The Liver & Your Drinking Habits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dietary Supplements

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

Make sure to consume a good vitamin/mineral daily.

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

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

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

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

Tips

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

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

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

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

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Summer & Mosquitoes

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Who wouldn’t love the sun and warm weather? Summer is probably the most awaited season, but it brings not so wanted things too, such as mosquitoes. No matter whether you are in Lapland or Costa del Sol, there are mosquitoes around especially in the evenings and places with water and leafy greens.

There are so many different repellents against mosquitoes, most of them with full of chemicals and toxics. Of course, those can be very effective and give good protection against mosquitoes, but to have all those toxic ingredients on my skin, makes me wonder if it is the best way to protect or should I look for a healthier way.

On the previous blog post we told about natural remedies, especially essential oils and how they work against mosquitoes and other insects. I love essential oils and how multipurposely they work. Saying that I was also extremely glad when we at Anni’s Vital Shop found a whole range of natural anti-mosquito products by Incognito.

Incognito is a British brand and has been on the market for exactly eleven years. The idea came to Howard Carter’s mind after he got bited several times during his travels around the world and got malaria and Dengue fever from these bites. His aim was to create a truly effective, natural insect repellent, which would protect people from insect bites all over the world.

After 2007 when the first product went on the shelves, Incognito has won the Queens Award for Sustainable Development. This tells that they take it seriously what comes to ethicality, responsibility and sustainability.

At Anni’s vital Shop we have now the whole family of Incognito protections and repellents.

Sunscreen & Insect Repellent SPF25

  • 3 in 1 – sunscreen, repellent & moisturizer
  • Natural & organic ingredients, the active ingredient is PMD
  • Light citrus fragrance
  • Protection against bot UVA (aging) &UVB (burning) rays
  • the tube is made of sugarcane plastic and is fully recyclable

Roll-on Insect Repellent

  • Tested to be effective 100% against mosquito bites
  • 50ml bottle fits into airplane hand luggage
  • Fresh scent

Hair & Body Wash

  • Contains rare organic Java citronella to boost your protection against insects
  • Fresh citrus aroma
  • Free from parabens

Anti-mosquito Repellent Spray

  • Tested to be 100% effective* against mosquito bites
  • Fresh citrus aroma
  • 50ml bottle fits into airplane hand luggage
  • DEET- & Picaridin-free formula (no synthetics)
  • Awar winning formula

Room Refresher

  • 100% natural; non-toxic and free from irritants, parabens and SLSs
  • Use indoors to keep insects out for up to 3 months
  • Fresh pine and citrus aroma
  • Winner of the Platinum Award Home & Garden category 2016

 

My favourite is the room refresher which I can use instead of toxic plug-ins.

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You can order all of these repellents also at our webshop. During this summer you get free shipping within Europe when you buy for 80€ or more.

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Essential oils to rescue the summer

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Summer is coming and bringing light, heat, and life with it. Various seasonal challenges are emerging at the same time – Mosquitoes wake up to otherwise enjoyable summer evenings, ants conquer the kitchen cupboards or tables and the skin may react to the burning rays of the sun.

I graduated as an aromatherapist 15 years ago, since then essential oils have followed me everywhere. Essential oils used in aromatherapy are made of flowers, leaves, fruit, leaves, and roots. In addition to relaxing massage technique, the heart of aromatherapy treatment is the mixed oil blend based on the interview and the goals of the client.

Therapeutic, clean oils have both physical and emotional effects – they can either relax, revive, enhance mood or, for example, help muscle tension, support immunity, help control high blood pressure, balance and cleanse the skin. In addition to massage, oils can be used at home in a diffuser, bath water or a few drops of your favorite scent can be used under the armpit with some coconut oil instead of deodorant. Also in the home cleaning a few drops of essential oil in the filter of a vacuum cleaner or mixed in the floor washing water to give a natural, clean and fresh scent for the whole house. Some essential oils can also be used internally, for example, to calm down digestive problems or to remove unwanted bugs.

Essential oils to repel mosquitos & other insects

With the summer heat, various insects become alive and start to disturb our summer fun. Essential oils can be used against them – safely, naturally and non-toxic. Lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, mint and tea tree oils are excellent for insect depletion. You can mix the scents of your choice either in a spray bottle in boiled and cooled water or in a base oil, with a ratio of 1:15. Some suitable base oils for skin are e.g. cold pressed coconut, jojoba, almond, argan or olive oil. Pure essential oils are mainly recommended to use diluted, but if a mosquito has already managed to bite you, then a drop of pure lavender or tea tree oil applied directly into the area will calm the itching and disinfect the skin area preventing it from inflaming.

Essential oils to repel ticks

A green grass or a beautiful flower meadow is also a home for the ticks. A good idea is to eat a clove of garlic every day if you know the area you’re on has ticks in there. You can add some essential oils of lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus and lime on your boots and legs. Also, a dog’s fur can be sprayed with diluted lavender oil. Remember that a dog has a very sensitive nose and smell compared to humans.

Essential oils to repel ants

The little ants sometimes roam their path through our gardens, terraces or kitchens. Most of us don’t like it really – so it’s good to know they don’t like cinnamon, clove or mint. Powdered spices can be sprinkled on their paths or essential oils sprayed as diluted with water.

Essential oils for sunburns

If you spend time relaxing in the sunshine for more than a half an hour, remember to protect your skin with sunscreen. If it already happened and the skin becomes red and hot in the evening, gently spread some aloe vera gel with a few drops of lavender oil on to the burning area. The skin will calm down quickly and the burned area will not peel off after a few days. Also, take 1000-1500 mg of vitamin C if you got the skin burned. It works as an antioxidant, protects the cells and helps to calm down the skin for the following day.

Have a sunny, warm and relaxing summer everyone!

Tiina Rouvali

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Inflammation & Anti-inflammation

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

Español * EnglishSuomi * Dansk


Infection and inflammation are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same.
The difference between an infection and an inflammation is that an infection is an attack by microorganisms; this could be a virus, bacteria, or fungal attack on the body, as with colds, sore throats, and pneumonia.
Inflammations are non-bacterial: an irritation, pain, swelling, fever, etc.

Both conditions are often categorized as inflammation, and this can seem quite confusing.

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Inflammations are an extremely vital part of our immune system, and they often disappear rather quickly. However, sometimes an inflammation can become chronic. This might be a result of mistreating your body: Too little exercise, smoking, contaminated air, stress, poor diet etc., which means the immune system has to take on more than it can handle.

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It is the opinion of many medical researchers, that inflammations can lead to a myriad of illnesses. For instance, it affects our bodies negatively and advances our aging process.
New research suggests that inflammation can be linked to many of our modern-day epidemics, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, and psychological illnesses. There are even scientists that are linking inflammation to depression.

By making sure that we have healthy lifestyles, we can improve our everyday and feel strong, happy, and at ease. We can, by living healthier, slow down aging and reverse the deterioration of the body.

When I say healthy lifestyles, I don’t just mean healthy foods. I mean the whole package: a proper way of life with plenty of exercise, gratefulness, and good eating habits…combined with good sleep patterns.
Ayurvedic medicine says that stress is diminished through a proper circadian rhythm. This entails that you go to bed at 22:00 and wake up with the sun.
Speaking of—I have recently read a powerful quote from the father of Indian medicine. He announced, “Ayurveda is the holy science of life and benefits all mankind, both in this life and the next.”

It’s alright if it is challenging for you to change your lifestyle, but it should never become another stress factor. There must still be room for a normal life.

If you have many things that you would like to change, split them into smaller bites.

Also, for instance, tell yourself that you are on your way to an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, then you have a better chance that your changes will be permanent. If the changes feel difficult to maintain, then think of the upsides of preventing a sickness rather than curing them.
You can get a degree of inflammation measured with a CRP(C-reactive-protein), it is a substance, which is formed by inflammation in the liver. CRP is measured in the blood, so a blood test could give some clarity.

