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Smartliners maintenant disponible en ligne avec Easy-Pharma

Your feminine hygiene is important, but your concern for ecology is just as important?

What about trying out the products from the brand Smartliners?

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Conseils d’entretien pour une moustache du tonnerre !

Messieurs, si vous avez décidé de vous joindre au mouvement Movember cette année, voici quelques conseils pour une moustache qui fera tourner toutes les têtes !

Bien faire pousser sa moustache

Si vous n’êtes pas habitué à porter la moustache, vous trouverez peut-être l’expérience un peu inconfortable au début d’où l’importance d’utiliser les bons produits et d’aiguiser votre patience !

Pour éviter la formation de petits boutons disgracieux, commencez à entretenir votre peau quelques jours avant afin de préparer le terrain.

Un bon nettoyage facial matin et soir, suivi d’un gommage à faire une fois par semaine, sans oublier l’application quotidienne d’une crème hydratante vous fera le plus grand bien.

Une fois que les premiers poils fins et rebelles commenceront à pousser, il est conseillé de les raser pour qu’ils repoussent plus épais.

Pour éviter l’irritation, utilisez une bonne crème à raser, un rasoir avec une lame bien aiguisée et l’application d’un tonique après rasage.

En fonction de votre pilosité, votre moustache pourra être taillée à partir de la 2e ou 3e semaine.

Bien tailler sa moustache

Pour bien tailler sa moustache, il faut bien la peigner vers le bas, c’est-à-dire vers la lèvre supérieure avec une brosse à barbe ou un peigne.

Il faut ensuite relever les côtés de la moustache et raser les poils superflus qui se trouvent aux commissures des lèvres. Vous pouvez utiliser un rasoir électrique ou une pioche et peaufiner à la pince à épiler.

Par la suite, à l’aide de ciseaux à moustache, coupez les poils qui recouvrent la lèvre supérieure dans une belle ligne nette.

Entretenir sa moustache

Pour éviter les démangeaisons, les poils drus et piquants, ainsi que la peau sèche, voici une liste de produits naturels intéressants pour nettoyer et hydrater les poils de votre moustache et les nourrir en profondeur.

Nettoyer sa moustache avec un savon ou shampoing pour barbe >>

Nourrir les poils de sa moustache avec de l’huile ou un baume >>

Styliser sa moustache avec de la cire à moustache >>

Accélérer le renouvellement cellulaire avec un exfoliant pour homme >>

Hydrater la peau avec une crème hydratante pour homme >>

Notre boutique regorge de produits naturels aux arômes très masculins pour une belle moustache et une peau en santé.

Bon magasinage!

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Messieurs, à vos moustaches !

Pour la 17e année, des hommes de partout dans le monde se feront pousser la moustache durant le mois de novembre pour sensibiliser l’opinion publique aux maladies masculines, et amasser des dons. Et pour cause : les hommes meurent en moyenne six ans plus tôt que les femmes, en partie puisqu’ils ne prennent pas suffisamment soin de leur santé physique et mentale. Apprenez-en davantage sur l’origine de ce mouvement bien établi dans plus d’une vingtaine de pays !

D’où vient le Movember ?

L’expression est formée du mot « mo » pour moustache et de « november » pour novembre. L’expression Movember est formée du mot « Mo » pour moustache en anglais, et bien évidemment du mot novembre, également dans la langue de Shakespeare.

Le mouvement de sensibilisation est né en 2003 à Melbourne en Australie par deux amis qui se sont lancé le défi de se faire pousser la moustache pendant tout le mois de novembre !

Avec le soutien de 30 amis fidèles, qui leur ont emboîté le pas, ils ont réalisé que le port de la moustache permettait de susciter des conversations et de sensibiliser l’entourage.

Ce constat a mené à la création de la Fondation Movember en 2004.

Depuis, les fonds amassés servent à sensibiliser les hommes à l’importance de prendre soin d’eux et à consulter au besoin, en plus de servir à financer divers programmes pour lutter contre le cancer de la prostate, le cancer testiculaire, les problèmes de santé mentale et le suicide.

La santé des hommes en chiffres

  • Un homme sur sept sera atteint d’un cancer de la prostate au cours de sa vie.
  • Le cancer testiculaire est le cancer le plus communément diagnostiqué chez les jeunes hommes au Canada.
  • Tous les ans, plus de 2 900 hommes s’enlèvent la vie au Canada.
  • Trois suicides sur quatre sont commis par des hommes au Canada.

Malgré des chiffres assez évocateurs sur la santé des hommes, une étude dévoilée en octobre 2019 par la Fondation Movember révèle que plus de la moitié des jeunes hommes sont encore réticents à parler de leurs problèmes et de leurs sentiments de peur de paraître faible ou « moins masculin ».

