Apple-Pie!

 

Hi there!

 

The wild Olive Tree originated in Asia Minor, where
Neolithic tribes were collecting its wild fruit.

The Olive Tree was first domesticated around seven
thousand (7000) years ago, when olives were turned
into oil. 

The oldest olive tree is thought to be around three
thousand (3000) years old, and it is found in Crete.

Olive oil has been used in rituals, in medicine, as a fuel,
in soaps, as a home remedy, as a lubricant and in skin care.

The Tree Of Eternity

 

Glittery Ocean

 

Note – Perfect

 

When we talk about Mediterranean Diet, we mean
a specific and unique mix of traditional ingredients,
used by people living in the various countries 
bordering the Mediterranean Sea, during the period
of 1950s and 1960s.

We do not mean the cuisine of a specific country, but
a general diet to follow in your every day life for as
long as you live.

The specific ingredients have been evaluated and
found to offer a lot of health benefits, because they 
contain all the essential nutrients we require.

According to studies, by following a Mediterranean
Diet you can have a healthy and long life.
It has been shown to promote heart health, to 
reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s
and Alzheimer’s diseases, and to manage weight.

Certainly, all these incorporate the traditional
complete lifestyle of the people living in countries
like Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, etc.

 

Fishing

 

The Diet Of The Poor

 

The Mediterranean Diet is a very appetizing and
enjoyable way to eat.
Here is how to put it all together:

a)     Eat a lot of vegetables every day with your lunch
and dinner, but avoid potatoes.
If you have any with your meals, eat only sweet potatoes.
Preferably the vegetables should be all fresh, but frozen
are also acceptable.

b)     Eat only whole grain foods like, wheat products,
oats and brown rice with all your meals.

c)      Eat all kinds of nuts, especially almonds and seeds,
but avoid the ones that have been treated with salt.

d)     Eat extra virgin olive oil raw on your meals, and
cook with olive oil your daily foods.

e)     Use all herbs fresh and dried, as well as various spices,
in your every day cooking.

f)     Eat wild caught fish baked or grilled, two (2) to 
three (3) times a week.

g)     Replace all red meat with fresh organic or free 
range poultry like, chicken and turkey.

h)     Eat fresh organic or free range eggs, a minimum
of four (4) times a week.

i)      Eat legumes like, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas
with one of your meals daily.

j)     Eat a minimum of two (2) fruits every day, one in your
breakfast and one as a snack.

k)     If you eat dairy at all, eat only low fat products on rare
occasions and in small quantities.

l)     Eat pure honey as a sweet and dried fruits,
when you want a treat.

m)   If you drink alcohol, limit it only to specific occasions.

n)    Drink plenty of liquids, including pure tea (if you do not
have a problem with caffeine) and plenty of herbal teas.
Avoid fru
it juices because they contain concentrated sugar.

 

Rocky Coast

 

Short And Sweet

 

According to scientific research the closer you follow
the Mediterranean diet the greater the health 
advantages you will enjoy.
It contains all the necessary nutrients required for
good health.

Clear all unhealthy temptations from your home, 
and adopt the new habit of following the Mediterranean
diet,  for prevention of all chronic serious diseases.

Also make certain you follow the Mediterranean
healthy lifestyle which includes the following:

1)     Enjoy your every day meals with your family.
2)     Take plenty of exercise by walking daily for a
minimum of thirty (30) minutes.
3)     Try to enjoy your life in general.
4)     Socialize with positive and healthy people.

Now it is time for you to introduce and establish
your new Mediterranean diet routine.

 

 

 

 

 

Springtide!

 

Hi there!

It was a beautiful, sunny and warm spring
afternoon when Jo decided to walk back to his
office, after his lunch meeting.

As he was walking down the lane enjoying
the peaceful atmosphere, suddenly he started
feeling his eyes itching and his nose becoming
stuffy and runny.

Not again;   every now and then I have to suffer
the same uncomfortable situation he said to
himself appearing very annoyed.

As thousands of people everywhere, he had
experienced the symptoms of a very irritating
seasonal allergy attack.

By now he was feeling distressed and miserable,
so he decided to hurry back to his office and
handle this problem appropriately.
He did not want this troublesome situation to
interfere with his work ………….

 

Bumble Bee on Flower

 

Bad Blood

 

Spring is in the air:   we now enjoy longer days,
warmer and sunnier weather, we notice lots of
insects and birds around and see the new flowers
blooming.

But for many people, the beautiful and so much
anticipated spring is bringing all these annoying
seasonal allergies.
It is all about the tree pollen at this wonderful
time of the year.

Tree and flower pollens disperse and travel through
the air.   Consequently people inhale these irritants
without noticing it and start developing various
allergic reactions.

