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Serotonin, the happiness hormone
Counteracts anxiety and depression, helps regulate the sleep-wake rhythm, appetite and heart function.
They call it the hormone of happiness, we are talking about serotonin, a neurotransmitter that not only regulates mood but also plays a role in many other biological processes that affect, for example, the heart rate and regulation of appetite. Given the importance of serotonin, let's try to understand exactly its function in the body and brain and how to avoid drops in this substance. Serotonin, what it is and how it works - Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that modulates neural activity an...
Omega 3 fatty acids, the healthy fats
Omega 3 are anti-inflammatory, protect brain, eye and nervous system health, counteract fatty liver, are antiviral and help maintain muscle mass.
Essential fatty acids, a category to which omega 3 also belong, are not synthesized by the body but must be introduced with diet or supplements. But what are the properties of omega 3 fatty acids and why are they said to be good for health? Are there any side effects related to their intake? We try to answer these questions by analyzing, as always, the results published in scientific journals. Omega 3 and heart - Omega 3 fatty acids help protect the health of the cardiovascular system. In fac...
Breathing, the simplest natural remedy for viral infections, asthma, insomnia and anxiety
Breath as a natural remedy. Let's see the best breathing techniques that, based on scientific research, have been shown to counteract anxiety, depression, insomnia, asthma and even viral infections of the respiratory tract.
Breathing and the way we do it can become our powerful allies against asthma, but also colds, respiratory tract infections, anxiety and insomnia. Let's see how small tricks or simple exercises that you can practice even every day for a few minutes can help improve well-being and quality of life. Sometimes solutions and remedies are something we really have… under our noses! Breathing through the nose against viral infections - Between the mouth and nose, it is best to breathe through the nose...
Against anxiety, insomnia and depression, here are tips and natural remedies for every day
Tips and remedies for anxiety, insomnia and depression to be put into practice in everyday life. Because the effective actions are even the simplest, such as drinking a milk with a pinch of saffron, cooking or even imagining natural landscapes.
The mind that continues to go to the same obsessive and continuous thoughts, the attention always focused on the search for possible solutions, which however are not found, at night a great effort to fall asleep and nocturnal awakenings and during the day anxiety and nervousness that do not let us enjoy the little things that life offers. Can natural remedies in these cases help to restore calm, clear the mind and drive away anxieties in order to recharge us with energy and put us in the best co...
Magnesium ensures proper heart function, regulates blood pressure, mood, helps counteract premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation, muscle cramps, but also depression and insomnia, especially in older people. We also look at the main dietary sources of magnesium and the role of supplements.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is involved in more than 300 different reactions that take place in our body. Magnesium is involved above all in the processes involving energy metabolism, DNA replication and repair and the synthesis of neurotransmitters. With age, magnesium levels tend to drop since bone mass, which is one of the most important reserves of magnesium, is also reduced. In addition, as regards the other age groups of the population, chronic infla...
Cinnamon essential oil
Antibacterial and antiviral action, useful for respiratory health, an aid against acne and skin aging, anti-anxiety and anti-depression action, for oral health, anti-cellulite.
With its warm and spicy aroma cinnamon essential oil recalls holidays, family warmth and serenity. This essential oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the bark of the cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum of the Lauraceae family. Its main active ingredient is given by the substance called cinnamaldehyde, then followed by eugenol. These substances give the essence its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and blood flow stimulating properties (Rao et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med., 2...
Okra, the vegetable with healthy properties you don't expect
Antioxidant, anti-diabetes, counteracts the accumulation of fat in the blood, is anticancer and fights depression, soothes irritations of stomach and intestines, modulates the action of the immune system, anti-inflammatory.
Okra or okro, scientific name Abelmoschus esculentus, is a typical plant of warm countries such as Tunisia, Egypt or Ethiopia but it is also grown in Italy, America and Asia. The fruits of okra, similar to green peppers, are used in the kitchen as vegetables. And what a vegetable! In fact, okra is a very healthy food to which science has dedicated several studies published in international journals. So let's try to understand the properties of okra and its uses in the kitchen. Okra, properties...
Coffee, delight and health in the cup
Coffee is antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory, protects the brain and liver and counteracts depression, improves attention.
According to the legend, an Ethiopian shepherd one day, while he was taking his goats to pasture, came across some coffee plants. The goats ate the leaves and berries of this plant and at night, instead of sleeping, the goats continued to walk full of energy and vivacity as never before. The shepherd then tried to grind the berries to make an infusion, coffee was born! Coffee is, today, one of the most known, appreciated and consumed drinks in the world. But is this just a tasty habit or can cof...
