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Gelotology!

 

Hi there!

 

“…… Last week Bo and I decided to stay in and
enjoy the evening together.
After having a very pleasant dinner we thought
it would be a great idea to sit closely and enjoy
a good entertaining comedy.

We have always liked the delightful Naked Gun
films, so
we decided to put on the Naked Gun 2 1/2 :
The
Smell of Fear this time, because we knew we
would find it extremely entertaining.

It really was such an enjoyable and amusing
evening;   we kept on laughing for the whole
one and a half hours it was playing.

Watching this fantastic comedy on the television
sitting together on the sofa, it was the best choice
we had made.
It really was such a great way to feel closer to
each other and relieve all stresses of the day……”

” If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane ”
Robert Frost     1874  –  1963

 

Laughing Women

 

Har – De – Har

 

According to numerous studies laughter has
a great number of healing properties.
When we laugh we trigger pleasing, satisfying
and enjoyable feelings that calm and soothe
our body and mind.

Here are the physical and mental health benefits
as well as the social ones of a good laughter:

a)     Releases endorphins relieving any pains
in the body temporarily, and promotes general
well being.

b)     Reduces stress hormones so you can enjoy
overall health and energy.

c)     Enhances positivity, optimism and creativity
so you are able to fight life’s struggles effectively.

d)     Boosts anti ageing hormones improving
health and longevity.

e)     Makes life more enjoyable by releasing serotonin
and making you feel happier;    consequently you
can develop better relationships personally and
professionally.

f)     Improves circulation so you get more oxygen
and nutrients into your cells, as well as helping all
body organs to work more efficiently.

g)     Exercises and tones up the stomach and face
muscles.

h)     Improves the immune system by improving
T Cell production to raise resistance to disease.

i)     Increases resilience so you can become more
successful in your life.

j)     Burns forty ( 40 ) calories a day when laughing
for fifteen minutes ( 15 ) at a time.

 

Bumblebee on flower

 

Fun And Games

 

Laughter is inherited, ingrained and instinctive.
Even if you are not used to laughing or even
smiling in your life, you can learn to do so with
some practice.

The following are ways to start practising:

1)     Smile at people you meet every day any time,
any where.

2)     Associate with playful, fun and happy people.

3)     Bring humour into your conversations
with others.

4)     Watch comedies on the television.

5)     Read funny and humorous books.

6)     Do some silly things from time to time.

7)     Laugh at yourself and your own mistakes.

When you learn to laugh your life will be much
more enjoyable and pleasant.
You will be feeling renewed within yourself and
also with your relationships.

You will then find that lots of new opportunities
will start occurring to you.
You will be feeling much more relaxed, positive
and really happy with yourself and your life.

Do not wait any longer.
Start laughing now to collect all the health benefits.

The human race has only one really effective
weapon and that is laughter “

Mark Twain     1835  –  1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 !!

 

Insomnolence!

 

Hi there!

 

Myk was a regional manager in his company with
numerous obligations, working until seven in the
evening every day.
By the time he returned home he was so tired that
he could only have some dinner and go to bed early
for a good night’s sleep.

He usually slept soundly for three to four hours;
then suddenly his eyes opened wide and he was
feeling frightened.
Myk was in distress and trying to calm his wandering
mind with great difficulty.

But unfortunately, it was all in vain.
The more he was trying the more awake he felt
as the time was going.

Myk started now being worried and so desperate
that he could not fall back to sleep again.

His main concern was that with only those few
hours of sleep he had, he would definitely be
exhausted next day and have real trouble facing
his many obligations.

This dreadful pattern had become a routine for
him now, and made him more anxious as the
days were passing.
I must find a solution to this problem otherwise
the consequences will be awful for me he said
to himself one morning………

 

 

Feed The Fire

 

Sleep is a natural biological process.
It is a state of mind and body that occurs in
cycles, from deeper sleep to lighter sleep,
and with breaks between.

Consequently, nobody sleeps through the
whole night.
People can awaken four, five, even six times,
and normally they will go back to sleep again.
This is especially commonplace as you
grow older.

The amount of sleep all individuals need
depends mainly on their genetic inheritance.
Waking up during the night and not being able
to return to sleep for some time is normal,
and a very common phenomenon.

 

Disturbed sea

 

Song And Dance

 

Waking up in the middle of the night is a
very frustrating and disappointing thing.
There are many reasons why you are
awake and alert at night.
The main culprits are the following:

1)     You need to go to the bathroom.
2)     You are too hot or too cold.
3)     You are exposed to too much internal or
external light.
4)     You drank alcohol before going to bed.
5)     There is too much noise.
6)     You are hungry or thirsty.
7)     You are pregnant.
8)     You are in menopause.
9)     You do not follow any sleep patterns,
schedules and routines.

