February: Celebration of the Light

February: Celebration of the Light

Deeply connected to the great Mother Earth , 

we are in the period of the Day of the Rising Light. 

The light begins to show at the beginning of February: the days get longer little by little and even though the winter season continues to maintain its icy grip, we notice that something is changing.

The Frost is melting, in our minds, in our souls, in our hearts. The Frost is making way for the Light. Essence, primordial, divine and majestic, so the Great Mother Goddess, fruit of sacred passion, rests her feet on the dew-soaked earth. 

Here the Magic happens. The cosmos shifts, changes, transforms in the serene and living beauty of time, nature mutates under the tinkling of the Mother, letting each flower bloom.

It is our springtime in advance, our blossoming, our growing strength, day after day, it is the light that explodes in its deepest self and through the Eternal Cave, it explodes radiating through our body.

If we superimpose the Wheel of the Year on our modern calendar, the first feast we encounter falls on 1 February.

Among the Celts, 1 February was Imbolc (pronounced Immol’c) also known as Oimelc or Imbolg. The etymology of the word is controversial but the meanings all point to the deep meaning of this feast. In fact, Imbolc seems to derive from Imb-folc, meaning ‘great rain’ and in many places in the Celtic countries this date is also called the ‘Rain Festival’: this may refer to the climatic changes of the season but also to the idea of a lustration that purifies from winter impurities. 

Instead, Oimelc means ‘lactation of the sheep’ while Imbolg means ‘in the sack’ in the sense of ‘in the womb’ with a symbolic reference to Nature’s awakening in the womb of Mother Earth and with a more material reference to the lambs, a new source of food and wealth, which the providence of Nature and the farmers would bring forth at the beginning of the good season.

Imbolc is one of the four Celtic festivals, known as ‘fire festivals’ because the ritual lighting of fires and bonfires is an essential feature. In this festival, however, fire is considered under its aspect of light, this being the period of growing light.

The ancient Celts, aware of the subtle changes of the seasons like all people of the past, celebrated this time of Nature’s awakening in an appropriate manner. There were no great tribal celebrations at this dark and cold time of year, yet village women gathered to celebrate the Goddess of Light together (celebrations began on the eve, 31 January, because for the Celts each day began at dusk on the previous day).

This phase is a time of Transition. Everything transitions through the Light, as in the alchemical process we transform our person (i.e. Death-winter into rebirth and life) 

And here is the dawn of a new day.

Light always brings something new. 

Light always brings hope of something different.

So February, invites us to purification of body and spirit. 

Month of regeneration, month dedicated to the consecration of our inner temple. 

Celebrating this period means learning and getting to know the immensity of the Light.

A journey that can lead us to the boundaries of our ego, a journey that allows us, if we so wish, to reawaken our Light, to ignite sacred flame, to get to know closely that which nourishes us.

The Light is born in our womb, in the cradle of sublime love, inside hidden cavities that flow into the sea of the heart, tumult and occasion that makes us beat, breathe and live. It is therefore time to give flame and life to this feeling of ours, it is time to ignite the magic of fire, it is time to blossom.

This period is linked to Imbolc  that means ‘in the womb’. , a message that would like to be identified with the purification of the mother’s womb, but if we try to explore the cave, feel the rocky and impervious path, we realise that all of us, men and women, without any distinction, ‘are carried in the womb’ we are in the womb, and we live in the womb, in the constantly moving cauldron of the Great Mother of everything.

As we move towards a new horizon of consciousness, we are given the possibilities to find our tools of life, the courage to make the choices that take us beyond the comfort zone, and a torch of light, the authentic connection to yourself to illuminate the steps on this path full of energy and magic. 

We are supported with light to learn the beauty, grace and harmony of this cathartic moment of deepening and renewal.



“I am the Light and the light is within me

It grows, changes and transforms and all the frost penetrates the soul, like water gushing forth from a wonderful source of light and love.
Light brings love, light brings beauty, blinding and alive.
Light is blooming”


Thank you



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Holistic Treatments : Benefits

Holistic Treatments : Benefits

Holistic Treatments : Benefits

Reiki & Integrated disciplines are part of holistic Treatment .

Through these combined techniques we remind our bodies how to return to the state of repair or self-healing.

By activating this state, our bodies begin to cleanse themselves of unnecessary and stagnant energies.

 It also allows the body to protect itself from exhaustion, burnout or a weakened immune system.

