Tag Archive | Immune System

Culicidae!

 

Hi there!

 

……….  It was a glorious hot summer evening
with a cloudless blue sky.
It had been such an awesome weather all day, that
it
would have been a waste to spend it indoors.

I really felt invited to sit outdoors, so I took my
tall glass of ice tea and sat in my comfortable
arm-chair on the balcony, to enjoy the tranquil views
and the 
hot sea breeze.

I was feeling serene and excited, when suddenly
I felt a sharp piercing on my lower left leg.
Almost immediately it started itching, and soon
I noticed a red bump appearing.

I was really disturbed and very annoyed by that;
my beautiful, magnificent and peaceful evening
outdoors was destroyed. 

I got up, went into the house and took my tea
tree oil bottle. 
I rubbed a few drops on my red skin, which felt
immediately better, but it still took some time to cure.

Since then,  I decided to dress properly with long
sleeves and trousers before I ever sit outdoors during
the summer months “……….

 

Aircraft

 

De Havilland Mosquito

 

Mosquitoes have been around for the last two
hundred and ten million years;     and there are
almost four thousand species worldwide.
They are a very big problem people have to face
in many countries, especially in tropical climates
and around the Equator.

Being bitten by a mosquito is an extremely
annoying thing and potentially dangerous.
They are very harmful in general, and they can
transmit various diseases.

Only female mosquitoes are attracted to human
beings, because they need to feed on our blood
for its protein content.
They puncture our skin with their proboscis
and suck out the blood.

For this process to be successful, they release a
kind of saliva to maintain the blood thin and
flowing.
Our immune system then releases histamines
to regulate the inflammation on the site.

All this procedure is causing itchiness and a red
bump;    depending on how sensitive each individual
is, the bump can be bigger or smaller.

 

Ducks on a pond

 

Grant Respite

 

During the summer months be especially
careful in order to avoid the mosquitoes’
unpleasant bites.

Avoid the following:

1)     Going out at dawn and at dusk because
these are the mosquitoes’ peak feeding times.

2)     Wearing dark clothes because they attract
mosquitoes.
Aim for loose, light-coloured
garments,
long trousers and long sleeves
when outdoors,
as well as closed shoes.

3)     Being close to stagnant waters,  any rubbish
and composts.
Remove any standing water 
from around your house.   

4)     Getting too hot.
Always try to stay cool.

5)     Exercising outdoors because the build-up
of lactic acid will attract mosquitoes immediately.

6)     Travelling to countries close to Equator or
any countries with tropical climate.

7)     Using any products with various perfumes
on your body.

8)     Drinking alcohol, especially beer.

9)      Leaving your windows and doors open in
your house or car.   Keep them closed to prevent
mosquitoes from getting inside.

 

Bumblebee

 

The Guardian Angels

 

To be on the safe side use the following
natural repellents:

a)     Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
b)     Lavender Essential Oil
c)     Peppermint Essential Oil
d)     Thyme Essential Oil
e)     Tea Tree Essential Oil
f)     Sage Essential Oil

Rub the above mentioned oils on your exposed
skin, your arms and legs to repel mosquitoes.

 

Koi Pond

 

A l s o  :

 

f)     Eat garlic and lemon

g)     Take Vitamin B complex

h)     Burn Citronella Oil in a diffuser

i)      Rub Pure Vanilla Extract on your exposed skin

If you are bitten, here are the most effective
natural remedies for you to consider:

 

    Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar or
Lemon Juice, and keep on pressing on the bite
until you feel more comfortable.

*     Slice up a Cucumber and hold a slice on the
bite for as long as it is necessary.

*     Put Aloe Vera gel  on the bite to help with
the healing process.

*     Mix some Baking Soda and Salt with a little
water and place the paste on the affected area.

*      Apply Essential Oil of Tea tree on the bite.

 

Fountain

 

I n     C o n c l u s i o n  :

 

Mosquitoes are attracted to humans due to their
scent, heat and humidity.
Most importantly though,  it is down to our genes
how much our body is attractive to the mosquitoes.

