Gogi Berries Benefits:


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I am fascinated with ancient stories of Alexander the Great and his India and Himalayan expeditions. It’s cleared that Alexander wanted to bring so much information and knowledge for the west. The foods, their medicine systems and lifestyles made Alexander to fell in love with these Asian cultures!

Have you heard of Goji Berries?

Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. Some legends report that goji berries were eaten by monks in the Himalayan Mountains thousands of years ago and steeped in hot water to help aid meditation and obtain greater health, vitality, longevity, energy and stamina.

Low in calories, fat-free, a good source of fiber and a high antioxidant food, goji berry benefits include the ability to help you fight disease, effectively manage your weight and experience better digestion. Usually eaten raw, dried, or in liquid or powder form, versatile goji berries contain a wide range of phytonutrients, vitamins and trace minerals, giving them the name “superfood berries” by many health experts.

In fact, according a study published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, goji berry benefits include experiencing …

increased ratings for energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ease of awakening, ability to focus on activities, mental acuity, calmness, feelings of health, contentment, and happiness and significantly reduced fatigue and stress.

By there is more:

Goji berry benefits include the ability to treat diabetes, hypertension, infectious diseases, and common illnesses like the cold or a fever. Traditionally, they’ve also been used to fight depression and anxiety or other mood disorders. They’re a great source of antioxidants known as beta-carotene, plus other phytonutrients that help protect skin and eye health. Thanks to their ability to reduce blood glucose, regulate cholesterol levels and keep triglycerides at an ideal balance, they’re also shown to prevent heart disease.

As usual our wonderful USDA doesn’t offer nutrition facts for goji berries, and it’s believed that they vary widely depending on the type, how fresh they are and how they’re preserved. Different sources claim that goji berry benefits include varying degrees of nutrients, but below is a range of the vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals present in goji berries.

¼ cup of dried goji berries has about: 

  • 100 calories
  • 0 grams fat
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 13 grams sugar
  • 4 grams protein
  • 140 percent DV vitamin A
    • 35–163 percent DV vitamin C
    • 100 vitamin DV B2
    • 91 percent DV selenium
    • 24 percent DV potassium
    • 10–100 percent DV iron
    • 4–10 percent DV calcium
    • 18 amino acids (11 of which are essential)
    • 5 sources of healthy, unsaturated fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid and linoleic acid
      • Phytochemicals, including beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and polysaccharides

How does this compare to some other popular fruits?

According to the USDA, a small serving of dried goji beries has an oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) score — which measures the antioxidant value of various foods — of 3,290. By comparison, an apple has an ORAC score of 2,568; raisins a score of 3,406; blueberries a score of 4,633; and pomegranate seeds a score of 4,479. (3) All are good sources of various antioxidants, but what makes goji berries stand apart is their amino acids (protein), fatty acids and  specific antioxidants.

It’s rare for a fruit to provide amino acids, especially 11 types considered “essential” that the body can’t make. Also remember that each type of berry or fruit provides a different array and level of antioxidants, so the more types you consume the more benefits.

Cilantro The Magic Green Leaf!

By Jose Fuentes/Blogger/CN/



Cilantro isn’t just good to make or eat it with you guacamole. It’s a plant that needs to be in your kitchen all the time. Cilantro benefits are limitless and add lots of flavor to any of your dishes!

Cilantro herb is native to the Mediterranean, and Asia Minor (Turkey) regions. It is a perennial herb but grown as annual. It requires well-draining, fertile soil supplemented with warm summer climates to flourish. The plant is allowed to reach only about 9 to 15 inches in height in order to gather only its leaves. If left to grow further, it may reach about 5-7 feet in height, bears tiny, white or light pink flowers umbels by midsummer, followed by a bounty of round to oval, aromatic coriander seeds.

The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. The human body uses manganese as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Recent studies have also shown about  Cilantro’s purifying power, which lies in the structure of the outer walls of the microscopic cells that make up the plant. The architecture of these walls make them ideal for absorbing heavy metals.Therefore, cilantro leaves is a cheaper way to filter water especially poorer regions where water is not clean.

Use Cilantro As A Water Purifier:

Our tap water contains chlorine, fluoride, and different amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, chlorides, sulfates, and bicarbonates. It can also contain iron, manganese, copper, aluminum, nitrates, insecticides and herbicides.

