5 favourite health products by Heidi

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Pienet chia siemenet ovat todella ravinnerikkaita, ja sisältävät paljon proteiinia, vitamiineja, antioksidantteja, kuitua sekä omega-3-rasvahappoja. Hinta-laatusuhde on myös näissä supersiemenissä, jotka sisältävät edelle mainittujen lisäksi paljon sinkkiä, magnesiumia sekä A-,B- ja E-vitamiineja, erittäin hyvä. Meillä Anni`s Vital Shopissa 500 gramman pussi luomu chian siemeniä maksaa vain 4,89 euroa, ja siitä riittää pariksi kuukaudeksi siemeniä smoothieen tai aamupuuroon. Jotta chian siemenet imeytyisi mahdollisimman hyvin ja kaikki ravinteet saisi parhaiten kehon käyttöön, olisi hyvä liottaa siemeniä nesteessä vähintään puoli tuntia tai vaikka koko yön. Itse käytän liotettuja chian siemeniä smoothien joukossa tai tuorepuuron aineosana.

 

 

Kurkuma on paitsi mauste myös useita terveysvaikutuksia sisältävä kirkkaan oranssi juurikasvi. Kurkuman sisältämä kurkumiini estää hiljaista tulehdusta kehossa, vähentää mahan turvotusta ja närästysoireita, vahvistaa elimistön puolustusjärjestelmää, ja tätä kautta ehkäisee ja hoitaa flunssaa. Myōs kipujen hoidossa kurkuma on hyvä apu, ja sitä voidaankin pitää luonnollisena särkylääkkeenä. Itse lisään kurkumajauhetta smoothien sekaan sekä laitan ruokaan mausteeksi. Flunssan hoitona olen juonut kurkumateetä.

 

 

Itse olen kasvissyöjä, ja käytän vain hieman maitotuotteita kuten juustoa, ja siksi b12-vitamiinin tarpeeni ei tule täyteen ruokavaliolla. Myös useat kasvivoittoista ruokavaliota noudattavien tulisi varmistaa b12-vitamiinin saanti joko monivitamiinilla tai esimerkiski b12-suihkeella, jolloin b12-vitamiini imeytyy hyvin suun limakalvojen kautta elimistöön. B12-vitamiinin puutosoireita ovat mun muassa anemia, uupumus, hengästyminen sekä erilaiset hermoston oireet kuten sormien tunnottomuus.

 

 

Maitohappobakteerit eli ne elimistön “hyvät bakteerit” ovat erittäin tärkeitä niin ruoansulatuselimistön hyvinvoinnin kannalta kuin useiden sairauksien ehkäisyssä ja hoidossa. Itse käytän päivittäin maitohappobakteereita ja otan kapselin tai kaksi ennen nukkumaan menoa, ja flunssakaudella ja mahaoireiden ilmaantuessa lisään niiden määrää entisestään. Maitohappobakteereita saa kapselien lisäksi nestemäisessä muodossa, rouheissa sekä joistain ruoka-aineista kuten hapanmaitotuotteista ja hapankaalista. Maitohappobateereita käytetään muutaman mainitakseni antibioottikuurin aikana suojaamaan suolistoa, useiden mahaoireiden kuten ripulin, ummetuksen, ruoansulatushäiriöiden hoidossa, ruoka-aineallergioiden ehkäisyssä ja hoidossa, vastustuskyvyn lisäämisessä ja flunssan ehkäisyssä. Nykyään tiedetäänkin, että vastustuskyky lähtee suolistosta, ja sen hyvinvoinnilla on vaikutusta koko kehoon, ja jopa mieleen kuten masennuksen sekä ahdistuksen hoidossa.