Blends of essential oils to strengthen the immune system and fight cellular degenerations, viruses and bacteria
Some essential oils, if applied through massage or inhaled, are able to reduce anxiety, stress and depression but also to support the immune system in the fight against viruses, bacteria and malignant cells.
Strengthening the immune system means increasing the action of some of its functions that can protect us more effectively from external attacks by pathogenic organisms but also from cells that can show a malignant degeneration. Several plants and spices have proven to be able to support the immune system, some examples are echinacea, garlic and Uncaria tomentosa. However, there are also essential oils able to act by supporting the immune system and putting it in the best conditions to defend the...
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 6, gooseberry, red currant and coriander
Properties, uses and cultivation of gooseberry, red currant and coriander.
This is the time to take care of the garden! Taking care of plants, seeing them grow, bloom and then reap the fruits is healing, puts you in a good mood, removes bad thoughts and empowers the mind leaving it free to draw on its talents and resources. Because it is these resources that help us overcome any trauma, concern or obstacle. By taking care of a vegetable garden we also take care of ourselves! Today we talk about gooseberries, red currants and coriander. Gooseberry - Gooseberry, scient...
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 5, tomatoes and zucchini
How to grow tomatoes and zucchini, two seedlings that cannot miss in your garden.
Watering the plants, seeing them grow full of life and then harvesting the fruits! Taking care of a vegetable garden is fascinating and beneficial, it relieves stress, anxiety and also allows you to have fruit, vegetables and aromatic herbs available every day. Today we talk about how to grow tomatoes and zucchini. Tomatoes - The tomatoes are plants that really cannot miss in a vegetable garden. Elongated tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, ribbed tomatoes, there are many varieties of tomatoes and all ...
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 4, chives, parsley and raspberry
Taking care of a garden counteracts stress and allows you to have a continuous production of plants and fruits with a high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant power, today we are talking about the chives, parsley and raspberry.
Taking care of a vegetable garden, whether in the garden or on the balcony, brings joy. Seeing the seedlings grow and enjoying their beauty and their fruits is therapeutic, it frees the mind from anxieties and worries and brings out talents and resources that we never imagined we would have. Not only that, garden plants are also valuable sources of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances that we can have available even without leaving home! So let's see growing tips, properties and uses of ...
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 3, common marigold, lavender and strawberry
Today we talk about how to grow and use three very special garden plants, common marigold, lavender and strawberry!.
Taking care of the garden counteracts stress and induces relaxation, science says it, too (Hassan et al, Geriatr Gerontol Int, 2018)! For this reason, especially in particularly difficult periods such as the one we are experiencing, surrounding yourself with plants to grow can be truly therapeutic as well as a healthy choice, because as we will see, garden seedlings can be real powerful remedies at hand in addition to guaranteeing herbs and fruits to bring to the table. Common marigold - With ...
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 2, thyme, lettuce, rocket and violets
Properties, uses and care of thyme, lettuce, rocket and violets.
Taking care of the garden is good, for health and mood, it helps remove anxiety, keeps the mind occupied making it free and creative, able to follow its potential and talents. That's why we decided to start this section dedicated to properties, uses and ways of growing herbs, flowers and plants that are available in supermarkets or nurseries in this period. Last time we talked about rosemary, primroses and basil, today it's the turn of thyme, lettuce, rocket and violets! Thyme - Thyme is antio...
Yoga nidra, yoga relaxation for self-healing
Yoga nidra is a yoga relaxation technique that induces intense and deep calm, makes the mind active, the thoughts clear, improves mood and contrasts agitation and depression.
Yoga nidra is the yoga of aware sleep, in it lies the secret of self-healing. With these simple words, the great yoga master Swami Satyananda Saraswati described this particular technique of yoga meditation, yoga nidra, literally the yoga of sleep, which he himself had created inspired by ancient practices of the Indian tradition. Yoga nidra is more than a relaxation exercise. Through guided meditation it brings the person into that state of calm that precedes sleep. In fact, Swami Satyananda Sa...
Vegetable garden, health and relaxation Part 1, basil, daisies and rosemary
Let's start this section dedicated to the vegetable garden by seeing properties, uses and advice on cultivation of basil, rosemary and daisies.
