The kidneys are among the most important organs in the body whose millions of nephrons ensure the purification of the blood from harmful substances and also take care of the health of our bones.

The kidneys, with their ability to purify as much as 200 liters of blood per day, are quite amazing and extremely important organs, and it seems that kidney problems can bring down the whole empire.

If doctors who study the pathology of celebrities are to be believed, Napoleon III, nephew of the famous French emperor and his successor, lost the Franco-Prussian War due to the damage of kidney function caused by kidney stones! Pain affected his abilities and determined the course of history; after the defeat, he was dethroned and a republic was proclaimed in France. Even his uncle, Napoleon Bonaparte, according to retired Danish nephrologist Arne Soerensen, died at St. Helena due to kidney failure.

ONE IS ENOUGH! 

Although we need every organ in our body, it is commonly known that the most important role of kidneys in the body is their ability to purify the blood from harmful substances, which are later discarded by urine. Even more fascinating is the fact that only half of one kidney could be sufficient to do the job of both organs; if we have only one kidney which is 75% functional, we can expect decent life quality!

Therefore, kidney donors can live as long and healthy as a person with both organs and have no higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease compared to others. The same applies to people who are born with only one kidney, and such babies are, at least in America where these data come from, one in a thousand.


CRAZY OR GENIUS?! 

It is estimated that in developed countries 1 in 10 persons suffers from chronic kidney disease, and every year grows the list of people who need a new kidney. The statistics of the World Health Organization show that the kidneys are still the most needed organs for transplantation – namely, more than 60% of all transplants are related to the kidneys, and there is a global shortage of these organs. One of the most controversial solutions to this problem was offered a few years ago by American surgeons from the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Five patients received a kidney from which a tumor had previously been removed, and of these five tumors, three were malignant. 14 months after the procedure, one patient died from a non-related cause, and the others were doing fine. Surgeons suggest such transplants only in emergencies when there is “no other remedy”.

Returning to the role of the kidneys in the body, these two organs, each as large as a cell phone (about 13 cm long and weighing 120 to 140g), absorb and return to circulation 99.9% of blood volume and only 0.1% of filtered blood is converted to urine. In this way, a healthy person excretes one to two liters of urine a day.

D VITAMIN ACTIVATORS

Nephrons – more than a million basic building blocks of every kidney – are responsible for the purification of the blood to be possible. If it were possible to unravel and reconnect the tubes of all the nephrons, their total length would be 30 km. It is important to mention that once damaged nephrons cannot be restored.

In addition to filtering the blood, on the kidneys also lies the role of balancing the volume of fluid in the body (for example if we drink more we will urinate more and the other way around), active role in the formation of red blood cells, and last but not the least, their merit in activating vitamin D, protector of our bones. Simply put, vitamin D created by the skin due to the sun exposure could not be used in our body if there were no kidneys.

RECIPE FOR HEALTHY KIDNEYS:

To preserve the health of these vital organs, follow a few basic rules: watch your blood pressure and blood sugar, which are among the main causes of kidney disease, include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, reduce your intake of fried foods, salt, and eat less meat. Drink enough water and note that it will be more beneficial for the kidneys if you drink less several times a day than if you drink a large amount at once. Avoid smoking and alcohol, reduce your caffeine intake, and be physically active.

 

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Disclaimer: This text is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dimology – Healthy World are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

Endocrinologists around the world in the past two decades put thyroid problems in top health problems and for that, there are a couple of reasons. Faster thyroid work is called Hyperthyroidism and slower thyroid work is called Hypothyroidism. The rise of the problem in the world regarding the thyroid is mostly due to better diagnosis in recent years.

Due to better diagnosis now we know that women are 5 to 8 times more common to have thyroid problems than men and also that from two conditions that thyroid problems can occur, Hyperthyroidism is more worrisome due to the symptoms being much more problematic than when the thyroid is working at the slower pace.

A lot of studies show that stress is one of the most common triggers in disrupting the normal work of thyroid glands. Stress affects the whole body and that also affects thyroid glands and in most cases by making it work faster and producing more hormones. It can happen that it slows the production of thyroid hormones and with that pretty much slows down the whole body. People then often feel tired and without energy and they feel like they are driving on reserve.

Bright spots, in that case, are American and dutch studies. American study was done on 2200 women and published in Cancer magazine shows that women with Hypothyroidism or slower thyroid have a lower risk for breast cancer, and if they get breast cancer is less aggressive than with women who have their thyroid working fine. Dutch scientists from Leiden University Medical center made a study on 859 people from 421 families and came to the conclusion that slower thyroid actually increases the chance for a longer life span. They published their study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


Contrary to that, thyroid glands that produce hormones faster are increasing the risk of health problems. To be concrete, a study from the Journal of the American Heart Association done on almost 30 000 younger people says that Hyperthyroidism increases the risk of a stroke by 44%.

The most concern with thyroid glands is the maligne problems, even though today it is very easy to diagnose and in most cases, it is successfully treated. In recent years, thyroid health problems are affecting younger people but that is mostly due to the fact that more people today are checking their health so any thyroid problems are detected very early. Health institutions in Europe and the USA are advising all women to do preventive thyroid checks at age 35.

