Sorry, what did you say?

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

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What did you say?” Is probably the sentence I use most in the store right now. I recently went to get my driver’s license renewed and told the doctor about my hearing. She conducted a very thorough hearing test and even though I had a slight reduction on a few notes, did she not think that there was any need for further examinations. I was obviously very relieved to learn that my slight hearing reduction, caused by my advancing age, was not the reason why I had to ask all my customers “what are you saying?”, when they are across from me in the store. We all use masks, both my customers and I, and with all the different accents and languages, which is fortunately still represented here on the coast, would I say that the masks bear a large part of the responsibility of why it is so hard to hear what people are saying. I personally feel that the masks work as a kind of container, which holds our fear. I hope that all of us can get rid of the fear soon, so that the masks can become a closed chapter. We should of course abide by the decisions made by the government and pray that it will help keep down the infection pressure.
Whether we are wearing masks or not, does not change the fact that I have become very attentive to how important it is to have good hearing and it is most certainly something I will focus more on in the coming future.
There exists many reasons for hearing loss. One reason could be reduced blood circulation in the inner ear. Apart from being age related, is hearing loss often caused by otitis media, both in children and adults. I personally belong in this category, I have suffered greatly from otitis media both in my youth and in my adult life. The last time my eardrum burst, was on my way home from Mexico, where the landing in Spain became extremely painful and it suddenly said “blob” in one of my ears, where blood and other matter started to flow, but it eased up. I, of cause, got it probably treated once I got back home.
Other causes for hearing loss could be high blood pressure, different kinds of medicine, wind in the ears or being exposed to loud noises in your surroundings. It could be, for instance, because young people are listening to loud music, noise in the workplace, or in the home from blenders, washing machines, blow dryers, air condition, etc.
If you for instance listen to loud music, then a reduction in hearing would most likely not come right away, but instead start to sneak up on you.
Studies have shown that every sixth danish person have trouble with their hearing and some studies have even suggested that there might be a correlation between hearing loss and dementia, but this has yet to be proven.

The diet

You can preferably drink green tea, the tea contains a lot of good bioflavonoids. Studies have shown that the tea can prevent the death of the cells in the inner hearing, making the tea healthy for the ears.
Avoid eating too many saturated fats. It is presumed to increase to production of ear wax.
If you feel that you tend to be intolerant when it comes to certain foods, such as milk and wheat products, which can give you an increased mucus production and thereby lead to easier ear infections, then take a few months break and see if that helps your hearing.
You can instead choose breads made with different corn types, such as rye bread. You could also make some lovely oatmeal or buckwheat porridge.
There are also many interesting and well tasting alternatives when it comes to dairy products, both for children and adults, such as oat milk, rice milk, soya milk, hemp milk, almond- and hazelnut milk, etc. Most of the alternative milks also have a cream variant. My own favorite cream is an oat cream, where the people I cook for, have no idea it is not original dairy cream I have used. It is also great in a cup of coffee. If you need whip cream, then it is also easy. You can buy soya or rice whip cream in spray cans. It is easy and handy. You can also get cream which has the specific intent of being whipped into lovely foam.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. I would like to emphasize pineapple, as it is great at reducing all inflammations.
Let ginger and garlic be a part of your daily diet. They are both highly anti-inflammatory. I have personally used them to treat my ear infections, by taking a piece of garlic, dipped in oil, and stuck it into my ear. It provides both great pain relief and kills the infection. The garlic should be changed every two hours.
Make sure you get good and healthy fats and remember your flaxseed oil. Eat plenty of fatty fish, preferably two to three times a week, this could be salmon, maceral, or sardines. Studies have shown that you can reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss by 42%, if you eat fatty fish two times a week.
Pumpkin seeds are also a part of the good foods, you may want to lightly roast them. Sunflower seeds and hemp seeds are also great. The seeds are available in small packages, ready to sprinkle on your breakfast.
Your diet should contain whole-wheat products. If you are missing your pasta, because you are taking a break from wheat, then there also exists plenty of other tasty pastas. My favorite pasta is made from buck wheat, but the pasta is also available as rice, lentils, chickpeas, etc.
If you are boiling rice, then you may want to use whole-wheat rice for the added fiber. Buck wheat and quinoa can also be boiled and used as rice.

Dietary supplements

  • I, of course, must start by recommending a base of a high-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement.
  • Q10 auxiliary enzyme, which has been shown to counteract increasing hearing loss. The dosage can be 100 mg twice a day.
  • Gingko Bilboa often helps, as it has been proven to help the micro circulation. It has shown especially helpful if you suffer from a ringing or windy sound in your ears.
  • A study with 72 people with hearing problems were given either gingko biloba or a conventional remedy. The group which received gingko biloba reported less ringing in the ears and an overall betterment in their hearing.
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine is an amino acid, which is gaining more and more attention. There have been studies that have shown that N-acetyl Cysteine generally helps when it comes to hearing loss. It works especially well when the hearing loss is caused by too much noise. N-Acetyl Cysteine furthermore boosts the body’s production of the important antioxidant glutathione. Research has shown that people with low levels of glutathione tend to develop hearing problems.
  • Alfa Lipoic acid is another great antioxidant, that can aid against hearing reduction. Alfa Lipoic acid is both fat and water soluble. It can pierce the blood brain barrier and thereby help repair free radical damage in your brain, ears, and nervous system. It contributes, just like N-Acetyl Cysteine, by increasing the body’s level of glutathione.
  • Acetyl-L Carnitine is an amino acid, which increases energy production in the mitochondria (the cell’s powerplants). As you get older you will naturally produce less and less Acetyl-L Carnitine. It has in my later years been a treasured addition to my daily dietary supplements.
  • The two last mentioned supplements Alfa Lipoic acid and Acetyl-L Carnitine work well together. I remember reading an article many years ago, that the two products taken in combination, was the best anti-ageing remedy.
    A study with the two products on rats, showed that the rats which received the products, not only avoided hearing reduction, but that their hearing actually improved.
  • Certain vitamins and minerals have also been shown to have a positive effect.
  • Vitamin-A is necessary for maintaining your hearing, so you may want to take an extra supplement of this. However, if you are pregnant, then you should be careful with extra supplements of this vitamin and consult a doctor.
  • Vitamin-B is also great with hearing loss. Make sure you take a strong mixed vitamin-B pill.
  • Vitamin-C can both protect and reduce damages in hearing caused by noise.
  • You should also ensure that you get enough vitamin-D. The vitamin is especially important in the winter months.
  • You should also remember vitamin-E. It makes the blood flow more easily and has a great importance for your circulation.
  • Zinc and selenium deficiency can often be present where the hearing reduction is age related.
  • Magnesium can also be beneficial in matters of hearing reduction, especially if it is caused by loud noise.

Tips

We have a very active hearing association in Denmark, if you, as danish, think you lack information, then you can visit hoereforeningen.dk and many other countries probably have something similar.
One of my favorite authors, the late Florence Scovel Shinn writes in her book Your word is you magic wand about deafness: “Deafness corresponds to strong personal will, stubbornness, and a wish not to hear certain things”. She writes an affirmation, which can be used many times a day:
“My ears are the spirit’s ears. The light of Christ now flows through my ears and dissolves all hardness and malformation.
I clearly hear the voice of intuition and obey it promptly.
I hear happy and joyful messages.”
Some of the messages we can send, could be to send light and love to our entire planet. There is a law, that light in the darkness displaces the dark.
I recently read a lovely article saying that “The heart is where the soul resides”.
We do not have to create large movements. It is natural right now to feel concern and discouragement. We are constantly flooded with information about unemployment, bankruptcies, and all kinds of adversities and it is perhaps natural to think that it all looks hopeless. If you start to feel that fear is overpowering you, then quickly change your train of thought. Breathe deeply and let the stress disappear and, in that way, create peace in both your body and mind. Think of something wonderful, the dark is always followed by light. I am certain that after these rough times, will come a period of joy.


Self-Care, Hope, and Love

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

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We now find ourselves in the most beautiful late summer month, which marks the entrance to the darker months with cold and unstable weather.

Despite the laws that have made masks mandatory here in Spain, and has started to take hold in many other countries, has it for a time been possible for many of us to displace the memory of the corona crisis.

The everyday is again at our doorstep. Children and young people are starting school and educations. The adults, which are employed, start again, whilst the hunt for a new job intensifies among those who wish to work. Many of us have been taking it easy in regard to our health during the summer. We have filled ourselves with food and drink together with our families and friends, and simply enjoyed life to its fullest.

Now comes the time where we have to find our discipline and ensure proper self-care, so we can be prepared for the dark months. It might sound egotistical to put such an emphasis on self-care, but when you take proper care of yourself, then you will more energy for your jobs, family, and personal connections. We have to strengthen our immune system in every possible way. We still live in a world suffering from a pandemic, with plenty of threats and insecurities. This pandemic threatens our lives, health, and economy. We have no idea what the future might bring us. Even though we fear for our future, is it essential to relax and reduce our anxiety levels. We have to do the best we can, to become calm and relaxed in order to have good and joyful days. Make sure you get outside every day and have some wonderful experiences mixed with laughter and joy.

Arthur Brooke once said that love is the best medicine against fear. When you are the most fearful, make sure to invite love into your life. Receive it and pass it along. Even if you only send out light and love into the world a few minutes a day. To pass care and love along will also improve your own health. Studies have shown that providing care for others will improve your health, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and nervousness as well as increase your feeling of wellbeing. Make sure that when you talk to people, that the talks are about wonderful and positive topics instead of the current stressful situation, even though it might be hard during these times. Research has shown that even talking about stressful topics can affect us and drain our mental and emotional vitality. 

The diet

One of my favorite authors, the late Florence Scovel Shinn, writes in his book the secret door to success “We hear a lot about balanced diets, but if you do not have a balanced mind, then you cannot digest what you eat, calories or not.” She furthermore writes: “No person who cares for their body can allow themselves to wallow in hatred”.

Wise words written by this wonderful author in 1940, when the world was also facing a crisis.

Your body functions best with a good diet

It is also known to be able to help with inflammations and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

You can use it anywhere, as dressings for your salads, in your smoothies, over your bread, or in your sauce. You are only limited by your imagination. Using plenty of olive oil is good for your heart, brain, and the entire body.

You can also use it to roast your food, but the heat changes its chemical structure and its healing powers are reduced.

Once when I was on a trip to Mexico I for unknown reasons became terribly constipated. I had to go to the pharmacy, but nothing helped, until I thought of my beloved olive oil. I bought a bottle of the most expensive and highest quality and took four teaspoons. It helped in the most wonderful way, and during the rest of my vacation I had four teaspoons every day.

Avoid all forms of sugar. It can easily raise havoc with your blood sugar and thereby make you become stressed more easily. If you need something sweet, then you might use some honey or a bit of coconut sugar. A mashed banana is also a good sweetener for different kinds of cooking. It is by far the best to stick to a balanced ecological whole wheat diet.

If you consume dairy products, then make sure you get them ecological. I personally find it easier to digest ecological products from goats and I think it tastes quite wonderful.

You should primarily eat alkaline-forming foods. It helps you stay disease-free.

Make sure you drink plenty of water of a high quality. If you drink wine, then drink one glass of water for every glass of wine. The same goes if you enjoy a lovely cup of coffee.

Dietary supplements

Beyond a good and balanced diet there are supplements, which can help your immune system.

  • Your liver has perhaps been over worked with too much poor food and drinks during the summer. If your liver is suffering, then it can be difficult to absorb all the good dietary supplements. Therefore, it might be a good idea to take a detox for the liver. If your liver is suffering, then your immune system is as well. The late A. Vogel wrote in one of his books, that if you have a strong and healthy liver then it is difficult to fall victim to disease. If you belong to the older generation, then your liver function will be reduced, so it becomes especially important to clean and care for it. The liver is the organ in the body, that works the hardest.
    Products with milk thistle are well known and indispensable aids for the liver. Many of the products have other liver empowering remedies, such as artichoke, turmeric, and choline.
  • Choline is officially known as phosphatidylcholine. Besides helping with brain function and memory does phosphatidylcholine also help with liver function, especially if your liver is damaged by alcohol. Experiments have been conducted on rats with liver damage and within 30 hours did their liver start to regenerate.
  • It is important to take a supplement of a good multivitamin/mineral product. Make sure that your choice contains as many vitamins and minerals as possible, as well as being easily absorbable. There exist multivitamins for every type, meat eater, vegetarians, vegans, children, and adults.
  • It is essential with good fats. It is necessary both for brain and nervous system function. Find your own balance between omega 3 – 6 – 7 – 9 oils.
  • To boost your immune system, you can preferably supplement with vitamin-C. Find your individual need. I personally take three grams daily, whilst my son feels the best with just one gram. If you feel a cold is looming, then you may want to increase your dosage and reduce it again once the danger has passed.
  • You can preferably take an extra supplement of vitamin-D. Vitamin-D is an extraordinary immune system booster.
  • You may also want to supplement with extra zinc.
  • Echinacea is great, both as a preventive and as a treatment, perhaps in combination with elderberries.
  • Kan Jang is personal favorite of mine, as an aid for the winter’s infections. I have discovered that if I take it in time with an increased dosage of vitamin-C can it stop one of the common infections I sometimes get in the winter. Kan Jan consists of Andrographis Paniculata (green chiretta) and Siberian ginseng.

Tips

I believe we all carry hope in our hearts, that we are slowly waking up to a day where we feel that the world is heading in the right direction. Most of us sense that our precious mother earth is going through incredible changes on all levels. It feels both exciting and challenging, and we have to curiously follow along to the best of our ability.

One thing I have learned, is that thoughts are incredibly powerful, and that each one of us contain much more power than we can fathom.

All of us do not need to go out and revolutionize the world, but as the Danish saying goes “small streams make great rivers”.

The thing each and every one of us can do, is to live in a way that makes it the best possible experience for all of us and spread joy and light to our surroundings, perhaps with kind words or thoughts. The self-care you can give yourself could be being satisfying with your everyday, love yourself, and be your own best friend. Do not demand too much from what you should do with your day. We all screw up once in a while. It is part of being human. Learn to say, “Oh well” and decide that tomorrow you will do it a little bit better.

Avoid Stress, and every day you should make sure you do something that makes you happy and satisfied.


Faith, Stress, and Love

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

I am sitting the middle of these times of unrest and have to formulate an article about health for the summer 2020, which is quite the challenge.

Much of society has opened up as I am writing this, and tourists can again visit Spain. We can go to the beaches, bars, restaurants, stores, malls, fitness centers etc.
During these beautiful times, we should be flooded with love, joy, and gratefulness, but instead stress and frustration seems to be lurking. What about the future, health, the economy, and so on.
Discussions revolve around all of these subjects. What about the masks, are they still relevant? Do they protect us? Or are they simply inhibiting our immune system, as some doctors think. At a very basic level I certainly feel that they decrease the interaction I have with other people. I often cannot recognize who I am talking to, nor can I see their facial expressions. I also have trouble hearing what people are saying through the masks, perhaps because of my aging hearing, so I am often deprived of much of the fun and life affirming communication.
When I am on my morning walk with the dogs, are most of the people that pass by looking straight ahead with empty stares, as if there is some incredibly important goal out there in the distance. Only old acquaintances from before the lockdown greets and waves. I have walked the same stretch for about 14 years, and it has always been the norm to greet each other with a small smile or an “hola”, when we met early in the morning. I still enjoy my morning walk, but the feeling has become slightly mixed.
We have to keep our distances on the beach, which 3000 policemen are assigned to enforce. It is good for all of us, as well as the sea and the fish…
The economic frustrations are mixed with insecurities about health and future. Will there be another wave of the virus? And what might be the consequences of that? Will there be a vaccine, is it safe – will it be mandatory? The discussions are many.
We are at the same time experiencing many riots and demonstrations in cities all over the world. Officially these are caused by a black man’s unnecessary and brutal death at the hands of a white policeman, but I also believe the riots are caused by a mixture of feelings of powerlessness caused by rising unemployment, the encroachment of our freedom of speech, and a general fear of what the future might bring.
It is important in the middle of all this chaos, to maintain our joy of life, pour all our love out to animals and humans, enjoy this wonderful summer and all the beauty that surrounds us, be grateful, and ensure that we keep ourselves healthy, in harmony and balance. Everyone of us contains much more power and energy, than we are aware of. Find it, polish it, and then go out into the world. Smile and have plenty of heart felt laughs. It is great for the immune system and is very infectious.



The diet
You are what you eat, a phrase which contains a lot of truth. I recently read a lovely quote by Edward Stanley: “those who think they do not have time to eat healthy, will sooner or later have to find the time to be sick.”
The cliché helps me when I sometimes feel stressed about spending so much time preparing food and prioritizing high quality foods rather than going for quantity.
Make sure you get eggs from joyful chicken, that have led good lives. Ensure that the healthy and important fats from ecological butter, olive oil, flaxseed oil, and coconut oil are a part of the diet.
If you eat meat, then ensure that it is ecological. It might be a bit more expensive, but then you should rather eat less of it. Cut out chemicals and preservatives.
As my zodiac sign is Taurus, I have an enormous appreciation for fine foods. Right before I eat I will give my thanks for the food and bless it, and give myself a few seconds to just look at it.
If you make the abovementioned into a habit and look gratefully at your food, then you digestive system in the mouth will start forming saliva with plenty of enzymes, to ensure that you have a better digestion. When you chew your food slowly and well, then you will find a feeling of wellbeing in your intestinal system, and feel that you have more energy and that stress and fear will not overpower you as easily, you will sleep better, your brain will work better, and even your skin will look better. You will find it much easier to be happy and spread joy to others. And as an extra bonus, your food will often taste better.
You can start your morning with a diet that prevents stress. A proper bowl of oatmeal with almonds and sesame seeds as toppings can have a calming effect, containing a lot of good things, such as magnesium. If you are stressed, then magnesium will often disappear from your body quickly. The same thing happens in the summer months if you sweat a lot in the heat.
Make sure you get plenty of fiber from whole wheat, fruits, and vegetables. They help balance your intestinal flora, which is great both for your immune system and for preventing stress. Make sure that you get sufficient omega 3 from fatty fish. It helps, among other things, your braincells. Walnuts are also rich in omega 3.
It is great with ecological eggs and chicken. You should also let onions, leeks, and artichokes make regular appearances in your meal plan. These foods are prebiotic, meaning that they stimulate the growth of helpful bacteria in the intestinal system. Prebiotic foods have also been shown to have a calming effect on the body.
If you feel stressed, then avoid coffee and other caffeinated drinks and foods. Stay away from sugary foods, such and cakes and candy. Be careful with alcohol and fast food, and make sure that you drink plenty of quality water.



Dietary supplements
Eating healthy is the most important thing. However, by using dietary supplements cleverly every day, it can contribute to the avoidance of stress. This is important because long term stress can cause disease and contribute to a heightened blood pressure, insomnia, depression, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune diseases.

  • Make sure, as the most important thing, that you take a multivitamin/mineral product of high quality.
  • Vitamin-C should be consumed in higher doses when you are stressed. A lack of vitamin-C can cause fatigue, mental instability, difficulty sleeping, hair loss, bruises, cramps, and poor healing of wounds.
  • Magnesium is thought to be a weapon against stress. Magnesium deficiency is still more widespread, than we think. It also has a calming effect together with calcium.
  • Vitamin-D levels are too low for many people. It can be of the utmost importance to get a supplement of vitamin-D. Studies have shown that supplements of vitamin-D can contribute to reducing stress.
  • Vitamin-B is unavoidable when the topic is stress. Many nutritionists believe that the entire western world lack vitamin-B. The different vitamin-Bs are mutually dependent on each other. It is therefore important to take the entire spectrum of vitamin-Bs at the same time, else you increase the risk that you might lack some of the other vitamin-Bs. If you are lacking vitamin-B, then you will have a lower stress threshold with unrest, nervousness, difficulties sleeping, and a reduced immune system.
  • Omega 3 fats have in general a slightly calming effect. Omega 3 is extracted from fat fish and put into capsule form, but flaxseed oil and algae oil also contain omega 3.
  • Curcumin from turmeric aids against many different afflictions, including stress related ones.
  • Bacopa can be a great supplement to take in stressful times. It is most known for increasing brain function and decreasing stress and nervousness on all levels. It furthermore contains good antioxidants. It is also seen as being able to reduce inflammations in the body and help keep a normal blood pressure.
  • If you feel stressed and nervous, then you have to be careful with ginseng and guarana, which can spread the feeling in an uncomfortable way.



Love is the most important thing in life 
I believe love is the most important element in life. Love is just as important as food and water. We cannot survive without it.
Scientific studies have shown that our immune system is improved by loving experiences. Something as simple as witnessing a compassionate act can strengthen our immune system. David McClelland from Harvard University discovered that university students increased their production of antibodies in the saliva, when they watched a movie where Mother Teresa comforted a child, whilst the levels dropped when they saw scenes from war movies.
The abovementioned can hopefully serve as inspiration for what we choose to watch in the media. We all want to feel joy and have a strong immune system.
We have a pandemic and global protests, which leaves us in a stressful nervous condition. We must, as a counterbalance, find the harmony in ourselves and share it with each other. It does not have to be grand gestures, but just a small smile when we pass each other on our walk, in the gym, or other places. A smile can work miracles and bring warmth all the way into our souls, as the title says, of the now diseased Victor Borg’s book “The smile is the shortest distance between two people”.
I do not think we will ever return to the “good old days”. My hope is that we will find it in ourselves, in this stressed world, to treat each other, our surroundings, and the planet with more care and respect.
It is summer, the sun is shining, and the sky is even blue without trails from too many airplanes. Bring the humor and the joy of life to the surface. Let your inner sun charm your surroundings. Go outside, have fun, smile, and laugh… I hope we still remember what that is like.

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Faith, Hope, and Detoxification

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

As I am writing this, the country slowly opening up from a fatiguing lockdown period. Winter pale children are now spilling out into the streets. Some are looking carefully from behind their mother’s skirt, as if they are not quite sure if it is okay to walk here in the free air, whilst other children are rushing off, completely high on their newfound freedom.

Us grownups are slowly starting to see the light at the end of the long gloomy tunnel.

We are in the first month of summer. After this long time where we have been completely enclosed, have some of us become more conscious of maintaining our health, in a world where a good health seems to be more of an exception than a norm.

Our surrounding environment has changed in the last many years and the poisonous burden of our modern lifestyle threatens our vitality and health in all areas, physically, psychologically, and mentally…

For many of us has the involuntary lockdown been an eye-opening experience and made us aware of the importance of living a disease-free life. We are ready in a different way to think for ourselves, take responsibility for our lives and health, take in healthy nourishment, and insure an on-going detoxification necessary to thrive in our current environment, so we might live a longer, healthier, fulfilled lives.

I hope and believe that we have become more aware of taking care of our health, and take the matter into our own hands instead of waiting for future pandemics..

Each organ plays a vital role in our body

The four most important organs in the body related to detoxification are:

  • The liver.
  • The digestive system
    (The digestive system from the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestinal system, all the way to the rectum).
  • The kidneys.
  • The skin, which is the largest detoxification organ.

It can be said that when it comes to detoxification, then the liver and the intestinal system is the most important. Incase these two organ systems are not functioning properly, then the body is very vulnerable and susceptible to different kinds of diseases and afflictions.

In the last 10 – 15 years have we seen a significant increase in different chronic sufferings. It could be a contributing cause, that there have been developed millions of new chemicals in the last many years. I read that more than 32 million synthetic chemicals are used today in the global economy. It has become a toxic world, which you cannot avoid, no matter where you live. You are affected by the pollution in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. I think that is one of the causes for the increasing number of afflictions.

The abovementioned is not something we can do much about in our daily life, but every one of us can, in terms of our health, get far by effectively engaging our detoxification organs in the best way possible. Our bodies are fairly decent at healing themselves. If you suffer from a disease or a heavy metal load and wish to cleanse it, then you should not do it yourself, but instead get help from a skilled doctor or another kind of therapist trained in heavy metal detoxification.

The products below are meant as a guide for self-help to insure your everyday well-being.

