The old proverb says “through the stomach to the heart”, however, the up-to-date modern version should read “through the gut to happiness”. Doesn’t sound glamorous and romantic but it is certainly more accurate.
Serotonin – commonly referred as the hormone of happiness, is one of the best-known neurotransmitters affecting our emotions and behavior. As much as 90% of the production of this hormone occurs in the gut – not as previously thought – in the brain!
Serotonin can’t complain about lack of activities, it regulates sleep, appetite, sexual drive, affects body temperature and blood pressure. The whole umbrella of properties is still being discovered but the breakthrough finding was to prove that the huge effect on serotonin production is the effect of colonizing bacteria.
In a recent study published by Cell, Pasadena researchers found also that there are three types of hormone-producing cells: immune cells, nerve cells and primarily enterochromatophilic (EC) cells. After careful observations and experiments, scientists have shown that if there are no typical bacteria in the intestines of the mammal, then EC cells produce 60% less serotonin, which can result in disrupted hormone production, energy loss, and depression. If the digestive system once again resides microbes, the level of happiness hormone returns to the previous state, which immediately reflects on our well-being. Therefore the role of good bacteria for our well being is critical.
Let’s not go into an obsession of using antibacterial cleaning products, wipes. I am not to avoid cleanness but as of everything in life, there has to be balance!
Stay tuned – my next blog post is dedicated to good bacteria and what food to avoid and include to make our gut happy. If you are interested in the subject to join me on Gut Health Symposium on the 16th September 2017.
Kurkuma – zwana również szafranem indyjskim posiada silne właściwości odtruwające i wzmacniająceorganizm. Kurkuma jednak kurumie nie równa.Ta sprzedawana w popularnych sklepach spożywczych zawiera duże zawartości ołowiu i zanieczyszczeń, a tym samym zamiast pomóc może tylko zaszkodzić. Ze względu na dużą zawartość metali ciężkich może stać się prawdziwą poży wką dla komórek rakowych. Dlatego tak ważne jest spożywanie organicznej kurkumy, która zawiera phytonutrient curcumini. Jej cudowne właściwości nadal są odkrywane, szczegółowo opisałam je w blogu – Kurkuma przyprawa na wagę złota.
Olej z nasion konopi – przez tysiące lat olej z nasion konopi był wykorzystany jako eliksir posiadający anty-mutagenne działanie, które zapobiega uszkodzeniom genetycznym przez wolne rodniki i / lub promieniowanie. Read more
Today Nature without Limits talks to Hollie Smith, a passionate poll dancer who shares her golden rules on how to stay healthy and positive.
What always puts a big smile on your face?
I love teaching dance! It’s so amazing to see students develop in both dance itself and self-confidence, seeing students excel at what they never thought they’d be able to do and being part of that happiness it very fulfilling. I love my students, we have so much fun and laugh a lot during classes, everyone is really supportive of each other and there is always a very positive energy.
The pole community is full of so many empowering women, they are supportive of each other, they train hard, they stand up for their beliefs and are mesmerising to watch perform. To name a few Olga Koda, Daria Che, Jordan Kensley, Cleo the Hurricane and Michelle Shimmy. Read more
Have you looked at the mirror today? What your face tells you? Can you see the sparks in your eyes or tiredness? When you are happy, well – nourished, your face glows with health and energy but any imbalance in your body will immediately appear on your skin. To cover it up we use all sorts of makeup to look fresh again. In the long run, this temporary solution may cause a serious damage to our body. We often don’t realize that every single day we apply on our skin harsh chemicals that enter our bloodstream and inner organs. Read more
- I lived in Hong Kong until I was 18 years old and had an extremely multicultural upbringing. I attended schools that were part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), which meant that I received a British education while being exposed to Asian cultures and traditions on a regular basis. At 18 years old, I moved to the UK and completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at British universities before starting work in the marketing department at a software technology company. I love to try different exercises and food, and really enjoy exploring new places!
- What is the most common health ingredient used in your country
- Fresh ginger is commonly used when cooking in Hong Kong. It has so many nutritional benefits and really brings out the flavor in lots of dishes.
- What is an easy way to stay healthy and positive?
- Everything in moderation – it is OK to have a sweet treat on occasion but exercise and a balanced diet will keep you healthy and positive. Tai Chi is a common form of exercise in Hong Kong and helps you focus on deep breathing and relaxation with slow gentle movements. Hong Kong dishes also rarely have really “starchy” foods like potatoes and pasta; normally, rice is used, or rice noodles in Asian cooking.
- What always puts a big smile on your face
- My friends and family – I always try to spend a lot of time with them. The family is a very important part of Asian culture and you always have to attend family meals or outings. Taking care of your older relatives is also expected of you.
- Your most powerful quote/ what keeps you motivated
- “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
- Who/ what inspires you?
- Beto Perez; he’s the founder of the dance fitness program, Zumba, which was created in the 1990’s. He has a great passion for dance fitness and is always creating new dance routines. It’s great to know that I can go to a Zumba class to get fitter and healthier, without even noticing it because of my passion for dance
Wyobraź sobie, że ktoś mówi do ciebie przez telefon, że spożywa tylko żywność organiczną. Nigdy nie widziałeś/aś tej osoby, ale twój umysł prawdopodobnie już wyobraża sobie zdrową wysportowaną osobę z piękną cerą. Do tego pewnie jest dobrze usytuowana materialne, bo przecież spożywanie wyłącznie produktów organicznych jest dużo droższe niż tych ‘zwykłych’.
Dlaczego organiczna żywność jest droższa? Read more