What is important to know how the thyroid works

In medicine thyroid is known as a gland with internal secretion because it creates hormones and sends them to the bloodstream and directly affects many aspects of our health like appearance, mood, feeling, etc. It is located in the lower part of the neck just under Adam’s apple and it’s made of two lobes, one on the left side and the other on the right side, which make the thyroid look like a butterfly. Each lobe is about 2.5 cm (1 in) wide and about 4 cm (1.5 in) long, and on the top and bottom are tiny parathyroid glands.

Thyroid together with the parathyroid glands makes four hormones and proper function of the glands is regulated by the pituitary gland also known as hypophysis located at the base of the brain. The pituitary gland is secreting the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) which makes the thyroid produce its own hormones.

Important thyroid letters and numbers

Parathyroid glands secrete hormone PTH, while thyroid glands secrete triiodothyronine – T3 and thyroxine – T4, and in some part reversible triiodothyronine – rT3. Most of the T3 and T4 hormones in circulation are connected to a specific protein and only 1% are free hormones known as fT3 and fT4.

The fastest way to detect thyroid problems is with hormone blood tests. Hypothyroidism is detected by lower values of T3 and T4 hormones and higher values of TSH hormone. The pituitary gland is increasing the secretion of its own hormone to make thyroid glands to increase the production of T3 and T4. On the other hand, Hyperthyroidism is detected when the values of T3 and T4 are high, but the TSH is lower because the Pituitary gland is trying to slow the production of thyroid hormones.

PTH – is regulating the amount of calcium in the body, slows down the activity of bone cells that lowers the bone density, and regulates the absorption of calcium in the intestines and kidneys. This hormone protects the health of the bones and lowers the risk of kidney stones.

T3 and T4 – they maintain the body’s metabolism, increase synthesis and degradation of proteins, improves fat and carbohydrates breakdown, and affects the growth, development, and functioning of the whole body. They stimulate the creation of the growth hormone, increases the heart rate, improves bone growth, influences the development of the nerve system, helps in the functioning of the sexual system, affect our behavior, sense of hearing, touch, and hunger. Also affects the look of the skin, hair, and nails.

fT3 and fT4 – are free hormones that easily penetrate the cellular membrane and support cellular metabolism. 

rT3 – is like a messenger that informs the Pituitary gland to stop production of TSH because the thyroid produced enough of its own hormones.

While PTH is only made out of amino acids, T3 and T4 hormones also have iodine. That is why the regular use of iodized salt is good for your thyroid glands to function normally.

 

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Disclaimer: This text is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dimology – Healthy World are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

Milk fermentation is one of the oldest methods of food preservation, and the most common fermented milk products are yogurts, acidophiles, kefir, sour milk, and sour cream. Our ancestors discovered the method of food fermentation by accident, but accidents showed to be useful as fermented foods can be preserved for a long period of time, without losing their nutritive value. 

The healthiest and used products of milk fermentation

YOGURT – satisfies the hunger and raises our immunity

If we wish to turn our milk into yogurt we need good bacteria. Most frequently used in yogurt production are bacteria from the genera lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

They are better known as probiotics and they are the ones responsible for the benefits of this dairy drink.

While enjoying the refreshing taste of yogurt we do much more for ourselves than just filling the stomach – we take bioactive substances, especially probiotics, which experts classify as drugs because they protect us from pathogenic microorganisms and strengthen our immune system.

Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, necessary for growth, development, and bone preservation at any age, so it plays an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis, which affects every third woman and every eighth man.


Non-dairy fans and persons that cannot digest milk sugar lactose can easily enjoy yogurt! It is an excellent source of high-value protein and a good source of B vitamins and minerals like magnesium and phosphorus. Most people eat yogurt because they like its taste, but numerous studies show that it is not just delicious food. A study conducted by Tufts University shows that yogurt has a beneficial effect on several digestive problems, including lactose intolerance, constipation, diarrhea, malignant and inflammatory bowel diseases, Helicobacter pylori infection, and allergies. 

People who are being treated with antibiotics are often advised to supplement their diet with yogurts. While taking antibiotics, many suffer from diarrhea caused by disruption of the intestinal microflora. Non-selectively destroying harmful bacteria, antibiotics also destroy good ones that are an integral part of the intestinal microflora and are necessary for good intestinal health.

Scientists have proven that regular consumption of yogurt during antibiotic therapy reduces the occurrence of diarrhea by 50%.

It is also proven to have a protective and curative effect on arthritis. If you have problems with bad breath, caries, and gum diseases yogurt can be a good solution for you. Japanese study reveals that six weeks of yogurt consumption impressively suppress bad breath and prevents tooth and gum disease. Yogurt can be said to be ancient food with ingredients of the 21st century. In recent decades, the functional activity of many of its ingredients has been proven, so due to the many good effects on our health, today yogurt is considered to be a functional food. 