Dietary supplements

  • Chlorella is a 100% ecological dietary supplement. It is a single celled alga, which lives in freshwater, also called microalgae.
    All Chlorella is not the same, it is important that you target quality. It is grown is large freshwater basins, where it is dried and pressed into tablets without any added substances or tablet forming aids.
    It has a high content of easily absorbable nutrients with vitamins, minerals, omega 3, proteins, chlorophyll, fiber, etc. In addition to this, have studies shown that it has many detoxifying properties, such as decreasing mercury load and other heavy metals. It also works well against constipation.
    Chlorella can be used by people of all ages, from children to grandparents.
  • Spirulina is also an alga. It is believed that it can also be used as an effective detoxification dietary component. Chlorella is more real green, whilst the Spirulina is more blue-green. Many people ask about the difference between the two. They have a lot in common, but they are still very different. Chlorella contains more chlorophyll than Spirulina.
    Chlorella is a single-celled organism with its own nucleus, whereas Spirulina is multi-celled and does not have a true nucleus. Spirulina grows both in saltwater and freshwater and wants to get plenty of sunshine. Chlorella is perhaps a bit harder to digest compared to Spirulina, but the cell walls of Chlorella are broken down. You could say that there is not a lot of difference in the function of the products, but that they in fact complement each other. It could be a good idea to use both algae interchangeably, but you can also buy powders where the algae are mixed.
  • Dandelion can be of great help when dealing with accumulation of toxins in the body and seen as one of the most important medicinal herbs in Denmark. It is strongly diuretic and therefore often an excellent rheumatic agent. It contains calcium unlike normal diuretic medicine, which would normally flush out the calcium in your system. It is blood cleansing and can be a good aid against dermatitis and other skin conditions. It has a mild laxative function and is great for stimulating the liver and gall bladder. It is thought to help prevent kidney stones as well.
    M. Markussen even argued that it could help against radioactive radiation, which is indeed a current topic.
    A relatively new and promising development is that a dandelion extract is in production, which is fermented with dandelion bacteria. It is unpasteurised, without alcohol, and additives, it is even 100% ecological and vegan.
  • There has also recently been developed a complete detoxification program for a 5-day cleanse. I do not personally have any experience with the product, but I have been informed that it has a fast cleansing effect. It also increases the absorption of nutrients and improves the intestinal flora. It is gluten and sugar free. It contains psyllium fiber and inulin and is extracted from plants. The product is based on a patterned 2QR and also works as a prebiotic. The product consists of 5 bags of Detoxner mix and 20 effervescent tablets.
  • Milk thistle with its high content of Silymarin and artichoke are other detoxifying remedies, which are both incredibly healing for the liver.

The diet

It is certainly worthwhile to invest in your health. The old wise words spoken many years ago by the Greek doctor Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” are still very true today and should be complied with to the best of our abilities. The phrase “you are what you eat” is seen by many as an absolute truth.
You should mainly eat ecological. Ecological foods are as far as possible free of all kinds of chemicals. It is my absolute conviction, that ecological foods are healthier than conventional ones. The number of people that prefer ecological foods is also steadily increasing. For me personally, is it a great joy to sink my teeth into an apple or some other fruit, knowing that all my fruits, vegetables, and meats are ecological. It feels great knowing that when I eat a piece of meat, that the animal was not stuffed with steroids, antibiotics, or hormones, and probably also lead a better life.
I like knowing that I, as far as possible, is not stuffing my body with toxins.
When I think of detoxification, then I often sway towards using “green juices” of vegetables. Fruit juice should be consumed sparsely, as it can affect your blood sugar.


Juice with beetroot is very blood cleansing and can be mixed with all green vegetables. For instance, parsley, different types of kale, watercress, leaf- and root celery. The abovementioned is also great for cleaning the stomach.
If you are hungry and want a juice that can fill you up, then you might want to try lecithin granulate, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flaxseeds.
A common question for many people is, what is good for us to eat? There is an incredible amount of diets today, such as Paleo, blood type specific, diets to fight high blood pressure and cholesterol, vegetarian, vegan, micro biotic, anti-aging, yes, the list is endless. So, it is not remarkable that we can feel completely overwhelmed about which diet to follow. 

To simplify it, have I created a few rules of thumb for myself.

  • The food must not contain any flavor enhancers or other synthetic additives, or preservatives.
  • I often read the label that is attached to the food.
  • I prefer foods with a high content of protein and not too many carbohydrates.
  • I personally still work on avoiding every kinds of sugar, especially white sugar, which I see as pure poison.

Tips

Energy flows through the body all hours of the day. Each organ has an especially active period of 2 hours. For instance, the liver has its active period between 1 and 3. The liver is also seen by some, as responsible for the feelings of anger, irritation, stress, and discontent. Feelings I believe many of us are experiencing during these difficult times. Discontent can make it especially difficult to sleep in this period or result in angry dreams. If the liver is tired, then you might also experience light depressions. Therefore it might be a good idea to help your liver in the best way possible and go to bed early, around 22 – 23.
A good way to detoxify can also be to spoil yourself with a lovely massage or a trip to the sauna. I have often thought that the Finn’s strength is caused by their frequent visits to the sauna, as it really detoxifies your entire system.  

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The best stay at home chocolate chips cookies (healthy, vegan, gluten free)


While we are all hanging out at home in quarantine what could be better way to spend your time then healthy baking? I am going to give you the best recipe for healthy vegan chocolate chip cookies! This recipe is really simple with just few ingredients and it is also totally vegan, gluten and dairy free and full of taste!  In spite of whether you consider yourself as baker or not these are worth to try!

In this recipe we are using organic and good quality ingredients and one of them is extra virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is used many different ways. You can use it internally, externally or bake or cook with it. Today we are baking but maybe on some post we could go though its other amazing uses. Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than some other fats and as it is solid at room temperature, it is really good choice to be used in baking recipes. Like said it is not only good for cooking it also has health benefits. It contains a unique composition of fatty acids. In that composition there is also fatty acids that might increase your good cholesterol (HDL) levels. They may also help turn bad cholesterol (LDL) into a less harmful form. Coconut oil has also antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect against harmful microorganisms.

There is plenty of different natural sweeteners which are as sweet and simple to use as regular white sugar but more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index. In this recipe we are using coconut sugar. It is a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap and it actually has many health benefits. It has nearly 400 times more potassium than regular sugar. It is rich in antioxidants which can reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease and certain cancers. While white sugar has a glycemic index of 65, coconut sugar has 35. Glycemic index of the sugar that’s naturally found in fruits is around 25 so coconut sugar gets quite close on that.

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Ingredients 

How to make

  1. Whisk together the sugar, salt, and flour
  2. Whisk in plant milk and melted coconut oil until the batter is smooth
  3. Chop the chocolate and fold in the chocolate chips
  4. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes
  5. Preheat oven to 180°C
  6. Scoop the dough on baking tray
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes

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Neuritis By Anni Dahms


Having neuritis means that many of the body’s nerves aren’t functioning properly. The affliction usually starts in the feet and can move higher up the leg and eventually also target the hands, however, all parts of the body could be affected. The first symptoms are often numbness, a feeling of walking on pillows, which in time turns into painful and burning feet, and further down the line a reduction in strength.

I was contacted by one of my very loyal customers through many years, that asked if I would write an article about neuritis, because one of her friends were very tormented and distressed by the disease and had reduced his circle of friends. There was so much pain and discomfort connected to the affliction that the social aspect of life had become unmanageable. She wanted to show him the article, with the hope that it might motivate him to move on.
The term neuritis is used to describe a collection of afflictions, which gives inflammation to one or multiple nerves. The affliction targets the peripheral nervous system.
An immense tiredness is often part of the affliction, as well as sudden shakes. Some reflexes might get destroyed and urinary problems might also follow.
The pain can be very intense, and you might experience increased sensitivity in the skin, which can make it difficult to wear clothing on certain areas, for instance putting on socks or shoes.
With the disease you might also experience increased or reduced saliva or tear production.
It’s estimated that 2 – 3% of the population will be affected by this and the frequency is increased with age. People who suffer from the affliction often also suffer from diabetes. It is therefore of the utmost importance to take care of your diabetes to the best of your ability and keep your blood sugar stable. A well-adjusted blood sugar level can help prevent the disease. Neuritis is one of the most common complications with diabetes.
Neuritis can cover a wide array of symptoms, ranging from slight inflammation, to inflammation with significant pain. Neuritis often develop over the course of multiple years, but it may also develop in a shorter time span.