 

 

Spirulina on melkoinen superkasvi ja se onkin yksi ravinnerikkaimpia aineita maailmassa. Spirulina on makean veden levä ja sisältää kaikkia ihmisen tarvitsemia aminohappoja, ja sen painosta onkin 60% proteiinia. Spirulina on myös melkoinen luonnon oma “monivitamiini”, jossa on muun muassa A-, E- ja B-ryhmän vitamiineja sekä mineraaleista rautaa, jodia, magnesiumia ja kalsiumia. Se myös puhdistaa kehoa ja vahvistaa vastustsukykyä sekä siitä saa antioksidantti beetakaroteenia, joka suojelee ihoa UV-säteiltä ja edesauttaa ruskettumista. Spirulinaa saa niin kapseleina kuin jauheena, ja itse käytän spirulinaa jauhemuodossa ja sekoitan sitä smoothieen, johon olen laittanut omenamehua peittämään spirulinan hieman vahvaa makua.

 

ps. voit tilata nämä tuotteet myös verkkokaupastamme ilman kuljetuskustannuksia aina elokuun loppuun asti. Lisää FREE SHIPPING ‘voucher’-kenttään.

 

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Tiny chia seeds are really rich in nutrition, and contain a lot of protein, vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and omega-3. The quality-price ratio in these super seeds with zink, magnesium and vitamins A, B and E  as well is excellent. At Anni`s Vital Shop we have a 500g package of organic chia seeds for only €4,89, and it lasts a couple of months. To get the maximum benefits of chia seeds, it’s good to soak the seeds in water or other liquid at least for a half an hour or even for the whole night. I add soaked chia seeds to smoothies and raw porridges.

 

 

Turmeric is a spice but this distinctive yellow root has a plenty of health benefits.  Curcumin prevents silent inflamation in body, reduces swelling and irritation of the stomach, strenghtens the defence system of body, and thus prevents and treats the flu.    Turmeric is also a good aid in pain and can be considered as a natural painkiller. I add turmeric powder to smoothies and use it as a seasoning in cooking. When havng a flu I drink turmeric tea.

 

 

I’m a vegetarian and using only little bit of dairy products such as cheese. This means that I am easily lacking vitamin B12. Most of the people whose daily diet is mainly consisting vegetables have this same problem and should therefor make sure they get enough vitamin B12. Taking a multivitamin capsule is a good choice. Also by taking B12 orally in spray form ensures that the vitamin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause anemia, fatigue, exhaustion and also different sort of neurological symptons such as numbness in the hands.

 

 

Probiotics – those “good bacteria” in our body – are so essential for the well-being of our digestive system, and also preventing and treating diseases. I take one or two capsules daily before going to sleep. During the flu season or when having stomachache, I increase the daily dose. You can get probiotics also in liquid form and in groats as well as in some food such as in sour milk products and sauerkraut. Probiotics are used to protect  the intestines while taking antibiotics, treat several stomachaches such as diarrhoea,  constipation and indigestion, prevent and treat food allergy, improve immune system and prevent catching a flu. Nowadays we know that the well-being of our intestines affects to our whole body, and even to our mind. So upset stomach can cause depression and anxiety.

 

 

Spirulina is a real super food, and one of the most nutritious stuffs in the world. Spirulina is algae from tropical lakes, and consists all the amino acids that a human body needs. 60% of its weight is protein. Spirulina is also a kind of nature’s own “multivitamin” with vitamins A, E and B as well as minerals such as iron, iodine, magnesium and calcium. It also cleanse the body and  strengthens immune system. It provides beta carotene which is an antioxidant and therefor protects the skin from UV rays and supports tanning. There are spirulina capsules and powder. I prefer the powder form which is easy to mix with smoothies. Spirulina has a bit strong flavour, so I like to add apple juice to smoothies to hide that taste.

 

ps. You can order all these products also on-line at Anni’s Vital Shop without any shipping cost until the end of August. Just type FREE SHIPPING in the ‘voucher’ field .

 

 

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Addicted to sugar? Balancing the blood sugar

Last week I had an interesting bioresonance test that showed some foods that were either suitable or harmful for me. Some of the results were already quite clear to me beforehands, because I could say that by eating them I wasn’t feeling good. But some of them surprised me a bit, because there were some healthy fruit and vegetables that are in my normal daily diet, but those were not beneficial to my body. Now, after a week, following the instructions I find myself in better balance, even though there has been some challenge in cooking and eating.

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One of the harmful foods on my list was white sugar. It’s not on my diet on a regular basis, but hidden sugar comes mainly with dark chocolate and, for example, in some of the gluten-free ready-made bread I eat as a snack when I haven’t had the time to bake myself. When I bake or prepare sweets, I normally use the amount given of soaked dates, honey, agave syrup or coconut sugar – depending on the recipe.

Now for a week, I’ve been paying more attention to my sugar use while the rest of the diet also has demanded more attention. The sugar addiction has eased up and I’ve passed the difficult first few days. A few days ago, I was discussing with my cousin who said that she felt sugar was so addictive that she could not do it any other way than a total refusal – a small amount of sugar would trigger the addiction and it all had to start from the beginning again!

I had to confirm with Pia, who made the bioresonance test, how was it with the other sugars. White refined sugar was not suitable for me, but sweetness can also be obtained, for example from unrefined coconut, palm and cane sugar. The white sugar that didn’t suit me, is probably not suitable or healthy for most of us.

White sugar is completely innutritious, pure energy, unlike unrefined natural sugars that contain nutrients that support the body to process the sugar and will not lift the blood sugar levels as much. However, it’s always good to be aware of the use of sugar and not to feed or provoke the sugar addiction with too big amounts of sweets.

In the worst case, this delicious treat with a drug-like effect can destroy health. Sugar weakens the brain’s activity, increases learning and concentration problems, and can provoke the “stress eating” due to the continuous need of pleasure. In addition to teeth, sugar damages the good bacterial flora in the gut, which is directly related to health and well functioning immune system.

Although sugar has many disadvantages, I do not recommend artificial sweeteners, because their effect on health is not positive either. If you recognize to have some symptoms of sugar addiction, try to start changing the diet in small steps towards a healthier one and learn to enjoy all foods as “delicious treats” – not just the sweet and sugary ones.

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Bread (as a source of carbohydrates) is especially a great issue for us Finns, as many of us used to enjoy a cup of coffee with a sandwich as an afternoon snack. The combination of bread and coffee has a fast, unhealthy, increasing effect on the blood sugar followed by a quick drop afterwards.

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With the new nutrition guidelines I had to leave all grains out of my diet, so some creativity and imagination was needed on making bread. Fortunately, this is not something entirely new, and a variety of recipes for completely grain free seed bread can be found on the internet. I created my own version with seeds and almonds, resulting with a delicious and easy bread to prepare. What you need is a good blender with s-blade to ground the seeds and a bread pan to bake it in the oven.

Ingredients:
2.5 dl sunflower seeds
1 dl flax seed
1 dl pumpkin seeds
3.5 dl almond flour
2 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp psyllium powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp liquid honey or agave syrup
3 tbsp of olive oil
3,5 dl of water

Measure the seeds in the blender and grind it to a rough flour like blend. Add the other dry ingredients into a bowl and mix with the grind seed blend. Mix it all well together. Measure the liquids in another container and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix the dough well until it begins to puff up slightly. Pour the dough into a baking pan and leave it covered for at least two hours or even overnight and bake the bread in the morning, depending on the oven’s efficiency at 175C to 200C degrees for the first 15 minutes, then turn the bread in the oven and take the baking pan out. Continue baking for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is ready when it makes a hollow sound when knocking the surface.

My favourite topping on this bread is chickpea hummus and a slice of goat cheese. What’s yours?

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Tiina
Anni’s Vital Shop

PS. If you would like to take the same test as Tiina did, it is possible at Anni’s Vital Shop in Los Bolisches, Fuengirola, Spain, in this month on Thursday April 26th, Friday April 27th and also on Monday April 30th. Pia Sollback-Nordling from Finland will be at our shop on those days and you can book your appointment for Food Scan for €60 or Bioresonance for €85.