So-called probiotic yogurts are of special value since they contain strains of bacteria with probiotic action. Such clinically investigated strains of probiotics are often added to various dairy products and a health claim is made on them. In addition to the prominent health claim, it is also useful to know the number of bacteria contained in a milliliter of dairy product and this number should not be less than 10 on 8.

ACIDOPHILUS – good for stomach and bowels

Acidophilus is made by fermentation of skimmed or whole cow’s milk with Lactobacillus Acidophilus bacteria. Fermentation lasts 18 to 24 hours and takes place in warm conditions. The final product, acidophilic milk, has a sharp taste and thicker structure than normal milk. Also available on the market is sweet acidophilus milk, which is also produced by adding lactobacilli to cow’s milk. It has no incubation period, so this milk does not have such quality or acidity as fermented products, but due to the presence of probiotic bacteria it has a beneficial effect and is good for persons that don’t like sour milk. 

Lactobacilli are probiotic or good bacteria that, when ingested, can have various health benefits. The American Dietetic Association emphasizes that the consumption of probiotics helps maintain the health of the digestive system and strengthens the immune system. Lactobacillus bacteria produce lactic acid, which prevents stomach infections and protects the intestines from the invasion of harmful bacteria that can disrupt their normal function and thus seriously endanger our health.

These bacteria also secrete vitamin K, necessary for normal blood clotting, and help create A vitamins and B vitamin group (especially folic acid), as well as create the lactase enzyme, which helps digest lactose. Acidophilus is therefore an excellent choice for people who are lactose intolerant. Like with yogurt, doctors strongly recommended intake of this fermented dairy drink to people who take antibiotics frequently.

Thanks to a large number of probiotic bacteria, acidophilus stimulates the renewal of the intestinal microflora, so it is equally successful in preventing diarrhea and constipation! Therefore, it is indispensable in the treatment of traveler’s diarrhea and children’s diarrhea caused by rotavirus. Some studies indicate that it can benefit people who suffer from allergies and asthma and those who need to lower blood cholesterol. New research suggests that acidophilus helps treat vaginal bacterial inflammation and, combined with standard therapy, in treating urological infections, pneumonia, migraine, and osteomyelitis.

KEFIR – for good health and vitality

For more than 100 years, kefir has been known as a beverage that ensures good health and vitality. It is produced by milk and alcoholic fermentation, more precisely by placing kefir grains in cow’s, sheep’s, or goat’s milk. These grains are a living, growing mass formed by a symbiosis of polysaccharides, fungi (usually Saccharomyces delbrueckii, Saccharomyces cerevisiae), and bacteria (from the genus Lactobacillus). 

The fermentation process takes about 24 hours during which the milk turns into a sparkling beverage with a pungent taste. Kefir resembles a milkshake, it is thicker than milk but not so thick as yogurt. It is rich in vitamins B2, B12, K, D, and minerals especially magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also rich in amino acids, especially Tryptophan, known for its calming effect. Thanks to the huge content of bacteria and fungi it supports the health of the digestive system and speeds up digestion, and due to the higher dose of enzymes (and the lack of lactose), kefir is easily digestible and is especially recommended for people who are lactose intolerant. 

In combination with standard therapy, kefir promotes the treatment of infections caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria. It also prevents the growth of other bad bacteria and stimulates bowel movement (peristalsis), which is why it is used in the treatment of constipation. Kefir has been proven to prevent tumor growth and it has a good effect on the gallbladder and liver function, as well as a normal heart rhythm and cell oxygen supply.

As a product of double fermentation (alcoholic and milk), kefir contains alcohol and carbon dioxide, so it acts as a kind of stimulant of the respiratory and nervous systems. There are various traditional beliefs in the beneficial effects of kefir on health. According to them, kefir helps with various digestive disorders, including colitis, reflux, food intolerance, allergies, and even HIV. 

Moreover, it is believed that kefir is the elixir of youth when it takes part in proper daily nutrition. Some even consider kefir superior to yogurt because it contains more microorganisms, and because the “normal” flora of kefir contains stronger types of microorganisms that successfully fight pathogenic diseases.

SOUR MILK – ideal beverage for hot days

This milk drink is formed when different strains of Lactococcus spp. and/or Leuconostoc spp. bacteria and other lactic acid bacteria are added to milk. It contains live bacteria cultures and various nutrients with several beneficial effects on health. A large number of people, especially those who are lactose intolerant, drink sour milk as an alternative to regular milk. Sour milk is the easiest to digest because it does not contain lactose and contains lactic acid. 

This fermented beverage is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins A B1 B2 B6 B12, and folic acid. It is proven to preserve the health of the digestive system and strengthen immunity. Sour milk is well known for its detoxifying effect, which can be seen on the skin, so by consuming this drink regularly, it becomes healthier, more beautiful, and radiant. In the past, women added sour milk to the bath to ensure the desired whiteness, purity, and optimal moisture of the skin. It effectively lowers body temperature, so in the hot summer months, sour milk is an ideal drink for cooling the body. 

