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Water and lemon in the morning: health benefits and contraindications

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Most people do not even imagine what a precious source of health and well-being is a simple glass of water and lemon, especially if it is drunk in the morning as soon as they are awake and before breakfast.

The lemon is not just a fruit, specifically a citrus fruit, characterized by a fresh and pleasant taste, able to flavor every dish from the first to desserts and perfect as a thirst quencher, but a real natural “drug” capable of improving the conditions general organisms and even to soothe and cure certain diseases.

We therefore analyze closely virtues and uses of lemon and, in particular, the benefits of water and lemon in the morning.

Drink hot water and lemon in the morning on an empty stomach: why is it good for you?

A simple glass of warm water and lemon juice is one of the best choices you can make about your health. The secret is contained in the infinite properties of lemon, whose juice is rich in vitamins (C in large quantities), mineral salts and trace elements useful for proper functioning of the whole body.

Lemon is mainly an excellent bactericide, disinfectant, antiseptic and anti-toxic, so it is also:

  • activator of white blood cells for organic defense;
  • refreshing;
  • activator of the functioning of the nervous and sympathetic system;
  • tonic of the heart system,
  • alkalizing;
  • diuretic;
  • antirheumatic;
  • antigottoso;
  • arthritic;
  • calming;
  • gastric antacid;
  • antiscorbutic;
  • antisclerotico;
  • tonic of the venous system, including small capillaries, which strengthens;
  • blood thinner;
  • purification;
  • mineralizing;
  • hypotensive (helps to lower blood pressure);
  • hemostatic;
  • carminative;
  • deworming;
  • healing and much more.

Drink a glass of water and lemon in the morning: what are the benefits for our health?

As mentioned, drinking a glass of hot water and lemon every morning on a fast is a panacea under many points of view.

Let’s see what:

  • It helps to strengthen the immune system, thanks above all to vitamin C and potassium;
    To balance the pH;
  • It is very useful for alkalizing the organism, counteracting the acidification of the tissues and its consequences;
  • Very useful to lose weight more easily, thanks to a substance contained in it, pectin, which helps fight the stimulus of hunger and thanks to its alkalinity;
  • Water and lemon promote digestion;
  • Helps to stimulate the evacuation due to the stimulation action of the intestinal peristalsis;
  • It is useful for improving the appearance and well-being of the skin, since the lemon is effective against impurities, pimples, acne, wrinkles and skin spots;
  • Drinking a glass of water and lemon juice in the morning helps to detoxify the body;
  • Very useful also to assist and facilitate the work of the liver in eliminating toxins;
  • To balance and regulate metabolism;
  • Helps to counteract acidosis and gastric hyperacidity;
  • It is a natural remedy to combat halitosis (bad breath). Being a natural antiseptic, lemon juice in water also helps keep the breath fresh and fragrant during the day (never add sugar to the preparation, because the benefits would not be the same and would encourage dental problems, such as tooth decay);
  • Very useful to heal wounds, especially if you are in the presence of scratches and abrasions;
  • It is a remedy to treat diarrhea. Water and lemon, in the presence of strong discharges of diarrhea, can even make them pass;
  • It is effective for lowering fever, even the very high. Try it if you have the influence you or your loved one, adult or child;
  • It helps to hydrate the body. It is true that water is enough for this, but many people find it difficult to consume it every day in the right quantity, so the lemon, which gives it a more pleasant taste, can help in this way. And then he adds the many benefits already mentioned;
  • Very useful for rejuvenating the skin. Water and lemon have a fantastic effect on the skin, which makes it brighter and younger thanks to antioxidants, enemies of free radicals, one of the first causes of aging;
  • It is an effective remedy to fight the phlegm;
  • Helps to prevent cancer. Cancer cells love to grow and grow in an acidic environment, so the lemon, alkalizing the body, makes it more difficult “the way”;
  • Useful for reducing the desire for caffeine. The “caffeinomaniacs”, generally succeed in diminishing their spasmodic desire for coffee, only with a glass of lukewarm water and
  • Lemon juice, which also has an “energizing” effect;
  • To make the awakening more healthy and sweet.

Drink lukewarm water and lemon juice in the morning

Useful tips:
In order to fully benefit from the many virtues of lemon, it is essential to follow some precautions to keep the same intact and fully usable.

