Christmas gift ideas for the vegans (and for everyone!)

Buying gifts during Christmas can be really stressful and if we have a vegan friend it can be even more challenging. You can’t buy milk chocolate or anything with leather. It can be difficult to make research of which things are vegan and which aren’t. Veganism can be truly important value to your friend and you of course don’t want to make your vegan friend feel bad by giving them accidentally something which contains animal products. I’ll give you six ideas what to buy for the vegan friend (or for anyone!)

 

1. Vegan chocolate

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One of the best things in Christmas is chocolate. If we go to supermarket mostly all the chocolate has milk in them so it’s not suitable for vegans. But that doesn’t mean that vegans have to survive Christmas without chocolate. Milk is usually the only non vegan ingredient and some chocolate might contain honey (which is not vegan!). So almost every dark chocolate is vegan and there are some “milk” chocolates which are vegan. For example ichoc use rice milk to make their chocolate creamier. They have many good flavours like a nougat, choco cookie, almond orange and white chocolate. You can find all these in our shop and we have also amazing selection of other vegan chocolates too.

 

2. Vegan cosmetics

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If we buy cosmetics for vegans what we’ll have to make sure is that it’s not tested on animals and that it doesn’t contain any animal products. Natural cosmetics are never tested on animals so if there is natural cosmetic certification it’s not animal tested. But not all natural cosmetics are vegan. There are six non vegan ingredients which are allowed in natural cosmetic. They are honey, beeswax, lanolin, eggs, milk and buttermilk. If you buy your cosmetic from supermarket there are a lot more non vegan ingredients to watch out.

We have these new amazing Avivirs products which main ingredient is baobab oil. Baobab is a native African tree. This tree has a very nutritious fruits. Baobab fruit contains more antioxidants than any other fruit on earth.  The oil is extracted from the seeds of baobab fruits and it has a lot of benefits to our skin. It is a moisturising, anti-inflammatory and source of antioxidants. Baobab oil contains omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Our skin needs vitamins to stay healthy. We have to of course get vitamins from our diet but it’s also good to nourish your skin externally with vitamins. Baobab oil is rich in vitamin A, D, E and K. Which are all good for your skin. Vitamin E is really effective preventing the wrinkles.

In this product line there are 100% baobab oil, magic balm which is best for lips and dry areas, pampering creme all body, all body oil and scrub all body. You can choose between neutral or citron myrtle. All these has natural cosmetic certificate, doesn’t contain perfume and they are 100% vegan. We have these Avivir baobab products in offer all December.

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3. Vegan wine

This can be a little confusing because if you read the ingredients of wine bottle it seems to be vegan but actually not all wine are vegan. Part of the process of making wine is filtering it and some cases it’s done either egg whites or casein (made of milk). Luckily it can also be done with carbon, bentonite clay or silica gel. Because filter doesn’t stay in the wine it doesn’t have to read on the bottle. Now you might think that how I’ll ever find out which wines are vegan and which aren’t. Some manufactures put a vegan mark in a bottle and that means that it’s for sure suitable for vegans! We have four different wines in Anni’s vital shop and for my and every other vegans luck all of them has a vegan logo. All these wines are also organic. So if you have wine drinking friend with these wines you can’t go wrong!

 

 

 

4. Gift basket

If you can’t decide whether buy chocolate or wine you can combine all of these and make a vegan gift basket. You can choose there only those things that you know your friend would like. We have in Anni’s vital shop many really tasty sweets and snacks which you can fill the basket. Christmas tea, juices, chocolate, ginger cookies, nuts, chocolate covered dates or mulberries and a lot more! Come and see!

 

5. Superfoods

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If you have a vegan friend who is really into health it could be nice idea to pack up their favourite superfoods. There are a lot of options in our shop. Maca, lucuma, chlorella, raw cacao powder, acai and much more. Of course if your friend is also into fitness you can maybe throw in some protein powder. Which we have also vegan options!

 

6. Home made sweets

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It’s always good idea to bake something yourself. Everyone for sure appreciate the effort for making gift yourself and who wouldn’t love homemade sweets. I am going to give you recipe for vegan fudge. You could think that it’s not possible to make a fudge without milk and butter but you absolutely can do it and I promise this is worth to try! Main ingredient is coconut and we are using it in it’s different forms. This is so easy recipe that you can’t go wrong with this and also it’s so fast that you for sure have time to make it!

 

Ingredients are

0.5 dl Coconut milk (place it in the fridge overnight and use only the solidified part)
3 tbsp Coconut sugar
2 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp Peanut butter  (or any else nut butter you prefer)
Vanilla powder and hazelnuts

 

How to make

1. Put coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut oil and peanut butter in saucepan and let it simmer few seconds.

2. Add vanilla powder.

3. Pour it into tray and sprinkle hazelnuts on top.

4. Place in the freezer for two to three hours (or until firm)

5. When your fudge is ready cut it into pieces and it’s ready!

Texture will be better if you store it in fridge.

 

If you need more tips about vegan Christmas gifts I’ll gladly help you in the shop so see you there!

Milla – Anni’s Vital Shop, Los Boliches

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Vegan nutrition

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WHAT IS VEGAN?

Vegan is a person who don’t eat, wear or use anything that comes from an animal. For example vegans don’t wear leather, use cosmetics which are tested on animals or eat animal products. So there are many things to write about veganism but on this post we are going to look into vegan nutrition. Stay tuned if you want to know more about vegan cosmetics or get some awesome vegan recipes those posts are coming soon!

Of course like in every type of diet it’s really important to make sure that your vegan diet is versatile and that you are getting all the nutritions. In my opinion eating on a vegan diet is very simple and getting all the nutritions doesn’t require a lot of work. That might be because few years of being vegan I am used to all of that. But still many people think that being vegan is really difficult and that you can’t get all nutrients on a vegan diet. I am going to tell you the most important things in vegan nutrition so after reading this you can easily follow healthy vegan nutrition rich diet!

 

PROTEIN

First let’s answer the most asked question about veganism “Where do you get your protein?” From plants of course! Actually all the protein is originally coming from plants. Animals can’t produce protein on their own so they also have to get it from their diet. Animals are getting their protein from plants and when we eat the animal we are getting our protein from that. Actually we need to feed 8 kilos of plant protein to an animal in order to get one kilo of animal protein.

If we are looking for high protein plants we have a lot of options for them!  For example chickpeas, lentils, tofu, soy, oat, nuts, spirulina, chia seeds, hemp seeds, quinoa and beans. We just have to be careful because meat and plant protein are a bit different. Meat has a complete amino acid profile and there is some vegetables which contain all of them like soy, hemp, quinoa and spirulina but most of vegetables does not. So in order to get all essential amino acids you have to keep your vegan diet versatile. Legumes lacks methionine and cysteine, and wheat lacks lysine. That’s why it’s good to combine different type of plant protein sources for example you can eat beans with grains and oatmeal with nuts and seeds. You can add peanut butter to whole wheat bread or make hummus from chickpeas and tahini.

 

B12

There is only one essential nutrient which is impossible to get from plant based diet. That’s vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is a bacteria which we can’t produce on our own so it’s necessary to get in our diet.  Some animals can produce it in their intestinal and some animals are getting it from supplement and that’s why it is possible to get B12 from animal products. Of course vegans don’t eat any animal products so we have to get it somewhere else. We used to get B12 by just eating wild living plants and drinking water but modern world is so sterile that B12 bacteria doesn’t live in our ground anymore so only what we have left is supplementing it.

B12 deficiency can lead to serious nerve damage so it’s really important to every vegan supplement it. We have a lot of options of vitamin B12 in Anni’s vital shop. My favourite is Nordic Health B12 Boost spray. Just spray it under your tongue and that’s it! No need to get glass of water and swallow pills. Four sprays of this contains 1200ug of vitamin B12, 40ug of chromium, green tea extract and it’s sweetened with xylitol.

 

CALCIUM

When I tell people that I am vegan after asking about my protein the next question usually will be “How do you get enough calcium without cows milk?” Well easily! There are a lot of plant based calcium sources. Tofu, sesam seed, nettle, broccoli, kale, tahini, spinach, almonds, hazelnuts… Also many plant milks and yogurts are fortified with calcium. Of course if you are having hard time to make sure that you are eating some of these every day you it would be good to supplement it.

 

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IODINE

Iodine is necessary to us and our body can’t make it on it’s own so we have to get it from our food. Iodine is really important to our thyroid and if we aren’t getting it enough it can cause thyroid insufficiency. Mostly iodine is found in the ocean and that’s why seaweed is iodine rich. There are not so many iodine sources so it can be little bit difficult to get from food. Besides seaweed it’s found in fish, dairy and eggs, which obviously aren’t vegan. Nowadays it’s also added to some salts.

If you are vegan and don’t use iodine fortified salt or eat seaweed it might be good to supplement it. We have a great selection iodine supplements in Anni’s vital shop. I really like the solgar kelp one. It is made from seaweed named kelp. One capsule of these contains 200ug iodine which is 133% of daily recommendation.

 

OMEGA 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for us so it is really important to make sure that we are getting them enough from our food. When we say omega 3 people tend to think that it’s only fish where it’s coming from but actually there are also many plant based sources for omega 3. For example chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts and avocado contains omega 3. If it’s difficult to you make sure that you are eating some of these every day it might be good idea to supplement it. For that there’s also vegan options. We have a good selection of those in Anni’s vital shop. Products that I like to use are Pharma Nord Omega 7 and Biosym VegOmega-3. Omega 7 is made of sea buckthorn oil and it contains omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 in a good balance. VegOmega-3 is made from algae and it has high content of omega 3.

