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Why is Coconut Oil good for your Skin, Hair and Body?

Why is Coconut Oil good for your Skin, Hair and Body?

At a health seminar I heard about oil pulling. Not hindered by any kind of knowledge I bought a pot of coconut oil and tried it myself. And concluded that I lack the patience for something like that. Oil pulling is comparable to mouthwash. You have to keep the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and let it swish around.

Finally, wanting to answer the question “Why is coconut oil good for your teeth”, I discovered that coconut oil is 100% saturated fat. Half a year before that I was warned that my cholesterol was too high, and I was panicky about anything leaning towards saturated fat.

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Review: Your Super – Superfood in a Cardboard Can?

Review: Your Super

Until a few years ago I had never heard of superfoods. Probably nobody had. 🙂 And all of a sudden they are the talk of the town. Are they really that super and what can be the benefits of superfood? 

This article will be about superfood, and is a review about Your Super that sells superfood in the form of powders.

Be aware that superfood is a marketing term. There is no scientific research to back up some of the claims that are made about superfood. A one-sided diet is never healthy. So I do eat superfoods myself, but always together with a variety of other (in my eyes) healthy food. 

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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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Nuts for our brain, and other health benefits

Nuts for our brain, and other health benefits

In the Netherlands we have a snack called Studentenhaver, which roughly translates as Student oats. This is a mix of walnuts, cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins and sometimes other dried fruits. This mix is supposed to enhance intelligence, hence the name.

We supplement our food with lots of nuts, not because it would increase our intelligence, but because of all the benefits nuts contain. We rarely eat meat, which is another reason to eat nuts. Although the main reason is that they are delicious. We love nuts.

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Review of the Vegan Changers | How to change Lifestyle Habits

Review of the Vegan Changers | How to change Lifestyle Habits

In The Essential Nutrients to have a Balanced Diet I was talking about diets and lifestyles. Through the years my husband Tom and I have developed our own lifestyle, based on our preferences, experiences and (of lately) ailments.

We have to study and know a certain diet or lifestyle before we can decide if we will fully embrace it or take elements out of it. And most of the time we decide the latter. I am so happy that Tom and I both love to try new things and experiment. 

This article is a review of the Vegan Changers, go vegan challenge. If you have decided it is time to change your lifestyle habits, you need to know what you can expect from this program. Will it benefit you? Does the program give you enough handles to know what you can do best?

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The Essential Nutrients to have a Balanced Diet

The Essential Nutrients to have a Balanced Diet

No matter what diet or lifestyle we have, it is necessary to get all the nutrients a body needs. Those are called essential nutrients for a reason. This article is about the essential nutrients to have a balanced diet.  And I was curious what kind of diets there are, so it is also about specific diets and lifestyle. 

The 6 essential nutrients are water, carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Some say fibers are the 7th essential nutrient.

Most of these nutrients are provided by food. The body can only produce a few nutrients itself. The rest you get from a varied diet and / or from supplements.

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Is High Cholesterol Dangerous or is that too Bluntly said?

Is High Cholesterol Dangerous or is that too Bluntly said?

The first time my husband and I went to the doctor for a blood and urine test we were past 60. Nowadays I regret I haven’t done any testing before that. Because then I would be able to see if there was a pattern.

Apart from discovering my vitamin D deficiency, I found out my cholesterol levels were way too high, as were my husband’s. On my question “Is high cholesterol dangerous?” the doctor immediately suggested taking statins and to do that the rest of our lives. Statin is a cholesterol reducing medicine. We weren’t enthusiastic about this suggestion.

First of all because we try to avoid medicines as much as we can. Second, because half of our friends that are taking statins have side effects like walking stiffly. Not a very attractive prospect.

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Best Seeds to Eat for your Daily Dose of Healthy Supplements

Best Seeds to Eat for your Daily Dose of Healthy Supplements

If you open our kitchen cabinet, you would find many pots of seeds in addition to the spices. I really like seeds in my salads and bowls of almond yogurt. In my opinion, there are seeds that are better than others, and tastier. I will list the best seeds to eat.

Seeds are a magnificent source of minerals and vitamins:

  • Nutrient rich
  • Antioxidants
  • High Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fibers 
  • Proteins

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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 to season food with organic spices

Organic powders and spices

We all supplement our food, unless you cook totally pure without herbs or spices. Usually we season our food because of the taste, yet spices are also a great source of necessary vitamins and minerals.

As an artist I can’t resist mentioning that spices also make a great dye for paper and fabric. But don’t worry, this article is about how to season food. Although cooking is of course also an artistic process. 🙂

Who decides which spices to use?

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t cook. My husband, Tom, is spoiling me by cooking the most delicious and healthy food you can think of. I am the one researching all the nutritional facts. And eating it, of course!

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