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Natura Malaga 2018

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Last weekend there was the annual Natura Malaga, which is a fair for ecological, organic, healthy and sustainable products and healing methods. Altogether 150 companies were representing their products and services, 40 of them with ecological certification. All day long there were interesting lectures on different topics – from holistic approach to heart diseases to baby massage and mindfulness yoga.

Fairs are a good way to introduce new things and find out what is trendy at the moment and what kind of products there are on the market.

Below you can find some snapshots of this year’s Natura Malaga.

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So delicious!

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So many new food products, especially for vegans as well for persons who need to be glutenfree or sugarfree.

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Fabulous recycle ideas!

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That bag is simply gorgeous!

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Calming & peaceful moments.

A Clear Mind

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

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I once visited a well-known clairvoyant who told me that my brain would always remain razor-sharp.
Obviously, I was delighted to hear this. However, when my son recently recited some calculative analysis, I must admit that my “razor-sharp mind” could do a with some sharpening.

A well-functioning brain is necessary to live a fulfilling and accomplished life. The brain is built up of roughly 100 billion nerve cells and weighs 1 – 2 kilograms.
On the 10th of March, 2018, there was a reference in the Jotland Post to an article from Videnskab.dk, which stated that we stop producing new brain cells after our teenage years. It was an American study on human brain tissue from 59 people showing the above mentioned.

It has been heavily debated among neuroscientists, whether humans continue to produce nerve cells throughout their entire life. However, studies like the above-mentioned propose that we stop at an early age.
Other professors and researchers are of the opinion, that more studies need to be conducted, before it can be proven, as there have also been many studies that suggests that nerve cell production is present in adults.
Whether we continue to produce nerve cells or not, we can still see our brain as a databank that we must take good care of, so it will remain sharp our entire life. We must protect our brains and the brains of our children. The brain is our most important operating system.
Another recent article from the Jotland Post, cited a professor whom stated that there are 12 everyday chemicals that can affect children’s ability to learn, their education, and their future job opportunities. The professor also warned, that this was only the tip of the iceberg.
He said, that in 30 years’ time, we might have to sit down with our children and explain to them why it may not have worked out so well for them, as it could have. We might have to explain that they have lost a significant amount of brain cells, which has impaired their ability to concentrate and their memory. We might have to explain that there was a great cost to how modern science has enabled us to increase productivity of our food.
There are plenty of freighting statistics that beg us to evaluate our lifestyles, and make sure that we treat our brains kindly.
There are many things you can be conscious of when it comes to keeping a sharp mind, besides a healthy and clean diet, with the right supplements.
You may notice a positive effect by visualizing and telling yourself, that you have an excellent memory. I meet too many people who say, “I can never remember anything”. Your subconscious listens to everything you say, and words like these can start a chain reaction. Believe in your memory and decide instead to help it all that you can.

 

Diet

 

To prevent decay, and make your brain work as hard as possible, you must feed it with clean and nutritious foods. This applies to everything you put in your mouth, even your toothpaste, which can contain a myriad of harmful substances.

 

Make sure to eat good, healthy, and plenty of antioxidants from, for instance, spinach and broccoli. Your brain will love you for eating those vegetables every day. It oxidizes the brain and provides you with a vast amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Also make sure to eat plenty of berries, especially blueberries and preferably the wild ones. Other berries are also healthy for the brain, such as ecological goji berry, blackberry, and raspberry. They increase your memory, your ability to learn, and prevents atherosclerosis.

 

Make sure that you get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, from fatty fish, oil from algae, linseed, and many other sources. Fish contains an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for a well-functioning brain. Fish also contains vitamin-D, selenium, and iodine. Many people fear eating fish, because they are afraid of mercury poisoning, but recent studies show that the selenium found in the fish, mostly neutralizes and binds any mercury that the fish might contain.

 

Make sure to stabilize your blood sugar as good as you can. This is best done by eating smaller meals 6 – 5 times throughout the day.
Studies have also shown that cocoa is good for the brain. An American study showed that cocoa beans prevents aging of the human brain, which can help you keep sharp as you get older.

