Cavities

Hello, my dear readers and writers! As you know from my previous post, I have experienced some dental issues and I have to take care of my oral hygiene more than I did before. Because cavities.

What are cavities?

Cavities are caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay can affect both the outer coating of a tooth (called enamel) and the inner layer (called dentin).

Cavities are formed when foods rich in carbohydrates like bread, cereal, milk, soda, fruit, cake, candy, etc stay on our teeth. In this way, the bacteria in our mouth transforms them into acids.

The bacteria, acid, food debris, and our saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel, creating holes called cavities.

Untreated, cavities get larger and affect deeper layers of our teeth. Cleaning our teeth should be a habit, as in time, cavities develop and we may suffer from severe pain, infections, and tooth loss.

How tooth decay occurs

As I mentioned, cavities are formed by tooth decay, which is a process that occurs in time.

Plaque forms. Dental plaque is a clear sticky film that coats our teeth. It’s due to eating a lot of sugars and starches and not cleaning our teeth well. When sugars and starches aren’t cleaned off our teeth, bacteria quickly begin feeding on them and form plaque. Plaque that stays on your teeth can harden under or above our gum line into tartar (calculus). Tartar makes plaque more difficult to remove and creates a shield for bacteria.

Plaque attacks. The acids in plaque remove minerals in our tooth’s hard, outer enamel. This erosion causes tiny openings or holes in the enamel — the first stage of cavities. Once areas of enamel are worn away, the bacteria and acid can reach the next layer of our teeth, called dentin. This layer is softer than enamel and less resistant to acid. Dentin has tiny tubes that directly communicate with the nerve of the tooth causing sensitivity.

Destruction continues. As tooth decay develops, the bacteria and acid continue their march through our teeth, moving next to the inner tooth material (pulp) that contains nerves and blood vessels. The pulp becomes swollen and irritated from the bacteria. Because there is no place for the swelling to expand inside of a tooth, the nerve becomes pressed, causing pain. Discomfort can even extend outside of the tooth root to the bone.

What causes cavities?

Foods that cling to our teeth for a long time, such as milk, ice cream, honey, sugar, soda, dried fruit, cake, cookies, hard candy and mints, dry cereal, and chips — are more prone to cause decay than foods that are easily washed away by saliva.

Frequent snacking and sipping. Even if it is recommended in certain diets, the frequent snacking and sipping give mouth bacteria more fuel to produce acids that attack our teeth and wear them down. The situation gets worse if we consume acidic drinks like Coca Cola.

Brushing. It’s very important to brush our teeth sooner after we eat or drink, because plaque forms quickly, and the first stages of tooth decay can begin.

Dry Mouth. Saliva prevents tooth decay by washing away the foods and plague from our teeth. Substances found in saliva also help counter the acid produced by bacteria.

Heartburn. Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause stomach acid to flow into our mouth (reflux), wearing away the enamel of your teeth and causing significant tooth damage.

How to prevent cavities?

It is important to brush our teeth after we eat, preferably with fluoride toothpaste. To clean between teeth we can floss or use an interdental cleaner. We can also use a mouth wash with fluoride to wash away the excess foods between the teeth after the brushing process.

Eating tooth-friendly foods should be on our list as well. We should avoid foods that cling to our teeth, and brush soon after eating them, if required. Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables increase saliva flow, and unsweetened coffee, tea, and sugar-free gum help wash away food particles.

It’s advised to avoid frequent snacking and sipping, because our teeth are constantly under attack, as we help our mouth bacteria create acids that can destroy tooth enamel.

Tap water is high in fluoride which can help reduce tooth decay significantly. If we only stick on to bottled water, we might miss the fluoride benefits.

In the end, it’s essential to consult with our dentist, have regular visits, and get professional help. The best advice that I can give is to start early. If you have a tooth sensitivity, a small cavity, don’t let it dwell and get worse. Seek professional help and have a healthy smile! 😉😁

Cashew nuts

Hello, dear readers! Today’s post is going to be about Cashew nuts. I grew fond of them not a long time ago, hence, today I wanted to share with you more information about Cashew nuts and why are they so delicious and yet healthy.

