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Abdominal swelling. Eliminate them by eating

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Man or woman: the belly is not the same for everyone

Almost 10% of Americans suffer from “swollen belly”. Despite being a very annoying disorder, in America it is still underestimated and there are very few people who ask for help from their doctor, pharmacist or trusted naturopath. It affects women more, especially after eating, in times of intense stress and a few days before the cycle. A constant sensation of fullness is perceived, which can derive, in most cases, from an accumulation of fluids or air in the intestine, more rarely from abdominal fat. As for men, however, the cause of the swollen belly is almost always an excess of fat that is concentrated in the belly area, resulting in annoying swelling.

Symptoms and causes

Who has a swollen belly feels burdened, can not breathe deeply (which is essential to oxygenate the whole body) and has the feeling of being clogged from the first bites. But, what is worse, these problems do not pass with time, on the contrary they tend to worsen. Many people also complain of abdominal swelling after meals due to the excess gas produced by the digestion process of some foods (such as legumes or fruit consumed at the end of a meal).

The origins of the disorder are slow intestinal transit (constipation), overweight and food intolerances. In all these cases the problem is mainly linked to an incorrect food style (particularly elaborate and salty dishes, fast-food, carbonated drinks or an excess of pasta, rice or potatoes, a little water, etc.). Even the hormonal fluctuations resulting from the menstrual cycle, the prolonged stress over time and some drugs, such as antidepressants, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, can inflate the abdomen. Finally, behind the swollen belly could hide other common diseases such as colitis, gastritis and irritable colon, but also lactose intolerance or celiac disease. That’s why, in any case, the advice is to visit the gastroenterologist to rule out that it is a more serious problem such as irritable bowel or another inflammatory bowel disease not to be overlooked.

Food Yes

Preferably cooked vegetables; fruit away from meals; cereals and derivatives (bread, pasta, etc.) semi-wholly or refined (organic is better); fish, white meats, eggs; legumes in moderation and only if tolerated; yogurt; green tea.

Food No

Milk, cheese and very fatty foods in general; sweeteners (sorbitol, mannitol and products containing them, for example sugar-free chewing gum); excess fibers (too many whole foods and raw vegetables); alcohol, coffee and soft drinks.

Inositol for a flat stomach

What is that

Inositol, also known as vitamin B7, naturally occurring in some foods such as citrus fruits, oats, bran, legumes, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and nuts.

Because it’s good

It cleanses the organism (liver and kidneys), reduces nervous hunger, aerophagia and intestinal air, fights constipation due to poor bowel movement, improves mood and defeats the stress that causes abdominal swelling. It is also useful for reducing the waistline and for purifying the body after antibiotic or cortisone treatment.

How to use

1 to 4 tablets a day, away from meals, with plenty of water.

The herbalist’s advice

The anise effectively counteracts intestinal gases, Java tea is useful against abdominal fat, while laurel enhances the action of the two previous herbs also improving digestion.

To prepare, proceed as follows: 1 teaspoon of aniseed, 1 of Java tea and 4 bay leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Filter and drink after meals without sweetening for a week or two. If the tea gives you excellent results, you can continue the treatment for a month.

Less bread and desserts, more protein and Omega 3 to have a waist circumference and a tonic abdomen.

We always eat the same foods. And the belly leavens – On our tables often appear the same ingredients / foods, in the form also “disguised”: wheat (bread, pasta, crackers, breadsticks, biscuits and various baked goods), milk and derivatives (cheese, yogurt, butter , cream), leavened or fermented foods (sweet and savory baked goods, cheeses, etc.), salt (cold cuts, cheeses, still baked goods, etc.), sugar and so on. And these are the very worst enemies of our line and of our abdomen, as they easily cause accumulations of fat, even abdominal, and swelling. And, even more serious, these foods predispose to diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and overweight.

A food program that solves the problem of swollen belly must therefore consider reducing the consumption of these foods, not their total elimination, but a rotation during the week: “incriminated” foods can thus be taken at predetermined times and always in moderation.

