The Health Minute – Sleep & immunity

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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 🙂 !!

Tea for amazing health Ceaiul pentru sanatate deplina

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Tea is one of my great loves, concerning my lifestyle and health. I usually drink at least three big mugs per day and am very lucky compared to my grandparents, I would say. In their times, you could mostly find camomile, mint, marigold and lime tree. Nowadays, I have hundreds of combinations of plants, herbs, dry fruits, even cocoa,  lavender, hibiscus, ginger or curcuma, pepper, flower petals and God knows how many others that I haven’t tried.

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Why I choose to recommend this drink to you? You can still drink your coffee or beer but tea is even better; maybe most of you associate it with sickness which is partially correct. But it is no longer the case. Besides the hydration which is essential to every one of you, there are also polyphenols and other natural chemical substances that offer your body what it needs to stay healthy – maintain a god functioning of the stomach or heart, complete the water level of the body (usually at least 70%), relax the body&mind and lower the blood pressure. These are just a few benefits but they can do much more for you if you also consider that ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ 🙂  

 

 

I could add that certain teas (green tea, black tea, white tea, rooibos tea) have themselves new properties and amazing effects on your physical and emotional health; remember also that certain types of tea have their special moment of the day when it is best to drink them. For example, I could suggest that you drink the ones mentioned in this paragraph in the morning, excepting maybe the rooibos one. If you like to add honey, you should wait till they are just warm; otherwise the hot water destroys all the nutritional substances of honey. 

 

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Concerning emotional health – I find it equally important to the general health overview of anyone…If everyone were 100% healthy, there would be less crimes, less violence, less problems in the world, believe my words. So, the process itself of preparing a tea can help you relax-  heating up the fresh water, preparing the ingredients, choosing the honey, brown sugar or maple syrup, looking for your favourite mug and find a cosy corner where to enjoy it fully. This ritual  needs a bit of time&patience and will help you to de-stress and have a small break, a Zen moment in the crazy speed of your day, a moment for you&your soul to rest, relax and fill up your body&mind with a bit of magic, with a small longevity pill, with a bit of pampering treat 🙂 

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I could still write but it’s time for my third tea today -I have already drunk a mint one and a ‘three ginger one’, ginger being very helpful for a healthy circulation too.  The Passiflora and Verbena teas are excellent for relaxation and anti-stress and lavender, orange tree leaves, thyme, rosemary teas can be your friends before sleeping or to reinforce your general health.

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Enjoy successfully 2019 with 2019 cups or mugs of tea & lots of true love..when you share it with someone special and trust the healing and relaxing powers of Nature around you !