Sex and impotence

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

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Having an active sex life is important; for its health benefits as much as our sense of happiness.
Love, in my opinion, is what makes our sexuality such a great pleasure for our soul. After all, we are all created by sex. It is the root of our existence.
While I’m writing this article, I must occasionally take a break and a deep breath.
To talk so publicly about sexuality, is still a sensitive and tricky subject for many people, even now, in 2017.
I write this article today, because I feel that the subject is a problem for many, yet is often discarded as unimportant, or swept under the rug.

Sex is more important than a lot of people dare to admit. It’s vital that we accept our sexuality, and know that we are worth loving. It is my belief that we must love and be sexually active throughout our entire lives.

There are many benefits to a good sex life, so it’s worth it to make an extra effort to enjoy this creative and passionate power. Which brings us to the subject of the day: Impotence. All men know of impotence. Often it’s a problem that quickly disappears. But if it is a constant problem, then it needs to be addressed, seeing as it can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and trauma.

Some of the benefits of a great sex life that are worth mentioning:

  • Sex relieves stress.
  • It burns a lot of calories.
  • It Improves sleep.
  • Helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Increases intimacy between partners by creating joy and a stronger connection.
  • Can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. koen for prostata cancer.

The cause of impotence can be physical and/or psychological

For a man to lose his potency is often a great sorrow. Added to that, to him it may feel as the worst possible thing that could happen to him. Many men, as part of their identity, consider themselves great lovers, and find it important to use that gift to bring joy and pleasure to their women.
If you find yourself impotent, try to talk about it openly with your partner.
To keep seeing the humor in things, rather than tragedy, is also vital. Laughing together can be a great way or releasing a lot of internal tensions.
Be sure to examine your life and see if something is lacking; this may affect your potency.
For instance, do you get enough sleep?
Do you exercise enough?
In that regard, I would like to suggest that, if you choose to increase the amount of exercise you do, choose dancing.
Let your partner dance for you. Dance yourself. And dance together. Dancing provides an amazing amount of energy.

Factors that can have a negative effect on your virility are:

  • Too much alcohol
  • Bad/unhealthy food
  • Too much TV
  • Being stressed, angry, or irritable.

Perhaps there are physical reasons for your impotence like diabetes, or alcoholism. Or perhaps even synthetic medicine is the root cause. Blood thinners and antidepressants, can certainly affect your virility. Problems with the spine can also cause potency problems.
Many urologists believe that upwards of 50 percent of impotence can be traced back to a natural cause.
Just like we change with age, so does our sexuality, but I believe that change should only improve our sex life.
Massage is a wonderful supplement to lovemaking, and doesn’t even need to be a part of the act. You don’t need to be a trained masseuse to give a massage. Let your intuition guide you, and use your hands in a mixture of light strokes and deeper presses. If you would like to know more about massage and its effects, then there is a mountain of books written on the subject. A book, which I myself have learned a lot from, is called “Massage” and is written by Clare Maxwell Hudson. It is an age-old book published by Lindhardt and Ringhof.
Touch is important in all its aspects, even a slight stroke down the arm, a hug, a kiss, a loving look, or a little flirt with the eyes can be very important in daily life, when both of you are too tired, and just can’t manage any more than that.
If intercourse isn’t possible, perhaps due to some natural cause, then there are a variety of other delightful ways to have a great sex life. Your only limit is your imagination.
If you and your partner have been together for many years, it can be a good idea to have some time apart. Perhaps a small vacation to your own favorite location. I also believe that, if it is all possible, it can be beneficial to have sperate bedrooms. That way you can visit each other, or better yet, have a dedicated love room.
In any case, I believe it’s important to have a personal space just for yourself.

The diet and your surroundings

If you and your partner have the possibility to create a dedicated love room, that’s great. I strongly believe that the place where you have sex, should be cozy and comfortable, and feel safe. Without books, newspapers, TV, or cellphones. Keep the lights dimmed, maybe even candlelight and perhaps some soothing music to create the wanted atmosphere.
You may even want to have champagne on ice and a lovely bouquet of your partner’s favorite flowers.
Once, when my partner had been traveling and finally returned, I prepared a grand welcome for him. I know that he’s a hopeless romantic. I had flowers, candlelight, champagne, the whole shebang.
When he came and saw the champagne, he asked if he could get a whiskey instead.
I couldn’t hold back my laugh, and luckily found a whiskey in the back of a shelf, and the good mood was restored.

The daily diet and habits

A better potency can be achieved by following few very simple health routines.
It is important to eat lots of vegetables, olive oil, lots of fish, nuts, and whole wheat products. Be careful with too much red meat; it is not beneficial.
Watch your weight and make sure you get your daily exercise, but you don’t have to be an elite athlete of course. Make sure that your lifestyle is vivifying, without too much stress, and that you get enough sleep.