 

VITAMIN D

It’s really difficult to get enough vitamin D from food, no matter what type of diet you are on, because fish and wild mushrooms are almost only food that contain even a little bit of vitamin D. Of course following vegan diet you can’t have it from fish so that is leaving you only mushrooms and I wouldn’t count on them. What we have left is supplementing it or getting it from the sun. Our skin can produce vitamin D from the sun if suns UV rays are close enough. For example in Finland there is only three months during whole year when suns UV rays are close enough to get you vitamin D from the sun. In Spain of course we have a little bit more sun than in Finland but even here it’s actually really hard to get it from the sun because you would have to be in the sun without clothes every day. That’s why I would recommend to every vegan and also non vegan to supplement vitamin D. There are two types of vitamin D. Our body can use either one so just take care you are getting one of those. D2 is always plant based and usually D3 is animal based, but there are some exceptions. Vitamin D3 is absorbed better than vitamin D2. We have in Anni’s vital shop Veg D-3 which contain 75ug vitamin D3.

 

MULTIVITAMIN

If you feel like you need a little more help to get all the vitamins and minerals, we have multivitamins which are specially made for vegans. Sometimes life can get a little busy and we don’t have so much time to make sure that we’re getting every nutrient so multivitamins can be good option for those periods of life. In our selection we have three different multivitamins which are specially for vegans. SpektroVEG, Longo Vital Vegan and Omni Vegan. They all contain a good amount of essential vitamins and minerals. These has also iodine, vitamin D and b12 in them so if you choose to buy one of these it might be only supplement you have to take.

 

 See you in the shop!

Milla – Anni’s Vital Shop, Los Boliches

Atrial fibrillation

By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health specialist,
Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

 

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The article is also available in Spanish, Finnish, Danish

 

Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm disturbance in the heart’s atrium. The atrium is contracting faster than with a normal heart rhythm.
Atrial fibrillation can often cause blood clots in the brain.

In this time, I seem to be surrounded by people who complain about atrial fibrillation. I was wondering why this was the case, until I stumbled across an article, that described different kinds of heart attack and mentioned, that the attacks occur most frequently in the months October, November, and December.
You should obviously see a doctor if you are experiencing heart problems. There are many effective ways to help your heart today.
You can take many actions yourself, to ensure that your heart remains strong and functioning, even as you get older. The heart is an amazing pump, that starts working even before we are born, only to continue all throughout our life.
We only have one heart, so we should see it as a wonderful gift that we take care of, but often we don’t think much about it, until it starts to signal that it needs attention and appreciation for its hard work.
The stress many of us are experiencing these days, is our hearts worst enemy. It is as if stress leaves a contagious source in the air, which is difficult to get around, but we must be very conscious to deal with it, in the best manner possible.
The heart is a very delicate motor, that doesn’t benefit from suddenly getting pushed to its max performance, as it can damage it.
I felt it with myself, when I had to run for half an hour with a heavy suitcase, when my plane was delayed and had to get to the next flight (which I ended up missing anyways). It lasted for a while, the feeling that I should take extra care of my heart.


The symptoms of atrial fibrillation
They are most commonly abnormal heart rhythm, difficulty catching your breath, chest pain together with dizziness and fatigue.
It is usually people above 50 that are affected by atrial fibrillation, and more than 13.000 people are yearly hospitalized with the affliction in Denmark. It is estimated that roughly 75.000 people live with the illness. Studies have shown that roughly 10% of all people have atrial fibrillation. It is a common sickness that exists in numerous variations, some people experience it as rare attacks, while other people have it more or less all the time.
Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm disturbance in the heart’s atrium. The atrium is contracting faster than with a normal heart rhythm.
Visit your doctor, if you suddenly feel that your heart is running rampant, with an unusual fast heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation can often cause blood clots in the brain.

The diet
The diet can perhaps not completely prevent atrial fibrillation, but it is certain that you can strengthen and keep your heart healthy through your diet.

If you have a large consumption of coffee and sugary treats, then cut down on them. Instead choose a high-quality green tea, you can also alternate between teas with nettle and ginger. Make sure to drink plenty of water of a high quality. Be careful with alcohol. The heart association discourages alcohol consumption completely. Too much alcohol can trigger symptoms connected with atrial fibrillation. Avoid fast-food such as burgers and hotdogs and exclude cake and fatty deserts. All in all, the combination of fat and sugar is a poor mix.
Eat lots of foods that contain plenty of antioxidants and focus on getting anti-inflammatory foods. Make sure, to the extend that it is possible, to eat ecological foods of a good quality.
Be careful with beef and animal innards and eat very little meat in general. Make sure that fish is on the menu at least two times a week. Be sparse with all kinds of dairy products, they help increase inflammation, which is often a part of having an irregular heart rhythm.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Apricots are strengthening for both heart and brain. You can eat dried apricots outside of the apricot season, but make sure that they are not treated with sulfur dioxide. It’s best to eat apricots after 3pm. Berries are good against atrial fibrillation. Your daily apple or two must not be forgotten. If you can get your hands on wild blueberries, optionally frozen, then use them in your daily diet. Another precious fruit is pineapple, which is also great for your green salads. Vegetables help flush out acid accumulations. Eat plenty of broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage etc. Make sure that your vegetables also contain leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, chard, field lettuce etc. Let onions be a part of your daily diet and remember the healthy artichoke.
If you haven’t tried it before, then introduce sweet potatoes into your diet. They bring many benefits, one of which is the relief of heart palpitations.
Use plenty of garlic, turmeric, ginger, and olive oil in your daily diet. You should also consider coconut in its different forms, such as oil or coconut water.
Eat plenty of nuts and almonds.
Avoid wheat products, but instead use buckwheat, quinoa, millet, and wholegrain rice. The products come in many variants, such as flour or grain for porridge and pasta. You can find many wonderful recipes for bread using these ingredients on the internet. Anette Harbech Olesen has written many easy-to-follow cook/baking books that doesn’t use wheat, but instead utilises other exciting grains.


