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Water retention, natural remedies
Water retention, let's see the main natural remedies and healthy tips
Cleanse the liver and gut, thus strengthening the immune system and fighting inflammation, poor digestion and fat accumulation
Natural remedies, diet and yoga help purify the internal organs, especially the liver, sweeping away toxins and fighting inflammation and edema in the lower limbs. In this way the body's defenses are strengthened, digestion improves and the body feels more active.
Stress, anxiety, drugs and a sedentary lifestyle, also related to the situation we have lived and are experiencing, can contribute to the accumulation of toxins in the body, which reacts by activating the inflammatory response. This inflammation, however, tends to be chronic, tires and burdens the body, slows digestion, weakens the immune system, promotes weight gain, visceral fat and water retention. So how to act to remove toxins, counteract inflammation and recharge the body and the immune sy...
Proso millet, the rediscovered cereal
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and proteins, supports the health of the nervous system, counteracts water retention, protects the heart and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, is anticancer and strengthens bones, does not contain gluten.
Proso millet, scientific name Panicum miliaceum, is one of the oldest cereals but is often, wrongly, neglected. Several scientific studies have brought attention to this cereal, because, in fact, millet is a precious source of properties for health. Proso millet, nutrients - Millet is easy to digest, provides energy and protein in higher quantities than rice, wheat or oats. Not only that, millet is a source of easily assimilable amino acids, but also of vitamins, such as B vitamins, especia...
Pineapple, the most loved tropical fruit
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, counteracts obesity, cellulite and water retention, protects the heart, prevents thrombus formation and lowers cholesterol, strengthens the immune system from bacterial and viral infections, useful in case of arthrosis.
Pineapple is one of the most loved tropical fruits. The sweet scent and juicy texture make it the favorite ingredient for fruit salads, desserts but also juices. However, the luck of pineapple is not only due to its unique taste. In fact, this fruit is characterized by important health properties. Pineapple, properties - Pineapple is a valuable source of fiber, vitamins, including vitamin A, C, group B, mineral salts, such as copper, calcium, potassium and even manganese, which is an essentia...
Dandelion, the magic plant with a thousand uses
Anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating, digestive, tonic, diuretic, purifying, antidiabetic, liver support, anticancer properties, also useful to treat skin irritations and acne.
According to an ancient Irish legend, a long time ago, at the origin of the world, when human beings had not yet appeared, the gnomes and fairies were free to run in the meadows and woods. But everything changed when the humans arrived. The fairy creatures, to escape man's thirst for conquest, had to seek refuge in the woods, among rocks and bushes. But for the fairies it was different, with their bright clothes they certainly couldn't think of hiding! And here's the magic, the fairies turned in...
Mint tea, a drink that tastes of exotic lands
Carminative, helps digestive processes, counteracts swelling and abdominal pain, calms spasms, antimicrobial and analgesic action, useful for oral health and against bad breath, diuretic, improves attention and concentration, counteracts nausea and headache caused by stress, relieves the symptoms of allergies.
Today we are talking about mint tea, a tea that, with its fresh and fascinating scent, speaks of distant and exotic lands. But peppermint tea is also a healthy drink, let’s speak about its properties on the basis of scientific research. Peppermint tea, properties - Mint leaves, scientific name Mentha piperita, are rich in essential oils and antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer and antiviral substances such as rosmarinic acid, luteolin and hesperidin. By infusing these leaves in boiling water...
Food combinations and cooking methods, sweet peppers
Vitamins, mineral salts, proteins and antioxidants, peppers are a truly beneficial food for health, characterized by anticancer, anti-obesity, neuroprotective and diuretic properties as well as useful for bone health. Let's find out how to make them more digestible and what are the best cooking methods and food combinations to maximize their properties.
They can be of different colors, red, yellow or green, some are small and elongated, others larger and square, we are talking about sweet or bell peppers. Peppers bring joy to any dish but are also a precious source of healthy substances. First of all, they are characterized by a high antioxidant, anti aging, antitumor, anti diabetes and neuroprotective power. Peppers strengthen the immune system and contain vitamins, such as C, group B and P, provitamin A but also proteins and mineral salts (Ch...
Slow cosmetique, small remedies for cellulite, heavy legs and swollen ankles
Ivy, rosemary and coffee to counteract stagnation, strengthen the microcirculation and act with slimming properties, useful in case of cellulite, heavy legs and swollen ankles.
Heavy legs, swollen ankles and orange peel skin, are there any natural remedies to counteract all of this? As always, nature also comes to our aid with infused oils and plants with a draining, diuretic, antioxidant and astringent action, also useful to improve blood circulation. Ivy - Ivy is rich in saponins, which are antioxidant substances that help strengthen blood vessels. But ivy also shows an important drainage action against edema in lower limbs, it detoxifies and is diuretic (Gulcic et...