Supplements

  • Get your daily vitamins/minerals.
  • Korean red ginseng is known for its healing and strengthening powers. T
  • here are also natural remedies which can help with impotence. Ginkgo Biloba is one of them.
  • L-arginine is known to help in many cases of impotence.
  • Prelox is a world-famous patent supplement, which consists of Taurine, L-arginine, and pycnogenol.
  • Take extra vitamin-A and E. This is good for the entire body. Vitamin-E can significantly increase circulation, and is even called the youth vitamin.
  • An easily absorbable Vitamin-B supplement.
  • Lecithin can have a great impact on the brain and nervous system. A supplement of selenium and zinc could be considered.
  • Pomegranate juice, which also exists in capsule form.

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Advice

If you and your partner wish for a better sex life, there are many, many good, experienced sexologists out there. Perhaps it would be beneficial to have a chat with one of them, to see if they gain your trust, before proceeding with any further consultations. The sexologist will want to know what made you seek out their counsel, if the problem, for instance, involves feelings like rage or sorrow, and will then give personal guidance in any given situation.
Moreover, there are many wonderful informative books, which can contribute on the subject. Some of the books I strongly recommend are: “The sexual pulse” by Chia et al. and the “The multi orgasmic man” by Chia and Arva.
I also consulted a doctor who specializes in wholistic approaches, and he mentioned that there were many great results with chelation therapy.

 

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Tea

“Where there is tea, there is hope”.

I grew up in an Irish Chinese family, where a cup of tea was present in any situation. My mother almost always put on the kettle as soon as someone came in the door. Waking up, warming up on a cold day, winding down after a long day, resolving a fight, sitting with a friend and sharing a laugh… a cup of tea is the best medicine for the body, mind and soul.

My father lives on Earl Grey tea, and my kind mother must have made him at least a million cups by now. Visiting my mother’s family in Malaysia, is when I first started to understand that tea was also very beneficial for health. Most Chinese food is quite greasy, so a cup of green tea was often served before eating.

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Green tea is produced from the same plant as black tea. The difference is that green tea is not left to ferment after harvesting and before drying, which means it still contains most of the active ingredients. One of my fondest memories from my teenage years in India is from when my best friend, Esther, and I would sit on a ledge overlooking hills full of tea bushes. Beautiful green tea bushes as far as the eye could see. It was breathtaking. We would occasionally roll on top of the green bushes as well for a laugh!

Green tea contains large amounts of catechins, which is a group of polyphenol flavonoids (antioxidants) that have many health benefits. You may have heard of the catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG, which helps to reduce cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, has anti-cancer properties and aids in weight loss.

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Matcha powder is also a green tea, but it contains the whole leaf and is much more concentrated. 1 serving of matcha gives you the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of green tea. Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than your normal green tea. Isn’t that brilliant!

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Chamomile flower tea is a common household item. Perhaps your mother made you a cup of chamomile tea with some honey in it when you were little, to help with that tummy ache. It contains a flavonoid called chrysin, which is good for anxiety and helps you to sleep. It has an ocean of benefits due to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer and astringent healing properties.

I read that it has been found to contain 28 terpenoids and 36 flavonoid compounds including the bioactive components – coumarins,  flavonoids, terpenoids and mucilage. All these many properties mean that this delicate little flower has a wonderful healing touch. Makes you want to drink a cup doesn’t it!

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I enjoy drinking ginger tea, not only for the deliciously spicy taste but also for the many benefits it has to offer. It aids in digestion and relieves bloating. It can curb hunger pangs hence aiding in weight loss. It helps to relieves muscle pain after that gym workout, and the anti-inflammatory properties means that it can reduce inflammation in muscles and joints. Furthermore, ginger increases your immune system, relieves congestion and relieves nausea – so it’s great if you are sick. Try drinking a cup the next time you have a headache.

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Nettle tea is another good tea. It has been found that nettle has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-ulcer, astringent properties. Nettle has a very high mineral content, as well as containing lots of chlorophyll. It can relieve pain too. It’s a great help if you’re suffering from allergies or asthma. Nettle may reduce hypertension, and helps with diabetes and arthritis. It is commonly known as a diuretic, so it’s good for your kidneys too.

Herbal teas can be enjoyed hot or cold, and taste absolutely divine when combined with other herbs, or fruits and spices. At the moment, my favourites are from Pukka and YogiTea. They both have naturally caffeine free herbal teas. YogiTea has inspirational messages on the tag, which I enjoy every time!

Remember, don’t drink tea with your meals if you can help it. The tannins and caffeine mess with your body’s ability to absorb iron.

When enjoying your next cup of tea, take time to count your blessings and let it bring that radiant smile to your lips!

Hannah – Anni’s Vital Shop, Carrefour, Mijas Costa

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A Wrench in the Machine – Kidney stones by Anni Dahms

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

Español * English * Dansk * Suomi

 

 

Late at night an email appears in my inbox. It’s from my good friend Bente, from Denmark.
She writes that lately she has had numerous urinary tract infections. Her doctor discovered that she has calcium oxalate in her urine. But, treated with antibiotics, the positive effects of traditional medicine haven’t lasted, much to her regret. She is tired and concerned, and asks if I have anything that might help her recover more effectively.