Dietary supplements

  • Start with a broad-spectrum vitamin/mineral product, which is of good quality and easily absorbable.
  • There should also be a good and likewise easily absorbable vitamin-B product as a part of your base. Optionally you could supplement with extra vitamin-B12, in spray form or as a tablet.
  • Take extra vitamin-C. 1 – 1½ grams daily. It is important with all cardiovascular disorders. It helps repair the blood vessels and prevents inflammatory changes that causes atrial fibrillation.
  • You can optionally supplement with vitamin-E, up to 350 mg daily. Some people prefer to get their vitamin-E through wheat germ oil.
  • Selenium, 100 – 200 mcg daily can also be a great help.
  • Magnesium can be recommended, preferably 600 mg in the evening. There must also be calcium present in your dietary supplements. If you are not taking a supplement of vitamin-B, then you have to supplement with B6, as it aids the absorption of magnesium in the body.
  • Q10 is recommended, in doses between 100 – 300 mg daily. Make sure to get a product that has a documented absorption rate.
  • Omega-3 is very important for the heart and counteracts heartrate disturbances. It can be taken as a fish oil, roughly 2 grams daily, or in the form of flaxseed oil, 1 table spoon daily. Omega-3 does also have a vegan edition which is made from algae.
  • Hawthorn comes both in liquid and capsule form. When I personally experience difficulties with my heart, then I always turn to this and have done so in many years. I feel it has a remarkable strengthening effect on my heart, but it might not be as effective against atrial fibrillation. It is a great remedy for high blood pressure.
  • Pycnogenol is bark from a French pine tree and it’s very effective at preventing blood clots and supports a good blood circulation. You should take 1 tablet in the morning. It is a powerful antioxidant, that protects the body from damages from oxygen radicals and thereby prevents inflammation.
  • Garlic is also preventive against blood clots.
  •  The amino acid Taurine counteracts potassium deficiency, and it has been shown to help some people with heart problems, by strengthening and making the contractions in the heart muscle more efficient. Taurine can be a great 3-step rocket, together with magnesium and B6.
  • The amino acid L-carnitine also works as a heart strengthener and is known to improve irregular heart rhythms.
  • If you are receiving any prescription heart medication, then you should always discuss the supplements you are planning to take, with your doctor. The doctor should, in my opinion, be able to provide guidance about what combination of the allopathic medicine goes together with the dietary supplements that so many heart patients wish to use. This is very important, and the allopathic medicine often is affected by different supplements.


Tips

  • Stay far away from tobacco. If you are a smoker, then reduce your tobacco consumption as quickly as you can muster without getting stressed.
  • It is important to avoid stress, especially the long-lasting stress can be very burdensome on the heart. If you drive a car, then practice patience.
  • If you are overweight, then make sure that you start losing weight in a sensible way, again without too much stress, you may be able to utilize a dietician. The hard part comes after you have reached your desired weight, namely that you must keep your weight stable. So, if you have used a dietician, then keep that connection, incase you might need it again.
  • Make sure to get exercise. It is important, if you want to have a healthy heart, that you are active, so blood is circulating properly. If you are having a cold or have just had one, or another infectious disease, then you must spare your heart. Avoid exercise until you are completely healthy. It is often a virus in the heart muscle. We usually function fine with it, but if the heart is strained during an infection, then it can act up, as it doesn’t like to get pressured in these situations.
  • You must be aware that sick teeth can have tremendous influence on your heart. Certain teeth have direct reflex pathways to the heart. It takes a professional dentist and doctor to guide you in this matter.

Louise Hay writes, the heart represents love and our blood represents joy. Our heart lovingly pumps joy through our body. If we deny ourselves joy and love, then our heart shrinks and gets cold, and that is when heart attacks happen.
Louse Hay also mentions, that the people who experience heart attacks are never happy people. To avoid more heart attacks, you must give yourself time to appreciate the joys in life.


