Pomegranate snack tips

Pomegranate is a tip for a healthy snack, or if you just want something while watching a movie or so. It’s quite nutritious, containing vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, proteins and fiber. You can eat the seeds only, but they taste sweet and quite remarkable. The picture below contains only half an apple, so you get a lot of seeds from one whole apple. Eat them as they are, or combine with whipped cream or custard.

 

Pomegranate

Having the flu vaccine or not

So the yearly flu vaccine has just arrived the drug marked, and you wonder if you should have it. Several health organizations have made a list regarding risk groups that are recommended to take it. The most important risk groups are as following:

 

Health professionals that work closely with patients

Pregnant women

Inhabitants in nursing homes

Several obesity (BMI above 40)

Reduced immune system

Diabetes (type 1 and 2)

People over 65 years old

Chronic diseases like COPD

 

If you don’t belong to any of these risk groups, there is no medical grounds for why you should take it. Nevertheless, it’s voluntary and it’s  quite exhausting to be laid up in bed for 1-2 weeks.

Chia pudding

I’ve heard so much greatness about chia seeds and how healthy they are, so recently I found an easy recipe for chia pudding.

 

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All you have to do is to mix together 2 cups of milk and 2 table spoons of chia seeds, cool it in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or more and voila! The seeds will swell with time. An extra tip is to stir it additionally after 30 minutes, or else it can get quite lumpy.

 

You can eat the pudding as it is, or mix it with apricot jam or any kind of jam really, honey, berries or whatever you like 🙂

Happy Thursday!

Product testing: Kerastase

I’ve been recommended the Kerastase brand many times earlier from friends and acquaintances, and I finally ordered a package with my first product about 2 months ago.

 

The product is called Nutritive Nectar Thermique, which is a leave-in cream that should make your hair easier to style, shinier + a strong heat protector.

What it actually does? It makes the hair a little straighter and easier to handle. I don’t feel it made the hair easier to brush, because the tangles in my thick, long hair were still present. I didn’t notice any difference regarding shine.

The scent was pleasant, but it only lasted for a few hours before it disappeared.

 

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Rating: 6 out of 10

 

Dehydrated skin?

Recently, I was at a skin therapy session downtown, and the session inspired me to write more about skin types and skin conditions. The skin therapist analyzed my skin, and told me I had normal to oily skin regarding skin type, but that my skin condition (which is not constant), was quite dehydrated. People often mixed the terms dry and dehydrated skin, but they are quite different. Whereas a dry skin is lacking oil/fat, dehydrated skin is lacking moisture (water).

 

We went over and analyzed my daily skin therapy routine, and discussed what to be optimized.

 

Here’s what I used before the skin session:

  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer, I tend to use two different types, one purely water-based and one that is richer if I feel my skin is dry or tired
  • Peeling (acid-based) approximately once weekly

 

What was suggested to optimize the routine:

  • Cleanser (mild)
  • Moisturizing serum
  • Moisturizer – strictly water-based
  • Peeling (acid-based) 1-2 times weekly
  • Hydrating masks once in a while

 

I got a tester of a serum they recommended from Elisabeth Arden Pro (Age defyingserum). It was nice and gave the skin more moisture, but it contained lactic acid and a retinoid conjugate, and a few other irritating ingredients, which is not so suit able for my sensitive skin. My skin got redder and a little irritated. I therefore decided to purchase another serum later, I just have to do some research first.

Regular question at the pharmacy: Collagen

So, during the last weeks I have gotten a lot of questions about collagen. I do not know if it is the advertising in general or the doctors’ recommendations or a combination of the two, but it has gotten quite interesting. Many advertisements recommend the intake of collagen orally through capsules or powder. Let us have a look at collagen’s chemical structure for a quick moment:

 

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It is a huge protein molecule that would never cross the barriers of the intestine. The only way this molecule could be absorbed is if it injected directly to the blood stream, or else the body’s own molecules will just break it down. So I would never recommend to use collagen in capsules or powder form, it is just a waste of money.

Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids

 

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Here in the Scandinavian countries we are very concerned about our intake of fish and omega fatty acids. Here is a short introduction to the theme and what you ought to know.

Omega 3

Omega 3 (DHA and EPA) are the most important essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are important for several brain functions and positive health effects regarding heart conditions and rheumatic illnesses among other things. The national recommendations here are that unless you eat fish 2-3 times per week for dinner, you should use omega 3 supplements to cover the requirements (1-3 grams daily).

Omega 3 fatty acids are especially found in fat fish like salmon, trout, mackerel and herring among others. If you do not like fish, you can find some amounts (ALA) in foods like walnuts, canola oils, linseed, algae and soybeans.

Omega 6

Omega 6 (AL) is found in different oils like soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, margarine and different types of nuts and corns. This is also an essential fatty acid, which is not produced by the body itself. Modern diets have more than a satisfactory intake of omega 6 acids during the day, so the need for supplements of this fatty acid is overrated and rather unnecessary in most instances.

Omega 9

The body itself through saturated fatty acids can produce omega 9 fatty acids, so they are not essential for humans. You find omega 9 in olive oil, almond oil, walnuts, animal fat, fish, avocado and many other oils. Under no circumstances do you need a supplement of omega 9, because the body takes care of the production.

 

Fatty acids abbreviation Full name Omega species
DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Omega 3
EPA Eicosapentaenoic acid Omega 3
ALA α-linolenic acid Omega 3
LA Linoleic acid Omega 6
OA Oleic acid Omega 9
EA Erucic acid Omega 9

 

Hope you all have a healthy and omega-filled wednesday!