health

Cholesterol – how to maintaint it’s healthy levels?

Let’s start with a question: is cholesterol really bad? Probably your first thought is “of course it is!”? However, the world of health is not black and white and what is believed as “bad”, often turns out to be essential (in the appropriate quantity, of course). This is exactly the situation with cholesterol – a substance that we tend to associate only with the cause of cardiovascular diseases, including the atherosclerosis. Nevertheless, cholesterol is essential for the proper functioning of the human body – it is a component of cell membranes, it is necessary for the organism to be able to produce vitamin D3, and it plays an important role in the production of the adrenal and sex hormones. Such functions are numerous, so if cholesterol is not hazardous, what is?

 

As in the case of any substance found in the body – harmful is an abnormal level of cholesterol, that is, its excess (or in rare cases, deficiency – also very dangerous, which can lead, among others to depression or abnormal development of the nervous system. It is not difficult to have an excess levels of cholesterol – it is only a matter of a bad diet, full of fried and heavy, fatty food, for the excessive amount of cholesterol to become even life-threatening. This is because as much as 60-80% of cholesterol is produced by our body, and the remaining amount comes from the diet, that is why there is such a strong need to regulate the intake of cholesterol.

 With this information, it is easier to look at the cholesterol problem – because you do not have to eliminate it completely (it is even impossible). It is enough to take steps to lower and stabilize the level of cholesterol in blood to protect yourself from the threat of atherosclerosis.

 

 What to do to decrease blood cholesterol level?

• Limit animal fats. It is recommended to get rid of fat milk and dairy products, butter, cheese etc. as often it is possible. The same applies to meat, especially fatty pork neck, knuckles and sausages.

• Give up sweets and sweet and fatty baked goods such as doughnuts, biscuits and cream-filled pastries.

• Look with suspicion at eggs because they are ‘double agents’. On the one hand, they contain large amounts of cholesterol; on the other hand, they contain lecithins, which prevent the deposition of cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels. Therefore, they are not fully banned, but you have to be careful – a healthy person can afford a few eggs a week.

Instead all above, invite to your kitchen vegetables and fruits, whole grain products, and groats. Replace animal fat with a vitamin and fibre bomb!

• Take care of your physical fitness, in a regular and moderate manner. A quick walk a few times a week will be a better choice than a hard workout during the weekend. The aim is to get your body moving, along with your metabolism, and to get your cardiovascular system more used to being temporarily faster. Regular exercise has a much greater effect on lowering cholesterol than changing your diet (but of course the changes must be comprehensive to be fully effective).

• Take care of regularity. It is better to introduce changes slowly, but permanently, not to make a quick burst and give up – the body does not like sudden changes in any area, so it is better to avoid the “yo-yo effect” in fat management.

• Support cholesterol regulation with supplements made from natural ingredients. In particular, look for botanicals such as:

o Garlic – lowers cholesterol,

o Fermented red rice – regulates cholesterol synthesis,

o Gynostemma – cares for good cholesterol levels and strengthens the circulatory system,

o Amla fruit – strengthens the heart muscle

o Brahmi (small-leaved bacopa) – prevents oxidation of fats in the blood, which is the cause of many heart diseases.

 

Taking care of the above points is able to minimize or even completely eliminate the possibility of atherosclerosis-related problems in the future, so it is worth taking care to introduce at least one of them for a good start right now – not postponing anything for “from tomorrow”!

How probiotics work on our body

Did you know that the mass of bacteria in the human body can be up to 2 kg! We have more bacterial cells than our own. Our body is teeming with bacteria – unfortunately not all of them bring as many benefits as probiotics. What’s the best gut probiotic?

Few people are aware that they regularly eat a portion of probiotics with yogurt. Until a few years ago, only scientists and nutritionists knew about it.

The topic of probiotics is being discussed more and more often, and our knowledge about their influence on our body is systematically increasing. It’s worth learning more to get the most out of taking probiotics.

What are probiotics?

Most often, with the word probiotic, we associate a small bacterium that protects us against disease. And rightly so! Probiotics (from the Greek pro bios – for life) are cultures of bacteria or yeasts, the main task of which is to maintain the correct physiological flora in our digestive tract. So they are live microorganisms, supplied from the outside with food, thanks to which we can enjoy health.

Did you know that your body has more bacteria than you have body cells? Their weight can be up to 2 kg! It’s hard to imagine, but our body is literally teeming with bacteria. Unfortunately, not all of them bring us benefits like probiotics. The proper functioning of the digestive and immune systems depends on the composition of our intestinal flora. Our health depends on how many probiotic bacteria and how many pathogenic bacteria we have. Therefore, the presence of probiotic bacteria in the body is extremely important – they inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria and can even kill them.
Prebiotics

Note, do not confuse probiotics with prebiotics! Prebiotics also have a positive effect on the gut flora. However, these are not living organisms, as in the case of probiotics, but only ingredients of other foods, e.g. fiber, which are the basis for the development of beneficial microorganisms and stimulate their growth.

How do probiotics work on our body?

Probiotics have a wide range of effects on our body. Their main task is to strengthen immunity and improve the condition of the digestive tract. This is because microorganisms produce natural antibodies, and also constitute a kind of protective barrier that prevents factors promoting infection into our intestine.
Intestinal probiotic

Probiotics have a positive effect, first of all, on the intestinal flora. They accelerate metabolism and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). Live bacteria cultures protect our digestive system. They improve digestion, regulate intestinal peristalsis and prevent diarrhea.

They also increase the nutritional value of products – they facilitate the absorption of minerals such as magnesium and iron as well as B and K vitamins.

In addition, probiotics strengthen immunity and protect us against infections caused by pathogenic bacteria. Therefore, it is very important to take as many probiotics as possible during and after antibiotic treatment. They will then regenerate the intestinal flora damaged by antibiotic therapy and reduce inflammation.

Skeletal system and probiotics

Probiotics facilitate the absorption of calcium important for our bones, thus preventing osteoporosis and other skeletal diseases. They should be taken especially by the elderly and those with lactose intolerance, i.e. milk sugar. It is essential in the process of calcium absorption and such people are at risk of deficiency of this element in the body. It is best to take probiotics with yogurt, buttermilk or kefir, but patients suffering from lactose intolerance can only use oral preparations.

Probiotics are extremely important. If you want to stay healthy for longer, pay close attention to them. The latest research shows that probiotics not only have a beneficial effect on our immune system, but also reduce the risk of allergies in children and people prone to it. Scientists also say that a regular dose of probiotics prevents the formation of cancer. This is because bacteria degrade and break down carcinogenic compounds.
Where to look for them?

The most common and proven probiotics are bacteria of the genus . They are available in special yoghurts, kefirs, all fermented dairy products, butter, and fruit and vegetable juices. You will also find them in pickled products, such as sauerkraut, pickled cucumbers or pickled beets. Probiotics can also be delivered to our body in the form of dietary supplements, of which there are more and more on the pharmaceutical market. Their use is especially recommended during antibiotic therapy.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG

It is said to be the perfect probiotic strain, and it is certainly the best recognized one. In 1983, this bacterium was isolated straight from the human body. The main feature of these bacteria is the ability to colonize the intestines. As a result, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus bacteria restore the intestinal microflora balance. Therefore, it is believed to be the most suitable probiotic for the intestines.
Post-antibiotic diarrhea

The studies that have been carried out show that over 1/3 of patients taking antibiotics may suffer from antibiotic diarrhea. Antibiotic treatment leads to intestinal mycloflora dysbiosis. Thanks to clinical trials, it has been shown that the use of this strain reduces the incidence of diarrhea.

In addition, the positive effect of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG bacteria was confirmed in the case of:

  • traveler’s or infectious diarrhea;
  • IBS – irritable bowel syndrome;
  • atopic dermatitis;
  • decreased immunity;
  • allergic diseases.

Remember that the normal bacteria in yogurt will not survive in your digestive tract as they are being digested on an ongoing basis. To ensure the right amount of live bacteria in the body, it is recommended to consume probiotic products on a daily basis. To find them, you need to check the labels on which it should be written what strain of bacteria the product contains. When buying, for example, yoghurt, check the composition carefully, because there are many products that are considered probiotic, although they do not contain live bacteria. For probiotics to perform their functions, there must be at least 10 million of them in a given product. To enjoy your health and well-being, make sure that this amount of live bacteria flows into your body regularly.