Back To School

 

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Finally the long summer holidays are over and school starts again! I have been dreaming of this moment the last two and half months… Don’t misunderstand me! I love being at home with my two kids but I think every mother can feel related with me, the few months start to feel reallyyy long after the first few weeks… Especially here in Spain where it’s so warm during the day that you basically stay inside until 5-6 in the evening. It’s worse than rainy days during the winter!!

But as I said, kids are back to school – or at least one of them. Younger one is just 9 months old so he stays at home with me. But even so it feels so good to have a few hours a day some mother&son quality time while sister is at school.

It’s nice to get back to our routine and my daughter is happy to see her friends again after so many months, but starting school brings also some other issues to think about.

Kids get sick. Like all the time, especially younger ones. I think I read once that kids age 3-5 are ill almost half of the year! So when school starts again, it’s good time start giving some supplements to your children.

Two years ago when my daughter started school, I decided to give her Strathdrops. I didn’t want her to be sick all the time and I heard that this product might help her. Strath is a highly nutritious whole food yeast supplement containing vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and trace elements in an herbal base. It is highly recommended by practitioners for anyone wanting to increase energy, endurance, and mental performance. And the best is that it suits the whole family! You can have it in tablets, elixir and drops. The liquid ones are best for children cause you can just add it in their juice. My daugher has been taking this the last two years and luckily she hasn’t been sick so often than the other kids at her class!

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Even if I try really hard, I have to say that my daughter doesn’t always eat enough vegetables.. It’s not the end of the world but of course I get a little bit preoccupied if she gets all the vitamins and minerals she needs to be a healthy little girl. Just to make sure that she doesn’t lack any of the essential ones, I started to give her MiviTotal Plus. Also in liquid form as I prefer, it’s just so much easier than playing with the tablets.

“Kids should eat fish at least twice a week …”. I know, I know.. It’s really good for you and my kids and I love to eat fish. But if you hate cooking it?? I can’t even touch it, yaiks. And don’t even talk about the smell! Luckily in Spain it’s quite cheap to eat fish in a restaurant so we try to do it at least three to four times a month. I also give some extra omega-3 to my children and luckily someone has invented the chewable Omega-3 tablets for kids! Kids can be quite tough when it’s time to take some vitamins, especially if it smells and tastes like fish.. But these ones are odorless and with a taste of orange!

I remember the first time when my daughter came from school with a note that said “Please check your child’s head, there has been some unwanted visitors at school!”. The word that every mother is scared of – lice. Immediately I checked my daughters head and luckily didn’t find any.. But never say never. Since that I’ve always had some Tea Tree oil at home. I add few drops behind my daughters ears before she goes to school, lice don’t like the smell so they normally stay away from the head with a bad smell. If your child gets lice someday, tea tree oil works also to get rid of them. Add 10 drops to a normal amount of shampoo and wash carefully and repeat.

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With these remedies I hope we survive another school year without colds and lice!



Saludos
Suvi

Food poisoning

By  Anni Dahms Owner of the retail chain ANNI’s VITAL SHOP. Nurse- & Health specialist, Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

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The article is also available in Spanish, Finnish, Danish

During my recent summer vacation in Mexico, I got a terrible food poisoning. It was completely my own fault, as I totally chose to ignore my inner body voice. I had bought a bunch of bananas without top stalks, which were a bit overripe as well. My inner voice told me that I shouldn’t buy bananas without a top and that I certainly shouldn’t eat them if they were overripe. I said, “who cares, you don’t get sick from eating bananas”. However, they next day I quickly realized that you can indeed, get sick from bananas! I had a strong diarrhea, I was vomiting, had a high fever, and my entire body was hurting.

IMG_3213I didn’t have any probiotics, as I had given them to my lovely moto-taxi driver, whom have had diarrhea for two weeks. It is quite uncomfortable, to be driving around with two rolls of toilet paper, when you have been on the road all day. I had given them to him, because I normally have a good immune system and a strong stomach, thinking I would not need any myself. After my sickness had peeked, my friend came with a beer and told me that I should drink it in small sips. It would settle me a bit, as it was necessary to get some sugar and salt in the 35-degree heat. I sipped it slowly and felt that it was helping, even though I’m well aware that alcohol is diuretic. When my friend felt safe leaving me on my own, he drove to the nearest vegetable stand, bought a bunch of vegetables and asked them to slaughter a chicken, since his friend was sick. They quickly ran into the yard and found the finest chicken, which became pure medicine to me. It was boiled with all the vegetables for 3 hours, and then I was almost spoon-fed with the lovely soup. Whether it was the beer, the soup, or the love I was given, I have no way of knowing, perhaps a combination of the three, and I quickly started to regain my strength and could return to my daily doings. Even though the above-mentioned diet helped me, I would normally recommend a safer and milder one. Food poisoning flourishes, in my experience, often in September. “Migrating birds” from many countries return to their other home, here in Spain. The toilets on the planes are shared by all, and many new people meet, which hug and greet each other. The students in different schools are starting their everyday routines again, and here they meet and greet as well, with bacteria from many different places. Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria, virus, and other harmful substances. The symptoms often start a few hours after the consumption of the given food or other close contact with the infected, but it can take up to 24 hours before you really feel it, as it kicks in. The symptoms are often strong diarrhea, vomiting, pain in the stomach, and fever. The strongest symptoms usually disappear after 12 hours.