Bente is a woman in her early fifties, and a single mom with two teenage children. She is slender, fit, friendly, and a strong businesswoman with remarkable confidence. She takes excellent care of herself with a healthy diet and quality supplements. Her work demands a great deal of her; it comes with many responsibilities and even more important decisions, which have to be made every single day. Kidney stones often appear in summer, which plays well into this story, as Bente has been spending a lot more time in Costa Rica, for business as well as vacation.

Kidney stones often develop when your urine is too concentrated, so hydrating properly is vital.

There are different types of kidney stones: Calcium oxalate, Struvite, Cystinuria, and Uric acid stones. The first, calcium oxalate, is the most common and accounts for roughly 80% of all cases. This is the type of kidney stones, this article will revolve around.

It can be difficult to determine the root cause of a kidney stone. One of them could be an overactive thyroid. For Bente, with her restless and stressed everyday life, this might be the case, so I asked that she had it checked.

Luckily her thyroid samples came back normal.

Kidney stones most often occur with men and many of them who also suffer from gout, so Bente’s case is actually quite unusual. There might be some inheritable factors that play a role.

Often there are no symptoms for kidney stones. Many people have them, without ever noticing it. But then suddenly you feel it. The stones or gravel rip loose from the renal pelvis and go down into the ureter, causing pain and/or stopping the flow of urine – or even give blood in the urine.

Kidney stone attacks are often experienced as strong back pain, right above the belt. The pain can be quite unbearable, extending down toward the lower back and groin area. In some cases they are even accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

If you have blood in your urine, even if it’s only once, you should consult a doctor. In many cases blood in the urine, will be the first symptom to detect this problem, and often it happens only once. Rocks and gravel can easily pass without any of these symptoms, as was the case with Bente. However, for her the stones caused repeated urinary tract infections, due to the high concentration of calcium oxalate in her urine.

The diet

Luckily, there are many counter actions to be taken for reducing the amount of calcium oxalate in your urine.

As for Bente, she is a glutton for chocolate. It refreshes her when she is tired, but still has many things to do. Also she always has her pockets full of nuts and almonds, since she doesn’t always have time to eat proper meals. She is a picky eater, and does not always trust the quality of the food available in the places where her work brings her.

If you are prone to developing kidney stones, then, regretfully, chocolate, nuts, and almonds in larger quantities, are to be avoided.

Bente is never thirsty and she explains that she often finds it difficult to go to the bathroom, and is often bothered by it in the middle of client consultations. She also despises water.

I have insisted that she drinks at least two liters of high quality water, on a daily basis. She can prepare a water bottle with two liters of water and then add lemon, both for the flavor and its many great qualities.

In addition, I’ve asked Bente to avoid rhubarb, beets, strawberry, and bran. I’ve also asked her to only consume small quantities of coffee, tea, and coco (chocolate milk). Bente loves her coffee, so we have settled on only two cups a day. Meat eaters with kidney stones must be extra careful of red steaks and too much alcohol. When you drink alcohol make sure to have a glass of water after each drink. Also, sugary treats and foods containing white flour, such as pasta, cookies, white rice, and soda are on the list of forbidden products.

Luckily this is not a problem for Bente, whose diet is mostly vegetarian, and very concerned about her health.

At times when she feels particularly tired, Bente indulges herself with a cola. There are studies that have shown that the consumption of cola can lead to kidney stones. Researchers have discovered that two liters of cola, daily, can change the composition of the urine in a negative way. But Bente’s consumption of cola is very limited, so I personally doubt that this is a problem.

In addition to the aforementioned prohibitions, I strongly recommended that she eat many green vegetables. And, in addition to water, I also recommended cranberry juice, parsley, tea from dande- lion, and tea from nettles three times a day.

Bente still can’t stand neither water nor herbal tea, but is determined to learn to like it.

Lovely smoothies with a variety of vegetables (carrots, kale, cucumber, and celery) can be extremely beneficial. Celery does contain a bit of oxalic acid, but is at the same time great for cleaning the kidneys, with its high concentration of potassium.

It is also important to remember there are a lot of great fruits available. The sugar found in fruit is very good for you.

Dietary supplements

Lastly, Bente and I have reached an agreement to change her supplements to better suit her current situation.

• For the returning infections, I recommended a known product, which contains a combination of two plants: andrographis paniculata, one of which is a Russian root that helps against infections and fights tiredness. There have been many placebo trials with this supplement that document its functionality.

• In my opinion, since Bente has received so many antibiotic treatments, she needs a very good probiotics to regulate her intestinal flora. It is speculated that roughly 80% of the immune system originates from the intestinal system. Many researchers are working on proving the correlation between a strong heart and intestinal system and its influence on the brain. Therefore I have advised her to take probiotics for at least a period of eight months.

• Bente is almost always suffering from stress, which is why I have advised her to take an easily absorbable vitamin-B supplement. Vitamin-B6, roughly 50 mg, should be added to the regular vitamin-B. If you lack B6, it is often easier for calcium oxalate to gather in the kidneys.

• An easy to absorb magnesium. Roughly 600 mg daily.

• Calcium with vitamin-D3. If you have an insufficient amount of calcium (and magnesium) in your system, it can lead to kidney stones.

