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Anni Dahms, Owner of the retail chain ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health specialist, Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.
I am sitting the middle of these times of unrest and have to
formulate an article about health for the summer 2020, which
is quite the challenge.
Much of society has opened up as I am writing this, and
tourists can again visit Spain. We can go to the beaches, bars,
restaurants, stores, malls, fitness centers etc.
During these beautiful times, we should be flooded with love,
joy, and gratefulness, but instead stress and frustration seems
to be lurking. What about the future, health, the economy, and
Discussions revolve around all of these subjects. What about
the masks, are they still relevant? Do they protect us? Or are
they simply inhibiting our immune system, as some doctors
think. At a very basic level I certainly feel that they decrease the
interaction I have with other people. I often cannot recognize
who I am talking to, nor can I see their facial expressions. I
also have trouble hearing what people are saying through the
masks, perhaps because of my aging hearing, so I am often
deprived of much of the fun and life affirming communication.
When I am on my morning walk with the dogs, are most
of the people that pass by looking straight ahead with empty
stares, as if there is some incredibly important goal out there in
the distance. Only old acquaintances from before the lockdown
greets and waves. I have walked the same stretch for about 14
years, and it has always been the norm to greet each other with
a small smile or an “hola”, when we met early in the morning.
I still enjoy my morning walk, but the feeling has become
We have to keep our distances on
the beach, which 3000 policemen are
assigned to enforce. It is good for all of
us, as well as the sea and the fish…
The economic frustrations are mixed
with insecurities about health and future.
Will there be another wave of the virus?
And what might be the consequences of
that? Will there be a vaccine, is it safe –
will it be mandatory? The discussions are
We are at the same time experiencing
many riots and demonstrations in cities
all over the world. Officially these are
caused by a black man’s unnecessary
and brutal death at the hands of a white
policeman, but I also believe the riots are
caused by a mixture of feelings of powerlessness
caused by rising unemployment,
the encroachment of our freedom of
speech, and a general fear of what the
future might bring.
It is important in the middle of all this
chaos, to maintain our joy of life, pour
all our love out to animals and humans,
enjoy this wonderful summer and all the
beauty that surrounds us, be grateful, and
ensure that we keep ourselves healthy, in
harmony and balance. Everyone of us
contains much more power and energy,
than we are aware of. Find it, polish it,
and then go out into the world. Smile
and have plenty of heart felt laughs. It is
great for the immune system and is very
You are what you eat, a phrase which
contains a lot of truth. I recently read a
lovely quote by Edward Stanley: “those
who think they do not have time to eat
healthy, will sooner or later have to find
the time to be sick.”
Make sure you get eggs from joyful
chicken, that have led good lives.
Ensure that the healthy and important
fats from ecological butter, olive oil,
flaxseed oil, and coconut oil are a part
of the diet.
If you eat meat, then ensure that it
is ecological. It might be a bit more
expensive, but then you should rather
eat less of it. Cut out chemicals and
As my zodiac sign is Taurus, I have an
enormous appreciation for fine foods.
Right before I eat I will give my thanks
for the food and bless it, and give
myself a few seconds to just look at it.
If you make the abovementioned
into a habit and look gratefully at
your food, then you digestive system
in the mouth will start forming saliva
with plenty of enzymes, to ensure that
you have a better digestion. When you
chew your food slowly and well, then
you will find a feeling of wellbeing in
your intestinal system, and feel that
you have more energy and that stress
and fear will not overpower you as easily,
you will sleep better, your brain will
work better, and even your skin will
look better. You will find it much easier
to be happy and spread joy to others.
And as an extra bonus, your food will
often taste better.
You can start your morning with a
diet that prevents stress. A proper bowl
of oatmeal with almonds and sesame
seeds as toppings can have a calming
effect, containing a lot of good things,
such as magnesium. If you are stressed,
then magnesium will often disappear
from your body quickly. The same
thing happens in the summer months
if you sweat a lot in the heat.
Make sure you get plenty of fiber
The cliché helps me when I sometimes
feel stressed about spending so bles. They help balance your intestinal
from whole wheat, fruits, and vegeta-
much time preparing food and prioritizing
high quality foods rather than immune system and for preventing
flora, which is great both for your
going for quantity.
stress. Make sure that you get sufficient
omega 3 from fatty fish. It helps,
among other things, your braincells.