The diet

During a food poisoning, it’s good to try to cleanse your body, if you are, reasonably healthy. Otherwise, you should contact your doctor and get help that way. You should also contact your doctor if your condition is worsening, or if the duration seems longer than normal. When you can hold in water, then start with some boiled water, possibly with some apple- or lemon juice added, and/or a small amount of salt. We loose salt during the sickness and our bodies need salt to function. Start carefully when consuming liquids. Your stomach is very affected by the disease, so it can have difficulty taking in a lot of fluids in the beginning. If you feel that your mouth is extremely dry, then it can be a good idea to start sucking on home made safe ice cubes. A soup of oats, possibly sweetened with an unsweetened juice, is a good start to taking in foods again. It could also be a good idea to drink some carrot juice to support the liver. It can be a great help to eat grated apples, which is best eaten with a teaspoon. I don’t chemically know why it should be eaten with a teaspoon, but my earlier experiences have taught me that it works. A possible explanation is, that you eat the apple more slowly and chew it more. If you feel you are getting better, it might do you good to eat a piece of toasted bread, but it has to be without butter, or you could use some of the grated apple to put on top. Also a bit of boiled mashed potatoes will do you good. The mashed potatoes must be made with water, without any added butter. You can also choose to add some unsweetened yogurt, preferably ecological. Slightly paradoxically I also recommend a bit of banana, when your diarrhea has slowed down. Rice can help stop diarrhea, but I would never advise starting with it, except when dealing with babies, children, or weak persons. It is my opinion that you will benefit far more by really cleaning out your system, even though it can be quite tough on the stomach. This obviously only applies if you normally are strong and healthy. I usually say, that when you start to feel hungry, then you can probably endure eating. However, do be careful about meals that can be too heavy, or rich in substance. If you want some meat, then stick to chicken or turkey. You should also stay away from food that have been heavily seasoned for the first few days, even if you are otherwise feeling better. The spices can help the nausea persist.

Dietary supplements

The most important thing when strengthening your intestinal system and thereby helping your immune system, is to get a good lactic acid, also called probiotics. If you don’t know which the best for you is, get information about the different products in your local health food store.

  • It can be a good idea to supplement with Spirulina. Spirulina is a green algae, which comes both in tablet form or as a powder that you can mix into your smoothies. It contains both vitamins, minerals, and 60% of Spirulina is protein. Moreover, it’s rich in fiber and doesn’t contain fats. It cleanses your body of heavy metals and other toxins, so it’s often called a natural probiotic.
  • Chlorella, which is also a kind of algae, can be taken together with the Spirulina. That way you will get a proper elevation of your energy levels for your immune system and a unique super booster too.
  • Active charcoal can also be used to fight a poisoning, it is good at removing the toxins from the system. Preferably use active charcoal made from coconut shells. Just as a precaution I would like to mention, that active charcoal is not the same as regular charcoal, so stay away from the charcoal briquets from the BBQ!
    If you choose active charcoal, make sure that you drink plenty of water, at least 12 – 16 glasses a day. Active charcoal needs to be consumed a couple of hours before you eat or take other dietary supplements or medicine.
    When you buy active charcoal, you have to ensure that it doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners. You could perhaps add a bit of juice, if it just doesn’t go down in its natural form.
  • Matcha tea can also be a good idea, to support your immune system. It is filled with antioxidants and gives the body a healthy and natural source of energy.
  • A good vitamin-B supplement, which consists of all the different B vitamins, can help you gain energy and strength.
  • It can also be a good idea with a supplement of garlic, it is generally good for the immune system and works as an antibacterial.
  • Apple cider vinegar is good for the digestion. It helps you digest the food. It contains both vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Mix a couple of teaspoons in a glass of water.

Tips

If possible, try to avoid food poisoning. You have to be very careful with meat and especially sausages, and you must be even more careful if you are visiting hot climate countries. When you eat fruit and vegetables, you must make sure that you clean them properly before eating. When I washed my vegetables in Mexico, I used bottled water, as I have no idea what could be in the tap water. If you go to a restaurant, ask them not to put ice cubes in your drinks. It is better to eat fruit you can peel such as oranges or bananas. Make sure that the bananas are sealed both at the top and the bottom, so you don’t make the same mistake that I did! Before you travel to a new country, make sure that you start taking a lactic acid bacterium one week prior to your arrival, and make sure you bring some extra in case something unforeseen happens. Don’t drink the water from the tap, but instead buy your drinking water. You should also use bottled water when you brush your teeth. Make sure that you clean your hands often and bring rubbing alcohol and/or wet wipes, keeping you hands clean goes a long way. Avoid dairy products, especially if you have just had diarrhea. It can be difficult for a while for the stomach to digest the milk sugars. If you like street food, then find those places that seem clean, and only eat the pieces that are burning hot. Bacteria doesn’t like high temperatures. It can be soups, fried food, or stews. If you air-travel, keep in mind that studies have shown that the small tray tables in front of you are filled with bacteria, so it might be a good idea to use one of your wet wipes to clean it before use. As H.C. Andersen said: “to travel is to live”. Don’t let your travels be controlled by fear. Make sure that you have great travel experiences often. This will also strengthen your immune system.