• Resium. This is originally a Spanish herbal product, which affects both kidneys and gallbladder, and therefore gallstone. Resium, together with a change of lifestyle, can relieve and prevent kidney stones.

The above mentioned, was my recommendation to Bente. I was very happy to hear, a couple of weeks later, that she has followed the diet and my instructions, and is feeling much better now.

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• In other cases, I could have added a couple of products: the mineral silica, which also helps break down kidney stones.

• Vitamin-A is also very important. There is an increased chance of kidney stones if you lack vitamin-A. It also strengthens the mucous.

• You must not forget vitamin-C. That vitamin-C can cause kidney stones is a myth. If you lack vitamin-C, the body cannot produce the amino acid cysteine but will instead form cystine. That can be a direct cause of kidney stones.

• If you’ve already had kidney stones, it often returns, unfortunately. A preventive diet or lifestyle change could be to drink a table spoon of apple cider/cider vinegar with cold water, once a day.

• Therapies that might help remove the toxins could be reflexology, acupuncture, and lymphatic drainage.

• Though salt is important, remember to use it wisely. And if you are bedridden, be sure to consume sufficient water.

• The old Dr. A. Vogel writes in one of his books from 1980, that our kidneys undergo a lot of stress due to our modern lifestyle and diet. He especially attacks white sugar, which puts an enormous strain on our kidneys.

• He describes, that all kidney pains often disappear when all forms of sugar are completely avoided.

• If you know that you are prone to having kidney stones, be sure to tell your therapist, and ask them to proceed gently.

• There are quite a few homeopathic treatments that can relieve kidney stones. If you have the courage to try homeopathy, then it’s important that you find a well-educated and experienced homeopath that you can trust.

Healthy fats for the Brain

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The summer has fallen into the Autumn, and in addition to the fresher outdoor air, it is a return to the everyday routine. For me, Autumn is always a time for enthusiasm and new things to start. I have always loved studying and learning new things, because the Fall has always brought new hobbies with it, like sports, music or professional studies.

Here on the Costa del Sol the Winter season begins again, and with it the different centres and colleges start their various activities. In addition, many of us in the workplace are once again activated in the Autumn bustle, as Scandinavians return from their summer holidays to their Spanish homes. Accuracy, concentration and a sharp head are needed when customer service requires promptness and multi-language management.

For new learning and good concentration, a naturally, well-functioning brain is needed. Nowadays, it is known that nerve cell renewal is resembling all other cells in the body, and new nerve connections are constantly being formed. Like the rest of the body, the brain is shaped by our food choices. Therefore, what can be put into your mouth can have a great impact on, e.g. learning, concentration and memory.

There are a number of ways to support the new challenges of Autumn. Two noteworthy things are a well-functioning belly and balanced blood sugar. Colourful vegetables, fruits and berries provide the brain with protective preserves. Proteins are used e.g. as building materials for neurotransmitters. Many different herbs and nutrients support brain activity and blood circulation. Today however, I want to concentrate on healthy fats, and especially on the effects of lecithin.

The brain is mainly composed of fat. When eating unhealthy, depleted, and processed fats, it is clear that the brain does not function as quickly, as it does when enjoying organic and nutritious fats. Unprocessed fats keep the brain running and care for the the nervous system. Excellent sources of good fats include, cold pressed oils, nuts, seeds, avocado, fatty fish and egg yolk.

I believe that the body will tell each one of us whatsoever it needs. It is important to listen, interpret and act accordingly. On my own, I was startled some time ago when I longed for sunflower seeds for a couple of days to add my breakfast. However, I did not find them at home, so I was able to open my lecithin tub that is made with sunflower lecithin. It tasted delicious with raspberries, yoghurt and cinnamon. The next morning I used it again in my morning breakfast, this time on oatmeal and with blueberries.

In addition to the good, tasty breakfast, I quickly realised the effects of lecithin because I felt energetic as if I had been given a special fuel for the brain – all the laziness that was left behind by the summer was gone. Since that experience, I have been adding the sunflower enthusiastically now on a daily basis in different recipes, e.g, in fruit juice.

In addition to lecithin feeding the brain, it also boosts fat metabolism. It contains useful phospholipids, such as choline and fatty acids, e.g. linolenic acid. Choline helps the fats to migrate into the muscle’s energy source. In addition, it also supports and balances liver function by transporting fat away from the liver. Lecithin can also be warmly recommended for balancing cholesterol levels.

Lecithin could therefore be an excellent addition for anyone who needs a bit of extra support with the Spanish course! 😉

To the new beginnings of autumn, an energetic start and joy! Be sure to listen to your body!

Tiina – Anni’s Vital Shop, Los Boliches

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Fitness Goals

Fitness is 20% exercise, and 80% nutrition. You’ve probably heard that before, and you must know that it is not always as simple as that. There are certain factors that also need to be taken into consideration.

Stress can do a lot more to your body than you realise.

Stress triggers the cortisol levels in the blood, which can increase your chances for being overweight or make it more difficult to lose. Yoga or a long walk by the beach can help you to relax the body, mind and soul.

