Do you value a vital, fresh appearance, do you want a constant feel-good weight, radiant skin, shiny hair and healthy nails?
Then you should not only pay the necessary attention to your body, but also to your mind and your health. Because healthy beauty literally comes from within.
For your attractive and healthy appearance, nutrition in particular plays a decisive role. Anyone who consciously eats and pays attention to the quality of food has already taken the first step. But your rhythm of life and your own appreciation also have an tremendous influence on your well-being. Allow yourself moments of pleasure for body and soul and treat yourself with care. Because a fulfilled and happy life also requires a positive attitude.
Stress and constant daily pressures in everyday life can make you mentally and physically drained and lead to increased susceptibility to illness and dis-ease in your body. With Ayurveda, the Indian science of longevity, you focus your attention on inner balance and thus on one of the most important foundations for a healthy life.
Man consists of the whole self i.e. body and soul. This belief is the essence of the 5,000 year-old Ayurvedic art of healing. When we are not living in harmony with nature and our inner being, illness will soon result. The reason for this is based on the importance of balance between the "doshas" or three life energies. With Ayurvedic treatment methods, the goal is to support and harmonise “Vata”, “Pitta” and “Kapha” once again.
The individual treatment can include, for example, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, nutrition therapy, massages and oil applications.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until you're not well to try Ayurveda! The art of healing has long since found its way into the world of wellness. Ayurvedic wellness principles are easily implemented in your daily routine. Paying attention to your physical and mental well-being with regular yoga and meditation, oil treatments, massages, optimum hydration and healthy nutrient-rich dietary habits can have immediate and long lasting results for your health. Taking the time for genuine self care also allows you to learn a lot about yourself and what is important to you and your family.
Perhaps you’ll then ask yourself, “Which activities, food and relationships are not good for me?” You will recognize your personal stress factors and become aware of the physical and emotional signs of overwork and burnout. On this basis, integrating new, healthy habits into everyday life can rapidly improve your quality of life. The best part is the simplicity of implementing new healthyhabits. Simply because you start with what's important for you.
Our skin is incredible. It not only receives countless stresses from the outside world, but also reveals feelings and moods from your inner world. We believe that the old saying that the "eyes are a window of our soul" could easily be extended to say the "skin is a mirror to our inner health". This makes it all the more important that we take good care of it, e.g. through baths and a healthy diet.
As the largest body organ, our skin takes over vital functions. It protects against sun, cold, radiation, dehydration and overheating. It is a respiratory and excretory organ in equal measure. It even recognizes and destroys harmful micro-organisms that penetrate into its outer layer – and it often indicates what we’re feeling inside. We become “red with anger” or “pale with fright”, sweat with fear and excitement or get goose bumps or shivers in emotional situations.
In the case of neurodermatitis or psoriasis, psychological stress can lead to the outbreak or to a further relapse. Our age is easily reflected in our skin with many unfortunately experiencing early skin ageing due to poor health. However, our skin is clear and radiant when we are relaxed, well rested and well nourished.
Wellness doesn’t have to be expensive. Design your own personal feel-good program at home. Whether it’s daily short rituals or an extensive day of pampering – let yourself be inspired by our ideas. How about an aromatherapy bath, for example?
Transport yourself to a relaxing nirvana after a stressful day with your sense of smell – the most mysterious of all our senses. The signals taken in through the nose immediately reaches the brain regions for memory and emotions – so our sense of smell has a direct effect on our emotional life.
Since we have an “olfactory memory”, a scent can influence our mood and bring long-forgotten experiences back to mind. Fragrances that bring back relaxing and pleasing memories positively influence our immune system and our psyche.
Aromatherapy oils are particularly well suited for your home wellness routine. They are based on aromatic oils, the fragrant substances of plants, and are obtained from flowers, leaves, pine needles, stems, resins, fruits, fruit peels, tropical grasses, roots and seeds.
A balanced diet is the basis for beauty and well-being. What you eat is so important – but it's also vital to consider how you eat too.
What we eat and drink has a significance influence on the health of our skin. Acne, psoriasis and other disorders can arise or worsten with poor eating habits. Even small changes can make an enormous difference.
As we've already mentioned, your skin is a mirror for the health of your body. So many skin conditions are often the result of imbalance and nutritional metabolic disorders.
