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!


Christmas Gift Shopping – Rewarding Everyone With Health

We dare you to take a look at the calendar, in which you will see that there are less than 50 days left till the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas! Joyful and legendary songs sound not only in our homes but also in the shopping centres where we look for Christmas presents for our family, friends, and, of course, ourselves – as Santa rewards only the best, some of us must themselves take care of the gifts. It might be easy to choose a gift for ourselves, but what is precious enough to reward parents, siblings, best friends, or loved ones? The best gift idea is health! We made a list of physical and mental health-enhancing gifts to save you some time and money as all of the presents that we advise you to buy has great and heartfelt do-it-yourself alternatives. Christmas gift shopping starts now!

Idea No. 1 – Christmas Decorations

What is more Christmassy than snow, baubles, wreaths, and pine trees? Well, nothing beats pretty Christmas decorations and blinking lights, and it’s never too early to start filling your home and heart with festive magic. However, store-bought Christmas decorations are quite expensive, but the good news is that you can invite your loved ones over for a little cosy decorations workshop! Any DIY project works very well as mental and physical therapy – picking and gluing small bits and pieces improves hand motility and helps people having problems with concentration. The little get-together will allow you not only to catch up with old friends, create handcrafted gifts but also reuse things found around the house as such activities encourage eco-friendliness!

Idea No. 2 – Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins and immune-boosting food supplements are one of the most popular Christmas gifts ideas. However, what helps one, may not be suitable for another person, so we advise you to get rid of the idea of gifting pharmacy-bought vitamins and opt-out for natural goods – foods and drinks that are considered vitamin bombs. Including different types of meats, grain, vegetables, and fruits into one’s daily diet can strengthen their immune system and overall health more than any medicine. We encourage you to invite your loved one to dinner or organise a cooking workshop, in which you will be able to cook and taste ingredients and dishes you have never tried before. If you are on the lookout for more modest food-related gifts, a recipe book is always a good idea!

Idea No. 3 – Spa Experience

Show us a person who would decline a weekend getaway offer! There is none! As everyone wants to run away from their problems sometimes, weekend trips to various resorts, spa centres, and hotels are very high on demand. It is a great gift idea too! However, we advise you to gift a voucher for such pleasures instead of booking your loved one’s weekend before even asking about his or her availability. In case you cannot leave home even for a weekend, why not enjoy the luxuries of a spa in your bathroom? Online or in small shops, you can find loads of different scented bath bombs or foams, scrubs, masks, and many more quality spa attributes. You can even try to make them yourself but before, make sure products and recipes, which you are using, are safe both for the environment and yourself! Make it, pack it, and gift it to the ones you care about the most!

Idea No. 4 – Quality Sleep

Humans spend one-third of their lives sleeping; thus, it would be unfortunate to sleep uncomfortable. Gifting a quality sleep experience to someone for Christmas does not mean inviting them over to try your mattress or a pillow, but it is okay to consider buying such gifts only if you know your loved ones lack them. However, great rest does not only depend on expensive sleeping equipment. We advise you to encourage your relatives not to use mobile phones in bed and read a book instead of endlessly counting sheep. As insomnia takes the happiness out of many people's lives, you can help your loved ones solve this problem by gifting CBD Oil Drops to improve their sleep quality and overall health. Do not forget to try these ideas yourself - you should lead by example!

Idea No. 5 – Romantic Date Experience

Admit it, Christmas is a bit too cold for counting stars, and with an ongoing situation, any ideas for a nice date involving crowded places are not safe as well. Therefore, there is no better place for a romantic date night than your home. Most of the time, cosy moments with your beloved don’t have to be pricey as the best memories require only creativity and time. Recreate your first meal together and prepare a three-course dinner, including fancy desserts or fill your living room with pillows and blankets to create a movie theatre. For this season, we advise you to gift a Christmas karaoke experience or a set of scratch cards with the names of best movies, meals, or games written underneath! Remember, any date night is perfect when the feelings are real – consider a healthy relationship a top priority and the best gift of all times!

Idea No. 6 – Board Games, Puzzles, and Books

With plenty of time on our hands, playing board games, reading books, and completing intricate puzzles helps us survive those long and cold winter evenings and relax. However, the majority of puzzles and books are interesting for only once, and while board games are fun to play with friends and relatives, they can also become boring after several plays. Buying and gifting new ones is always a great idea; however, they can empty your wallet if you decide to send them to all people on your Christmas list. We advise you to create personalised memory books, photo albums, or writing a story about how you met the exact person, how happy you are to have them in your life. You can also try to create a small-scale treasure hunting experience with a nice little gift at the end – the journey to the treasure itself is the greatest gift!

Idea No. 7 – Gym Subscription

Next Monday? Next year? Is the person you know speaks about the sports and wellness of their body using these phrases? Why not giving them sports equipment for Christmas so they can start exercising immediately, you may think? Do exactly that, and you will never be more wrong in your life. Committing to everyday gym sessions and exercises is hard; thus, receiving any sport-related gifts, except for tickets to a match, can be understood as an insult. Here as well, you should lead by example – we advise you to invite the person to join you for a quick jog in a park or a hike in a forest. Sports and other physical activities will be a great gift to yourself, but you would receive much more than that – it’s the relationship with another person that you get through doing sports together.

Idea No. 8 – Therapy and Meditation Sessions

Christmas is a time of gathering, sharing stories, and listening, what funny has happened to others throughout the year. However, the most important things are the ones your body is trying to tell you; thus, some quality self-care moments will cheer your body and soul the most. We advise you to gift such joy to others as well – invite them to paint therapy classes, meditations workshops, or reward them with subscriptions for the best mobile relaxation applications there are. Such gifts will help your loved ones relax, calm down, and reduce levels of stress. Besides, regular use of CBD oil also helps relieve anxiety and lessen depression. Well, as such gifts can sometimes turn out to be greater than your budget, use free online services, and introduce your friends and family to them!

Idea No. 9 – Themed Gift Boxes

Is there a person among your friends to which you find almost impossible to choose the right gift? You will never miss rewarding them with a unique and universal gift set, which represents their personality traits, lifestyle, and favourite hobbies. As a great number of small presents and things can be put into one gift box, try fitting love, happiness, and health there as well. For this Christmas, we have created four different sets of health-enhancing , immune-strengthening , skin-moisturising , and muscle-relaxing gifts, which will make your loved one incredibly happy. All four gift boxes include CBD Oil Drops Raw and other CBD healthy goods such as Silk Balm, Face and Body Cream, or Cooling Gel. We guarantee that a healthy body, mind, and overall wellness are the greatest gifts that will wait for you and your loved one underneath the Christmas tree!

Idea No. 10 – Attention and Warmth

Besides all other gift ideas on the list, we would be very wrong excluded this one from the list – a sincere and attentive conversation with your relatives and friends is sometimes all they need! Christmas is about love, support, warmth, and real connection with the ones you love the most in your entire life. Conversation with a cup of tea may last till the evening; however, such moments are irreplaceable for talking things that bother out, discussing problems and concerns, looking for solutions, and pieces of advice. We do not seek to belittle the work of professional psychotherapists and psychologists, but firstly, it is worth to speak openly about mental and physical health with people that are closest to your heart.

Gifts are traditional attributes when celebrating many different occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, achievements, etc., but spending ridiculous amounts of money may still not buy the things that will cheer their souls up. This Christmas, reward your loved ones with gifts that matter the most – health.


Invisible Danger: I Caught Virus, and Virus Caught Me

Achoo! What if we told you that sneezing is good for your health? In reality, you should not feel embarrassed if a loud sneeze occurs in the middle of an important meeting. Sneezing forces the viruses out of your body and helps the immune system to protect you. But why is it necessary? What can viruses do to your organism if we let them overpower us?

What Make Viruses Special?

Let’s start talking about the nature of viruses from the very basics. The name ‘virus’ derived from the Latin word meaning ‘poison’ – it is the first sign that doesn’t promise anything good about viruses. They are harmful indeed, both to humans and animals, plants, and microorganisms, as viruses need any host cell to grow and multiply. Once they make their way into a living organism, viruses can cause various diseases: measles, rubella, chickenpox, herpes, hepatitis, etc. Even though several of these sicknesses already have been managed as a result of available vaccinations, many of them were fatal for a long time as microscopic technologies were less powerful and, at that time, did not allow thorough investigations of viruses. Technological development gave virology specialists a chance for a closer look at viruses, which were already known to be smaller than bacteria. There are five types of viruses known based on their structure: helical, icosahedral, prolate, enveloped, and complex viruses.

How Viruses Appeared on Earth?

We now know that viruses can be found wherever life is; however, microbiologists disagree when it comes to a single theory about the nature of viruses and how they appeared on Earth. There are three main hypotheses which attempt to explain this topic:

How Viruses Replicate and Spread?

Despite structural differences and contrasting theories about their nature, viruses spread the same way by invading living cells. Usually, cells increase their numbers by dividing in two; however, this does not apply to viruses. The virus starts its replication cycle by first approaching the cell and attaching itself to its membrane – this process may sound simple, but viruses are quite clever as they do not approach cells in which they would not be able to replicate. Later, the virus penetrates the membrane by traumatising it, enters the host cell, and starts releasing viral genomic nucleic acid. After this, the actual replication starts, and the genome begins to multiplicate – at this stage viral proteins may modify and differ from the original virus. Lastly, the host cell gets killed by viruses bursting the cell membrane, releasing themselves, and repeating the process over again.

Virus replication explains the process of virus multiplication inside one organism, but how viral disease manages to ‘jump’ from one person to another? There are several ways of explaining the spread of viruses:

How Dangerous Viruses are?

Throughout history, humanity faced many outbreaks of numerous viruses, and some of them changed the lives of millions, if not more. Each virus had different effects, most being very dangerous. Let’s take the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa – the virus jumped from animals to humans and reached a mortality rate of almost 90% of those infected. Spanish flu, which occurred at the end of the First World War, affected slightly less than half of the world’s population and killed around 50 million. However, not only the number of infected and dead people affects the level of virus’ danger – the invention of a vaccine in many cases is the only way to stop the spread of the virus and minimise the risks. As for rabies, the modern vaccine allows specialists to treat the infected person and save his/her life as a failure to receive the vaccine in time means imminent death.

New Threat – COVID-19

As for now, the world is suffering from never seen before crisis called Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 for short. The society first was introduced to Coronavirus at the end of last year when cases in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, began to grow relentlessly. However, local lockdown failed to control the scale of the virus, and it quickly spread around the world. World Health Organization (WHO) reports that Coronavirus has already affected more than 41 million people worldwide, of which 1.1 million cases resulted in the death of a patient. The most common symptoms of this virus are fever, dry cough, and fatigue, whereas symptoms such as loss of taste or smell and muscle or joint pain effects are less common. Even though virologists all around the world claim that society needs to learn to live with COVID-19, only vaccines can prevent the increasing and consistent spread of the virus. Sadly, there is no approved vaccine yet, so billions of people have to rely on other precaution methods, such as wearing masks, practising social distancing, avoiding crowds, cleaning hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.

How to Avoid Catching the Virus?

Besides already mentioned and successfully working self-protection techniques, we must not rule out the importance of the immune system in the fight against viruses. The immune system is our organism’s defence against all kinds of invisible threats; thus, strengthening the immunity should be everyone’s top priority. One of the most common ways to intensify one’s immune system is by consuming immunity-strengthening foods through a daily diet: lemons and other citruses are a source of vitamin C, which increases the immune system’s effectiveness and has antiviral abilities, fish such as salmon or trout are considered best sources of vitamin D, which helps maintain the balanced immune system. Various additives and store-bought supplements also contribute to the protection and health of our body; however, natural products are way safer to consume. We advise choosing CBD products , which not only may reduce levels of anxiety, relieve depression but also improve the immune system. Versatile CBD oil drops  are gaining their popularity in the fields of strengthening the organism and ensure overall well-being. Different CBD products may have exceptional strengths and abilities depending on the exact formula, but organic materials used in the production process and responsible practises unites them all.

Viruses, the same as bacteria, are dangerous and almost impossible to eliminate permanently. Societies throughout the world must commit to changing everyday habits, which gets practised for a greater good – safety and health of billions. As the journey to safe and long life begins with us and our immune systems, every piece of effort counts.


10 Tips to Help You Survive the Autumn!

As we are saying farewell to summer, autumn is knocking on our doors, ready to enter and enrich our lives with a stunning palette of colour-changing leaves. Even though this situation may seem like coming straight out of fairy tale, heavy rains, strong winds, shorter, darker and colder days reveals the real face of the autumn season. Various illnesses and hardships follow the gloomy weather and threaten to mess up our lives even more. Only the ones who prepare for such challenges may resist them, but how to achieve that? Read carefully – we have prepared a lecture for you about immune system strengthening techniques, self-care, and, of course, pumpkins!

Tip No. 1 – Appropriate clothing

Autumn really gets onto our nerves as weather conditions often change every minute and an uncountable number of times throughout the day. The combination of umbrella and raincoat must become your new best friend this season. Water-resistant footwear will allow you to spend the autumn jumping in puddles like no big deal, the thicker jacket will protect from chilly winds, and soft scarf will keep you warm and cosy. Don’t blame the weather – there is nothing wrong with him, there are only wrong clothing choices!

Tip No. 2 – Skincare

The hot summer season has dried out our skin, which makes it even more vulnerable to cold autumn winds. Steer clear of this unpleasant feeling by using lip balms to avoid cracked and sore lips, regularly use moisturizing face masks to ensure skin hydration, and reward your hands with rich cream to protect them from skin irritation. Consider yourself lucky as we will soon offer you a new product from the skincare line to help you survive the autumn. More information to follow – don’t forget to take care of your skin while you wait!

Tip No. 3 – Relaxation

As autumn distresses often leads to depression, self-love is the best way to avoid it. Meditation is proved helpful as it reduces the levels of stress and anxiety. Of course, a little herbal nudge to your organism will not only help to have calmer thoughts but strengthen the immune system as well. However, our bodies can be as tired as our thoughts, but there is nothing a little home spa can’t fix! Incense, chill music, flower petals, hot foam bath, and massages from your loved one will comfort you during the darkest hours of autumn and inspire for new challenges.

Tip No. 4 – Home decoration

To prepare for autumn means to prepare not only our souls and bodies but also the environment around the home. Home décor does not mean hanging paper bat cut-outs or putting a carved pumpkin in every corner of your house even though Halloween is just around the corner. Sometimes little cinnamon, apples or vanilla-scented candle, thick blanket, lighted fireplace, or a bouquet of seasonal flowers is all that you need to surround yourself with pleasant autumn emotions.

Tip No. 5 – Hobbies

Today is the day to start thinking of how you will spend dark and cold autumn evenings. Self-care begins with quality time-spending techniques and smart ways to direct one’s attention further from seasonal distresses. Consider reading a book, watching a movie or TV series, handcrafting, doing crosswords, or any other kind of puzzles. Autumn is a perfect time to start getting ready for the summer bikini season – pay a visit to the gym once in a while!

Tip No. 6 – Food

The autumn is the season of harvesting everything that has grown in our gardens or forests throughout the summer. Many different foods add up to benefiting our organisms, so it would be a complete waste of products not to eat them or store them for winter. For example, pumpkins are considered full of nutrients that strengthen the immune system while including mushrooms in your daily diet increase bodies’ ability to fights various illnesses.

Tip No. 7 – Active lifestyle

It is easy to grow lazy when the rain is pouring down outside your room window. Regular activities such as jogging, hiking, cycling, or gymnastics contribute to one’s well-being and increase the chances to survive the autumn. We strongly recommend you going outside, enjoying the last bits of sun, exercising out in the fresh air, and appreciating the beauty of changing nature. As autumn comes only once a year, there is no better opportunity than celebrate it actively!

Tip No. 8 – Vitamins

Even though healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle are considered secrets to overall well-being, strong immune system, and autumn survival, sometimes that is not enough. Our bodies are not capable of producing certain kinds of vitamins; hence, their benefits are available only thanks to supplements. Beta-glucans are one of the smartest ways to strengthen the immune system and avoid moments when plans get messed by health problems caused by harsh weather. As beta-glucans have even more beneficial properties,  specialists advise using them throughout the whole year!

Tip No. 9 – Quality sleep

The autumn means coming back to school, work or university, thus saying sad goodbyes to happy summer holiday moments. Such time often results in higher stress and anxiety levels, which, in turn, negatively affects the whole body starting with memory and finishing with body motility capabilities. Besides that, self-care starts with a good night sleep, so quality rest must be everyone’s top priority this season.

Tip No. 10 – Daily routine

As autumn sometimes may cause a disbalance in lives and organisms, creating a daily routine helps people feel like true masters of their lives. Mobile calendars or cute little notebooks and planners ensure that one’s daily tasks get completed in time, and there is no chance left for autumn distresses to interfere with reaching every goal possible. You cannot imagine how much free time you have in a day to spend it for self-love and getting rid of autumn troubles!

We all are stronger together – the same applies to autumn survival as the chance of your triumph against this gloomy yet cosy season significantly increases once you involve as many tips as you can in your daily life. Conquering the autumn has never been so easy!


Brace yourself – autumn viruses are coming!

Perhaps the most beautiful time of the year is just around the corner. Autumn will reward us with nature adorned with all colours, falling leaves, and the smell of freshly baked cinnamon apple pie. As we try to enjoy the last bits of sun and warmth and high temperatures, our plans are disrupted every year by runny noses, nasty coughing, and headaches, which are the most common signs of autumn viruses. How to avoid catching a cold? How to fight off seasonal viruses? How the immune system works and protects us? How to prepare for autumn diseases? Today we will answer these and many other questions – get ready!

Autumn viruses: what are we dealing with?

Seasonal infections and viruses are nothing new as we are more than used to call the upcoming season a ‘flu season.’ The vast majority of seasonal diseases such as cold are linked to being viral and easy to catch from another person, who already complains about a sore throat, coughing, runny nose, and fever. The flu, for example, is an infectious disease caused by a virus attacking one’s immune system as it is compromised.

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As symptoms are common for many different seasonal sicknesses, family doctors, practitioners, research performing doctors, and other professionals distinguish a fairly clear timeline suitable for most cases. According to them, cold symptoms such as a stuffy nose, discomfort, sneezing, fever, and body aches take one to three days to peak, and the next days are the worst. Even though a cold usually ends by day ten, it is contagious throughout the whole period of being sick.

Various seasonal sicknesses can affect not only our respiratory system but the whole organism: skin, muscles, internal organs, metabolism, etc. Unnoticed or untreated sicknesses can cause great discomfort as it takes significantly more time to fully recover because our bodies are already too weak at that time as we start using medication or visit the professional doctors.

Our hero – the immune system!

It is easy and quick to start this unpleasant trend of being sick; however, it takes a lot of time and effort to fight those autumn viruses off for good. It’s the immune system that does all of the hard work protecting us every day of the year and especially during the autumn. So, what exactly is the immune system?

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The immune system guards our bodies against unwanted threats such as viruses, bacteria, toxins, and infections. It does not mean that you will never be sick if your immune system is indestructible - the immune system guarantees that one tiny virus that gets into your body will not grow to a massive extent and become fatal. However, it is easy to know whether one’s immune system is working as high body temperatures and swelling indicates it.

The immune system depends on billions and billions of defensive white blood cells also known as leukocytes. As they are traveling throughout our cardiovascular system they screen, firstly, our blood for threats, together with other tissues and organs. Once the leukocytes detect invaders, our immune system starts operating and releases special proteins – antibodies, which fight those unwanted and harmful substances.

There are many different threats to one’s body, so the immune system must be equally adaptable to be able to defend one’s organism in any case. The immune system usually develops a long-term immunity, which means that one store information about the attackers and will know next time how to deal with it quicker than the last time.

Vitamins to prepare for autumn diseases!

There are many ways to strengthen the immune system – it’s easy to help your organism to protect yourself and prepare for autumn viruses season once you know what you need. We may be making a big mistake if we fill our bodies with unnecessary substances as excess is as bad as scarcity. Plenty of foods are rich in various vitamins and nutrients that complement our organisms, but we often are not aware of their existence and do not know how useful they are. Let’s expand our knowledge of vitamins that benefit our immune systems!

Everyone must have heard about vitamin C as its intake is one of the greatest ways to boost one’s immune system. Our organisms do not produce or store vitamin C for long periods, so we must ensure a daily intake of vitamin C as they stimulate the generation of white blood cells.

Vitamin E helps our immune system to fight off various infections and viruses; it positively affects the immune system’s cells and makes them more productive. However, numerous studies have shown that the best results are achieved when vitamin E is taken together with vitamin C.

Vitamin B6 supports biochemical reactions, and together with other vitamins from group B, they also help turn food into energy, thus, providing our bodies with necessary nutrients. Vitamin B6 is considered to be that one significant substance that benefits many different parts of our bodies; however, as our bodies do not produce, we need to obtain it from our everyday diets and supplements.

Vitamin D is essential for an effective immune system’s response. Low levels of this vitamin are linked with frequent illnesses and infections, so seasonal cold and flu can be prevented once ensuring sufficient amounts of vitamin D in our bodies. As we can acquire vitamin D from being in the sunlight, now it is the best time to go outside, spend some time tanning, and prepare for autumn diseases in a fun and easy way!

Even though beta-glucans are not vitamins but fibers, their enhancing abilities does just that. Beta-glucans strengthen the immune system, reduces symptoms of fever, and lowers the chances of getting a sometimes-fatal seasonal infection. They also ensure the smooth functioning of our bodies and feature specific anti-inflammatory properties, thus shortening the period of being sick. As beta-glucans are a natural way to improve one’s overall health and well-being, one must include beta-gluten-rich foods into a diet.

People often say that you should think about everything in advance to achieve the best results sometime later. Although the immune system forms throughout our whole lives, today is the day to prepare for autumn viruses season! Stay tuned as more tips to survive the autumn disaster follow next week.

Why beta-glucans are the smartest way to strengthen the immune system?

Many people from all around the world and from different cultures and societies agree that nature is the best pharmacy kit one could ever wish. Starting with your great grandmother and finishing with professional homeopaths, they have long been using natural products and foods to treat and ease symptoms of many illnesses and diseases. However, there is one particular product that is worth more attention to pay – it’s beta-glucans!

What are beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans are a remarkable type of fibers found in many contrasting foods and plants on which its real benefits depend. Even though some of the sources of beta-glucans have been used for centuries, at that time, people were considering the food itself being powerful and having healing abilities; particular interest in beta-glucans came to light only in the last decades of the twentieth century. Now they are widely used for many different purposes and in quite unlike ways: by mouth as food additives or vitamin pills, intravenously as an injection into one’s muscles, or used externally as various skin balms.

Being classified as water-soluble fibers beta-glucans slows down the process of digesting food, so our bodies do not rush to absorb sugars. Besides slower food transit, beta-glucans are partially indigestible; they travel through the whole digestive system. Beta-glucans strengthen the immune system and are safe to use when administered orally in quantities found in everyday foods, so a rich diet is one of the best ways to enrich one’s body with beta-glucans.

Where in nature do we find beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans were first found in the form of sugar hiding in the cell walls of lichens, which is a composite organism that grows based on a symbiotic relationship between fungus and algae. There are some species of lichens that are edible and safe, but be careful as some lichens are poisonous and can happen to be your last meal once they form from Cyanobacteria and releases harmful toxins. People mostly use inedible lichens for clothing, decoration, or dyes creating many astonishing colors.

Shortly after, beta-glucans were discovered in barley and other types of cereals: wheat, bran, and oats. As different types of grains are far more scientifically researched than seaweed or various mushrooms researchers inform consumers that particular species of cereals have different immune-strengthening potential because they contain unlike amounts of beta-glucans. Scientists state that barley is the most beta-glucan-rich type of grain and is followed by oats, which has a slightly lower content of beta-glucan.

You may also find beta-glucans in various Chinese and Japanese mushrooms, particularly maitake, reishi, shimeji, and shiitake. Unlike grains, which have different content of beta-glucans depending on the species, mushrooms have the highest levels of beta-glucan shortly before the spores start to mature. As the timeframe for picking these mushrooms is not long, and scientists have not researched them extensively, consumers must understand that it is safer to eat them in small quantities until more information follows.

Of course, there are more natural sources containing beta-glucans, for example, bacteria, algae, yeasts, etc. Even though the latter has more beta-glucans than mushrooms, they are just as widely used and healthy; the only difference is that you may need to consume smaller amounts of brewer’s or baker’s yeasts to reach the same results as eating cereals or mushrooms. No matter the quantity of yeast-derived beta-glucans that one consumes throughout the meals or as supplements, these beta-glucans are one of the safest and smartest ways to improve one’s health.

What is the value of beta-glucans?

The first widely known and scientifically proven beta-glucans’ benefit to a person’s body was boosting the cardiovascular system. Scientists agree that consistent consumption of grain-based beta-glucans adds up to maintaining a healthy heart and improving cholesterol and insulin levels, reducing high blood pressure (hypertension), and the risk of strokes. Beta-glucans also reduce the risk of type II diabetes and help control blood sugar levels if already diagnosed with such an illness. Different studies argue for how long one should consume beta-glucan-rich foods before the first results may show; however, they do not feud about its benefits.

Beta-glucans also help people dealing with particular skin conditions. Various researches show that routinely used a face cream with beta-glucans reduces the skin flares and itching caused by eczema. Beta-glucans may also reduce canker sores - painful ulcers developing on the soft tissue in one’s mouth or on the gums. Yeast-derived beta-glucans have a distinctive feature of stimulating skin cell response and defending our skin against the pollution from the environment - it also delays the aging process!

Other advantages of consistent beta-glucans use include reducing the symptoms of hay fever and lowering the chances of getting an infection after various surgeries as yeast-derived beta-glucans have specific anti-inflammatory properties. It may also shorten the length of one’s intensive care unit stay as it improves survival rates and overall well-being. Cancer patients use beta-glucans intravenously as an injection; it may extend the life of patients or delay the growth of cancer of some localities when used together with usual cancer-treating medication.

Various studies have shown beta-glucans being valuable in the process of controlling one’s weight. As beta-glucans are fibers, they help people dealing with obesity or having metabolic syndrome - the condition affects about one-quarter of the population of all ages! Including beta-glucans-rich food into an everyday diet can effectively increase weight loss.

Besides all advantages, beta-glucans are mostly celebrated for their ability to stimulate immunity. Beta-glucans strengthen the immune system, ensure smooth functioning, and help one’s body deal with various diseases, bacterial infections, and viruses’ pathogens. Taking yeast-derived beta-glucans, for example, enhance the immune system by activating macrophages, which initiates a fast and incredibly powerful immune response.

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