Faith, Stress, and Love


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 so on.

2020 July/August

Costa del Sol, S.L.


Faith, Stress,

and Love

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

so on.

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

slightly mixed. 1

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


The diet

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.

Dietary supplements

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

immune system.

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. 3









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