The diet

Even though you are in pain, you must make sure that you get some proper food. 

The diet can perform miracles. You can relieve a lot of problems through a healthy diet. It’s important that you eat as clean as possible, as to not strain the body with more poisons.
Stop the consumption of all types of alcohol, at least for the duration of your affliction. Alcohol is broken down in the liver, and you need to strong liver to excrete the toxins from your body.
Many different problems can absorb the necessary nutrients from the gut. It can also be a good idea to stay away from glutinous foods, such as bread, pasta, pizza, and the like. When it comes to grain products, you might want to choose gluten free oats, which is rich in magnesium and has a relaxing effect.
You should eat plenty of pumpkin seeds, almonds, and nuts, which are also rich in magnesium. I’ve spoken to people, whom have benefitted greatly by following a diet based on their blood type. The blood type diet takes a holistic view of the intestinal system and the body, and by following it you can optimize your health. There have been written many books about the blood type diet. Knud T Flytelie has written a small easily readable book “food as medicine and blood type diet”. Signe Lykke has also written a small cookbook “food for all blood types”. Research has been conducted in the differences in humans with different blood types since the year 1900.
You can also find a lot of inspiration on the internet regarding blood type diets.
Avoid white sugar, especially fats and sugar together that you find in foods such as pastries, which is really bad for you health. Avoid sodas, candy, cookies, cake, and chocolate. If you need a bit of sugar, then use honey or coconut sugar. Stay away from all kinds of artificial sweeteners.
Make sure that you get plenty of vegetables, perhaps in the form of vegetables juice that you prepare yourself. It might be a good idea to invest in a quality juice blender, and then introduce some good juicing habits, where you perhaps start your day with juicing. If it’s too bitter only with vegetables, then mix in an apple, it mitigates the taste. You can preferably mix some ginger powder and/or some turmeric powder when you are juicing. Turmeric has an excellent ability to counteract inflammation. Use trial and error to see what fits you personally. If you need inspiration for your vegetables juice, then there are plenty of good books, such as the one written by Mads Bo with different suggestions, you can also find plenty of inspiration on the internet. 
If you want to completely optimize your health, then you need to think “out of the box” from what we believe to be true. Start slowly and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Dietary supplements 

  • First and foremost, make sure that you get a strong vitamin-B supplement.
  • Supplement with B1 500mg.
     
  • Take B12, even if your blood tests doesn’t show a B12 deficiency, as blood tests doesn’t show the cells content of B12. Make sure to take your B12, so that it’s absorbed by the oral mucosa under the tongue.
     
  • Supplement the above with a multivitamin / mineral product of a high quality, to make sure that you are covered.
     
  • Make sure you get plenty of essential fats, preferably a combination of omega 3-6-7-9. It will help the blood flow throughout your circulatory system.
     
  • Alpha lipoic acid, roughly 600mg daily. It’s a powerful antioxidant, that is an important helping enzyme that helps the other nutrients, so they aren’t destroyed. It has been shown that it supports nerve cells. Can preferably be taken together with acetyl L carnitine.
  • Acetyl L carnitine is an amino acid, that delivers energy to the muscles and can help bring down the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.
     
  • It has been shown that many diabetics lack vitamin-D. Vitamin-D has a huge importance for the nervous system. It has even been shown that there is a link between nerve pains in diabetics and low levels of vitamin-D. A study from 2008 showed that diabetics, with low levels of vitamin-D, had their pains lessened by taking a supplement of vitamin-D, with a dose of 100mcg daily.
  • Make sure that you get a supplement of vitamin-C, 1 -2 grams daily. Everyone can benefit from vitamin-C. It optimizes the functionality of the nerves. You might want to take a vitamin-C with bioflavonoids. They protect the vitamin-C against oxidation and improve the effectiveness of the vitamin-C by up to 20 times.
  • Supplement your vitamin-C with vitamin-E. The two vitamins work well together.
  • Take a supplement of Q10. Find a high quality Q10 and take 100 mg two times daily. Even though we produce q10 ourselves, the production starts to drop when we reach the age of 20. So, it’s not uncommon to have a lack of Q10 when you reach the age of 50. Q10 is a powerful antioxidant. Reduced Q10 can lead to low energy levels and muscle weakness.
     
  • Zinc as a supplement can also be of great help. Remember, if you take high doses of zinc for an extended period, then you also have to take an extra supplement of cobber. The two minerals go together.
  • Make sure that your magnesium intake is covered. You could preferably take 600mg daily. Magnesium has a great importance for the immune system. If you have diabetes, then there might be an increased excretion of magnesium. It’s important that whilst you take your magnesium, that you get B6, as it increases the absorption rate.
     
  • Supplement with organic selenium. The earth in most of the northern counties is selenium poor.

Tips

  • If you are a smoker, then stop! It can worsen your circulatory system and bring other complications.
  • Listen to music. It has been shown that a light a comfortable new-age music can have a dampening effect on pain.
     
  • A study has shown that soles with magnets can have a positive effect on peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation in the feet.
     
  • Find a cream or ointment that soothe sensitive skin. This can be done whilst you massage or brush the areas which are sensitive.
     
  • There have been accounts, which says that acupuncture have helped them with neuritis. It provided them with relive from the pain.
     
  • I’ve also heard that some people have found that yoga lessened their pain. If you would like to try, then ask at your local yoga teacher with experience.
     
  • It might be a good idea to combine different treatment methods. 
  • Louise Hay writes in her book “Healthy mind, healthy body” that the cause for neuritis can be a punishment for guilt or anguish and that your new thought pattern should be: “I forgive myself, I love and appreciate myself. I shower the people around me with love”. It can be quite a mouthful, especially if you are full of pain, but it might be worth considering in your day.

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The Eye By Anni Dahms

The topic of this month’s article is chosen because one of my close and very dear friends told me about his problems with the eyes. It has been identified that he has a mole on the back of his eye, which has caused him to have tired, painful, and running eyes with a slight bit of inflammation. Now he would really like to know what he could do personally to better the condition. The specialist had said that it wasn’t dangerous, but that they would have to keep an eye on the mole, with regular consultations.
50 Danish people are currently diagnosed with moles on their eyes every year, but luckily it’s quite uncommon for these moles to develop into something serious. It is mostly seen in people with very light-colored skin.
My friend is very dependent on having a good eyesight, as he sits all day, often from 7 in the morning till 6 in the evening, and works at the screen.
I obviously started contemplating right away to how he could best be helped.
Many opticians and eye doctors are trying to bring awareness to the dangers of the increasing number of people, who work so many hours in front of the computer screens. The many hours increase the risk of developing shortsightedness, cataracts, and later glaucoma with macular degeneration.
The computer screen and my friend’s cellphone together with his daily car ride, all contribute to my friend getting exposed to a high amount of radiation. Because of this, the first thing I did was to recommend a new chip. I recommend using a 5G mobile converter, it can correct for the negative frequencies from the mobile phone and other radiation dangers including e-smog. The conversion works within 30 cm, and since he always has his phone on him, he can just stick the chip on the back of his phone and put it next to his computer, so the radiation from there can also be alleviated. The chip lasts for 30 years. The company I-like metaphysics is a family company based in Switzerland, that work on preventing irritation from technology. If you would like to know more about the little chip, then you can visit www.i-like.net.
I bought a pair of computer glasses for him, as the strong blue light from the monitors can damage parts of the retina, where the sharp sight is formed.
Computer glasses can be worn on top of your regular glasses and should only be used when you are sitting in front of the computer. I bought the glasses at www.energizeyourlife.org, but you can buy computer glasses many places on the internet. The glasses protect the eyes against the rough electronic light, counteracts headaches, and dry tired eyes, so you can be effective in front of the screen for a longer period of time.