  • Plus de la moitié (59 %) des Canadiens estiment que la société s’attend à ce qu’ils soient « forts sur le plan émotionnel et qu’ils ne montrent pas de faiblesse ».
  • Plus du tiers (37 %) des hommes canadiens ne parleront pas aux autres de ce qu’ils ressentent pour éviter de paraître « indignes » ; pourtant, plus des trois quarts (80 %) pensent que parler est un moyen efficace de résoudre les problèmes.

Cette cause vous interpelle ?

Si vous avez envie de relever le défi du Movember, en solo ou entre amis, c’est simple !

Vous n’avez qu’à vous inscrire sur le site de la Fondation Movember Canada et suivre nos conseils beauté pour vous faire pousser une moustache en santé qui fera tourner toutes les têtes.

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3 easy pumpkin treatments

You never know what to do with the rest of the pumpkin. Why not use some of the meat to pamper yourself with express home care?

Known as a natural exfoliant, pumpkin flesh hydrates dry skin and soothes sensitive and irritated skin.

Rich in vitamins A and C and zinc, it nourishes and protects the skin with antioxidants enriched with beta-carotene.

Here are 3 easy to do recipes :

1 – Masque à la citrouille

  • 2 ½ c. à soupe de citrouille crue en purée ou 1 c. à soupe de chair de citrouille
  • 1 c. à thé de miel bio
  • 1/2 c. à thé de lait
  • 1 blanc d’œuf

Optionnal: ½ c. à thé de cidre de pomme ou d’huile de coco vierge ou huile d’olive

Mix the ingredients by adding one of the options according to your skin type. Apply the mask avoiding the eye area. Let stand for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. 

2 – Exfoliant à la citrouille

  • 1/2 tasse de citrouille cuite, en purée
  • 1/2 tasse de cassonade

Mix the ingredients and exfoliate in the shower.

3 – Soin hydratant express à la citrouille

  • 3 c. à soupe de citrouille cuite, en purée
  • 2 c. à soupe de miel

Mix the ingredients and apply on the face for about 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water in circular motions.

Happy Halloween!

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Yes, you should use sun care! All. Year. Long.

A true sun care is a cosmetic that must be able to protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation when applied. It can be a cream, a milk, or even a lotion. The protection concerns both the UVB, the rays that “burn” the skin, and the UVA, the more pernicious rays that cause alterations on the body.

The formula of a sunscreen product is always enriched with elements able to “filter” these UV rays or to “reflect” them. There is a lot of talk about chemical filters that can absorb or neutralize UV. They are obtained from synthetic molecules for the most part. There are also “physical” filters that reflect UV, like a mirror. These are generally obtained through the treatment of natural mineral powders, such as zinc oxide, for example.

Using a sunscreen is not something you can do without.  It is extremely important for the health of your skin.

Many of us think that sunscreen is only needed during the summer. We have the image of a viscous cream that we want to get rid of as soon as possible by entering the water of the pool or the beach.

Sunscreen protects your skin, as clothes protect your body. So, just as you cover your body with clothes, you must cover your skin with sunscreen.

Certainly, some moisturizers have an index of protection, but they are often so weak that they are not so useful.

Who should use a sun care and why?

Dermatologists and health authorities will tell you: “Everyone must use a sun care product, and twice as often! The recommendation is even more urgent for young children whose skin is more sensitive and for people with very light skin.

Why? Because in our society the maximum “precautionary principle”, sunburns are not insignificant for the skin. If the action of UVA is actually controversial in the long term, a sunscreen product is especially recommended when you expose yourself intensively to UV. The most dangerous hours are between 11 am and 4 pm, at the beach, while swimming, but also in the mountains … so many occasions where the sun’s rays can seriously attack the skin.

What sunscreen for me?

20, 30 or 50+? All skins are not equal in the sun and all behaviors are not equal. It will therefore be necessary to think of several factors at the same time before choosing the right solar care.

The type of skin is important: a child’s skin or a clear skin will burn faster to UVB than a matte or black skin. Similarly, sensitive skin, clear or spotted moles, are more fragile face the aggression of UVA.

Circumstances also play a role: in Europe, a picnic in a jersey at the beach at noon is much more dangerous than a walk on the sand in the early evening, all dressed up.

Each case therefore combines a number of factors that can influence the sun protection that is really needed. That’s why the ideal solution does not exist. To put it simply, let’s remember that the “total” protection is illusory, but that to guarantee a reasonable security, it is necessary to enjoy the sun in moderation and to apply a product when one exposes themselves for more than twenty minutes.

What tips to tan safely?