Recall also that the intake of some foods (even as a monodiet for a day), provided they are tolerated, can facilitate the resolution of the problem. Among these, pineapple (antifermentation, see also page on the side), oats (anti-irritating mucosa), carrot (antifermentations), fennel (antispasmodic and antimeteoric), lemon (antifermentation), apple (antiseptic, antifermentations and useful for the intestine), blueberry (antifermentation) and chili (antifermentations and antiseptic).

Combine the foods well and the swellings go away

According to the principles of the dissociated diet (or of the correct food combinations) if we ingest two foods that require different digestive processes, we slow down the digestion, which compromises the absorption of the various nutrients. This fact will be responsible for phenomena such as sense of heaviness, slow digestion, fermentation of ingested food, partial assimilation of various nutrients, gastrointestinal disorders (stomach acid, halitosis, flatulence with abdominal swelling, constipation, etc.).

Below we list some basic rules to favor the digestive processes, which you can adopt for a certain period of time, so as to facilitate the resolution of your problem.

Avoid associating different types of proteins (milk and meat, eggs and cheese, fish and legumes).
Do not combine carbohydrates with meat.
Avoid combining different varieties of carbohydrates (simple and complex like sugar and pasta or grapes and bread, banana and bread).
If you want to know more, visit the sections Healthy Eating, Supplements, Beauty, Herbs and Herbal Medicine, Weight Loss and Food on Riza.it

6 Natural Remedies For Anxiety

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Anxiety is characterized by the feeling of worry and mental and physical tension: it manifests itself as a strong sense of anguish, accompanied by the acceleration of the heartbeat and breathing.

 

Chamomile essential oil

Dilute two drops of noble chamomile essential oil in a few drops of vegetable oil, for example olive oil, or in a spoon of aloe vera gel and massage the solar plexus by taking deep breaths. Sit or lie down for several minutes breathing deeply the smell of chamomile.

 

Basil

Put three or four fresh basil leaves on the bottom of a cup and pour boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes and drink.

Basil is antispasmodic and soothing. It is recommended in case of anxiety, nervousness, stress and insomnia.

 

Rescue remedy

It is the remedy par excellence against sudden anxiety attacks. It is the mixture of five flowers: Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Clematis, Impatiens and Cherry Plum. Take 4 or 5 drops orally or diluted in half a glass of water.

 

Honey

Honey has a sedative power that acts on the whole nervous system. Unlike refined sugars, honey calms the body. It is recommended for stressed, distressed and depressed people, who often have a lack of minerals.

Take a teaspoon of honey several times a day, preferring dark-colored types, as they are richer in minerals and trace elements.

 

Herbal bath

Open the hot water in a bathtub and add a handful of chamomile and linden flowers. When the water has reached the desired level, immerse yourself. The active ingredients of chamomile and lime will make the bath a soothing herbal tea. Rub the body with the flowers and place them on your solar plexus.

 

Poppy

Make an infusion based on poppy. Take a handful of poppy seeds and place them in a liter of boiling water. Turn off the heat and let it brew for 10 minutes. Drink it throughout the day. Poppy is able to calm anxiety, stress and is also suitable for children. The poppy petals are sweetening and slightly narcotic.

Ideas For A Relax Zone At Home

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The thousand work, family and social commitments make our days frantic, messy and super-stressful! Nowadays, stress is clinically recognized as one of the main evils for our health.

Reason why cut out some time for ourselves in the daily life is essential for stretching the nerves and regaining strength.

Not everyone and not always can afford holidays in exclusive locations or relax at a spa. With some small measures it will be possible to create a private space all for us where you can disconnect, even within the home.

Sofas & armchairs

Regardless of the space available, the fundamental element for a relaxing area of great respect is represented by a really comfortable seat able to make everything more pleasant, relaxing and welcoming.