“To me, yoga is about physical and mental fitness. For the physical, that means becoming stronger, more flexible, and more balanced; for the mental, it means giving my mind room to breathe, letting go of the stresses of my day-to-day life, and finding calm.” —Elliot Kort, yoga practitioner

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Adequate sleep can have a massive influence on your weight as well. While our consciousness rests, our body is as busy as a bee, working hard to rebuild muscles and tissue. Our immune system increases too. While our brain is busy processing all the impressions from that day, waste products are being removed from our brain cells.

Taking medication can also cause weight gain, or make weight loss more difficult. Medication such as corticosteroids taken for conditions like asthma and lupus, anti-depressants, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, beta-blockers, anti-epileptics, etc can all slow down your goals.

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Eating a varied, healthy everyday diet is essential. Finding out which metabolic type you are will make it easier to plan meals. Knowing your metabolic type diet will enable you to combine proteins, carbohydrates and fats in a ratio that is just right for you.

The protein type diet suits me best, meaning I need a high-protein, high-fat diet as I burn through carbohydrates too quickly. If you are the same type as me, include plenty of protein such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, nuts, seeds and chickpeas, and healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, linseed oil, olive oil, etc.

Drink at least 2 litres of pure water a day. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar as they tend to give you big plunges in energy and mood.

Keep an eye on your portion sizes. Just 30 calories more a day, is 2 kilos extra weight a year. 5 – 7 small meals with lots of vegetables will help you to feel full all day, whilst keeping your metabolism going.

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Try these tips for keeping in shape:

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is ideal for those of us who have a short attention span. You can do it anywhere, and you can even train without any gear.

This is a great way to increase your metabolism, burn fat while maintaining muscle mass, get a healthier heart, and is great if you enjoy a challenge.

I like to do 20 minutes of HIIT cardio.

  • Jog for 5 minutes to warm up
  • Run full power for 30 seconds – 1 minute
  • Rest interval of 2 minutes. I walk or jog
  • Repeat this 5 times.

NEAT activity (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) – is the energy your burn when you’re not eating, sleeping or exercising. E.g. Standing up helps you burn a lot more calories than when sitting down.

I try to maintain a healthy diet, preferably filled with a wide variety of foods. I like to eat a rainbow of vegetables, as different colours provide different nutrients. In this way, my body gets all the nutrients needed in order to function optimally. I also eat a multivitamin, omega 3 fish oil, extra B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium to keep this active body running smoothly.

A study in the USA has shown, that a low content of vitamin C in the body makes it 11% harder to burn fat. A too-low level of vitamin D in the blood means a less good muscle strength, therefore worse exercise results.

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Cauliflower is low on carbohydrates, making it a good alternative to rice and potatoes. It’s rich in fiber, vitamin C – 1 cup (128g) contains 77% of the RDI. It also contains plenty more nutrients.

Cauliflower rice recipe: (Enough for 2)

300 g Grated or chopped cauliflower

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

2 cm ginger finely chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp tamari sauce

pepper to taste

1 tsp Olive oil

How to cook:

Heat olive oil in a pan on a low heat, add cauliflower, garlic and ginger and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes. Stir frequently. Once the cauliflower is turning golden yellow, add the tamari sauce and spices. Stir well and serve while it’s still warm. You can also top with parsley and chili, fried mushrooms, or add lemon/lime.

Enjoy by itself, or with your meal, as a healthy alternative to rice.

I like to scramble 2 eggs into the mix, as a healthy after workout meal.

 

If you have recently set yourself some fitness/weight goals, then give your body time to adjust to the changes, and try not to be hard on yourself. Problems with your thyroid, metabolism, etc. can also have a massive influence on weight, and these problems will need to be addressed.

My personal goal is to FEEL healthy. I don’t weigh myself anymore, I find I get too focused on numbers rather than how I am feeling. Eating right and taking good care of yourself, will usually give you the results you work for. Most importantly, I try to speak kindly to myself, and am slowly learning to be grateful for the body I have, instead of constantly wishing for something better.

Hannah – Anni’s Vital Shop, Carrefour, Mijas Costa

PANIC in childhood streets by Anni Dahms

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

Español * English * Dansk * Suomi

 

Personally, I take it very seriously when I hear from people suffering from panic attacks.

I still clearly remember my first, and very severe panic attack when I was only 8 years old. My dad, mom and I had just moved from our wonderful villa to a far more modest neighbourhood, and my parents were going out one evening, thinking I was old enough to stay home alone. I was, after all, such a grown-up, responsible girl now. I was put to bed and they locked the door on their way out.

It wasn’t long before I started to freak myself out, imagining all sorts of terrifying things, like grey men dropping from the ceiling.

Within no time I ran to front door, crying and screaming for help through the mail slot. All that got me was an upstairs neighbour, shouting at me to shut up. Other than that, nothing.

There was only one thought in my head: I had to get out and be around other people!

I quickly looked for, and found, the spare key, put on my green linen dress and red sneakers and sprinted out into the pouring rain.

I ran as fast as I could, through the dark, empty provincial streets, heading straight for the local cinema, where I knew the clerk selling tickets, and where I was sure people were enjoying themselves.