This is because we carry very specific bacteria on
our skin that emit an individual smell.
Also, various species of mosquitoes prefer different
parts of our body to attack.
Especially, if you are a Blood Type O you will definitely
attract more mosquitoes than other blood types.

Ideally the best thing to do is to try and avoid being
bitten in the first place.
If you are in the house use air conditioning, and
always trap and kill any mosquitoes you see on the
walls immediately.

N o t e :

All the above mentioned are the best natural cures
and home remedies for you to adopt.
If any of you intends to travel to a tropical country
or any other high risk place, you should consider
a good commercial product to avoid catching any
serious disease.

Have a Nice Summer !!

 

 

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Roly-Poly!

 

Hi there!

 

During the last six months Ila has been going
through a lot of stress, and suffering from anxiety.
Her mother was seriously ill and dying, and her
marriage was falling apart.

It was impossible for her to sleep at nights any
more, and during the days she was struggling
to get by and survive.

Her one and only consolation was food.
Utterly confused she kept on eating …… eating
anything, especially sweets    and the weight
was piling on.

It’s so unbelievable how much food I can eat
in a day she thought one evening.
She started feeling ashamed of herself, and awfully
guilty for eating so much.

Then suddenly she realized that there were many
advantages being overweight.
For starters, she felt protected, and not so vulnerable,
defenseless and exposed any more.

 

Fat Ladies

 

Fishing Expedition

 

In human history, being fat was always a sign 
of prosperity and affluence.
Nowadays, being fat is considered a great health
danger.
But latest research reveals that being moderately
overweight is useful and beneficial for you in
many ways.

According to these latest studies, although being
highly overweight or obese you are at a higher risk
of 
developing certain chronic diseases, at the same
time, being moderately overweight you will
enjoy a longer life.

It all comes down to your genetic make-up, how
much physically active you are in your daily life,
your diet habits, and certainly it depends on your
overall lifestyle, 
how healthy or unhealthy it is.

It is a common belief among medical professionals
that being overweight can protect you against a
number of serious diseases.
It can also provide you with extra energy during 
sickness times.
In general, having an excess of fat cells in the
body enhances longevity.

 

Cup Cakes

 

Lightning Bolt

 

There are numerous health enhancements you 
will enjoy if you are moderately overweight.
Some of the most unexpected benefits are the
following:

a)     Stronger Immune System

Fat around the various body organs interacts
and 
aids the immune system’s response.
Damaged tissue is repaired rapidly and
heals better.

b)     Faster Recovery Time

When you are ill your body needs much more
energy to rebuild and cure.
Fat tissue provides the extra energy needed
to recover as quickly as possible.

c)     Protection Against Senility

Being overweight will defend against any mental
disorders and brain deterioration.

d)     Alleviation Of Arthritis

Abdominal fat helps prevent the onset and
consequent attacks of chronic arthritis.

e)     Delayed Ejaculation For Men

Abdominal fat carries female hormones that
inhibit the male orgasm, giving you an extra
eight ( 8 ) minutes.

f)     Overall Body Protection

Excess fat around the body will cushion and
support all important organs in the event of
various accidents.

 

Aztec Women

 

Second Childhood

 

Having extra fat around the body is much more
important for older adults.
Plentiful studies during the last years have revealed
that being overweight after the age of fifty (50 ),
offers serious protective effects against all

illnesses.

Also, being overweight is particularly beneficial
and guarding against any bone problems, as well as
assisting with better recovery should any health
trouble arises.

In addition, if you are a menopausal woman,
if you have excess fat all over your body, you will also
have higher levels of estrogen circulating in your
blood;    because estrogen is produced and stored
in the fat tissue.
This can be advantageous in the alleviation,
relief and delay of the menopausal symptoms.

Therefore, for any person above the age of fifty
it is absolutely crucial not to restrict his/her
nutrition in any way in order to lose weight;
because keeping your weight up, you will definitely
increase your chances for a healthier and 
longer life.
Weight loss after that age signifies the general
decline of the individual.