Taking care of the garden or vegetable garden, even on the balcony, is good for your health. Not only because in this way you have your own production of fruit, vegetables, aromatic plants or even flowers as a beautiful ornament for the house, absolutely under control, possibly organic and zero kilometer, but also because, it has been shown by scientific studies, it improves mood and fights anxiety (Soga et al, Prev Med rep, 2017). A Japanese study reported that observing plants even acts on the...
Properties and dietary sources of tryptophan, the essential amino acid that helps in case of insomnia, sadness and anxiety.
Tryptophan is an amino acid discovered by two British biochemists, Hopkins and Cole, in the early 1900s and is one of the eight amino acids defined essential, that is that they are not produced by the body but have to be introduced with diet (Richard et al, Int J Tryptophan Res, 2009). Tryptophan, what is it? - Tryptophan is used by the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin, in turn, is a neurotransmitter involved in various processes such as sleep induction, pain threshold control, thermoregu...
Fish oil pearls
Able to protect the heart, helpful in case of diabetes, depression, degenerative diseases, beneficial action on the skin, anti-inflammatory properties.
Fish oil is the oil that is obtained from fish such as tuna, cod, salmon, anchovies, herring and mackerel. It is sold in the form of pearls and, today, is one of the most popular supplements used for its beneficial properties. Let's see better in detail! Fish oil, properties - Fish oil contains long chain Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids of the EPA type, or eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid. Scientific studies have shown that the intake of fish oil has a protective eff...
Longevity diet Part 3, the Mediterranean Diet
Mediterranean Diet is recognized by science as a combination of lifestyles and food choices that may play a role in maintaining the general health of the body by counteracting the risk of developing illnesses and by helping live longer and healthier.
Living long and living well, what is the secret of this winning combination? According to the most recent scientific researches, it seems that diet, intended as the set of food choices, plays a pivotal role in determining also our health. In previous posts we discussed about the longevity diet in Okinawa, the Japanese island where the people live long and healthy. Today we’ll see another cornerstone of healthy diet studied a lot by science, the Mediterranean diet. Mediterranean diet, what is a...
Rosa centifolia, the flower with soothing, analgesic and antioxidant properties
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, useful in case of joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis but also wounds and sores, rejuvenating and antiseptic properties suitable for all skin types, both skin with wrinkles and acne prone skin, it has a relaxing scent.
The rosa centifolia, also called Provence rose or May rose, is a type of hybrid rose of the Rosaceae family whose origin dates back to the seventeenth century. Its flower is characterized by a beautiful deep pink color with overlapping and fragrant petals. It has a very intense aroma, sweet and with notes of honey, that makes this rose an ingredient highly appreciated in perfumery. Rosa Centifolia oil, properties - The rosa centifolia also plays a leading role in cosmetics and as a natural rem...
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, prebiotic, immunomodulatory and neuroprotective action, able to improve the cognitive functionalities both in healthy people and in case of degenerative illnesses, antidepressant action and able to counteract anxiety, protects the stomach and bowel mucosa, useful in case of ulcers or chronic inflammations of the digestive tract.
Hericium erinaceus, known also as lion’s mane mushroom or monkey head mushroom, is an edible mushroom native to North America, Europe and Asia. This particular mushroom isn’t just fascinating for its look, characterized by long and white spines, but also thanks to its healthy properties demonstrated by scientific studies. Properties – This mushroom is indeed antioxidant, it is able to stimulate the immune system but shows also a neuroprotective effect connected to the enhance of a protein, NGF...
Mineral salts such as magnesium and iron, powerful antioxidant food with a demonstrated protective action on brain and heart, able to lower blood pressure, counteracts chronic inflammations, improves the mood and has a beneficial action in case of allergies, acts against fat accumulation and to reduce the waistline.
The plant of cocoa, Theobroma cacao, belongs to the family of Sterculiaceae and is native to south America. When the seeds are extracted from the fruits of the tree they are subjected to a multi step process involving fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding in order to obtain, as a final product, the cocoa powder that we can purchase in the shops. A fine, brown and scented powder that is commonly used for cooking, sweets, drinks but also as an ingredient of beauty cosmetics. Let’s see the pr...
Food combinations Part 5, the best ways to eat artichokes
Raw artichokes, cooked in oil or boiled, prepared with ginger or garlic, every preparation has its properties in order to help the liver, to counteract poor digestion, insomnia, anxiety or anemia.