 

 

4 things that destroy you more than unhealthy food every day

I, too, was once convinced that taking care of your own health is about healthy eating and sports. Over time, I realized that this was not all. There is something else that has a huge impact on our well-being and health. It’s our way of thinking, the way we deal with stress, and how we care for our mental health. And I decided to write this post because, as I write on my blog: even the healthiest eco food will not help if you don’t take care of yourself and your head is full of negative thoughts. Are you worried that you ate the cookie? Are you counting calories carefully and have a feeling that you ate ice cream? Don’t have. Better take care of your mental health 🙂

What negatively affects your health?

Complaining and worrying

The more toxic and negative thoughts you have, the more your brain adjusts to this kind of thinking. Additionally, complaining is very contagious and damages the brain. Worry is also… an addiction. A good way to get rid of these bad habits is to practice gratitude, appreciate what we have, and enjoy the smallest things. And maybe it’s worth stopping to worry about things that are beyond your control? You know you worry about things that will probably never happen? And even if there is a crisis, leave yourself worrying for now. Why worry in advance, twice?

Being with toxic people

I once read a sentence like this: Getting rid of toxic people around you is one of the most important steps on the way to being happy. Such people should go into space. I did it some time ago and it really made my mental health fantastic. Think about why you need to maintain relationships with people who tease you, cut their wings, criticize or do black things, and keep complaining about how bad the world is? Begin to surround yourself with people who are positive and optimistic. Cultivate relationships with people who accept you and you know you don’t need to wear a mask with them.

Hatred and inability to forgive

If you hate someone, you are actually hurting yourself, not that person. Hate destroys you terribly from within. Therefore, forgiveness is an investment in yourself. You get rid of negative and toxic emotions. When it comes to forgiving, it is also worth considering whether you can forgive yourself and can you be understanding for yourself?

Disrespect for your own body

I’m too fat, too skinny, my nose is too big, my hips are too wide… there is always something wrong and you keep whipping yourself. Turn off your inner critic. Recently, I read about how we are masters of criticizing and bullying ourselves 👀 We still do not like something and there is always something wrong. The way we see ourselves also has a huge impact on our well-being and mental health. Take care of yourself and try to look at yourself with a kind eye. Remember that you have the right to make mistakes and you won’t be perfect. Ideals are boring. Lack of acceptance of ourselves and our own body means that we do not care about our health. Instead of complaining and focusing on your imperfections, try to be thankful that you are healthy and that you can get out of bed in the morning on your own.

As you can see, these seemingly simple tips, but not so easy to introduce them into your life. However, changing your thinking and attitude to life is a process. Give yourself some time

Health is a process – the 5 elements strategy (5S)

We rarely wonder “what is health?” on an everyday basis. According to WHO, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition goes far beyond the general perception of health and sickness. Contemporary science encourages us to look at health in a very “mechanical” way. The development of technology allows “dismantling” the body into parts and review the disorders in its functioning at the level of not even tissues, but cells. Entering such a narrow specialisation it’s easy to forget that human body is a complete whole, with all the cells, tissues and organs interconnected by a wide range of dependencies. Moreover, the role of our conscience (brain, mind) in health is still being underrated.

Whenever we face sickness, we tend to look for causes in factors that remain beyond our control – such as genes or environment. Science is gradually refuting this myth. More and more experts are convinced that it is we who are responsible for our health and well-being. These are our daily choices and habits that determine if – and to what extent – genes, microorganisms and polluted environment will influence us. In order to improve our well-being, we should take care of at least 5 basic elements of our lives: 

1. Sane nutrition

Influences our health and well-being. Along with food we provide our body with basic building, energetic and regulating elements. Proper nutrition is fundamental in recovery and prevention of most illnesses, from ordinary cold, through modern-day diseases, up to cancers and even depression. 