Body Mass Index

BMI     between   25   and   35   =   Low Mortality
BMI     <   25   =   Higher Mortality
BMI     >   35   =   Higher Mortality

Treasure and Cherish your Love Handles !!

 

 

 

 

 

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 !!

 

 

 

 

Lifesaver!

 

 

Hello!

 

Our immune system is a series of processes that
protect our body against a great number of various
diseases and other health problems.

Since we rely on our immune system to keep us healthy and
have a long life, we must feed it the nutrients needed to
maintain it strong and effective.

 

Stop-Step Courgettes

 

A healthy lifestyle, which includes relaxation through
various forms of meditation, good sleep patterns
and moderate regular exercise, together with
healthy diet choices, will enhance our immune
system’s strength.

 

Angels In The Design

 

Following a healthy and nutritionally dense
diet will certainly boost our immune system,
but there are certain nutrients which offer
even more to it.

a)   Vitamin C increases the number of the white
blood cells as well as the antibodies.

b)   Vitamin E enhances the production of our
immune cells.

c)   Vitamin B Complex are powerful immune boosters.

d)   Vitamin D is the most important immune
enhancer.

e)   Zinc increases the white blood cells.

f)   Omega 3 Fatty Acids contribute to the increase
of the white blood cells.

g)   Probiotics enhance immunity.

h)   Selenium increases the natural killer cells.

i)   Carotenoids increase infection fighting cells.

 

Also:

 

Bioflavonoids the powerful antioxidant chemicals
in the plants protect against environmental pollutants
and all toxins.

Try to include six (6) servings of fruits and vegetables
in your healthy diet daily.

 

Cauliflower, Broccoli

Cauliflower, Broccoli

 

Keeping the immune system strong is absolutely
vital to stay healthy.

Limit the consumption of  alcohol and saturated
fats and avoid sugar, because they weaken the immune
system with negative consequences.

 

 

 

Rapture!

 

 

Hello!

 
It was a beautifully warm and bright May day
when we decided to drive on the coast, aiming
towards the “Paradissos” seafood restaurant,
in this picturesque fishing village.

To reach the elegantly decorated dining room
we had to climb down nine steps closer to
the peaceful sea front.

The restaurant smelt of the tasty seafood together
with aromatic herbs and spices.
We immediately felt extremely pleasant and
relaxed.

Feeling indulgent we decided to spoil ourselves
drinking this rosemary-scented with a note of
blackberry liqueur heavenly wine….!

 

Marina7

 

The Whole Story

 

Calamari, one of my favourite seafood, is a relative
of octopus, another favourite of mine.
It has a firm white flesh with a mild aroma.

When bought small and fresh it is one of the nicest
foods and so very soft when cooked properly.
It can be cooked in many different ways.

Calamari is a very popular seafood in many
countries around the Mediterranean Sea as well as
in far Japan.

 

Nutritional Bonus

 

Calamari is a complete protein food and one of
the most nutritionally dense animal.
Including it in your diet on a regular basis offers
a lot of health benefits.

 

Early in Cooking

 

1)  It is a very rich source of the mineral Copper,
which is necessary to prevent anaemia.

2)  It contains a high amount of the mineral Selenium,
a powerful antioxidant to fight free radical damage.

3)  It is a very good source of Vitamin B complex,
vital nutrients for our health.

4)  It is packed with the mineral Phosphorus, an
essential nutrient for our bones.

5)  It contains good amounts of the mineral Zinc, which
enhances our immune system.

6)  It is a good source of Magnesium, a vital mineral 
for our muscles.

7)  It contains Potassium, a significant mineral
necessary for healthy blood pressure.

 

One of the most important benefits is the Calamari
Omega 3 oil;   the newest discovery in supplemental
fish oils.

Although it is similar to the other fish oils in many
ways, this one has the advantage that it is a much
richer source of DHA, the most potent form of
Omega 3 fatty acids.

Tomorrow I will give you a very tasty recipe to
enjoy the calamari.