What is the cashew nut?

The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple. The tree can grow as high as 14 m (46 ft), but the dwarf cashew, growing up to 6 m (20 ft), has proven more profitable, with earlier maturity and greater yields.

The cashew seed is often considered a nut in the culinary sense; this cashew nut is eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter. Like the tree, the nut is often simply called a cashew.

Beneficial effects of the Cashew nuts

Heart benefits

The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in its case study shows that nuts are likely to be beneficial for health, keeping away various ailments, such as heart diseaseCashews help lower LDL (bad cholesterol levels) and increase the carrying capacity for HDL (good cholesterol level). HDL is responsible to absorb the cholesterol from the heart and take it to the liver where it can be broken down.

The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) stated that nutrients in nuts, such as unsaturated fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants may confer heart-protective, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cashew nuts are a rich source of monounsaturated fats (MUFA) that slow the release of blood into the bloodstream. The anti-diabetic properties of cashews work thanks to hydro-ethanolic substances in the form of anarcadic acid, which controls the spread of glucose in the body. Sufficient cashew intake also helps prevent arterial hypertension (blood pressure greater than 140/90).

Prevention of blood disease

Cashew nuts are rich in copper, which plays an important role in the elimination of free radicals from the body. Copper deficiency can lead to iron deficiencies, in my case, anemia.

Protector for the eye

Cashews contain a rich antioxidant pigment named Zea Xanthin. This pigment is directly absorbed by our retina, says nutritionist Anju Sood. This then forms a protective layer over our retina which prevents the harmful UV rays. 

Dr. Anshul Jaibahrat Bhatnagar says small quantities of Zea Xanthin help prevent age-related macular degeneration in the elderly and hence helps maintain eye health.

Improves the skin

Cashew nut oil is rich in selenium, zinc, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous. Also, they are great sources of phytochemicals, proteins, and antioxidants. The high percentage of selenium in cashews is not only good for your skin but it helps to prevent cancer as well.

Enriches the hair follicle

The consumption of cashews as well as the application of cashew oil on your scalp ensures healthy hair. “Copper present in cashew nut oil helps in the production of skin and hair pigment called melanin,” says nutritionist Gargi Sharma. Cashew enhances hair color and will provide a silky-smooth texture due to the presence of linoleic and oleic acids.

Healthy gums

Eating cashew nuts will maintain the gums and teeth healthy, as cashews have a positive effect for the oral cavity. The chewing causes excessive saliva production which neutralizes streptococcal bacteria in the mouth.

Prevents headaches

Besides promoting a healthy brain function, cashews also contain phytosterols that reduce the duration of headaches.

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H. Pylori Insights on food intake

Hello, my dear readers and writers! Yesterday, I told you about my infection with H. Pylori and offered you a small insight into it in general. Today, I am going to speak about foods that are permitted and not permitted during the treatment of H. Pylori.

Foods that need to be avoided in H. Pylori infection and chronic gastritis

Researches show that a diet in high fiber increases the risk of developing ulcer disease. Foods like oats, psyllium husk, flax seeds, nuts, and certain fruits like apples, pineapples, lemon, oranges, and carrots can affect our health when consumed in large quantities.

Both caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks can increase the acid production and exacerbate symptoms in the affected organisms.

Alcoholic beverages can erode the protective mucosal lining along the gastrointestinal tract and lead to further inflammation and bleeding.

All forms of caffeine, including Colas, Pepsi, chocolate, ice cream, candies, coffee, and decaffeinated coffee can cause heartburn problems for people.

Spicy foods like jalapeño, cayenne peppers, salsa, Asian curries, miso paste, and spicy mustard need to be avoided at all costs because they might worsen the symptoms.

Pickled vegetables like pickled herring and kimchi have to be withdrawn. Pickling involves preserving foods in vinegar, and is very acidic causing the irritation of the stomach.

Fatty foods, fried and greasy meals along with yellow cheese are to be avoided because they are rich in fat, make digestion difficult, and can cause stomach pain and heartburn.

It is important to stay away from instant rice, pretzels, egg noodles, brown rice, oatmeal, and popcorn.