A comfortable armchair, reclining or with pouf, is the best choice for small spaces; perfect to relax and indulge in what we like most like reading, writing, listening to music, watching a good movie, enjoying our favorite drink or sweets.

If you are lucky enough to have more square meters available, you can also opt for a beautiful sofa with chaise longue that will give the environment a touch of style as well as obviously a lot of comfort.

Ah and do not forget … the pillows! Go-ahead to those soft, colorful and many shapes and textures because in addition to embellishing the relaxation area will come back very useful when you want to stretch out.

Lighting

The real secret to making the environment relaxing and creating a deep atmosphere of peace and tranquility is: taking care of the lighting.

The lights must be adjusted in line with the activity to be carried out: soft light to reconcile rest or meditation or more intense light for reading, sewing, etc.

If the relaxation area is near sources of natural light, I suggest you place curtains so that you can adjust the intensity of light as you like. In all other cases, floor lamps or bajours with the lighting controller will be perfect.

Furniture

The furniture for the relaxation area must not be cumbersome but rather minimal. Order and emptiness help to achieve inner peace and calm the mind; vice versa, disorder predisposes to nervousness, restlessness and anxiety.

Promoted the tables with clean lines on which to place books, magazines, candles, a jar of cookies, drinks in short everything that can promote your relaxation. If you have little space, you can opt for shelves so you have what you want close at hand.

Prints or canvas paintings with natural panoramas will make your relaxation even more enjoyable.

Finally, remember to take advantage of the power of colors to relax, regain energy and remove stress. For example you can color a single wall close to the sofa / chair or use the curtains of the color you prefer.

Spa atmosphere

To make the relaxation area even more relaxing and create a more intimate and welcoming environment, you can not miss: candles, perfumed essences, music, houseplants or fresh flowers … a fairytale atmosphere will immediately pervade the surrounding space.

With “ivy” the “deep” bearings are attached

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The treatments based on this climbing plant are able to dissolve even the accumulations of fat hardened and “stubborn” …

The ivy is an elegant climbing plant that contains precious cosmetic qualities to combat imperfections that affect the legs, linked to inflammation, accumulations of toxins and circulatory stasis. The name of the ivy comes from the Latin verb “haerere”, ie “to be attached”: the ivy, adheres with great tenacity and energy to the old walls and trees, and with the same vigor attacks the most stubborn orange peel, characterized by grainy nodules and painful to the touch.

Ivy drains, smoothes and tones

The phytocomplex of ivy is rich in flavonoids, which disinfect the tissues and have a soothing action, and saponins, which tone the blood vessels, revitalizing them and making circulation more efficient. This set of properties makes ivy an excellent remedy to re-assemble the tissues of the lower limbs and dissolve the bearings. The ivy is one of the most effective herbal remedies to eliminate especially the obstinate and granular cellulite, that of less recent formation. At the same time, thanks to its draining and anti-inflammatory action, this plant is essential to avoid the appearance or worsening of this disorder.

The visible nodules on the skin of the thighs and buttocks are linked to an advanced inflammatory process, which involves the skin tissues. When the drainage system does not work well, the excess of toxins can create accumulations of fluids and grease and inflate the fat cells. The fabrics thus become inflamed and the bearings get worse, becoming evident even without the need to “wring” the affected areas. In addition, ivy facilitates metabolic exchanges of adipose tissue, purifying it from toxins, combating inflammation and favoring the reabsorption of subcutaneous liquids.

Even the stagnations due to hormones are wiped out

The invigorating and vasoconstrictive characteristics of ivy are especially useful during the summer, to thoroughly cleanse the dermis and prevent venous sagging favored by the heat. Its active ingredients tone and protect capillary walls, making lymphatic drainage more efficient and reducing the formation of edema; moreover, they effectively fight vasodilation and congestion of the tissues, which are the antechamber of cellulite. Finally, the ivy treatments also counteract the swelling that occurs or worsens before the cycle or in menopause and is due to alterations in normal hormone dosages.