Additionally, according to a report by the Associated Press, that’s the conclusion from a study of 24 municipal tap waters – yes, small quantities of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs – are in our drinking water supplies.

The problem with heavy metals is that they accumulate in the body, causing numerous health problems that can seriously impact literally every major organ in the body. Studies show that heavy metals in the body may be implicated in everything from Alzheimer’s to cardiovascular disease, from behavioral problems to kidney dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and even paralysis.

Chemical agents in cilantro bind to toxic metals, wresting them free from tissues and flushing them out of the body.

The secret to cilantro’s purifying power lies in the structure of the outer walls of the microscopic cells that make up the plant. The architecture of these walls make them ideal for absorbing heavy metals.

Cilantro is the most prevalent and powerful bioabsorbant material in the Tule Valley in Mexico City where water is heavily contaminated with lead and nickel. The cilantro bioabsorbant is replaced by the typical charcoal, which is more costly, in order to capture metal toxicity.

Just a handful of cilantro will clean a pitcher (about 2 liters) of highly contaminated water..

To your health!

Jose Fuentes



Passive Heating After Exercise Makes The Fat Melt Away!

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The after effect of exercise is great. But very few people benefit from all the great things that happened afterwards. For example, many cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath. But only recently has science began to understand how passive heating (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise) improves health. 

Loughborough University investigated the effect of a hot bath on blood sugar control (an important measure of metabolic fitness) and on energy expended (number of calories burned). They recruited 14 men to take part in the study. They were assigned to an hour-long soak in a hot bath (40˚C) or an hour of cycling. The activities were designed to cause a 1˚C rise in core body temperature over the course of one hour.

They measured how many calories the men burned in each session. Also measured their blood sugar for 24 hours after each trial.

Cycling resulted in more calories being burned compared with a hot bath, but bathing resulted in about as many calories being burned as a half-hour walk (around 140 calories). The overall blood sugar response to both conditions was similar, but peak blood sugar after eating was about 10% lower when participants took a hot bath compared with when they exercised.

They also showed changes to the inflammatory response similar to that following exercise. The anti-inflammatory response to exercise is important as it helps to protect us against infection and illness, but chronic inflammation is associated with a reduced ability to fight off diseases. This suggests that repeated passive heating may contribute to reducing chronic inflammation, which is often present with long-term diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Therefore I encouraged my clients and  friends to take a hot bath to achieve sustainability with their weight loss process. It is a proven technique that few practice. I pondered over a hot bath when in 2012 I started my post work out oxygen  consumption process. All of my clients did and after burning set and started to melt down!

My clients felt drench but alive and much more lighter!

Hot baths after exercise have survived the fickleness of time, while raising levels of nitric oxide. A molecule that dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. This has implications for treating high blood pressure and improving peripheral circulation in people with type 2 diabetes. As type 2 diabetes is associated with reductions in nitric oxide ability, passive heating may help re-establish a healthier nitric oxide level and reduce blood pressure.However, water immersion in a hot tub results  in a greater increase in body temperature compared with exercise, as well as a greater reduction in average arterial blood pressure. This is important as a reduction in blood pressure is closely associated with a reduced risk of developing heart disease. This study points to the promising effect that may result from passive heating. It also suggests some of the cardiovascular effects of passive heating may be comparable with those of exercise.

Finally passive water Heat shocks proteins containing molecules that are made by all cells of the human body in response to stresses. Their levels rise following exercise and passive heating. In the long term, raised levels of these proteins may help the function of insulin and improve blood sugar control. (Conversely, heat shock proteins have been shown to be lower in people with diabetes.)

It seems that activities that increase heat shock proteins may help to improve blood sugar control and offer an alternative to exercise. These activities – such as soaking in a hot tub or taking a sauna – may have health benefits for people who are unable to exercise regularly. Try it today it works!

To your health!

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My Bitter Healthy Childhood

Bitter Gourds

By Jose Fuentes/CN/Blogger


As I was growing in Mexico City, my attention was always in the plants that my Grandma grew. I never remembered putting my attention at anything other than her awesome plants and herbs. Grandma always shouted; mijo’ that is for women, men go to work!