Processed meats and canned foods need to be removed from our diet as well, because they have a lot of preservatives and chemicals that can damage the stomach and the intestine, causing inflammation and pain.

It is suggested to avoid salt intake, because it can increase the risk of cancer if you have an H. Pylori infection. Salt disturbs the viscosity and the integrity of the stomach mucus, making it easier to colonize and cause damage.

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Beneficial foods during the treatment of H. Pylori and chronic gastritis

Studies have shown that Vitamin A can increase the production of mucus in the gastrointestinal tract and it has a protective effect against the development of ulcer disease. Foods rich in Vitamin A are: broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, collard greens, and liver.

Studies conducted in China show that green tea and other foods rich in flavonoids can fight chronic gastritis. According to the studies, white and oolong tea can inhibit the growth of H. Pylori but cause no harm to beneficial types of bacteria normally found in the stomach (L. acidophilus, L. Plantarum, and B. Lungum).

Foods rich in flavonoids: garlic, onions, colorful fruits and vegetables, such as cranberries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots and snap peas.

It is recommended to eat non-acidic fruits and boiled vegetables during the treatment for H. Pylori because they can be easily digested and improve the bowel function.

Cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of H. Pylori growth in the stomach. The normal amount of cranberry juice that should be drank is a cup of 250 ml a day. Cranberry tannins can block the bacteria without destroying it. Cranberry helps by either not allowing the bacteria to attach itself or by disengaging it from the body once it is attached, and prevent inflammation.

White meats and fish contain a lower amount of fat which helps with digestion and prevents the foods from staying too long in the stomach, causing pain and a fullness feeling. During the treatment for H. Pylori it is recommended to eat these meats boiled with a pinch of salt and a bay leaf to add flavor and avoid increasing the acidity.

Probiotics are present in foods like kefir or yogurt. Probiotics form the good bacteria that live in the intestine and stimulate the production of substances that fight H. Pylori.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 help to reduce stomach inflammation and prevent the growth of H. Pylori. These good substances can be found in fish oil, olive oil, carrot seeds, and grapefruit seed oil.

According to a study, some types of honeys, such as oak tree and manuka honeys can lower the H. Pylori infection if taken at least once a week.

Rice extract protects the gastric mucosa from stress-induced damage. According to this study, the rice extract was effective in suppressing the inflammation and epithelial cell proliferation in the gastric mucosa in H. pylori infection.

Staying hydrated, drinking more water, eating more fresh fruits low in acids, and consuming white cheese can reduce the stomach inflammation and regulate the intestinal transit.

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Other tips to fight chronic gastritis and H. Pylori infection

  • Take the medicines as prescribed by the doctor;
  • Avoid any foods that bother your stomach, rich in acids like oranges, tomatoes, coffee, carbonated drinks;
  • Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, or chewing tobacco because they slow the healing process. If you smoke, try to quit.
  • Try to get 8 hours of sleep;
  • Stay fit, performing exercises;
  • Try to keep a healthy weight, eat the appropriate foods for healing the stomach lining and avoid overeating, stop when you have the sensation of fullness;
  • Eat smaller meals and eat them more often. Have the necessary amount of 3 meals a day;
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods;
  • Try to avoid getting stressed out, and find new ways to relax and be happy. Take walks, watch a movie, listen to music. A positive thinking can help you get healed;
  • Avoid taking pills like Aspirin, Ibuprofen. They can irritate the stomach. If needed, take Tylenol in case of pain.
  • Always wash your hands when going to the bathroom, or cooking.
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Is it Helicobacter?

Hello, dear readers! It’s been a few days since I have not posted anything. I got a little busy, and to admit, I have also been sick. I had a flu that kept returning, felt dizzy, had lung pains, lost my appetite, nausea, difficulty swallowing, and had abdominal pains.

At the beginning I thought that maybe I had the Covid19 Virus, and got scared. Feeling tired of taking so many over the counter medicines that did not actually work I thought that it’s time to visit a doctor and get tested.