As said above, whatever you do, “tanning” sessions as such are not ideal for the skin. But we cannot avoid the sun every time … In general, the advice of brands that offer a solar range may be suitable, but they sometimes tend to underestimate or overestimate the danger.

I often give my friends these common sense rules and I hereby recommend them to you:

If the skin is clear (white person, Caucasian type), it will require a minimum of 30 protection for outdoor activities in the sun. It will increase to 50 for the face and all the décolleté as well as the feet or calves if the activity takes place between 11 am and 16 pm, when the rays are the most aggressive. Protection 50 or 50+ is recommended for people with very light phototype (white skin, hair often red or blond) or for children, when we cannot keep them away from the sun.

If the skin is matte (Maghrebian, Mediterranean, Asian, black …), a sun protection factor of 20 should suffice for everyday activities, unless you are intensely exposed (work in the garden, hiking, tanning session).

In any case, avoid direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day. It is better to take a nap, visit a museum or cover yourself with white cotton.

If you really have to expose yourself, apply a generous amount of cream because it is not very effective if you use only a little.

Prefer natural sunscreens with mineral filters and no nanoparticles [7]. They pollute the environment less and are the least problematic for health. They spread a little less well, that’s true … But they are really worth it!

How to choose your sunscreen product

Whether it is a tinted or normal sunscreen, in spray, milk, oil or gel form, the most important point remains the choice of the index, which is generally proposed between 15 and 50+, depending on its phototype and size.

The protection index

Black skins must opt ​​for a solar index between 15 and 25, matte skin for an index 30 and fair skin must rely on a 50 or 50+ index. For a uniform tan and especially to preserve the youth of its skin, it is essential to choose a cream that filters the UVA and UVB and always think of applying it every two hours and after each swim if sunscreen is not not resistant to water.

The texture

In our beach bag, we find traditional sun creams and sprays, but also new textures and innovative products: freshness foam, anti-sand mist, wet skin gel or skin perfective bi-phase oil.


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Do you have wrist tendinitis? This article is for you!

I hurt myself in a very silly way and I’m sure many parents reading this article will want to pat themselves on the shoulder saying that they were right. So actually, by using my smart phone with one hand, for several hours at a time several days in the week, I seriously hurt my thumb and wrist. At first, it was just like a cramp that came back often, but now I can’t do certain movements with my wrist without having a throbbing pain that extends to my elbow. And I’m not the only one who has these pains: yes, a lot of people talk mostly about neck pain online, but we also have a lot of doctors who see a growing number of teenagers and young adults in their offices who come to them with a wrist tendonitis. With the arrival of new technologies, we have new pains to deal with.

But I’m not necessarily here to tell you what to do, I’m here to share what helped me and what helps me to reduce the pain, naturally: it’s always advised to consult a doctor to tell you if it is tendinitis or arthritis, or if you need more care.

So I will share three personal tips to help you on your way to have less pain.

1 – Green Tea… Decaf.

Drink green tea and quit coffee. This advice will seem very hard for some people, but it has been a reality for me: coffee gives me pain in the joints. I don’t come from a home where Mommy, Daddy and Baby, everyone drinks four cups of coffee a day; so, giving up coffee was not very difficult for me.

I don’t know why but drinking even a cup of coffee was giving me painful cramps in the thumb and was causing joint pain in my hands, and fingers and made my knees … “weak”, for lack of a better expression. There are very few articles online that describe this phenomenon, but in my personal life this connection was made very clear, so I stopped drinking it. I also stopped drinking caffeinated drinks in general that includes coke, pepsi and any soda with caffeine.

If you are like me and still like the morning hot drink ritual and you also need a stimulant, drink green tea! One of the benefits of green tea is its anti-inflammatory properties demonstrated by several studies. It is therefore a valuable ally to avoid joint pain related to inflammation of the tendons and joints. Be careful, however, to buy good quality organic green tea that is DECAFFEINATED. The organic part is just to avoid drinking more pesticides. In order to make your tea well in order to enjoy all of its benefits: dip it in simmering but not boiling hot water, and infuse it for less than three minutes.

2 – EpsomGel or Genacol Or any topical anti-inflammatory.

EpsomGel really helped me at times when I could not work or could not sleep at all because I was in too much pain to fall asleep. Applying a little anti-inflammatory and massaging it in really helped me ease the pain and stay functional. It was really important to me that it was a natural anti-inflammatory solution and not an oral medication, or any pill that can be found at the drugstore, since I did not want to make it a habit. If you are like me and taking pills feels like a huge step to you as well, I have to gel/creams to suggest to you:

EpsomGell: https://www.epsomgel.ca/shop

Genacol: https://www.easy-pharma.ca/en/genacol/58-genacol-instant-120-ml-0828875004004.html

3 – Collagen supplements.