An allergic reaction to an external stimulus
is a dynamic immune response and affects mainly
the respiratory system.
Many people are genetically predisposed towards
allergic attacks.

But in general allergies are a sign that some
body systems like, the immune or the adrenal

or the digestive are weakened to some extent;
so basically these type of allergies are customized
for each person separately.

As with many other problems, there is a good
number of natural remedies you can try at home,
before you run to the pharmacy and buy an allergy
medication, which could cause side effects.

 

Red Flower

 

Punch The Clock

 

Your risk of suffering a seasonal allergy is much
greater if you are already under stress or you are
pregnant ( for young women ) or you are going through
any illness and your immune system is compromised.

S y m p t o m s

The symptoms of seasonal allergies are usually
mild but can extend to severe ones.
They are as follows:

1)     Runny or Blocked Nose
2)     Repeated Sneezing
3)     Itchy, Watery or Red Eyes
4)     Itchy Throat or Ears or Nose
5)     Ear Congestion
6)     Postnasal Drip
7)     Headache
8)     Shortness of Breath
9)     Repeated Coughing
10)   Tiredness and Fatigue
11)   Irritability and Mood Swings

 

Yellow Flowers

 

C u r e s

The best natural remedies for seasonal allergies
are the following:

a)     Take a Quercetin and Bromelain supplement
together or separately on a daily basis.

b)     Take a Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids supplement
two (2) to three (3) gr per day.

c)     Take a good quality Probiotics supplement.

d)     Take a Vitamin E supplement of 200IU.

e)     Take a Zinc supplement 20mg – 30mg daily.

 

Purple Flowers

 

In Conclusion

a)     Follow the most healthy lifestyle possible, to
prepare your body and enhance your immune
system to fight this uncomfortable problem.

b)     Follow a wholesome, balanced and nutritious diet,
and stay well hydrated during the day.

c)     Take regular exercise, rest, relax and sleep properly
for six to seven hours at least.

d)     Rinse your nose with Saline Solution many times
during the day to soothe and keep your passages
clean from allergens.

e)     Limit your exposure to pollens by wearing a hat and
sun glasses when you go outside.

f)     Keep your house and car windows closed during 
the day.

g)     Dust and vacuum your house at least once a week.

h)     Diffusing essential oils of Lavender and Peppermint
will improve circulation and relieve stress.

Get well soon.

Good Luck !!

 

 

 

 

Analogue!

 

Hi there!

 

We must consider the distinctive characters
and the general nature of plants from the point
of view of their morphology, their behaviour under
external conditions, their mode of generation
and the whole course of their life .

Theophrastus     c. 371 BC   –   c. 287 BC
The Father of Botany

Historia Plantarum

Book   1   :     Plant Anatomy
Book   2   :     Tree and Plant Propagation
Book   3   :     Wild Trees
Book   4   :     Trees and Shrubs from Abroad
Book   5   :     Wood
Book   6   :     Undershrubs with Thorns or Without
Book   7   :     Pot Herbs
Book   8   :     Cereals and Legumes
Book   9   :     Medicinal Uses of Plants

 

Dracaena Red House Palm

 

Drawing Power

 

According to research, people living in cities
spend at least ninety per cent of their time indoors.
Stagnant and stale indoor air overloaded with
the wastes of our breathing can affect our health
unfavourably.

These indoor air pollutants together with the
byproducts of all the synthetic household goods
can cause allergies, headaches, dizziness, stress
and fatigue.

Plants bring the beauty of nature into the house.
If you have plants and flowers around your home
you will be breathing cleaner air and you will be
feeling more positive and relaxed.

Also you will be less fatigued and more alert.
On top of all these, you will be able to develop a
new and very interesting hobby.

 

Golden Pothos Dracaena Green

 

Healing Agents

 

All indoor plants purify and filter the house air
we breathe to some extent.
But some are more  beneficial than others, not
only in removing toxins and cleaning the air, but
also in delivering their therapeutic mixtures,
which balance our bodies and mind.

The following are only a few from a big number of
plants doing just that:

a)     Rose  –  Rosa  –  Rosaceae Family
Its chemicals promote relaxation and healthy cell
functioning.  
Gazing at the flowers promotes happiness.

b)     Rosemary  –  Rosmarinus  –  Lamiaceae Family
Its scent clears the mind, stimulates memory and
increases focus.
It controls pests due to its phytochemicals.

c)     Basil  –  Ocimum  –  Lamiaceae Family
Its compounds alleviate stress, headaches, colds
and inflammation.
It has insect repelling properties.

d)     Orchid  –  Orchidaceae Family
Its properties decrease stress, improve focus and
relaxes blood vessels.
It improves the air quality in the house.

e)     Golden Pothos  –  Epipremnum  –  Araceae Family
It filters the house air from toxins and increases
its general quality.