Here are our tips for drinking water and lemon in the morning:
1. Lemons should be consumed ripe and wax-free; the best ones to use are those from organic farming, not treated with chemicals of any kind.

2. The lemons must be squeezed and consumed immediately, fresh, because it is the only way to prevent the contact with the air causes an impoverishment of its nutrients.

3. The water must be warm but not boiling as the boiling water can alter the beneficial properties of lemon juice.

4. Excessive use of lemon may be irritating to some individuals.

5. Although lemon is a natural remedy used to whiten teeth, the citric acid contained in it could, in the long run, damage (corrode) the enamel; taking water and lemon with a straw limits the contact with the teeth to the maximum;

6. Never add sugar in water and lemon, because the beneficial effects would not be equally effective and the calories would increase considerably (avoid, if you succeed, even the sweeteners); If you want, you can sweeten with a touch of honey.

7. Drink a glass of water and lemon in the morning, while being a healthy habit and highly recommended to all, should not be followed every day continuously, but for periods to be determined based on the real needs of your body.

In this regard, the scheme to be kept in mind should be the following:

7/10 days a month during periods when you are in good health and there are no problems;
for 21 days at the change of season;
every other day in periods when you feel under stress and change of diet;
for 15 days at the beginning of any diet (increasing the lemon juice every day);
for 2/3 days up to 7 days after food abuses.

Contraindications of water and lemon

The consumption of water and lemon does not involve any particular contraindication, not even in general for those suffering from gastritis, ulcer, inflamed gums and pyorrhoea, which is not recommended the pure lemon juice: dilution in water, “lightening” the natural acidity, makes it suitable for them too (although it should not be exceeded). The only real precautions are those listed in the previous paragraph.

Only a last and proper warning: do not use water and lemon to try to cure any specific disorder without first consulting a doctor. In the field of health, do-it-yourself is always discouraged and irresponsible.

5 steps to keep your gut healthy (and guarantee gym performance)!

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Let’s summarize in 5 points the essential steps to keep the intestine healthy and ensure the performance in the gym.

1. Reduce the stressors that have a significant impact on the functions of the intestine and on its health. Even if you feel “unmanly”, a yoga class and some time to relax can be a great help. If every time you train in the gym like crazy, it will do you good to slow down the pace for the love of your innards.

2. Intestinal bacteria are extremely important. Although dairy products are often mistakenly associated with gastrointestinal problems, most people can tolerate a dose, at least small, and what I highly recommend is yogurt with live probiotics; is a natural source of calcium, tryptophan, casein and whey proteins, prebiotic carbohydrates and probiotics. If you tolerate dairy products badly or you avoid them for other reasons, in the best supermarkets are selling new probiotic vegetable drinks.

3. Fibers are almost always taken in insufficient quantities. They are able to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and blood pressure, as well as to balance blood sugar, avoiding the risk of blood glucose for a simple sandwich. If possible, choose starchy carbohydrates in their integral form, eat fruits and vegetables of different colors and pay attention to natural sources of inulin such as onions, garlic and artichokes, which help to keep your appetite under control.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids: the fact that there is no need to list the benefits is another reason to take them. Opt for vegetable sources such as oils and seeds with which to dress the salad, for example nuts, linseed, hemp oil, soybean oil, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. And eat more fish like mackerel, sardines, salmon and fresh tuna.

5. Sunlight combined with vitamin D supplementation will prevent the deficiencies of this precious substance, as well as restore the gut to health. To protect the gastrointestinal cells, a little L-glutamine on an empty stomach is also useful.

Finding a balance between the stressors of life, training and work, mediating stress and correcting the diet is essential to ensure that the efforts made do not go up in smoke. We hope these pages have helped you understand how important a healthy gut is for physical efficiency and muscle development, in the present and in the long run.

And always remember this quote: “An army marches on his stomach” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Energy drink: side effects in half of young consumers

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario now demand that there be a “squeeze” at least for those under the age of 16. The Canadian university has in fact shown that 55% of children between 12 and 24 years of age report having heavy side effects after taking these drinks.

