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Getting rid of skin fungus

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Getting rid of skin fungus is a goal belonging to many Italians: these microorganisms, in fact, are widespread and do not fail to hit men, women and children without distinction.
The cutaneous mycoses can become a problem if they are underestimated: it is always good to intervene when the first symptoms appear, to prevent the fungus from spreading and subsequently penetrating below the dermis, going to hit the internal organs.
In general we tend to identify four types of skin fungus: superficial, subcutaneous, systemic and finally opportunistic mycosis.
Each of these levels indicates a certain degree of penetration of the fungus, which can affect the skin, the dermis or the internal organs: the opportunistic ones, on the other hand, tend to affect only those with a deficiency in the immune system.

Mycosis of the skin: causes and symptoms
The fungal infections of the skin are due to the infection of microorganisms known as fungi, which in fact also include other types of bacteria such as molds and yeasts.

Then there are some conditions that can promote the infection of mushrooms: the low immune system, diabetes, the high degree of humidity on the skin, poor hygiene, obesity and even some treatments based on drugs.
The disease is usually contracted by direct contact with infected humans (or animals), or by contact with things or surfaces, where the fungus proliferates.
The symptoms are as follows: circular lesions are born with reddened and desquamated areas, of variable color, depending on the form of infection.
Fungi in the skin can then affect very delicate areas such as the intimate ones, but also the nails, the scalp and the area behind the ears.

How to effectively treat mycosis?
To treat fungal infections, before anything else, it is necessary to seek the advice of an expert dermatologist: this step is important because it allows you to analyze the skin tissue to understand if it is really a fungal infection, and not something else .
In many cases related to mycosis, however, it is often recommended the use of a skin fungus ointment such as this of Trosyd: the topical remedies are very effective, but require patience and daily application on the affected area.
Then you can also use natural remedies that, although not comparable to specific products, can help the course: this mainly due to some elements that act as disinfectants and natural anti-fungal, such as tea tree oil, vinegar apples or aloe vera.

How to prevent skin fungus?
Although it is impossible to avoid 100% fungal infection of the skin, it is in any case possible to try to lower the risk percentages in an important way: this is because prevention, even in the field of mycoses, can make a big difference.

The first advice is to treat the hygiene of the body and skin with great detail: this means carefully cleaning the spaces between the fingers and the body folds, which are usually the most neglected areas.
We must also avoid frequent barefoot public places, such as gyms or swimming pools, and it is always good to avoid using the towels of others.

Draining teas: infusions to combat water retention


Have you ever tried draining herbal teas? These are infusions that help to dispose of the liquids retained in the body, by means of diuresis or sweat.

So, let’s say we have a water retention problem, what should our typical day be like?

  • In the morning: Scottish shower, draining herbal tea chosen from those listed below, movement (house cleaning, shopping, taking the dog out or going to work possibly on foot). Snack: pineapple juice.
  • Lunch: wholemeal pasta with vegetables, fruit and vegetables.
  • Afternoon and evening: sport (also homemade, even dance, even bicycles, even running, the word “gymnasium” is not necessary, bathtub with water and coarse salt, at least half an hour of bath (alternatively salt packs). If it’s summer, go swimming in the sea and combine the two. Snack: draining herbal tea.
  • At dinner: steamed fish, vegetables.
  • After dinner: draining massage, legs in the air to deflate them and at least an hour of yoga.
  • Non-optional rules: drink 2 liters of water a day, avoid salt.

Questions? The Scottish shower alternates jets of hot and cold water to promote circulation, the salt compresses are mixed salt with natural oils (bitter orange for example), a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and if you have some cellulite powder coffee or a little pineapple juice, must be a paste to be distributed in critical areas by stopping it with the film (after an hour of laying just take a shower).

But let’s move on to herbal teas.

Draining herbal teas: benefits, use, contraindications

Herbal teas, like other herbal teas, are simply infused herbs that have the property to deflate and drain excess fluids.

Do we all need these teas? In particular moments it may happen to feel swollen, especially for women during the cycle and therefore in this period it is good to take them; even if you suffer from stones and problems with the urinary system, these teas are useful.

How do you understand when you need it? Following the signs of the body:

  • It feels heavy and tired,
  • You notice swollen legs and feet,
  • When you suffer from venous insufficiency,
  • In case of appearance of cellulite,
  • When you notice your face and swollen hands.

