Take charcoal? We’ll tell you why!

Tried a little too much ‘Skypero’ (Skype + apero) or is take-away a standard part of your weekend? Time to clean your body! Charcoal turns out to be a good way to remove toxins from your body. Read on and find out more about the black stuff!  

What is it and how does it work?

Activated charcoal or activated carbon is obtained when your charcoal is treated with oxygen during production. This increases porosity and has the ability to absorb toxins, so they are not absorbed into your body. Activated charcoal is used in water filters and in medicine and is also available in powder form or in a small capsule.

A detox for your body

So taking activated charcoal is definitely a good idea when you want to detox your body. Harmful residues of medication, fungi, heavy metals or exhaust fumes, for example, are a perfect match for activated charcoal. Not only for your immune system, but also for your bowel function the black stuff can do wonders. We list what you can use it for, for example!

  • Bye bye bloated feeling: Do you suffer from a bloated feeling (with accompanying gas formation) after eating? Random nausea? Charcoal does nothing but good for your stomach and intestines.
  • Good for your kidneys: Charcoal can drastically reduce the amount of waste products your kidneys need to process. It can allow the kidneys to filter all toxins out of the blood.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol: Charcoal binds bile acids (which can contain cholesterol) in the intestines so your body will not absorb them. Research shows that the intake of charcoal can even cause an increase in good cholesterol!  
  • Cleans your mouth: You may have seen it pass by in beautyland: black (!) toothpaste. Activated charcoal can bind impurities in your mouth, allowing your teeth to whiten a few shades. Plus, it can affect the PH value in your mouth, which could be a major cause of bad breath, gum disease and cavities.

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We can’t repeat it often enough… Drink enough water! Charcoal has a tendency to dry out your body. Moreover, drinking water makes it easier to get rid of toxins! It is recommended not to take activated charcoal within two hours before your medication or supplements, as it can reduce absorption.

Will you try out this special black powder? 

Detox jargon

Deacidification, ketosis, intermittent fasting, free radicals … Do you hear thunder in Cologne? Then we have an overview ready for you with the most commonly used terms in detox country!

Acidification

Acidification means too high an acid level in your blood. It should have a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. When your blood gets a lower pH (acidifies), your body will restore it. This can be done by excreting the acidic substances through respiration or through the urine. Your body can also extract basic substances from the bones to raise the pH of the blood.

Our current diet contains a lot of acidic foods, with a low pH. This causes chronic low-grade metabolic acidification. Your blood is not acidified, because your body ensures that your blood always has the correct pH value. But this comes at a price, for example, the extraction of calcium from the bones. Chronic acidification also causes inflammation, reduced resistance and joint damage. An ideal diet has 80% basic substances and 20% acidic.

“Long-term consumption of a very acidic diet results in metabolic acidosis, an acidification of the total body system”

The pH value is also very important for your intestines. For example, digestive enzymes in the intestine are activated at a pH higher than 7. At a lower pH you get poor digestion and the nutrients are no longer properly absorbed by the intestines. Due to poor digestion, semi-digested residues remain, which can provoke inflammation.

 

Free radicals and antioxidants

Free radicals are released during our natural metabolism. On the other hand, external factors (alcohol, smoking, stress, unhealthy food or environmental pollution) cause that we come into contact with free radicals. These free radicals are looking for a missing electron in our cells, damaging our healthy cells and energy production.

The higher the number of free radicals in our body, the more healthy body cells lose their effect. We call the result “oxidative stress”. Your body cells can be irreparably damaged. The chance of negative consequences for your body (pigment spots, cancer or rheumatism for example) is therefore increased. We can also see aging as a form of oxidation. Free radicals attack your connective tissue, making your skin less elastic.

“The higher the number of free radicals in our body, the more healthy body cells lose their effect. We call the result “oxidative stress”. “

On the other hand, we also need these free radicals in our body. They trigger our body to stimulate inflammation. For example, when we suffer from flu, our body must be able to do its work!