Healthy in the kitchen, salt
Salt maintains food and its main component, sodium chloride, is indispensable in various biological processes. But don't overdo the quantity. So let's see what are the effects of a diet characterized by excessive salt consumption and how to reduce it.
Homer called salt the divine substance, and in ancient times it certainly was. In fact, more than as a condiment, salt was considered essential to preserve food, meat, fish and vegetables, guaranteeing the necessary sustenance and therefore survival even in times of famine or in winter. Over time, however, salt has become the most used ingredient to flavor foods, so much that we can find salt almost everywhere, even in desserts. The problem, however, is that if on the one hand the sodium chlorid...
Antispasmodic and calming action, useful in case of anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, but also stomach and belly pain, diuretic, anti-inflammatory action, helpful in case of cough, cold and sore throat.
Linden, or basswood, scientific name Tilia, is a plant of the Tiliaceae family that can reach considerable size and is characterized by a great longevity. Linden flowers, leaves and bark are considered excellent natural remedies to prepare decoctions and infusions with a calming and antispasmodic action. But let's see in detail the properties of this very special plant. Linden, properties - Maurice Messegue speaks of linden in his book My herbarium, indicating this plant as a remedy for insomn...
Natural remedies against water retention
Diet, massages and herbal teas, this is what can help to counteract water retention in the legs and ankles.
A long period of inactivity, a situation that has forced us home for weeks and maybe a diet low in fruit and vegetables and rich, instead, in processed foods full of salt ... here are some reasons why many of us may be struggling with an increased water retention especially in the legs and ankles. In this article we will not talk about edema caused by diseases but we will focus on fluid retention caused by lifestyle. So let's see some natural remedies that can be added to a resumption of a moder...
Vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and diuretic action, useful against stones, protects the heart by lowering blood pressure and the risk of type 2 diabetes, helps control weight and reduces the waistline.
The pear is the fruit of the Pyrus trees of the Rosaceae family, one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans. The pear is delicious and versatile, it can be taken both as fresh fruit and in the form of candied fruit, jams or juices. But the strength of the pear is that it is also a powerful source of health! Let's see its properties, proven by scientific studies. Pear, properties - The pear is rich in fiber, therefore useful for the proper functioning of the intestine. But a healthy intestin...
Liver and kidney cleanser, diuretic, stomach protection.
The dandelion, scientific name taraxum officinale, commonly known as dandelion, is a spontaneous herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. This plant grows in gardens and meadows and blooms in early spring presenting itself with a beautiful flower of an intense yellow color. The dandelion is a plant widely used in herbal medicine and in detox cooking thanks to its leaves and roots that purify the liver, are diuretic and antioxidant (Choi et al, Int J Mol Sci, 2010). But the dandelion is also kn...
Black currant, herbal tea
Relieves muscle tension, helps in case of rheumatism, stomach pain but also water retention, stones, gingivitis and stomatitis.
The blackcurrant, scientific name ribes nigrum, is a shrub of the Grossulariaceae family, can reach 2 meters in height and is characterized by very dark fruits or berries. In herbal medicine, different parts of blackcurrant are used, for example its young buds are used to prepare glycerine macerate, which we have already talked about previously as a remedy for allergies. But even the blackcurrant leaves, once dried, are very interesting in the herbal medicine field and are the ingredients for po...
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer, strengthens the immune system, useful for lowering blood sugar and therefore helpful in case of type 2 diabetes, protective for brain health, diuretic action.
The poria mushroom, scientific name Wolfiporia extensa, belongs to the Polyporaceae family and is also known as Poria cocos. This edible mushroom has been known and used by traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years and, as often happens, in recent years science has also been interested in its properties, trying to verify and understand them. Poria mushroom, properties - Nowadays we know that, thanks to the presence of polysaccharides, triterpenoids and fatty acids, the poria fungus...
Couch grass, herbal medicine
Diuretic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, useful in case of stones and urinary tract infections, cystitis but also cellulite and water retention.
Elymus repens, also known as couch grass, scientific name Agropyrum repens, is a plant of the Gramineae family. The couch grass is considered an invasive weed and a problem for those who have a garden, however, in the herbal medicine field, from this plant we get a very useful remedy. Cough grass mother tincture, uses and properties - In fact, the mother tincture obtained from the rhizome of cough grass is diuretic and antibiotic due to its content in essential oils, saponins, flavonoids, muci...
Vitamins and minerals, fiber and water, powerful antioxidant action, useful to protect the health of eyesight and skin.
