According to a study published by Bloomberg, Spain and Italy are the healthiest countries on earth. Every year Bloomberg crunches numbers from the World Bank, the UN and the World Health Organization, to score in its Global Health Index the healthiest and unhealthiest countries in the world.
Stress is an inevitable component of everyday life. It comes in all forms and can affect anyone, no matter their age or financial situation. Everyone has experienced a feeling of being overwhelmed with too much to handle at some point in their life.
As the name suggests, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) manifests in behaviours that the affected person feels urged to execute, in order to release their anxiety. Common indications of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder include repetitive washing of hands, checking door locks, keeping inventories, and repeating mantras.
Several studies confirm that drinking wine in moderation benefits brain and its functions. In particular, it protects the brain from memory loss, dementia and cognitive decline.
According to the latest research, lutein and zeaxanthin, two pigments commonly found in fruits, eggs and vegetables, especially spinach, kale and turnips, can play an important role in boosting cognitive skills.
An edible mushroom I came across lately, has intrigued me because of the number of its medicinal properties, and especially as a cognitive enhancer. His Latin name is Hericium erinaceus, but is known by many other names including Lion’s Mane, Pom Pom, Bear’s Head, Yamabushitake (in Japanese) and Houston ( Chinese).
A humble fish that feeds your brain. Few diets or lifestyle meal choices can claim the benefits that the Mediterranean diet offers:the promotion of longevity and the reduced risk of cognitive decline, diabetes and some type of cancers.
The ever-growing preoccupation with finding a diet for a fit, long and healthy lifestyle has convinced some people of eating like our Palaeolithic ancestors. It is called Paleo or Primal diet and it is essentially a hunter and gatherer diet based on animal proteins (meats and fish) and their products (eggs, honey, etc.), vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.
It’s four in the afternoon and you have that report to go through and you keep repeating to yourself: “If I could just lie down for a pennichella (an afternoon nap…).” Now, before you go to the office’s kitchen to make yourself another cup of coffee, or fall asleep at your desk, try a small dark chocolate bar instead. In fact, according to a new research published on “NeuroRegulation”, cacao has the ability to boost the brain’s alertness.
The Christmas and New Year period are for most of us, an opportunity to overindulge on food, like Pandoro and Panettone, accompanied by some bubbles, if you are Italian. With the festive season over for another year, the New Year comes with the usual ritual of putting together a list of many promises we make to better ourselves. Shedding some pounds, saving money, drinking less coffee and alcohol, exercising more, and reading more are the usual suspects.
When I was a student in high school and I had to spend the better part of my afternoons translating ancient Greek texts into Italian, I was always hoping to work on something interesting such as Pliny, Heraclitus or Dioscorides as I enjoyed learning about their herbal remedies for ailments.
It is time to make most of Turmeric, that yellow spice you may have bought to make curry from scratch to impress family and friends, and that it’s still in your dispenser unused.Turmeric is extensively used in many Indian regional cuisines. Its use has a mild flavour and its vivid colour adds a visual effect to the dishes.
The intake of carbohydrates (“carbs”) remains a controversial subject of discussion. According to some health authorities, they are not essential and a potential source of many diseases ranging from cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes.