I eat, therefore I am (the holistic view on food)

Food represents our primordial cultural code and is related not only to simple nutrition but also to the social environment, and reflects our cultural identity, customs and tradition. Is it possible for us to take control over this primitive impulse, so to avoid becoming slave to it? Food is medicine, as shown by Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus already long ago. If it is true, why can’t we look at what we eat as a short- or long-term wellness generator, beside being a means to satisfy our taste?

vegetablesFood modulates our infinite mental indices that are involved also in dietary disorders such as obesity. If we go in depth into this common condition affecting modern Western world we prompt realize that the excessive food consumption is caused by the overwhelming and attracting food offer – that could mislead “hunger and satiety” mechanisms – along with the lack of a “culture of wellness” which would include the culture of fitness, of exercise and of health-oriented practices.

The deepest soul issues fidget in the inner of our body: suffering from obesity in a society that privileges slim people represents a not too concealed social exclusion! For this reason, all the  disciplines aimed at “saving our souls” by chagrin or fasting have been re-introduced in eating plans based on food moderation, which seem like ways to save our identity and help our chances to be accepted,  rather than a regime to guarantee our body wellness.

The stakes aren’t so much a food reconciliation rather the real act of existing: a person who eats to exist and wants to get slimmer for the same reason is walking on the razor’s edge. Most slimming diets fail for the lack of self-confidence rather than a weak resistance to the temptation of gluttony. When food becomes a matter of existence it is given a bigger meaning than it can actually hold.

The motto “mens sana in corpore sano” (a sound mind in a sound body) should not only be intended literally: Juvenal did not state that in a healthy body lies a sound mind but that both body and mind need to be exercised in the same way. The idea that both body and mind could grow up and develop only together is also the basis of the pedagogic school model proposed by Aristotle.

Nowadays such a precept broadens its meaning in a more complex way: in order to have good soul authority we need a healthy body power (and vice versa) by virtue of the psychophysical unit.  Such a psychophysical unit is indeed the subject of the holistic sciences: every medicine, science and art that considers the human being in his entirety of body, mind and soul could be regarded as holistic. Like ecology – which deals with the global Earth and environment protection – holistic medicine focuses on the global health of the human being.

fitnessTaking care of ourselves becomes a sum of multiple actions: feeding ourselves in more natural and unpolluted ways, purifying our own feelings from negative thoughts, understanding the deep reasons of our actions, and eventually progressing both humanely and spiritually.

Stepping from a model of Nature that can provide remedies to every medical need, at BeC we’ve been inspired by traditional Eastern medicine and we’ve been trying to conjugate the ancient phytotherapeutic traditions with modern scientific research, in the constant effort to gain better and synergic results. In line with the holistic view, every dietary supplements by BeC is designed for the global wellness of the human being, hence they are not merely directed toward one single need.

If we consider that body organs are correlated one the other, then a specific focus on a single issue – ignoring the surrounding condition –  would be too superficial! For these reasons all dietary supplements by BeC are composed by complex and equilibrated mixtures providing with optimal bioavailability of nutrients, efficacy and nutritional value. Thanks to their particular composition, they could be chosen by people on different eating plans such as vegetarian, vegan,  low fat, low salt, low sugar diet. In order to maintain good health conditions it is necessary to take care of ourselves in whole: not only by regular fitness, equilibrated and well-balanced diet (in terms of proteins, carbohydrates and fats) but also by supplementing our diet with the right intake of those vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that are essential for our wellbeing. Unfortunately, more and more often such micronutrients are lacking in common diets, due to wrong storing condition of foodstuffs and prolonged cooking time.

 

Getting a perfect suntan: things we should do immediately

Even if this May has so far been a little uncertain, the good season is coming and, with it, also the first sunshine and the consequent desire for suntan. Indeed, a beautifully tanned skin is often perceived as healthier and more seductive, therefore it is understandable that both men and women are attracted by it, but we should not forget the good rules to be followed to achieve a beautiful suntan that will also be long-lasting and, more importantly, really healthy.

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From proper nutrition to body pampering, there are some strategies we should start adopting immediately, if we want to develop a nice tan and glow all the summer long and beyond! Indeed, exposing to sunlight with the proper preparation – which includes the use of a sunscreen – will improve our health and mood, beside contributing to our beauty. The reason is Vitamin D: a real blessing for our immune system.

Savage suntanning, beside being out-fashioned, is actually unhealthy and was shown to be the main cause of early skin ageing. The keyword for a perfect tan is “gradually”. Suntanning is a natural skin protection process (let’s keep it in mind!), therefore exposing too harshly, for too long and without adequate skin preparation can cause minor issues, such as uneven tan, to more serious issues, such as sunburns, erythema and photo-aging.

Oxidative stress is the result of an unbalance of the delicate equilibrium between physiological production of free radicals (also caused by exposure to specific environmental factors like sunlight, radiations, pollution and xenobiotics) and the body antioxidant defenses. Whatever your photo-type is, it is highly recommended that, at least one month before exposing to sunlight, you start building up the reserve of antioxidants by eating antioxidant food. The easiest way to intake these precious elixirs is a diet rich in fruit and vegetables with red, orange or yellow peel or pulp. Enjoy them raw, so to get the best of their properties – eating them with their peel would even be better – in the form of salads, smoothies, gazpachos or fruit salads.

