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    Supplements, expensive pee or beneficial for health?

    Two strong opposite positions about supplements. On the left people who don’t believe in artificial pills. Their argument is that the human beings have been living healthily in this world for centuries, without supplementation. Even so, some of our ancestors lived more than 100 years. Therefore, this option supports supplements as a waste of money. Or in other words, an expensive pee because they just pass through the body without any benefit. On the right, a totally different view. Those who support the idea of taking supplements. Their main argument focuses on the soil. Depletion of the soil cannot guarantee all nutrients in the food any longer. The soil over…

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    BURDOCK

    Uses? Water Retention Detoxification Psoriasis Dry skin Fever Acne Gout Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effect? Allergic skin irritation     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures, tablets and liquid extracts Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root, leaves and seeds Comes from? Europe, western Asia and the United States Other names? Lappa Beggar’s buttons      

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    Heat and fat contaminate food with plastic

    Plastic is a killer. A killer for every form of life on this planet. There are many researches (1) out there giving some figures about how much plastic people consume. One of the latest studies came from the University of Newcastle in Australia (2) last year. Apparently, people ingest 2000 microplastic particles every week or in order words – 5 grams. A credit card is an easy way to visualise it too, it weighs the same. Whatever option you prefer, grams or credit cards, not a single particle of plastic should enter in our body. Lobbies against plastic, environmental organisations and volunteers fight plastic from different angles nowadays. But, people…

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    BLACK WALNUT

    Uses? Intestinal infections Immune boosting Fungal infections Athlete’s foot Constipation Cholesterol Sore throat Diarrhoea Diabetes Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Up to 2 weeks appears to be safe for most people Side effects? Breathing difficulties Skin irritation Swollen skin Chest pain Rashes Hives     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures and tablets. Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Hull Comes from? Native to North America, Ontario, South Dakota, South Georgia, South Florida and central Texas Other names? Green Black Walnut Jupiter’s Nuts Green Walnut Juglans nigra Carya Noix    …

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    Quarantine, an opportunity to improve your eating habits?

    The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has massively disrupted people’s lives by creating fear, stress and panic. Every country is fighting an invisible and silent enemy that travels very fast from north to south and from west to east. As it progresses, the cities become silent worldwide. Simple daily activities, such as going out for shopping, have acquired a special and strange meaning. Certainly, no one queued outside the supermarkets before this pandemic collapsedĀ  the people’s routine. But, these uncertain confinement times bring some creativity too. Many people have started an online fitness classes, have retaken learning of foreign languages or are improving their cooking skills. However, not everyone has the same…

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    BILBERRY

    Uses? Mouth and throat inflammations Narrowing of the arteries Macular degeneration Diabetic retinopathy Night blindness Varicose veins Haemorrhoids Cataracts Bruises Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication, mainly diabetics and people on slow blood clotting drugs. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding Diabetics How long? Up to 6 months Side effects? Lower excessively blood sugar Bruising Bleeding     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures and tablets. Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Fruit Comes from? Woods and forest meadows of Europe and northern Asia Other names? Whortleberry Huckleberry      

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    Eating seasonal food is infinitely better and may increase your savings

    Eating seasonal fruit and vegetables was a predominant norm not a long time ago. Also, buying them in local markets. However, after the occurrence of the very first supermarket in United States in 1916, the concept of seasonality changed dramatically. Since then and until now, every type of fruit or vegetables became available all year around with some undesired consequences: tasteless products full of pesticides and devoid of essential nutrients. Moreover, the environment experiences extra stress due to the high level of contamination, the local agriculture businesses are destroyed and the population doesn’t go in the rhythm with the nature. The supermarkets boom in Europe took place after the Second…

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    BLACK COHOSH

    Uses? Menopausal symptoms Premenstrual tension Menstrual cramps Vaginal dryness Mood changes Headaches Night sweats Hot flushes Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People with breast cancer or uterine cancer Pregnant and nursing women People with liver disease Children under 18 Endometriosis How long? No more than six months at a time Side effect? Stomach upset Headaches     Available forms? Capsules, tinctures and tablets Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root Comes from? Canada and the eastern and midwestern United States Other names? Black snakeroot Rattleweed Sheng ma Bugbane    

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    Chewing food up to 30 times may reduce bloating and indigestion

    Think about the following scenario. Your favourite food has just arrived to your table. You take your first bite. Yes, it tastes amazing and delicious. You chew it a couple of times and you swallow it. Perhaps just a couple of times is too little? But, what if you chew 10 times? Have you ever counted how many times you chew your food before it passes to your stomach? Test yourself and a surprise will come. There isn’t an official number, but people don’t chew enough. Apparently, dense food such as meats and vegetables should be chewed up to 30 times before swallowing. Softer food between 5 to 10 times,…

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    BLADDERWRACK

    Uses? Underactive thyroid Iodine deficiency Weight loss Joint pain Arthritis Obesity Goiter Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People under any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant and nursing women People under 18 years old How long? There is insufficient reliable evidence available to determine time Side effect? Increase risk of thyroid cancer Iodine allergy       Available forms? Capsules, tincture, tablets and powder Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Seaweed Comes from? The British Isles and Baltic sea in Europe and North Americas eastern coast Other names? Fucus vesiculosis Bladder Fucus Alga noruega Atlantic kelp Nudosa  

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    Pineapple juice does not stop cough symptoms