 

The diet

Your body and mine—the bodies of everyone, are built by the food we consume and absorb. Going all the way back to Hippocrates, who wisely said, “We must consider our food medicine, and our medicine food,” shows us just how true this is.

You will experience that an anti-inflammatory diet will do you good, and strengthen your immune system, whilst making you feel better, both physically and mentally.
Personally, I tend to eat my emotions from time to time. Especially when I’m worried, stressed, sorry, or just plain tired. I’m constantly working on getting more discipline into my food habits and think I’m seeing progress. The good thing is that I feel it as a negative experience when I mess up. On the other hand, I also instantly feel good when I’m eating correctly.
It might be a good idea to plan your meals one week ahead of time.
Eat plenty of fiber rich foods, such as vegetables. The fiber in your food, will help stabilize your blood sugar.
Most vegetables work as an anti-inflammatory. Make sure that you get lots of colors into your everyday meals. It is a joy for the eye and therefore a joy for your digestive system. Vegetables also have their own healthy properties, like eggplant, broccoli, all kinds of kale, onions, peppers of all colors, tomatoes, all types of lettuces, and beets.

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Use the vegetables in smoothies, as raw food, baked, roasted, or in vegetable soups, and perhaps mixed with red lentils, which will fill you up and tastes lovely. Vary your approach as you see fit, and consider using almond milk for your smoothies.
Make sure that your food has a delightful taste, preferably with a variety of spices.

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You can make many great sauces with avocado, tomato, garlic, plenty of herbs, olive oil, and lemon juice. There are many herbs that have an anti-inflammatory effect (for instance thyme, oregano, rosemary, ginger, basil, chili, turmeric, coriander, and capers) on your body. The options are only limited by your imagination.

Consume nuts and almonds together with seeds such as sesame (perhaps in the form of tahini) that are rich in omega-3. Be aware that you can also get almonds through almond milk and almond butter. The same is true for a variety of other nuts.

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You should also enjoy berries, fruits, and legumes. They do not only work as a natural anti-inflammatory, but are also a source of antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory fruits and berries are: pineapple, apricot, blueberry, lemon, cherry, melon, apple, raspberry, papaya, and others.

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For your general health it is beneficial to eat 5 – 6 small meals daily. It is good to start your day with a glass of warm water with some lemon.

Make sure that your meals are prepared with quality ingredients, homecooked and chosen with careful consideration. Include quinoa and chia seeds in your daily cooking. You can find many easy-to-follow recipes online.
When I gave courses on nutrition, I always asked the participants to write down what they had eaten and drunk in the 3 days prior. From that we could often discover what our weaknesses and strengths were, and where it was important to change.

It can be a good idea to do the same for yourself, and perhaps one or more of you friends, whom are also interested in eating a inflammation lowering diet. It is very likely that as a group following the diet, you have a higher chance of success.
Stay away from foods containing gluten, dairy products with lactose, and sugar. Feel for yourself which dairy products you can tolerate, such as yogurt.

Don’t drink too much wine, but it is beneficial to enjoy a single glass occasionally. Red wine is anti-inflammatory.

Do not drink more than one cup of coffee daily, but instead enjoy one of the many interesting tees, such as green tea, matcha, turmeric, nettles, dandelion, rooibos, and licorice.

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Using olive oil is very healthy, use the one that is as dark green as possible. Also enjoy ecological butter on your bread responsibly. This also contains omega-3 oils.
Avocado and coconut oil are also great and healthy sources of fat.

Eat a little bit of light meat and fish, preferable fat fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring.

If you need some bread, then consider baking it yourself with, for instance, buckwheat, desiccated coconut, or almond flour.