There I sat in a quiet corner, wet and exhausted, until the last people left and the clerk was ready to close up for the night.

With no other choice left, my clothes and shoes still drenched, I returned home. Even though I was still scared, the panic had stopped and I finally managed to get some sleep.

Thankfully this was only a one time incident.

Now, looking back, I think my extreme reaction was due to the cultural shock of leaving the wonderful home of my childhood, and replacing it for a uniform, modest housing project. A project where one apartment was exactly the same as the next one. The only way to get out of that apartment was through a dusty backyard, filled with the noisy kids from the neighbourhood while I was an only child in need of quiet time.

This horrible experience has been seared into my memory, and whenever anyone asks me to help them with their panic attacks, I take it very seriously.

Case story

The daughter of a friend of mine, a beautiful, athletic, thirty year old, sent me an email, explaining that she was experiencing panic attack and that they seemed to be getting worse. Knowing what I do about her background, I think I also know what might be triggering the panic attacks: Silla’s (fake name) beloved father died of cancer and now her mother suffering from a serious form of cancer as well, and very ill.

Added to that, Silla has recently started a new job, an important one, and it demands a lot of her professional abilities. Luckily Silla has a wonderful partner, who supports her in everything she does.

By now, Silla’s panic attacks are so severe that they disrupt her everyday life completely. She often wakes up breathing difficultly, her heart racing while she’s completely paralyzed by fear. In fact, there are times that she can barely get out of bed.

The attacks can come suddenly, when she’s walking down the street, and then she has to rush home in order to calm down again. It often happens while out for groceries, too, forcing her to abandon products and cart as she rushes away. The worst is when the attacks happen at work, where she is left with no recourse but to drop everything and rush home, too.

Her superior is aware of her situation and the panic attacks, and for the moment, thankfully, he is understanding and forgiving of her problem.

Diet

Silla is working hard to improve on her diet. She is well aware that a healthy, nourishing diet is more important now than ever, given her condition. Before all this, she didn’t think much about her dietary choices, but now she puts in tremendous efforts to always eat organic foods that stabilize her blood sugar levels. She steers clear of high sugar products, alcohol, coffee, cola, fast food and on top of this, she doesn’t eat milk based products, pasta or white flour.

For Silla, I have stressed the importance of eating a lot of vegetables each day, especially colourful vegetable that can be prepared in a variety of ways, such as raw, grilled, boiled and in smoothies, etc. Furthermore, I would like to add that it is a good idea to combine healthy fats, protein and fibre rich carbohydrates. For instance, by adding whole grain products to every meal.

Make sure to eat high quality protein from fresh fish, meat, poultry and eggs. Dairy products, admittedly, are a great source of protein, but Silla doesn’t feel that she can digest them properly, so we have left them alone.

For carbohydrates I always recommend buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, barley and oats. You can boil them, but other than that, try to leave them as unprocessed as possible.

Silla used to start her morning with a glass of fresh orange juice, but I immediately advised against this, seeing as orange juice is one of those products that quickly raises blood sugar levels, and then, just as quickly makes it drop again. This quick up and down can have a negative effect on the mental state.

In that regard it is best to avoid fruit altogether in the morning. Silla has told me that she feels best in the morning, when she starts her day with oatmeal, sprinkled with almonds and nuts. I had to smile a little when Silla told me this, because I know that oats have a calming effect on the nervous system.To my enjoyment, I have found that the body often choses the foods we need the most.

I have suggested that she try adding some buckwheat to her oatmeal to help her more.

When it comes to healthy fats, I recommend cold pressed, unrefined oils such as coconut oil, flaxseed oil and olive oil. Keep them refrigerated.

Silla is not a vegetarian, but had this been the case, I would have told her about the importance of full protein, which ensures that you get all the amino acids the body needs. For instance, combining beans with whole grain, nuts and seeds.

I also like to point out the importance of consuming a little bit of high quality salt, such as sea salt, and perhaps combining it with a good herbal salt. Silla, obviously has to be careful with salt.

In my opinion, there is a tight correlation between low blood sugar and adrenal fatigue, so all in all, Silla is now on the right track when it comes to her diet.

Dietary supplements

As I said, I believe that Silla’s problem stems from adrenal fatigue. You often develop this problem when stressful factors mount to such heights that the body and mind no longer know how to cope.

We discussed the necessity of dietary supplements and the importance of taking them on a regular basis.

Silla has never taking anything other than regular vitamin pills, and doesn’t know anything about dietary supplements.

In this case, the most important thing is that the supplement doesn’t add to her stress levels.

• First of all I recommend a good, fairly strong multivitamin/mineral tablet taken on a daily basis.

• Vitamin-C with bioflavonoids slow release, 3 grams daily. (Vitamin-C provides support to the adrenal gland, while also strengthening the immune system.)

• Vitamin-B (if it is sufficient) take 1 tablet a day. Vitamin-B is great for restoring a tired adrenal function. It is very important to get all the different kinds of vitamin-B, considering they work together. A little bit of every vitamin-B needs to be present when the body works with specific vitamin-B variant in large quantities.

