First of all: Happy new year to you all!
The question is: what is happiness?
As a doctor I always wish to all my friends a “healthy” New Year knowing that without good health it is very difficult to be happy and enjoy what life offers us as a daily gift.
Hard to start January full of stamina and energy mostly used to cope with excess of food, sugar, alcohol and lack of sleep.
The more we eat or drink the more energy we spend on digestion and the excess of food often becomes fat that sort of clogs our system with toxins and debris. This is the reason for feeling sluggish, with a non-sharp-non-sparkle head and a dull, dehydrated skin.
In summer the skin becomes a very important organ to cool down the body and to keep the internal temperature more stable through the sweating. During this process many mineral salts are lost and the vitamin’s turnover increases.
In addition, the skin increases its detox function, releasing internal toxins produced as a result of the higher metabolic rate. One more reason to keep the skin clean and well nourished, using products which respect its hydrolipidic layer and help it to ‘breathe’ properly.
My recommended organic detox diet, preferably in March/ April:
Walking in the English countryside, enjoying the soft, curved lines of the hills on the horizon is, for me, one of life’s great pleasures. There is nothing more peaceful and more enchanting for the spirit. Continue reading
Where do we start?
Well, our face is our biggest ambassador. We can cover our bodies with beautiful clothes, but we cannot do quite the same with our faces, apart from plastering on layers of foundation!
The appearance of wrinkles is linked on one hand to the facial mimic, connected to emotions and psychological factors, and on the other hand to the natural ageing process influenced by many life style factors (food, sun exposure, smog, pollution, lack of sleep etc.) .
Our skin’s health is the result of many factors both internal and external to our body. There is nothing we do, we think, we feel, we eat that won’t interfere with the whole system. And the skin will reflect all of it.
Our bowel is one of the most vital organs in determining good health. The finger-like intestinal villi, whose job is to absorb nutrients, increases the surface area of the intestinal wall to 400m². These villi may often become inflamed because of inappropriate diet, junk or toxic foods, drug and alcohol abuse, insufficient physical exercise, anxiety and stress, all of which result in an impaired ability of the villi to absorb nutrients and a change in the delicate balance of “friendly” bacteria in our gut. We house more than 400 different types of bacteria busy producing vitamins and immunoglobulins to protect our inner environment.