A beautiful myth. The history of the olive tree involves a beautiful myth from ancient Greece. The Goddess Athena, the namesake of Athens, is said to have brought the olive to the Greeks as gift. Zeus had promised the region, Attica, to the god or goddess who provided the most useful tool. Athena’s gift – the olive, which provides food, light, heat, medicine and perfume, as well as a refuge from the sun, was deemed to be superior to the horse, which Poseidon provided. After all, the horse, although powerful, was an instrument of war. Athena is said to have planted the original olive tree on the rocky hill that is known today as the Acropolis. Rumour has it that the ancient olive tree that is found there today is from the roots of Athena’s original tree.
This is a simple salad to make, but is nutrient dense and any left over's make a great salad to take to work the next day. It is gluten free, if you select 100% pure Soba / Buckwheat noodles. You can also use rice or mung bean noodles instead. Adding the coriander, sesame seeds and a sprinkling of peanuts makes it both tasty and crunchy. You do not have to add the soya sauce, but it does add to the flavor, although, be sure to choose Tamari, which is gluten free.
Vitamin D can be made, or synthesized, by your body when it is exposed to sunlight. Your body makes vitamin D through the action of sunshine on the cholesterol that is present in your skin. This means that it is not technically a vitamin, because vitamins are classified as compounds that our bodies cannot make and which we have to get from our food. Therefore, some researchers call it a hormone instead, as it is similar in structure to some of the main hormones in our bodies, such as estrogen and cortisol, and it performs hormone-like activities too.
Most people know that water is the number one compound in their body, but they are not aware of all the functions it has to perform. These functions are important for your brain, the rest of your body and your skin. Drinking more pure water can, within a very short space of time, transform the way your brain works, how much energy you have and what your skin looks like.
How EFAs can help you to manage the transition you may be dreading. Let’s break the hormone story down into manageable chunks, so that it’s easier to understand these important compounds, and how to manage them. Hormones are messengers. Hormones are tiny chemical compounds, which act as messengers and cause specific signals to occur in your body and brain. Hormones are produced by glands, and transported via your bloodstream throughout your body, giving instructions and transferring information between cells.
Eating the right fats and oils can lift your mood naturally. The link between heart disease and depression is a common one, and you may assume that it is quite normal for someone who has heart disease to be depressed.
However, depression is believed to precede cardiovascular disease (CVD), sometimes by decades, leaving researchers with the impression that there may be common underlying physiological or biochemical aspects between these two disorders.
If you understand what I mean by the word "foggy" in this title, then this article may be for you. Although it is not a medically accepted term, most people nevertheless understand what it means. The term brain "fog" refers to the feelings of sluggish, fuzzy, slow, confused and grayish thinking that your brain can experience. A lack of focus and mental clarity, as well as general forgetfulness and even feelings of confusion can accompany this general brain apathy. Basically, you feel as if your thoughts and ideas are moving through treacle and can't get any traction.
Whenever I speak to people about their health, they seem to confirm a belief that I've held for a while. One group of people pursues health based on either a fear that they have, such as contracting cancer as a parent did, or putting on weight, or getting older. The other group follows the latest fad, whether it's raw, vegan or paleo. They like the sound bites that the various proponents "sell" to their followers, and start doing everything that the new fad suggests they do.
When You Know Why, You’ll Load Up On Them. Life on earth would be impossible without plants. Plants are sometimes called the ‘lungs’ of the earth because they provide the oxygen that we need to breathe to stay alive. Furthermore, they use the carbon dioxide that we breathe out, coupled with the chlorophyll that they possess, and the sun's energy, to provide us with both food and beautiful greenery.
Whether it is on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or in health magazines, smoothies seem to be the cornerstone of a new health cult – drink your nutrients. Smoothies can be green, pink, or even brown, and they can contain fruit and vegetables, leaves and spices, as well as protein powders, nuts and seeds.
This is a very simple fruit salad to make, and unusual. It does take a few minutes to separate the grapefruit segments, but it's worth the effort. If you would prefer a smoothie for breakfast instead, simply add all the ingredients, except for the pomegranate seeds, and whizz them together, with the cashew nuts.
Chocolate is a sublime food. All facets of the chocolate-eating experience lead to pleasure. The taste of chocolate, the aroma, the texture, the temperature that it melts at, which is a little lower than that of your body (34–37 ºC/93–98 ºF), and the sensuous and very satisfying feelings that it elicits, make it one of the world’s most beloved treats.