Like other fermented dairy products, sour milk has been shown to lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.

SOUR CREAM ADVANTAGES

Sour cream somewhat differs from the mentioned dairy products because it can be produced with or without the addition of lactic acid bacteria, and is much richer in fat (it contains at least 10% milkfat in the dry matter). Despite the name, it has a rather mild taste and is rich in water and fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin C, B vitamins, and vitamins D, E, K, A), minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium), and trace elements (zinc and selenium).

It is an excellent source of high-value proteins and fats, and due to its good combination of vitamins and minerals, it is known as an ideal ally in maintaining bone health. It is especially recommended for children, who need an increased intake of calcium and vitamin D for proper growth and development, and long-term bone protection.

Although it contains a lot of calories, sour cream can be found on the menús of many people who want to lose weight. It quickly causes a feeling of satiety and ensures that this feeling lasts for several hours. It is a perfect addition to various fillings and sauces. Many chefs have built their popularity on dishes enriched with sour cream. 

Try it yourself, what can you lose?!

 

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Disclaimer: This text is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dimology – Healthy World are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

The darker cherries are, the more flavonoids they have, and therefore, more effectively protect the heart, decrease Asthma symptoms and rejuvenate skin and joints. 

A portion of cherries a day makes the doctor away! Juicy and sweet, this delicious red fruit is a genuine June gift for everyone that tends to lose that last few pounds before the summer holidays but detests dietary regimens. Rich in taste and with very few calories are only a few of the bonuses nutritionists indicate. Besides being efficient in weight reduction, cherries have a remarkable anti-inflammatory effect proven by many studies.

Studies conducted by blood testing in overweight men and women, done by Universities in Michigan and Arizona and Brunswick Laboratories, showed that drinking a glass of cherry juice a day in a month period significantly reduces triglycerides and inflammatory markers in the blood, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and heart attack.

H2O and Phyto- Reservoir 

Other study conducted by the same experts on animals discovered that drinking cherry juice (made of fresh and/or dried cherries) during five months decreases total Cholesterol up to 26%, C reactive inflammatory proteins by 36%, and – fascinatingly – early death caused by a cardiac arrest by stunning 65%. It was first mentioned in 2000 BC by the ancient Greeks and Romans, which used cherries to treat rheumatism and which also are the responsible ones for the expansion of this plum relative to the area today called Europe.

Today there are around 60 sorts of cherries, deferring in color, size, and shape. They are all juicy and sweet, containing more than 80% water and amazing 2.1g dietary fibers in 100g! When we add a significant amount of cellulose, pectin, and potassium that stimulates water expulsion from the body, it is obvious why cherries have a privileged position among detox and weight loss diets.


They are also rich in anti-oxidative vitamins C and E, calcium and iron, elements necessary for healthy bones and blood count. They are rich in phytonutrients, especially flavonoids, also responsible for their voluptuous red color. The darker cherries are, the richer in flavonoids (natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients) and more efficient in protecting us against inflammatory and degenerative diseases.

Dark cherries diminish allergy and asthma symptoms and decrease the chances of developing cataracts and atherosclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Lately, cherries are also recognized as excellent allies in preserving skin and joint vitality. Flavonoids stimulate the formation of collagen fibers, which maintain the firmness of the skin and create and fortify cartilage and joint tendons.

Juice or cake from cherries? Why not both!?

Banton, Bing, Cavalier, Glacier, Schmidt, or Ulster? – it doesn’t really matter which sort of cherries you like, they are maximally useful regardless of the name. Nevertheless, it is preferable to pick darker ones, with shiny and firm skin and stalk. When stored in the fridge, they can hold up to 6 days. When pitted and cleaned from stalks, they can also be stored in the freezer, or used for delicious compote or juice.

A bowl of fresh cherries is a perfect morning meal for increasing energy and stimulating digestion. If you are more of a cake, pie, or a strudel person, you can use cherries in your favorite dessert, and so by supply the body with many healthy nutrients. In most European countries, cherries are also used to prepare delicious soups or gravies, served with pork or turkey roast.

EVEN THE STALKS ARE A TREASURE! 

As they are rich in Tannin, bitter substances, flavonoids, and minerals, they are great for preparing homemade tea for facilitating urination and/or passing kidney stones. You can easily make this tea by mixing a handful of cherry stalks with 3 cups of hot water, boiling it for a minute. You can enjoy cherries throughout the year by cleaning them from pits and stalks and drying them on air or low temperature in the oven/dehydrator.

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Disclaimer: This text is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dimology – Healthy World are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

Is our Libido in danger? Global “husky” figure trends, hand in hand with inferiority complex served by fashion and media, among women (and rarely among men) cause severe self image frustration and get it off, instead of on. 

“Pretty people” in show business, and generally served by media, kill the sex life of regular people. Editors and producers are well aware of the fact that showing especially proportional and ideally figured bodies meets the eye more than showing regular ones or even ones “below the scale”. Women seem to be more sensitive to the comparison of looks with gorgeous protagonists on screens and magazine pages.