The blood plums, also known as Japanese blood plums, are the fruits of the prunus salicina tree, and should not be confused with the plums, which instead are the fruits of the European plum or prunus domestica. The blood plums make their appearance on the market shelves at the beginning of the summer and, unlike the plums, can be eaten only fresh and are not dried. These fruits have a soft pulp, a color ranging from yellow to red or deep purple and a round shape, not as elongated as the plums, w...
Cherries, stones and stems
The stems of the cherries are diuretic, antioxidant and antimicrobial and help in case of cystitis, water retention and cellulite, the cherry stones can be used to make a pillow useful in case of muscle and joint pain, painful menstruation, stress, stiff neck but also distortions and sprains.
Cherries are so delicious, juicy, tasty and healthy, rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidant substances. And the great thing of cherries is that nothing is thrown away, neither the stems nor the stones, both interesting natural remedies! But let's see better in detail. Cherry stems - Cherry stems are highly diuretic and therefore useful in case of water retention and cellulite (Hooman et al, Pak J Pharm Sci, Oct 2009). Moreover, scientific studies (Aires et al, ABP, 2017) have observed...
Vitamins and mineral salts, able to lower blood sugar levels, helpful to counteract cholesterol, against water retention and cellulite, able to protect the liver, the stomach and the heart, reduce the waist line.
Aronia, scientific name aronia melanocarpa, is a bush belonging to the Rosaceae family. Its fruits, called aronia berries or chokeberries, are berries that, for what concerns their appearance, remind the blueberries but the taste is a bit sourer. Aronia berries can be found in the form of dried berries or in the form of juices. Chokeberries, properties – As for the properties, aronia berries are a source of vitamin K, useful for the health of bones and the proper blood clotting, vitamin C, gro...
Stinging nettle, the herbal tea for health and beauty
Detox and anti inflammatory action, antibacterial and digestive properties, useful in case of gout, rheumatism, retention, kidney stones, acne, eczema, wounds, benign prostatic hypertrophy but also bleedings, hypoglycemic properties, source of vitamin C.
Stinging nettle, scientific name urtica dioica, is a plant belonging to the Urtica genus well known for its action that causes stinging and itching on the skin. The leaves, indeed, are covered by hair that, when breaks, releases a substance that causes the rash. However, it is in fact this substance that makes the nettle so healthy. Stinging nettle is indeed a valuable natural remedy, known and appreciated for centuries for both the wellbeing of the body and the beauty of skin and hair. Stingi...
Slow Cosmetique, what to do against cellulite and stagnation
How to prepare by yourself a lotion able to counteract cellulite, retention and stagnantion with few but effective ingredients.
Focusing again on the importance of the skin and its needs, this is the purpose of Slow Cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium with the aim to make it clear that the skin absorbs what is applied on it. Creams, serums, lotions, massage oils, sometimes they are prepared with effective and natural ingredients but often, unfortunately, with substances that do not bring real benefits or that can even be irritating if not dangerous. Sometimes it takes little to have a great cosmetic, by using what n...
Spring onion or green onion
Vitamins and mineral salts, diuretics, useful in case of water retention and cellulite, antitumor action proven by scientific studies.
Spring onions are very young onion bulbs, scientific name Allium cepa, harvested when they are still immature. Just like garlic, onion and leeks also the spring onions belong to the family of the Alliaceae and, like these vegetables, have a powerful antitumor action. In fact, spring onions, like the other members of the Alliaceae, contain sulfur compounds (Nicastro et al, Cancer Prev Res, Mar 2016) able to induce apoptosis, which is the programmed death, of cancer cells. Moreover, as reported in...
Food combinations and cooking methods, asparagus
With diuretic, weight-loss and protective action on heart, brain and vessels, the asparagus can be eaten steamed or raw, combined with particular foods able to work in synergy and to increase its properties.
The edible parts of asparagus, scientific name Asparagus officinalis of the Liliaceae family, are its young shoots. These vegetables bring important healthy substances, such as rutin, with a protective action on the heart, brain and blood vessels, quercetin, an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant substance, but also fibers, beneficial for the gut, vitamins A, B, C, K and E, zinc and folic acid, namely vitamin B9, (Nishimuro et al, Nutrients, Apr 2015 - Ganeshpurkar et al, Saudi Pharm,...
Relaxing, soothing, diuretic, digestive and antiseptic action, in the form of infusions, decoctions or bath useful in the case of migraines, depression, meteorism, insomnia, nervousness, anger, rheumatism, burns and acne, the scent helps to keep away moths and mosquitoes.