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Dietary supplements

  • Make sure to get plenty of omega-3 oils. Experts believe that 3 – 5 grams of fish oil, can help reduce inflammations. Omega-3 oils are basically miracle oils. They help with many things, from being anti-inflammatory, to fighting wrinkles, stress, and anxiety. Omega-3 oils are seen as essential. This means that we cannot form them in our body ourselves, but they have to be supplied with food or as a dietary supplement.
  • Stay away from the many bad omega-6 oils, which can start to create inflammations in your body.
  • Probiotics are living microorganisms, also called lactic acid bacteria; they, too, have an anti-inflammatory effect. It is important to strengthen your intestinal flora. When you buy probiotics, then it might be a good idea to change the labels, which often contain different intestinal bacteria. There are new discoveries being made every day about the importance of the intestinal flora. 80% of our immune system originates from our intestinal system.
  • Take a high quality and versatile vitamin/mineral product.
  • Supplement with extra vitamin-C, ideally with bioflavonoids.
  • Vitamin-E is good for antioxidants.
  • Selenium works especially well with vitamin-E.
  • Ginger is anti-inflammatory.
  • Curcumin from turmeric is generally strengthening, and anti-inflammatory.
  • Garlic is also part of the anti-inflammatory family.

 

Tips

To live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle has been a long and interesting journey for me. It came with many experiences, quite a few stops, and a few too long breaks, before picking up where I left off. I have discovered that it really pays off to keep a low level of inflammation in the body, which has become realistic for me, even with a busy lifestyle. I have neither the time nor the energy for a great health revolution, but I try my best in my daily life.

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  • Even though food and supplements are important, there are also many other factors, which play a role in an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
  • Exercise is important. Exercise strengthens the immune system and works anti-inflammatory as well. You should get some sort of exercise at least once a day. It could for instance be a mix between strength training and stretching exercises, which improves your flexibility. Make sure that all your muscle groups are moved.
  • It should be exercise that suits you – the exercise should not be exaggerated; this could have the opposite effect. It might be worthwhile getting a personal trainer whose focus is on you. If you have a trainer once a week, you can continue on your own 3 – 4 times a week.
  • If you are more stressed than you ought to be, stop what you are doing and revisit your approach to the situation. Perhaps you should start doing yoga. Speak to your yoga teacher about which kind of yoga could be beneficial to you.
  • Be grateful. Use your eyes and senses to notice all the beauty that surrounds you.
  • Make a conscious effort to bring joy into your life.

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Why to wear sunscreen?

Summer is finally here! And so are the bright and burning rays of the sun. Beautiful tan looks healthy, but unfortunately tomato red skin seems to be more common year after year. Besides the look and feel, burnt skin is also a health risk and can develope skin cancer.

It’s not easy to avoid the sun, and not necessary if you protect your skin by applying sunscreen. By protecting from harmful radiation from the sun sunscreen reduces your risk for skin cancer, premature aging and sunburns. Wear it regularly and you can enjoy the sun and get a nice tan.

A cooler weather is not an excuse to skip sunscreen. I did that and the result was catastrophic. I went for bicycle trip near the ocean wearing shorts and a long sleeve shirt but no sunscreen. Obviously back of my hands and front of my thighs got burnt. Not a nice experience. But now I do remember to add sunscreen every time I go out.

Always use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. When the weather is getting warmer the sun is getting stronger, so don’t leave your home without protecting your skin. SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of all incoming sun rays, SPF 30 keeps out 97% and SPF 50 keeps out 98% of the rays.

Check that the sunscreen you choose protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that cause premature skin aging and wrinkling, and suppression of immune system. UVB rays burn the superficial layers of the skin, and plays a key role in developing skin cancer.

Conventional sunscreens often have different kinds of toxic chemicals. Natural sunscreens are usually made of minerals which reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them like chemical sunscreens. You may find the natural sunscreens a bit thicker in consistency and whiter than conventional ones. They may take longer to apply and fully rub in, but you will get the convenience of conventional while feeling good about the products you are using on your body.