Media and fashion industries’ exposure to bodily perfectionism strongly affects women’s sex life. A recent British study showed that more than half of the women included in the study feel too fat or overweight for their partner’s preference. “Sex in the nation” study showed that 29% of women avoid having sex as they feel “simply too fat”, and following 23% finds their “flabby body parts” no.1 culprit for sexual abstinence.

After this 52% of women struggle with the feeling of being fat and/or flabby, following 33% describe themselves as unattractive for some other, physically non-related ground.

Studies showed that 13% of women involve themselves only in sex with lights off because they worry their partners won’t like what they see. 10% would like to try new things, but they don’t go further from imagination as they fear their body imperfections would overtake the big picture. So the trend of “husky” figures due to unhealthy diet and insufficient physical activity joined forces with the inferiority complex, imposed by the media and fashion industry.


OTHER LUST & LIBIDO KILLERS

As a result of the above-mentioned trends that cause growing frustration related to self-image, women today find it hard to handle intimate contacts, even “innocent” nudity, for example when going to the beach or in the summer. This affects men too, but on a much smaller scale. They tend to be less sensitive when it’s up to their physical appearance, or they simply care less about how their partners see them. So (only) 8% of them declared avoiding having sex due to the overweight, and a further 11% abstain from having sex because of the flabby zones of the body.

Negative perspective regarding the self-image isn’t the only reason for the decrease of sexual activity, so media and fashion requests aren’t to take all the blame. Low libido among both men and women sometimes tends to be the consequence of illness, especially ones that impose physical limitations or require special kind of care. That kind of illness causes stress, and a state of stress, regardless of the cause, among most people, is incompatible with feelings of lust.

Anxiety and depression also affect libido, as many prescriptions as side effects have decreased libido.

Among some women, the same effect is considered to be the consequence of oral contraception, as they affect hormonal balance.

The good news is, decreased libido normalizes after discontinuation of oral contraceptives. Sometimes, during breastfeeding, libido decreases due to the presence of Prolactin, a hormone that promotes breastfeeding. Vital importance for balanced libido in men and women has the masculine hormone testosterone, also produced in women but in much smaller amounts.

Studies have shown that low levels of free-range testosterone affect libido. So apart from having normal, or even increased levels of total testosterone in the blood, free-range testosterone is as important, as it can bind to the receptors in the organism that are directly related to sex.

Classic remedies for highly sensitive persons to deal with low libido, low sexual affinity, or excessive shyness are commonly alcohol and drugs. Alcohol molecules temporarily numb stress reactions, fear, and other limitations that stand in the way of sexual intercourse. Cocaine or Amphetamines stimulate the central nervous system and by that, they briefly increase total body energy and libido.

EXERCISE CONTRIBUTES LIBIDO

Alcohol and drugs, due to the bad effect on the body and dangerous effect they have on a person’s behavior, don’t tend to be proper “therapy” to treat low libido and excessive shyness. It is much preferable to use natural remedies such as ginseng, guarana, and royal jelly, that are proven to increase libido, sexual arousal, willpower, and generally contribute to wellbeing. Besides, it is also advisable to work out regularly.

Regular physical activity affects a few key aspects of health that impact sexuality. Exercise stimulates testosterone production, directly stimulating libido: it activates a wide palette of pleasure hormones, positively affecting mood, meanwhile decreasing stress and tension levels, in addition to positive effects on body weight and muscle tone, improved the notion of one’s appearance and – surprisingly – improves the real attraction of the person itself.

After a hard workout tries to relax through yoga or autogenic training, which additionally helps to decrease stress levels and automatically enable redirection of energy from stress defense to sexual activity.

Pickiness or taste that is impossible to indulge?

Strangely, some of the usual causes of refraining from sex never appear in the surveys! For example, some people refrain from sex with their long life partners or spouses as they don’t find them attractive anymore, or they never even did, but they entered the relationship die to economical reasons or family pressure.

Equally, the cause of rare sexual activity can be low sexual affinity, as the latter is directly related to low-stress tolerance. Persons with low sex affinity, frail to stress, have refined taste when it comes to sexual partners, so not many people meet and fit these criteria. The more sensitive a person is, the more demanding it will be, so it will be especially frail to any esthetical imperfections in real or potential partners, as phoney as they are. And only a few can meet esthetical demands like that.

 

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Disclaimer: This text is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dimology – Healthy World are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

How important is your name really? Though the change of name will not change the essential features of a rose, it can mean a world to Rose. Do you know who Samuel Clemens or Anna Mae Bullock is?

After Juliet realizes that she and Romeo’s family are sworn enemies, she dwells over the idea that name defines its barrier. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Juliet was, as in love over the heels, irrational, and last names indeed, as we all know, were the end of them. Nevertheless, rose is so much more than just a name, or even its smell. 

Depending on a person, everyone has their own preference regarding color, shape or size, and experiences a handful of emotions when everything’s (not) coming up roses. Although the change of name will not change the essential features of a rose, it can mean the world to Rose.