From Japanese energy techniques, to Chinese medicine energy points, and much more.





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A treatment for every need :

 – purification, balancing and realignment of the chakras

– healing of emotional, mental or physical blockages

– stimulation of the whole energy system (nervous and lymphatic system)

– reduction of anxiety and stress

– chronic insomnia

– transition into a state of calm and relaxation of body, mind and soul

– spiritual guidance and support

– connection with the true destiny of your soul

– tools to support you on your healing journey

– feeling protected and nourished

Mind Body Soul

Treatments are always unique and special.

Every person who comes for a treatment can find what they are looking for.

From a simple relaxation session to inner emotional and psychophysical healing processes. 

Every experience and every person is unique.

Knowing ourselves deeply allows us to be masters of our gifts and mysteries.

the body is able to restore the balance of mind, body and spirit. 

This balance creates a natural harmony from which a healthier lifestyle is born.

What many people love about these sessions is that it allows them to feel lighter.

Within a couple of minutes of pure relaxation, the recipient can clear their head and release the tension and stress of the day. 

This process allows one to get in touch with one’s inner self and reflect clearly on one’s life.

Regular treatments promote the constant flow of energy throughout the body.

This enables people to feel less stressed, improves learning and memory, promotes mental clarity and physical healing.

I always try to find the right solution based on the needs of the person who comes for their experience. I am always honoured to be able to take care of the person.

I always make sure that everything is comfortable so that relaxation can take place in the best possible way.

Sometimes, of course, the unexpected can happen, or something goes differently.

Nothing of course happens by chance , and everything goes as it should , one should look beyond , by going beyond one understands truths , connected to oneself , and to the world that mirrors loudly.

From releasing negative work energies , from physical pain , emotional releases , energy unblocking , finding a moment of clarity .

When energy passages (chakras, nadis, meridians) are blocked, energy cannot flow to certain parts of the body. This results in mood swings, fear, anger, pain and more. Reiki can help keep these passages free.

The first treatment is a trial if you do not know where to start .

Thereafter there are various alternatives to proceed .

If you continue up to 4 sessions, it helps the most .

Obviously it depends on the problem .

Healing practices – life coaching – can also be combined . 

Organised packages are always customised . That is why prices can vary.

For example in case of insomnia 

Sessions should be with a minimum of 4 to benefit from it

We educate our mind to relax, to break repetitive patterns that do not allow it to flow.

We educate the body to relax, listening to it deeply, giving it the chance to free itself from everything we do not need, giving it a memory of relaxation

You can expect to feel extremely relaxed after a session.

This type of relaxation helps our bodies to sleep better, heal better and think more clearly. It is not uncommon for people to fall completely asleep during a session.


Our experience can condition our present. Memories are stored in the unconscious, in the body, in the soul. When we allow space for healing, we free ourselves from the limitations of the mind, and something wonderful happens.

Sometimes after the first session, the next day it may happen that the person has pain, as if the body was releasing all that it had accumulated, and the next day they feel energised with so much creative power at their disposal.

Sometimes depending on the problem being dealt with, when for example we talk about an emotional release due to a trauma, what can happen is an emotional release for a few days.

That is why when dealing with a particular issue, the person is taken into consideration in all its aspects, so that they can be supported in their healing.

Every situation is unique and deserves to be treated in the right way, with all the support one needs, helping one to be fully in the present moment.

The transfer of positive energy allows the mind to focus on the here and now, not to cling to past mistakes and not to worry about anxieties about the future.

This simple act enables acceptance of how life is unfolding and helps promote more positive reactions to situations, people and circumstances.

Balancing the body’s internal energy levels to return to an almost natural state.

This means that breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, circulation and other body systems are able to detach themselves from the changes they have suffered due to environmental factors, bad habits and stress. This perfect balance allows your body to heal itself from within.

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January: Winter Limbo

January : Winter Limbo

January: Winter Limbo

Happy New Year to all of you!

We are in January a month of passage , a month of transition.

A safe passage from chaos to order.
But let us go deeper , into history , ancient traditions and rituals.

Janus, the god of beginnings and doors was the one who closed and opened the Gates of Heaven and the calendar, allowing the New Year to begin. For this reason, in order to propitiate the new year, “ianual”, a dish composed of spelt, grated cheese, flour, eggs, oil and honey, was offered to Janus.

January is the month in which we gain strength to continue facing the winter, knowing that perhaps the worst is over. It is something written in our DNA from ancient times, or at least from the stages of our evolution when we began to pay attention to the cyclical nature of astral motion.