To limit the damage from free radicals, our body needs antioxidants. These can neutralize the composition of (harmful) free radicals again. A healthy, balanced diet (a menu rich in vegetables, fruit, fish and nuts) and a healthy lifestyle are a good start.

 

Toxins & detoxification

To understand detox, we first explain what toxins are and then how we can get rid of them.

Toxins include phthalates, metals, forest phenol, PCBs,… which you ingest, often through your diet. Normally, your body can drain them itself. But if too many toxins get in, they are stored around your fat cell. This means that the fat cell is no longer available for combustion. In addition, toxins increase the free radical load, which has a negative effect on your metabolism.

“If too many toxins come in, they are stored around your fat cell. This means that the fat cell is no longer available for combustion. ”

In order to detoxify the body, the lymphatic system absorbs all waste and toxins and transports it to the liver. She will in turn process them and then determine how they will leave the body. Think of the liver like the air conditioning filter in your house. You know it’s time to replace or clean it when it gets dark and clogged. In this state, the filter can no longer keep your home free from things like dust, pet dander, dirt, and toxins. Before the liver gets into a similar state, it’s time to clean it of the toxic residues that have built up over time. This also gives the liver time to heal itself.

When the liver is ‘clogged’, the waste and toxins are no longer excreted, but transported to the fat cells in the abdomen. Once there, they hook themselves onto a cell. To keep them there, the body will make a protective layer around it. As a result, the fat cell is no longer “accessible” for fat burning. This creates an unhealthy situation in which our immune system weakens and we are more susceptible to diseases and inflammation.

If the liver functions optimally again, for example through a liver cleanse, it will “open the doors”, send out special hormones to dissolve the layers of insulation and transport the waste and toxins back to the liver. From that moment on, the body switches to good belly fat burning and we start to excrete the toxins.

 

Fasting

Fasting is taking less or no food for a longer period of time. You can do this, for example, by intermittent fasting. When fasting, you take less than 600 calories a day. This is because studies on the positive effects of fasting have been conducted with between 500 and 650 calories per day.

“Fasting prevents diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity.”

The beneficial effects that occur with a low calorie intake? Your body will break down and recycle old cells. Fasting also decreases the production of IGF-1. High IGF-1 is associated with faster aging and an increased risk of cancer. In addition, it lowers blood sugar, improves insulin sensitivity and prevents diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity.

 

Colon cleanse

An unhealthy diet and a passive lifestyle can cause the intestines to no longer function optimally. This creates an imbalance in the intestinal flora with overweight, depression, Alzheimer’s, allergies,… as possible consequences. When they function properly, our food can be properly digested and all nutrients are properly absorbed. Our intestines therefore fulfill a very important function!

A bowel cleansing will remove residues that do not belong in the intestines, so that inflammation and pathogens do not stand a chance and the functioning of your intestines will be optimal again. After the intestinal cleansing it is important to take probiotics, so that the intestinal flora is restored.

“This creates an imbalance in the intestinal flora with overweight, depression, Alzheimer’s, allergies, … as possible consequences.”

You can perform a colon cleanse in different ways. You can book colon hydrotherapy. The large intestine is repeatedly cleaned by warm water. This treatment is performed by a therapist. You can also clean your bowels by using Epsom salts, which makes the stools watery and will rinse out the remains. Senne tea also rinses the intestines in this way. Or you can opt for a bowel cleaning kit, in which you will find oxi powder that cleans your intestines, and probiotics to rebuild the bacterial flora.

 

Low Carb & Ketosis

When you eat carbohydrates, your blood sugar (glucose) rises. When you eat too many carbohydrates, your cells are full of glucose and glucose can remain in your blood. Glucose in the blood clogs the veins, causes inflammation, …

Almost all carbohydrates are stored as fat. Insulin is the hormone that carries glucose to the fat cells. When you eat too many carbohydrates, the insulin in your blood rises. In high doses, insulin is toxic, causing cell damage, cancer and atherosclerosis, nerve damage and pain in the extremities. In addition, a consistently high level of insulin causes the cells to stop responding to insulin. This is called insulin resistance and can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, Alzheimers etc.