    Ten years ago, an electronic journal Der Pharma Chemica published an article with a positive outlook for pineapple. Apparently, this tropical fruit may be very effective to treat coughs. Afterwards, many health sites started to affirm the effectiveness of pineapple and also that it may work up to 5 times better than a cough syrup. But, the problem is that there is not any scientific evidence that validates this claim. The publication of the article has provoked many pro and con voices. Overall, eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice has some benefits for the body. So, let’s have a look at the origin of this positive claim about pineapple as…

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    BEARBERRY (Uva-ursi)

    Uses? Mild urinary tract infections Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Irritated digestive condition Pregnant or breast feeding Kidney disorder Children How long? One week Side effects? Overuse may promote liver damage     Available forms? Teas, capsules, tinctures and powder Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Leaf Comes from? From northern Europe to northern Asia, Japan and North America. Mainly in cold areas Other names? Mountain box Kinnikinnik Uva-ursi  

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    Who cooks your food?

    Imagine being able to live for a couple of hours in your great grandfather’s era. Let’s say, from 1850 to 1950. Now, imagine going out to do some food shopping. Easy? Hard? If you haven’t ever though about this scenario before, it may be difficult to guess how it would be. For sure, you wouldn’t find any frozen products, no salads wrapped in plastic bags, no ready meals, no fizzy drinks, no tetra pack milk, no alternatives to milk such as almond, coconut or quinoa drinks, no yogurts with thousands of flavours and no supermarkets whatsoever. Yes, you read it correctly. There were no supermarkets at that time and no…

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    ASHWAGANDHA

      Uses? Degenerative disease Reproductive health Insulin resistance Fibromyalgia Hypothyroid Emaciation Low libido Longevity Insomnia Arthritis Anxiety Fatigue Asthma Stress Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Up to six months appears to be safe for most people Side effect? Stomach lining Stomach upset Diarrhoea Vomiting Abortion     Available forms? Capsules Tincture Extracts Powder Tablets Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root Leaf Berries Comes from? Native to South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Other names? Winter Cherry Amagura Withania Asana Asoda    

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    High risk of vitamin D toxicity due to self-prescribing

    There is a common advice, as soon as the winter comes, especially in countries with the lack of sunshine. Taking vitamin D, also known a sunshine vitamin, is a must. As we know, vitamin D is produced in the skin when it is exposed to the sun. Everyone is aware of vitamin D benefits and also of consequences in case of deficiency. Bone loss, muscle pain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, tiredness or getting sick often can be some of symptoms of low vitamin D levels. But, what about if someone has too much of it? What are the side effects?   Although it is very rare, Vitamin D toxicity can…

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    ASTRAGALUS

    Uses? Immune boosting Minor infections Tonic properties Antibacterial Antiviral Cold Flu Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor Pregnant or breast feeding How long? Up to 60mg daily for up to four months appears to be safe for most people Side effect? None known     Available forms? Capsules, tablets, extracts, tinctures and Chinese formulas Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Root Comes from? Native to north-eastern China Other names? Milkvetch Huang qi    

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    Plant based drinks are not “milk” and may not be a healhier option

    Almond, coconut, soy, cashew, tiger nut and rice, among the others, don’t have nipples. It is a universal truth which is difficult to debate. However, a debate around milk and what milk is has taken place recently due to the boom of alternatives to cow’s milk. Like in any war there are always two sides. InĀ one trench there is a dairy lobby industry with a white flag. In the other one there is a multi colour flag that represents variety of sources: seeds, nuts, legumes or grains. All of them lead an alternative movement to traditional milk. Mammary secretions The dairy industry considers that plant based drinks are not milk…

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    ARNICA

    Uses? Internally: – Seldom used because its primary active constituents are considered very toxic Externally: – Anti-inflammatory. Muscular aches, pains and stiffness – Pain reliever – Insect bites – Antiseptic – Sprains – Bruises – Acne Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with doctor People with open wounds or broken skin Pregnant or breast feeding ( internal use) How long? Externally: Not more than 2 weeks Side effect? Dry skin Itching Rash     Available forms? Creams, ointments, gels, tinctures and homeopathic preparations Dose? Follow health professional advice or directions on the package Part used? Whole plant, flower Comes from? Native to Europe, most…

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    Does cow’s milk increase risk of type 1 diabetes?

    Health authorities recommend breastfeeding for at least first six months of a child’s life because it may prevent type 1 diabetes. After this initial period, solid food is usually introduced alongside breast milk. However, the reality is far from this ideal breastfeeding period. Moreover, the UK has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. In the UK only 34% of babies receive any breast milk at six months according to the UNICEF United Kingdom. On the contrary Norway has a high rate, 71%. There is not doubt that the breastfeeding is a healthier option for both – the new born and the mums. It helps the new born…

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    ALOE

    Uses? Internally: – Constipation – Inflammation – Diabetes Externally: – Moisturises hair and scalp – Skin irritation – Cold sores – Abrasions – Psoriasis – Sunburn – Wounds – Rashes – Burns Who? Almost everyone Who can’t? People on any type of medication. Check with a health care professional Children under 12 years old (for internal use) Pregnant or breast feeding women People with haemorrhoids Irritable bowel syndrome Intestinal obstruction Crohn’s disease Abdominal pain Diarrhoea Colitis How long? Internally: Juice: no more than 10 days. High dose may produce laxative effect Tablets/capsules: up to 3 months. If symptoms don’t improve after 3 months, check with a health care professional Externally:…