This last advice is to be taken with a grain of salt. Collagen can be toxic in high doses your kidney might have a hard time processing it. You really have to be careful and seek the advice of a doctor. Take the recommended doses as stated on the bottle and do not go over them! I got more than recommended two or three times and had a big headache because my body could not stand that high a dose of collagen at once, so … be careful.

I started taking a spoon of collagen a day five months ago for three months and I noticed a decrease in pain and an increase in flexibility and it was nice, but this ingredient needs to be combined with the other two mentioned.

Here are some links for those who want to take them in liquid form:

https://www.easy-pharma.ca/en/genacol/61-genacol-formule-originale-liquide-450-ml-0828875102007.html

Or those who would rather have it in the form of pills:

https://www.easy-pharma.ca/en/adrien-gagnon/9517592-collagene-360-90-caps-0063935013545.html

Collagen helps for skin, hair, nails, but also helps in joint formation and is crucial to keep your articulations supple.

Here are my three tips, hoping they will help you too and help you to live with less pain.

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Uses and Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oil is obtained from a plant or parts of a plant, by distillation or by a suitable mechanical process without heating. Technically, this product is not oil because it contains no fatty acids but high concentrations of plant components. This product is widely used in the pharmaceutical, therapeutic and cosmetic areas. It can aid in the prevention and combat of symptoms of some diseases, such as rheumatic and muscular pains. Improves digestion and appetite. Stimulates the nervous system and energy.

Essential oils help relax and sleep, improve digestion and even the appearance of the skin. The aromatherapy is a form of treatment included in the group of alternative medicines recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), which makes use of essential oils (vegetable source) to treat physical and emotional problems.

How should you use them?

Essential oils are mostly applied externally, in the form of massages, aromatic baths or by inhalation. Its effects on the body are possible thanks to its liposolubility, which allows entry into the bloodstream transcutaneously.

Massage – Allows an absorption of the essential oil at the level of the pores and stimulates the bloodstream. It is advised to relieve muscle tension and eliminate toxins. In this method the essential oils are diluted in a vegetable oil, also known as carrier oil. Pure essential oil should never be applied to the skin – use a maximum of 10 drops of essential oil per 100 ml of base oil.

Aromatic bath – Useful in the treatment of muscular pains, depressive or stress states, insomnia, problems of the airways and skin, among others.

Inhalation – Smell is the basis of many actions received by the body. Psychoaromatic therapy (a branch of psychology) studies the influence of odors on the mind, explaining many of the effects obtained with the administration of essential oils via this pathway. In diffusers and air purifiers, use 7 drops per 500 ml of water.

Foot immersion bath – Useful in cases of insomnia, congestion, headaches, flu and colds, among others.

Gargarisms or mouthwashes – For the treatment of oral ulcers, sore throats and other inflammatory problems of the oropharynx.

6 essential oils that you will want to have close to you

Some essential oils are well known for their medicinal properties: India’s clove oil is a very powerful painkiller and lavender serves as an antiseptic. Here are a few other essential oils you should have in your personal bathroom cabinet:

Rosemary – It is antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. Relieves rheumatic and muscular pains and also improves digestion and appetite. Stimulates the nervous system and increases energy. It should not be used in pregnancy, nor hypertensive and epileptic, as it can be highly stimulant and raise blood pressure.

Bergamot – Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiviral and antibacterial. Bergamot helps in combating various viruses, including those causing the flu, herpes, and chicken pox. Due to its versatility, it also assists in the treatment of bacterial infections of the urinary system, mouth, throat and skin, including eczema. As a natural deodorant, not only does it have a pleasant scent, it also eliminates the bacteria responsible for bad odor. Bergamot only loses to lavender in the ability to relax the brainwaves when it is inspired. One caution: do not expose yourself to the sun for 12 hours after application to the skin, as bergamot can cause abnormal pigmentation in the most sensitive people.

Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It aids digestion and helps relieve gas and nausea. It also calms the nerves and stimulates sleep. The aroma of chamomile relaxes the mind and body. Research indicates that chamomile calms emotions, muscles, and even brain waves. Helps deal with the ups and downs of PMS, menopause, and hyperactivity in children. It also helps to control headache, sore muscles, cramps and allergic reactions. Chamomile is also indicated to calm baby cramps. It can be used in the bath or in a compress.

Cinnamon – Very used in cooking, can be used in aromatherapy to reduce drowsiness and irritability. It is generally used as a physical and emotional stimulant. Researchers have discovered that cinnamon reduces headaches. Research has already shown that the cinnamon aroma in an environment helped the participants to focus more and produce better. Essential oil helps relax muscles and relieves menstrual cramps. Should be used in low concentration.