I begged her to teach the art of planting and preserving nature. She was try to cajoled me with other matters that were for boys. Such as; playing soccer or climbing trees. She finally gave up; and taught me techniques  I could enjoy for a  healthy living in years to come.

 The bitter melon, I  enjoyed so much eating in Mexico (also known as bitter gourd) looks like a cucumber but with ugly gourd-like bumps all over it. Thereby, as the name implies this vegetable is a melon that is bitter. Grandma, explained that there were two varieties of this vegetable: One grows to about 20 cm long, is oblong and pale green in color. The other is the smaller variety, less than 10 cm long, oval and has a darker green color.

Both varieties have seeds that are white when unripe and that turn red when they are ripe. The vegetable-fruit turn reddish-orange when ripe and becomes even more bitter. Bitter gourd thrives in hot and humid climates, so are commonly found in Asian countries and South America. Westerners may not be so used to bitter melons, so may find them more difficult to consume. But if you can generally take bitter taste, you may be able to take this too. Try it, at least for all its healthful virtues! At first I sneeringly taste it. Then, little by little got used to its flavor. Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients. This is what your Doctor will never know. For that reason will put you on insuling inmediately. This is not new discovery, but many people never heard of this food!


Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.


Few other fruits/vegetables offer medicinal properties for these ailments like bitter melon does.

Blood disorders:  Bitter gourd juice is highly beneficial for treating blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to toxemia. Mix 2 ounces of fresh bitter gourd juice with some lime juice. Sip it slowly on an empty stomach daily for between four and six months and see improvement in your condition.

Cancer:  The juice of bitter gourd contains an enzyme that inhibits the transportation of glucose (sugar) that lowers blood sugar levels, also cuts off cancer cells’ food supply, retarding their growth.

Cholera:  In early stages of cholera, take two teaspoonfuls juice of bitter gourd leaves, mix with two teaspoonfuls white onion juice and one teaspoonful lime juice. Sip this concoction daily till you get well.

Diabetes mellitus:  Bitter melon contains a hypoglycemic compound (a plant insulin) that is highly beneficial in lowering sugar levels in blood and urine. Bitter melon juice has been shown to significantly improve glucose tolerance without increasing blood insulin levels.

Energy:  Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice has been proven to improve energy and stamina level. Even sleeping patterns have been shown to be improved/stabilized.

Eye problems:  The high beta-carotene and other properties in bitter gourd makes it one of the finest vegetable-fruit that help alleviate eye problems and improving eyesight.

Gout:  Bitter gourd juice is liver cleansing. It helps clean up a toxic blood, improves blood circulation and relieves gout pain.

Hangover:  Bitter melon juice may be beneficial in the treatment of a hangover for its alcohol intoxication properties. It also help cleanse and repair and nourish liver problems due to alcohol consumption.

Immune booster:  This bitter juice can also help to build your immune system and increase your body’s resistance against infection.

Piles:  Mix three teaspoonfuls of juice from bitter melon leaves with a glassful of buttermilk. Take this every morning on empty stomach for about a month and see an improvement to your condition. To hasten the healing, use the paste of the roots of bitter melon plant and apply over the piles.

Psoriasis:  Regular consumption of this bitter juice has also been known to improve psoriasis condition and other fungal infections like ring-worm and athletes feet.

Respiratory disorders:  Take two ounces of fresh bitter melon juice and mix with a cup of honey diluted in water. Drink daily to improve asthma, bronchitis and pharyngitis.

Toxemia:  Bitter gourd contains beneficial properties that cleanses the blood from toxins. Sip two teaspoonfuls of the juice daily to help cleanse the liver. Also helpful in ridding jaundice for the same reasons.


Choose unripe bitter melons that are firm, like how you would a cucumber. Avoid those that have turned orange or have soft spots. Ripe bitter melons can be excessively bitter.

Store bitter melons in the vegetable bin in the refrigerator which has the right temperature. It should keep for three to four days.

Keeping bitter melons at room temperature or with other fruits and vegetables will hasten the melon to ripen and become more bitter, due to the emission of ethylene gas.

Clean your bitter melon under cold running water and brush with a soft vegetable brush. To prepare, slice the melon length-wise and scoop out the seeds. To lessen the bitter flavor, soak it in salt water for about half an hour before juicing/cooking.

The smaller variety is more bitter than the bigger one. To help make bitter gourd juice more palatable, take it with honey, or add carrot or apple juice. For diabetics, drink the juice with green apple juice.