 

Be careful with alcohol. Alcohol is an organic solvent, which is transported into the nerve cells. The most delicate and active brain cells are the first to die. Memory can be affected by large quantities of alcohol, so new memories won’t register. Many elderly seem to benefit from a single glass of wine, though. There have been studies that show that a glass of wine, four times a week, supports your thinking ability, while those who drink more than 10 drinks weekly, did worse than those who didn’t drink alcohol at all.
Enjoy your ecological eggs. It’s excellent brain food with lots of great proteins, they provide good nutrition and a feeling of fullness, whilst at the same time stabilizing your blood sugar. Egg contains choline, which increases memory, the ability to concentrate, and even the brain’s overall performance.

 

Be sure to eat nuts, especially brazil nuts and walnuts. Also use plenty of garlic in your everyday cooking. Make sure to eat foods that contain lactic acid bacteria, for instance yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.

 

It can also be good to drink a couple of cups of green tea every day. Obviously, the ecological kind without unnecessary pesticides. The tea sharpens your attention span and combats dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

Dietary supplements

 

From what I’ve experienced, and read throughout many years, I am amazed that everyone doesn’t make sure to get their vitamins, minerals, and different antioxidants on a daily basis, in order to keep the brain well-functioning and sharp.
There are many different dietary supplements, that can aid your brain’s functioning, whether you are young, old, or in-between.

 

  • Make sure to have a base of a good multivitamin/mineral product. Supplements in the right amount, strengthens both the brains of children and adults.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help your brain, partly by promoting wellbeing, and partly by improving the brain’s ability to function.
  • An extra supplement of a vitamin-B complex has brain-strengthening capabilities. Make sure that the supplements contain sufficient folic acid. It’s important that the brain is working properly; especially with the elderly. Researchers announced, in the end of the 90s, that folic acid can restore the ability to remember in older brains. It is best to take folic acid together with vitamin B12. 400 micrograms of folic acid, daily, is often sufficient.
    Make sure that your complex vitamin-B also contains choline. This, too, aids memory.
  • Vitamin-E is a power antioxidant, which has earned many nicknames such as “the youth vitamin” or “super brain pill”. The vitamin can, among other things, eliminate free radicals.
  • It can be smart to take an extra vitamin-C. Vitamin-C can pass through the blood – brain barrier and is seen more and more as an agent in the defense against mental fatigue.
  • You might be able to increase your wellbeing with selenium. Vitamin-E works especially good with selenium.
  • In Professor Lester Parker’s book “The Antioxidant Miracle”, he wrote about alpha-lipoic-acid, and about how it might be the most effective antioxidant that we have knowledge of. It is considered that the alpha-lipoic-acid can strengthen the memory and rejuvenate certain receptors that improve the transference of signals throughout the brain.
  • Q-10 has countless functions. It’s especially known for activating your heart and brain, and works well with vitamin-E. If you feel that your brain cells are a bit sluggish, give them some Q-10.
  • One of the most thoroughly tested products that aid your ability to concentrate and your memory is Ginkgo Biloba, which is an extract from the maidenhair tree. On many levels it has shown to be an amazing product for our brain functions. If you are taking blood thinning medication, consult with a physician before taking Ginkgo Biloba.
  • Phosphoserine, which is extracted from lecithin, can easily move through the blood-brain barrier and is my personal favorite when it comes to memory improvement products.
  • Huperzine-A, is a plant extract from the Chinese club moss-hupierza serrata. In China, the remedy has been used for hundreds of years to rejuvenate the ability of remembering for the elderly.Research is still being done on this remedy. Some researchers believe it shouldn’t be used to strengthen normal memory, but rather should be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Tips

 

 

There are many small things you can do daily, to become more conscious of your brain.

