Drink Yourself Healthy Just Like the Ancient Romans- Project Healthy in Italy

Drink the healing water of Montecatini just like the ancient Romans and Verdi did, and perhaps you too will be able to compose music of the Gods!

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Just one of the beautiful scenes of Therme di Montecatini

Nestled in the hills of Tuscany in Italia lies the small town of Montecatini. Little did I know that this town once was the destination for the rich and famous who were seeking a “healing vacation” and to rejuvinate from lifes demands.

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Thermal baths in the early days.

Audrey Hepburn, Madam Curie and Guiseppe Verdi are just some of the famous names of people who have stayed in this charming town because of the healing thermal waters.

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Can you imagine the time when horsecarriages dropped off health seeking people at the main entrance?

I was invited to visit this place for “Project Healthy in Italy” (read about my project here) as it is definitely something to explore in seeking the answers as to why Italy is the healthiest country in Europe and the world.

Montecatini is also the birthplace of the Italian health expert David Mariani (More on this later), who I visited with the same day, and was gracious enough to arrange everything for me.

The history of the city and the baths date all the way back to Roman times ( read about the exciting history here) and were a common part of their way of life.

They knew what we have lost along the way to what we call a “modern and progressive” life: The knowledge of how nature heals, and posesses the power to help us maintain and achieve, optimal health and a disease free body. Drinking and bathing in the mineral-rich thermal waters of Montecatini may well be one of the answers.

The time has finally come to go back to what once was lost and to rediscover old traditions and remedies for how to heal the body.  The time has come to rediscover the healing powers of the thermal waters of Montecatini…

Have a look at the video below to learn more abot the secrets behind this healing water!

To learn more about the Montacatini thermal spas visit the website here


Tea It Up! Immune Boosting Tea.

Tea it up! Yes, you can boost your immune system by adding one simple thing to your diet- Tea!

 

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There are a lot of health benefits from drinking tea, as long as you choose the right one, and one of good quality. I recommend skipping adding extra calories from sweeteners, but if you need anything other than fresh lemon juice read my blog post about healthy sweeteners here

A cup a day may keep the doctor away! Read on for recommended teas…

Green tea-  Is made with steamed tea leaves.  It has a high concentration of EGCG, the “holy grail” of immune strengthening components. It may prevent cancers like bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers, prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases,  the risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Black tea- Is made with fermented tea leaves.  Black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavoured teas like chai, along with some instant teas. This tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.

White tea- Uncured and unfermented. It has lost of antioxidants and has shown to have  the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas. It is also used in skincare products.

Oolong tea- Is rich in antioxidants and may lower bad cholesterol levels. Some oolong teas may help with weight management.

Pu-erh tea- Is made from fermented and aged leaves. It is considered a black tea and its leaves are pressed into cakes. May help balance weight and reduce LDL cholesterol.

Matcha tea- This is the Queen of all teas! It comes from Japan and with matcha you drink the entire tea leaf and not just the extract of it. Matcha tea is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCG and it may boosts metabolism. It is known to  detoxify the body and is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins. It provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It may also lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

While I love herbal teas without caffeine like Pukka, keep in mind that herbal teas are not really “tea”, but of course have other health benefits and may be enjoyed as well.

 

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Drink a high quality tea to keep yourself warm and healthy!

 

 

 

 

 


Natural Relief for Hay Fever…

I love Spring! Finally the days are getting longer and warmer:) But perhaps there is one unfortunate thing during this time og year… hay fever, also called pollen allergy.

If you are plagued with runny eyes, runny nose, low energy and aches and pains, it could be hay fever. But nature has the perfect solution; ginger. Ginger is loaded with antioxidants and natural anti-histamines which could help improve your hay fever and it’s symptoms.

To really use this as natural medicine and to reap the benefits, it is best to juice your ginger and drink it as a juice shot to ensure you get larger amouts into your system. This should be done everyday. Just make your ginger shot before you make your juice.

Ginger is also a great energizer and helps the liver and blood detox toxins more effectively. Ginger is quite strong tasting and therefore to make my shot more palatable I mix it with a little apple.

Here is my anti- hay fever ginger shot!

  • 1/2 apple
  • 5- 10 cm large piece of fresh ginger root.

Juice in a juicer and down like you would a shot in the bar! 😉

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Juice Yourself Healthy!

I love juicing and it has really turned both my health and career around. I discovered juicing for about 7 years ago and when I added just one or two juices to my diet my energy levels sored, my digestion became so much better and cravings for sweets disappeared.

Did you know that a humble little apple contains cancer- fighting malic acid, anti-aging quercitin, B vitamins, vitamin C and so much more? Kale may help us fight cancer and ginger and beets help detoxify the liver and blood. Nature  has the answers to our health problems…

Depending upon which country you live in, the government recommends a certain portion of fruits and vegetables to be consumed every day. In Norway and most other European countries it is recommended to eat at least “5 a day” which consist of 2 fruits and 3 vegetables. In the USA the government recommends at least “9 a day” and in Japan they recommend “17 a day”!

Asian countries have traditionally shown lower rates of cancer, particularly breast cancer and prostate cancer which are typical lifestyle diseases related to what we eat and how we live.

By juicing your fruits and vegetables on a daily bases it is so easy, tasteful, and quick to drink broccoli, sprouts, ginger, lemons, apples and so much more. And I personally guarantee it will give you such an increase in your life quality. It will simply make you burst with energy!

Juicing also releases more of the nutrients “locked” within the pulp and underneath the skin of the produce so when juiced all of this is released ensuring your juice is full of cell building nutrients. Juicing is also a great way to ensure your children’s diets are healthy and that they receive the correct building blocks (together with omega 3) for healthy brain development and to build a strong immune system preventing disease.

Remember that allergies and food intolerances are a growing problem in our society and we have the power to both reverse and prevent them through our diet and lifestyle. Give them fresh pressed juice every day and they will be well prepared for a long and healthy life.

 

 

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Juicing at our cabin by Røros. Photo: Liv Grådal

 

 

Goodness and Health in Every Drop- 10 Good Reasons to Become “a Juicer”!

  1.  Easy and quick way to reach your daily recommendations of fruits and vegetables
  2. A better digestion and less problems with heart burn and acid reflux
  3. Allergies and breathing problems may improve
  4. May prevent cancer and heart disease
  5. Prevents/improves high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  6. Has an anti-aging effect do to a high antioxidant and enzyme intake
  7. More energy
  8. Healthy way to lose weight
  9. Floods your cells with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes and organic water
  10. Cleanses, replenishes and restores the vital organs, is alkaline forming and anti- inflammatory