In these cases, if we are talking about diseases, we talk to the doctor, if we are talking about temporary swelling, we take draining teas.

Here are the benefits of draining herbal teas:

  • Help to eliminate stagnant liquids,
  • Deflate,
  • Help diuresis and therefore purification,
  • Improve the problem of cellulite.

Obviously if you suffer from kidney disease it is essential to speak with your doctor, same thing if you have problems with the veins.

Is there any difference between herbal teas bought in herbal medicine and those bought at the supermarket? Yes, generally those of the super are “cut” with other carrier herbs so they contain little active ingredient.

Draining herbal teas: herbs to use

Let’s see what are the herbs to use to make these teas, who knows that we do not discover to have some of them in the garden:

  • Cherry (peduncles of the fruits), has a good draining effect;
  • Horsetail (aerial parts), has diuretic properties;
  • Ash (leaves and seeds), reduces the swelling caused by water retention;
  • Pilosella (aerial parts), depurative, anti-inflammatory and diuretic;
  • Gramigna (rhizome), very diuretic;
  • Dandelion (root), purifies and stimulates diuresis;
  • Golden rod (flowering tops);
  • Orthosiphon (leaves), excellent against water retention, diuretic;
  • Ononide spinosa (root), depurative and diuretic;
  • Nettle (leaves), diuretic;
  • Birch (dry extracts), favors the elimination of stagnation of liquids;
  • Centella (dry extract), improves circulation and health of venous walls.

DIY draining herbal teas: recipes

1. Draining herbal tea with dandelion and birch


A pot of water,
1 teaspoon of dried dandelion extract,
1 teaspoon of birch.
Put the herbs in the water jug, bring to a boil for 5 minutes, filter and drink. At least 3 cups a day for no more than ten days. It is an infusion that stimulates diuresis, so within a couple of days the swelling will be much less visible.

2. Cherry peduncles


  • Half a glass of cherry stalks,
  • A pot of water.ì

After the cherries have been eaten, put aside the peduncles, then wash them and either immediately make the draining herbal tea or put them to dry. To make tea, just boil them for about ten minutes. Two cups of tea are drunk every day for two weeks at most. The cherry peduncles are very diuretic and promote good drainage of liquids.

3. Herbal tea nettle and gramigna


  • A pot of water,
  • Two young nettle seedlings,
  • Two young plants of gramigna.

Wash well the seedlings (they are also found among the herbaceous of the garden), remove roots and not good parts, then bring them to boil and after ten minutes filter and drink. Twice a day, morning and evening, for a week. It is a draining herbal tea that greatly stimulates diuresis.

4. Draining herbal tea of birch and horsetail


  • A pot of water,
  • Two teaspoons of dry birch extract and one of horsetail.

Place everything in the water jug and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Filter and drink in the evening, for about eight. Excellent draining herbal tea for those suffering from cellulite due to water retention.

5. Draining infusion of red vine


  • A pot of water,
  • 6 gr of dry red vine extract.

Put to boil the water, in a boiling point pour the dry red vine extract, boil 2 minutes, then turn off and cover. After 5 minutes, filter and drink. Two cups a day for 15 days. It is a very useful herbal tea for those suffering from disorders of the veins caused by water retention.

6. Draining herbal tea of pilosella and golden rod


  • A pot of water,
  • 3 gr of dried pilosella extract,
  • 2 gr of golden rod.

Place the herbs to boil in water, after 5 minutes, turn off and cover. After another 5 minutes, filter and drink. A cup in the morning. Definitely good as draining, diuretic and anti-inflammatory.

What are the draining teas that you use the most? Which are, in your opinion, the most effective ones?

How to relax: tips to reduce anxiety, stress and nervousness


Anxiety and nervousness assail us more and more and it is increasingly difficult to relax in this increasingly hectic society and not be constantly under stress. How to relax? In this article you will find some effective methods to relax and some tips to reduce stress, anxiety and nervousness.

Anxiety can be defined as a rather annoying emotional state capable of seriously endangering our integrity. To this particular emotional state is associated a condition of alarm and fear that in reality is unleashed without the presence of an authentic danger and that however is perceived at a time also in a disproportionate manner. Today the battle against anxiety and nervousness is a common factor for everyone, given the stress we are subjected to daily, the stressful work commitments and the almost total impossibility of dedicating time to the care of the body and mind.