Lemongrass – It has an invigorating and analgesic effect. It is indicated to fight fatigue, nervousness, anxiety and depression. It increases concentration and can also be used to relax restless children.

Cedar – When inhaled, it may assist in the treatment of respiratory infections to help decrease congestion. It is lymphatic stimulant and diuretic, still working as a mild astringent and tonic. It should be used in low concentration and avoided during pregnancy.

Precautions to be taken in the use of essential oils

·The efficiency of essential oils comes from their high degree of purity.

·Never apply a pure essential oil to the skin as it can cause severe irritations or severe allergies.

·Avoid sun exposure (especially with oils derived from citrus), after applying an essential oil (in its diluted form)

·The use of essential oils in an indiscriminate and unadvised manner by a specialist can lead to hepatotoxicity. Likewise, the ingestion of essential oils always requires medical advice.

·Essential oils should not be used on animals since there are liver and dermal toxicity cases, especially in cats.

·The application of essential oils should always be done through a neutral base oil. Examples are sweet almond oil, sunflower oil and grape seed oil.

·They should not be used by pregnant women (taking as few as 0.5 ml of some oils may induce miscarriage) and people reporting episodes of epilepsy.

·Essential oils are flammable. Under conditions of use (eg soap production, use in SPA or similar areas), never approach sources of heat and / or incandescent sources.

In addition to the physical and emotional benefits when used in aromatherapy, essential oils also have exceptional medicinal applications. They have a wide range of healing properties such as stimulating cell regeneration, relieving pain and balancing emotional dysfunction. Essential oils are powerful allies in meeting a better quality of life and well-being.

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The History of Schuessler Salts

Schüssler, was a Pioneer of Medicine. It was the 2nd half of the 19th century when the “father” of Homeopathy, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, experimentally discovered the usefulness of the so-called inorganic salts for the recovery of health; however, it did not specify its therapeutic use. That is why, years later, he would resume those investigations, completing them with Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schüssler, and hence they bear his name. Moreover, it is attributed to the development of what is now known as Biochemistry, that is, the science that studies the composition and chemical structure of living beings and the dynamics of their metabolic processes.

Today, besides seeing him as a pioneer, many health professionals consider him a revolutionary of the Medicine of his time, since he managed to find a new method of prevention and treatment of diseases that, based on the principles of Homeopathy, limited to only 12 the more than 1,000 remedies that it uses. Regarding his method of study, it should be explained that the German doctor relied on the detailed analysis of the ashes in which the different human tissues are converted after incineration, thus verifying that they are basically composed of 12 inorganic salts essential for the cells and In addition, each tissue of the body has a different mineral base.

Concluding, as a result of their research, that if the tissues do not receive the adequate amount of each one of these salts, the cellular metabolism is unbalanced, causing the appearance of very different ailments. They are collecting then, through clinical experience that these ailments disappear when the tissues receive the required salts again in very small quantities. And to nourish human cells, they need complex organic compounds and the inorganic or mineral substances that he determined.

That is to say, the absence of a mineral salt prevents the cells from assimilating and using the organic compounds and, therefore, from this point of view, lack of inorganic salts is the ultimate cause of the disease. “Therefore, through the contribution of these mineral salts, cellular nutrition and metabolism can be reestablished and, with it, health.” This was written by Schüssler himself when in 1874 he made known the principles of his therapy based on the homeopathic postulates on assimilation and similarity of substances through his work. Brief therapeutics based on histology and cell pathology.

In summary, for Schüssler, any physiological expression -including intellectual faculties and psychic or emotional motivations- is intimately related to the chemical changes that occur outside and inside cells, and is due to the lack of one or several of these salts. Hence, health professionals who apply the method of the German doctor recommend supplementing the diet with one or more of these salts to meet the specific needs of the person and, in addition, trigger a series of reactions in your body that you end up returning to the state of internal balance and, therefore, of health.

THE 12 SCHÜSSLER SALTS

[Summary of the 12 salts]

Salt nº1. Calcium fluoratum* 

Critical for elasticity. Acts on connective tissue.

It works for any hardening issue (for example in a scar or in a tissue or tendon that after an accident has become rigid) or laxity of the tissues (for example, a certain tendency to have sprains due to ligament distension).

Salt nº2. Calcium phosphoricum*

Excellent in any disorder that comes from excess vitality; (such as an allergy) or lack of cellular vitality (e.g., physical exhaustion)

It is also ideal during the growth of children.

It works very well in the treatment of hyperactive children.

This is the salt of the “pica pica,” especially in the afternoon.

Salt nº3. Ferrum phosphoricum

Get out of the first phase of inflammation.

