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Flowers to eat, colors, scents and health are served Part 3, lavender and zucchini flowers
Lavender is antioxidant, helps to keep blood sugar under control and protects the brain, zucchini flowers fight aging processes, lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
Some flowers are edible, such as rose, calendula, but also nasturtium or pansy. Adding flowers to recipes not only contributes to making the dish more cheerful, but also healthier. In fact, as we have seen, flowers can bring valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and neuroprotective properties. Be careful though, not all flowers are edible, so avoid collecting flowers in the fields because you could confuse them with other toxic species. In addition, if you grow the flowers personall...
Flowers to eat, colors, scents and health are served Part 2, calendula and pansy
There are flowers that can be eaten and that provide valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, such as calendula and pansy.
Flowers to eat? Yes, some types of flowers are edible and can be added raw to recipes. Perfect in this case are the salads to which the flowers give color but also antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. In the previous post we talked about the rose and nasturtium, today we talk about the properties of calendula and pansy when they are added to our dishes. However, a warning is required first. Avoid picking flowers along the streets or in the meadows as you cannot know if ...
Health and beauty, the remedies of the spring
The natural remedies to purify the body and counteract the stagnations by removing toxins, stimulating the work of the liver and fighting inflammations.
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
There are foods able to activate a type of proteins in our body, the sirtuins, that help to counteract fat accumulation, the free radicals and illness for a longer and healthier life, let’s see these foods and how to serve them in order to preserve all the nutrients.
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...
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...
Fat burning diet Part 4, the spices turmeric, black pepper and cloves
The spices turmeric, black pepper and cloves help counteract fat accumulation and the chronic inflammations.
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
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 4, the importance of stimulating the brain
Against stress, inflammations and the risk of developing degenerative illnesses it is important to keep the brain active and break the daily routine.
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
An anti-inflammatory lifestyle also involves sleeping the right amount of hours per night, about 8 hours according to researches.
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
Yoga, tai chi, qigong or mindfulness meditation, these are just some examples of disciplines that combine the health of body and mind and that, according to science, are able to silence the pro inflammatory processes.
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
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 ...
Anti inflammatory foods Part 5, guide lines of Mind Diet
Mind diet has been created by the researchers of the University of Chicago and has the purpose to fight free radicals and the inflammation processes with a particular beneficial effect on the brain.
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
Several scientific studies have been focused their attention on inflammations, today we will see Mind diet created to counteract chronic inflammations and Alzheimer.
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
The best foods to counteract inflammations according to scientific studies.
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
Spices, foods, plants and dressing can help us counteract inflammations that, if become chronic, promote aging and illnesses.
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
Inflammations are the healing processes used by our body to counteract bacteria, virus, toxins but can also be dangerous when they become chronic and cause aging and illnesses.
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. ...
Styrax essential oil
Healing and soothing, against itching, antiseptic, antispasmodic and expectorant properties, useful to treat problems of skin such as scabies, wounds, cracked skin but also gum inflammations, abdominal cramps and bronchitis, relaxing and anti-depressive action, against anger.
Styrax, scientific name Liquidambar orientalis, also known as Sweet Gum, is a tree native to Turkey with important uses in cosmetic and as a herbal remedy. Its resin has indeed antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, against itching, expectorant, antispasmodic and relaxing properties. Through steam distillation an essential oil is produced, this oil has still all the properties of the resin but it is better to avoid it in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Let’s see the main application...
Myrrh essential oil
Antiseptic, antifungal and healing action, useful in case of eczema, fungus, wounds, hemorrhoids, helpful to treat canker sores, stomatitis and infections of the oral cavity, calming and anti-depressive action, against cough and cold.
Myrrh essential oil is obtained from the plant Commiphora molmol belonging to the Burseraceae family. Myrrh was already known to ancient Egyptians, that used it to prepare beauty masks for face and hair or to obtain a cream that they applied on wounds. Nowadays myrrh is used as a remedy thanks to its antiseptic, healing and soothing properties, however, it is contraindicated during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in small children. In general, use it just for external application or to gargle, don...
Sea salt, unrefined
Mineral salts such as iodine but also iron, potassium and magnesium, for external use able to kill bacteria and for this reason useful in case of sore throat or irritations of the mouth, relaxes the muscles, counteracts eczema, ingredient of body scrub.
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...
Vitamins and mineral salts, anti-inflammatory action demonstrated by scientific studies, role in soothing some symptoms related to menopause such as hot flashes, fiber rich food, against constipation, satiating power, energy.
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...
Detox action, able to counteract plaque formation, cavities and results useful in case of inflammations of the gums, headache, migraines, eczema, dermatitis, stomach pain, intestinal pain, able to strengthen teeth and gums, reduces gum bleeding.
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...
Anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, diuretic and astringent action, useful against illnesses caused by humidity, rheumatism, fever, sinusitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, but also irritations of the oral cavity and gingivitis.
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 ...
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent action, useful in case of prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia, against cystitis and infections of the urinary tract, helpful for external use in case of dermatitis, eczema, wounds, burns, aphthae and irritations of the oral cavity.
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...
Vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants, thanks to the fiber it is able to counteract constipation and to keep under control the blood sugar levels, support for the immune system and for the health of the eyes, useful against free radicals, aging processes and inflammations.
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
Adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, tonic and stimulant properties, useful against stress, insomnia, nervous breakdown, in elderly or in case of loss of memory, helpful against muscle pain, in convalescence and weakness, anemia.
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...
Vitamins and mineral salts, remineralizing action, benefit for the bones, helpful to keep under control cholesterol and blood glucose levels, fibers for the intestinal health, anti-inflammatory action to treat problems of the digestive tract, in the form of decoction remedy for constipation, bad digestion, colitis, stomach pain, cystitis, but also inflammation of the oral cavity and, if applied locally, skin inflammations.
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...
Digestive, laxative, anti-spasmodic and carminative action, remedy in case of irritable bowel, constipation, loss of appetite, able to remove toxins and with an antioxidant effect, for external use is helpful in case of inflammation of the oral cavity and bleeding gums.
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...
Astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, useful in case of diarrhea, acne, eczema, irritations, ulcers, cicatrizing and soothing effects on the mouth, canker sores, sore throat, stomatitis and hemorrhoids.
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...
Sage essential oil
Helpful in case of hormonal imbalances, irregular and heavy periods, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes in menopause, cellulite, water retention, alopecia related to hormonal problems, remedy in case of asthma, bronchitis, excessive sweating of the feet, inflammations of the gums, canker sores or aphthae, nervous breakdown and anxiety.
Salvia officinalis, sage, is a plant of the Labiate family. Rich in natural estrogens, that result very helpful in order to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve the effects of menopause, sage is used to obtain an essential oil able to treat all the imbalances of the female genital tract, namely irregular or heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome but also hot flashes and irritability in menopause. From the emotional point of view sage essential oil is suitable to be used in case of nervous brea...
Bitter orange essential oil
Energizing and tonic action, helpful in case of fear, anxiety, depression, antiseptic properties in case of acne, eczema, inflammations of the gums, stomatitis, apthae, against water retention and cellulite, dull skin, anti-wrinkle action.
From the peels of the bitter orange, Citrus aurantium, an essential oil with energizing , tonic and antiseptic properties is obtained. The essential oil has a photosensitizing effect, for this reason avoid it before sun exposure or sunlamps. Aphtae, inflammations of the gums – In case of inflammations of the gums, aphtae, stomatitis you can gargle by adding two drops of bitter orange essential oil to a glass of warm water. Acne, eczema, dull skin, wrinkles – Bitter orange essential oil gives...
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