So, on Friday, I took my courage and in the morning, went out to the clinic. Everything went well, no problems and by 4 PM I had the results. Turns out, it’s not the Virus that caused all my problems but a chronic gastritis with high reflux and Helicobacter Pylori.

Hence, today’s post is going to be, mostly about Helicobacter Pylori.

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What is Helicobacter?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that causes infections in our stomach. These germs can enter our bodies and live in the digestive tract. After many years, these germs can cause sores called ulcers in the lining of our stomach or the upper part of our small intestine.

H. Pylori can also be found in stool, saliva, and plague on the teeth. H. Pylori can be transmitted from a person to another especially if people who are infected do not thoroughly wash their hands after a bowel movement. People may also spread the bacteria through kissing or other close contact.

The infection with this bacteria is very common and affects two-thirds of the world’s population.

What are the causes of Helicobacter pylori?

The causes of Helicobacter are multiple, the bacteria can be present in water, spicy foods, and can be caused by smoking habits but it can also be triggered by stress and a bad lifestyle.

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Symptoms

In cases of an ulcer, we may feel a dull or burning pain in our belly. The pain will come and go, but we will feel it the most when the stomach is empty, between meals or in the middle of the night. The pain can last for a few minutes or even hours. Drinking milk, eating, and taking and anti-acid can help us calm the pain.

Other symptoms may include: bloating, burping, nausea, vomiting, weight loss for no reason. Also, in advanced cases we may experience trouble breathing, dizziness, pale skin color, heartburn, feeling very tired for no reason, severe, sharp pain in the stomach.

Testing

I preferred a blood test, as it was the fastest method, because I did not even know that I had Helicobacter, I only tested because my doctor advised me to do so. But your doctor may also recommend you: physical exams, endoscopy, biopsy or CT or an MRI.

Helicobacter Treatment

In severe cases of Helicobacter, a treatment is required to kill the germs, heal the stomach lining, and keep the sores from coming back.

The treatment consists of: 

  1. Antibiotics – to kill the bacteria in the body, as amoxicillin or metronidazole.
  2. Drugs that reduce the amount of acid in our stomach by blocking the tiny pumps that produce it. Examples: Esomeprazole, Omeprazole.
  3. Bismuth subsalicylate which may help to kill the H. Pylori bacteria along with antibiotics.
  4. Medicines that block the chemical histamine, which prompts our stomach to make more acid. Examples: Cimetidine, Ranitidine.

The treatment is prescribed by a doctor and the dozes and period are established by him/her only. Mine prescribed a treatment of two months, because I am in an advanced state.

Prevention

  1. Wash our hands after using the bathroom or after preparing or eating the food.
  2. Avoid foods or water that are not clean;
  3. Avoid caffeine (a challenge for me);
  4. Don’t eat anything that is not cooked thoroughly.

It’s important to avoid eating spicy foods, carbonated drinks, picked foods, smoking, or drinking alcohol. Also stress can be a huge triggering factor for this Bacteria, and we need to stay relaxed or at least try to.

The foods that are considered natural treatments for H. Pylori (not scientifically proven though) are the following: broccoli, matuka tea, manuka honey, coconut oil.

Conclusions

I don’t know what exactly caused me to have this bacteria in the first place. I do have a history of medical issues with gastritis since childhood, because I made poor choices in regards to the foods and ate fast food and unhealthy meals.

But I thought that it passed away and now I am healed. Turns out, it’s the other way around. I just hope that things will get better and that I will get healthy after following the treatment prescribed by the doctors.

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Funny Wednesday

Hello, my dear ones! I decided today to share with you a few health memes, to loosen up the tension gathered throughout the week. To be mentioned, I collected the pictures from the Google Images search engine. Most of them have the original source pinned. Enjoy!

‘Our health plan is quite simple. You get a shiny apple each day.’
„I don’t care if it keeps the doctor away…we were told not to eat it!”

30 Days Change Plan

Hello, dear readers and writers! I have been reading recently the posts of „Chatting with San„, she is an amazing blogger and a real example to us all, if you are curious you can check out her page.

As I was saying, I was reading her posts and she had a 30 days challenge, that included getting rid of all the sweets in the house, and stop eating junk food, this along with cardio and exercising.

I have been exercising for a while, but in regards to the food and diet, I haven’t paid so much attention. I am trying to be more aware in regards to the foods that I eat and try to cut out on sweets.

Taking a look at my daily foods

I eat sweets and sugary foods for like 7-8 times a day. I started to count every sweet aliment that I eat: sweet yogurts, sweet bars, cakes, pancakes, chocolate and even salty and fatty foods like potato chips, salty bacon chips etc.

Taking a look at my diet I am ashamed 😩. I did cut out on the fast food as I don’t travel so much and I don’t spend time in the food court at the mall anymore, but I am still dissapointed. I also used to order pizza or crispy menus. Therefore, from a cheat day, I managed turned every day into a fatty meal plan, without even knowing it.

My meals are disordered, as I change shifts at work frequently, from the morning up to the core hours, and end up eating and 12 AM in the morning. I am a huge consumer of coffee but in exchange I don’t consume any alcoholic beverages.

According to the weighing scale I am now 64 kg in and have 1.68 height. Now, that is not my purpose. I wish to arrive back at 50 kg, as I used to be.

In Julie I have planned a little trip to Bulgaria (if the quarantine and Covid19 situation will calm down) and I don’t want to look like a chubby girl. I have to try harder to make a difference. For me and my health.

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Scheduled changes

I want to replace all the sweets with a fruit (orange, bananas, kiwi, apples etc) and every salty food with a vegetable. It is not going to be easy because I have to admit that I am a sweet junkie but I need to change this unhealthy food plan.

I took some time and ordered fish oil supplements, iron supplements (because of my iron deficiency) and also some Korean Ginseng Supplements. I will make sure to make a post with the new natural supplements when they will arrive.

Today is going to be the first day of 30 days of changes. I have avoided every sweet foods, had only an egg in the morning with vegetables and a chicken soup at lunch.

Most probably, the next meal will be somewhere between 7 or 8 PM with a few fruits and maybe cashew nuts in between. Also, I made myself a nice lemonade and prepared a large cup of water. The shift will be over at 1 AM after I finish all my tasks.

If you have any advice in regards of my diet plan and my 30 days challenge I invite you to comment or even to join, if you would like to, of course!

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Lemon and its beneficial effects

Lemongrass (Citris Lemon) is a shrub of the Rutaceae family, sourced from Asia and its fruits are used around the world, having various uses for both culinary and non-culinary purposes.

Lemon is used for: juice, pulp and bark. Lemon juice contains about 6% citric acid which gives a distinct sour taste.

Short history

Initially, lemon was used for its antiseptic properties, being used as an antidote for various poisons. In India it is endless being used in daily life for different purposes, especially in traditional Indian medicine Siddha and Ayurveda but also in the kitchen as the main ingredient.

It was later used as an ornamental plant, in the 20th century in the Islamic gardens.

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Uses for culinary purposes

The fruit has various uses in the kitchen, as follows:

  • Fresh lemon juice can be used to season the fish or marinate it;
  • Vinegar substitute in salads;
  • Together with water and sugar, lemonade is obtained but can also be used in cocktails or alcoholic beverages;
  • Lemon juice is considered a short-term preservative for certain foods that tend to oxidize;
  • Key ingredients in the preparation of lemon pie.

Medicinal uses

  • Lemon juice has antiseptic properties due to low pH, being used from first aid products to treatments for sore throat.
  • The juice is rich in vitamin C, which makes it a key ingredient in treating degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • In cosmetics it is used because it gives the skin elasticity, but also in the preparation of masks helping to remove impurities. The lemon also has an astringent effect and helps fight acne.

Applications in the Chemical Industry

  • The oil obtained from the lemon peel is used to clean wood surfaces, dissolve old wax, fingerprints and dirt.
  • It is used for copper vessel rejuvenation products.
  • Lemon is also used in cleaning products for the kitchen and the toilet, as an deodorizer but also to remove grease, stains and in order to disinfect.