When choosing your sunscreen, look for these:

  1. Mineral sunscreens with Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Oxide
  2. Naturally scented sunscreens with essential oils such as coconut oil, lavender or green tea
  3. Paraben free
  4. Eco-friendly recyclable packaging

Below you can find some natural sunscreens which are available at Anni’s Vital Shop.

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JĀSÖN® sun care products provide the broad spectrum protection you need to protect you from the sun’s rays. The formulas are non-greasy and absorb quickly and all of them are biodegradable. Award winning and the best sun cream for natural beauty. For all the family,  babies (earth’s best) kids and face.

JASON SPORT SPF45

JASON FACIAL SPF20

 

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With safe, non-toxic UV-filters and a blend of antioxidant-rich green tea, rosemary and edelweiss, you can naturally protect your skin from the sun with Green People sun lotion. It is marine-friendly, natural sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, free from harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances, suitable for sensitive skin and in prickly heat.

GREEN PEOPLE SCENT FREE SUN LOTION SPF30

 

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Lotion, pump spray or continuous spray, P20 sun protection gives you up to 10 hours reliable sun protection with just one application. P20 is very water resistant and easy to apply. No added fragrance, colourants or added preservatives.

P20 SPF50+

P20 SPF15

20180514-IMG_9914Derma Sun provides the whole family with waterproof protection against sunburn and possible skin discolouration. The Derma Sun line protects your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and meets the new EU recommendations for optimal UVA and UVB protection. It is pure and effective sun protection – without any self-tanning ingredients or other unnecessary ingredients.

DERMA SUNSPRAY SPF20

DERMA SUNSPRAY SPF30

DERMA FACIAL SUNSCREEN SPF50

DERMA SUNSCREEN STICK SPF50

 

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Danish Mellisa sunscreen with UVA and UVB filter. Contains organic aloe vera and avocado oil. Free from perfume and titanium.

MELLISA UNSCENTED SUNSCREEN SPF30

 

 

Sun friendly foods:

  • Red & orange fruit and veggies
  • Green tea – try this!
  • Fish rich in Omega-3
  • Dark chocolate – try this!
  • Coffee with caffeine – try this!

Recommended suppliments:

 

If your skin already got burnt, use Aloe Vera!

 

Photos by Tiina Arminen

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an ancient plant with soothing properties. It originally comes from the region of Sudan. The health benefits of Aloe Vera are known for over 6000 years, but my first experience with it was only a few years back when I was doing the daily grocery shopping in The Whole Foods in South Beach. I had been in Miami for a while and as a result of an active outdoor life there, I had a deep tan. A man in the flower department of the store recommended me to buy a plant called Aloe Vera and cut a leaf of this succulent, and use the liquid coming out of it as body lotion. He said that my tan would last longer and that Aloe vera would help my skin to maintain healthy and have a beautiful glow. I was immediately sold – who wouldn’t want to have a healthy, glowy complexion.

Later on I found out that there are plenty of different kinds of Aloe Vera products on the market. There are own products for internal and external use, and they can be in the forms of gel, juice and capsule.

So Aloe Vera boosts the health of skin, but it also has a lot of other benefits such as:

Helps body in detoxification

  • especially in cleaning the liver from waste

Treats constipation

  • Aloe Vera consists a lot of water, which helps in waste removal

Manages diabetes

  • helps lowering the chronically high levels of blood sugar

Reduces cholesterol levels

  • especially reducing triglyceride levels

Supports immune system

  • Aloe vera contains antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties

Works as dental remedy

  • removes plaque from teeth and prevents bacteria in the month

Reduces inflammation

  • relieves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and joint related inflammation

Heals Burns

  • allows the skin naturally cool and breathe

Eases menstrual pain

  • reduces overall pain load

Relieves heartburn

  • neutralizes excess acidity and discomfort

 

My TOP 5 Aloe Vera products

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  1. Aloe Vera spray by Avivir

It’s handy to carry in bag as it’s not a huge bottle. It soothes, cools and revitalises the skin.