“A detox is the ideal way to switch your body from carbohydrate burning to fat burning (ketosis).”

Insulin resistance makes the body believe that not enough glucose is stored in the cells and sends the signal to start using muscle mass to make glucose. Result? You lose muscle mass and get fatter. Instead of feeling energized after eating, you feel tired and in need of more carbohydrates. Because you now also have less muscles, exercise becomes heavy and you end up in a vicious circle. A detox is the ideal way to switch your body from carbohydrate burning to fat burning (ketosis).

7 x signals that your body needs a detox

The fact that everyone (yes, you too!) Benefits from a cleanse, we can no longer doubt. The only question is: how do you know when your body gives signals that it is time for a detox? We list 7 for you!

A thumping head is nothing new to you

Do you sometimes suffer from headaches and you have no idea why this is exactly? Unhealthy food, alcohol, stress … All kinds of different factors that can cause too many toxins in your body. Hello annoying, throbbing feeling in your head.

Digestive problems are a daily occurrence

Constipation, diarrhea or bloating? Your body is trying to tell you something! Your entire health starts from your intestines, so it is logical that a thorough cleaning is sometimes more than necessary.

Your skin is anything but flawless

Our skin ensures that waste products (through sweating) can leave our body. The more toxins your body has to get rid of, the more often your skin will have a hard time. Acne, rash or dry patches are often the result of this imbalance in your body!

Energy level? 0.0

Fatigue that keeps on going can be a clear signal from your body. Stress, chronic or dormant inflammation or too high a level of toxins can cause the functioning between your brain and adrenal glands to be on the back burner.

You struggle with your weight

Not happy with the number on the scale? It is often not as simple as “eating healthier” and “exercising more”. The more bad bacteria take over in your body, the faster this can lead to problems with your metabolism.

You are not aware of a healthy night’s sleep

Did you know that toxins can also cause you to count too many sheep before you sleep? When there are toxins in your bloodstream, they negatively affect the substances that promote your sleep.

The hormones are out of balance

Typical ailments that we can link to hormones (just think of fatigue, low libido, mood swings and problems with your weight) are directly related to an increased number of toxins in your body.

Tested: cleaning your bowels with epsom salt

What is it?

Bitter salt is also known under the name magnesium sulphate (a magnesium salt of sulphuric acid). The less used names are English salt or epsom salt. It has surprisingly many health benefits.

The history of bittersalt

This miracle salt was discovered in the British town of Epsom during the seventeenth century. The first people who started using it did not yet know exactly why it was so beneficial. Yet they were immediately sold in order to improve the quality of life and prolong the life span. By trying different methods, they came to the conclusion that taking bittersalt on an empty stomach and absorbing it through the skin were the best ways. Slowly but surely it became clear that bittersalt had many more advantages than fighting tissue hardening, kidney disease, rheumatism and obesity. Important to know is that epsom salt has a completely different composition than the common salt on the kitchen table. Secretly, it is also not salt at all, but a naturally occurring mineral compound of sulfur and magnesium. The taste, you can already guess, is also a lot more bitter than ordinary salt.

Why should I start taking bittersalt?

As we said before, bittersalt has a lot of health benefits. How can we explain this? The mineral magnesium binds to a carbonate, not sulfur. This is how harmful substances absorbed and destroyed. External use also ensures that wastes stored in the tissues may be channelled through the skin drained. So it’s certainly a good idea to dispose of a very small amount of to be taken daily. These are the benefits of bittersalt:

Internal

  • Serves perfectly as a detox cure because it can loosen deposits from the intestinal wall.
  • Relaxes the bile ducts during a bile and liver flush.
  • Has a laxative effect and ensures that waste products leave the intestine faster.

