You attach importance to a vital, fresh appearance, wish for a constant feel-good weight, radiant skin, shiny hair and healthy nails?
Then you should not only give your body the necessary attention, but also your mind and your health. Because healthy beauty literally comes from within.
Nutrition in particular plays a decisive role in your attractive and healthy appearance. Anyone who eats conscientiously and pays attention to the quality of food they eat has already taken the first step. However, your rhythm of life and your own self-appreciation have an enormous influence on your well-being. Treat yourself to pleasurable moments for body and soul – and treat yourself gently – for a fulfilled and happy life also requires a positive attitude.
Stress and excessive demands in everyday life can make you mentally and physically ill. With Ayurveda, the Indian science of “long life”, 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 body and soul – this is what the 5,000 year-old Ayurvedic art of healing is based on. If we do not live in harmony with nature and our inner being, we become ill. The reason: The three life energies, the so-called doshas, are then out of balance. With Ayurvedic treatment methods, Ayurvedic doctors help to harmonise “Vata”, “Pitta” and “Kapha” again.
The individually treatment can include, for example, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, nutrition therapy, massages and oil applications.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be ill to try Ayurveda! The art of healing has long since found its way into the world of wellness. During an Ayurvedic wellness treatment, you will increase your physical and mental well-being with oil treatments, massages and dietary rules. The effect can last a long time. You will learn a lot about your deepest needs through the in-depth self-analysis that Ayurveda teaches you.
Perhaps you’ll then ask yourself, “Which activities, food and human encounters are not good for me?” You will recognise your personal stress factors and become aware of the physical and emotional signs of overstrain and burnout. On this basis, integrating new, healthy habits into everyday life can improve your quality of life quickly and, above all, in the long term – simply because you start with your innermost needs.
Our skin is very special. It not only receives countless impressions from the outside world, but also reveals feelings and moods from your inner world. The old saying holds true – the skin is the mirror of our soul. 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 recognises 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 in emotional situations.
In the case of neurodermatitis or psoriasis, psychological stress can lead to the outbreak of the disease or to a further relapse. Even our age can be seen on our skin. However, our skin is clear and radiant when we are relaxed and 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 aroma bath, for example?
Would you like to arrive in the enjoyable here and now after the stress of your work? Then address your sense of smell – the most mysterious of all our human senses. The information taken in through the nose immediately reaches the brain regions for memory and emotions – so odour information 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 nice memories positively influence our immune system and our psyche.
Aroma applications are particularly well suited for your wellness programme at home. 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 important – but also how you eat. Read our recommendations for tasty and healthy meals here.
If you are overweight or diabetic, a low-carbohydrate diet might be ideal for you. An Italian study with overweight patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 2 shows that low-carbohydrate Mediterranean food helps to lose weight faster and keep blood sugar levels stable. A German study also came to similar conclusions. However, always discuss health-related dietary changes with your doctor.
The conclusion: Vary your food and eat in moderation. Also try out new recipes, such as turbot on salad with mango slices. Enjoy!
What we eat and drink has a great influence on the health of our skin. Acne, psoriasis and other diseases can be caused by eating habits. Even small behavioural changes can help.
Skin diseases are often the result of internal illnesses and nutritional metabolic disorders. One example of this is acne, one of the most common skin diseases worldwide. Nutrition researchers have shown that acne only occurs in primitive tribes when they give up their traditional diet – before that they had no skin problems. Dairy products can also result in acne in young people.
The cause of this supposedly lies in 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.
Coordinate your diet – in the case of psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, the positive influence of a proper diet has been proven. The causes of psoriasis can be genetic or due to environmental factors, stress and medication. A diet matched to the illness can stabilise your body’s own defences, 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 healthily and drink enough: If you eat a balanced diet – with whole grain & dairy products and enough fruit and vegetables – and if you drink enough, you’re giving your skin the optimal supply base. Important: don’t avoid fat at all! Foods rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids make the cell walls flexible and supple. They can then absorb nutrients more easily and also release metabolic end products. You should therefore make regular use of high-quality vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and high-fat fish. Bon appetit!
If possible, eat natural foods: Study subjects with chronic urticaria (“hives”), for example, underwent a diet without preservatives and dyes. They also avoided foods such as pineapple, strawberries and apricots, because their natural ingredients can cause seemingly allergic reactions. Within three weeks, 70 percent of patients were symptom-free.
Be patient and consistent. Whether it’s due to illness or for cosmetic reasons – if you want to do your skin some good by 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 additives at the chemists. Try it out!
Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling – how conscious are you of your five senses in everyday life? Do something good for your perceptive organs. Here is our feel-good programme for your eyes and ears.
The facial sense – also called the visual sense – is our most important sensory perception. We register up to 10,000 individual optical stimuli within one second. Our brain summarises and interprets them in a flash. No wonder we often feel visually overexcited at the end of the day.
Our hearing is a constantly-alert background sense. The ears cannot be closed, so they are always attuned for reception. This highly-sensitive key organ can absorb 100,000 bits of information per second, but only a maximum of 30 reach our consciousness. Even in dreams, these bits of information don’t shut down. They inform, protect and warn us where our eyes cannot see.
Palming creates intensive relaxation for your eyes – try it!
Give your stressed ears a regular rest!
Have you tried our relaxation tips for eyes and ears? Three more senses await you on your wellness adventure. Here are our feel-good tips for your senses 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, lie on the tongue. They can distinguish between sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes.
However, artificial flavours, overly-flavoured food, medicines, illnesses and even ageing tend to make us forget how to taste intensively. The good news is – taste can be trained!
Feeling and touching belong to our primal experiences – as unborn babies, we oriented ourselves on these senses in the womb long before we could hear or see. When we were babies and toddlers, we used them to explore the world. Is something angular or round, smooth or rough, cold or warm, wet or dry, hard, fluffy or flabby? We learned to distinguish all this with these senses – and – in the truest sense of the word – to really start to understand our world.
One special way to intensify the sense of touch is a barefoot path, on which you walk on a specially-designed walking track. You will experience various materials under the soles of your feet as particularly intense sensations and this will relax you in a soothing way. Many health resorts and communities now offer footpaths and barefoot hiking trails. The barfusspark.info (German) presents detailed barefoot paths and parks at home and abroad.
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