The Health Minute – Sleep & immunity

Tilia flowers

All of us know that our health is strongly connected to the quality of our sleep. No matter of the age they have, everyone from 1 month until 101 years old needs enough sleep, in function of their needs. Sleep in closely connected to our immune system so, if we don’t sleep enough, we may certainly have a lower immunity and get sick very easily.

I know a lot of tricks for sleeping well and falling asleep easier that I share with my friends. For example, many plants can help, such as Verbena, Melissa, Tilia, Chamomilla, Mint just to quote the most important. Another element that can help is a daily intake of Mg., the only mineral that brings you calm & happiness.

My advice is that you try and sleep a minimum quantity of hours/night; I would recommend 8 for most of the people and to try and be active for the following 8h after waking up. Physical activity of any kind (even if you work in an office, try to stretch or move for 5min. every hour) helps you to get a bit tired when night comes and, thus, fall easier asleep. Starting from 9pm, stop doing things that distract too much your attention or put your brain to work too much. Stop watching the news, avoid talking to negative people and just focus on yourselves and to giving the body a rest – watch a cooking channel, water your plants, talk to an optimistic person and try to laugh, read something uplifting, if you have children you can do funny things together before their sleep, prepare a nice evening tea, have a massage with your partner, do a short relaxing meditation. These can be more mindful ways to guide you towards a good sleep.

I keep my fingers crossed for you; the healthier we are, the stronger we feel outside and inside and having constantly a good amount of sleep is the right path to staying young & have a long life. Please remember that a good day starts with a good night’s sleep 🙂 !!

The health minute – forever Magnesium !

This time I am sharing another tip with you related to our general health; it is quite common, but maybe some don’t know it yet. It is a mineral and very useful anti-stress trick and it is called Magnesium. You can take it either as a supplement or water effervescent mineral or directly from food (these are the most useful but it is still contained in others) which is actually the best way to absorb it:

  • green-leaf vegetables
  • nuts and seeds
  • pumpkin
  • fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna, etc.)
  • soya beans
  • avocado
  • brown rice
  • banana
  • dark chocolate (minimum 50% of cocoa)
  • dairy products with low-fat
  • dry fruits
  • aromatic herbs
  • green onion
  • tofu cheese

I think it is well-known that this mineral is essential for the good functioning of the body at many levels (heart, nervous system, muscles, etc.) so become his friend and take it daily, if possible, from food and drinks (any mineral water or special types like those who have a higher content in Mg.). I think that you could create such a good plan for you that covers your needs, without waiting for when you feel dizzy or stressed to run to the health shop. More than that, anytime you feel that something is not well with you, either physically or emotionally, take my honest advice and do not wait as it could get worse! Small health problems get easily solved with a minimum of resources and this is the best way to deal with your health and longevity hope.

Stay healthy in peace and joy! Best wishes to all 🙂

photo – courtesy of: http://www.agropost.ro

The Health Minute – Ginger Minutul de Sanatate – Ghimbirul

Hello again, dear readers! As we are in full winter, I’m coming back with some more ideas for you that could be useful during this delicate period. Today I wish to talk about GINGER.

This is an Asian remedy, that can be used in many healthy meals and drinks. I have to admit that I love Ginger tea, pure or in combination with other plants, flowers or dry fruits. This is also an amazing ‘tool’ for all of us during the cold season or even stressful periods of our lives. Ginger is recommended for usage in many health-related situations:

– it enforces general immunity and energy level – it cures stomach aches – it can fight cancer – it prevents diabetes – it has antibacterial effect – it is a natural antibiotic – it helps cure arthritis – it diminishes body pain – it protects the liver – it gives the body many antioxidants

Besides these therapeutical benefits, Ginger can also be very useful in tea, lemonades, meals, salads, desserts, marmalades. I think you should give it a chance and include it in your diet this January 2022, as an easy resolution. Good luck and stay healthy!

The health minute – Minutul de sanatate

I know you will laugh but it is fine; I also did not know all these interesting details about the common…..carrot. The truth is that it contains plenty of good things for our health – not only the well-known vitamin A. Listen here my friends: it contains also vitamin C and many antioxidants, fibers and also B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (folate- good also for pregnant ladies and small children), vitamin E, vitamin K, Ca, Fe, Mg, K, Mn, Zn and some natural water. It helps the immunity, the heart, the blood circulation, it stimulates the metabolism, decreases the cholesterol and fights against several types of cancer. Plus, it boosts our optimism on rainy days with its amazing and cheerful colour. Have I convinced you? One simple carrot, of course cutivated healthily, is a health-bomb. If you want to enjoy your life (for sure you must have many reasons to live long and to live happily) put the carrots on your list; I use them in juices, salads, cooked meals or just simply washed as a snack at the beach (ooo, who will have the best suntan? 🙂 Stay healthy and crunch carrots !