External

  • Gets rid of dead skin cells.
  • Softens the hair.
  • Helps with pain symptoms such as rheumatism, osteoarthritis and arthritis.
  • Calms the nervous system and muscles.
  • Ideal during sleep problems and stress-related complaints.

A complete cleansing of your bowels

Stress, fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, muscle aches… Very often we can link complaints to the health of your bowels! An unhealthy diet and a lifestyle with the necessary question marks can cause deposits to settle in your intestine (Google: intestinal snails). An extensive cleanse removes these and ensures a cracked (and healthy!) intestine.

That’s how you take it

Can your bowels use a simple cleaning? We have taken the test ourselves and this distribution per one tablespoon of bittersalt seems best to us: 8h + 13h + 18h.

Do you get the jitters of the dirty taste? Using boiling water with a dash of lemon juice tastes a lot better! It is important that you eat the right things during your intestinal cleansing with epsom salts. A light vegetable soup, boiled or raw vegetables will boost your detox. You should drink 1 litre of warm water or tea in between intakes. On day two, you should definitely take probiotics and put enough fermented food (e.g. yoghurt) on the menu.

Our own experience

Of course, we were curious about the healing effects of bittersalt. So try it! We proceeded as planned above (for about two to three days), including drinking lukewarm tea between ingestions. On the menu were a cup of vegetable stock, boiled carrots, cucumber and tomato. The first sip? We’re going to be very honest. How dirty! The taste is very typical bitter and leaves a bitter aftertaste. The second sip went a lot smoother with the help of boiling water and fresh lemon juice. After an hour you get the feeling that your belly starts “bubbling”, including a lot of noise. Then it’s time for the first toilet visit! First you can expect normal bowel movements, as you see every day.

You think you’re “empty”, but nothing could be further from the truth. After the first phase, it’s normal that you feel a little nauseous. The waste products leave your body! After a while you have to go to the toilet again and your bowel movement is rather fluid, until it seems as if pure water is coming out of you. After this phase it is very important that you hydrate your body enough with water or tea, because you lose a lot of moisture. After your second or third glass, only a few dry and alternately slimy chunks will end up in the toilet bowl, the very last one from your intestine, so to speak. We can hardly describe it, but you feel perfect when you are really “empty”. Make sure you have enough time to lie down in your lazy couch. After a cleanse it makes perfect sense that you feel tired. Last but not least: even if you cleanse your body, during the cleanse we didn’t feel hungry at all.

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Get rid of obesity?

More and more people are suffering from excess pounds. This period becoming overweight is more and more a real culprit for your general health.

More serious overweight complaints

It has been scientifically proven that overweight people are not getting sick faster with coronavirus, but that the risk of serious complaints is higher. When somebody needs to be ventilated, it’s detrimental that the person in question suffers

overweight. How can we explain this? The COVID-19 virus is penetrating cells inside by binding to the outside of cells. The most important receptors are mainly found on the lung cells, intestinal cells and fat cells. The more fatty tissue, the more the virus could enter the body.

Protect your body

Obsessively starting (crash) diets is of course never a good idea. What you can do is reset your body with a detox. That way you don’t just lose weight, your mineral and vitamin levels are replenished, your immune system gets a boost, your energy level is skyrocketing… Exercise is also important! The perfect moment to pay full attention to your body.

FAQ: Why is infrared sauna so healthy?

Support your detox at Vila Mimosa? Then plan a visit to our infrared cabin! We will tell you how it works and why it is so healthy.

How does it work?

An infrared cabin uses heat emitters to keep the heat to transfer to your body. Within minutes the cabin is already delicious warm, as opposed to a classic sauna that takes half an hour to relax. needs time to warm up. The temperature is between 49 and 59 degrees (so you won’t sweat like you would in a classic sauna). The infrared rays warm up your body from the inside out, so that your body can work on its own!