• It can also be a good idea to add Panthotenic acid (B5) 500mg, 1 tablet daily. Panthotenic acid is essential for the adrenal gland, and improves our stress threshold.

• Inositol, which is part of the lecithin molecule, has shown to be a great against panic attacks and other mental imbalances. To be taken in doses of 500 mg, 2 x a day.

• Lastly, I recommend, Rhodiola. It is the only product which is not part of the vitamin series. Rhodiola is a remarkable plant, which has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for countless years. It is known for its many good qualities, among which the reduction of a variety of stresses, also those which go back many years. They aid in optimizing the adrenal glands’ function. Different studies also show that Rhodiola help regulate the serotonin level in the brain.

Additionally

There are other dietary supplements that I could have recommended to Silla. For instance, vitamin B6, Ashwagandha, larger doses of essential fatsSchisandraSt. Johns Wort and more. But, based on my consult with her, I chose to recommend the list above.

When it comes to tea, I have recommended a few cups of chamomile per day. Chamomile, generally has a calming effect on the nervous system. Another delicious treat that she could try is Rooibos, which has a mildly balancing effect on the mind. There are, of course, other therapeutic measures that can be taken. For Silla, it also helped to see a psychologist, allowing her to talk with someone about her troubles, both present and past.

For a short period of time, it might even be a good idea to take prescription medicine to help her through the worst. But Silla has completely rejected this option.

Knock therapy, thought field therapy and acupuncture are, among the many forms of therapy that could have positive effects on panic attacks.

Silla is a strong willed, clever young woman, determined to claw her way back to an everyday life where she can function normally again.

Luckily, her workplace is very happy to have her, and they have allowed her to work part-time for as long as she needs.

Within a month of starting her “treatment”, Silla’s panic attacks started to decrease in frequency, giving her better control over them, allowing her to use the coping mechanism her psychologist taught her.

For those struggling with panic attacks it could also be smart to contact http://www.angstforeningen.dk. The association offers many wonderful options, including a support group where you can talk to others about your particular situation.

There are no Danish studies about how many people actually suffer from panic attacks, but by comparing the numbers from other countries, it seems safe to say that at least 2% of the population in Denmark will suffer from panic attacks at one time or other. That amounts to a 100,000 people in Denmark alone.

Women’s life by Anni Dahms

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

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Today, on the 14th of June, one of the most famous author and journalist of our time, Lise Nørgaard, celebrates her hundredth birthday. As I sit here on this exact day, I can’t think of a more obvious topic than a woman’s life, and how much has changed over the past decades.

For those who don’t know her, Lise Nørgaard is the writer of the (almost) world famous, 2014, TV-show: Matador.

Lise Nørgaard is a strong woman. One of the things she is renowned for is that women themselves are responsible for obtaining equal rights. This has been Lise Nørgaard’s key issue for many years.

She herself is a great example of this. Many years ago she had a burning desire to become a journalist, but to achieve this she had to fight her family for the right to get an education.

For many years, Lise Nørgaard has been one of my biggest role models. In my career of choice, she was a shining beacon as I took the road less travelled, rather than the one that was expected of me.

Recently, while in Cancun Mexico, a friend of mine showed me a sculpture (see picture) located in the Zona Hotelera that, to me, expresses women’s strength and power, most accurately. 

While showing me the sculpture, my friend shared with me a story of true strength of women in the real world. He told me of his grandmother, with whom he had spent part of his childhood. Of the time when she, as a mother of five, moved into an apartment building reserved for soldiers and their families. And of how she lost the right to live in that very building when her husband retired from his career as a soldier.

Since she no longer had any direct connection to the military, both police and military arrived at her doorstep with machine guns and batons, to throw her and her family out. But, his grandmother had been a large, formidable woman, with an apron that always seemed to go on forever, and was marked by many years of use. She herded all her children behind her, ripped open her shirt and screamed at the men that they would have to kill her in front of her children if they wanted her out of the apartment.

The soldiers were speechless faced by this would-be martyr, and after quiet discussion amongst themselves, departed peacefully, leaving the family to live many good years within that very apartment.

 

Life goes on

For the generations to come, the most important fact is that life always goes on. And it is because of this that the female sex is given and incredible toughness and strength.

Today a woman’s life is reflected in many different facets depending on which part of the world you are located, and under which conditions you grow up.

I was born during the war and women’s lives have changed tremendously since then.

I come from a home where equality was a given. Unfortunately, this conscious equality between the sexes had not been implemented fully when it came to equality in the workforce.

A woman’s life today still demands considerable effort. I myself was raised in a time where a woman’s place, once she got married, was the home. Personally, I am not well suited for this kind of work, and I hated it wholeheartedly.

But luckily a huge development occurred in the years after I got married. Life became more challenging and demanding, but also a lot more interesting. Besides being a mother and a wife, new opportunities became available. Doors, inaccessible to women before, opened and enabled me to study and obtain new, different educations. These changes gave me the opportunity to enter into a field where my interests and abilities could be truly utilized. Although the workplace did not have complete equality when it came to pay, for instance, it was well on its way. Besides, here I must quote Lise Nørgaard – “stop whining, and instead put forth your best efforts to obtain equal pay”.

When, in quiet moments, I ponder how the life of women has become in this day and age, I wouldn’t trade it with how it was seven decades ago. But, I can also get exhausted thinking of what the world expects of women, and what women expect of themselves.

We have to get an education. We have to be present in the workforce. We have to have children, even though many employers don’t like it, because it disrupts workflow.

We have to be good and engaged parents. Even if we don’t have much time with our kids, as they spend most of their days exposed to outside sources. We have to participate in PTA meetings, make sure we have hobbies, stay professionally updated, follow the world’s political developments, keep our bodies healthy, slim, and toned, be inventive and passionate lovers for our partners, and make sure that our family stays on a healthy and ecological diet.

The list is endless.

 

Dietary supplements

 

A woman’s life is exciting and challenging. In order to live life and keep up with our everyday toils, it  is a good idea to take dietary supplements that will assist you no matter where you are on the scale of challenges, workload, or age. Why? Because, in my opinion, our diet does not contain sufficient vitamins/minerals, oils etc to sustain us in our busy new lives.

My general recommendations are:

    •    Multivitamin/mineral of good quality. If you are a vegetarian then make sure to get a supplement which is made for vegans/vegetarians.

    •    Vitamin-D. All over the world, everyone seems to lack vitamin-D, it is so very important for our bones, immune system etc. I myself use 100 mcg daily. Remember to buy vitamin-D in oil form, as vitamin-D needs oil to be absorbed by the body.

    •    Possibly an extra source of vitamin-B. A large part of the western world is lacking vitamin-B.

Vitamin-B is vitally important, and helps us with, among other things, dealing with our daily stress. Engineer Okholm once wrote that even a rat could become an alcoholic, if it lacked vitamin-B. It is hard to overdose vitamin-B as it is water-soluble.

    •    Omega-3 oils. I personally prefer Krill-oils, it originates from krill but also contains a bit of Astaxanthin, which is a strong antioxidant that strengthens the immune system.

A relatively new kind of Omega 3 has become available. It comes from algae. I personally find it to be a new and exciting product that I have been taking for a couple of months now, and I feel that it has served me well. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, then these capsules could be a great choice.

    •    An extra supplement of calcium and magnesium of good quality could also be a good idea.

    •    If you would like to strengthen your immune system, then I suggest Astragalus from the astragalus plant. It strengthens the immune system and helps circulation in kidneys and blood circulation, it also fights tiredness. Some experts even propose that it is life extending. I have been taking it for an extended period and my immune system along with the rest of my body seems to benefit from it. However, make sure to get a product, which has a fairly high dosage.

 

The daily diet

 

To make it as healthy as possible, plan your diet with a lot of vegetables and fruits. But do remember to allow for some delights every now and then that are less healthy. If too fanatic, a lot of people go crazy and start to overindulge in fast food etc. even for longer periods of times when the diet is too constrictive. The principle of 80% healthy, with 20% guilty pleasures, is something which I personally find very attractive. This counts especially for children. If children have only been exposed to healthy foods, you run the risk that when unsupervised, they will go straight for all the unhealthy options. 

My own daughter was a perfect example for this. She loved everything sweet, but pedagogically correct as I was back then (I was a nurse, after all), I gave her an apple. She thanked me and promptly walked over to our neighbors’ kids, where she traded the apple for a pack of gummi worms, of the worst quality!

If you have a family to take care of, it can be a good idea to set up a food plan for one week at a time, so you can also limit your shopping to once a week.

The vegetables can be ready-made and saved in the refrigerator.

If at all possible, buy ecological. But don’t panic if this is not possible, there is still plenty of nourishment in the regular vegetables and fruits, too.

A lot of children and men simply hate salads and vegetables. If you are in charge of cooking, then a variety of smoothies can be a great way to get the family to eat healthy.

Many women have an uncontrollable urge for something sweet in the afternoon. Make sure to satisfy that sweet tooth with a few almonds, nuts, fruits, or perhaps even a bit of dark chocolate before you go crazy with the licorice an/or snackbars.

Acceptance of ourselves

 

For many years, I have, more or less consciously, suffered for the magazines and the media’s idea of the ideal female body. Thankfully that image was thoroughly revised during my last trip to Cancun. After a shower, my friend came into the room where I was air drying myself in the mild breeze from the balcony.

Full of amazement and with stars in his eyes he exclaimed that I was beautiful, much like a picture from Rembrandt. Considering I don’t know many of Rembrandt’s paintings, I had had to Google his work to discover that Rembrandt’s ideal of the female body was vastly different from modern one. Here the women had wrinkled arms, small breasts, and bloated stomachs. As far as I could tell, the women in the paintings were often his wife.

Most amazingly, the woman on the paintings appeared happy with herself and exuded a certain confident charm.

This event has improved my confidence considerably, so this summer I will be showing off my wrinkled grandmother arms! And, I have even unearthed my bikini from the back of the closet!

However, I do still believe that in order to strengthen our health and live happy lives, we need plenty of exercise and care. All within the best of our abilities.