To your health!

Jose Fuentes!

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Medicine Ball The Forgotten Tool For Size And Power!

By Jose Fuentes/Strength And Conditioning Certified Specialist/Blogger


More and more work outs have been done with medicine balls and nothing else but medicine balls. But few know how to get buffed using med balls. The Joe Weider era is over!  The Arnold days have expired. You must realized that your bench press is only as good as your shoulders allow it to be. Aesthetics and functionality are part of the deal these days, your muscles can grow to the degree in which you become totally functional. The more whimsical your workout becomes; the stronger and buff you’ll get. Med ball training has been around since the ancient Greeks discovered health benefits from exercising with weighted balls. It is one of the oldest forms of strength and conditioning used to improve health, explosive power, and speed. Medicine balls are versatile, portable and lasted the test of time. Several styles and sizes exist – some are made of rubber or leather, some absorb load, and others bounce really high. But how can a weighted sphere be so simple, yet have the potential to be helpful to increase size?

It’s all related to force and speed which equals power! The ability to generate maximal power typically results in enhanced athletic performance!

The medicine ball serves as an excellent tool that can be used to enhance your power output. The freedom of movement allows for endless variations of exercises that can be tailored to your needs and more importantly, it teaches the body to work as an integrated system, which is key for improving size or athleticism and sport!

.Follow these exercise to recruit more fast twitch fibers and increase your Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) cycles, which will end up making you more powerful and 10 times stronger than anything you have ever done before!

1-Jump squat with Medicine ball


2-Burpee with medicine ball


3-Shoulder Raised with squat! (keep arms straight throughout)


4-Push ups (open grip)


Back Throws (behind neck ending on tip-toes)


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I know what’s in your head!

Steak, shrimp, protein powders, pro hormones, etc..NOPE; not a chance! testosterone is important for getting the most from your workouts. Testosterone  is the most significant anabolic hormone in the body. The more of it you have floating around, the easier you’ll be able to gain lean body mass and torch body fat. Although women produce less testosterone than men, finding ways to increase testosterone levels naturally can benefit both male and female physiques.

So, it pays to give your T-levels a little attention now and again. A simple trip to the supermarket will be all you need for now.

1-Grapes: The Health Benefits of Resveratrol. Protecting the endothelial lining of your arteries—so blood flows as it should. Reducing oxidative stress, which prevents premature aging of cells. Blocking the production of nf kappa b, a powerful, noxious inflammatory agent. Also just as a bonus;  the skins contain resveratrol, which makes for hardier sperm. Chinese researchers found the equivalent of 500mg – roughly the amount in 5-10g of grape skins – was enough to raise testosterone levels and improve epididymal motility (your sperm ability to swim).

Finally remember the more blood flows to the muscle the better pumps you get! So each a whole bunch of grapes daily!

2- Garlic for muscle maintenance

Garlic contains allicin, a compound that lowers levels of ‘stress hormone’ cortisol. “Cortisol competes with testosterone for the same sites within muscle cells,” Ditch the cortisol, then the testosterone can get to work. Garlic’s more potent uncooked.

3- Honey for better blood flow

For extra buzz in the bedroom and gym, dip into honey. It contains the mineral boron, linked to high testosterone. Honey is also rich in nitric oxide. “This is key in opening up blood vessels that create erections. Four teaspoons of honey can boost nitric oxide levels by 50%.”

4- Cabbage to flush out female hormones

King of the veg patch, cabbage is full of a chemical called indole-3-carbinol, which rids your blood of girly hormones. Healthy men took 500mg daily for a week at Rockefeller University; their oestrogen levels halved, making testosterone more effective. It’s time to become more of a man at meal times.

5- Macadamia Nuts

Dietary fat, in general, is known for its testosterone increasing effect, and nuts in general, are very high in fats. So one could easily assume that all nuts are pro-testosterone. However, that’s not the case.

The kinds of fats that have been linked to increased T production are saturated fatty-acids (SFAs) and monounsaturated fatty-acids (MUFAs). Polyunsaturated fatty-acids (PUFAs) on the other hand tend to lower testosterone levels.


Who doesn’t love a cup – or five – of strong coffee?