 

White Anthurium

 

f)     Dracaena  –  Asparagaceae Family
It removes most pollutants from the house air.

g)     Lavender  –  Lavandula  –  Lamiaceae Family
It relieves stress, anxiety and headaches.
It treats infection and inflammation.
It is a natural mosquito repellent.

h)     Gardenia  –  Rubiaceae Family
Its therapeutic scent helps the body and brain relax.

i)      Anthurium  – Araceae Family
It purifies the house air from toxins and pollutants.

 

Red Anthurium

 

Always consider the position you place your
plants and flowers so they have the right light,
and follow instructions for watering.

From time to time use a damp cloth or sponge
to dust
the leaves.

Interacting with plants will improve the quality
of your life.
You will connect with yourself, and you will feel
related to the Universe.

Keep Breathing !!

 

Medusa!

 

Hi there!

 

Medusa once had charms ;   to gain her love
A rival crowd of envious lovers strove.
They, who have seen her, own, they ne’er did trace
More moving features in a sweeter face.

Yet above all, her length of hair, they own,
In golden ringlets, wav’d and graceful shone.

Metamorphoses     Book  V
Ovid     43  –  17  BC

 

Walking dog

 

Corn Rows

 

Our hair is composed of the protein keratin, and 
it consists of three (3) layers:
the outer layer is the cuticle, the inner layer is
the cortex, which contains melanin, and the 
deeper in layer called the medulla, which 
reflects light.

Hair is growing 1cm per month, but still its speed
depends mainly on our genes and gender, as well as
our age 
and health.
Hair needs all vitamins, minerals and many other
key nutrients to stay shiny and strong.

All women wish for a head full of thick, luminous
and beautiful hair.
But no matter what products and treatments you
use on your head to keep your hair looking good,
it all comes down to feeding it from the inside.

 

Three Ladies

 

In Fine Fettle

 

To nourish your hair from the inside out 
eat the following:

a)     Protein

The most important nutrient for total hair health,
strength, vitality and flexibility.

Eat Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs.
If you are a vegetarian take rice or pea protein
powder daily.

b)     Carbohydrates 

Most great and valuable nutrients for overall
hair wellness.

Eat whole grains every day.
Wheat, Oats, Rice, Quinoa, Rye.

c)     Fat

Necessary for scalp hydration and well-being.

Eat extra virgin Olive Oil, virgin Coconut Oil,
Wild Salmon, Nuts, Seeds.

d)     Vitamins and Minerals

Essential for the overall health of the hair
and scalp, eat:

1)     Liver, Sweet Potato, Carrots, Red Peppers, 
for their Vitamin A content.
2)     Kiwi, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Peas, Oranges,
for their Vitamin C content.
3)     Almonds, Olive oil, Hazelnuts, Sunflower Seeds,
for their Vitamin E content.
4)     Salmon, Chicken, Turkey, Liver, Eggs, Beans,
for their Vitamin B content.

5)     Liver, Beef, Lamb, Nuts, Beans, Spinach, Lentils,
for their Iron content.
6)     Beans, Spinach, Yogurt, Bananas, Baked Potato
for their Potassium content.
7)     Dairy, Broccoli, Almonds, Spinach, Green Beans,
for their Calcium content.
8)     Beef, Lamb, Nuts, Chocolate, Beans, Pork, Chicken,
for their Zinc content.
9)     Brazil Nuts, Tuna, Meat, Whole Grains, Shellfish,
for their Selenium content.
10)   Cod, Turkey, Milk, Egg, Natural Salt, Baked Potato,
for their Iodine content. 

 

Curvy Lady

 

Final Gesture

 

Your diet is absolutely crucial to the health of
your hair.
Make the right choices and eat wholesome and 
healthy foods in order to see your hair grow
stronger and shinier.

At the same time,
avoid any weight loss diets because they miss
most vital nutrients;
avoid sugar, but eat some pure honey if
you want something sweet, which provides 
some nutrition;
avoid alcohol because it can affect the blood flow 
to your scalp.

The Right Food Variety is your Best Option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Komuragaeri!

 

Hi there!

 

Let’s meet at eight tonight for dinner Myk suggested.
Yes, I’d love to she replied full of enthusiasm.
They had a very enjoyable evening with beautiful
food and a lot of wine.

The night went and Myk returned home.
Since he was tired all day, he decided to go to bed
immediately.

He was sleeping peacefully, when all of a sudden
he woke up in the middle of the night with a horrendous
calf cramp in his right leg.
It felt extremely tight and rock hard upon touch.

It was very painful, so he decided to get up and run
around in the hope that it would soften and go away.
After some time he felt more comfortable and
returned to bed, although it proved impossible
to go back to sleep.

 

Green Leaves

 

Darting Pain

 

A muscle cramp is a sudden involuntary contraction
of one or more muscles.
It is harmless but extremely annoying because it
causes a sharp pain and a hard topical lump.

