Science: Mediterranean added value – Falstaff

The term diet is derived from the Latin “diaeta” and the Greek “díaita” and means “way of life” – and therefore for all measures aimed at maintaining health and cure of diseases. Precisely this – way of life namely – of Mediterranean enjoys great popularity and is a long-time seller. As early as 1940, the Ligurian doctor Lorenzo Piroddi observed a direct link between eating habits and metabolic diseases. The “father of the Mediterranean diet” prescribed his patients a diet low in animal fats but high in vegetable fats. And so, even today, the typical Mediterranean diet is characterized by a lot of vegetables, fruits, cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds, that is, a lot of slightly processed, seasonal, local foods. In addition, fresh fruit as a typical dessert, olive oil as the most important source of fat. In addition, low to moderate consumption of cheese and yogurt as well as red meat, poultry and fish. However, since 90 percent of the world’s food fish stocks Mediterranean Sea are considered overfished, it is strongly advised, from a sustainability point of view, to use less predatory fish and more mussels. Another marker: depending on local conditions, the total fat intake is less than 35% of the daily energy intake with a particularly low proportion of saturated fatty acids. In addition, there is a regular but moderate consumption of wine with meals.

The Mediterranean diet is commonly credited with positive health effects. But the sea can do even more: water, wind and waves have a beneficial effect on the respiratory tract, while vitamin D from the sun strengthens our skeleton and allows us to stay young longer.

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mood food

This composition not only summarizes good mood, but also strengthens the physiological parameters. Because, on the one hand, fish, nuts and olive oil are lucky food high price. scientific find a link between the appearance of depressions and recording of omega-3 fatty acids. People who follow a “Mediterranean” diet seem to have a lower risk of depression and cognitive impairment. In addition, their subjective quality of life is significantly better – at least that’s what a survey of 2,000 people in Italy shows. Diet also affects sleep positive effectswhether due to lower body weight or general health factors. Because with the Mediterranean diet comes a lower risk for type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. It protects against cardiovascular diseases lesser Blood lipid levels and drop in blood pressure. And all this even if you don’t live by the Mediterranean Sea.

Sea breeze effect

Of course, staying near the sea has general advantages. On the one hand, there is the combination of salty air, cool wind, sun, water and high humidity – Doctors call it that invigorating climate. Strong climatic stimuli stimulate the metabolism on and should immune system to reinforce. Wind and cooler water favor this blood flow, including those of the mucous membranes, which facilitates the fight against these infections. The iodine and salt droplets from the waves loosen mucus from the airways, which is especially beneficial for people with asthma and pollen allergies. For her is the sea ​​air usually a blessing. Pollen or smog levels are significantly lower on the coasts than inland.

at the other door sound of the sea contributes to deep relaxation, hunting stress and boost morale. Even perfectly healthy people can use it again and again. Beach walks are also increasing Efficiency and aptitude. After all, walking against the wind and on soft sand is much more tiring than walking on the road. Even if you’re not running, your body demands more than just a ride around town.

enjoy the sun

Last but not least: the Sun exposure. It’s as if we always receive too little in our latitudes. And also the storage of vitamin D similar report. Vitamin D is one of them nutrients at risk. It is essential for building and maintaining bones as it controls calcium and phosphate metabolism. In the elderly, adequate care reduces the risk of falls, fractures, loss of strength and ensures greater mobility and better balance. from vitamins it has a special status. Because it is not only ingested with food, but also formed in the body through regular exposure to sunlight. Effectiveness depends on latitude, year and time, weather, clothing, time spent outdoors and skin type. the bright guys need to spend less time in the sun than people darker skin. A mixed type requires about ten minutes in the midday sun in Barcelona from April to October for a sufficient “daily portion” when the skin is exposed to the quarter. Incidentally, sunscreen barely affects vitamin D production. To get enough of it, you don’t have to risk sunburn.

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