Pain in the first phase, when the area is red, hot, and painful.

Ideal in fever up to 38.5ºC. Colds in the first phase when the mucus is watery and constant.

Salt nº4. Kalium chloratum

Get out of the second phase of inflammation.

It can be the second day of giving us a blow or a cold when the mucus gets thicker.

It is the salt of the mucous membranes, considering that all our internal organism is covered with mucosa, it becomes a very important salt. It will act well in white thrush, and any mucosal problem (candidiasis + nº9)

Salt nº5. Kalium phosphoricum

Get out of the nerves and the psyche.

Acts emotionally in stress, nervous disorders, depression, lack of interest, and other disorders. It also acts at the nervous level; trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, and any injury that affects the nerves.

Salt nº6. Kalium sulfuricum

Third and last stage of inflammation, phase of the resolution of diseases or disorders and chronic colds where the mucus is sticky and greenish. Because of its sulfate content is also the salt that governs the skin so it will do well in any skin problem.

Acts on any chronic disease or disorder, which hasn’t healed yet, whatever the affected organ.

Salt nº7. Magnesium phosphoricum

Get out of the muscles, muscle pain.

It will act in all the disorders in which a muscle is implied whatever its form (smooth, striated or cardiac musculature), muscle cramps, colic, pain due to an injury.

Taken in hot * acts very fast on any pain. Dissolve 5 to 10 tablets of salt # 7 in half a glass of hot water (without boiling) and drink slowly, keeping each sip in your mouth before swallowing. (Can be done with all salts for a faster result)

Salt nº8. Natrium chloratum

Regulation of the water system. It compensates for dryness or excess moisture; vaginal dryness, ocular or on the contrary, rhinorrhea, eyes that are constantly watering, important when there is cellulite above the knees that is due to fluid retention in the cells.

Salt nº9. Natrium phosphoricum

Fat metabolism, regulation of pH, serves to prevent body acidity and fat emulsifier. Important in slimming diets, skin and hair with fat and acne pimples caused by excess fat. Ideal for the acidity of pregnant women.

Salt nº10. Natrium sulfuricum

Exit from cleaning and excretion, expelling excess liquids from the body, important also in weight loss diets. Acts as a body purifier and detoxifier.

Salt nº11. Silicea

Involved in beauty. They say that silicon gets there where the surgeon’s scalpel, skin, hair, and nails do not. It also helps to expel any foreign body from the body (like a splinter that does not come out or a skewer)

Salt nº12 Calcium Sulfate.

Helps in detoxification and regeneration. With the sulfate, it helps the cellular cleaning by draining and expelling the toxins outwards. It also acts on serosae.

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The Ketogenic diet, its new products and its impact on health

The ketogenic diet is a diet rich in lipids that has been particularly fashionable for some years. However, it has been used for almost a hundred years to treat certain pathologies, including epilepsy. This diet aims to significantly reduce the consumption of carbohydrates in favor of lipids to cause a state of ketosis. Beyond the important weight loss, it would have many health benefits.

Characteristics of the ketogenic diet:

  • Very high lipid consumption (75% of intakes)
  • Protein intake unchanged
  • Considerable reduction in carbohydrate intake
  • Causes unpleasant symptoms in the first weeks (ketogenic influenza)
  • Fast weight loss

The state of ketosis would have many health benefits (increased energy, protection against certain pathologies, etc.)

The main principles of the regime

Originally used in children with epilepsy to reduce seizures, the keto diet was developed in the 1920s. This diet first demonstrated anticonvulsant effects in epileptics. Then, the keto diet gained popularity in recent years as a quick method to lose weight. It is also used to improve symptoms of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

How does the ketogenic diet work?

The ketogenic diet for weight loss is characterized by the consumption of:

  • 50g of maximum carbohydrates per day. This represents about 5% of the total calories consumed during the day. A normal diet usually provides between 45 and 65% of our calories as carbohydrates, 75% of lipids and 20% in protein.
  • This diet completely reverses our traditional food pyramid and its main principles.

How does the ketogenic diet lead to weight loss?

Usually, the body gets its energy from the carbohydrates consumed during the day and which are necessary for the proper functioning of the body. In the ketogenic diet, carbohydrates are extremely limited, the body begins to tap into its stores of carbohydrates stored in the muscles and liver called reserves of “glycogen”. As each gram of glycogen is bound to 3-4 g of water in the body, the significant weight loss at the beginning of the ketogenic diet is largely a loss of water. When glycogen stores are depleted, the body naturally begins to use lipids or fats to produce energy. When the body uses lipids in the absence of carbohydrates, it produces waste called ketone bodies. Then, the ketone bodies begin to accumulate in the blood and their smell, similar to that of the nail polish, becomes perceptible in the breath. This is the main indicator that the body is in a state of “ketosis”. It usually takes 2-4 weeks to reach this state. The status of “ketosis” can be verified by purchasing urine test strips from a pharmacy.

