World Water Day – 22nd of March

Water – the source of life and even more that that. We could not live without water but do we really appreciate it? Thanks to this day we should really learn to treat water with more respect, appreciation and care. Water is an essential condition for our life and health.

Water is the cradle of life; if there had not been water on Terra, we would not be alive today. Still, the quality of waters all over the world is not what it used to be, especially because of humans’ actions everywhere. We should be more and more numerous to respect water surfaces and keep them clean.

Myself I am a big admirer of seaside places; some people love lakes, other would never get away from the ocean if living there for long…or some love rain – I could agree with all of them. I cannot explain why but water surfaces give me beneficial emotions, energies and I feel so happy whenever I spend time besides any type of water surface. I also love rain, as long as I don’t get completely soaked…In my home town, June is the “‘rain-month” already for many years now; it is raining a lot every June, but later in the year, thanks to that, I find the best fruits and vegetables in the fresh markets all over the country.

You all know much more about water, be it through your work or private lives; this day is meant to remind us all of the value of water and make us cherish all the water zones we have – on the continents or outside them.

The Buddhist Masaru Emoto has said: “Water has the magical capacities to give birth to all things and to keep information“. This thought is something wise we should meditate about, especially that our bodies contain, as you all know, lots of water. Drinking enough water also adds up a lot to our general physical and emotional health.

Enough talking – now, dear readers, go and drink a glass of mineral water, look at the drops of dew on the grass, check the clouds, wash your hands with warm water, listen to a waterfall or whatever puts you in a magical contact with…. Water. May you be blessed with healthy “waters” to drink and to admire!

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!

Healthy forests and water – celebrated on 21&22 March Ziua internationala a padurilor si ziua internationala a apei

Water in all its shapes and forms is what creates still and will hopefully will forever create for us health, beauty, balance, divinity, mind relaxation and emotional awareness or whatever is inspiring each of you. It is difficult to just define water as H2O or a forest by ”just a bunch of trees”; we all know water and forests are much more than that and this is proved by a history of more than 3.000 years, Terra being so far 100% the only planet with usable water resources, not to talk about the amazing forests and green areas we have here and we should cherish, just like we cherish our families and friends as we could not survive wihout breathing or drinking.

Like I was mentioning to you in an earlier article, I have been using the Ecosia search engine every day and I’ve just received a short message from them – ”your searches are planting trees in Brazil”. It is a small gesture from my side but it gives me back infinite happiness to know that I can do something good for anyone (like this Brazilian man in the video who reminds me a bit of my Grandpa who died and whose health and longevity may be from now on enhanced, thanks to these trees, too). A happy coincidence and a wondeful story about water and forests that I truly hope you could find some time to discover after you finish with all your daily tasks 🙂 Here below you have the link, sent to me by Ecosia:

Why this Brazilian farmer no longer cuts down trees – YouTube

Despite not being a doctor, I have been reading on a constant basis about general health and longevity for already 20 years; as I would not trust one single source of information, I always read things about health from different sources, in different languages to which is added my own experience about health, nutrition and general well-being. A very simple advice I would give all of you and that can apply to many situations when you have a head-ache is to drink a glass of water, mineral water would be just perfect. Many times, a lack of hydration at the level of your brain can easily cause nausea or low/medium headaches. Water is the best in this situation and, on a regular basis, try to eat enough water-food (like fruits, veggies) and drink enough non-alcoholic drinks – thinking of this photo above, aloe juices are also quite good IF there is not too much sugar inside.

Lake Ezezers, photo – courtesy of: Lake Ežezers | Latgale Tourism homepage

There are many things and stories I have also about forests, about water, some from my own experience and others I know from my family and friends. I have been walking and spending time in forests since I was small and every time it has felt like a magical experience. It is not only the trees, the landscape, the flowers, vegetation or birds. But a walk in the forest is a portion of health & immunity nobody can otherwise offer you – and it is for free. Cut a forest and you cut your own health. Stay true to yourself and grateful to your home land that welcomed your first steps just like any other lands where you have lived so far and respect Nature – it will give you back much more than respect, it will give you back infinite benefits and the promise of a true and eternal friend.

A few more photos connected to any of the two subjects of my little story here – I truly hope you can find some favourites or that many of these can make your day better and your life more meaningful.

Stay healthy, faithful to your hearts and stay away from anything that is fake and badly-targeted; escape this foggy & chaotic atmosphere by using your wisdom in order to benefit from your many qualities as many years as possible, in health and happiness. See you soon hopefully with other good ideas or stories 🙂

Baden-Baden, a perfect place in spring

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Hello again everyone! After you finish cleaning for Easter,  you can save a few minutes to enjoy some nice photos I have taken in Baden-Baden, a small quiet place with therapeutic waters, lying in the south of Germany.

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I had read about it many times so we decided to give it a chance and discover this town. We were impressed by the classical architecture with Romantic influences of this charming place, situated in the valley of the Oos river. It was founded by the Romans who also discovered the thermal waters that, later in its history, created the fame of this corner of the current Germany.

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Concerning the cultural aspect, there are many original places where you can not only spend time but also learn nice things and hear original stories; I made time to visit the Faberge Museum (in Sophienstrasse) where we were welcome by an original Russian lady who is totally convinced that ”Russia is the best country, culture and society ever” :):):):):). An amazing and romantic spot is the Old Castle – Castle of Hohenbaden, that is up on a hill, surrounded by old gardens, nice paths, many birds and old trees – a real marvel.  You can also spot easily the Ruins of the Roman Thermae, very well capitalised, the Trinkhalle (the Thermae settlement) and the old Casino around the centre.

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I hope that my little presentation is convincing, especially that this zen Baden-Baden is a place that can entertain any category of visitor. There is also the Mont Merkur, a nice hill that you can reach easily from a point close to the centre; you can take a funiculaire or walk and it offers a nice forest air and great views from the top. When it will be safe enough, it can be an amazing location for a nice little trip with your loved-ones.

 

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A, the most important aspect – wherever you may walk, it is full with cafeterias or cake-shops. It is impossible :):) to resist; if I listen to the Italians – ”Il migliore modo di resistare alla tentazione e di cedere” – than I tell you: Carpe Diem. This is what I did, I ate every day at least a cake, out of which the most famous is of course the Foret Noire.

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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 !

Earth Day, William Shakespeare, Simona Halep

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As 22nd of April is Earth Day, I try every year to do something for the Earth on this day. This year,  I have planted a raspberry bush and tried to help for some good ecological causes.

Here is an article in Romanian for everyone from home who is interested in knowing more plastic packages and doing something to reduce it, received from ‘Zero waste Romania’:

https://www.prwave.ro/studiu-ambalajele-din-plastic-nu-previn-risipa-alimentara/ 

Also, the bees everywhere in Europe and in the world need our help; you can read another article in French and decide if you can also help with a few dollars these people: ‘Le 27 avril, les gouvernements de l’UE se prononceront sur l’interdiction d’un certain nombre de pesticides néonicotinoïdes et c’est l’avenir des abeilles qui est en jeu. Nous savons que ces pesticides sont responsables de la disparition massive des abeilles et il a été démontré que ces mêmes pesticides tuent également les oiseaux. Après des années de campagnes menées par des membres de SumOfUs tels que vous, nous avons finalement obtenu de L’UE qu’elle organise un vote. Nous ne devons en aucun cas manquer cette occasion. Nous sommes prêts à placarder notre message sur les sites d’information bruxellois les plus influents et les principaux journaux des pays de l’UE susceptibles d’influencer le vote mais nous avons besoin de votre soutien pour y parvenir. Pouvez-vous faire un don de $1 pour financer des annonces promouvant la protection des abeilles pour aider à influencer le vote ?’  You can donate something here:

 
For those interested in the current situation concerning the bees populations in Europe, you can also read this in:
 
 
Also, WWF Australia is trying to teach and get support from people all over the world, in order to support the koalas, well-known species currently endangered; if you have some time to spare, read and help in any way, please have a look at their stories here:
                                      http://www.wwf.org.au/get-involved/save-koalas
 
Last but not least, little things help: turn off the lights/computers/smartphones/cooker/air conditioned when you do not need them, plant some colourful flowers in your balcony/garden to help the bees, reuse the water in which you wash fruits/veggies for watering plants, recycle plastics/papers/glass/batteries/light bulbs and eat less meat; just remember that we are not the masters of everything and every being on Earth so we should not be selfish. This planet is here for all and we should not take everything around for granted.
 
Another interesting thing, with no connection with those written above – 23rd April is the birthday of a famous English playwright, William Shakespeare that stressed all of us in school :):) Still, I think he was a nice and smart guy… and very romantic; here is something he said, to help you look for what is essential and important in relationships of any kind today so that you will only have happy and positive experiences:
      ‘What’s in a name? / that which we call a rose,
By any other name/ would smell as sweet.’      And I wrote this from memory 😉
 
And as I felt happy about the news, something from tennis again, congratulations to Simona Halep and our girls who were amazingly wonder women in the Fed Cup matches during  last week-end. I hope that after their victory, they found a bit of time to relax and recuperate their energies. Here is what Simona said after the victory: