To Exercise Is to Be Healthy!

Which of the following you will be choosing this year – to eat everything tasty off from the Christmas table, or to sit hungry in the corner and watch as your family eats the most mouth-watering meals? We proudly answer – eat everything that your mother and grandma have made and start body-shaping activities only after Happy New Year fireworks! Summer is more than five months away, but such a time is more than enough to reach impressive results – even if it means turning your own home into a private gym space. Here at Biomedicanna, we made a promise to help you live as healthy as possible, so let’s start this journey to a healthy life with a quick guide to exercising and sports!

Why is Sport Always Compared to Health?

Well-being depends on many things, but we often hear people saying that sport is health, sport is long life, sport is happiness. Therefore, we have no doubt you have been wondering whether such claims are justified or not? They are actually true, as regular exercising and playing sports is linked to inducing happier thoughts. Besides positive emotions, sport and everyday workouts improve overall health conditions, strengthen the heart, lungs, blood circulatory system, etc.

Exercising is also the best way to clear the mind and improve mental health. Numerous researches all come with the same results as various sports activities reduce stress and lower the levels of depression and anxiety. Even though the next benefits of sports are not quite related to improving health, sports do come useful in other aspects of life. It is invaluable in building confidence, learning how to leadership (we are talking about team sports, of course); it helps gain new connections, find friends, and keep those relationships stronger than ever!

Can Sports Hurt You?

The previous paragraph can give the impression that sports are everything you could ever need – as the list of benefits of exercising can go on and on, let’s throw some warnings into the mix. Indeed, regular sports activities are necessary, yet improper preparation can cause considerable problems that will quickly force everyone to give up sports for good.

First of all, warm-up before any serious exercises and workouts as light stretches will help you un-stiff your muscles and joints. Even if it may seem that warm-up is for dummies only, not believing the importance of warm-up can cost lives – imagine someone going for a swim, and suddenly they get a leg cramp. Lucky you, you can find the perfect product in our shop, which will help you to take care of your sore and overworked after-work-out muscles and joints, relieve inflammation, and reduce tension.

Not only warm-up activities help to achieve successful results but also appropriate sports clothing. Before going on a shopping spree, make sure you know how exactly you are planning to exercise. Clothing items and shoes meant for trail running in the fresh air will not fit your exercise plan at home; besides, different weather conditions require special clothing items as well. At this point, choose wisely, do not hesitate to invest a bit more, and consult with professionals!

Is it True that Sports Mean Eating Less?

Whoever told this nonsense should not be in anyone’s field of attention. The truth is that sports and exercising require loads of energy, and the only way to acquire it is through eating foods. There is a saying stating that you are what you eat – when targeting for that perfect Summer beach body, eat and drink healthy, leave fast food and sweets for others.

Professional dietitians and well-being coaches can help you create an easy-to-follow diet plan, which will guarantee outstanding results and model-like body shape. If calling for help is not acceptable, neither for you nor your wallet, we are ready to share some healthy eating tips and tricks. First of all, do not miss breakfast as it is the most important meal of the day; secondly, hydrate your body and drink loads of water; thirdly – do not eat for at least two to three hours before going to bed as your body needs to digest the food. And one more tip especially for you – after a tiring work-out, reward yourself with a vegetable, fruit, and berry cocktail; mix in several drops of CBD oil in your drink and enjoy overall health!

Tips to Exercise at Home? Yes, please!

You cannot imagine how happy we are when sharing tips and tricks – we have also prepared a shortlist of exercises and sport-related activities, which anyone can perform in their living room or the fresh air! Don't worry - you will not need any of that fancy equipment, which you can see in every professional gym.

Morning exercise. As getting up in the morning is starting to remind every of Mission: Impossible movies, a light stretch in the morning can make those sleepy minds go away. Start your exercise by moving hand and leg joints in circular motions, then continue with greeting the sun and trying to reach your toes without bending your back. Later perform several jumping jacks, leg squats, sit-ups, and push-ups. As you might want to strengthen your whole body, use full food jars ar any other heave items as dumbbells, which will make the usual front and side lunges a bit harder, yet more effective. Repeating mentioned exercises regularly will definitely fill your mornings with delight and allow you to enjoy positive day.

Yoga (and meditation). Although yoga and meditation cannot be called sports, yet they are very popular all around the world – so if you are looking for a calm and peaceful way to exercise, search no more! Firstly, found a comfortable and well-lit place at your home to perform the mentioned activities; besides, we advise you to light candles and incense and play soft and relaxing music to help you concentrate. Yoga and meditation are all about uniting the body with a person’s mind to maintain a healthy relationship on physical, mental, and spiritual levels. Researchers and yoga practitioners say that such activities increase body awareness, relieve stress, and guarantee overall health as they combine four different practices into one – movements, breathing, meditation, and relaxation.

Online work-out. If you find it hard to stick to your goals and sports routine, opt-out for online group workouts with professional trainers! Choose the one that fits you and your needs the best – choose to powerfully exercise two or three times a week; choose morning or evening workouts or do a little exercise while you are on a lunch break from work; choose Pilates, gymnastics, or functional exercises with rubber tension belts. The possibilities here are endless as your perfect sport session is only a mouse click away from you! Of course, everyone has to pay for such a luxury, yet online workouts are the closest you can get to exercise in a professional gym during national lockdowns.

Running or Nordic walking. There is a saying that running is the best way to forget everything, concentrate, and shape one’s body for the better all at the same time, yet, technically, these types of exercises are not fit for performing them at home. However, find a perfect and picturesque route near your home and regularly train your whole body for no charge at all. Almost – you will need special sticks for Nordic walking and running shoes, but these definitely will not cost a fortune and will serve their purpose for many years (and quarantines) to come.

To exercise is to be healthy, and we made it clear that no lockdowns will be able to change it. Exercising at home has never been so easy and available for everyone, so wait no more and choose a way of getting in shape right now! New Year is less than a month away – let’s waste no time and keep those promises and goals for real.


That’s Too Sweet! or How Bad is Bad Sugar?

Each of us is sometimes visited by the desire to taste something delicious. Even though the understanding of deliciousness may differ from person to person, most of the time this feeling involves chocolate, ice cream, candy or lollypops – anything that’s sweet! However, we must control ourselves when eating sweet and sugary products as they are harmful to our bodies. Trust us – it is not a myth created by cheeky parents to steal sweets from their kids and eat them alone while the little ones are fast asleep. As we believe you have tons of sweets left in your pantry after Halloween that wait their moment to be eaten, be careful about the sugar you are likely to consume in no time… You understood correctly – we dedicated this blog to draw the line between bad and good sugar!

Sugar Does Not Grow on Trees, or Does It?

Sugar nowadays has become a somewhat usual ingredient in every meal or snack that we eat. However, we do not use the same sugar throughout all of the dishes or drinks. As the sugar name may differ, the methods of their production process are different as well, but as white sugar is the most popular, we invite you to get to know its production from a much closer perspective. White refined sugar gets extracted from two types of plants – sugarcanes and sugar beets.

The first of two is grown in mostly warm climate zones as sugarcane plants cannot survive the frost. Besides, large amounts of water are necessary to grow as much sugarcanes as would produce enough sugar to meet the demand. Once sugarcane crops are harvested, the plants are chopped and milled to extract their juices, which are later heated to produce thick syrup. Despite the already lengthy process, the manufacturers still need to evaporate the excess water from the syrup to achieve sugar crystals. However, the sugar journey does not end here as brown-coloured sugar crystals still need to be bleached with chemical compounds to produce a well-known white product.

Regarding the sugar extraction from sugar beets, this process is less complicated than the previously explained one. Sugar beets are usually harvested in autumn and then transported to the sugar production factories. After sugar beet's roots are washed (they are grown in fertile soil, so this step is not to be missed) and sliced, they are mixed with several chemical solutions and go through the process of evaporation, which creates white sugar crystals – no further refining process is needed.

How We Consume Sugar?

The sugar we consume every day mostly is what is called added sugar; however, the real difference lies in where this sugar is added to and by whom. It is quite clear how much sugar we consume by adding it to our morning coffee or tea, but things get more trickier when we drink soft drinks or store-bought sweets and snacks. If we decide to look closely at the food labels, we will see sugar listed as carbohydrates. It is a correct statement; however, we are much more likely to consume high fructose corn syrup, which is made from corn starch and not the usual sugar. This sugar-like sweetener is one of the most popular ingredients that manufacturers use even though it is not far from being banned in the EU and other countries. As for today, high fructose corn syrup’s production is subject to strict quotas and restriction documents, but it does not change the fact that we are still consuming it without really knowing when exactly.

How Harmful Sugar Really Is?

Excessive sugar intake can result in poor skin health and high blood pressure. However, as we tend not to know when we consume it, we often attribute these features to other life issues and not our diets. The scale of the problem gets revealed when we look more closely at food portion sizes, their nutritional value, and take into account the opinion of professionals. Medical researchers and dietitians agree that adults should have no more than 30 grams of sugar a day – same as seven sugar cubes; for kids and toddlers, these numbers must be several times smaller to maintain healthy life. Despite the righteousness of medical suggestions, they are very hard to live by as almost every store-bought product is packed to the brim with bad sugar. Bad sugar has no nutritional value, causes tiredness and constant hungriness, weight gain, and excess belly fat, which could turn into severe obesity. Besides, limitless sugar consumption is the straightest way to diabetes and heart diseases, and sadly these sicknesses are increasingly diagnosed with younger people and kids.

Are We Doomed, or Are There Any Alternatives to Bad Sugar?

The question above is quite silly as the very name ‘bad sugar’ suggests that there is another side of a coin – good or natural sugars. There are a bunch of natural sweeteners, which are far from processed and can sometimes be obtained straight from the plant. Natural sugars come in the shape of vegetables, fruits, and dairy products, but what they have in common is providing essential nutrients, which keep us healthy and strong. Stevia is one of the best-known plant-based sweeteners, which, despite being sweet, is also linked to lowering blood pressure and insulin levels; however, one still has to refine it to turn it into a more usable form.

Besides stevia, there are several other natural sweeteners used worldwide, which are less harmful to our organisms when compared to actual white refined sugar. Molasses are made from the same sugarcane plants and sugar beets as regular sugar but are not refined and has a syrup-like thick consistency. Maple syrup is also one of nature’s best natural sweeteners. Even if this product is quite expensive in stores, one can easily make it at home as the process of making it is simple – one has to boil the sap of maple trees until it thickens. Next comes coconut sugar, which is very similar to regular white sugar everyone usually uses as it is high in calories.

Now it’s time for the best natural sweetener of all times – good old honey! Even though it is still sugar, organic honey is far safer and healthier to use than table sugar. Full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, honey is also that one product that is completely safe to use after its expiration date. The only thing that helps people separate natural honey from the fake one is its consistency, which crystalises after some time, but does not lose any healthy features.

Recipes with Natural Sugars

Keeping only natural sugars in your pantry does not mean you cannot pamper yourself with some casual yet super healthy sweets. However, most of the time, such natural sweets require to prepare in advance. Pick them, mix them, bake them, cut them, and only after that EAT THEM – we can guarantee that these recipes will be as sweet and healthy as they can be! Besides, we decided to turn the healthiness of our favourite treats up by a few notches and share only vegan-friendly recipe ideas. You can thank us later!

Granola. Mix oats, nuts, and seeds with some coconut oil and honey or maple syrup, and add your favourite dried fruits. Pour the mixture into a large cooking pan and spread evenly, bake until golden. Let the granola cool completely and cut into pieces and enjoy!

Green cocktails. Grab every vegetable and fruit that you can find nearby and put everything into a food processor. Add in some honey or maple syrup, add few drops of CBD Oil for that extra healthiness and let it mix!

Nature’s candy. Pick your favourite berries or cut fruits into bite-size pieces, place them evenly into a food dehydrator machine or onto a cooking pan, and use it accordingly. Dried fruits and berries are a great alternative to bad sugars themselves!

Ice Cream. Mix coconut milk, maple syrup, and tahini – sesame paste – in a food processor, blend them well and pour the mixture into an ice cream maker or spread evenly on a freezer-safe dish. Don’t forget to put some berries or fruits as toppings!

Gummy Candies. Blend apple juice, a little bit of agave or maple syrup and Agar-agar powder together, strain the mixture and bring it to simmer in a small saucepan. Let it cool for a bit, add few drops of CBD oil for that extra healthy kick and pour into gummy moulds. Freeze it, remove it and enjoy!

Here at Biomedicanna believe that we should live as healthy as possible, and this journey starts with cutting bad sugars out of our diets. Natural sugars and recipes are a great alternative to regular chocolate, candies, and other sugary bombs that we consume without even knowing that. Trust us - it is not that hard to feel energetic, strong, and healthy without using refined and processed sugar every day – you will not miss it!


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