Posted in February 2015

HOW TO FIGHT AGAINST THE COLD WEATHER AND FLUES DURING THE WINTER

 

In previous posts we gave you some practical advice on how to protect your skin from the cold winter. Today we would like to give you some tips on how food and certain nutrients can help us to prevent  from colds and keep our natural defences at full capacity.

Below we point out 7 basic tips that can be very useful to you against cold:

1) Hydration: In the Fall-Winter, the skin suffers due to the cold and heat. The skin is one of the most important organs in our body because, among other functions, regulates body temperature and protects us from the outside. And, therefore, requires a special care.  We can feel it is more dehydrated and drier than any other period during the year, therefore we need to maintain a maximum hydration by drinking water and some liquids (tea, soups, juices, etc.) in abundance (to the 1.5L and 2L daily recommended)

For those skins with serious dehydration problems due to wind and cold, you can try the Total Hydrating line of Anubis Cosmetics, which thanks to its double restorative and moisturizing actions the skin will be better protected.

2) Vitamin E content: For strengthening our protective barrier and skin moisturizer is better to increase the daily intake of vitamins, usually through fruits, vegetables and juices. Up to five pieces a day: three portions of vegetables (raw and cooked) and other two of fruits. But especially vitamin E will help us thanks to its strongly antioxidant effect and helps reducing inflammation. We can have it in the form of oily fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, bonito, emperor, etc.), once or twice a week. Nuts are also an excellent supply of vitamin E; a serving of 6-7 units of walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc. together with the yogurt for snack is ideal.

3) Vitamin C content: It is good to strengthen our immune system. Can be found in citrus fruits, berries, and vegetables, mainly potatoes and peppers. A tip for those who suffer from anaemia due to lack of iron in the blood, is to eat liver or red meat (preferably medium cooked or undercooked), along with some citrus (dessert, for example) because these fruits contain vitamin C, which increases iron absorption. Remember that one of the citrus fruit containing more vitamin C are kiwifruit, which fortunately are now in season.

To take care for your skin, I recommend the facial treatment line of Polivitaminic of Anubis Cosmetics, cause it contains stem cells from orange which bring us hydration and a powerful antioxidant action to fight against aging.

4) Vitamin A content: As a way to help the formation and maintenance of skin, hair and mucous membranes, it is important to keep it in our diet. Beware excessive intake of this vitamin because high doses can be toxic, so with a varied diet of fruits and vegetables there is no need to take supplements. This vitamin can be found in fruits, yellow or orange vegetables (carrots, squash, peppers, etc.) and leafy green vegetables, liver and dairy products.

Vitamin A helps improving skin regeneration process and increases collagen synthesis, these facts will help to fight the cold weather and for the skin not to be harmed during this period. The line Excellence Q10 acts like an excellent protector against external agents while providing energy to the skin.

5) More energetic dishes: The body needs more calories to maintain basic body functions, thermoregulation of the skin and actively protect us against colds and flu. Therefore, we will need to lightly increase the consumption of food in more hyper caloric meals. We’ll need to add to the dishes more carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, potato, or just by increasing the milk consumption, will be enough.

It is not a coincidence that traditionally, the typical dishes of autumn and winter are heavier. We should not give up our casseroles, stews and soups, but take them in moderated quantities.

6) Seasoning with garlic and onion: These contain nutrients with great antiseptic powers to protect us from infections common in this season.

7) Rosemary, thyme, and chamomile and honey infusions: These three plants contain several properties: they are antiseptic, disinfectant, give protection for difficult digestion and are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. In particular, chamomile is fantastic to gargle to soothe the throat and also to treat possible mouth sores. Also it can help in the treatment of sinusitis. The mixture of both herbs with honey and lemon will help against inflammation and irritation of the respiratory and digestive tract in flu processes, and it will bring us all their benefits (with a good flavour added).

With these same ingredients, we recommend the hand cream Anubis Cosmetics to prevent and treat dry cracks that often appear when cold.  It contains retinol (vit. A), menthol, urea, and extracts of rosemary and chamomile.

We wish you could put into practice all these very beneficial tips for your health!

Cristina Millán

Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Bachelor degree in Science and Food Technology.

 

 

 

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Saint Valentine’s day is coming. Find out all about chocolate!

 

St. Valentine’s Day is coming and today we would like to share with you about one of the most gifted and tasted food during these dates: chocolate, from cocoa: one of the foods with more beneficial properties for our body.

Chocolate is a processed food that comes from the fruit of the cacao. It is composed of cocoa paste, cocoa butter, added sugar and sometimes also milk and / or nuts, etc.

 

Listed below we would like to point out some of the beneficial properties provided by the chocolate to your body:

 

  • Cocoa powder is a high-calorie food, about 255 Kcal / 100g. It contains a high amount of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fat.
  • It is high in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and potassium.
  • It enhances satiety.
  • It has a moderate GI (Glycemic Index), which improves insulin resistance and may help patients with controlled diabetes. (Do not exceed the recommended daily dose).
  • The fat in the cocoa butter helps to balance or decrease the cholesterol in our body.
  • Contains Theobromine, a substance that helps our body toning, actives diuresis (to remove more liquid) and stimulates blood circulation.
  • Also, if milk is added to the chocolate, will greatly increase its calcium consumption.
  • Contains folic acid and vitamin B1, both essentials to regulate metabolism.
  • Its flavonoids are substances that prevent oxidation (anti-ageing) and stimulate the natural defenses.
  • Helps lower blood pressure, the “bad” cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
  • It has an anti-depressing action: their neurotransmitters act to promote the “good humor” thanks to the theobromine, theophylline and anandamide.
  • On the skin has reducing, anti-cellulite, soothing and moisturizing properties and its polyphenols contribute to fat elimination.

 

However, everything can’t be positive. As disadvantages are included that can produce migraines (to sensitive people under this illness), food allergies (especially if they are accompanied with nuts), overweight (especially if it’s consumed the more fat and sugar variants, and is exceeded the recommended daily dose).

The recommended daily intake of chocolate is about 10g per day.

 

We would like also to describe you about the 3 kinds of chocolate you can find in the market:

 

  1. Black chocolate:  Is the result of a mixture of pulp and cocoa butter with sugar (or sweetener). The percentage of cocoa must at least of 50%, currently on the market we can find variants up to 99%.
  2. Milk chocolate: Contains less than 40% of cocoa mass, more milk and sugar (or sweetener).
  3. White Chocolate: This one should not be considered chocolate because it is simply cocoa butter (the fat part) with milk and sugars. This means, does not contain cocoa mass.

 

The chocolate is advised to athletes, children (due to its contribution in calcium and,  high nutritional and energy value), patients with high energy needs, and people with hypertension.

It is not recommended (or great restraint) to overweight and obese people. Its intake should be very sporadic, and preferred in the form of black chocolate with the highest possible percentage of pure cocoa.

 

Now you know more about this food and its beneficial properties for our body.

 

Wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Cristina Millán

Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Bachelor degree in Science and Food Technology.

 

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