The advantages

Put a visit to the infrared cabin on your to-do list! Why’s that?

  • The sweating out of toxins is stimulated.
  • Infrared is healthy for the cardiovascular system.
  • It penetrates deep into the muscles, relieving muscle pain and arthritis.
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are easily regulated.
  • The cosy warmth helps you relax more quickly.

Infrared @ Vila Mimosa

Each guest is entitled to 2 x 15 minutes in the infrared cabin, divided by a schematic. The first session will be someone from the staff come to explain and supervise everything. The second session is for the staff member just ready to turn on the infrared, the right settings ready to use. …to keep it clean… Enjoy!

Coffee healthy? Yes! But…

Does your day always start with a cup of coffee as standard? Many see coffee as a kind of guilty pleasure during busy days, but actually it’s not that unhealthy at all. We’ll tell you why coffee can be healthy!

4 X reasons why coffee is healthy

Coffee boosts your metabolism

Do you want to lose some weight? Coffee can help you with that. Caffeine allows your metabolism to increase by up to 11%, allowing your body to burn extra calories. Burning fat is another matter. The caffeine in your cup of coffee can increase fat burning by up to 29%.

You get more energy and maximum focus

Fervent coffee lovers often give ‘more energy’ as the main reason to drink the black stuff. The caffeine in coffee is absorbed into your bloodstream after just four minutes. The substance blocks adenosine, allowing norepinephrine and dopamine to do their energetic work. Your brain can also use coffee from time to time. It improves your memory, reaction speed, alertness and mood!

It is packed with healthy nutrients

You might not think so, but coffee is full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. To sum up: vitamins B2, B5, B1, B3, potassium, manganese, magnesium, folic acid and phosphorus are among the powerhouses of a cup of coffee.

Coffee can protect your body

Scientific research proves that one to three cups of coffee a day can significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. People with a fatty liver who start drinking more coffee noticed that their liver values improved. So the risk of irreversible liver cirrhosis is lower! Last but not least, a population study shows that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop bowel cancer.

Drink in moderation!

We would like to emphasize that we are talking about drinking coffee in moderation, one or two cups per day is the maximum. This way you won’t get a rushed feeling, insomnia, palpitations, high blood pressure, trembling hands or dizziness.

Two important things about healthy coffee

Choose organic

Not every cup of coffee is the same! There is a difference between non-organic coffee and organic coffee beans. Organic contains no toxic residues of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, artificial flavors or colorants or preservatives. Non-organic can cause troublesome side effects faster and reduces the absorption of iron from your diet.

No fungi in your coffee

Non-organic coffee contains Ochratoxin, a type of fungus that can cause numerous health problems. Among other things, it increases the risk of neurological damage, hypertension, kidney failure and problems with your cardiovascular system.

In Vila Mimosa we opted for NoordCode coffee, a Dutch company with an eye for the well-being of the planet. Both taste and non-toxic agriculture are of paramount importance in the production. The 100% Arabica beans, from one specific area in Brazil, provide a balanced (and mould-free) coffee with optimal acidity and health benefits. Want to make your cup of coffee even healthier? Then add a tablespoon of MCT oil. MCTs are medium fatty acids obtained from coconut, palm kernel or rapeseed oil. The pure, tasteless and odourless oil provides fast (healthy!) energy. It fits perfectly within your ketogenic diet and provides your body with good fats. Hello undisturbed concentration!

Slow coffee: what does it mean?

Use a percolator to make your organic, mould-free coffee (see image at the bottom of the blogpost). This way you get ‘Slow coffee’. Slow coffee is not just the latest barista term, there’s a reason why this slow process of making coffee contributes to the perfect cup. In this case, the taste experience wins over the speed. The taste is fuller and more refined, and the benefits of organic coffee are better appreciated.