The diet

When you work in front of your screen, it’s important that you are conscious about your food and which types of foods are best for you personally. There are two carotenoids which are of great importance, that is lutein and zeaxanthin, which should be a part of your diet every single day. It is said that they are able to protect against the strong blue light from the screens.
The carotenoids are mainly found in fruits and vegetables. By eating a lot of food containing these two compounds, your eyes will be stronger against the blue light.
These two compounds will also aid your brain. They protect the brains of the elderly and also help develop the brain in children. It has been shown that the compounds influence children’s brains in a way that help them solve different tasks. This has caught my attention, as I will soon become a great grandmother for the first time. Furthermore, a large analysis has shown that omega-3 fatty acids help children’s vision, whilst at the same time improving their mental development.
The analysis was based on data from 38 scientific studies with 5.541 attendants.
The best sources of food containing lutein are usually yellow or green. Lutein is mostly present in the retina. Some of the best food with lutein is egg, which contain both lutein and zeaxanthin. Kale and spinach are also very rich in lutein. Carrots and broccoli are also very important, together with parsley, grapes, cucumber, and different kinds of peppers etc.
Zeaxanthin is found in higher doses in the macula, and the food is predominantly found on the yellow and orange color scale. The best foods containing zeaxanthin are papayas, oranges, peaches, corn, mangos, sweet potatoes, and apricots which are currently in season, together with cantaloupe melons, grapefruits, and marigolds.
Other good foods for your vision include apples, green tea, onions, cherries, garlic, and pears. Other foods which are rich on flavonoids are blueberries and blackberries.
A large part of your food should be of the whole wheat variety, such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, lenses, and buckwheat etc.
You should especially avoid too much alcohol. You can easily enjoy a single glass of red wine, but let it stop there. Avoid all artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. If you want to sweeten your food, then use a bit of honey or some unrefined sugar.
Be careful with the 3rd spice. Some researchers claim that it is especially dangerous for the eyes. Avoid too much fat food, sausages, hamburgers, fat cheeses, and sugar rich foods.
When you use salt on your food, make sure that it’s of a high quality.

Dietary supplements 

  • The first dietary supplement I would recommend my friend is Q10. There have been studies, which have shown that patients with glaucoma showed signs of improvement after taking Q10. I personally recommend Q10 because there are many mitochondria in the eye, which is the cell’s small energy factories. I think it’s important to strengthen them, especially if there is a mitochondria defect connected to the affliction. It’s fine to use a good quality Q10, but I personally prefer ubiquinol, which is a reduced form of Q10 in a stabilized form. There are only a few studies which suggest that the reduced form is better than the normal one. But I would still suggest that people take the reduced form in special cases. The studies that I rely on, have shown that after 45 years of age, it is more difficult for the body to convert ubiquione to ubiquinol. I take ubiquinol, because I personally experienced a significant improvement to my wellbeing after I swapped from regular Q10. Some of my customers have also reported an improved wellbeing after the swap. However, we are all unique and in most of the studies that are published, they use the regular form of Q10. A study from neural regeneration research February 2019 showed that Q10 could prevent DNA damages in the optic cells and improve the cells energy conversion and prevent cell death.
     
  • As a partner for ubiquinol, you might use Pqq. Pqq protects existing mitochondria and help form new mitochondria.
     
  • Take 1 gram of vitamin-C daily. You can preferably choose a supplement with bioflavonoids. It aids collagen production, it strengthens the capillaries, and protects against UV light. The eye contains the second highest concentration of vitamin-C.
     
  • Make sure that you get a sufficient amount of omega-3 oils. Roughly 2 grams a day. You can take omega-3 oils from fish, algae, or other oils such as flaxseed oil.
     
  • It would be beneficial to take a composite product that contains both luteinand zeaxanthin.
     
  • It could also be a great idea to take of supplement of blueberry extract.
     
  • There are the so-called eye vitamins, these are zincvitamin-C, and vitamin-E. Make sure that you have all these vitamins covered either through a strong quality multi vitamin/mineral, as both vitamin-A and B are also important. Be aware that fluorescent light takes vitamin-A from the eyes and creates a lot of stress in the brain as it blinks with a frequency, we cannot see with the human eye but is still registered by the brain.
     
  • The amino acid Taurine is highly concentrated in the eye. A lack can have complications for the structure and functionality of the retina. Take 500mg daily.

Tips

  • It is said in Chinese medicine, that the eyes are the body’s pathway to the liver. The people whom are struggling with eye problems usually also have a poor liver. According to Taoist theory, rage is a symptom of poor liver function. Therefore, people who use their eyes too much gets angry. Eye exercises can help both cataracts and glaucoma, as well as shortsightedness and liver afflictions. In the book about inner exercises, by Dr. Stephen T. Chang there is a detailed instruction set of how these eye exercises should be performed.
  • It can be a great idea to take a liver diet a couple times a year. It can be in tea form or capsule, perhaps with silybum and artichoke. You will discover how much clearer your eyes can see after such a diet.
     
  • If you sit by your screen all day, then make it a habit to get up once every hour. There have been multiple studies which have shown the importance of getting up at least once every hour for people who work sitting down. When you do get up, then try to look as far as possible to get the eye muscles working differently.
     
  • Have a proper font size on your mobile phone, so you don’t have to press your nose against the screen just to read what people have written you.
  • It’s also important to have a proper font size on your computer, opticians recommend that you use at least a 12-point font size.
  • Make sure that you stay at least 70 cm away from the computer screen, so you don’t tire your eye muscles unnecessarily.
  • Make sure that you have proper lighting at your workstation, so your eyes aren’t agitated by light reflections from lamps or windows.

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Type 2 diabetes by Anni Dahms

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My oldest grandchild and his fiancé are currently visiting me. Mads has a very special connection to Spain, as he lived here for a year together with his father and attended school here as well. Mads was very involved in the daily operations in the store, where we discussed at length the significance of vitamins, minerals, and how a quality diet effects the health of a person. The years must have affected him greatly, as he chose to study human nutrition and finished with his doctoral dissertation at 28 years of age. It therefore seemed natural to ask Mads if he would provide his scientific input to this article, which I had chosen should revolve around type 2 diabetes.

Diet’s significance in type 2 diabetes

Mads Vendelbo Lind
Scientist, PhD
madsvlind.com
Institute of Sports and Nutrition
University of Copenhagen

Type 2 diabetes is a disease, where the blood sugar levels become too elevated and the body can no longer regulate it on its own. It can lead to a long list of other diseases, such as heart and nerve afflictions. Type 2 diabetes was called “old man’s sugar disease” back in the day, as you would normally be diagnosed and treated for the disease at an old age. However, this is no longer the case, as the obesity epidemic is developing, the number of cases of type 2 diabetes has skyrocketed. Studies have shown that there has been an increase in type 2 diabetes cases from 5% in 1980, to 10% in 2020. But can you do anything to prevent type 2 diabetes? And how do you know if you are at risk? The difference between type 1 and 2 diabetes With type 1 diabetes, your insulin production will completely stop. This is caused by the body’s own immune system, as it will eliminate all the cells that produce insulin. This usually happens to young children or adults, and it mandates that you get your insulin regulated with injections. It is still not known what exactly causes type 1 diabetes, and we therefore don’t exactly know how to prevent it. Type 2 diabetes primarily affects adults, even though it in rare cases also can be observed it highly overweight children. The disease is hereditary, which means that our genes also plays a role in whether or not we develop diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is in many cases caused by an unhealthy lifestyle with little physical activity and poor dietary habits. Therefore, a lot of energy is spent on researching the disease, and how you could prevent and treat the disease, to decrease the severity of the affliction.

Type 2 diabetes, precursors, fatty liver, and aging
There are a number of different ways, that you could go about finding out whether you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You are at a heightened risk if you are heavily overweight (BMI over 30 and/or a waist size over 88 cm for women and over 102cm for men), if you have a parent or a sibling with type 2 diabetes, have had diabetes during a pregnancy, receive medication in connection with cardiac disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, is a smoker, or has a high alcohol consumption. But just because you are in the risk group, doesn’t mean you have to suffer from type 2 diabetes. It is normally a disease which develops slowly, and where the regulation of the blood sugar is gradually worsened. Researchers have now started to talk about the precursors to type 2 diabetes, also referred to as pre-diabetes, where you already can see that the blood sugar levels are slightly elevated, without being so high that it can be called a disease. Pre-diabetes will often come with a series of other symptoms, such as heightened blood pressure, cholesterol, and a fatty liver, which is why there is such an interest in preventing the development of the disease. During the research, a large emphasis has been placed on preventing further development of the disease once it has been contracted. A lot of effort has also been spent on examining how a reordering of a lifestyle can be used to prevent type 2 diabetes.