 

  • Take a walk or dance freely to the music you like. This will activate your brain and release happiness hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin. All of this whilst you reduce the stress hormone, cortisol.
  • Meditation can also increase your psychological balance and strength.
  • Overweight is not good for your brain. If you are overweight look at the amount and the quality of your food and make corrections where needed.
  • The utmost important thing to remember is to keep your brain active and never think that you are too old to do something. I recently read about a man whom, at age 101, started to learn the violin. I listened to him play, and it was impressive for a newbie.
  • Make sure to stimulate your brain and that you have a clean and healthy diet. Get plenty of exercise. And great laughs with people of all ages.

5 favourite health products by Tiina

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Tässä Anni’s Vital Shopin Tiinan suosikkituotteet:
Lepicol on minun ja koko perheen vatsan suosikki. Meillä on aina Lepicolia kotona jääkaapissa siltä varalta, että jollain on vatsa kipeänä. Se sopii erinomaisesti päivittäiseen suoliston toiminnasta huolehtimiseen ja vahvistaa hyvää suolistoflooraa, eli bakteerikantaa, jota tarvitsemme voidaksemme hyvin ja pysyäksemme terveenä.
Rapunzelin mantelivoi on suuri herkkuruokani, se käy aamulla puuron päälle, välipalalla pilkotun omenan lisukkeena tai maustamaan pirtelöä. Mantelin hyvät rasvat ja proteiini auttaa pitämään nälkää poissa pitkään.
Magnesiumvalmisteista yksi parhaiten minulle sopiva, sillä se käy hyvin myös herkkävatsaiselle. Magnesiumia tuntuu tarvitsevan aina lisäravinteena, sillä kestävyys- tai hikiliikuntasuorituksen jälkeen pohkeet alkavat helposti krampata. Erityisesti patikkareissun tai tennispelin jälkeen otan muutaman ylimääräisenkin kapselin, suositus on 1-4 tablettia vuorokaudessa. Puhdistamon Tripla Magnesium sisältää kolmea pehmeää ja hyvin imeytyvää magensiumin muotoa, joiden hyöytysuhde on erinomainen.
Monikäyttöisin öljy, jota meillä kotona käytetään sekä keittiössä, että kylpyhuoneessa. Ehkä eksoottisin kookosöljyn käyttötarkoitus meidän perheessä on koirien nenävekkien puhdistuksessa  – se on erinomainen aine ihonhoitoon. Hierojana pidän kookosöljystä myös hierontaöljynä, sillä se tuoksuu miellyttävälle ja toimii hyvin hieronnan väliaineena.
Tyrnistä valmistettu omega-7-valmiste on upea apu kuivalle iholle ja limakalvoille. Itse olen hyvin herkkäsilmäinen ja reagoin helposti siitepölyyn, tuuleen ja kuivaan ilmaan niin, että välillä silmäni eivät meinaa aamuisin aueta. Omega-7-valmiste on ollut sekä kuivien silmieni, että ihoni, erinomainen tuki.
Mitkä ovat sinun suosikkituotteesi?

 

 

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Here are the favourite health products by Tiina at Anni’s Vital Shop:
Lepicol is my whole family’s favourite product for stomach. We always have Lepicol in our fridge for just in case someone is having stomachache. It’s so good for maintaining normal powel transit and keeping a balanced gut microflora, which all we need for our well-being.
I m a huge fan of almond butter by Rapunzel. It goes with everything – on the top of my morning oatmeal, flavouring smoothies and it makes a perfect snack with sliced apple. Those good fats and protein help to keep hunger away.
This is one of the best absorbing magnesium products for me as it suits well for an upset stomach. I feel that magnesium suppliment is often needed after physical training as my calves get cramps easily. Especially after hiking or teniis match I take a couple of extra capsules, the recommendation is 1-4 capsules a day. Tripla Magnesium by Puhdistamo contains three soft and well-absorbing forms of magnesium, so the efficiency is excellent.
The most multipurpose oil, whicht we are using at home both in the kitchen and bathroom. Perhaps the most excotic way we are using the coconut oil is for cleaning the nose cuts of our dogs. It’s a perfect skincare remedy. Being a masseur I use coconut oil for treatments because it has a wonderful scent and works well as a massage medium.
Made of sea buckthorn berries Omega-7 is an excellent help for dry skin and mucosas. I have very sensitive eyes and react easily to pollen, wind and dry air so that sometimes it is hard to open my eyes in the mornings. Omega-7 has been a brilliant help for my eyes and skin.
What are your favourite health products or suppliments?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