A new way of fasting: one meal a day

Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly popular due to its positive impact on your weight loss, energy level and concentration level (you can read more about it in our brand new magazine). Yet specialists go a step further in the field of healthy fasting…

What is the “one meal a day” principle?

Just one large meal a day according to the 23:1 ratio would bring even more health benefits than the usual intermittent fasting. Your body can rely on itself for 23 hours, so to speak. Both your natural fat burning as well as your mental health get a boost during this way of keto. Want to know more about this fasting technique? Read on quickly.

This is how it works

OMAD / one meal a day / one meal a day works according to exactly the same principle of all types of intermittent fasting. The focus is not on what you eat, but when. Eating according to the clock. The aim is to provide your body with the necessary calories in just one meal. Eating nothing for almost 23 hours, 1 hour does. Plan your large meal between 16h and 19h, so you give that difficult feeling of hunger (almost) no chance. What’s more, you don’t have to completely change your social agenda and go to bed with anything but a ‘full’ feeling. But where does this view come from? From an evolutionary point of view, man was not made to eat three times a day, because there simply wasn’t enough food available. Your meal had to keep your body satiated long enough, with an eye on optimal performance (both physically and mentally) and long-term health.

This is how you start this form of fasting

For those who do not yet have any experience with fasting, this form is a little too extreme to begin with. Know your body! Make sure your body has gotten used to fasting according to the clock. Give this technique a chance, don’t you think?

Limit your carbohydrate intake. The more carbohydrates in your body, the longer it takes for your body to get into ketosis and the more difficult it becomes to burn fat. The risk of that typical sugar dip is pressed in your head.

Give your body time to get used to this method. It’s all about developing and maintaining a routine. A little too heavy? OMAD every other day, eat a healthy snack after physical exertion or reduce your routine to 16:8 or 20:4. People who have previously experimented with this form of intermittent fasting all say the same thing. It’s not ‘not eating’ that’s the hardest part, but ‘changing your eating habits’.

The health benefits

When you fast, you put pressure on your cells. Still, we can take a positive view of this. It makes your cells more resilient and stronger over time. We can compare the effect of ‘one meal a day’ with a solid strength training session. A small dose of “stress” repairs damaged cells and gets rid of toxins. Your metabolism, resistance to hunger and fat burning are boosted while your blood sugar level and insulin resistance are lowered.

23 X the power of tea

“Tea is always a good idea”… Whether you suffer from too slow digestion, headaches or low energy levels, for every ailment there is the perfect cup of tea. Bring the water to the boil, these teas contribute to a healthy body!

Green tea

Green tea, health magazines and blogs are full of it. Yet this green good is indispensable in this list, because it is good for almost (!) everything that comes with a healthy body. Green tea is an important antioxidant that can slow down various signs of aging (wrinkles, heart disease, bad teeth and bad eyes). Physically and/or mentally tired? Leave that unhealthy energy drink and choose a cup of tea. Facilitate your weight loss with green tea, the amount of caffeine is able to burn fat cells in a healthy way. Moreover, a cup (or two) of green tea every day would significantly reduce the risk of cancer.

Rooibos

Rooibos tea is the favorite taste of many people. Not only is it delicious, rooibos also brings numerous health benefits. Let’s start with skin complaints (eczema and psoriasis for example). Due to its strong antioxidant effect, rooibos is the tea par excellence for flawless skin. The typical signs of aging such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, age-related diabetes, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis could also be reduced with a portion of rooibos. Tossing, brooding, getting up, crawling back into bed and hoping that you fall asleep again…  Recognizable? Drink a cup of rooibos tea in the late evening to avoid waking up frequently during your night of sleep. Of course, we’re going to encourage a solid workout. However, it is important to know that intense body activity can cause damage by free radicals. The solution? You can probably guess it already (tip: starts with an R).

