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Health and beauty, the remedies of the spring
During winter the lymph of the trees doesn’t reach the branches but tends to go down along the trunk towards the roots to avoid that the cold may freeze it. In spring the lymph starts again to flow. In our body happens something very similar, during winter all the processes slow down and then, with warm weather, vitality and energy come back. It is important, in this seasons change that welcomes spring, sun and warmer weather to help the body remove the accumulated toxins, to purify it but also ...
Fat burning diet Part 12, the sirtuins
Is it possible to lose weight with eating? Even if it may seem a strange thing, the answer to the question is yes, it is, according to recent, and very promising, researches that are focusing their attention on the connection between aging, diet and fat burning in a really complex but fascinating process. The shelves of the supermarkets are full of products prepared with refined flours, sugar-rich drinks, sweets with glucose syrup designed to satisfy our need of sweet and fatty food that is insi...
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...
Fat burning diet Part 4, the spices turmeric, black pepper and cloves
As we have seen in the previous posts counteracting overweight, and in particular abdominal fat, is a choice for our health. The adipose tissue indeed, especially if localized on the waistline, is an endocrine organ and is able to produce hormones and inflammatory substances, thus causing a chronic inflammation that is the basis of several illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and cardiovascular diseases (Coelho et al, Arch Med Sci, 2013 - Deng et al, Annu Rev Pathol, 2016). Let’s se...
Anti-inflammatory lifestyle Part 5, friendship and love for a healthy brain
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 4, the importance of stimulating the brain
Chronic inflammation is a process that can take years to blow up, it works silently and creates the environment for aging and illnesses of body and mind, such as Alzheimer, arthritis, cancer, depression or more visible signs like wrinkles or skin aging. In order to counteract this condition, we should start changing our lifestyle, as we have seen in the previous posts. We have seen also the importance of a good night rest, to regenerate and fight stress and inflammations. Today we will see that,...
Anti inflammatory lifestyle Part 3, the importance of a relaxing sleep
To live longer, healthier and, why not, even happier, it is necessary to counteract the chronic inflammations that work silently in the body by creating a favorable environment to aging processes, depression, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular problems, tumors and arthritis. We are not talking about the beneficial inflammations that counteract the threats to our health, as when we fall and skin a knee and the area swells and reddens to allow our defenses to act, but we are speaking about a sile...
Anti inflammatory lifestyle Part 2
Chronic inflammations can be considered one of the most dangerous enemies of our health. In silence, it works inside our body and create the conditions for several illnesses and also depression. Refined foods, fried foods and sugars act on our body by increasing chronic inflammation, also stress can increase chronic inflammation. In the previous posts we have seen the guide lines created by important universities such as Harvard or Rush University Medical Center of Chicago about healthy diet hab...
Anti inflammatory lifestyle Part 1, the physical activity
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 ...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 5, guide lines of Mind Diet
According to science, chronic inflammations are among the main causes of aging and connected illnesses such as arthritis, rheumatism, cancer, auto immune diseases and Alzheimer, as we have explained in the previous posts. Diet can be really helpful to soothe or remove inflammations. In particular, the researchers of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have recently created a diet, called Mind diet, that has shown anti-inflammatory properties and has been demonstrated to be able to improve ...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 4, introduction to Mind Diet
Chronic inflammations and the methods to counteract them in order to stay younger and healthier for a longer period of time, as described in the previous posts, have been the subject of several scientific studies. While the Harvard Medical School has indicated the foods that should be favorited and other foods that should be limited, another research performed by the Rush University Medical Center of Chicago has drawn up a diet, called Mind Diet, that is considered to be able to fight free radic...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 3, the anti-inflammatory diet
Inflammation is a beneficial process to our health if it is precise, lasts a short period of time and removes the threats that can be toxins, bacteria, damaged cells. The inflammatory process destroys the aggressor and then goes away. A perfect mechanism. However, this mechanism may not work properly and inflammation keeps on acting silent in the body, in a chronic way, for years, and then blows up with aging and illnesses such as arthritis, Alzheimer, allergies, cardiovascular problems and canc...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 2, the anti-inflammatory superfoods
Inflammations are an amazing tools used by our body to counteract a threat to our health such as virus, bacteria, damaged cells or toxins. However, there is a form of inflammation that isn’t so beneficial, the chronic inflammation works silent, subtle, it doesn’t show external signs but creates the ideal environment for aging and connected illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer, cardiovascular diseases. It seems that, in order to grow old healthy and young, chronic inflammatio...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 1
Our body is an amazing machine, it protects and heals itself, it works continuously and makes us move, eat, run, in one word, live. It is able to take the nutrients that are needed from diet or it produces them by itself, it can use the antioxidants, powerful substances against aging, but it has also a special mechanism in case of threats to our health, such as toxins, virus, bacteria or a cell out of control. This mechanism is represented by inflammation, that is the healing fire of our body. ...