How to use it

The ivy can be used in the form of fluid extract or mother tincture, but it is also possible to use directly the fresh leaves of the plant, which are collected in the countryside or from the plants that grow in pots on the terrace.

The wrap that removes the graininess

To eliminate inflammation with a deep action, boil a cup of ivy leaves in a liter of water for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool completely and soak up the cotton tablets, which you will then apply to the inflamed tissues. Repeat twice a day for a month.

The massage to regroup the skin

Complete the previous treatment with a super toning massage. Mix 3 tablespoons of wheat germ oil with 15 drops of glycolic extract of ivy and 10 drops of glycolic extract of horse chestnut and massage with this ointment, from bottom to top

The oleolite helps you to deflate the thighs and calves

Thinly mince 300 g of ivy leaves, then immerse them in a liter of almond oil, and pour into a jar. Seal everything and let it rest in a dark place for a month, shaking every day. Filter the oil and use it as an oil for daily massage on ankles, legs, thighs and buttocks.

The cataplasm of leaves and lemon oil activates the microcirculation

Mince a cup of ivy leaves, then pass them in the blender until you get a cream that will spread on the critical points, wrapping the skin with the transparent film. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse. At this point, moisturize your legs with your usual cream, enriched with 10 drops of fluid extract (or mother tincture) of ivy and 2 drops of lemon essential oil.

How to improve memory by increasing our mental performance

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A good memory depends on the health and vitality of our brain. Whether it is a student who has to commit to the final exams, a professional who does everything possible to remain mentally active, or an elderly person looking to conserve and enhance his gray matter as he goes on with age There are a lot of things we can do to improve memory and our mental performance.

Just as exercise will improve our physical fitness, there are many ways to exercise our brains, improve memory, and remain mentally active. Sleep, diet and spending time with friends can improve our memory, even if we move forward with age. When we train our mind and spend time interacting with others, we can experience a huge emotional drive.

Take advantage of the power of our brain
It is said that you can not teach an old dog new tricks, but when it comes to the brain, scientists have discovered that this old saying is simply not true. The human brain has an amazing ability to adapt and change, even in old age. This ability is known as neuroplasticity. With the right stimulus, our brain can form new neural pathways, modify existing connections, adapt and react by evolving continuously.

This incredible ability of the brain to remodel is valid when it comes to learning and memory. It is possible to exploit the natural potency of neuroplasticity to increase cognitive abilities, to improve the ability to learn new information, and to improve our memory.

We learn how to improve memory
It is known that to improve memory and keep the mind awake and exercised it is important to train your brain. The more we train our brains, the better we will be able to process and remember information. Often small daily amnesia can be the consequence of a drop in attention caused by fatigue and stress.

To keep the brain trained, it is important to do manual activities that commit it, by stimulating eye-hand coordination and creativity. Activities like learning to play an instrument, taking part in a dance class, playing chess or painting, are all good ways to exercise our brains.

The mental exercise that we choose therefore can range from different activities, provided that it satisfies the following three criteria:
1. The novelty: it is important that it is not an activity in which we are already capable, otherwise it would not be a good mental training. It must be something unknown and out of our comfort zone.

2. Commitment: what requires a certain mental effort and can expand our knowledge will be useful for our brains. Learning a new language, or engaging in a crossword puzzle or a puzzle will help our mind.

3. Fun: physical and emotional pleasure is important in the brain’s learning process. If we are interested in an activity, in fact, it is more probable that we will continue to do it and the benefits we can experience will be infinite. It is also important to make the activity more enjoyable by helping us with our senses, such as listening to music while we practice it, or giving us a prize after it is finished.

In order to improve our memory and the ability to learn and above all to remember, we list some tips:

• It is essential to involve as many senses as possible, relating information with colors, smells, and flavors. Often the action of rewriting information helps to imprint it better on our brain, as it helps very much to read aloud.