So how to relax and try to alleviate the state of anxiety that assails us? Apparently it seems difficult to be able to cut out spaces to try to catch my breath and reduce anxiety, but it is also true that we must do everything possible to overcome the stress and find that balance that allows us to feel good about ourselves and our others. Obviously this does not mean that a good night’s sleep and waking up rested and relaxed solves the problem, but the most important thing is instead to avoid transforming anxiety into real psychosomatic pathologies. In fact, if you do not already remedy the first symptoms, in the long run the condition of anxiety turns into a problem much more serious to be resolved then with targeted and specific therapies. For this reason, here are some tips to reduce anxiety, fatigue and nervousness, and thus live a more peaceful life.

How to relax: here’s how to fight anxiety, fatigue and nervousness

To provoke anxiety and produce nervousness are mainly external factors that inevitably create stress and fatigue: often these emotional states are accompanied by panic attacks, insecurity and mood swings. The consequences of these strong emotional states can be different, sometimes even dangerous for health: in fact, the most frequent symptoms are fierce headaches, tachycardia, poor concentration, dizziness, insomnia and other disorders that affect the person with physical illness unbearable times.

To reduce and combat anxiety, fatigue and nervousness, you can resort to natural remedies that do not hurt, rather they alleviate this condition by bringing serenity and also improving mood. For example, herbal teas are among the most used and most effective remedies to relax and diminish anxious state: a mixture prepared with the right dose, perhaps to be purchased in herbal medicine, can be a valid solution for an almost immediate effect. Among the most recommended herbs against anxiety attacks are: the mallow, excellent as relaxing, the passion flower, effective against anxiety attack, chamomile, perfect to calm even stomach pains, the ideal valerian to fight nervousness, linden for insomnia, Bach flowers to combat tiredness, lavender for those with headaches, hawthorn for those suffering from frequent palpitations. For a perfectly balanced mixture of herbs, it is essential to seek advice from the herbalist, unless you prefer to buy ready-made sachets.

Relax and fight anxiety, fatigue and nervousness with yoga

An effective technique to alleviate the state of anxiety and its inevitable effects is yoga, consisting of a series of exercises that act on the body and the mind, bringing valid psychophysical benefits. Yoga is not difficult to learn, it can be practiced at home or outdoors and helps, through meditation and exercises, to acquire greater mastery of body and mind.

Among the exercises useful for relaxing, here are some of them: lie down on the bed or on the floor and place your legs on the wall, place your hands on your chest or under your head. Free your mind from negative thoughts and breathe deeply; to chase away the stress you need to let the anxiety flow: then lie down on the bed and place some cushions behind the head and the shoulder blades. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax and free your mind. Finally, another yoga exercise that gives excellent results is to lie down on your back, with a pillow under your head, gather your legs to your chest and hug them slowly, then bring your head towards your legs as if to form a ball and relax bringing your head back on the pillow. It is essential to always breathe deeply and feel the stress and tension that are moving away. It is important to become aware of the clean air that entering cleans and removes frustrating thoughts, anxiety, anger and stress by taking them away with exhalation.

How to relax: tips to ward off anxiety, fatigue and nervousness

Even during the day, if you can not do yoga exercises and maybe you can not take a long relaxing break, here are some tips to take advantage of every moment in your favor and prevent our emotions take over.

A short walk, perhaps in a green space, can be the ideal moment to breathe deeply and free yourself for a few minutes from the anxiety that assails you; meditate for a few minutes and remove the problem by looking at things objectively, while in the meantime it is necessary to strive to think only of pleasant things; even disconnecting for a few minutes from technological devices such as PCs, mobile phones and tablets can reduce the state of anxiety and dedicate a few free moments to themselves, perhaps by doing a good warm bath or a healthy run to release the tension; drinking a hot chocolate brings up morale and is not counterproductive, rather it repays the mind from negative thoughts with its sweetness; listening to music is an effective therapy, just identify the favorite genre and that makes us relax, regardless of whether it is a classical music or the sound of something different as the waves of the sea. For those who love to devote themselves to plants, gardening is a magnificent solution to relax and distract, but for those who love animals keep a puppy at home can be a great relief.

Distracting is in fact the best therapy to ward off everything that is anxiety: therefore, even a swim, a bike ride, reading a book, four laughter with the loved one, watching a funny movie, everything contributes to downloading anxiety and nervousness, reducing fatigue thanks to psychophysical relaxation.