Chamomile

Drinking a little too much wine or you don’t like that spicy meal? Chamomile has an anti-inflammatory effect on various gastrointestinal complaints. Stressed people can relax a little easier with a cup of chamomile tea in their hand. Bye bye irritability, irritation, fear and anger.

Mint

Imagine: you just had a big meal in a restaurant. The best solution to end your evening would be a cup of coffee, right? Wrong! Fresh mint tea is a much better idea to get rid of that bloated feeling. Mint is the perfect partner in crime for nausea, flatulence and bad breath.

Nettle

Do you suffer from skin rashes, sores or oily skin and frizzy hair? Nettle tea has a purifying, detoxifying and deacidifying effect. Due to the lack of vitamin D, we all suffer from spring tiredness. Nettle tea gives your body (and your resistance!) that boost (especially because it’s rich in iron and calcium) to get more energy. Pain relieving and anti-inflammatory, those are the benefits of nettle tea when you suffer from osteoarthritis, arthritis and rheumatism. Nettle tea is increasingly used as an alternative to traditional medication for allergies, hay fever, house dust mite allergy and sinusitis.

Fennel

Fennel tea is the superhero you need when you suffer from cramps! Flatulence, a swollen belly, stomach or intestinal cramps or bursts are a thing of the past with a cup of fennel tea. Cramps on your airways? Fennel tea can help with a (kink) cough, a wheezing cough, hoarseness, bronchitis or blocked airways.

Rosehip

Fact: if you suspect a vitamin deficiency, it is always a good idea to drink a few cups of rosehip tea. Due to its high content of vitamin C, rosehip is the ideal remedy for fatigue, winter ailments, anaemia and signs of old age.

Goldenrod

The beautiful name perfectly fits this powerful type of tea. Goldenrod is a boulder in the excretion of waste products through the bladder and kidneys which purifies and detoxifies the blood. Rheumatic complaints and skin disorders (acne or eczema for example) can be remedied with a cup of Goldenrod tea. A detox @ home? Goldenrod tea is highly recommended during a cleansing cure because it is diuretic and anti-inflammatory. Does your (seasonal) allergy arise? Goldenrod reduces a blocked or running nose, sinusitis, sore throat or a nasal cold.

Linden Blossom

The road to dreamland is easier to find when you start your evening routine with a cup of lime blossom tea. Sweating remains one of the most efficient ways to purify your body. Tea can also have a calming effect on ADHD, anxiety, irritability, restlessness and nervousness. The proof? Linden blossom!

Anise

We understand that you’re not exactly jumping to drink ‘liquorice in a cup’. Still, aniseed tea can be the lifesaver during stomach problems, stomach cramps and flatulence.

Horsetail

Anemia (resulting in fatigue) and mineral deficiencies can be remedied with horsetail tea. Also problems in your bladder and kidneys (kidney stones, kidney stones, blood loss through urine, bladder weakness and incontinence for example) are not too big a job for this type of tea.

Sage

Those who see ‘armpit sweat’ as their greatest fear would do well to drink sage tea. Sage, or salva, is sweat-inhibiting in case of excessive perspiration, clammy hands, sweaty feet, nervous sweating and hot flashes. Keeping the flu, bronchitis and colds at bay is also responsible for this type of tea. Sage is also called a typical “feminine” tea. It is good for the typical symptoms of PMS, menstruation, a lack of libido and infertility of the woman.

Marigold

Marigold is known for its preventive effect on gallstones and liver swelling. Do you suffer from cramps in your intestines or stomach, colic, an ulcer or intestinal inflammation? Then drink a quick cup of this tea. During the time of the month (ladies, I’m sure you know what we’re talking about) Marigold can reduce painful menstrual periods and get rid of cold hands and feet.

Boldo

It may not sound healthy, but it is: boldo can double our bile secretion and makes the bile a lot more fluid, thus avoiding gallstones and bile path infections. The rest of your digestion can certainly use a bag of boldo. It works preventively against acid bursts and flatulence!