The diet and type 2 diabetes prevention
I am researching what role the diet has in the prevention and the development of type 2 diabetes. Together with a series of researchers have we examined how eating whole-wheat products affects the blood sugar regulation, instead of products containing white ore pre-processed corn. We found that it can provide small changes in weight, which in turn might bring small improvements in the blood sugar regulation. We are currently examining the diet’s significance among inuits in Greenland. There we are examining whether the traditional Greenlandic diet might be able to slow down the explosion of type 2 diabetes, which has also arrived in Greenland, after the western foods such as burgers, pizza, chips, and candy has become everyday consumer goods in Greenland.

There is some general advice you can follow, to both eat healthy and prevent type 2 diabetes.

  • Eat rough (by for instance choosing whole-wheat).
  • Eat a varied diet.
  • Don’t eat too much.
  • Eat plenty of greens and a bit of fruit.
  • Cut down on the alcohol consumption.

In order to prevent type 2 diabetes, it might be beneficial to reduce your carbohydrate consumption, such as sugar, candy, soda, but also when it comes to rice and potatoes. It can contribute to extra large fluctuations in your blood sugar, and the body prefers amounts which are easier to regulate. To prevent type 2 diabetes, it has been shown that even small weight losses of 2 – 3 kg can have great significance, it can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 30%. Even small changes in your lifestyle can have major implications for the development of type 2 diabetes. It can also help if you have already developed type 2 diabetes. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are extreme thirst, many toilet visits, itchiness, and tiredness. If you experience this, then consult your doctor.


Here ends Mads’ part of the article and I will end by recommending different dietary supplements, which I have experienced can bring improvements when suffering from type 2 diabetes and help prevent complications later in the process.

Dietary supplements

  • Strong vitamin-B tablets daily. You could also supplement with an extra 100 mg vitamin-B6.
  • Magnesium can together with vitamin-B6, prevent complications.
  • Vitamin-C I large doses, for instance 1000 mg twice a day, preferably with added bioflavonoids.
  • Vitamin-E can be a good supplement to improve circulation.
  • Zinc can help prevent eye complications. It is best to take it in the evening.
  • Almost all people lack vitamin-D, which can aid in preventing type 2 diabetes.
  • Chromium can help reduce the cravings for sweets and regulate the cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Life important fatty acids, such as Omega-3.
  • Berberine is often used in Chinese medicine and have shown very effective in combatting type 2 diabetes.
  • Taurine 500 mg 3 x daily. Can prevent complications and trouble with the eyes.
  • You might benefit from a detox or going on a liver diet a few times a year.

Remember that especially with type 2 diabetes, you personally have the possibility to take on the responsibility of the disease. You could for instance change your lifestyle to a healthier one. A good opportunity could be to challenge the entire family, this also applies to the exercise part of a healthy lifestyle. You could perhaps contact a doctor who is well informed about the disease. The person could perhaps give you some advice on how you should plan your diet and exercise habits. There are some doctors who, together with the patient, will help fill out diet and exercise schedules. Meetings are then planned and conducted until you and your family can manage the changes on your own. It is important that you start with a level that will challenge you, but not become a stress factor. Be careful with too much alcohol, fast food, ice cream, and other sugary treats, as well as all the different energy drinks. I hope with all my heart that you will avoid being a part of the diabetes statistic, which Mads mentioned is in rising rapidly these years.

With the above mentioned in mind,
I hope you have a great summer!

 

 

Sunshine and Summer by Anni Dahms

We have just started the first large summer month, where many people go on vacation to enjoy the sun and the ocean.

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The sun can both give live and it can kill. However, one thing is certain, without the sun there wouldn’t be any life. We have just started the first large summer month, where many people go on vacation to enjoy the sun and the ocean.

I’m currently sitting in my office looking into an intense blue sky. I’m probably admiring it a bit more than I usually do, as I’ve just read an article about the many areas of our Earth where we, for different reasons, never see a real blue sky anymore.

There might be more reasons why we should enjoy the summer and the heath.

Global warming is a topic discussed everywhere, and what could be the best way to prevent or mitigate it.

However, some brave scientists are arguing against global warming, and are instead warning against a coming mini ice age.

A new article from Dr. Sircus, posted on http://www.coldclimatechange.com, and called climate intelligence, is describing new data showing that many places are becoming colder.

The article is dated as late as the 1st of May and forward.

Multiple researchers from different countries have mentioned the possibility, that we might be heading into a colder era.

For instance, the meteorologist Paul Dorian warns that a significant drop in the sun’s activity is a sign that an ice age is coming. The sun hasn’t been as quiet as it is now, for at least 100 years. This view is shared by, among others, professor Valentina Zharkov from the University of Northumbria.

But we all know that it’s rarely easy to predict the future. Right now, the sun is shining from a blue sky, which is letting us know that we should prepare for the summer and be extra mindful of our bodies and skin.

There are different types of people who need to be extra careful with their skin during the summer period. People with red hair are often very pale, and have a hard time withstanding direct sunlight. The same goes for people who suffer from vitiligo. Those are the people we see with white spots on their skin, because they are missing brown skin cells on certain parts of the body.

I have a good friend with vitiligo, and we have just discussed how he can best get through the summer, whilst still being able to enjoy it.

 

Vitiligo
My friend has a job where he’s outside a lot. I suggested that he should have his vitamin-D levels examined, as a vitamin-D deficiency is very common among people who suffer from vitiligo.

There are two afflictions which always come to mind, every time I see a person with vitiligo. These are possible problems with the thyroid gland, or perhaps trouble with the kidneys. However, this is not always the case.

My friend thought that his vitiligo might be caused by extreme exposure to sunlight, when he was a teenager and got many nasty burns. The vitiligo itself is harmless, but the white spots on the skin are very sensitive and depending on how much of the skin they cover, they have to be very careful about how much direct sunlight gets on it. There are sunscreens, that can be of great help. Many people with this affliction are happy to use both sunscreens and quality body lotions with Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has healing properties and increases the elasticity of the skin.

Sun Rays
I’m very jealous of all the wonderful people moving around in the summer months with gorgeous tans. It looks amazing.

It’s important to use high-quality sunscreens so you cause the least damage to your skin, as sunburns can be symptoms of skin damage.

It’s about preventing sun damage and taking care of your skin before and during exposure to the rays of the sun. This process should be both internal and external. It’s also important to take care of your skin if you wish to prevent lines and wrinkles from sunbathing.

Dietary supplements, which are good for the skin and prevents sunburns

  • I personally use Imedeen Tan Optimizer, which is a product that prepares the skin for the sun. The product contains antioxidants and different carotenoids. I’ve discovered, that when I take this supplement, I’m slightly less pale, than I usually am. There are other dietary supplements in trade, which can also prepare your skin for sun expose.
  • Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin-A, it’s good for the skin and amazing at aiding the body against the sharp rays of the sun. Beta-carotene can also be found in different vegetables and fruits, primarily in the colors: green, yellow, and red. Such as watermelon, carrots, red grapefruit, and broccoli.
  • Vitamin-C 1 – 2 grams daily.
  • Silicon is an important trace mineral, which strengthens the skin, the mucous membrane, as well as hair and nails.
  • The zinc/copper balance is important for our wellbeing.
  • Make sure you get sufficient essential fats, use unsaturated fats from, for instance flaxseed oil, either through your smoothies or salads.
  • Lycopene is a red dye, which belong to the carotenoid family.

If I really want to appear tan, then I cheat with a little bit of self-tanner. There are many high-quality self-tanners out there, which are easy to apply and gives the skin a natural color. If you decide to start using a self-tanner, then be sure to use a good scrub cream at least a couple of times a week.


Sunbathing
Vitamin-D is called the sunshine vitamin. When you are sunbathing, your skin will form D3 from the sunlight. Vitamin-D is necessary for calcium absorption and bone formation. Furthermore, it also strengthens the immune system and can help prevent cardiovascular problems and decrease your likeliness of developing cancer.

Be careful of using a sunscreen with too high of a factor, as it will reduce your natural production of vitamin-D by up to 90%.

You could for instance enjoy the sun for half an hour daily without any sunscreen between 11 – 15, where the UVB rays are the strongest. It is the UVB rays, which help the body form vitamin-D, and provides the brown effect. In the half an hour I would suggest that you move around and perhaps cover your crown, your nose, and ears, maybe even your shoulders and neck. The sun is strong here in Spain, so if your are light- or red haired like me, then make sure you don’t get burnt. You could alternatively sunbathe every other day without any sunscreen. If you sunbathe in the “outer” hours, then you will get more UVA rays, which can contribute to skin cancer.

The rest of the time where you want to stay in the sun, you should use a sunscreen with the factor that feels good for you personally. It’s very important that you use sunscreens of the highest quality and that they are as clean as possible.

When you are finished enjoying the day’s sun, you should make use of an after-sun cream, preferably with Aloe Vera. You could also use an after-sun with coconut oil. Coconut oil can also have a chilling effect.

Sun rash
If you have gotten a sun rash, then you should get a good cream with Aloe Vera to treat it. When it comes to dietary supplements, then it’s recommended to take tablets with beta-carotene, unsaturated oils with calcium, and magnesium.


Sunburn
If you’ve been unfortunate enough to get an ugly and painful sunburn, then I recommend the following tips:

  • If your case is very severe and you experience nausea or your skin is covered in painful and itchy blisters, then it might be necessary to seek professional medical attention.
  • However, what you could do yourself, is to take a cooling bath with lavender and chamomile oils, maybe even with calendula.
  • Take some extra vitamin-C.
  • If your burn is really awful, then you could add some vitamin-E, together with beta-carotene and increase the number of capsules you take with unsaturated oils, it could also be beneficial with some flaxseed oil.
  • After the cooling shower, you should apply a good after-sun with Aloe Vera.


The hair 

Your hair can easily become dry and bleached. It’s important that you consider good dietary supplements specially directed at your hair.

An important vitamin for the hair is biotin, which is also known as the beauty vitamin, as it has the properties to give you full-bodied hair, smooth skin, and strong nails.

If you don’t have sufficient biotin in the body, then you might experience dandruff and hair loss. To get enough biotin from your diet, then you need to eat plenty of soya beans, liver, nuts, and beer yeast, combined with vegetables, berries, and fruits. You will also benefit from dairy products such as cheese.

It’s also possible to buy shampoos and conditioners with biotin. However, you should obviously make sure that they are clean and of a high quality.

Selenium can also play a part in giving you a full-bodied hair with plenty of shine. The dose should be around 100 mcg daily. It’s a strong antioxidant, which many people are missing, since there are many areas where there isn’t sufficient selenium in the earth.

The eyes

The sharp sun can be very hard on your eyes. Make sure you use some quality sunglasses, and it’s a great idea to keep them on, even when you are sitting in the shade. The rays hitting the ocean, or the swimming pool can be heavily reflected. If you experience itchy and irritated eyes, then you should consider using soothing eyedrops, such as Coliter, which is made with chamomile flower and witch hazel flower, in sterile water.

If you use contact lenses, then take them out until the irritation has healed completely.

If you don’t experience a rapid improvement, then you should seek medical attention.

Have an amazing summer!

Nutrition for vegan athletes – Part 2

Last month I wrote a post about nutrition for vegan athletes where I told about protein, iron and multivitamins. Go check that out if you haven’t yet! On this post we are going to get into 3 nutrition more for vegan athletes.

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MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is really important to athletes. It regulates hearth rhythm, supports normal functioning of muscles and blood vessels. It can boost your exercise performance. Magnesium deficiency is quite common. Especially runners and endurance athletes tend to need more magnesium. During exercise your magnesium need can be 10-20% higher than when you are resting.

You can have magnesium enough from vegan diet for example almonds, broccoli, dark chocolate, spinach, oat, sesame seeds, quinoa, black beans and spirulina are rich in magnesium.

Like I told already runners have higher risk to get magnesium deficiency and I really can feel the difference after running if I am taking magnesium or not. When I don’t take it after long run I usually wake up middle of the night because my legs are cramping. That is actually one of the most common sign of magnesium deficiency. Other deficiency symptoms are low energy, hormone problems, depression and anxiety, sleeping problems and high blood pressure.

If you have some of these symptoms you could try magnesium supplement. Best time to take magnesium is at the night before bed because it has relaxing properties. We have this puhdistamo tripla magnesium which contains three different type of magnesium. It is really clean supplement without any additives and it doesn’t have any animal products so it is suitable for vegans!

 

CARBOHYDRATES

Vegan diet tend to be higher in carbs so this is not something you should be worried about but carbs are really important to athletes and it really does matter which type of carbs you are eating so that is why I wanted to include them in this post.

Nowadays many athletes just worry about how to get enough protein and are trying to lower carb intakes. Carbs are essential part of any human dietary requirement so avoiding all carbs really doesn’t do anything good. Our body uses carbs as main energy source. They are essential for the normal function of fat metabolism. If we avoid carbs our fiber intake also decreases. Lack of fiber causes problems in the intestine such as intestinal cancer, constipation and irritated bowel. Fiber also can your lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

It is true that carbs are everywhere and we get them a lot easily. Like I already said it is also huge difference that where does your carbs come from. If we consume a lot white sugar, white bread and other fast and processed carbs those are bad for us and there is no reason why athletes or anyone would need those in their diet. But on the other hand also legumes, vegetables, berries, fruits and whole grains are carbs sources and those in our diet are really useful. When we eat bad carbs our blood sugar levels rises fast and after a while they come down just as fast. Then we feel tired and we don’t have power to exercise. If we eat vegetables and whole grains our blood sugar levels rises slowly and stays like that and then we have power to do exercise.

CALORIES

Usually vegan food is lower in calories than meat, eggs and dairy products. That is why I wanted to take this topic here. If you change your diet from eating meat to vegan you can easily lack calories. Key word is just eat more. If you want to enhance your sport performance it is really important to get enough calories. If you go to gym and try to gain muscles you have to get about 200 kcal more than your daily calorie consumption. You have to feel satisfied after every meal and you know that you get calories. If you eat only salads and low calorie vegetables then you feel constantly hungry and lack calories. Your body doesn’t have power to do exercises.

Fortunately it is quite easy to know that are you getting enough calories. Without enough calories your body doesn’t have power and after workout it doesn’t recover. You will be hungry all the time and you might not be able to sleep well.

If you have feeling that after going vegan you are constantly hungry and you don’t have power anymore that might easily just be because you are lacking calories. So what should you eat then. Make your diet variant. Eat vegetables, legumes, berries, fruit, quinoa, oats, nuts, seeds. Actually nuts and seeds are really easy way to increase your calorie intake. Just handful of nuts can be like 100 calories. If you are having hard time to get enough calories you can use oils and protein powders.

 

Just in case if you still think that it’s not possible to get enough protein as athlete from vegan diet here is some vegan athletes who are thriving very well with vegan diet. Go check them on Instagram!

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  • Lewis Hamilton, British race driver, one of the most famous athletes in the world has shown us that you really can win world champions and hold records as vegan. He has told that after starting a vegan diet he feels the best he has ever felt physically and mentally.

 

 

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  • Naturally Stefanie is a vegan fitness youtuber who makes youtube videos for more than 190 000 subscriber. She has been vegetarian more than 10 years and vegan 6 years.  On her videos she shows how to workout and eat as vegan!

 

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  • Heavy weight boxing champion David Haye has told that after he started eating on a vegan diet he wakes up brighter in the morning and his skin, nails and hair has never been better. He weight more than 100kg so his protein amount per day is pretty huge. He has told that in order to get all that protein he uses a lot plant based protein powders and also he developed his own protein powder which is made from quinoa, brown rice and pea protein.

 

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  • Sisters Venus and Serena Williams are both tennis player and they are both vegan! When Venus was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome she decided to start eating on raw vegan diet and her sister and roommate Serena adopted the same diet. Venus has said that changing her diet has made big difference and she feel huge improvements since she was first diagnosed. They have been in a vegan diet since 2012 and after that Serena has won the US Open three times.

 

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