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2.  Aloe Vera gel with Tea Tree by AloePura

This gel with natural antiseptic tea tree oil moisturizes, softens and helps restore dry & damage skin without breaking a bank. Perfect for stretch marks, sun burn and chapped skin.

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3. Aloe Vera drink by Avivir

It helps to detoxify the body and promotes health and regular bowel movements.

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4. Aloe Vera toothpaste with Q10 and Tea Tree Oil

Only natural ingredients maintaining healthy gums. No fluoride!

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5. Citrus & Aloe Vera green tea by Clipper

Such a refreshing drink during the summer months.

PS. I just had to add this rich & foamy Aloe Vera soap to my list too!

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More about Aloe Vera here!

 

 

Aging

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

Español * EnglishSuomi * Dansk


 

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“Come, dear May, and turn the trees green again,” was originally written by the German poet C. A. Overbeck, and describes exactly the feelings of joy I have for my favorite month. May—I appreciate it more than all the other 11 months.
Obviously, this has something to do with the fact that my birthday is in this month. This year I will turn 75, so it felt appropriate that this month’s article should be about aging. I have entered the battle, and I really like it. Within the framework, the limits, and the possibilities I have, am I doing my best to stay in shape and remain youthful.
A dear friend of mine (she is a healer) told me a couple of days ago that “old age is multifaceted, and it’s easy to feel unsafe. Many people feel anxiety, and if you are weak and sick, then it may easily lead to depression. If, additionally, you are given chemical medication, it can quickly go downhill.”

Indeed, old age is indeed in many ways multifaceted. We cannot change the date on our birth certificate, but it is up to the individual to decide how we relate to our age and our life-conditions.
I am a huge admirer of the recently deceased Stephen Hawking. Not because I understood much of his science, but because he, despite his severe disabilities, tirelessly passed on his vast knowledge and beliefs about the universe. Furthermore, he has is the source of many quotes, from which books have been written. One of his quotes, which I myself have taken to heart, is, “never stop working!”. It can easily be argued that he lived by this quote, as he was active and passionate about what he did to the very end.

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Personally, I love my work, and I intend to keep doing it until the day that I am no longer here.
When I feel that I can contribute and make a difference, it makes me light-hearted and happy. I am forced to stay reasonable fit, a task my two dogs are sure to maintain, considering we walk 6 – 8 kilometers daily.

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It is important to stay creative. I do this by staying updated professionally and writing. I love my craft, which is both my work and my largest hobby. Custumers and my staff also motivate me. It is expected that my knowledge of our computer system is adequate, but I am often met with friendly smirks when I cannot quite keep up. However, I do try my best. If the staff is a little sassy about my lack of speed and efficiency with IT work, I always say that I am from the era where only the richest people owned a telephone.
I can say, with total conviction, that I believe that everyone is better off when they interact with every age group.

The diet 

It is important to take good care of your body, and to be conscious about eating and drinking healthy. Remember to drink water, it is a cheap and powerful cleansing technique. Many studies have shown that our thirst lessens with age. Because of this we often don’t get enough water and can easily get dehydrated. This can lead to a myriad of symptoms, such as headaches, constipation, tiredness, and dry skin. Our bodies are made up of ¾ water, so drink at least a couple of liters a day. Remember that soda, coffee, and tea are not a suitable substitute for water.

 

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Make sure that your food is fresh and preferably ecological. When you cook, treat your ingredients with love. Give yourself time to prepare your food properly.

