Summer is a gift for health
10 ways to get the most out of it and the pleasures - big and small
Sweet soda is unhealthy - a known fact! And alcoholic drinks in the heat are also not welcomed by doctors. But you can prepare a delicious, cold, tonic and healthy lemonade on your own. Serve it in beautiful tall glasses with bright paper umbrellas, and they will become the decoration of the summer cocktail party, which will delight both adults and children. You will find recipes on our website www.goodhouse.ru/ recipes /, in the search box, type “homemade lemonade”.
Now is the time to eat plenty of fresh strawberries - not off-season, beautiful and tasteless, but fragrant, right from the garden. In addition to enjoying strawberries anyway, it’s a pleasure, new data has appeared about its benefits. According to a Harvard Medical School study, which involved 90,000 women, those who ate three glasses of strawberries (strawberries) a week during the summer had a 32% lower risk of heart attack than women who ate berries only once a month or less. Moreover, this happened regardless of the amount of other fruits and vegetables that were eaten during the same time. What kind of miraculous substances in berries that have such properties? These are anthocyanins - plant pigments contained in strawberries that make blood vessels more elastic, which normalizes blood pressure. In addition, strawberries have a noticeable anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect and quench thirst.
Clover for happiness and health
It is believed that a four-leaf clover brings happiness. But besides this, its flowers contain phytoestrogens - natural analogues of female sex hormones. Therefore, clover tea helps to alleviate unpleasant symptoms during painful menstruation and during menopause. In addition, clover contains salicylic acid, which helps reduce fever and inflammation in colds. A decoction of clover helps to reduce cough, and shredded fresh leaves accelerate wound healing if applied to damaged skin. To prepare tincture of clover is simple: 3 tsp. clover flower heads, fill one with a glass of boiling water, insist in a sealed container for an hour, strain.
Recharge your solar panels
As a morning warm-up, it is useful to immediately get out of bed to expose your face and body to the sun's rays to gently switch from sleep to wakefulness. Sunlight is a powerful natural signal that will help you “start” the daily cycle and cheer up, even if you could not get enough sleep. Light activates special cells of the retina, which transmit impulses to the brain and start your body clock. Start the day with a solar “recharge”!
Use hay for bath and sauna
Dry the grass mowed on a site and use in a bath. It is very useful to bathe, lying on a bed of fresh hay, which exudes aromas of grass and flowers. And in order to enhance the healing effect of the bath, use brooms from birch, oak or coniferous branches. Moreover, not only the usual fanning and whipping is useful, but also wrapping with pre-steamed brooms - for this, densely lay them over the body for several minutes. This procedure relieves pain in the joints, relaxes the muscles and helps to saturate the blood with oxygen. Steam enriched with essential oils has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system and makes the skin healthy and supple.
Raise your eyes to the sky!
It turns out that looking at the stars is not only pleasant, but also useful, especially for those who are experiencing mental decline. Some researchers also speak in favor of star therapy, who believe that stars have a calming and peculiar magical effect on us. Of course, you can admire the stars all year round, if the sky is not obscured by clouds, but a warm summer night is a special time when you can feel comfortable as part of the Universe. It is best to behold the starry sky outside the city in nature, because in megacities the so-called light pollution (lights, advertising, glowing windows of houses) is so great that stars are often simply not visible.
Berry, dessert, drink: three in one
Since the end of July, the season of “right” watermelons begins. This giant berry, 80–85% water, is rich in antioxidants and trace elements. It also contains mineral salts that help maintain the water-salt balance in the body. In order not to make a wrong choice when buying, it is important to remember that nitrates accumulate in the crust and the immature part of the fetus adjacent to it. Yellow veins in the pulp of watermelon also speak of their presence. Checking a watermelon at home is simple: dip a piece of pulp in a glass of water, if the water changes color - the watermelon is “nitrate”, but if the water just gets cloudy, then you can safely eat it. And also, choosing a watermelon, squeeze it and click on it with your fingers: if it crackles, this is also a good sign!
Sweet dream in a hammock
For many, vacationing is the only way to sleep during the day. And best of all - in a hammock. This was proved by a study by specialists from the University of Geneva. During the experiment, participants slept in the laboratory under different conditions. The best result was for those who slept in a swinging hammock. Subjects not only fell asleep faster, but their sleep was also stronger and deeper. This was confirmed by an electroencephalogram. According to scientists, a slight wiggle brings people back to their infancy when their mother rocked them. Therefore, they sleep calmly and serenely.
Watch your pulse and pressure!
Hot weather significantly affects the condition of the heart and blood vessels. The fact is that in the heat the heart tends to “pump” blood at an accelerated pace, because it thickens due to loss of fluid. At the same time, the oxygen content in the blood decreases, which can provoke hypoxia and fainting, even if you are not in a stuffy room and do not weed the beds upside down under the scorching sun. Fresh squeezed vegetable juices, especially beetroot mixed with carrot or celery (it can also be mixed with apple), can be a good prevention of blood thickening. And in order to replenish the reserves of magnesium, which the heart muscle also desperately needs, more often cook pumpkin and eggplant - they are useful in any form.