Sea salt, unrefined
it’s easy to say salt… but actually there are a lot of different types of salt that you can buy, some types are healthier than other varieties. For example, the refined salt commonly used to season the dishes in cooking is the most processed and the richest in sodium chloride that, of course, is an indispensable substance for life but, if in too high quantity, can cause damages to the gastric mucosa, an increase in blood pressure and a worsening of osteoporosis. If you consider that sodium is a...
Bulgur is a cereal food obtained from durum wheat that, after steaming, is air dried and then coarsely milled. It has a very ancient origin, it seems indeed that bulgur was appreciated already by Babylonians and Hittites. It has the same characteristics as whole grain wheat, contains mineral salts such as potassium, iron and phosphorus, vitamins such as E, group B and PP, and fibers, useful for the proper intestinal functioning and to counteract constipation. Moreover, bulgur is a high energy f...
The Russian doctor F. Karach presented for the first time to the Western world the oil pulling technique, the method of Ayurveda able to strengthen the teeth, the gums and the jaw, improves the health of the oral cavity and rejuvenates the skin. Although the oil pulling has been known in India for centuries, its diffusion in other countries is due to dr. Karach, which, in the ‘90s, described the oil pulling during a meeting of oncologists and experts in bacteriology of the Russian Academy of sci...
The common alder, also known as black alder or just alder, scientific name Alnus glutinosa, belongs to the Betulaceae family. The plant is characterized by anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, astringent and diuretic properties and is useful to counteract fever, sinusitis, bronchitis, rheumatism, cold but also tonsillitis, pharyngitis and gingivitis. Black alder acts also as a tonic and stimulant on circulation, memory and concentration. You can use both the tea and the glycerin macerate of black ...
Hoary willowherb, scientific name Epilobium parviflorum, is a plant of the Onagracee family characterized by antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The remedy is used specially to treat problems related to prostate, to the urinary tract and to the skin. Hoary willowherb is useful in case of prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia, because an active substance contained in the plant has the ability to inhibit the proliferation of prostaglandin. This use, that comes from tradition, yo...
Passiflora edulis is a plant belonging to genus Passiflora, family of Passifloraceae, but it is well known with other names that include passion fruit or maracuja. The fruit of the plant is a berry characterized by a tough peel, a soft pulp rich in seeds but first of all by a very intense smell that makes the passion fruit a perfect ingredient for juices or ice creams. There are different types of passion fruit but the most important varieties are purple passion fruit, or passiflora edulis, with...
Indian ginseng or Withania somnifera
Withania somnifera, also known as Indian ginseng, Ashwaganda or winter cherry is a herb used in Ayurvedic medicine belonging to the Solanacee family, the same as tomato and eggplant. Native to India Withania somnifera is a small bush and its roots and leaves are used as a remedy with important benefits. In the Indian ginseng more than 80 active substances have been identified, among them the withanolides, that name the plant, that have anti-inflammatory properties and result able to inhibit the...