10)    You suffer from leg cramps.
11)     You have a medical condition.
12)    You are taking certain medications.
13)    You are suffering from indigestion.
14)    You have a sleep disorder.
15)    You suffer from stress and anxiety.

 

 

Rise And Shine

 

Next time you have trouble returning to
sleep, try the following natural tips:

a)     Never look at a clock to check what time
it is, because doing so will make you feel stressed.

b)     Avoid going to the bathroom, because this
will upset your heart beats and you will feel
more awake    unless it is absolutely necessary.

c)     Wear an eye mask to avoid any brightness,
and help you go back to sleep more easily.  

d)     Lie on your back, breathe slowly through 
your nose and relax all the muscles in your body.

e)     Focus your mind on a calming word like
Peaceful , and keep on repeating it until you
feel sleepy again.    

f)     Have a bottle of lavender essential oil by your
bedside, and smell its perfume to feel relaxed.

g)     Try Bach remedy Rescue Night to help you
switch off and return to sleep.  

h)     If you suffer from indigestion, sleep on your left
hand side to help reduce any acid reflux. 

 

Peaceful Sea

 

Screaming Halt

 

The most important thing is NOT to panic about
not being able to go back to sleep and losing
important and much needed sleeping time.

Night is a calm, soothing and comforting time;
train your brain to feel relaxed and serene, so
you can sleep peacefully.

Otherwise you will feel tired and exhausted in
the morning, and this will make things worse in
the long term.

Clear your mind from all disturbing thoughts and
let sleep happen naturally without any force.

Sweet Dreams !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jazz!

 

Hi there!

 

Ady was a busy woman only in her early 40s.
For the last six months she was following
a reducing diet very low in protein, because she
wanted to lose the weight she had accumulated
during the last year.

This diet is killing me;   my skin has changed
awfully it’s sagging and deeply wrinkled “,
she said one day breathing out heavily.

Every morning she looked herself in the mirror,
remembering those old days when her face skin
was soft and resilient, luminous and bright.
She felt very agitated and depressed.

I want to be slim, but what a price to pay for
reaching this goal!   I now look fifteen years older
than my actual age , she thought;    
and immediately felt she was ready and decided to
forget all about her strict diet and losing any more
weight, and start eating properly again.

 

White dress beauty

 

Tiger By The Tail

 

Your skin is attacked and irritated every day
by stress, the environment and your hormones.
Also the two main factors that influence the
quality of your skin are your general lifestyle
and your genetic inheritance.

Your old cells age and are constantly replaced
with
young ones, which need a steady supply of
nutrients to support their growth.

Beautiful and glowing skin has become an
obsession
for most people these days;
do consider though, that the foundation of your
beauty is not expensive creams and cosmetic
surgeries    but your daily diet.

A wholesome, healthful and nutritious diet to
provide all the necessary vitamins, minerals and
chemicals will help maintain, repair and enhance
your skin’s overall health.
It will also help minimize all skin conditions,
wrinkles and the total ageing appearance.

 

Bkue Dress Beauty

 

Moveable Feast

 

Ensure that you eat the following foods to keep
your skin smooth and elastic as well as glowing,
and able to fight age related damage:

a)     Water and herbal teas to cleanse, hydrate
and purify the whole body.

b)     Protein in its complete form, as in meats, fish,
and eggs so that your body can repair itself and
keep the skin firm.

c)     Silica foods, like whole grains, cucumber and
asparagus to maintain the health of all connective
tissues in the body.

d)     Isoflavones in soya foods to fight wrinkles
and general ageing.

e)     Lutein foods, like courgettes, broccoli and 
spinach to protect the skin from the sun’s
UV damage. 

f)     Carotenoids in foods like sweet potatoes
and carrots for their antioxidant content to give
a healthy glow.

g)     Lycopene foods, like tomatoes and watermelon
to prevent age spots.

 

Seated Beauty

 

h)     Sulfur foods, like onions, garlic and eggs to
help the body with its detoxification process.

i)      Selenium foods, like brazil nuts, seeds and
whole wheat bread to promote tissue elasticity
and firmness.

j)     Zinc foods, like beef, lamb and spinach to
boost collagen production and protect the skin
from the harmful sun’s UV rays.

k)     Vitamin E foods, like vegetable oils and
nuts to fight free radicals and prevent the skin’s
premature ageing.

l)     Omega 3 oil rich foods, like all fatty fish
to repair the skin and keep it moisturised and
flexible for longer.

m)    Vitamin A foods, like liver, butter and eggs
for skin repair and general maintenance.

n)     Astaxanthin foods, like wild salmon and
shellfish to maintain and enhance the skin’s
elasticity.

o)     Potassium foods, like beans, potatoes and
bananas to keep the skin hydrated.

p)     Vitamin C foods, like peppers, kiwi and
broccoli to fight free radicals, synthesize collagen
and to keep the skin soft.

q)     Flavonols in dark chocolate (cocoa) to
maintain supple skin.