Coffee is great. It gives you the caffeine which stimulates the nervous system and jolts you up, while also boosting cAMP levels, leading to increased testosterone production.

Sure coffee can also increase cortisol levels (which is a stress hormone notorious for lowering testosterone), but it’s crucial to understand that the cortisol boost from caffeine is very short in duration, not like the T suppressing long-term (usually stress-related) cortisol elevation

7- Extra virgin olive oil can be straight on labeled as a testosterone booster.

Since there’s literally a study where young Moroccan men changed to extra virgin olive oil as their main source of fat, and in 2 weeks their testosterone levels increased by 17%.

This could have been caused by the fact that olive oil has a pretty darn great fat ratios for T production (73% MUFAs, 14% SFAs, 13% PUFAs), or it could also be the fact that olive oil is anti-inflammatory, or that it’s ridiculously high in antioxidants. It also contains the possibly testosterone boosting bitter glycoside; oleuropein.

Just make sure your olive oil is the real deal. I like the Spanish conquistador EXTRAVIRGEN AND WITH SUNFLOWER SEED OIL IN IT!


8-Raisins are a great food that boost testosterone levels for multiple reasons.

Firstly, they’re anti-inflammatory and chock-full of antioxidants, such as again’  resveratrol, which has been linked to increased testosterone and lowered estrogen levels in few studies.

Secondly, 100 grams of raisins contain ~3 mg’s of boron, which is a not too popular mineral that has increased testosterone levels quite significantly in few scientific studies (study, study).

So, it’s not a bad idea to make your own testosterone boosting snack trail mix with raisins, macadamia nuts, and brazil nuts.

9-Parsley is a great little plant. That’s because of a compound in it called apigening.

The researcher at Texas tech found out that AGIPENING increases the amount of  (steroidogenic acute regulatory protein) inside the testicular leydig cells.

Why is this great you might ask? Well, StaR is the binding protein that transports cholesterol into the mitochondria inside your ballsack, essentially converting it to free testosterone.

So, more parsley -> more StaR -> better conversion from cholesterol to free testosterone -> more free testosterone.

Bottom line: You better be consuming parsley.

10- Ginger is a common household spice, but it can be used to many other things than just to add flavor to foods.

Ginger contains the active ingredient, gingerol, which is a potent anti-inflammatory agent in the body

Not only that, but several animal studies have identified ginger as an androgenic compound (study, study), while one Iraqian human study noted a 17% increase in testosterone levels after ginger consumption!

So not a common household spice alone, but also a powerful androgenic anti-inflammatory agent. And cheap.

Ginger is a common household spice, but it can be used to many other things than just to add flavor to foods.

So not a common household spice alone, but also a powerful androgenic anti-inflammatory agent. And cheap.

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Have You Flushed Out Your Lymphatic Drains Yet?


By Jose Fuentes/CN/Author

Think of your body like a house. For example; If you don’t give proper care to your house during summer time, what happens?..Well among other things, we have weeds growing all over the place, excess of grass, mosquito everywhere, etc. And what about winter time? Your gutters are packed with leaves, excess of snow and ice, and basically your house becomes a mess. It is exactly what happens to your body. People become oblivious of things that are just basic, such as brushing our teeth, cutting our nails, etc. Your body is the most important asset. Respect and it will repair automatically. Our bodies are the most beautiful machines, Nature ever created. Why not love it?

When you are going so long this way forces you to adapt to a sea of toxins residing in your body that stress and weaken your immunity and alter important pathways of detoxification.

Some common symptoms of lymphatic congestion include:

  • Rings get tight on fingers
  • Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
  • Feeling tired
  • Bloating holding onto water
  • Itchy skin
  • Weight gain and extra belly fat
  • Swollen glands
  • Low immunity
  • Brain fog
  • Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
  • Dry skin
  • Mild rash or acne
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Mild headaches
  • Elevated histamine and irritation due to common environmental allergens
  • Occasional constipation, diarrhea and/or mucus in the stool

If you have some of these symptoms  try this rehydration therapy: Sip hot water every 10-15 minutes for 2 weeks straight. Keep a thermos of hot water nearby to make it easy for you to follow this protocol.Water – and only water – can adequately rehydrate the body and help to flush out toxins.

All red-staining foods tend to be great lymph-movers. The herbs Echinacea, Red root, berries, cherries, pomegranate, beets and cranberries were all traditionally used as dyes and as natural lymph-moving and detoxifying agents.