Do you know who Samuel Clemens, Eleanora Fagan, or Anna Mae Bullock are? Those are the actual names of Mark Twain, Billie Holiday, and Tina Turner. Some (to-be) celebrities change their names according to the manager’s advice, some people do that out of political reasons, some women did that to be successful in a society of men (as men apparently do the same thing only if they are transvestites).


How important is your name?

Some people change their name out for numerological reasons, as the previous one doesn’t guarantee desired destiny (it would be interesting to find if any of this applies to any of the previously mentioned people!). This type of change may indeed help to procure fame, or at least speed the process up, but there is a larger number of people whose names just sound nice – and that’s where the story ends (maybe there’s more to numerology than meets the eye?) Even if they look like Tina Turner and have the same name, they don’t sing like the “original”. In the end, she would become famous regardless of her name. Or wouldn’t she?

It’s a fact that there is something called the symbiosis of sonority, so our brain relates the appearance of an object with the phonological properties of its name. In the past, primitive (?) nations gave their children names only after they figured that children have some distinctive traits, so names were often depictive, for example, One that sits still, etc. Today, parents first name their child Reese, Jack, or Chip and then expect that it (hopefully) acts according to it. It is popular to name a child after a celebrity, a real one, or a fictional character, so it is shocking to have a little neighbor called Neo or Frodo. Will their name define their life and up to what extent?

If they spend their whole life in one neighborhood, the community will grow accustomed to their names and them as persons. If they move to another town or change school, some will find them interesting and others will tease them, once again, until they grow accustomed to them.

So how important is your name? Name is a part of our identity and not so many people are willing to part ways with it. When you ask people what they would call themselves if they could change their name, often their first reaction is that they wouldn’t do it at all (even if their name is Apple or Egg).

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Disclaimer: This text is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Dimology – Healthy World are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

Even though the world is in turmoil due to pandemic, one of the most important things somehow went under the radar – make your immune system stronger. After all, that’s your first line of defense against anything, including the Covid19 virus. So we made a list of common but very strong food that can help your immune system.

Broccoli and your Immune system

If we could choose just one vegetable, it would be broccoli. It is one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables. It has vitamin K, chromium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B9, and plenty of vitamin C. It also has compounds indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane that show anti-cancerogenic abilities, plus sulforaphane is increasing the ability of the organism to create antioxidants. The benefits of broccoli start in the small and big intestine when indigestible fibers come to feed the bacterias in your gut and create short-chain fatty acids, it leads to increasing numbers of good bacterias, healthier guts, and better immunity.

As a signal of good overall health, good gut health is of most importance since it affects almost every part of our body. The connection between good gut bacterias and a healthy mind is new territory. According to scientists at Harvard University Medical School, disturbed digestion can cause anxiety, depression, and stress because the brain and gastrointestinal system are very closely connected. If you have a bad unhealthy diet you can mess up things with the gut-brain connection.

To get the best out of Broccoli, don’t fry them or bake them, boil them preferably on the steam, and when it’s young it can be consumed fresh in a salad. The highest concentration of good things from broccoli is broccoli sprouts. You can get fresh broccoli two times a year, early summer and early fall, but in normal times, it is usually available throughout the whole year, even frozen. As with most vegetables, broccoli can be frozen up to a year and lose just a slight amount of some micronutrients.


Spinach and your Immune system

This plant is often on our plates and that is great because spinach is a superfood due to high amounts of vitamins, fibers, and minerals. Magnesium is essential for the normal functioning of all muscles, including the heart. Potassium helps with extracting water and regulates blood pressure, stimulates detox of the organism, and makes kidneys and heart to work smoother. Beta carotene is a strong antioxidant, B complex vitamins are very important for your nerves, but also for your skin, hair, and nails. Antioxidant lutein is extremely important for the health of your eyes. Fibers in spinach stimulate bowel motility and help in removing waste from the organism and also lowers the possibility of constipation. Spinach is one of the best sources of vitamin K which is important for bone health. Only 100 grams of spinach has almost 4 times the recommended daily dose.

But spinach also has something called oxalic acid, and its crystals can clog kidney canals, so for people with kidney problems, it’s not advised to eat spinach. Oxalic acid can be neutralized to some degree by mixing spinach with milk. Calcium in milk will bind with the oxalic acid and create an insoluble compound that can be easily removed from the organism.

You can get the best out of spinach if it’s only shortly boiled in water or on steam to keep all the good stuff. Young spinach can also be eaten fresh. Spinach season lasts almost the whole season and it is always available frozen but then it can lose some of the flavors.

Garlic

Probably everyone heard that garlic alone or in some combination is a great natural cure for cold and flu. It doesn’t really need to be attached to some magical properties, but it is true that it gives the human body a lot of good. Except for allicin, the main component for the antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, garlic also has few more compounds of similar properties and they all in synergy help boost the immune system.

Allicin is made under the influence of enzyme alliinase when there is some physical damage to garlic, like slicing or crushing. Allicin has sulfur which gives garlic a specific and well-known smell and taste. Allicin is also a very unstable element so it quickly changes to different compounds with sulfur that gives garlic its healing abilities – helping in the defensive response of some types of white blood cells when they encounter certain viruses, mostly those of common cold and flu.