A muscle cramp usually happens during the night
(night cramp), but on some occasions it can happen
during the day.
It mainly occurs in the calves of your legs, and it
can last from a few seconds to ten minutes.
Sometimes you can also feel sensitive on that leg
even during the next day.

Muscle cramps are a very common occurrence, and
most people will experience them at some point
in their life.
Usually they are a sign that some things in your
body are out of balance. 

 

Red Leaves

 

Prime Movers

 

The main causes of muscle cramps are the
following:

a)     Excessive exercise, especially in hot
circumstances.

b)     Muscle fatigue.

c)     Dehydration.

d)     Keeping the leg in an awkward position.

e)     Deficiencies of Calcium, Magnesium
and Potassium.

f)     Strict dieting.

g)     Menstruation in young women.

h)     Various health conditions.

i)      Taking specific medications.

Remember that you will be more at risk if,

1.     you are an athlete
2.     you are a pregnant woman
3.     you are an older person

 

To prevent muscle cramps from happening
try the following tips:

a)     Drink plenty of liquids during the day.

b)     Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake.

c)     Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.

d)     Wear shoes with proper support.

e)     Stretch your legs before any exercise.

f)     Stretch your legs for five minutes before
bedtime.

g)     Take Vitamins B complex, D3 and E.
         Take minerals Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc.

h)     Balance your Sodium and Potassium intake.
         Potassium Foods:   Beans, Spinach, Sweet
Potatoes, Salmon, Banana, Yogurt, Mushrooms.

 

White Leaves

 

Shot In The Arm

 

There are natural cures and home remedies
you can use to relieve a muscle cramp, as follows:

1)     Stretch your leg straight out, pull your foot
towards your head and massage the calf muscle
softly and gently until it improves.

2)     You can apply heat to relax the muscle, and
you can apply a cold compress afterwards to relieve
any pain.

3)     Lift your leg towards the ceiling, stretch and
flex your toes, and you can also shake your leg
until you feel more comfortable.

If you feel pain and discomfort next day, you can
use an over the counter pain relief gel or cream.

Also, a number of people find it helpful to drink
tonic water which contains quinine.

Take Care !!

 

 

 

Deja Vu!

 

Hi there!

 

Last week Seve celebrated her birthday.
A big new decade was starting;   she was entering
a new era in her life, and 
she had to create her new self.

I’m right on top of everything she said to her
long-time partner.

Everyday is mine to do as I please:   I take good care of
myself by eating healthy and
looking after my appearance;
I go for daily walks, I love and laugh a lot;   I have a mission:
to be creative and help
people like me she continued.

She walked into the bedroom and looked  herself in the
wardrobe mirror    but
she could not see very clearly
without her
glasses anymore.

No matter what happens, I do love myself as I am now,
and I do feel powerful she
thought to herself………

 

Waterfall

 

Razzle – Dazzle

 

Every day we are alive we age.
Women in their 50s and 60s are now more self-confident,
fearless and feel more
secure with themselves.

They know who they are, what they want and certainly
how to dress.

It is a false belief that older women are sexless,
old-fashioned, dull and out of sight.

On the contrary, they are strong, sensual, bold and
glamorous as ever.

In fact a great number of these older women
are now more stylish than when they were young.

They can still have glowing skin and manage
to attract a lot of attention wherever they go,
outshining many younger women.

They are growing cooler with age, and have kept
their enthusiasm and passion for all nice things
including fashion.

 

Ant

 

Driving Force

 

It is all about motivation.
How to make the most of your life at the age
you are now:
to be grateful for all your blessings and be true
to yourself;
to be creative and enjoy all things in life.

 

Basic Steps To Become Motivated

 

a)     You will need a specific powerful thought
to inspire and encourage you, like
I Am The Master Of My Own Fate “.

b)     Choose and remind yourself the peak moment
when you were doing extraordinary well in your
life, and use this to fuel yourself to feel strong
and powerful now.

c)     Keep your body busy and active.
Go walking in nature and look at the trees and
plants around you.

d)     Be optimistic, think positively about
ageing and love yourself.
Take positive action to achieve your new goals
and make things happen.

 

Guitarist

 

Spark Plug

 

Welcome this next chapter of your life, and
understand that you are entering into a
phase of liberation and total freedom.

You are entering a
period of maturity and
sophistication, a
stage of wisdom and intelligence.

How you age is a personal choice to some
extent.
Do not panic or overreact to the
new changes.
Feeling distressed is not
going to help in any way.

Get the hang on the new you and celebrate
yourself.
Value and cherish your time on
earth, and age
like a fine wine.

You are only as old as you feel. 

Keep saying FORWARD.

Feel young and be stylish forever!