Monthly Archives: May 2018

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

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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.