So forget expensive cosmetics in the hope that
you will look fresh and young forever, and combine
most of the above mentioned nutrients in your
daily diet to start seeing the benefits.

By changing your diet your skin will look so healthy
that you will erase many years from your face.

Bon Appetit!

 

 

Pergamum!

 

Hi there!

 

I met Al a few years ago, when he was
decorating my new house.
Al was a good looking 45 year old, happy man
with lots of clients.
But Al had a horrible secret.

Every now and then he had to avoid going to
work and stay at home, because he was suffering
from these crippling headaches.

It’s one of the worst feelings;    I start
experiencing a building pressure that grows
worse and worse, then I feel dizzy and nauseated
until I throw up.
I have to stay in bed because I feel so weak and
really sick until this headache goes gradually,
which takes usually a couple of days .
He said to me one morning on one of his breaks.

I remember my father was suffering from
these debilitating headaches, so it seems it is
in my genes;    the only thing I can do now is to
take preventative measures not to suffer it
very often ” ……….

 

Thick clouds

 

Claudius Galenus Hemicrania

 

Migraine is an intense and very strong headache
in one side of the head.
According to research, the nerve cells in the
brain become overstimulated and release chemicals,
that cause inflammation and swelling in the
blood vessels in the brain.

It can affect people of all ages, and it can last from
four hours to three days.
Migraine is a very common condition, and it affects
an estimated 20% of females and 10% of males
worldwide.

The majority of all sufferers will experience an
attack before or around the age of forty years old.
A number of people suffer very often, others
are in pain only occasionally.
The causes and triggers of migraine headaches
are very individual to the patient.

 

Sun in cloudy sky

 

Papyrus Ebers

 

Many factors can induce a migraine attack,
and they can take place up to 24 hours prior
to the onset of the headache itself.
The following are the main triggers:

1)     Genetic predisposition
2)     Certain diet, irregular meals or dehydration
3)     Excessive exercise
4)     Stress, anxiety or depression
5)     Travel and jet lag
6)     Very loud noise
7)     Very bright or flickering lights
8)     Hormone fluctuations
9)     Smoke or smoking
10)   Very heavy smells    
11)    Various medicines
12)    Variable sleeping patterns
13)    Too much caffeine or alcohol
14)    Various weather changes
15)    Many food additives
16)    Sexual activity

The following are the basic important symptoms
of a migraine headache:

a)     Pulsating headache
b)     Lightheadedness
c)     Various body sensations
d)     Visual sensitivity
e)     Hearing sensitivity
f)     Nausea and vomiting

The prognosis for these headache attacks can be,

*     the symptoms can continue in the same way
    the symptoms can become worse
    the symptoms can continue but be reduced and milder
*     the symptoms can clear up completely

 

Clear bright sun

 

Aretaeus Of Cappadocia

 

Here are the best natural options for migraine
relief, to prevent, reduce and manage this debilitating
headache:

a)     Exercise

Take moderate exercise like walking on a daily basis
to eliminate tension, stress and anxiety, which are
very well-known triggers for migraine attacks.

b)     Leisure

Adopt relaxation techniques like Yoga and massage
to unwind and feel calm and peaceful.

c)     Coenzyme Q10

Take this supplement regularly to improve the
circulation in the brain and stabilize the blood
sugar levels in the body.

d)     Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Take this supplement on a daily basis to reduce
inflammation in the body and the frequency
of migraines.

e)     Vitamins

Take Vitamin B complex every day.
Take Vitamin C every day.
Take Vitamin E every day.
To prevent migraine attacks.

f)     Magnesium

Take this supplement daily to relax the nerves
and the muscles in the body.

g)     Elimination Diet

Remove all allergens and chemicals
from your diet.

 

pergamumu-4

 

—  If you are already suffering from a migraine,
try the following home remedies:

1)     Apply Lavender essential oil topically on
the temples a number of times a day, as well
as inhaling its aroma.

2)     Acupressure points to try:
GV24.5 (The Third Eye point) between the
eyebrows.
Press this point firmly for one minute.

LI4 (He Gu point) the muscle between thumb
and index.
Press firmly this point alternatively for one minute.

PC6 (Nei Guan) inner forearm, between the two
tendons, three finger breadths below the wrist.
Press this point firmly for as long as necessary.

3)     If you can drink anything, make chamomile
or lime tea and sip it slowly.

4)     Rest or sleep in a dark and quiet room
until you feel better.

  If you choose to use any medication,
try over the counter common painkillers, but
in soluble or liquid form for faster absorption.
Also you can use an anti-emetic suppository.

Medicines should always be taken at the beginning
of the attack in order to be effective.

The Head Ache
by George Cruikshank
London 02/1819