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Beets in particular also have one other very important property that make them the top food on my list right now – they thin the bile.

Bile is responsible for about 80% of the immune response in the gut, it regulates the stool, digests good fat and gets rid of bad fat. Beets also scrub the villi of the gut, which is where the digestive lymph originates. If you are going to start with any lymph health-promoting foods, beets are a good place to start.
Overall, make sure you eat your red foods and drink warm water for optimal lymph function! May be a subtle way to take get your system back on track. However, getting your lymph system cleared out will not only help boost your immune system, but it will also help you take an even bigger leap towards a life of health and vitality.

To your health!

Jose Fuentes/Blogger/CN

Jack Fruit The Ginormous Fruit TO Feed And Heal The World!

By Jose Fuentes/CN/Author


It’s not every fruit that gets my attention. Since I’ve been in the holistic field I have found over 200 different types of fruits that frankly speaking no many know of.

Then again, the jackfruit is not your typical fruit. It’s got a distinctive, musky smell, and a flavor that some describe as like Juicy Fruit gum.

It is the largest tree fruit in the world, capable of reaching 100 pounds. And it grows on the branches — and the trunks — of trees that can reach 30, 40, 50 feet. (Trunk-growing is a good thing because it reduces the odds of a jackfruit bopping you on the head.)

Jackfruits are also a nutritional bonanza: high in protein, potassium and vitamin B. And, with about 95 calories in about a half a cup, they aren’t quite as high-carb or caloric as staples like rice or corn. Your best stake won’t come near this awesome super food!

I read that  in mid-May, the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India, will devote two days to revving up production and marketing of the jackfruit as well as its cousin, the breadfruit.

For parts of the world facing food insecurity — the buzz phrase for the struggle to provide enough nutritious food — the jackfruit could be manna from a tree. The tree itself requires “relatively little care once it’s been established,” says Zerega. By contrast, popular crops like wheat, rice and corn need lots of irrigation and pesticides. And the jackfruit is a perennial so it doesn’t require constant replanting.

There won’t be an instant payoff for new farmers. A tree takes five to seven years to bear fruit. Eventually, a yearly yield might be in the 150- to 200-fruit range, says Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist at the University of Florida.

Fruits are typically picked in summer and fall. You don’t wait to harvest until they drop of their own accord — by that time, they’d be overripe.

The tree belongs to the mulberry family. And it’s got an impressive lineage. Around 300 B.C., the Greek philosopher Theophrastus wrote: “There is also another tree which is very large and has wonderfully sweet and large fruit; it is used for food by the sages of India who wear no clothes.”

Probably was a jackfruit. India is thought to be its place of origin.

As for the name “jackfruit,” it most likely emerged from what the Portuguese called it, “jaca,” which was probably a version of a name used in southern India, “chakka pazham.” Jackfruit has other names, too: kathal in Bangladesh, kanun in Thailand and nangka in Malaysia.

Whatever you call it, it’s a versatile food source — and thus a potential economic boon for countries that market it. Jackfruits can be dried, roasted, added to soups, used in chips, jams, juices, ice cream. The seeds can be boiled, roasted or ground into flour. Even the tree itself is valuable: high-quality, rot-resistant timber for furniture and musical instruments.

Or you can eat a jackfruit fresh like I do!

To your health!

Jose Fuentes/Blogger


The Gentle Healing Side Of Jiujitsu!

By Jose Fuentes/Blogger/Author


I have been transitioning slowly from judo to Brazilian jiujitsu. My prime concern before my decision was my hip related injuries!

 I suffered an injury on my hip running few years ago. My Doctor. said I had to lay off running. Nontwithstanding  my abilities and Doctors’ advice,I kept looking to do different things to strengthen my body and core muscles. Therefore, I became a Judo enthusiast.

I thought Judo to be high impact and too much stress on my hip. But I said to myself…why not trying it?

Surprisingly enough, was helpful and reinvigorating. Judo can take you  from standing to ground fighting. I have to confess that my hip felt much better with the ground fighting drills we practiced, than anything else I have ever done. Hence, I decided to transitioned slowly to Brazilian jujitsu which is all ground fighting!