Stiu ca veti rade insa nu e problema; nu stiam nici eu de toate beneficiile morcovilor. Insa adevarul este ca banalul morcov este un miracol pentru sanatatea noastra si nu doar datorita beta-carotenului (vit. A). Puteti sa va alegeti din lista ce va ajuta mai bine: contine vitamina C si multi antioxidanti, fibre si de asemenea vitaminele B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (folat – bun pentru viitoarele mamici si pentru copilasi), vit. E, K, Ca, Mg, K, Mn, Zn si ceva apa naturala. Morcovul sustine sistemul imunitar, buna functionare a inimii, circulatia sangelui si stimuleaza metabolismul, scade nivelul colesterolului si lupta impotriva mai multo tipuri de cancer. De asemenea, datorita culorii lui tonice, ne stimuleaza cu siguranta si optimismul 🙂 in zilele ploioase. V-am convins macar putin? Un simplu morcov, cultivat fara chimicale, este o bomba plina de sanatate. Daca vreti sa va bucurati de viata si sunt convinsa ca vreti, puneti morcovii pe lista voastra de instrumente magice. Eu ii folosesc in sucuri, salate, mancaruri gatite sau pur si simplu cruzi ca o gustare la plaja (haha, cine va avea cel mai frumos bronz?) Sanatate multa tuturor si rontaiti morcovi!

Journée Mondiale Contre le Cancer Ziua Mondiala de Lupta contra Cancerului

Aujourd’hui est la journee mondiale de lutte et prevention contre le cancer.

En Europe et dans le monde, il y a trop de cas de cancers; il parait qu’en Europe dominent le cancer de sein, du poumon et du côlon. Je ne trouve pas que ce soit toujours génétique et c’est sur que le style de vie de chacun compte énormément.

Il y a un site avec des informations sur les cas en Europe pour qui veut voir un peu plus sur ce détail; partout en Europe et dans le monde il y a des organisations, des fondations qui essaient de convaincre les gens que PREVENIR c’est GUERIR. Assurez-vous toujours d’avoir une bonne sante générale et gardez un style de vie sain et équilibré. Le cancer peut être évité et il peut être aussi vaincu.

Europe | The Cancer Atlas

Il y a aussi un livre que vous pouvez lire – ”Anti-cancer” – ecrit par David Servan-Schreiber, que j’ai lu il y a huit ans mais j’ai eu besoin de force pour pouvoir le lire…Quand vous avez un peu de temps et vous passez par une très bonne période, lisez-le; vous allez comprendre quelle énorme chance vous avez – d’être sain et sauf et de pouvoir faire tout ce que vous voulez, en comparaison avec des autres.

Anticancer: A New Way Of Life – David Servan-Schreiber (anticancerbook.com)

Alors, quand vous pouvez vous le permettre, faites une donation ou soutenez cette cause avec du travail volontaire, il y a pleines de possibilités partout – moi j’ai fait du travail bénévole pour la Fondation Cancer au Grand-Duché du Luxembourg et j’en suis très fière. J’essaie de conseiller et d’encourager mes connaissances qui ont eu un cancer et qui doivent continuer de surveiller leur corps et leur sante, mais avec ceux qui sont partis, je ne plus rien faire…une tante, des amis, des oncles…Il y en a eu trop de monde que je connaissais qui est disparu a cause de ce fléau et j’espère vraiment que des méthodes efficaces et des traitements ciblés strictement sur les tumeurs puissent vaincre ce problème de sante si destructif. Si chacun de nous fait un peu ou apporte une toute petite main, cela comptera pour sauver des vies.

Une bonne santé pour toutes et pour tous!!

Anti-worry tips during difficult times

Medit garden peon

As I am sure everyone is trying to do their best during these tough times, I would like to share with you some of the tips that could help you chase away ”worry thoughts” coming your way during difficult times. 