Alternatively or additionally, you can take a specific diet supplement for 30 days at least. Radical Stop® by BeC is a supplement of vitamins, minerals and vegetable extracts and is a precious aid to contrast cell ageing processes induced by free radicals. Dosed in vegetable gelatin capsules, hence ideal also for people on vegetarian or vegan diet, it can be a valuable supplement in our daily nutrition, as it enriches our diet with extremely important elements to maintain cell integrity and fight ageing, to protect our body and help prevent the many pathologies which have been shown to be, directly or indirectly, related to excess free radicals (among them cardio-vascular diseases, liver affections, etc). Particularly useful to fight free radicals are vitamins A, C and E, which trap these highly reactive species, thereby protecting our cellular structures from their aggression. Extremely important are also the vegetable extracts provided by Radical Stop®, such as the extracts of Blood Orange, Olive, Grape, Pine bark, and Blackberry, especially rich in tannins, bio-flavonoids, and other polyphenolic compounds, able to revert the action of free radicals.

maggio_senzascrittaIt should, however, be kept in mind that a proper diet and the intake of diet supplements cannot replace the sunscreen, which needs to be used in all cases to avoid sunburns, erythema and photo-aging.

In order to prepare skin to sunlight, we also need to work from outside. A deep scrub, at least once a week, will remove dead cells from your skin, making it smoother, free to deeply breeze and ready for sunlight.

Geo green by BeC is a body mud-mask based on natural silt with skin-purifying action, ideal to remove the “winter layer”,  since it offers a delicate and physiological peeling that will remove from skin those impurities that have accumulated in wintertime. Its special formula rich in vegetable oils and extracts brings hydration and trophic activity, aiding epidermis renewal and leaving the skin smooth and silky. Furthermore it is an excellent aid to drain liquids and help cellulite’s treatments, thanks to the extract of Ivy, Fucus, Birch and Boswellia, which shape and tone our silhouette, making it firmer and helping us successfully pass the stressing “bath-suit test”.

The final secret is to apply everyday a good moisturizing cream and, after a day of sunbathing at the seaside, a specific aftersun lotion that will help sooth possible reddening. Indeed, suntan will rapidly fade away if it is not taken care of. This happens because of the continuous renewal or outer epidermis layers, with continuous removal of dead cells. However, de-hydration would accelerate the process and favor the peeling of tanned epidermis. By using a moisturizing product since the first sunlight exposure, we can, instead, slow down the peeling process and greatly extend the duration of our even suntan.

SÉ® body cream by BeC, thanks to its emollient and moisturizing principles, helps re-establish the physiological skin balance, particularly for dry, dehydrated or cracked skin. Furthermore, thanks to the extract of Centella that stimulates the biosynthesis of collagen, and tanks to the extract of Echinacea that inhibits the degradation of hyaluronic acid, SÉ® increases skin elasticity and inhibits the free radical processes that would damage collagen and elastin, thereby contrasting stretch marks. Aescin extracted from horse chestnut works synergically with Rutin (from rue) in protecting blood vessels and reducing edema, improving peripheral microcirculation and giving relief to swollen legs. Its smooth texture and the rapid absorption, along with 100% natural fragrance on citrus and almond notes, will make your skin silky smooth and sensual.

A healthy and golden suntan is to be gained before exposing to sunlight. As summertime is coming, start pampering yourselves with specific and effective products, so to fully enjoy sunlight beneficial action and get a glowing suntan that will turn your friends jealous.

Gluten in cosmetics? Let’s clarify the matter!

imagesWe often come across the inscription “gluten free” on cosmetic label: such information is not required for cosmetic products because celiac disease is related to gluten intake with food.

Actually, celiac disease is a permanent food intolerance to gluten, a protein-based component found in the majority of cereals (i.e. wheat, barley, hulled wheat, kamut®, rye, triticale and spelt) which can be found in foodstuffs as ingredient, additive or contaminant.

In people who are genetically predisposed, dietary gluten intake may lead to an abnormal immune response, followed by chronic inflammation with gradual shortening of villi and intestinal malabsorption. The targeted organ is small intestine even though celiac disease may show different clinical phenomena and it could be associated to dermal disorders such as dermatitis herpetiformis.

Celiac subjects do not run the risk of anaphylactic shock by accidental contact and a strict diet without source of gluten is the only therapy known so far. It is recommended to not start a gluten-free diet as long as you have been visited by a physician confirming celiac disease: such wrong behavior could make celiac disease diagnosis more difficult. It’s important to avoid extreme warnings leading to worse celiac lifestyle. Italian Association of Celiac disease clearly stated: “gluten presence in cosmetics, detergent or other beauty care products to be used on skin or mucosa (i.e. mouth) does not implicate any risks for celiac persons”.

People affected by celiac disease do not need a dedicated cosmetic line. There is no need to specify gluten-free label on cosmetics, unlike of indications on foodstuff label. Gluten does not cross intact skin so skin-care products (or mucosa suitable ones), unless ingested, do not bear particular risks for celiac subjects, they can safely use every favorite cosmetics.