebs.

What I want to tell you today about FDR is what I think about how strong-minded he was. His compassion and empathy towards humanity, and how he inspires me to help others and stand strong!

I don’t know if you are familiar with him going to “Warm Springs” in Georgia after he got poliomyelitis (most commonly known as polio). His depression about losing his ability to walk, his struggle to find his way back to society and move around, crippled him even more than his disability to walk.

It is important that I emphasize what I mentioned above: his depression and struggle crippled him more than the disease itself. I tell you why: the mental ability to overcome a physical challenge marks how a person will develop a strong or weak character. That mental ability will make anyone regain confidence, emotional strength, and power to go on in life with an unbreakable positive attitude.

Well, in Warm Springs – the only hospital devoted solely to the treatment of poliomyelitis victims in the world -, he found himself and discovered the existence of many others with the same illness he had. These patients were coming from different backgrounds and privileges -or the lack of- in society: rich, poor, with education or without it, children, young adults, and adults, all suffering from poliomyelitis.

Franklin D Roosevelt shared his time with children and learned from them. He admired the courage of little children and how they never gave up.  These children were strong-minded and strong-spirited and walked, with extreme difficulty and pain but with a huge smile, and that my readers, is what we all should do every day of our lives.

While many succumb to the trauma of failure and lose confidence and performance, resilient individuals rise again, learn from their failure and improve their performance. It takes passion for life, will, and a positive-stubborn attitude to never give up, to never give in.

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Poliomyelitis deepened and grounded FDR. It made him a champion of children with polio—an effort that led to the March of Dimes and the later Salk and Sabin vaccines—and for that matter a champion of all people who suffered hardship, physical, mental or emotional.

Always remember: While you are alive and breathing, make sure you are able to say “I am still standing”.

IMPORTANT NOTE from Dr. Castro:

Just because I admire the man who he was, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, please don’t assume that I am a Democrat. Or because I have expressed my admiration for some Republican people in the past, it does not mean that I am a Republican. I admire the human being, no matter his political affiliation nor religion, or the lack thereof.

I am a true freedom thinker who does not like labels. I don’t follow hypocrites. I admire what I think it’s admirable to me, and criticize what I sincerely think has to be denounced as a bad policy, a harmful action, or a crime

Dr. Martha A. Castro Noriega, MD

Education, inspiration, Science

Learning Wednesday: Interesting Facts About The Human Body You Need To Know Part

  1. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It receives oxygen directly from the air.
  2. The human brain has a memory capacity equivalent to more than four terabytes on a hard drive.
  3. A newborn child can breathe and swallow at the same time for up to seven months.
  4. Your skull is made up of 29 different bones.
  5. Nerve impulses sent from the brain move at a speed of 274 km/h.
  6. A single human brain generates more electrical impulses in a day than all the telephones of the world combined.
  7. The average human body contains enough sulfur to kill all the fleas on the average dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make seven bars of soap, and enough water to fill a 50-liter barrel.
  8. The human heart pumps 182 million liters of blood during the average lifetime.
  9. 50,000 cells in your body died and were replaced by new ones while you were reading this sentence.
  10. The human embryo acquires fingerprints within three months of conception.
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Health, inspiration, Motivation, Nature

5 Trails I Have Hiked And Love The Most

My favorite hiking trails so far…but more to come!

Hiking is an economical way to increase your activity level while offering a plethora of health benefits: your heart, lungs, and brain, getting that oxygen! The purpose of hiking to me is to enjoy nature, be WITH nature.

Mist Trail in Yosemite California

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Kalalau Hiking Path in Hawaii

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National Scotland Paradise Tracks

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Inca Trail in Perú. This one takes you to Machu Picchu

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Queen Charlotte Track New Zealand

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Health, mental health, Motivation

Learning Wednesday: Depression And Brain Inflammation

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Depression Can Cause Permanent Brain Damage!
Depression not only makes a person feel sad and dejected – it can also damage the brain permanently, so the person has difficulties remembering and concentrating once the disease is over. Up to 20 percent of depression patients never make a full recovery.


The mere fixation on anti-depressants will not solve this problem as the inflammation is very probably not limited to the brain. Silent inflammation is becoming more and more visible as the driving force behind chronic diseases.
An anti-inflammatory lifestyle with antioxidant-rich nutrition, physical activity, and the avoidance of toxins must be the logical conclusion for starters.

Health, inspiration, Motivation

Anything Goes On Sunday: Leaving Obesity Behind

It is admirable when people decide to change their lives by living a healthy lifestyle. This woman and this man made it. And yes, these were extreme cases, but an inspiration nonetheless.

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If you have 10 or 40 lbs to lose or more, you can do it, by eating healthy, practicing moderate exercise, and developing a positive-strong mind.

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