Garlic is also important in prevention – studies show that it lowers the risk of getting common cold or flu, time of being sick and can ease the symptoms also. In one 3 month study, 146 healthy volunteers were divided into 2 groups. One was getting garlic supplements and the other group placebo. The first group had about 63% lower risk of getting a common cold, and for those that did get sick, the common cold lasted 70% shorter.

To get the most out of garlic in cooking, it is good to cut the garlic at least 10 minutes before using it, because heat is destroying enzyme alliinase and it’s good to give some time for more of the allicin compound to be made before cooking. Same thing if you eat garlic raw.

To get the most health benefits of garlic you need to eat 2-3 garlic parts a day. If you use supplements, the normal dosage is between 600 and 1200 mg per day. More than that and you might get a toxic response instead.

 

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Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a classic Mediterranean spice, one of the most favored, most used, and most common in Mediterranean places. We can for sure say that Italian cuisine would not be what it is now without this small bushy plant with its aromatic and sweet leaves. This plant is a cousin to the mint plant, so they share the same look. There are more than 60 different varieties of basil with different looks, smells, and tastes. Most common is the sweet basil, with its dark green leaves and little pungent taste. There are varieties with purple or red leaves, as some with specific tastes like lemon basil, cinnamon basil, or anise basil.

While many know why basil is one of the most favored spices in the kitchen, many don’t know that by using this spice they are also doing good to their body and health. It is widely used in traditional medicine as a whole plant and basil oil. Basil is a great source of vitamin K and manganese, a very good source of copper, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and also a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids.


Against inflammation and oxidative stress

When there is a mention about antioxidants everyone thinks about the berry fruits, but basil with its properties is on the same level as all sorts of berries. Basil has plant flavonoids that can help to protect white blood cells and protect the body against free radicals and also has anti-inflammatory properties. For that purpose, essential basil oil is used. A study which results were published in the publication Nutrition and Cancer found that phytochemicals in basil can in a natural way stop cancerous behavior in cells.

Unique types of flavonoids in basil can help in protecting organisms on a cellular level. The water-soluble flavonoids from basil called orientin and vicenin gained the most attention from scientists because it showed that they can protect cell structure and also chromosomes from a danger that can cause radiation and oxidative stress.

Adaptogenic properties

Compounds in basil showed their strength in boosting the immune system and fighting against infections. Basil extract, researches showed, helps in fighting against resistant bacteria that were not responding to antibiotic therapy. With all that, this spice has adaptogenic properties and what does that mean. Adaptogenic plants increase the resistance of the organism to a wide spectrum of bad conditions from biological, chemical, and physical sources, and these plants help to make things in the organism go back to normal.

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Chlorella is one of the rare edible sweetwater algae. There are more than 30 species of this one cell organism of green color and the most researched are Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella pyrenoidosa. This algae is a superfood, but because it has a hard cell membrane, people can not digest it in its raw form, so it has to be supplemented in tablets, powder, or extract. It is consumed with water or a juice half an hour before a meal. The daily dosage is 2-3g. There is not an exact number prescribed since there was not enough evidence to specify a proper therapeutic dosage.

Chlorophyll like a blood

Dried Chlorella has around 50% proteins, so it is a great source of amino acids. It contains all 9 essential amino acids, all vitamins from the B family, and also vitamins C, E, A, and K. Prom minerals iron is the most common and its absorption is helped by the vitamin C included. It also contains magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium, and calcium, and also fibers and omega 3 fatty acids.

It is very good to improve the blood test. It contains chlorophyll, plant pigment, also known as plant blood because its molecule is similar to the molecule of hemoglobin, the red pigment in blood. The only difference is that in the core of the hemoglobin molecule there is an atom of iron, while in the molecule of chlorophyll is an atom of magnesium.


Detoxification

From the benefits of Chlorella, most commonly mentioned is the detox of the organism, and some studies show it is effective in removing heavy metals from the body along with other harmful components that the body needs longer time to remove itself. It helps to lower levels of harmful chemicals that sometimes appear in food like dioxins (they are the byproduct of burning organic matter), that can affect hormone balance and immune system, and also are not easy on the liver functions. There is evidence that proves that Chlorella boosts the natural process of removing toxins from the body.

More good sides of Chlorella

It is considered that Chlorella is improving the immune response, that can neutralize high acidity of an organism, improves levels of oxygen in the blood, protects arteries from hardening and slightly lower high blood pressure, it has an impact of lowering the sugar levels in the blood, affect the inflammations to speed up recovery. Also contains carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the eyes, keep the liver in good shape, improves better digestion, and speeds up the metabolism.

Possible side effects and interactions

Chlorella is considered safe when taken orally up to 25-30 weeks, but in some cases, it can cause nausea, diarrhea, gasses, cramps, vomiting, and green colored stool. Most of those symptoms last up to two weeks when starting to use it. Since Chlorella affects the immune system, it is possible that with people that have an immune system compromised it causes the proliferation of the “bad” bacteria in the intestines.