This state of “ketosis” causes a marked decrease in appetite which helps to reduce the amount of food consumed. This condition can also lead to nausea and fatigue. Although this diet does not focus on calorie counting, those who follow it actually absorb fewer calories because they are not hungry and this leads to weight loss.

How long does the ketogenic diet last?

The ketogenic diet specific to weight loss has no time limit. it’s more of a lifestyle than a fixed-term diet. When practiced in the therapeutic field, the ketogenic diet has a variable duration from a few weeks to several years depending on the expected results.

Foods allowed in the ketogenic diet

The foods allowed in significant quantities in the ketogenic diet are:

  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Vegetal oils
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Olives
  • Vegetables low in carbohydrates (spinach, lettuce, kale, etc.)
  • Hard cheese (100 g per day)
  • Authorized foods, but to consume with moderation, are:
  • Whole milk
  • Whole milk yogurts
  • Vegetables higher in carbohydrates (except carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, peas and corn)
  • Wine
  • Strong alcohol
  • Coffee without sugar

Since a lot of fat is ingested every day, it’s important to worry about the type of fat you eat. It is advisable to limit the intake of omega-6 fatty acids which in excess, have a pro-inflammatory effect. The main sources of omega-6 are soybean, corn, safflower, grape seed, sunflower and wheat germ oils. It is therefore necessary to limit the consumption of salad dressings, vinaigrettes and mayonnaise made with these oils.

The consumption of monounsaturated fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts) and saturated fats (cuts of fatty meat, high-fat dairy products) is more advisable. The use of coconut oil is recommended because it contains fats that are easily converted into ketone bodies. Finally, the consumption of Omega-3 contained in oily fish, rapeseed oil and linseed, nuts or seeds of chia, flax or hemp must be sufficient.

Prohibited foods

The ketogenic diet is relatively restrictive, many foods are prohibited because they prevent the body from staying in a state of ketosis:

  • Sugar
  •  Sweet products
  •  Cereals
  •  Bread
  •  Pastries
  • Legumes
  •  Fruits (except berries)
  •  Potato
  •  Sweet vegetables (beets, corn, carrots, etc.)
  •  Soft-paste cheese
  •  Dream cheese
  •  Soft drinks
  •  Chocolate
  • Honey, jams, syrup
  • Juices and vegetables
  • Sweet sauces
  • Milk or yogurt made from vegetable milks (soya, almonds, etc.)
  • Flavored yogurts
  •  Sweet fruit compotes

Recommendations and precautions to take

What are the dangers of the ketogenic diet?

In the first weeks, very unpleasant effects can occur. We are talking about ketogenic flu. It is a transitional period almost always accompanying the passage of the body in a state of ketosis. Switching to a very low-carb diet is a major change, and your body may need time to adapt to this new way of eating.

For some people, this transition period can be especially difficult.

Signs of the keto flu may start popping up within the first few days of cutting back on carbs.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person.

While some people may transition to a ketogenic diet without any side effects, others may experience one or more of the following symptoms (4Trusted Source):

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Poor concentration
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sugar cravings

(source: healthline.com)

Caution, some side effects seem to persist even after the transition period such as hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), dehydration and increased risk of urinary stones or kidney stones and constipation. A supplement of fiber and vitamins is recommended when you want to follow this diet, probably due to the low content of fruits, legumes and whole grain products that are very good sources of fiber and micronutrients.

Cancer, epilepsy: what are the therapeutic indications of the ketogenic diet?

Beyond weight loss, the ketogenic diet is used in the treatment of various pathologies: epilepsy, cancer, inflammatory diseases, etc. This is why it was originally created in the 1920s. In the therapeutic field, the interest of ketogenic food is still to be proven.

Is this diet compatible with bodybuilding and sports?

Yes quite. Some studies even show the benefits of the ketogenic diet that would allow for a better performance, a reduction of the recovery time and which would facilitate the effort. In recent years, this diet has also been very popular in sports.

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Arthritis and natural products

In order to live with arthritis well, the first step is to know exactly what it is. Arthritis comes in many forms – one of the most common being osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease – which causes pain, stiffness, and swelling around an or multiple joints in the body. Osteoarthritis usually persists for more than two weeks and can affect any joint, although it usually occurs in the weight-bearing hands and joints, such as the hips, knees, feet and spine.

It can be difficult to determine the cause of osteoarthritis, as several factors can contribute to the development of this common problem in a person. Some of the possible causes include genetics, aging, being overweight, a previous injury that has damaged the joint, illness or activities associated with construction trades, factory work and high performance sport.