Poppy seeds

Unlike classical medication for better sleep, poppy has no side effects or dependence. Poppy shortens the time it takes to get to sleep, reduces persistent nightmares, prevents you from waking up at night and improves the overall sleep quality. Poppy tea can tackle nervousness, tension headaches, palpitations, high blood pressure or itching due to stress. Y

St. John’s wort

Do you have a hard time seeing life positive? Don’t worry, be happy! St. John’s wort can help you during mild depressions, a bad mood and tensions. St. John’s wort can also help with stomach and intestinal complaints that are often the result of excessive stress.

Artichoke

You read it right, artichoke also exists in tea form! Artichoke tea can be your partner in crime when you want to win the battle against excess pounds. This is because artichoke improves your metabolism, supports your digestion and can promote your intestinal flora.

Lady’s mantle

What’s in a name? Lady’s mantle tea can help with typical female ailments. Think of PMS, menstrual pain, complaints during menopause or when you want to get pregnant. How exactly does this tea work? Lady’s mantle has an influence on the pituitary gland, also called ‘the control centre of your hormones’.

Elderflower

Problems with your nose, throat or mouth? Then elderflower is the tea you need. Elderflower ensures that excess mucus can be dissolved quickly. Perfect during a cold, bronchitis, a dry cough, hay fever, oral mucous membrane infections, sinus infections, sore throat, inflammation of the tonsils or difficult hoarseness. Elderflower, by the way, has a sweat-floating effect which makes you heal faster in case of flu. Preventing bacterial infections and strengthening our immune system are also part of the job of tea with elderflower.

Senna

It may not sound very tasty, but senna tea is also called ‘tea for your bowels’. Senna can help you detoxify your body when you detoxify. Losing weight could be quicker if you clean your colon from time to time by drinking a cup of senna. Bye bye complaints of PDS and bloating!

Liquorice

Liquorice we can safely call an ‘DIY’ in the field of health. Do you suffer from a tickling cough and/or stuck mucus? Liquorice helps to loosen mucus and has an anti-inflammatory effect on your whole body. Liquorice tea versus stress: 1-0. Stress causes the production of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lead to fatigue and lethargy because your adrenal glands are no longer functioning properly. Liquorice ensures that your body produces less cortisol during stressful periods. Drinking liquorice tea also has an influence on our hormones. All the problems we can link to hormones (sensitive breasts, menstrual pain or mood swings) can be reduced with a cup of this type of tea.

Melissa

Looking for a natural remedy for stress? Melissa is the ideal type of tea when you suffer from all sorts of ailments associated with nervousness. Melissa has a heart-strengthening effect, can calm your body, can lower your blood pressure, has a strengthening effect on the circulatory system and relieves migraines and insomnia due to an overdose of tension.

Thyme

Drinking tea from fresh thyme is always a good idea. Thyme calms the nervous system, making it easier to relax during stressful moments. A heavy stomach, intestinal cramps, flatulence and diarrhea can also be relieved by drinking a cup of thyme. Sore throat? Gorgel then with some cooled (!) tea!

Deacidification for beginners

De-what? Deacidify! This simple method of detoxing is becoming increasingly popular. What exactly is it and why should you also boost your pH? Read on!

How to get started

Deacidification sounds a lot harder than it actually is. You can regulate the acidity in your body simply by using more vegetables, fruit and fresh herbs in your meals. Simple, isn’t it?

What exactly is it good for?

Unhealthy nutrition, a non-active lifestyle and contamination of our soils can cause serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. By deacidifying, you provide your body with natural supplementation.

What else? When your body is too acidic, it can cause all kinds of annoying health problems. Your cells don’t work as well, minerals and vitamins are consumed too fast as bases, your energy level is on a low…

Deacidification is just healthy for your body. Period! When you pay close attention to your diet, you effortlessly take in extra fibre, anti-inflammatory drugs and antioxidants that protect your resistance against harmful factors.