The artichoke is the flower bud of the plant Cynara scolymus. The artichoke is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, cynarine, an alkaloid able to protect the liver and to lower the cholesterol, inulin, a prebiotic that protects and stimulates the bacterial flora of the gut, antioxidants such as tannins (Rondanelli et al, Monladi Arch Chest Dis, Mar 2013 – Lopez-Molina et al, Phytochemistry, Jun 2005). However, the properties of the artichoke depend on the ways of cooking and on the foods served t...
Yarrow essential oil
Powerful essential oil to treat skin problems such as irritations, pimples, eczema, psoriasis or wrinkles, useful against cramps and stress.
Yarrow or common yarrow, scientific name Achillea millefolium, is a medicinal plant belonging to the family of Asteraceae. Its name comes from Achilles that, according to the myth, used this plant on advice of the centaur Chiron to heal the war wounds. From this plant an essential oil is obtained with important and well appreciated anti inflammatory and soothing properties, useful to treat different problems of the skin, and characterized also by an antispasmodic effect, able to give relief in c...
Warming essential oil blend
Counteract the first cold days with the warming essential oils, here for you a special blend that you can create by yourself at home.
Rain, wind and cold, autumn is coming with the sensation to feel chill also in the bones. Hot herbal teas and high-energy foods are helpful but an aid may come also from the essential oils. Today we will see how to create by ourselves a special essential oil blend in order to diffuse in the rooms of houses or offices sweet, scented and warming notes, able to counteract the chill sensation and to make us feel comfortable, at peace and protect. Let’s see how to prepare a warming essential oil ble...
Blue Chamomile essential oil
Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic and calming action, able to bring serenity, useful to treat skin problems such as acne, wounds and irritations, can help in case of nocturnal enuresis in children, abdominal cramps, muscle and rheumatic pain, headache.
Chamomile, also known as German chamomile, scientific name Matricaria chamomilla, belongs to the Asteraceae family that includes also arnica and marigold. From the small flowers of chamomile, through steam distillation, one of the most powerful essential oils is obtained, the so called blue chamomile essential oil. This essential oil is characterized by anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the presence of a particular active substance, the chamazulene (Safayhi et al, Plant Med 1994), it has a...
Anti-inflammatory lifestyle Part 5, friendship and love for a healthy brain
For a healthy mind and to counteract inflammations also close relationships and friendships and the feeling of being part of a society have a pivotal role.
Aristotle was the first to say it in his work Politics, man is, by nature, a social animal and tends to aggregate with other human beings. But this behavior isn’t just natural, it is also the basis for a healthy mind and an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Eliana Liotta, Age isn’t the same for everyone, but also articles such as Keicolt-Glaser et al, Neurosci Biobehav rev, 2010). As we have seen in the previous post, an enemy of our physical and mental health is chronic inflammation, that doesn’t gi...
Anti inflammatory lifestyle Part 1, the physical activity
A lifestyle that includes a moderate physical activity is helpful to soothe and remove stress, depression and inflammations, according to scientific studies.
As we have seen in the previous posts, diet plays a pivotal role in counteracting chronic inflammations, the enemy number one if we want to grow old in good health, both physical and mental. According to scientific studies indeed, chronic inflammation, not the acute and beneficial one able to fight the threats like virus and bacteria, but the inflammation that works continuously and in silence is considered the cause of premature aging and several illnesses such as Alzheimer and depression, but ...
The sun stimulates the synthesis of vitamin D, the release of beta endorphins, the hormones of well-being, and that of nitric oxide, able to lower blood pressure.
In ancient Egypt the sun, represented by the god Ra, struggled every night against the snake god Apofi, the incarnation of chaos and darkness that wanted to prevent him from rising. Every night the priests prayed that Ra would win the fight and the sun would return to shine the next day and guarantee life, wellbeing and prosperity. Beyond the myth the central point is that the sun is essential to life, the sun in fact activates the chlorophyll photosynthesis of plants, which in this way take nou...
Cocoa essential oil
Scent able to give a feeling of wellbeing, energy and vitality, useful against tiredness, depression sadness, helpful in case of stress or to counteract stress eating, able to stimulate the tissues, to tone and nourish the skin, against cellulite, for soft and glossy hair.
Cocoa essential oil is obtained through the processing of the seeds of cocoa plant, scientific name Theobroma cacao. This essential oil is characterized by a special aroma and interesting antioxidant properties and can be used in cosmetic, aromatherapy but also to give to your dishes a fascinating scent. Let’s see the main uses of one of the yummiest essential oils. Cosmetic – Cocoa essential oil is used to perfume the cosmetics. In addition to this, thanks to its antioxidant and nourishing pr...
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