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What is the Difference between Chocolate and Cacao, or is it Cocoa?

What is the Difference between Chocolate and Cacao, or is it Cocoa?

In Dutch we have an expression, I can’t make chocolate out of it, which basically means I don’t get it. Well, I couldn’t make chocolate out of the difference between chocolate and cacao. And then I discovered there is also cocoa. Time for some investigation!

Women and chocolate are an infamous combination. It’s our favorite comfort food. And given all the rave articles in the women’s magazines in recent years, most of us no longer feel guilty about being addicted to chocolate.

In recent years, the properties of chocolate have also been scientifically researched. Sometimes it is said that you should eat more chocolate because of all the benefits. What are those benefits?

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Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen – Is there any Difference?

Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen - Is there any Difference?

I always thought it was collagen, just that one word. I hadn’t the faintest idea there is a difference between animal collagen vs plant collagen.

Moreover, collagen had a bad reputation in my mind because of the ads. You might know which ads I mean: Look 20 years younger by using our product with Collagen XXL. I distrusted the claims and I hated the implication I didn’t look good the way I was. 

The worst one was a promo on TV. Imagine the scene: a grandmother is happily playing with her grandson who is laughing and having fun as well. All of a sudden he stops in mid play, points an accusing finger at her face and says: Gran, why does your skin look so awkward?

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Natural Organic Essential Oils and How to Use Them

Natural Organic Essential Oils and How to Use Them

A minor ailment – not serious enough to attend a doctor for, but annoying enough to bother you – could benefit greatly from an essential oil. In an article about the forms of supplements I described essential oils because some are suitable for internal use. However, there are many more applications.

If you have visited this website before, then you know that I am a big believer in organic products. So you understand, only natural organic essential oils qualify for me.

A year ago I was looking into methods to sleep better and one of the things that improved my sleep hugely, was a quality Lavender Oil. Since I found that one, I have extended the use of essential oils to other aspects of my life as well.

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5 + 10 Essential Supplements for Energy

Essential Supplements for Energy

Getting everything your body needs through food is the best way. For one of my other websites I wrote an article about the food that gives you energy. Yet there can be all kinds of reasons why you need more energy than food can deliver. In that case supplements are a practical and natural replacement for or an addition to food. What are the essential supplements for energy?

As with any advice – no matter in what area – for every wildly enthusiastic recommendation there are opinions that discourage or even deny it. I love coffee in the morning and had several warnings from friends that coffee is bad for me. And to some extent they were right. If I drink coffee after 1pm, surely I will have problems getting to sleep that night.

Nowadays those same friends tell me coffee is good for aging people. 🙂

My point always is: listen to your body carefully and you will know what product is best for you. What works for me might not have the same result for you. 

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Best Supplements to Help You Sleep at Night

Best Supplements to Help You Sleep at Night

For one of my other websites I wrote a general article about How to sleep better and faster when you’re aging. There I listed 10 things I do to improve the quality of my sleep. One of those things is taking a sleep supplement.

Mind you, I don’t take them for a long period of time. I am especially careful with Melatonin. Some say Melatonin should be put on the list of prescription drugs. That’s why I only take them during periods when I am having a hard time sleeping. For instance during the hot summers over here in Spain. 

Most of these supplements to help you sleep have the advantage that they contain a lot of antioxidants. These limit cellular damage, thus slowing down the aging process. That’s a nice bonus, right? 

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The Benefits of Calcium for our Body

The Benefits of Calcium for our Body

When my mother was 87 she broke her first hip, because she fell off her bike. Three years later she fell out of bed and broke the other one. Until her first hip fracture, my mother never used any medication or supplements. I am not even sure her food was varied enough after my father passed away years earlier. Maybe she had a Calcium deficit, I don’t know. 

It made me study the benefits of Calcium thoroughly, because the healing process and the aftermath were difficult. And if I can prevent that happening to me, all the better. When you are aging, osteoporosis (bone loss or bone weakening) is a huge risk, especially for women. 

Calcium is a mineral highly needed for building and maintaining the bones and teeth. Calcium helps against osteoporosis when we are aging. It is necessary for the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles. It helps blood to clot; in the absence of Calcium no blood clotting is possible.  And it is necessary for the transport of other minerals in the body, such as sodium, potassium and magnesium. 

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How many different forms of supplements are available?

We usually think of dietary supplements in the form of capsules or tablets. Nowadays there are many different forms of supplements. For a big part it depends on your own preference which form is best to choose. In this overview I will mention a few pros and cons if there are any.

Eat healthy food

A rough way of classification in form is: 

  • Tablets and Capsules
  • Powders
  • Liquids

A way of classification in type is: 

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Enzymes
  • Fatty Acids
  • Proteins
  • Fibers
  • (Herbs/Botanical)

Maybe strange on a website that talks about supplements, yet one important aspect of supplements is that it hardly ever can replace a healthy variety of food. Have a look at Use the Colors of Food to Benefit your Health.

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How to Choose Supplements that are Beneficial

How to Choose Supplements

What aspects can we consider when looking for supplements because we have a deficiency of an element? How to choose supplements that are beneficial for our health, for our wallet, but also for our environment?

First of all you must be certain that you have a deficiency at all. This might seem stating the obvious, but even though supplements are no medicines, they shouldn’t be taken lightly. So make sure you base your choice on a medical test.

Make your health priority number one

We are getting older than ever. Unfortunately, we also get ill earlier in life. Air pollution, fast food and a sedentary lifestyle undermine our well-being.

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