++ One idea would be that whenever you feel stress approaching, start quickly a breathing session while you breathe more deeply (8 sec.) and repeat this exercise; also, you should manage to move every day, even if you stay inside the whole day, finding ways to stretch and move while doing your things – this will help you maintain a  good immunity and 🙂 stay cheerful

++ also, cleaning and making a bit or order is bringing you positive vibes; you can recycle newspapers, put some order in your wardrobe, wash dishes, use the vacuum, water the plants :), repaint a wall, wash textiles, put your kid’s toys in order….the more you see the space fresh and clean around you, the more your mental status will boost with optimism and wellbeing

++ another trick that is always working is..  Mr Bean 🙂 No matter what is happening around you, if you need a bit of laughter or joy, find the Mr Bean sketches on the internet and watch those that you like more – believe me,  it always works!! If you don’t like Mr Bean, then you can look for Charlie Chaplin, Fernandel, Jerry Lewis, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy or anyone else;   you can also use this link for Mr. Bean, if you wish:                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48HwpwkPZ74   

++ cooking is also a great trick; even if you know to cook or not, choose a simple recipe and start to cook. Along the cooking steps, you will notice how you will focus more and more on the cooking ans less on other things; in the end, if your result is hopefully tasty you will see what an amazing feeling it gives – having something valuable that you have created yourself :). For anyone I guess, the recipe of ”Pancakes” is an easy start, I was taught to prepare these by my dad when I was 12 and I have not forgotten the recipe. In the photo is a Portokalopita Greek cake I have prepared recently. 

Portokalopita cake

 

++ gardening can be a great activity bringing you a lot of positive vibes – no matter if you have a garden or just a balcony, you can take care of some plants, grow some small veggies (onions, cherry tomatoes 😉 , small peppers, radishes, zucchini), strawberries or just some herbs like mint, rosemary, thyme. They do not need much effort and it will make you really happy to taste something good from time to time. Simple plants can also fit your apartment whether they have flowers or not, they will produce some oxygen and good mood for you every day.

Med gard arbre fleurs

++ drawing or painting alone or with your kids/family; you don’t need any talent, you can just use your imagination and use the colours you like. You can also try to use a colouring book or to copy a landscape 😉 from somewhere with your own hand. I have painted a whole wall in our apartment and seeing how I was advancing every day gave me a lot of good vibes and confidence in my talents

++ also keep in mind that if you don’t drink enough liquids, it could create a bit of stress and head-aches; so remember to drink every day min. 1 l of healthy drinks – teas, a bit of coffee, water, mineral/spring water, fruit juice (but no Fanta), coconut water, carrot juice, non-alcoholic beer – these will keep you 🙂 in super-shape!

Besides these ideas, there are many other things you can still do – dancing, reading something motivating, talking on the phone, spending time with your loved ones and from time to time try to still go out and take some fresh air in spots where you know you will not be meeting people and where the air is fresh and clean. 

Spring support against the disease !

14mar rosemary in Lu

My dear readers, in these stressful times when I also have to adapt together with my loved-ones in order to keep us safe, I wish to try at least to bring some smiles for your faces. No matter on which side you are, my good thoughts are going also to all of you – I hope you find the necessary material and emotional support you to heal if you have a problem and to stay healthy and stay motivated to go on safely with your lives.

Practically, I would advise to do exactly what you would have done in any other similar situation – keep your immunity strong, eat healthy food (garlic, ginger and onion are excellent friends), avoid crowded places, put a bigger emphasis on individual hygiene and safety, move still every day in a safe spot, keep your brain active and stay optimistic! We are stronger than the problems that arise along our life; give a helping hand or at least some supporting words to your elders as much as possible and also to the doctors you know – thanks to them we are living today! With a lot of attention, healthy nutrition, better self-hygiene and wiser attitudes, any of us can live through this difficult moment with no negative effects so please remember that your LIFE and HEALTH are essential so take very good care of yourselves and stay positive and strong!                                                         GOOD HEALTH to everyone!!

 

floricele cart Belair mart2020

Va scriu dragi cititori sa va urez sincer multa sanatate tuturor, indiferent de varsta voastra! Va rog mult sa aveti grija cand iesiti afara din casa si incercati sa va protejati fata si mainile cu o masca si manusi sau cu orice altceva ce este la fel de eficient. Si pentru mine este foarte greu mai ales ca am si un puiut mic care are nevoie de aer si de soare insa incerc cat pot sa gasesc cele mai bune solutii ca sa putem trai aceasta perioada intr-un mod sanatos, sigur si totusi placut. 