Benefits of Lemon Tea

  • Lemon tea helps detoxify the liver, being recommended for consumption 4 times a week, in the morning on an empty stomach;
  • Being rich in vitamin C, lemon tea helps the body fight the cold and seasonal flu, acting as a natural antiseptic and regular consumption helps fight infections and other diseases. It is recommended to make tea with lemon, honey and ginger for a quick effect.
  • Lemon tea is known to increase metabolic rate, preventing fat deposits, being recommended in the morning on an empty stomach;
  • The consumption of lemon tea reduces the fatigue accumulated along the way and revitalizes the body, conferring energy;
  • Lemon tea is recommended for cardiac patients because it lowers blood pressure. The flavonoids present in the lemon help reduce inflammation and prevent the formation of blood clots in the arteries;
  • In long-term consumption, lemon tea lowers cholesterol levels;
  • Lemon tea prevents and eliminates kidney stones;
  • Being rich in antioxidants, lemon tea helps prevent cancer.

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The beneficial effects of honey in the human body

Bees honey is one of the healthiest foods for human consumption and is well known for its beneficial effects on the body.

Being consumed worldwide for thousands of years, honey is a viscous, sweet liquid produced by bees for nourishment. Honey is widely used in nutrition, cosmetics and natural medicine.

Honey can be classified according to:

Provenience:

  • Flower honey – or floral honey, being made by processing nectar and pollen from flowers;
  • Honey – or extra floral honey, or forest honey is made from other substances that come from plants such as pine, spruce, oak.

Depending on the flowers from which the nectar was collected:

  1. Poly flower honey;
  2. Acacia honey;
  3. Lime honey;
  4. Colza honey;
  5. Manuka honey;
  6. Tualang honey.

Depending on the extraction mode:

  1. Extraction of honeycomb pieces;
  2. Free flow from honeycomb;
  3. Extract by centrifugation;
  4. Honeycomb pressing;
  5. Melting the honeycombs.

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The nutritional value of honey

Honey is a food with various nutrients, being suitable for all categories of consumers, from children to the elderly.

100 grams of honey contains: 300 calories, 82 g of carbohydrate, 0.3 g of protein, 52 mg of potassium, 6 mg of calcium, 2 mg of magnesium, 0.5 mg of vitamin C, 4 mg Sodium, 0.4 mg of Iron.

The medical benefits of honey

Honey has antibacterial and anti fungal properties fighting infections in the body.

Honey help to heal wounds and ulcers, fighting the proliferation of bacteria and accelerating the process of tissue recovery.

Due to the fact that honey is a good emollient, it helps to relieve sore throat and dry cough.

Honey increase the endurance of athletes, representing an energy source that does not induce hypoglycemia, being recommended for consumption just before training.

Tualang honey helps regulate blood glucose, helping to fight diabetes.

Honey strengthen the immune system and help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Honey stimulates the production of antibodies, contributing to the prevention of diseases of any type and at the same time helping the body to fight against pathogenic microorganisms.

Due to beneficial microorganisms, honey contributes in improving the health of the digestive system. Probiotics present in honey help to balance the intestinal flora and maintain optimal intestinal transit.

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The cosmetic benefits of honey

Honey helps treat skin conditions, such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Also, honey help to cleanse the skin, improve acne and prevent wrinkles.

Honey can be applied directly to the skin, its dense and smooth texture contributing to the hydration, elasticity and shine of the skin.

Honey can be used with maximum efficiency in the care of dry skin due to the moisturizing effect (the property of honey to attract and keep moisture).

Honey is recommended for people with oily skin, because it can deeply hydrate and maintain the elasticity of the skin without drying it.

Honey protects against sun exposure and aging due to the antioxidant elements present in it. Antioxidants repair, restructure and heal in depth, acting at the cellular level generating a multitude of beneficial effects.

What is the optimal consumption of honey?

Although honey is a natural product and beneficial to the body, there are contraindications that must be observed regarding this product.

Excess honey is not recommended because it leads to increased blood sugar and diabetes.

Honey is a contraindicated product for people suffering from gastritis, gastric ulcer or hormonal disorders. Also, honey is prohibited in the case of people allergic to pollen, because it leads to severe allergies and anaphylactic shock.

For adults, the recommended dose of honey is maximum 3-4 teaspoons a day. As for the consumption of honey at children, it is gradually introduced into nutrition. In older children cases, the recommended consumption is 2-3 teaspoons of honey per day.

In babies younger than one year of age it is not recommended to use honey because there is a risk of contacting Clostridium Botulinum, honey can contain the spores of this bacterium and can lead to disease.

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Efectele benefice ale mierii de albine in organismul uman

Mierea de albine reprezinta unul dintre cele mai sanatoase alimente destinate consumului uman fiind bine cunoscuta pentru efectele sale benefice asupra organismului.

Fiind consumata in intreaga lume timp de mii de ani, mierea este un lichid vascos, dulce produs de albine pentru a se hrani. Mierea de albine are larga utilizare in alimentatie, cosmetica si medicina naturista.

Mierea de albine poate fi clasificata in functie de:

In functie de provenienta:

  1. Mierea de flori – sau miere florala, fiind realizata prin prelucrarea nectarului si a polenului din flori;
  2. Mierea de mana – sau miere extraflorala, sau miere de padure este realizata din alte substante ce provin din plante precum seva arborilor de pin, molid, stejar.

In functie de florile din care a fost adunat nectarul:

  1. Miere poliflora;
  2. Miere de salcam;
  3. Miere de tei;
  4. Miere de rapita;
  5. Miere de manuka;
  6. Miere de tualang.

In functie de modul de extragere:

  1. Extragerea bucatilor de fagure;
  2. Scursa libera din fagure;
  3. Extrasa prin centrifugare;
  4. Presarea fagurilor;
  5. Topirea fagurilor.

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Valoarea nutritiva a mierii de albine

Mierea de albine este un aliment cu variate substante nutritive, fiind potrivit pentru toate categoriile de consumatori, de la copii pana la varstnici.

100 de grame de miere de albine contine: 300 de calorii, 82 g de carbohidrati, 0,3 g de proteine, 52 mg de potasiu, 6 mg de calciu, 2 mg de magneziu, 0,5 mg de vitamina C, 4 mg Sodiu, 0,4 mg de Fier.

Beneficiile medicale ale mierii de albine

Mierea de albine are proprietati antibacteriene si antifungice luptand impotriva infectiilor in organism.

Mierea de albine ajuta la vindecarea ranilor si ulceratiilor, combatand proliferarea bacteriilor si accelerand procesul de refacere a tesuturilor.

Datorita faptului ca mierea de albine este un bun emolient, aceasta ajuta la calmarea durerilor in gat si a tusei uscate.

Mierea de albine creste anduranta sportivilor, reprezentand o sursa de energie ce nu induce hipoglicemie, fiind recomandata consumului chiar inainte de antrenament.

Mierea Tualang ajuta la reglarea glucozei din sange, ajutand la combaterea diabetului.

Mierea de albine intareste sistemul imunitar si ajuta la ameliorarea simptomelor alergiilor de sezon. Mierea stimuleaza productia de anticorpi, contribuind la prevenirea imbolnavirilor de orice tip si totodata ajutand corpul sa lupte impotriva microorganismelor patogene.

Datorita microorganismelor benefice, mierea de albine contribuie la imbunatatirea sanatatii sistemului digestiv. Probioticele prezente in mierea de albine ajuta la echilibrarea florei intestinale si la mentinerea unui tranzit intestinal optim.

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Beneficiile cosmetice ale mierii de albine

Mierea de albine ajuta la tratarea afectiunilor pielii, precum psoriazis si dermatita atopica. De asemenea, mierea de albine ajuta la curatarea tenului, ameliorarea acneei si prevenirea ridurilor.

Mierea de albine se poate aplica direct pe piele, textura densa si neteda a acesteia contribuind la hidratarea, elasticitatea si stralucirea pielii.

Mierea poate fi utilizata cu maxima eficienta in ingrijirea pielii uscate datorita efectului umectant (proprietatea mierii de a atrage si pastra umezeala).

Mierea este recomandata pentru persoanele cu tenul gras, deoarece aceata poate hidrata in profunzime si pastra nivelul de elasticitate al pielii fara sa il usuce.

Mierea protejeaza impotriva expunerii la soare si a imbatranirii datorita elementelor antioxidante prezente in aceasta. Antioxidantii repara, restructureaza si vindeca in profunzime, actionand la nivel celular generand o multitudine de efecte benefice.

Care este consumul optim de miere de albine?

Cu toate ca mierea de albine este un produs natural si benefic pentru organism, exista si contraindicatii ce trebuie respectate cu privire la acest produs.

Nu este recomandat excesul de miere deoarece acesta duce la cresterea nivelului de zahar din sange si la aparitia diabetului.

Mierea este un produs contraindicat pentru persoanele ce sufera de gastrita, ulcer gastric sau tulburari hormonale. De asemenea, mierea este interzisa in cazul persoanelor alergice la polen, deoarece duce la alergii grave si soc anafilactic.

Pentru adulti, doza recomandata de miere este de maxim 3-4 lingurite pe zi. In ceea ce priveste consumul de miere la copii, aceasta se introduce treptat in alimentatie. La copii mai mari, consumul recomandat este de 2-3 lingurite de miere pe zi.

La bebelusii mai mici de un an nu se recomanda consumul de miere deoarece exista riscul de a contacta Clostridium Botulinum, mierea poate contine sporii acestei bacterii si poate duce la imbolnavire.

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Reteta prajitura turnata cu mere

Ieri am reusit sa prepar o prajitura turnata cu mere, exact cum bunica obisnuia sa pregateasca pentru cei dragi.

Trebuie sa recunosc totusi, ca nu sunt un fan al deserturilor cu mere. Insa uneori, parca iti doresti sa iesi din rutina cotidiana si a retetelor mult incercate pregatind un altfel de desert.

Prajitura turnata cu mere este un desert de sezon, usor pentru organism si foarte delicios.

Ingrediente pentru aluat: 

  • 3 oua;
  • 9 linguri rase de zahar;
  • 9 linguri ulei;
  • 9 linguri de lapte proaspat;
  • 13 linguri de faina cernuta;
  • 1 pliculet praf de copt.

Ingrediente pentru crema de mere:

  • 5 mere mari;
  • 1 cubulet de unt;
  • Coaja de la o portocala;
  • 6 linguri de zahar alb tos;
  • 1 lingurita de scortisoara;
  • cateva picaturi de esenta de rom;
  • stafide.

Mod de preparare:

Ouale se bat cu ajutorul unui mixer pana isi dubleaza volumul. Treptat se adauga zaharul in ploaie dupa care se adauga uleiul. In prealabil, faina se amesteca cu praful de copt si se adauga treptat peste compozitia obtinuta ulterior, alternand cu laptele.

In acest moment, preincalzim cuptorul la temperatura de 180 de grade Celsius si introducem jumatate din compozitia obtinuta pentru aluat.

In timp ce prima parte din aluat se coace la cuptor, pregatim crema de mere, pentru care: curatam merele de coaja, le taiem in bucati si le maruntim la robot pentru cateva secunde.

Pasta de mere obtinuta se introduce in tigaie, alaturi de un cub mic de unt, 6 linguri de zahar alb, coaja de portocala, scortisoara, picaturile de esenta de rom si stafidele. Astfel, compozitia se amesteca la foc mic, timp de cateva minute pana cand va scadea sucul obtinut dupa mixare.

Se scoate prima parte din aluat de la cuptor (lasata 10-12 minute la 180 grade Celsius), se aseaza compozitia de mere obtinuta si se aseaza al doilea strat de blat ramas din prima transa.

Compozitia de mere nu va patrunde in amestecul pentru blat, ci se va aseza corespunzator, cuprinzand in mod egal toate laturile prajiturii.

Dupa asezarea compozitiei de mere si a mixului de aluat, prajitura se coace la foc mediu timp de 20 minute dupa care se lasa la racit. In total, prajitura va avea un timp de coacere cuprins intre 35-40 de minute.

Dupa ce s-a racit prajitura se va scoate din tava, se va aseza pe un platou fiind „rasfatata” cu zahar pudra din belsug.

Pofta buna!

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