• We can not remember something that we have never learned and we can not learn something unless we pay special attention to it. It is indeed important to choose a quiet place, where we will hardly be distracted, if we want to focus on something new.

• We connect new data to information that we already remember. It is important to create correlations, for example: when we store someone’s address, it will be easier to remember if we link it to someone who already lives on that street.

• We try to test the information we have already learned: reviewing what we learned the same day, helps to “fix” it in our memory, even at different times of the day.

• For more complex information, let’s focus on understanding the basics, rather than storing individual information. We can, for example, explain some ideas to someone else, but with our own words.

Grapes beneficial properties for our health and beauty

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The grape has properties and benefits recognized since ancient times. It is the fruit of a plant belonging to the Vitaceae family. It is composed of many berries or grains, attached to a stalk that together form a bunch. Used mainly for the production of wine, but also for food consumption such as fruit, both fresh and dried. There are two species of grapevine most important for the production of grapes. Vitis vinifera, native to Europe and western Asia, from which all the vines reserved for the production of wine grapes and table grapes are derived. The Vitis labrusca, of smaller importance, native to North America, destined to the production of table grapes in a more marginal way.

Italy is the first producer of table grapes in the world and the main producing regions are Apulia and Sicily. Among the main varieties of table grapes: Italy, Vittoria, Regina, for white grapes. Muscat of Hamburg, Red Globe and Rosada for red grapes.

The grapes have antioxidant properties and directly assimilable sugars

Grape consumption is not recommended for diabetic individuals due to the high amount of sugar contained in it. It is indeed very rich in directly assimilable sugars. It also contains organic acids, mineral salts such as potassium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iodine, silicon, chlorine, arsenic, vitamins A, group B and C, tannins in the peel and polyphenols. It is important to remember that the composition and taste of the grapes vary a lot according to the production area, the climatic conditions and the variety.
The antioxidants contained in grape juice are particularly effective and help body detoxification.

Grapes: properties for the beauty of the skin

The resveratrol that is found in the peel and in the seeds of the red grape in particular, is a phenol which is attributed the action of fludification of the blood. It can therefore limit the onset of thrombotic plaques. A grape contains all the nutrients and active ingredients that can regenerate and moisturize the skin. It was not by chance that it was already used in Roman times. The seeds contain essential fatty acids essential for the correct formation and reconstitution of the skin. The pure-reduced berries, applied to the skin of the face and neck, have an astringent and revitalizing effect. Grapes are particularly effective and help body detoxification.

For health
This fruit is indicated in cases of anemia and fatigue, arthritis, varicose veins, hyperazotemia, skin diseases. It also has antioxidant and anticancer properties, mainly due to the content of polyphenols and resveratrol. Grapes have antiviral properties. Thanks to the content of tannic acid and phenol, able to counter the herpes simplex virus. Grapes are a highly digestible fruit and have different therapeutic properties. Has diuretic and slightly laxative effect. Facilitates the digestive process. It helps the body to reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood and to eliminate uric acid, thus keeping gout off.

Few people know that grapes are one of the few fruits containing boron, which facilitates the assimilation of calcium and the deposition inside the bone tissue. It is therefore ideal for menopausal women due to the effect of increasing the level of estrogen. In addition to being eaten naturally, it can be used to prepare sweets, jams and sorbets. On the market there is also dried grapes which, however, are considerably more caloric than fresh grapes.

Caffeine Dependence: how can you figure out if you’re coffee addict?

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You can not start the day without a couple of coffee, and once you get to work you stop at the bar to stock up on a nice cappuccino or an ameican coffee? Could you have a caffeine addiction problem? How could you identify him?

Caffeine is probably the most consumed drug in the world, and has long been recognized as a mental stimulant that increases alertness and improves mood.

These are the effects that students (and those who work) look for when they drink coffee at night to stay awake to complete an assignment or finish studying for an exam. Drinking coffee could help in this, but the potential disadvantages include agitation, spasms, nervousness, insomnia, thoughts and disconnected speeches. Not to mention stomach disorders and the need to pee more frequently.

Caffeine has different effects on the brain. It increases its energy metabolism and affects a number of brain chemicals including norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. At moderate dosages it is sometimes stated that it improves cognitive performance and even protects against cognitive decline.

Caffeine addiction and symptoms

However, it has long been recognized that caffeine can be addictive. According to medical criteria, if you experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, difficulty concentrating and lowering your mood, if you think that caffeine is causing you problems, and you tried to reduce it without success, then you may have a “caffeine disorder” “.

If you are worried about caffeine addiction, here are some signs to watch out for:

Drink lots of coffee a day

You need to take more caffeine to achieve the same effect
You have withdrawal symptoms like headaches, you are not able to concentrate or you feel down
You can not reduce the number of coffee or give up despite the caffeine causing you problems
Only a relatively small percentage of caffeine users are addicted, but for those who are, it can be a serious problem. Many of those who are affected have difficulty giving up coffee, so that the use of caffeine is sometimes described as a “condition of chronic relapse”.

Are energy drinks just as harmful?

Cafés and fast-food restaurants often market highly sugary coffee drinks that attract young people more. But coffee may not be the most serious cause of the problem in modern times.

Caffeine is also the main active ingredient in energy drinks, which can contain much more caffeine than a regular coffee. This, together with the growing popularity of energy drinks among children and young people, has led many health professionals to worry more and more about the consumption of energy drinks, which has been linked to the use of alcohol and other drugs, as well as a variety of behaviors at risk for health. .

Some people seek professional help for their use of caffeine, but effective treatments are at a relatively early stage of development.

What are food intolerances and how can we recognize them?

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Typical example is lactose intolerance caused by lactase deficiency. It is an acquired intolerance, rarely congenital. Sometimes, for example, after a food poisoning, there can be damage to the intestinal villi where the lactase enzyme is found causing a deficiency. Lactose intolerance causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating due to hydrogen production. It is easily diagnosed through the Breath Test which measures the amount of hydrogen produced by bacterial fermentation after lactose intake.
The same is the intolerance to sucrose determined by the lack of sucrase.

In other cases, intolerance is congenital like phenylketonuria. Due to a genetic defect the enzyme phenylalanine-hydroxylase is missing. An accumulation of phenylalanine in the blood and in some tissues is thus caused. If the condition is not recognized early, considerable damage may occur. People with this disease should be fed with protein foods free of phenylalanine.
These are food intolerances recognized by official medicine.

Diagnosis

In the market there are many tests that try to diagnose food intolerances, from kinesiological to those on blood. But there is still no scientific evidence to prove the validity of these tests. So it is a much debated field where there is a lot of confusion.

In recent times, for example, there is much talk of gluten intolerance, which is very different from the true intolerance represented by celiac disease. In reality it is a sensitivity to gluten that causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, skin disorders. It has a recurring pattern, that is, it can remain quiescent for some time and then reappear in some periods.

Celiac disease, on the other hand, is a chronic autoimmune disease with a genetic predisposition. Unlike celiac disease there are no specific tests for gluten sensitivity, at least for now. Diagnosis is based on the exclusion of foods containing gluten. The patient generally refers to a certain well-being. This, however, does not exclude the whole percentage of people who can have the placebo effect, ie they improve because something has changed, without that being the real problem.
Eating gluten-free is however a fashion, and many follow it because they are convinced that it makes them lose weight. The “gluten-free” diet is not a low-calorie diet. Gluten does not make you fat.

Other intolerances

In the group of intolerances, again according to the European Academy of Allergology, also include pharmacological reactions. In fact there are a number of foods that have pharmacological effects. The most classic example is that of foods rich in histamine and histamine-liberators.

Foods rich in histamine: fermented and aged cheeses, wine, beer, dried fruit.
Histamino-liberating foods: strawberries, chocolate, crustaceans and seafood, egg white, tomatoes.

Another vasoactive substance is the tyramine present in red wine and aged cheeses. In some subjects an excess of these foods can cause urticaria, headache and nausea.
Pseudo-allergies are also defined because the symptoms are similar to those of allergies, however, in which the mechanism is mediated by antibodies of the IgE class.

Conclusions

The diagnosis of adverse reactions to foods requires a very accurate medical history in order to have an overall picture of the patient and then go on to specific tests that particularly concern the field of allergies. These are skin tests such as prick test, prick by prick and patch test and in vitro tests such as total IgE and specific IgE assays. Sometimes there are false negatives despite having a convincing clinical history. In these cases we move to a hypoallergenic diet to be followed for three weeks and we observe the answer.

In the case of non-conventional food intolerances, whose pathogenetic mechanism is not well known, surely a diet from exclusion from food suspected for a short period may be useful to disinfect the digestive system and then proceed to a gradual reintroduction.

Your anti free radicals menu

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If you eat like this at least two or three times a week, help your body eliminate toxins and cholesterol and especially fight the presence of these enemies of health

December is the month in which the drastic reduction of the hours of light brakes the synthesis of nutrients, making the metabolism and elimination of waste less efficient; on the other hand, the craving for sugars and fats increases, which leads to eating in a disordered way, increasing cholesterol and triglycerides. In this period, therefore, it is important to introduce in the diet the purifying foods that free from the liver, kidney and blood waste; at the same time, do not miss the reconstituting and heating dishes, which allow you to face the great cold without having to resort to too high calories.

 

Reduce meat, salami, cheese

To remove the risk of weighing down the body and feel tired and lacking in vitality, and to avoid inflammation of the joints, our axes in the sleeve are brown rice, cabbage (of any kind), artichokes, Jerusalem artichokes, dried fruit and especially pomegranate and citrus fruits. To take better advantage of its healing properties, we suggest you not to combine it with meat, cold cuts and cheeses, so as not to increase acid waste and speed up the body’s purification. To give you an idea of ​​how you can organize your meals, this is the menu for you to follow 2 days a week for a month.

 

At breakfast, fill up with vitamins and minerals

  • A cup of ginseng tea with a teaspoon of honey
  • Fruit salad with ginger (alone or with a natural yogurt)
  • A vanilla yogurt
  • 1 pear
  • A glass of organic pomegranate juice

At mid-morning, take a detox snack with a pomegranate and yogurt shake

  • A vanilla yogurt
  • 1 pear
  • A glass of organic pomegranate juice

At lunch it purifies blood and circulation with cabbage and leeks

For lunch we recommend a single dish of rice with vegetables and vegetable proteins (tofu) that detoxifies you in depth allowing the immune system to function at its best. Conclude with an apple (Fuji, Annurca) and an infusion of fennel seeds.

 

Rice and tofu: ingredients and preparation (for one person)

To do this you need: 1 cup of boiled basmati rice, 50 g of pumpkin, 50 g of black cabbage, 100 g of cabbage, 100 g of leek, 50 g of onion, 50 g of smoked tofu, a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil of olive, a sprig of rosemary, salt. Pour the vegetables in a saucepan with a tablespoon of oil, a sprig of rosemary, a pinch of salt. Add half a glass of water, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the diced smoked tofu and the basmati rice cup. Season with a little oil, a pinch of salt (or tamari soy sauce, a spoon), 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds toasted in a pan.

 

Apple and walnuts for a snack in the name of good humor

  • 2 crispy organic apples
  • 2 organic oranges
  • 6 walnuts

 

At dinner it tones liver and kidneys

Start the evening meal with a salad of pomegranate grains and chopped lettuce leaves. Season with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Continue with the turbot with the vegetable cream of fennel and spinach that we propose below. Finish with the cooked fruit salad.