Lavender, scientific name Lavandula officinalis, is a plant belonging to the Labiate family. It is characterized by a blue-violet inflorescence organized in spikes and by an intense aroma that makes lavender a nice ornamental plant for gardens and balconies. But lavender also has an interesting healthy action. In fact, lavender shows a diuretic, antiseptic, fluidifying, digestive but also calming action recognized by tradition but also proven by scientific studies. Lavender can be used to prepar...
Artichoke, herbal remedy
Mother tincture able to protect the liver, to lower the blood sugar levels, triglycerides and cholesterol, helps the liver regenerate and rebalances the values of transaminases if altered, useful in case of poor digestion, diabetes cellulite.
Cynara scolymus is the scientific name of the artichoke, the vegetable that we use for cooking. The artichoke belongs to the Composite family and it isn’t just a yummy ingredient but it may become also a herbal remedy. From its leaves, indeed, a mother tincture is obtained rich in phenol compounds such as cynarin, cinaropicrin and caffeic acid. Thanks to these substances the remedy has antioxidant and diuretic properties and is able to protect the liver and the cardiovascular system (Kurt et al,...
Pellitory of the wall
Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, emollient and expectorant, useful in case of cystitis, water retention, stones, hemorrhoids, rheumatism and gout, soothing and healing action to help treat dermatitis, wounds, insect bites, rashes caused by nettles, cracked skin and chapped lips.
Parietaria officinalis, also known as pellitory of the wall, upright pellitory or lichwort, is a plant of the Urticaceae family that includes also the nettle. The people who suffer from seasonal allergies surely have heard of the pellitory since its pollen can cause sneezing, rhinitis and asthma. However, the pellitory has also beneficial properties for the health. Properties - The remedy, taken orally, shows a diuretic, emollient and purifying effect, useful in case of water retention, stones...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion Third Part
Let’s see how to get benefit from the diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic and antibiotic properties of the onion with two yummy and versatile preparations, boiled and fried onion.
The onion is an edible bulb belonging to the Liliaceae family and also one of the most healthful and protective foods that you can find. Thanks to the several scientific studies that have focused their attention on the properties of the onion, today we know that this vegetable may bring benefit in case of catarrh, cough, bronchitis and flu thanks to the antibiotic and expectorant action, is helpful to keep at bay blood sugar levels, it is diuretic and therefore able to counteract water retention...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion Second Part
Not only raw onion, also the onion in the oven has interesting diuretic, expectorant and anti-aging properties especially if combined with parsley, avocado or a fruit rich in vitamin C, a very healthy food combination is onion with legumes or cereals.
The onion, family of the Liliaceae, is eaten and appreciated both for its taste, sweet and strong at the same time, and for its beneficial properties for millennia. As often happens with traditional foods, remedies and herbal teas, also in case of onion the scientific studies are now confirming its healthy action. Nowadays, we know that eating onions can be really useful thanks to its antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, slimming, hypoglycemi...
Food combinations and cooking methods, onion First Part
Raw onion preserves all the diuretic, hypoglycemic, antibiotic, anti cancer and anti aging properties, is able to protect the cardiovascular system, this action is maximized if onion is associated with vitamin C and E, also sofrito with onion for the preparation of tomato sauce has interesting beneficial properties.
The onion, belonging to the Liliaceae family, is well known, appreciated and eaten for millennia. The first signs of its usage go back to the Chaldeans, 4000 years ago, but also the ancient Egyptians used onions a lot, while during Middle Ages the onions were considered a so precious food that they were used as coins. Nowadays, thanks to scientific studies, we know that this edible bulb isn’t just tasty but also rich in antibiotic, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, thus usefu...
Vitamins, mineral salts, folic acid and important antioxidant substances with anticancer properties, diuretic, laxative and purifying effect, useful against cough and phlegm.
Turnip greens, scientific name Brassica rapa sylvestris of the Cruciferous family, are a vegetable of Italian origin but nowadays spread also in other parts of the world such as America and Australia. The turnip greens are characterized by dark green leaves and inflorescences, called broccoletti or broccoli of turnip. The healthy properties are truly remarkable, in fact these vegetables bring vitamins, such as C, group B and A, folic acid and mineral salts such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, ...
Stemless carline thistle
Digestive and draining action, against cellulitis, water retention and poor digestion, helps the liver, for external use helps the healing process of wounds, blisters, acne and eczema.
Stemless carline thistle, also known as dwarf carline thistle, scientific name carlina acaulis, is a plant of the Asteraceae family. This remedy has tonic, draining, digestive and diuretic properties and therefore helps to counteract cellulite, improves digestion and supports the work of the liver. You can prepare a decoction in this way, bring to a boil a cup of water together with a tablespoon of carlina roots, let it simmer for a couple of minutes, filter and let it cool down, then drink a cu...
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