At the end of a stressful day there is nothing better than relaxing with a hot bath full of intense perfumes. To enhance the effects, you can add to the water of the bath some relaxing ingredients that work by stretching the body and the mind: among these effective is lavender, lemon, sweet orange, mandarin, jasmine, coriander and juniper. Choosing the favorite fragrance is important to increase its benefits.

Ideal foods to combat anxiety, fatigue and nervousness

Nutrition can also help to combat anxiety effectively. Among the most suitable foods, whole grains are recommended because they are rich in magnesium and the lack of this mineral can lead to anxiety. The algae also seem to have a high magnesium content and contain a large amount of tryptophan. Blueberries, besides being a delicious fruit, are rich in vitamins and phytonutrients (plant nutrients), have a high percentage of antioxidants and are a great help to relieve stress but also have a calming effect.

Obesity: Excessive Accumulation of Fat


Obesity is reached when excessive amounts of fat accumulate in the subcutaneous tissues. In general, a patient defines himself as obese when his weight exceeds 20 percent that considered normal for a subject of similar height and body. The accumulation of fat is due to the ingestion of quantities of food higher than those necessary to produce the energy necessary for the performance of daily activities.


Because we become obese
In some cases obesity is a hereditary factor: it is estimated that the children of obese parents in 40-80% of cases will develop the same problem. In other cases, you can become obese for eating disorders or wrong eating habits such as eating food out of a meal (sweet drinks, snacks, ice cream), high consumption of fried foods, sausages, cheeses, fatty meat, sweets and carbonated drinks , low consumption of fruit and vegetables; in other cases, obesity can also derive from hormonal problems.


Password: lose weight!
Obesity is the most widespread nutritional disease in recent years, with a particularly high incidence in Western countries, known as “well-being”. Obesity in most cases not only leads to disorders, but also other serious conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease (stroke) and diabetes, often due to mortality. The first recommended treatment to heal is to lose weight, possibly followed by a dietician who gives the basic rules for proper nutrition. There is also the possibility of inserting an intragastric balloon into the stomach to give a feeling of fullness and to encourage the patient to eat less: it is a non-surgical technique because the balloon is introduced through the oral cavity. The balloon technique, in order to be successful, must be associated with a balanced hypocaloric diet and an integrated program of physical activity and behavioral therapy.
In cases where surgery is required, the most commonly used technique is gastric banding: it is a restrictive procedure that involves placing a silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach, near the esophagus.
Obesity is even better cured in time when it occurs during childhood: in children and adolescents, in fact, in addition to causing improper development, with a predisposition to future diseases, can also trigger psychological and relational problems of anxiety and depression.

Hair: What Do they Represent For The Person And Society?


Hair is not a simple ornament of the person, but an important part of the body with both an aesthetic and biological and internal value, since they touch a profound dimension in each of us.


The hair speaks of us: cut, color and treatment chosen define our personality and represent us, for this we give them importance and value. Through the hair it is possible to express an ideal image of oneself and, as such, often different from the real one. Every woman and every man can perceive their hair as an adjoining stranger to himself, precisely because it invests them with meanings and values ​​that go beyond the objective physical and biological belonging: if their hair is inherited from a mother with whom they have bad relationships, it is very likely that they will be rejected and not recognized as their own.


The filters of love, the evil eye and other spells of black and white magic require a tuft of hair of the person to which to address the spell, and this does not happen by chance: the hair contains the essence of a person, as we have already said , manifests the identity of the individual.

Hair between personality and social recognition

Both women and men, all care of their hair, is a behavior that distinguishes human civilization from other wild animals that leave their hair, or their long hair, in the natural state without resorting to any treatment.
In turn, men and women adopt the same or different codes to express their personality but also their social affiliation.


We think of the sophisticated hairstyles typical of men and women of the high social class in France between the 18th and 19th centuries, when sculpture wigs annulled the distinction between the sexes and underlined the identification of a person with a specific social class.


On the other hand, there are extreme hairstyles chosen to express a position of protest towards established power, certain values ​​and other social classes. It is the case of the bright colors of the punk ridges, of the male and female rasta dreads, and of the shaved head of the women who in ancient times denoted a form of public humiliation and loss of seductive power, so much so that the witches were burned , and which today represents a further form of protest towards the stereotypical concept of femininity and seduction.

Water and lemon in the morning: health benefits and contraindications


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)!


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


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


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


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

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