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Case story: My journey with Oolong

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One day, I walked into Anni´s Vital Shop, asked for a tea which could help me reduce weight in my tummy area. I was recommended Oolong Tea.

I started taking one cup in the morning after my breakfast and one later between late afternoon and dinner time, following the indications given, and enjoying the Oolong Tea which I like very much.

In-between I also drink water. Doing some sports will help too, but if you are not a sport fan, you can do some walking.

The main part of the story is the interesting fact that I was 72 kg. when I started taking the Oolong tea, and now I am only 67kg, all in only two months. Please try it, if you wish to loose weight around your waist, and when the miracle occurs, please let us know. Regards Stella.

Facts about Oolong tea

Oolong tea has a flowery aroma, mild flavour with absolutely no bitterness. It is sometimes known as Blue tea, being halfway between a green and black tea. The production process involves partially fermenting the tea leaves then steaming them to capture the slightly smoky and subtly rich flavour.

Scientific studies have found that it can aid with slimming by increasing metabolism, burning fat and blocking dietary fat absorption.

Delicious any time of day but often drunk after mealtimes as a digestive tea.

The Liver & Your Drinking Habits

By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health specialist,  Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.

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The liver has a tough life in most of us. When the liver is overloaded, the rest of the body also suffers. One of the many functions of the liver is to detoxify and destroy toxins. If the liver is overburdened and stressed, it loses its ability to detoxify, and the toxins must find other ways throughout the body to eliminate this waste.

The liver is affected either positively or negatively, depending on what you put in your mouth. It is summer, warmth, vacation, and party time, which mostly are accompanied by energy drinks and alcohol in large quantities. Stop before it is too late. The liver must endure your entire life, and preferably, in good shape, so we can feel our best. The liver stands for joy, so it is worth taking care of.

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On the 30.05.2018 there was a broadcast from the Danish National TV station, in the series called “Kontant”. The broadcast was called “Energy drink – unsuited for children”.

As a former school nurse, doing my best to take care of the children’s health, I chose to see the broadcast, which left me frustrated and deeply saddened.

In these days its “in”, both among adults and children to drink the so-called caffeine – and sugary energy drinks.

Children who play videogames, or elite sports, are heavy consumers of these drinks, so  many are enjoyed in large quantities in schools, clubs, and among adults at work.

In the broadcast it was shown that children who drink these energy drinks, often have panic attacks, suffer from stress, allergies, depression, headaches, insomnia, and especially overweight.

The same symptoms are present for adults, but as adults, it is up to us to make the decisions of what we choose to pollute our beautiful bodies with, but for children, it can be difficult to leave these drinks out.

In many countries energy drinks are prohibited for children below the age of 16, but not in Denmark despite all the warnings about the side effects. It is expected that every third child between 10 – 17, will be affected by these side effects. It is often mentioned, that increasingly more children are hospitalized with side effects from energy drinks.

It is said that it is responsibility of the parents. However, I wonder how you would stop your child being around other kids and be the only one not consuming energy drinks. It is difficult, if not impossible.

The consumption of the above-mentioned drinks is increasing rapidly, both among adults and children. It is reported that the sales have gone up 41% in the last year alone.

Many adults resorts to a couple of energy drinks, when they need to get pumped up for something. A cold energy drink in the warm summer heat tastes delicious and instantly gives you energy. But be careful and think about whether you should treat your body this way. An investigation has shown that 42% of people who drink energy drinks regularly, has experienced side effects.

When I step into the supermarket, my eyes  capture   the many different colorful and tempting large cans, situated either at the entry or near the cash register.

A can that contains 250 ml of energy drink, will also roughly contain 80 mg of caffeine, a cup of coffee contains roughly 90 mg. Caffeine affects young people more. There are other additives in these drinks, that we don’t have much knowledge about.

Moreover these drinks are also filled with sugar. In every energy drink there is between 14 – 17 sugar cubes (roughly 50 g).

Sugar is very addictive, and the next step is to combine the energy drinks with alcohol, especially when there are summer parties to attend. It is a poor cocktail both for young and for old, and many heart attacks have been attributed to it. Some researchers compare the combination of energy drinks and alcohol to cocaine, in the way it affects the brain.

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Alcohol is a risky intoxicant. Energy drinks, both with and without alcohol can temporarily derail our blood sugar balance, our nervous system, circulation, brain, and heart. It is not far from attracting diabetes 2 or other inflammatory illnesses either.