2. Sports and physical activity

A well-known saying goes “physical activity can replace all the medicine, but no medicine can replace lack of thereof”. Exercise might be the most important stimulus in building the body’s immunity and strength. You don’t have to become a marathoner in order to notice the beneficial effects of physical activity; a walk would do just as well. The best form of exercise is the one that is pleasurable to us.

3. Supplementation

It is aimed at improving health-oriented aspects of our diet by enriching it. We have vast knowledge regarding the role of nutritious dietary ingredients, such as vitamins and minerals. We also learn more about the positive influence of non-nutrients, such as phytoestrogens or polyphenols. These substances boost the immunity, help remain in good physical and mental condition, as well as slow down the aging process. It’s important to choose high-quality products with natural ingredients. 

4. Safe detoxification

Detoxification tools may involve e.g. diet rich in fruits and vegetables – products containing water, fiber and antioxidants. Water is extremely important; its proper intake allows flushing the toxins out of the body.  Temporary fasting also works great.

5. Stress management

Everything begins and ends in our head. Unrelieved stress leads to the development of illnesses that are diagnosed clinically later on. At the same time, our psyche can also work the other way – as in, for example, the placebo effect. The ability to think positive and relieve stress is a blessing. Various relaxation techniques help maintain proper mental hygiene. Our psyche is also responsible for motivation. We should remember that sudden and drastic changes quickly lead to discouragement. It’s better to introduce the improvements to our life gradually yet consistently – so that they become a part of the routine and not a temporary, forced deviation.

Let’s remember that health is not a condition, but a continuous process. The world is changing, our environment is changing, we are changing – and so are the needs of our body. The 5 elements above, however, remain universal – all it takes is just adjusting them to our changing needs.

THE VALUE OF OMEGA ACIDS FOR THE HUMAN BODY!

Fatty acids, especially polyunsaturated, are essential for the proper functioning of our body. They perform many important functions in the body:

  • they are part of cell membranes;
  • precursors to cell hormones;
  • regulate blood pressure;
  • reduce bad cholesterol levels;
  • regulate inflammatory and anti-inflammatory reactions;
  • are responsible for allergic reactions;
  • ensure full development of nervous system function;
  • are responsible for the condition of blood vessels, heart and other processes.

Unsaturated fatty acids are acids with a carbon chain, which, unlike saturated acids, contain bi-molecular bonds, determining the unique properties of these chemicals. Depending on the location of the binomolecular bonds in the molecule, unsaturated fatty acids are divided into families – omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.

Currently, the role of fatty acids, their sources and mechanisms of their absorption into the body has been studied in depth. This makes it possible to prevent and treat many serious diseases.

The number of patients with a metabolic syndrome, which includes diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular failure and other pathological diseases, is growing day by day worldwide.

One of the reasons for this increase in the number of patients is the excessive increase in omega-6 PUFA use. The main source of omega-6 PUFA is popular sunflower oil. It is used in the food industry almost everywhere and often prevails in the home kitchen. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 in sunflower oil is 1 : 130!!!!. In our body this ratio is 1:4.5. This is where the problem lies, but at the same time it is the solution.

Currently, there is usually an imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 acids in the human diet and the ratio is 1:15-20 instead of the desired 1 : 4.5.

Prolonged abuse of omega-6 acids leads to disorders in the composition of cell membranes – the amount of omega-6 acids in them increases, and consequently the exchange of substances between the cell and the blood that feeds it is disturbed.

In our body, omega-6 is converted into arachidonic acid, which takes part in the aggregation of inflammatory inductors and increases the risk of multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes and skin diseases. Pro-inflammatory prostaglandins are synthesized from omega-6 (peanut) acids in the body – these are hormones at the cellular level that intensify and intensify the inflammation process. Therefore, with excessive use of omega-6, the number of these “bad” prostaglandins increases and a person is still in an inflammatory state.

Since omega-3 LCDs are responsible for anti-inflammatory processes, omega-6 and omega-3 families have a competitive effect in the body.