When, many years ago, I attended a kinesiology school, we were given the loveliest breakfast. If the cook was in a good mood, the food was an absolute delight, but if she was angry, the food tasted quite flat and sad.
We send out more of our emotions, than we think.
In this part of the world we tend to die from the sicknesses related to aging, rather than actual old age itself. By eating healthy and clean, we can reduce or postpone ailments such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, sickness in the joints, and a poor immune system.
I personally believe that how you eat your food is almost as important as what you eat. When the food is in front of you, try and just sit for a moment and look at it, perhaps consider being thankful that you have the possibility to eat such delicious food. This will allow the most import digestive secretions in your body to start their production in the mouth. Eat slowly and chew your food properly before you swallow. When you feel full, stop eating. Put down your fork and knife between every bite.
Make sure that you eat in a calm, peaceful atmosphere. Do not seek refuge in comfort food when you are stressed or nervous. You can easily eat too much poor food, which can increase your weight, and that is when the evil cycle starts to appear.
I discourage eating or drinking foods from the microwave.

 

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Dietary supplements

I am a firm believer that if you eat a healthy and balanced diet and combine it with quality supplements, you have a higher chance of maintaining your vitality as you age.
Make sure to get a good multivitamin/mineral product. Vitamins are necessary for your health. In my opinion we need larger dosages than the official healthcare institutes recommend.

  • It is important to consume vitamin-B. Many people suffer from vitamin-B deficiency. This is largely caused by how our food industry’s pre-processes our food, and the overconsumption of stimulants, like sugar, alcohol, coffee, and medicine.
    A lack of vitamin-B can give the symptoms of sleeplessness, tiredness, a poor immune defense, edema, digestive problems, and nervousness.
  • When you get older, make sure that you get an extra supplement of B12. It is considered to be the vitamin most affected by aging. There have been studies which have shown that roughly 20% of all people over the age of 65, suffers from B12 deficiency. It is a vitamin that provides calm and balance and helps maintain the mental faculties. An ordinary blood test on B12 levels, cannot always be trusted, as it does not show the cell’s contents of B12. B12 works closely with folic acid and can therefore effectively be taken together.
  • Q10 is an antioxidant, which have shown to improve the heart muscle’s function. It is found in all the cells of the body and is an essential part of the cells energy production. Q10 can assist in strengthening the heart and other functions in the body. If you are given statins, then Q10 can help reduce the side effects.
  • Vitamin-E is called the youth vitamin. It helps make the blood flow better and has great importance for your heart and circulatory system.
  • Many elderly people notice that they are easier irritated and are more prone to stress and panic attacks. This often involves problems sleeping. It can be a sign that our happiness hormone, serotonin, is dropping, which it often does with age. If you don’t have sufficient serotonin, it can affect your memory. To make the brain produce sufficient amounts of serotonin, it might be a good idea to take a supplement of tryptophan. Tryptophan aids in normalizing your levels of serotonin.
  • Lecithin is a fat found in all living cells. Lecithin has a great importance for our brain and nervous system. A component in lecithin called choline, can aid in securing a healthy memory and protect against dementia.

Tips

  • Make sure to keep fit by training physically. It should be a training that you like, which makes you happy and keeps you flexible, both physically and mentally. Even if, at times, it feels difficult, you should make sure to surround yourself with people who respect you, and who see you as a person, and not as some being, where the focus is on your birth certificate. This can often prove difficult in our culture.
  • Try to create cheerfulness every day. There is nothing as life affirming and healthy as laughter coming all the way from your belly.
  • Stay vital and happy. Be aware of keeping a youthful mind and let love have a place in your heart.
  • Perhaps we should learn to say “Oh well” when something does not go exactly as we have planned.
  • Remember to play and stay in the present. It could be with your pets, your grandchildren, or your great grandchildren. Perhaps bring them to a lovely amusement park and enjoy watching them jump around whilst you relax on a lovely bench. You can’t go on the rollercoaster – not because you are old, but because you don’t want to; there is a big difference.
  • Be sure to create great experiences for yourself. If you like to dance, then let it become a delightful hobby. It is great for both body, soul, and memory.
  • We cannot change our chronological age, but instead of complaining about the difficulties our age brings, we can make our best effort to maintain our vitality and joy of life, so that we live the best possible life, both emotionally and physically.

 

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All photos by Tiina Arminen.