Hordeum vulgare, or barley, is a plant belonging to the Graminaceae family that has been cultivated and known since prehistoric times. Barley has very interesting nutritional properties, it is, in fact, rich in minerals such as phosphorus, important for memory and cognitive functions, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese and copper, by resulting, for this reason, a cereal with a protective action on the bones and with remineralizing properties. In addition to this barley contain...
Triphala is an ayurvedic remedy used as a tonic for the intestine with a bland laxative action and an antispasmodic and carminative effect. Triphala is made up of three fruits, amalaki, scientific name Emblica officinalis, rich in vitamin C and with a revitalizing, digestive and rejuvenating action, haritaki, scientific name Terminalia chebula, that has a draining and anti-aging activity, and finally bibhitaki, scientific name Terminalia belerica, with beneficial effects on irritable bowel, cons...
Rubus fructicosus is a spontaneous bush belonging to Rosaceae family together with rose, strawberry, apple tree and raspberry. Its fruits, the wild blackberries, are delicious and have also important healthful properties against constipation, they improve digestion and soothe inflammations of the mouth and throat. But you can use also leaves, flowers and roots as a remedy to treat wounds and ulcers, to strengthen the gums, to heal hemorrhoids and against sour stomach or diarrhea. Remedy also for...
The walnut tree has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, disinfecting, cleansing and digestive properties, it results able to purify and regenerate the intestine. Internal use, glycerine macerate – You can use the walnut glycerine macerate to treat disorders such as meteorism, flatulence, diarrhea and intestinal mucosa inflammation but also to help in case of skin problems, such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, oily skin thanks to the depurative action that acts from the inside of the body. Take 30 d...
Potentilla is a plant very rich in tannins with astringents, healing, cicatrizing and antibacterial properties. Potentilla is a remedy in case of diarrhea, inflammations of the oral cavity, mouth cold sores, but also in case of gingivitis, stomatitis, abscesses. Here's how to take it: Decoction - Prepare a decoction by taking 15 gr of dried root for half a liter of cold water and bring to boil. Leave to rest for 3-4 hours, filter and drink during the day in case of diarrhea. Wounds, abscesse...
The hamamelis, also known as common or American witch-hazel, is a plant with astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties. The witch-hazel protects blood vessels and can be used to treat diarrhea, it helps also in case of sore throat and gum inflammations, but especially it is a remedy in case of hemorrhoids and other disorders of the circulatory system such as varicose veins, phlebitis, cellulite and capillary fragility, since it strengthens the walls of blood vessels and prev...
The mango is a fruit that grows in the tropical areas, it is very tasty and has important healthy benefits. The mango, indeed, contains vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamins of group B and the vitamin C, it is able to strengthen the immune system and it is important for the sight, the bronchi and the breathing. Mango contains also mineral salts, especially potassium and magnesium, in this way this fruit is very helpful to fight the tiredness. The mango helps to lose weight, by avoiding the for...
Coconut can be eaten as a fruit, alternatively it is possible to drink coconut milk and coconut water. Fruit – The fruit, the coconut with the white pulp that can be eaten on the beaches, is rich in mineral salts such as potassium, magnesium, copper, iron. It contains also vitamins, such as vitamin C, B, E and K. Coconut is also a source of fibers and water, important in case of constipation. The high content of mineral salts is then helpful in order to remineralize in case of excessive sweati...
Sea buckthorn is a tonic for the body and very helpful in periods of stress and weakness. It contains also vitamins, such as vitamin A, B, E and C, in a higher quantity than that contained in oranges and kiwi. For this reason, sea buckthorn is a valid remedy in case of flu, fever, cold, in order to heal such illnesses but also to prevent them. It has antiseptic properties, it is a relief indeed for inflammations of the mouth and ulcers, antioxidant and anti-aging effects. Glycerin macerat...
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