 

Turbot with vegetable cream: ingredients and preparation (for two people)

Prepare it with: 1 rumble of about 1 kg (to be cleaned), 2 fennel, 2 shallots, the rind of a grated organic orange, 2-3 handfuls of spinach. After washing them, use only the softest part of the fennel and divide into 8 segments. Boil the spinach, chop the shallots, put them in a pan with salt and 2 tablespoons of oil and brown for five minutes, then add the fennel, the spinach and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Mix everything together with the orange peel and get the sauce. Put the fish brushed with oil and salt in a baking dish, wrapped in baking paper. Bake at 180 ° C for about 35-40 minutes. Once cooked, place the barbed fish on the plates and accompany it with the vegetable sauce

What are food intolerances and how can we recognize them?

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Food intolerances are part of a group of adverse reactions to food and these are always reactions that affect some individuals. They are dose-dependent, generally caused by an enzymatic defect, hence non-immunological reactions.

What are food intolerances?
Typical example is lactose intolerance caused by lactase deficiency. It is an acquired intolerance, rarely congenital. Sometimes, for example, after a food poisoning, there can be damage to the intestinal villi where the lactase enzyme is found causing a deficiency. Lactose intolerance causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating due to hydrogen production. It is easily diagnosed through the Breath Test which measures the amount of hydrogen produced by bacterial fermentation after lactose intake.
The same is the intolerance to sucrose determined by the lack of sucrase.

In other cases, intolerance is congenital like phenylketonuria. Due to a genetic defect the enzyme phenylalanine-hydroxylase is missing. An accumulation of phenylalanine in the blood and in some tissues is thus caused. If the condition is not recognized early, considerable damage may occur. People with this disease should be fed with protein foods free of phenylalanine.
These are food intolerances recognized by official medicine.

In the market there are many tests that try to diagnose food intolerances, from kinesiological to those on blood. But there is still no scientific evidence to prove the validity of these tests. So it is a much debated field where there is a lot of confusion.

In recent times, for example, there is much talk of gluten intolerance, which is very different from the true intolerance represented by celiac disease. In reality it is a sensitivity to gluten that causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, skin disorders. It has a recurring pattern, that is, it can remain quiescent for some time and then reappear in some periods.

Celiac disease, on the other hand, is a chronic autoimmune disease with a genetic predisposition. Unlike celiac disease there are no specific tests for gluten sensitivity, at least for now. Diagnosis is based on the exclusion of foods containing gluten. The patient generally refers to a certain well-being. This, however, does not exclude the whole percentage of people who can have the placebo effect, ie they improve because something has changed, without that being the real problem.
Eating gluten-free is however a fashion, and many follow it because they are convinced that it makes them lose weight. The “gluten-free” diet is not a low-calorie diet. Gluten does not make you fat.

Other intolerances
In the group of intolerances, again according to the European Academy of Allergology, also include pharmacological reactions. In fact there are a number of foods that have pharmacological effects. The most classic example is that of foods rich in histamine and histamine-liberators.

Foods rich in histamine: fermented and aged cheeses, wine, beer, dried fruit.
Histamino-liberating foods: strawberries, chocolate, crustaceans and seafood, egg white, tomatoes.

Another vasoactive substance is the tyramine present in red wine and aged cheeses. In some subjects an excess of these foods can cause urticaria, headache and nausea.
Pseudo-allergies are also defined because the symptoms are similar to those of allergies, however, in which the mechanism is mediated by antibodies of the IgE class.

Conclusions
The diagnosis of adverse reactions to foods requires a very accurate medical history in order to have an overall picture of the patient and then go on to specific tests that particularly concern the field of allergies. These are skin tests such as prick test, prick by prick and patch test and in vitro tests such as total IgE and specific IgE assays. Sometimes there are false negatives despite having a convincing clinical history. In these cases we move to a hypoallergenic diet to be followed for three weeks and we observe the answer.

In the case of non-conventional food intolerances, whose pathogenetic mechanism is not well known, surely a diet from exclusion from food suspected for a short period may be useful to disinfect the digestive system and then proceed to a gradual reintroduction.