 

IMG_0372 Ode to the daffodils mar2020 Lu vi

Rozmarinul este excelent ca ingredient al unui sapun antibacterian- va sfatuiesc sa folositi cu incredere gel sau sapun pe baza de rozmarin, propolis sau salvie. De asemenea pentru a distruge orice microbi, folositi si spirt medicinal pentru maini si pentru voi si pentru varstnici si copii (prima poza din articol). 

Va trimit ganduri bune tuturor – celor care au probleme de sanatate pentru a se vindeca repede si cat mai usor, doctoritelor si doctorilor care depun eforturi mari in aceasta perioada pentru a se ocupa de cei bolnavi si pentru a avea grija si de sanatatea proprie, de cei sanatosi care trebuie sa ajute pe altii sau sa se ocupe de ei si de familiile lor si pentru oricine simte aceasta perioada ca fiind dificila. Este dificil sa ne adaptam la ceva periculos si invizibil dar este mai bine sa prevenim decat sa tratam si va rog nu uitati –  VIATA si SANATATEA voastra conteaza, este cel mai de pret lucru.

IMG_0421 mart2020 violete Cast Ans

Stati cat puteti in casa, profitati de balcon sau gradina daca aveti, ocupati-va de curatenia de primavara, intariti-va imunitatea cu mancare sanatoasa, vitamine simple & ceaiuri naturale, incercati o reteta simpla si gustoasa, incercati sa lucrati la distanta pentru serviciu (daca puteti), deschideti fereastra sa auziti pasarile cantand si amintiti-va sa va protejati fata si mainile cand trebuie sa iesiti.    SANATATE MULTA TUTUROR!!

The World Bees Day !

Maybe not all of you know, but 20 May is the world day of the bees. So I wanted to dedicate this lines to them as I am very grateful they exist. I also wish that they continue to live in Europe and beyond; without them we wouldn’t have many vegetables, flowers and fruits.

rose-bee.jpg

I would hope that you will read this and that, maybe, you can do something for them; it takes 10 minutes to plant a small flower in a pot in your balcony, the yellow ones are attracting most of the bees. Or you can also buy a pot of good honey from your local producers; yes, I know it is more expensive but you are doing so much with a bit of extra money – help your health with some good quality honey, help the local honey producers and, most of all, help the bees in your region live, work and survive. And, through this, you also help your family, friends to have a healthier life. 

Also, use with trust all their products to improve and maintain your immunity and health (pollen, honey, mother bee milk, beeswax); for who has babies, remember that you can also mix in their meals, starting from 12 months/ 1 year old, pollen or honey.

You have here lots of information about the bees in different countries:

 

https://www.unaf-apiculture.info/   France

https://viataverdeviu.ro/albinele-si-importanta-lor-pentru-sustinerea-vietii/    Romania

http://www.royalbees.eu/       Bulgaria

http://www.hungarybees.com/    Hungary

http://sliskohoney.com/products/    Croatia

https://swissfamilyfun.com/balcony-bees-switzerland/  Switzerland

https://www.la-sca.net/spip.php?rubrique2   Luxembourg

http://www.biz.be/forum/   Belgium

https://www.beeculture.com/beekeeping-in-iceland/   Iceland

I hope that these can give you some nice ideas or just some new knowledge about our friends, the bees. I hope they will be much better from now on and that they continue to help us staying healthy and enjoy the fruit of their work – the perfumed & golden liquid that has been the center of human activities since immemorial times. And yes, please use no chemicals in your daily activities to keep also our air & water healthy; thank you everyone !

Bebe abinuta 23 mai 2019

The Bees Little Prince wishes to thank you for your time & attention given for reading !

 

 

International Day of Sleep 16 martie – Ziua Internationala a Somnului

I don’t know who has heard of this event but I would like to share it with you. It seems that the 16th of March was chosen to celebrate the benefits of healthy sleeping.         

Even if I am no doctor, I can tell you honestly that sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy and strong; this does not mean that you can sleep 10 hours and then go and eat cheese burgers and fries because this is not the solution. But, together with a good diet, emotional health and some active time, it builds up the way to live long and well.

For some more info you can have a look on the official website:                

                                            http://worldsleepday.org/ask-the-sleep-experts#basic

Ending this little article, I would say that the most important advantage of getting enough sleep is that it is boosting the immunity and supporting the brain; so try to use wisely the hours of a day for work, sleep and relaxation and may you live happily 100 years, never forgetting about love, which is always the best 🙂 !

 

 

baby sleeping

 

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