Walnuts are also rich in omega 3.
It is great with ecological eggs and
chicken. You should also let onions,
leeks, and artichokes make regular
appearances in your meal plan. These
foods are prebiotic, meaning that they
stimulate the growth of helpful bacteria
in the intestinal system. Prebiotic
foods have also been shown to have a
calming effect on the body.
If you feel stressed, then avoid coffee
and other caffeinated drinks and foods.
Stay away from sugary foods, such
and cakes and candy. Be careful with
alcohol and fast food, and make sure
that you drink plenty of quality water.
Eating healthy is the most important
thing. However, by using dietary supplements
cleverly every day, it can
contribute to the avoidance of stress.
This is important because long term
stress can cause disease and contribute
to a heightened blood pressure,
insomnia, depression, cardiovascular
disease, and autoimmune diseases.
• Make sure, as the most important
thing, that you take a multivitamin/
mineral product of high quality.
• Vitamin-C should be consumed in
higher doses when you are stressed.
A lack of vitamin-C can cause fatigue,
mental instability, difficulty sleeping,
hair loss, bruises, cramps, and
poor healing of wounds.
• Magnesium is thought to be a weapon
against stress. Magnesium deficiency
is still more widespread, than
we think. It also has a calming effect
together with calcium.
• Vitamin-D levels are too low for
many people. It can be of the
utmost importance to get a supplement
of vitamin-D. Studies have
shown that supplements of vitamin-D
can contribute to reducing
• Vitamin-B is unavoidable when
the topic is stress. Many nutritionists
believe that the entire western
world lack vitamin-B. The different
vitamin-Bs are mutually dependent
on each other. It is therefore
important to take the entire spectrum
of vitamin-Bs at the same
time, else you increase the risk
that you might lack some of the
other vitamin-Bs. If you are lacking
vitamin-B, then you will have a
lower stress threshold with unrest,
nervousness, difficulties sleeping,
and a reduced immune system.
• Omega 3 fats have in general a
slightly calming effect. Omega 3 is
extracted from fat fish and put into
capsule form, but flaxseed oil and
algae oil also contain omega 3.
• Curcumin from turmeric aids
against many different afflictions,
including stress related ones.
• Bacopa can be a great supplement
to take in stressful times. It is most
known for increasing brain function
and decreasing stress and
nervousness on all levels. It furthermore
contains good antioxidants.
It is also seen as being able to
reduce inflammations in the body
and help keep a normal blood
• If you feel stressed and nervous,
then you have to be careful
with ginseng and guarana,
which can spread the feeling
in an uncomfortable way.
Love is the most important
thing in life
I believe love is the most important
element in life. Love is just as important
as food and water. We cannot
survive without it.
Scientific studies have shown that
our immune system is improved by
loving experiences. Something as simple
as witnessing a compassionate
act can strengthen our immune system.
David McClelland from Harvard
University discovered that university
students increased their production
of antibodies in the saliva, when
they watched a movie where Mother
Teresa comforted a child, whilst the
levels dropped when they saw scenes
from war movies.
The abovementioned can hopefully
serve as inspiration for what we
choose to watch in the media. We all
want to feel joy and have a strong
We have a pandemic and global
protests, which leaves us in a stressful
nervous condition. We must, as a
counterbalance, find the harmony in
ourselves and share it with each other.
It does not have to be grand gestures,
but just a small smile when we pass
each other on our walk, in the gym,
or other places. A smile can work
miracles and bring warmth all the
way into our souls, as the title says, of
the now diseased Victor Borg’s book
“The smile is the shortest distance
between two people”.
I do not think we will ever return to
the “good old days”. My hope is that
we will find it in ourselves, in this
stressed world, to treat each other, our
surroundings, and the planet with
more care and respect.
It is summer, the sun is shining,
and the sky is even blue without trails
from too many airplanes. Bring the
humor and the joy of life to the surface.
Let your inner sun charm your
surroundings. Go outside, have fun,
smile, and laugh… I hope we still
remember what that is like.
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