Diet

If you sometimes choose to drink the above mentioned, then make the decision with much consideration and self-discipline. Make sure to supplement with blood sugar stabilizing food and drink, this will benefit both your liver and by extension, your entire body.

Different energy drinks are also available in sugar free editions. This is perhaps better in terms of calories consumed, but your brain is triggered to continually seek sweet things, and it is only very few artificial sweeteners that are healthy.

In august 2009 there was a team of Israeli researchers, who warned children about the dangers of drinking sugary soda, lemonade, and juice. The Israeli researchers stated that both regular soda and fruit juice in large quantities, can lead to a fatty liver, because the metabolic functions of the liver are affected by all the sugar. According to the researchers, you shouldn’t switch to  “Light” products either, as they are also believed to be dangerous.

Trade in the sweet drinks for a piece of fruit, and perhaps stick to a single cola as a weekend indulgence. Cut down on coffee and alcohol, if the liver continues to be in a fatty state, it might eventually turn into cirrhosis of the liver and in the worst cases, liver cancer.

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Drink plenty of water. If you are tired of plain water, then put a jug of water in the fridge, with a slice of lemon in it, the water will get the most delightful fresh taste.

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Drink liver friendly herbal teas, such as milk thistle, horsetail, dandelion, or licorice root. Make your own smoothies with plenty of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, celery, and kale. Sweeten the drink with apple, liver friendly berries, or unsweetened juice from healthy berries and add a bit of lemon, also liver friendly and enhance the flavor of water.

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It could be a good idea to drink a glass of beetroot juice daily, if it is too strong to drink on its own, you may  have it diluted with water. As much as possible, eat and drink ecological. Let vegetables be a large part of your diet and supplement with nuts and almonds, plenty of berries and perhaps a bit of light meat.

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Dietary Supplements

The most important dietary supplement for the liver is milk thistle, with its high content of silymarin. It has been used as a natural remedy, to strengthen the function of the liver for thousands of years. It strengthens the membranes in the liver cells, and contributes with lowering poor cholesterol, and strengthens the immune system, and it is also a great antioxidant. Some researchers believe that it furthermore might help the liver and kidney functionality if you are undergoing chemotherapy.

Make sure to consume a good vitamin/mineral daily.

Supplement with an extra vitamin-B. Make sure that the product contains choline, which is healthy, both of liver and brain.

 Lecithin is a fat, which is present in all our cells. 30% of the brains dry weight and 70% of the livers fatty tissue is made of lecithin. It can be a great help to take lecithin daily, in a shorter period.

It can be a good idea to drink Kombucha daily. Kombucha is a fermented probiotic tea, which after it has been fermented, becomes a lovely drink with fizz, which tastes a bit like white wine. It contains lots of great bacteria. Kombucha is a powerful detoxifier and can play a vital role with keeping the pancreas and liver healthy, it can also help to keep the blood sugar level stable. If your liver is ill, then it is better to wait some time before drinking kombucha, as the powerful detoxifier might be too rough for a sick liver. You can make your own kombucha or choose to buy it at an herbalist store. Kombucha is available in different taste variants. The doses should be fitted to what fits you best, but around 1 – 2 dl. daily, is what most of us would benefit from. There are many suggestions as to how to best consume kombucha. Kombucha should not be consumed by people whom are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can read more about kombucha on Kombuchasvampen.dk.
Keep in mind that kombucha contains a tiny bit of alcohol, less than 1%, so alcoholics must stay away from the drink. There is still slight amount of sugar in the drink Most of it has changed during fermentation.

Molkosan is a popular whey drink, where the taste has changed in the last years, so the drink now tastes a bit like buttermilk. It tastes slightly acid, but it actually turns alkaline inside the body, and it can be a great counter to our acid forming foods. It can be used as a drink to enjoy, where you mix a couple of teaspoons in a glass of water.

Tips

You often see a correlation between the eyes and the liver. If your liver is suffering, then your blood circulation will also be reduced, and not enough blood will reach your eyes. You must be conscious of everything you eat and drink, as it influences your body. Therefore, you should choose your summer drinks with consideration.

According to the Chinese teachings of your inner clock, if you often wake up around 1 to 3 in the night, your body might indicate that you need to take better care of your liver. This is the time where the liver works at maximum capacity.

You can get tips about your general health, by taking a C-rp blood test (C reactive protein). It is a protein, which is produced in the liver and serves as a general indication of the level of inflammation in your body and by extension, your general health.

Be mindful of the importance of happy thoughts. Happiness is the most important remedy for the liver. Let love, peace, and joy be the driving force in your every day. It can be a difficult task, but practice makes perfect.
Perhaps you could start with just 10 minutes every single day and then increase the time every week. Our bodies functions are controlled by emotions, and they are also affecting the organs in our body. It is therefore important to be conscious of your thoughts. The best possible way to fuel good thoughts is to make great choices when it comes to eating and drinking.

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