Acne is a great example of this. Acne is one of the most common skin diseases worldwide. Nutrition researchers have shown that skin problems are relatively rare in primitive tribes and only when these tribes move away from their traditional diets does the incidence increase. Too much dairy can also result in acne in young people.
The cause of this linked to the fluctuations in hormone levels. Milk is a real hormone cocktail and contains precursor molecules of testosterone, a male sex hormone which is significantly involved in the development of acne. Milk also contains the growth factor IGF-1, which is similar to insulin and stimulates testosterone production.
Address your diet – in the case of psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, improving food choices has been shown to have a significantly positive influence. The causes of psoriasis can be genetic or due to environmental factors such as stress and medication. Nutrition aligned to illness supports and stabilizes your body’s own defenses - healing the skin and mucous membranes more efficiently.
Therapeutic fasting can have anti-inflammatory effects and relieve itching and pain. One study showed that after a four-week calorie-reduced diet, the skin problems of the test subjects decreased significantly.
Eat and drink well! If you eat a balanced diet – whole grain and wholesome protein together with enough fruit and vegetables – and if you drink enough water, you’re giving your skin the optimal nutrient supply for health.
Remember, fats play an essential role in health so don’t avoid fat! Foods rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids ensure cell walls are flexible and supple. They are then able to absorb nutrients more easily and release metabolic waste products, i.e., detox efficiently. Thus, include high-quality oils, nuts, seeds and oily fish.
If possible, eat natural foods: Study subjects with chronic urticaria (itchy skin or “hives”), for example, trialed a diet with no additives such as preservatives and coloring. They also avoided hyper allergenic foods such as pineapple, strawberries and apricots. Within three weeks, 70 % of patients were symptom-free.
Be patient and consistent. Whether it’s due to illness or for cosmetic reasons – if you want to improve your skin and that’s the reason for changing your diet - a change in your skin won’t happen overnight. It’s an ongoing project that is rewarded with patience. So, stay tuned – it’s worth investing in a healthy diet.
An alkaline bath is pure relaxation and cleansing – and it’s also highly recommended for skin problems. You can get the appropriate bath salts online or at health food stores.
Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling – how conscious are you of your five core senses in everyday life? Isn't it time to appreciate and do something good for your eyes and ears too?
Our vision is possibly our most important sensory perception. We register up to 10,000 individual optical stimuli within one second. Our brain summarizes and interprets them in a blink of the eye. No wonder we often feel visually overwhelmed or exhausted by the end of the day.
Hearing is a constantly alert background sense. The ears cannot be closed, so they are always "on"! This highly sensitive key organ can process 100,000 pieces of information per second, but only a maximum of 30 reach our consciousness. Even in our dreamworld, our ears are still alert. They protect and warn us when our eyes cannot see.
Palming creates intensive relaxation for your eyes – give it a go!
Treat your stressed ears to a frequent rest!
Have you tried our relaxation tips for eyes and ears? Here are our feel-good tips for your sense of smell, taste and touch.
The sense of smell and taste are closely linked. Did you know that your nose delivers about 80 percent of your taste information? It can perceive around 10,000 different smells. Our taste buds, each with 50 to 150 sensory cells, are located on the tongue. They can distinguish between sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes.
However, artificial flavors, overly flavored food, medication, nutrient deficiencies, illnesses and ageing tend lessen our sense of taste. Many people readily eat and accept often tasteless processed food - simply because they have forgotten what food is actually supposed to taste like! The good news is – taste can be revived and (re-)trained!
Feeling and touching belong to our primal experiences – before we were born, we oriented ourselves on these senses in the womb long before we could hear or see.
When we were babies and toddlers, we used our hands and mouths to explore the world.
Is something angular or round, smooth or rough, cold or warm, wet or dry, hard, fluffy or soft? We learned to distinguish all this with these senses and in the truest sense of the word, to really start to understand our world.
Using all our senses when we are eating really can open up a whole new way of enjoying our meals and getting the best possible nutrition from our food.
One unique way to intensify the sense of touch is to regularly go barefoot. Many health resorts and communities around the world now offer barefoot footpaths and hiking trails.
The evidence shows that by sensing various materials (pebbles, sand, grass etc) under the soles of your feet, intense sensations are experienced which encourage soothing relaxation and healthy grounding.
Walking barefoot on the beach or in lush grass is a wonderful way to relax at the weekends.
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