Foods Which Reduce Inflammation

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“Inflammation is an immune system response to environmental irritants, toxins, and infection. When the immune system is activated by one of these intruders, pro-inflammatory hormones signal the white blood cells to rush in and clean up the infected or damaged tissue. Once the invaders have been subdued, anti-inflammatory agents move in to begin the healing process.

In a normal immune system, a natural balance exists between inflammation and the anti-inflammatory agents. But in some cases, the immune system gets stuck in high gear, and symptoms of inflammation do not recede. This is known as chronic inflammation.”
Exert taken from Integrative Phsyciatry.net

Inflammation can aggravate conditions such as arthritis, gout and pain in general. However, chronic brain inflammation can worsen the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Aspergers, dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

Having an unhealthy diet and gut can cause inflammation of our brains and our bodies – after all we are what we eat.

Foods That Reduce Inflammation

Vegetables:

Olives
Broccoli
Spinach
Cabbage
Seaweed
Kale
Sweet potato
Edamame

Fruit:

Avocado
Pomegranates or juice
Elderberries
Guava
Papaya
Blueberries

Nuts:

Almonds
Almond Milk
Walnuts
Brazils
Pecans
Pine nuts
Cashews (cashew butters and cheeses)

Seeds:

Flax seed
Hemp seed
Sunflower seeds

Dark chocolate

Green tea

Turmeric

Chives

Parsley

Protein:
Nuts (mentioned previously)
Fish
Soy (soy milk, tofu, soy ‘cheese’ spreads)

Omega-3:
Olives
Avocado
Flax seeds
Fish
Soy
Hemp seeds
Olive oil
Canola oil
Grape seed oil
Walnut oil

B12 & Vitamin D are essential for healthy brain function:

Fish
Liver
Shelfish
Egg yolk

Foods To Avoid

Sunflower oil
Dairy
Wheat
Fatty red meat
Added sugar
Processed foods and flours (ready meals, white bread, wheat pasta, white rice)
Alcohol in excess
Highly acidic foods can trigger inflammation in some people such as citrus fruit, strawberries, grapefruit, tomatoes.

Reference: Intergrative Psychiatry .net. Shereen Lehman, MS, Nutrition Expert. Dakota Karratti for Live Strong .com. Nearologist Dr Majid Fotuhi. Douglas Cowan Psy.D for oneADDplace .com

Are you being too nice?

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Most of us are taught from an early age that we should be nice to people and not deliberately exclude anyone. When we grow up however, we have to WANT to be generous, helpful and sympathetic to a person, otherwise trying to be ‘nice’ can come across as patronising or obviously fake.

On the other hand…

Being overly nice isn’t going to get everyone to like you and it can easily come across as desperate or even stalker-ish to new people!

With friends and family if we are always overly generous and forgiving with everyone, eventually, even the most well meaning of people will start to take advantage of our nice nature.

How many of us have been long time friends or partners with a seemingly outgoing person who’s always in the middle of some drama? It’s easy to become the person who just provides them with constant attention and an ego boost, which gets thrown back in our face the minute we stop.

Being too nice can mean we are accidentally flirting! If someone fancies us or is having a bad day and feeling unloved and then we are suddenly really nice to them, they might easily take it the wrong way. Then what happens? We don’t correct them because we feel bad about being mean because we are too nice! Awkward.

There are times when our nice nature can breed our own resentment. I know we shouldn’t just do a favour to get one in return but when we knock ourselves out to be considerate and helpful but don’t get that same level in return, it can be rather depressing. Which leads to one of these conversations “You are so ungrateful! All the things I do for you…”

We need to understand sometimes other people are too busy to have the time to reciprocate or too stressed maybe to notice. It’s never a good trait to deliberately be a martyr and hold it over everyone anyway.

Still, constantly being, doing and thinking things for others – even with the best of intentions – can be exhausting and frustrating. We need to put ourselves first sometimes without feeling guilty.

Anyone else do some of these?

So the question is: Exactly how nice are we meant to be?

Foco Coconut Water with Mango

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Foco Coconut Water with Mango

Foco coconut water

I’ve tried quite a few brands of coconut water, from artificially sweet to undrinkable and bitter, this is the best by far! It contains only pure coconut water and mango juice and quenches your thirst much more than water. I bought this from Tesco, where they also stock the Raspberry and Lychee flavours.

You will probably have heard people mentioning the fact that coconut water is wonderful ┬ábecause it contains electrolytes. Here’s what that actually means.

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Cheaper, more refreshing and without masses sugar which sports drinks have. It does need to be refrigerated once opened though, which isn’t great for the the gym but perfect for a hangover.

Review: Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. Blemish Treatment Concealer.

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Review: Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. Blemish Treatment Concealer.

 

 

 

I discovered an offer to get two sample sized and one full sized freebie when purchasing anything from Murad. I’d been looking for a medicated concealer for a while so I pleased to learn Dr Murad is a leading Dermatologist covering all areas, with an extensive problem skin range.

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes & Blemish Treatment Concealer.

Rapid Collagen Infusion ‘reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 2 hours’. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturiser ‘Immediate hydration that firms and awakens the delicate eye area.’ Both part of the Age Reform range. Blemish Treatment Concealer. I also received a full sized Intensive-C Radiance Peel, which I’ll review separately.

Before

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Ok I know it says ‘fine’ lines and these are more like crevasses (I was hung over and quite bloated) so it was quite an extreme test! I was angled slightly to the side but that isn’t exaggerating these babies, I assure you!

After

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2 hours later and I’m impressed! There is a definite softening and plumping of the lines. So much so, The Bloke just asked what magic makeup I’d used and (apart from a little concealer on the centre of my forehead) I was bare-faced! I really hope the radiance peel is as effective. I’m glad I got the other items free as the concealer in ‘Medium’ turned out to be a shade too light for my pale olive/yellow toned skin and that’s the darkest they do! I love the creamy consistency of it though and It’s not too oily or too drying like some others I’ve used, so I would recommend it.

Docrafts Sew & So On Christmas

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Docrafts Sew & So On Christmas

I don’t do much crafting but my sowing skills are good enough to mend mine and The Blokes clothes, so I thought I’d get crafting for Christmas.

I chose the Sew & So On, Star & Tree Decorations Kit from Docraft which makes 2 Stars & 2 Tree ornaments.
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Pack contains:
6 X Fabric Pieces
4 X Buttons
4 X Ribbon
Filler
Thread
You will need your on sowing needle and glue (if you choose to use it).

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The photograph instructions are really easy to follow and are universal. You need to remember to put the loops on the inside of the decoration (which will become the outside when reversed). The threads on the canvas are very raw around the edges so it’s a good idea to make the seam around a centimetre wide, so it won’t fray.

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I decided to put the little buttons on the top of my trees like stars. I used the canvas and the check cloth for each of my stars as I thought the check was really pretty.

*I was sent this kit from docrafts for review purposes.