Chlorella can also cause sensitivity of the skin to UV lighting and sometimes cause an allergic reaction for people who are already allergic to mold. It is possible to lower the efficiency of the medications that affect the immune system and also since it contains vitamin K, it can lower the efficiency of the anticoagulant drug warfarin. So it is best not to use Chlorella while a person is using anticoagulant therapy. 

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Skin is our biggest organ, a protective shield from the environment. It protects us from bad biological, physical, and chemical influences from the environment. It prevents the evaporation of water from the body, a great thermal insulator, and a significant part of the body’s immune system. But years don’t spare anyone and the body gets older and so does get skin with it. On some people, it will be visible sooner, mostly very light skin people, while people with thicker more fat consisting of skin show less visual indicators of aging. Even though it’s a process we can’t stop, we can slow it down with proper care.

It’s not all about genes

The skin has few layers but they all age equally, the visible changes are mostly on the parts of the body that are not usually covered like the face, back of the head, forearms, and shins. You can start showing aging skin sooner than normal and that can be noticed by rougher skin with showing off the deeper wrinkles, less elasticity, more visible capillaries, or showing of pigmentation spots on the skin.

Skin becomes dry and wrinkles more visible and the surface loses the shine. The look of the older face also can be due to losing the volume of the skeletal muscles which creates the look of extra skin and flabbiness of the fat pads around the eyes which emphasize the lowering of the eyebrows. Cheeks also start to lower as the corner of the lips and skin on the chin and neck starts to relax and gravity does its work. But the speed of skin aging can’t be blamed solely on genes even though a lot about aging is written there because there are still outside factors that we can control and thus slow down the aging process.


Sun, the main problem

Natural aging starts in the third decade of our life and it is a relatively slow process called intrinsic aging. But on the other side, our skin from an early age is affected by outside elements that are called extrinsic aging. The main damaging source of outside aging is the sun, then habits like smoking, drinking, and diet, also polluted environment, cold, heat, etc., can affect the skin aging. Sun emits ultraviolet light that is separated into three wavelengths, UVA, UVB, and UVC. Ultraviolet C is mostly absorbed in the atmosphere, UVB also gets stuck in the atmosphere but enough passes to have an effect.

It is required for creating vitamin D in the skin, but it is also damaging to the DNA and can cause sunburns. UVA is the most dangerous of the three since it causes significant damage to the DNA and can cause skin cancer. The aging of the skin affected by the sun is called photoaging. Skin becomes dark yellow, rough, loses elasticity, and causes pigmentation. So it is very important to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

Adequate care with the addition of avoiding the sun when it’s strongest is using protective supplements. If there is already advanced degradation of the skin due to the sun there are solutions for that. Creating new collagen and elastic fibers can be accomplished by using locally retinoic acid, dermabrasion, or chemical skin peeling.

Before the morning face wash, it’s good to know that lukewarm water removes the oily ingredients on the surface of the skin and with that losing the protective coating of the skin. And if you are using the soap, it’s even more efficient. Using water and soap is fine if you have oily skin, while normal and dry skin is better to clean with more oily products like cleaning milk.

Micelle miracle

On a cleaned face usually, some tonic is used to stabilize the protective acidic layer of skin, narrows the wrinkles, gently disinfects and refreshes the skin. With the usual cleaning products in use, today it’s very popular to use micellar solutions which are good for cleaning all types of skin. With dry skin, the use of micellar solution will save the optimal balance of lipids and secure hydration of the surface protective layer of the skin.

A normal and oily skin micellar solution will thoroughly clean the skin, without drying it out, irritating, or creating an imbalance of the natural pH of the skin. Micelles are colloid particles with small size and mass which makes them float in the water solution. They act like a magnet on the skin by attracting the impurities and extra oils (sebum) made by sebaceous glands. After using a micellar solution the skin doesn’t need extra washing.


Enriched nutritional creams

To secure the softness and youthful look of the skin you need to know the rules of skin hydration and to secure necessary skin moisture. During the day it’s best to use hydration cream that has ingredients to protect the skin from environmental elements. The main task is to stop the dehydration of the upper layers of the epidermis. At night it’s good to use creams before going to sleep that has regenerative substances like natural collagen and elastin. Those are the most important proteins to keep the skin elastic.

More popular are also the use of liposomes. They have the same lipid composition as membrane lipids of the skin which they secure easier passing through epidermal cells. In the last decade, there has been a lot of research in understanding how skin ages on a cellular and molecular level and that makes it possible to produce new “anti-aging” products that are more efficient.

Healthy lifestyle, trying to avoid too much stress, avoiding bad environment effects and with good skin care, we can significantly reduce skin aging and not only for the esthetic look, but also to keep our biggest organ healthy to make the whole body healthier. And also, don’t overdo with the sun exposure. Even though it is necessary for our body and skin, too much exposure to bad UV rays will do more damage than benefits, so use adequate skin UV protectors.

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