Among the most common the acceleration of the heartbeat, chest pain up to some cases of epilepsy. Experts ask that they be banned for under-16s

The energy drinks have long been under the magnifying glass of scientists to understand what are the side effects. Very used especially by young people, who also mix them with spirits, have seen an exponential growth in sales.

«Forbid to under-16s»
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario now demand that there be a “squeeze” at least for those under the age of 16. The Canadian university has in fact shown that 55% of children between 12 and 24 years of age report having heavy side effects after taking these drinks.

The results
The research team tested 2,055 children to understand how often they drink energy drinks. Among those who consume these drinks, almost 25% have confessed to having experienced an accelerated heartbeat, another quarter of the sample difficulty falling asleep, while 0.2% have even suffered from seizures of epilepsy.

Furthermore, 18.3% had headaches, nausea 5.1, vomiting or diarrhea and 3.6% chest pain.

Effects also respecting the recommended maximum limit
What most struck the researchers is that the vast majority of people experiencing side effects consumed much less than the recommended maximum of one or two drinks.

The expert’s opinion
“At the moment – explains Professor David Hammond, first author of the research – there is no restriction on the sale to children. In fact, the cans are often placed where the most loved drinks are found by the very young “.

High cholesterol: the foods to avoid

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Hypercholesterolemia, or excess cholesterol in the blood, is a condition that today afflicts more than 20% of the Italian population aged 35 and over. In recent times there has been an exponential increase in obesity on a global level, especially that of children. Italy is not saved from the trend, since according to estimates half of the Italians are in a state of overweight, due not only to the adoption of an improper diet, but also to the increase in the sedentary lifestyle. High cholesterol, however, is not only caused by food consumed: other factors come into play, including genetic abnormalities, thyroid diseases, diabetes, cigarette smoking, and even stress.

Food, although not the only one responsible for high cholesterol, plays a fundamental role in the health of the body, especially in people who are at risk. In fact, those who already suffer from hypercholesterolemia must absolutely avoid introducing cholesterol through the diet and prefer low-fat foods. Even those who are not at risk should keep their diet under control and avoid the consumption of cholesterol-rich foods, to prevent the onset of very serious and debilitating, if not fatal, diseases.

The diet for high cholesterol provides for the elimination of all foods known to be rich in saturated fatty acids, such as red meat, sausages, meats and especially offal. Even the consumption of eggs should be reduced drastically, considering that many industrial products contain this food and contribute to increase the level of cholesterol in the blood. The same goes for milk, especially whole milk, and all its derivatives such as butter, aged cheeses, cream and whole yoghurt.

No food of animal origin is saved from cholesterol: even molluscs and crustaceans are in fact potentially dangerous, as are fatty fish. Better to opt for blue fish, which contains less cholesterol and is rich in Omega 3. Other foods to avoid when you have high cholesterol are refined products, which can increase blood sugar and trigger the so-called metabolic syndrome, especially white bread industrial and table sugar. Absolutely avoid the spirits, which contribute to increase the level of cholesterol in the blood. The wine, however, can be consumed in moderation thanks to its beneficial contribution of antioxidants. Bad news for fried lovers: despite the oils of plant origin are not harmful to health, inadequate frying can cause the formation of free radicals. Without considering that some oils rich in hydrogenated fats, such as palm oil, can alter cholesterol metabolism.

Are you in doubt about which diet to follow for hypercholesterolemia? Here is a gallery that shows you what not to eat in case of high cholesterol!

3 ways to stop coughing at night and go back to sleep

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Cough and cold do not give you respite and the night awake the whole family? Here are 3 remedies for nocturnal cough.

The winter months, as we know, are characterized by chimneys, fleece, coats, Christmas and by the dear and little-loved influence.
Obviously this comes in different shapes and essences, year by year. Beyond the high fevers, vomiting and diarrhea (not annoying), cold, ear and throat, there is a symptom that is equally annoying: the cough. Coughing attacks are a terrible nuisance, especially if it’s nighttime and your family would like to sleep rather than attend a concert. Here then are 3 remedies against this nocturnal annoyance, which favor one of the main enemies of influenza: rest. And in video here are other precious enemies of the flu, look:

1. The position in which you sleep

It would be the case not to sleep completely relaxed. Support your torso with pillows before going to sleep and try to rest on more than one pillow. In this way you will prevent the mucus from returning to your throat when you are lying down during the night. Moreover, in a supine position the breathing would be even more difficult! So, off to the reclining cushion.

2. Herbal teas and gargle before going to bed

There are a number of excellent herbal teas to reduce the effects of cough and calm it. One is clearly that of ginger. But also herbal tea with licorice root, always accompanied by a healthy spoonful of honey. Even chocolate can be an excellent remedy for coughs. Taking these herbal teas before going to bed could make the rest much easier. It can also help gargle with salt water. If you are congested and coughing, salt water gargles can help loosen the phlegm in the airways. As? Simple: mix a teaspoon of salt in 240 ml of hot water to completely dissolve it, taking care not to swallow the substance, gargle for about 15 seconds, then spit and repeat. Finally rinse the mouth with water.

3. A shower before going to sleep

What to do before going to bed? Another method to promote rest is a simple hot shower. In fact, before going to bed, it will be good for the dry airways to plunge into a steam bath and absorb the humidity in the room before going to sleep. Obviously if you suffer from asthma, the steam can make cough worse, in which case it would be advisable to avoid this little advice! A treat: always keep a glass of water on the bedside table, in this way, if you wake up for a cough during the night, you can free the throat by drinking a long drink of water

We anticipate the influence by fighting it with sports, healthy environments and ad hoc foods:

The 8 diseases to pay more attention to after 60 years

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What does it mean to be afraid of getting old? Certainly, it is a fear of incurring that series of diseases typical of the over sixties. In reality, however, more than a risk of illness, the elderly are more subject to a decrease in the so-called homeostatic capacity, or the ability to resist changes, maintaining a condition of internal balance.

In short, the elderly are struggling to return to good general health after having contracted any disease. What are the most common diseases after the age of 60?

60 years? Here are the diseases to watch out for

Among the diseases that most affect the elderly – and predominantly the female gender – we find:

  • Osteoporosis – Pathology that causes a decrease in bone tissue, causing pain especially in the spine, with greater exposure to the risk of fracture.
  • Respiratory diseases – These include asthma, pneumonia (since the deterioration of defense systems due to age increases its probability of incidence), and chronic
  • bronchitis (caused by the succession of numerous attacks by the respiratory system). The alterations of the respiratory system can be very dangerous for the elderly and, for this reason, it is essential that they are constantly subjected to control visits and that they follow appropriate therapy.
  • Arteriosclerosis – Pathology that is characterized by the accumulation of material (mainly lipids) in correspondence of the arterial vessels, causing disturbances to the circulatory system.
  • Diabetes mellitus – Condition characterized by a pathological increase in blood glucose concentration. Responsible for this phenomenon is an absolute and relative defect of insulin, hormone secreted from the islands of Langherhans of the pancreas, essential for the metabolism of sugars.
  • Myocardial infarction – Myocardial infarction is a necrosis of the cardiac musculature, caused by the occlusion of a large, medium or small caliber coronary artery. The most frequent site of the infarct is in the left area of ​​the heart, in correspondence of the area sprayed by the descending branch of the left coronary artery.
  • Tumors – Especially in the lung, prostate, breast, colorectal, bladder, stomach and pancreas.

The most common neurological diseases fall into the category of dementias, which consist in the loss of cognitive skills as a result of a neurodegenerative process and, among these, those that unfortunately predominantly affect the elderly are Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. In particular:

  • Parkinson’s disease – It is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system, specifically the subcortical area, and leads to the death of all cells that release dopamine.
  • Alzheimer’s disease – Form of progressive dementia, which affects the subcortical area and leads to the slow destruction of all the cognitive abilities of the affected subject, to the point of preventing him from carrying out even the most basic actions. This is considered a typical senile disease and is characterized by the presence of clusters and plaques inside the brain and for the loss of connection between neurons. The triggering causes of the pathology are not entirely clear but would seem to be linked to environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Surely, however, a balanced diet and a stimulating social environment can help us not to be affected by the disease (or at least to slow down its onset).

How to prevent diseases of old age

To increase the likelihood of a peaceful and healthy old age, it is useful to pay attention to the prevention advice of experts in the field.

First of all, the importance of a healthy and balanced diet should not be underestimated, which should include a daily protein intake of at least 1 / 1.2 grams per kg of weight and a constant presence of fruit and vegetables.

In addition, we should maintain a fair intake of salt and sugar in meals and, of fundamental importance, it is necessary to drink a lot of water even if, with the passage of time, the stimulation of thirst tends to decrease. Everything must then be accompanied by a correct physical activity. And remember that old age is still the only system that has been found to live long!

The secrets to overcome the fear of the dentist

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The fear of the dentist haunts us since childhood and does not seem to abandon us even in adulthood. At the sight of the dentist and his equipment there arises an uncontrolled state of anxiety and tension, often accompanied by a feeling of general malaise – like nausea and loss of consciousness – which at worst may be the harbinger of a real phobia, known as odontophobia. Let’s see what it is.

Why is the dentist so scared?

Compared to other professional medical figures, that of the dentist incites an exaggeratedly greater panic in the patient. Why does it happen? Here are some reasons that could justify these unpleasant moods:

  • Past experience – A negative experience in dental surgery can significantly affect the present and future mood of the patient, even at the sight of a new dentist.
  • Waiting Room – The waiting room is the first environment we come into contact with. Often it is a particularly quiet room, without furniture, poorly lit, with walls covered with posters that show unpleasant images of teeth and mouths affected by particular diseases.
  • Surgery – After the waiting room you enter the clinic, a place full of strange equipment with unknown functions, where the chair that will host the patient is the host. It is precisely the armchair that generates a strong negative emotional state in
  • the subject: being lying down, undergoing the dentist’s care without having control of their pain, amplifies the state of anxiety.
  • Dentist – One of the main causes of the patient’s emotional state is the figure of the dentist who, especially in past times, regardless of the subject’s mood and his pain threshold, began to operate without discussing doubts or fears. Fortunately, this does not happen (almost) anymore.
  • Personal Attitude – Personal moods, as well as periods of particular stress, can greatly affect sessions at the dentist.

How to overcome the fear of the dentist?

Like all fears, even that of the dentist can be overcome. Here are some simple precautions to live dental chairs with more confidence:

  • Choice of dentist – Opt for a dentist who is not limited to working on the patient but who tries to establish a dialogue with him, trying to understand the pain threshold of the subject, for example asking him to raise his hand when he feels pain or asks the patient permission to continue, giving him the opportunity to take breaks from time to time.
  • Choice of the surgery – Opt for pleasant and non-dismal environments, perhaps with background music and images on the walls that go beyond the medical world. When choosing the clinic, it is advisable to inquire about the equipment and sedatives available to choose the one that best meets your needs.
  • State of mind – Always go to the dentist accompanied by a trusted person who is not afraid of the dentist. Ask the dentist to listen to music or watch TV during operations. Remember that current dental procedures are much less traumatic than pain that can cause a toothache.
  • Consult a psychologist – If despite the precautions listed above your fear for the dentist persists, you may be suffering from a real phobia (odontophobia). In these cases it is good to consult a psychologist to find a method to better face the next dental sessions.

Mistakenly, many avoid preventive dental care just to stem the fear of the dentist. Let’s not forget the importance of prevention: periodic dental visits will ensure an optimal state, to detect the presence of certain diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as to better face future visits to the dentist, without fear!

Elderly: 9 tips to protect your health

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Here’s how to protect our health during aging.

As we age, we know that some health problems may arise. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent these problems, and to do this it is enough to put in place some healthy behaviors. Let’s find out together which is:

  • Stop smoking: smoking causes cancer, stroke and heart failure, leads to erectile dysfunction in men and causes of atherosclerosis and wrinkles on the skin, as well as many other diseases not to be underestimated.
  • Keep yourself physically active: doing sports every day will keep you stronger, improve your balance and flexibility, as well as cardiovascular health.
  • Eat healthily: many diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, can be prevented or controlled simply by changing diet and doing sports regularly.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight: excess weight increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Preventing falls and injuries: remember that as we age we become more vulnerable to falls and injuries
  • Prevent skin cancer: protect skin from the sun by applying the appropriate cream regularly and following these tips
  • Undergo regular dental check-ups, sight and hearing
  • Learn how to manage stress, so as to improve your physical and psychological well-being
  • Continue to make love: the advancing age is not a valid reason to limit your sexual activity.

Do not forget it!