It was self evident that Brazilian jiujitsu was in my life to stay. Nowadays, I combined it with Judo, and my everyday swim!

 Brazilian Jiujitsu is one of the best exercises any one can do for related hip injuries. There is no jumping, unlike other forms of martial arts such as: kung fu or tae kwon do. Heavy running or high impact falls; it is mainly on the ground.

We all Uphold the premise that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are mitigated when grappling on the ground, Brazilian jiu-jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to use ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical advantage instead of pure physic BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. While other combat sports, such as Judo and Wrestling almost always use a takedown to bring an opponent to the ground, in BJJ one option is to “pull guard.” This entails obtaining some grip on the opponent and then bringing the fight or match onto the mat by sitting straight down or by jumping and wrapping the legs around the opponent. This is something which got me hooked up from the get go because Human movement  performance is all about body’s mechanics.

I wanted to know who was the heroine who brought Brazilian jiujiutsu to the USA. Its a very different kind of Martial Arts that work on every segment of the core while practicing it. Brazilian Jiujitsu  has been helped me to rise to such heights from falling to such depths. This hip injury did lots of damage!

It is comforting to know that I can learn self defense while keeping my hips and full body strong.

I dug into the people who brought the sport to the USA. And wanted to find out how they gave such a great name to the sport which often  can fight much larger opponents during competitions and easily won.

I found one of their pioneers who brought the art to NJ and learned directly from the founders of the sport in Brazil. Sensei Edson Carvahlo, located in  Paterson NJ. He was kind enough to let me try a class, and gave me an interview on how the sport works!

Sensei CarvaHlo; showed me his dojo and explained to me each exercise carefully and why it was good for my core!

I was shocked by things such as; how much passion this man had to teach the sport he grew up with in Brazil. Also, I was impressed by how humble he was while teaching  the sport to his students. I felt totally reinvigorated after the class and have promoted his dojo in panegryc all over the place. Sensei Carvalho’s class was perfect to uncover anyone’s infirmities or point out defects without making feel the student down or dumb!

Sensei Carvalo’s father was one of the original masters who transition Judo into Brazilian jijiutsu, in Brazil. Further more; sensei Carvahlo has taught many Brazilian JJ world champions and recent UFC star Amanda Nunez who had recently beaten Ronda in a matter of secs. Amanda’s fight was recently broadcasted on paper view. So without further delay.. let’s take a look at my interview with Sensei Carvahlo at his dojo in Paterson NJ in January of 2017.

Click here to watch interview!

To your health!

Jose Fuentes/Writer/Blogger/Judo Enthusiast

Best Brazilian Jijiutsu School in nj!


By Jose Fuentes/CM-Writer

tongue anatomy

Did  you know your tongue is the most  overused and  underappreciated organ in your body?

I have been concentrating on big organs of the body to introduce new methods of weight loss and detox. However, every time I’m with a new student I emphasis the importance of chewing their food properly and the whole process of oral hygine.

Hymalayans are always lanky. But one of their attributes is the food they eat to strengthen and keep their tongue in good health! That has turn out in some of the most astonished results for them. Most of these tribes have the lowest rate in diseases and the highest rates in longevity. Most of them live up until they are over 100 years of age.

Western higyne methods are really horrible and the cure is worse than the ailment. When I go to the dentist, they shocked at the strength of my gums. But when I  try their methods on me to make my teeth whiter and “stronger” I look at them unambivalently. Because most of the great things happened in my mouth is due to few single practices I will disclose here.

Now here is the deal. The body has to go through ingestion,secretion.,mixing, movement, digestion, absorption and excretion. 

The  digestive system anatomy starts with mouth:

 Food begins its journey through the digestive system in the mouth, also known as the oral cavity. Inside the mouth are many accessory organs that aid in the digestion of food—the tongue, teeth, and salivary glands. Teeth chop food into small pieces, which are moistened by saliva before the tongue and other muscles push the food into the pharynx.

Teeth. The teeth are 32 small, hard organs found along the anterior and lateral edges of the mouth. Each tooth is made of a bone-like substance called dentin and covered in a layer of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Teeth are living organs and contain blood vessels and nerves under the dentin in a soft region known as the pulp. The teeth are designed for cutting and grinding food into smaller pieces.

Now this blog is about the tongue; however; understanding what’s next to it and how its companions work is crucial.

The tongue is located on the inferior portion of the mouth just posterior and medial to the teeth. It is a small organ made up of several pairs of muscles covered in a thin, bumpy, skin-like layer. The outside of the tongue contains many rough papillae for gripping food as it is moved by the tongue’s muscles. The taste buds on the surface of the tongue detect taste molecules in food and connect to nerves in the tongue to send taste information to the brain. The tongue also helps to push food toward the posterior part of the mouth for swallowing.

  • Salivary Glands. Surrounding the mouth are 3 sets of salivary glands. The salivary glands are accessory organs that produce a watery secretion known as saliva. Saliva helps to moisten food and begins the digestion of carbohydrates. The body also uses saliva to lubricate food as it passes through the mouth, pharynx, and esophagus.

Three pairs of major salivary glands in the tongue are  (patriot, sublingual and submandibular) and numerous smaller ones secrete saliva into the mouth. (Oral cavity), where it is mixed with flood during mastication. Saliva contains water, mucus, and the magic enzyme amylase. the enzyme amylase is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates.Hence, an important catalyst for your weight loss efforts. And yes; it is produced in your tongue!

Functions of saliva includes:

  • It has a cleansing action on the teeth
  • It moistens and lubricates food during mastication and swallowing
  • It dissolves certain molecules so that food can be tasted (see taste)
  • It begins the chemical digestionof starches through the action of amylase, which breaks down polysaccharides into disaccharides.


A clean tongue also means no debris obscuring your tastebuds. What’s this mean for you? More flavor and a better tasting meal!

Keeping your tongue clean can fight off bad breath bacteria that may be lurking around. While bad breath can be caused by a variety of things, cleaning your tongue is a great way to help keep your breath fresh. An important note about bad breath, if it’s chronic and doesn’t go away, you should mention it to your dentist immediately as it could be a sign of something serious.

These few of the things you can do immediately to keep your tongue healthy:


1-Coconut oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums!


It has taken quite some time, but oil pulling has finally gained some popularity in the United States.

Used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.

Oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.


2-Add organic mint to your diet:

Mint, the well known tongue  and breath freshener that is scientifically known as Mentha, has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties. It is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its remarkable medicinal properties.

The market is full of products like tooth paste, chewing gum, breath fresheners, candy and inhalers which have mint as their base element. Most of us are familiar with the refreshing application of mint, but it has far more to offer than that.

Get the organic leaves!

The health benefits of mint include the following:

Digestion: Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. When you feel sick to your stomach, drinking a cup of mint tea can give you relief. Also, if you are someone who travels long distances via plane or boat, the menthol oil derived from mint can be very soothing for nausea and related motion sickness. And best of it can clean your mouth and kill bad bacteria in your ton

3-The fastest and easiest way to get those bad bugs out of your mouth is with a tongue scraper. A traditional technique in Ayurveda, tongue scraping cleans bacterial build-up, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. This helps to not only clean the mouth, freshening the breath, but it also stimulates the metabolism as well.


We’ve been so focused on balancing the good bacteria in our gut with fermented foods and Kombucha, that we have forgotten all about the mouth! The mouth needs good bacteria too, which is why taking oral probiotics can be extremely beneficial, especially if cavities are a frequent occurrence. The more good bacteria you have, the more of a defense you have against the bad bacteria, reducing the incidence of inflammation and infection.

5-Neem oil (plant pictured above) is an ancient remedy used for clearing up infections in the mouth. While the oil does not pleasant taste, we believe in its healing capabilities enough to endure it. Acting as an antibacterial, neem oil can be used to keep the bad oral bacteria from taking over and proliferating. Clinical studies have shown neem to be effective in lowering levels of plaque and tartar, while reducing inflammation, bleeding gums and dental infections. Simply apply a few drops of the oil directly to the gum line, massage, and allow it to sit overnight.




There is just no way around it – flossing daily is an integral part of keeping our mouths fresh and clean, so why not add an extra bonus with tea tree oil. A natural disinfectant, tea tree oil reduces bad oral bacteria. Research indicates that tea tree oil significantly reduces gingivitis and bleeding of the gums, even in those with gingivitis. So grab some tea tree oil floss to blast those bugs hiding in between your teeth!

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Jose Fuentes/CN/CPT/AUTHOR


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