Another common form of this condition is rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis causes redness, pain, swelling, or a sensation of heat in the synovial membrane or joint wall. Inflammation can also affect other internal organs, such as the eyes, lungs or heart. It can strike any joint, but it is the hands, wrists and feet that are most commonly affected.

There are some key differences between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:

In the case of osteoarthritis, the stiffness is usually brief, while in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, it intensifies after rest and often lasts 30 minutes or more.

Osteoarthritis usually affects larger joints that carry weight, such as knees and hips; Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in small joints such as hands, wrists and feet.

Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect phalanges or joints – areas generally spared by osteoarthritis.

Another disease that can cause joint pain and swelling is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – another autoimmune disease that affects various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, skin, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain – and gout, which is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the body, which is not adequately removed by the kidneys.

Each of these diseases affecting the joints is characterized by different symptoms. Here are some signs to watch out for if you suspect a loved one is developing arthritis:

Symptoms of osteoarthritis:

·Stiffness after prolonged rest

· Pain in a joint during or after use

· Discomfort in a joint before or during weather changes

· Swelling or loss of flexibility in a joint

· Bone masses developing on distal or middle finger joints

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

· Pain and swelling in the small joints of the hands and feet

· Generalized feeling of pain or stiffness, especially when waking up

· Joints that are swollen, painful and warm to the touch

Symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus

·  Red rash on the cheeks and the bridge of the nose

·  Excessive sensitivity of the skin to the sun

·  Small sores in the mouth

·  Inflammation of the lining of the lungs

·  Convulsions

·  Persistent increase in hair loss and headaches

·  Symptoms of gout

·   Pain and swelling of the joint

·  Acute inflammation of the joint with sensation of heat and redness

·  Accumulation of uric acid or urate crystals in the joints

As soon as you notice symptoms related to arthritis, the first thing to do is to consult a doctor who can make the appropriate diagnosis.

To diagnose any form of arthritis, doctors first perform a physical exam to determine which joints are affected. In the case of osteoarthritis, the joints will be painful if they are pushed to the extreme, and they can be thicker than normal.

If joints are painful on both sides of the body, rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to be diagnosed and laboratory tests will be done to confirm the diagnosis. There are special blood tests to detect an antibody called rheumatoid factor, which can confirm the presence of rheumatoid arthritis.

Other blood tests can be used to detect the presence of other forms of arthritis, such as gout or lupus. X-rays can also show bone spurs in the joints and can be used to track the progression of arthritis over time.

It is crucial that arthritis be diagnosed early on so that it can be effectively treated before it gets worse. When a loved one is diagnosed with arthritis, their family and caregivers should be told what they can do to help them live with their illness.

Treatment and prevention of arthritis

Although there is currently no cure for arthritis, there are steps you can take to help prevent the disease.

Limiting stress on your joints by maintaining a healthy weight is a good starting point. Recent studies have shown that weight gain of only 10 to 20 excess pounds (4.5 to 9 kg) in early adulthood increases cartilage wear, which absorbs shocks in the joints and can lead to long-term serious damage to the joints.

Avoiding repetitive movements for extended periods can also help. If an elderly person suffers a joint injury, they will need medical care and rehabilitation to prevent further damage. Discuss with a doctor the proper use of cold, rest, heating pads, hot water bottles and hot tubs to treat an injury.

Composing with arthritis is not an easy task, but there are tips to help treat pain.

A regular exercise program to maintain muscle tone is helpful in managing arthritis. This program may include special exercises prescribed by your doctor or physiotherapists to strengthen muscles and improve range of motion.

Specific medications, including a wide range of painkillers and anti-inflammatories, can help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis. In severe cases, surgery, such as knee or hip replacement, may be necessary.

Another group of medications called organic products can also help alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and slow down joint degeneration. Some medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis are also used to treat Crohn’s disease because both are autoimmune diseases.

You should seek medical advice when you want to know more about medications and treatment plans for arthritis.

Conclusion

Whether it is to promote our well-being or to combat the disease, it is often the case that we are inclined to take “natural” supplements before even moving towards a medication approach. And that’s largely because one is concerned about the complications and side effects associated with a particular drug. Although this reaction is understandable, there are two factors to consider when considering different treatment options.

The first is the importance of early and aggressive treatment of most forms of arthritis. This way of doing things increases the chances of reducing and even preventing joint damage. In the case of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, early treatment can prevent premature death. The benefits of pharmacotherapy have been proven and side effects monitored. The fact that natural supplements can also have side effects is the second factor. And because natural products are not regulated in the same way as pharmaceuticals, they can be more dangerous than you think.