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Spring is arriving, and in some parts it is already there, like here in the southern Spain. When the season is changing somehow we people tend to like having some changes in our lives as well. One of these changes could be paying more attention on what and how we are eating. Let’s start with breakfast!

Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school. Those are just a few reasons why it’s the most important meal of the day.

Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.

It’s hard to know, though, if breakfast causes these healthy habits or if people who eat it have healthier lifestyles.

But this much is clear: Skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it.

So what to eat for breakfast? We made a breakfast basket with full of healthy and delicious options:

How do you start your day?

 

 

Natural Health For Pets

For many of us a pet is a family member and they have stolen a large space in our hearts. As any of us humans a pet needs a lot of attention and care too. We need to be sure all it’s needs are fulfilled considering it being an animal and also according to it’s breed. Pets should get enough exercise, balanced diet and also time for relaxing, playing and hobbies.

Today, as I’m writing this article, we’re celebrating Fidel’s 8th birthday. He’s the other one of my dogs. I’m a 100% dog person and volunteer on dog rescuing on my free time and alongside my other professions I’m also a dog masseuse. By having my own dogs I’ve learned a lot about all the natural treatments that dogs can benefit of. During the years they’ve had massage, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments, they’ve been treated with homeopathy, supplements and herbal products.

So, Fidel will be 8 years old today and next week we’ll celebrate his “big brother” Nero’s 9th birthday.
Both of my boys are starting to have a real man’s age. Like us humans, dogs show some symptoms of ageing and that’s why both “grandpas” get daily supplementation for their basic condition and joint health.

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When working in the shop, many clients come and ask for help to their pets and how they could support their health with supplements and natural products.

BioStrath is an excellent natural herbal product that gives support for the immune system and energy levels of a dog. It make the fur shiny and healthy. BioStrath suits perfectly for a little puppy that need support in growing or for an ageing dog for extra power. For a recovering pet it will give an extra support to get well and it will make sure the appetite stays on a healthy level.

Omega-3 supplement, for example liquid fish oil, supports the joint and heart health of a pet. It makes the fur shiny and paws soft. It’s been proved that dogs with behavioural problems will benefit from omega-3 as well, for example nervous, timid or aggressive dogs.

For joint health there are various different combination products available. Main ingredients are usually glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and MSM that give support for the cartilages and reduce inflammation in the joint area. Green lipped mussel oil is something that I would especially recommend for joint and spine health of an ageing dog. They might make an elderly dog run and play like when they were young.

Bach’s Rescue remedy drops are a great help for a nervous and scared dog or a dog that has anxiety problems. It is also a nice support against nervousness in an exhibition or if you are competing with your dog – for both: the dog and the owner. In anxiety and excitement problems also oat and passion flower extract work really well. A plant extract is easy to give in drops with some food or a treat.

Every dog owner is aware of the digestion and stomach problems that our pets have. A dog will benefit of a probiotic supplement that can be sprinkled on its food or given as a capsule. For heart burning and acid problems I would recommend a milk thistle product. In heart burning problems we got our own great results with the milk thistle. I added a teaspoon of crushed seed powder on the evening meal of Nero and the acid problem was gone after a few days. It’s important to give the milk thistle for the night because liver is the organ that needs to be treated and it is cleansing and activated during the night.

For treating skin problems and cleansing the skin I would recommend the colloidal silver water. It ensures that no bacteria, virus or fungus can effect the wounded area.

As you offer yourself quality food, exercise and rest in good balance, remember to do the same with your pet as well.

Wishing you happy and merry moments together!
Tiina R
Anni’s Vital Shop