It should be recalled that omega-3 fatty acids are:

  • alpha linolenic acid – of plant origin (flaxseed, sesame, pine, walnut oil, etc.).
  • eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid are essential, what means that the body barely produces them itself (only 10%), and we should only take them with food. Research has shown that a deficiency of omega-3 FA is typical for the vast majority of the world’s population.

Doctors strongly recommend regular consumption of seafood containing omega-3 fatty acids or supplements both in the prevention of primary cardiovascular disease and in patients who have already had heart attacks and strokes. Regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease by 40%.

It is therefore very important to increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.

At the same time, it should be recalled that there is no ideal fat in the world, just as there is no ideal protein to suit every human being. But there is a company, namely DUOLIFE, which has created a product unique in its composition – DUOLIFE REGENOIL LIQUID GOLD®.

It is a dietary supplement based on 13 unrefined traditional and unconventional herbal oils obtained by cold pressing.

DUOLIFE REGENOIL LIQUID GOLD® is currently the only product in the world with a unique combination and the necessary ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids from the omega-3, -6 and -9 families. It is a complete complex of fatty acids that fully meets the body’s demand for natural anti-inflammatory fatty acids.

DUOLIFE REGENOIL LIQUID GOLD® is a 100% solution to the problem of deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids and, what is equally important, provides the body with an appropriate balance of fatty acids of all omega-3, -6 and -9 families in the ratio 1: 3: 1.5.

DUOLIFE REGENOIL LIQUID GOLD® has no equivalent in terms of composition and effectiveness, therefore its popularity is growing very fast.

FIND OUT WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU?

All of us tend to simplify our lives and make choices that are well perceived socially. This tends to push your true needs and values ​​deep into our subconscious.

This is called An iceberg where our image is on the surface for others to see, and our true “I” is below the surface.

It is your inner, often hidden ME I will try to discover with you today.
I invite you to the Exercise: “IMAGINE YOURSELF …….”
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EXERCISE – IMAGINE YOURSELF

I invite you to the Exercise to make you aware of true values.

Activate your imagination, try to feel into this image and vision, give honest answers, follow your heart and not your mind.

IMAGINE…

Imagine next month

What is important to you?

What’s Not Important to You? …………………………………………………….

Now imagine if you got sick. You go to the doctor and find out that you have 12 months to live.

What is your reaction? ……………………………………………………………………………

What is important to you now? …………………………………………………………………

What’s important to you? …………………………………………………………………….

You come for a checkup after a month, the doctor informs you that, unfortunately, he made a mistake in his estimates and that you have 30 days to live.

What do you do?…………………………………………………………………………………………..

How will you use this time? ……………………………………………………………………

What is important to you now? …………………………………………………………… ..

What’s Irrelevant to You? ………………………………………………………………

After 3 days, you answer the phone. You have to come for an appointment. The doctor informs you that unfortunately you have 7 days to live.

What is most important to you now? ……………………………………………………

What will you do these days? ………………………………………………………………………

How do you feel now?

Look at your answers and verify if your answers changed depending on the situation?

What is important to you now?

What did you realize in this exercise?

Has anything changed?

How do you want to feel?

How are you? Do you want to feel this way?

Today I invite you to exercise for emotions – Program your brain to feel the way you want.

Part 1

Describe what your yesterday was like. List the most important events, decisions and situations
Now, for each event, describe as many emotions as possible, feelings that accompanied this situation (If you cannot name your emotions, use the attached list of emotions).
Now take a look at the emotions listed and mark which you think are negative and which are positive. For example, you can mark negative emotions over and over again.
 The more negative emotions you feel, the more you feel the pressure of subconscious fear that the situation may repeat itself.
The more positive emotions, the more we want to repeat these events.

Part 2

Now change the way it works. List 10 emotions you want to feel, experience tomorrow.

(you can use the attached List of emotions)

Once you have listed your emotions, answer and write:
What do you have to do tomorrow to feel like this?
How do you need to act to feel like this?
What decisions do you need to make to feel 10 listed emotions throughout the day?

Summary

        By carrying out part 2 of the exercise, we program our brains for this behavior. It is like setting a program in a washing machine to get a certain result. This is how our brain works. You only need to take advantage of it to be positive. This is called Self-fulfilling prophecy.

What is aloe vera?

It is certainly a priceless treasure in the fight for our health. It may look like an agave. In warm countries and in its natural environment, it grows up to 5 meters in height. When grown at home in a pot, it does not exceed one meter in height. Aloe juice is rich in amino acids, minerals, vitamins and very valuable polysaccharides .. Due to its regenerative properties, it helps in healing even serious wounds.

Do you know that …

Aloe vera juice can be used to make a variety of ointments, creams and gels that help with a wide variety of skin conditions. It supports the treatment of skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis, and mycosis.

Aloe juice

Aloe was used as early as 5,000 BC. by all ancient civilizations. The first information about this plant is found on Sumerian clay tablets (around 1750 BC).

 This plant has many "nicknames", for example: green doctor, silent healer, desert lily, plant of immortality. There are over three hundred varieties of this miraculous gift of nature, but only twenty of them have healing properties.

 In ancient times, aloe was used as a perfume, which was used to perfume clothing and home accessories, as well as tomb cloth. It was treated as a symbol of life after death, it was offered to the deceased and decorated with graves and pyramids.

 The Egyptians claimed that the "green doctor" would provide them with eternal beauty and health, and thus eternal life.

What is natural collagen?

Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. Collagen is a biologically active protein that is the main component of connective tissue. It accounts for about 30% of all proteins found in the human body. The purpose of natural collagen is to bind together the building cells of the skin, bones, teeth, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels and even the cornea of the eye. The described protein has characteristic features such as incredible flexibility and strength. Collagen also protects internal organs such as the liver, stomach and kidneys by creating a natural protective layer around them. The role of protein in the immune system is to prevent the interference of microorganisms and toxins.

Do you know that …

Natural collagen has a lot of beneficial properties for our body, and the list of its beneficial functions is constantly growing. We already know what natural collagen is and what features it has, now it’s time for specific examples related to the protein of youth. Why did women love collagen? Natural protein supports the process of reducing wrinkles on the face, perfectly smoothes those under the eyes, while eliminating bags. It also smoothes the skin of the neck, while improving its pigmentation. It creates a water-retaining layer on the surface of the dermis, eliminates stretch marks, and also lifts sagging skin, and thus regenerates it and restores its elasticity. It makes the epidermis more flexible and soft, slows down the aging process of the skin, firms and moisturizes, helps in the fight against rosacea and adolescent acne.

In addition, it corrects skin defects, thus stimulating the production of natural collagen. It eliminates skin discoloration, smoothes scars, soothes inflammatory skin changes, improves venous and arterial circulation, eliminates: cellulite, the effects of abrasions, bruises, burns, prevents stretch marks, dilatation of capillaries (so-called spider veins). Firms the bust, accelerates rehabilitation after fractures, injuries and childbirth. It removes the effects of insect bites, corns, and is also a prophylaxis for “melanoma” type cancer, stops the process of alopecia areata, and provides relief from periodontitis. It helps with frostbite, regenerates the mucosa, eliminates trophic changes. It soothes bone, joint and rheumatic pains, affects the supplementation of the bone matrix, removes varicose veins, regenerates and strengthens the hair.

Natural collagen is a precious substance that our body begins to lack over time. Protein of youth is produced on an ongoing basis, undergoing constant replacement only up to the age of 25. After this period, the production of natural collagen begins to slow down and stops completely after the age of 60. In order to slow down the skin aging process, it is necessary to supply youthful proteins from the outside. There are substances that stimulate the production of collagen, as well as those that provide amino acids and di-, tripeptides that build collagen. Products containing valuable protein are available in the form of tablets, creams, ointments, gels and in the form of drinking. There are also many collagen-enriched products on the market, but the addition will not replace the missing deficiencies.

Opinions about natural collagen

The beneficial effects on the skin after introducing natural collagen into the diet are confirmed by the opinions of consumers. A noticeable difference in skin hydration is felt after the first use. Consumers of natural collagen, after prolonged use, mention all the valuable properties presented above in their opinions. The effect of natural collagen is also confirmed by the opinions of doctors who have been boldly using durable protein in aesthetic medicine treatments for several years.