Even before almost the entire world conformed to the current New Year, January already brought together the characteristics of a time of passage for anyone who spent time observing the sky.

The cultural significance of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year (December 21 for us), is the clearest evidence of this in the cultures of the northern hemisphere: it was from this time forward that with varying intensity the steady lengthening of the days and the quickening of nature’s rhythms were perceived.

During the festivals of Saturnalia (in which the roles of servants and masters were reversed to ridicule the latter)the fear was cast out that the subterranean deities, who had emerged precisely at the solstice, would never return to their place; or in turn the great Celtic family celebrated with the Yule the moment of transition from one phase to another of a continuous cycle, that of nature.

And of course Christian Christmas as we know it has in turn absorbed its characteristic elements from this Indo-European melting pot of symbols and customs, overlapping with the fall of the Western Empire with the late Roman festival of Sol Invictus (not coincidentally also a celebration of the rebirth of the sun).

After the crucial days of the solstice, the weeks of January were filled with thousands of traditions throughout Europe (and beyond) involving the apotropaic burning of a puppet representing the dying winter season .

From the Giöbia in northern Lombardy and Piedmont to the biikebrånen in Denmark, the regions of Central Europe and the British Isles each have their own bonfire with a very special name with which to greet winter with a sigh of relief.

The fire purifies and reminds us of the warmth of the sun, as if to call it back into us, while the ash that remains makes the soil fertile. In this regard, from the great cauldron of Indo-European spirituality, a female figure took a sharper form in Roman times, who throughout the pagan world-with different names-flied over the fields scattering ashes, surviving in Italy under the name of befana.

Immediately after came the Carmentalia (January 11-15), another very ancient rite with an obvious clear link to the ancestral Mother Goddesses: in its most standardized form there was a celebration of the goddess-nymph Carmenta, protector of childbirth with prophetic abilities. Her nature was also dual, like that of Janus, taking the forms of Postvorta and Antevorta depending on whether she was addressed to the future or the past.

To close this roundup there could only be celebrations dedicated exclusively to harvests: during the Sementivae (January 24, 25 and 26) Tellus and Ceres (deities linked to the earth and fertility) were asked to protect and make the seeds that had been scattered on the fields so far grow strong.

The ancients, after making sure that the sun was “reborn,” took care to protect themselves and prepare to continue the cycle, some with more fear, some with optimism.

Following and remembering the cycles of Nature , its times , its voice allows us to implement more of our inner transformations.


Animated by our spirit we immerse ourselves in our journey experience , learning , transforming and giving new life and light to what is to come.



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Meditating during the Winter Solstice

Meditating during the Winter Solstice

Dear traveling souls ,
on this special day I invite you to find a moment to Meditating during the Winter Solstice

Connecting to Mother Nature, allows you to raise your vibration higher.

Imagine being between heaven and earth and merging with Nature dying and being reborn.
Meditate to create that empty space where light and shadow can meet, recognise and hold each other.

Meditating during the Winter Solstice

Close your eyes and simply imagine the Sun at its lowest declination, a dying Sun that invites you to enter for a moment more into the depths of the Earth, into your inner cave, in touch with your roots and bowels, there where your invisible but essential parts are.


Find back into yourself, contact your purest desires and embrace them, then get ready to hand them over to the child Sun who is about to be reborn and entrust him with all your plans and hopes for renewal.

Let go of what prevents you from shining and concentrate on focusing on your goals, those of your soul not your Ego, those that naturally align with your heart and Destiny.

Stand there, unfiltered and unmediated in the presence of the universal forces and rhythm, and throw up the seeds you have chosen that the new Sun will help grow.
To prepare yourself in the best possible way, start already today to write down your plans and what you want to express in the new historical period ahead. For each new thing also write something to let go and fall without attachment.

Winter Solstice a moment of expansionMeditating during the Winter Solstice

Then bow to the Earth that hosts you and to the Sun that will accompany you in your expansion. Bow to yourself and bless all your riches, gifts, experiences and opportunities, honour all your relationships and bow to the other, to his or her journey, unique and inimitable just like yours.


Vibrate, elevate, welcome the Light and share it.


Sound Drum Healing

Sound Drum Healing

Sound Drum Healing

A mystical journey. An inner listening. A connection with one’s soul that communicates through our unconscious. The rhythm of the drum. The rhythm of your heart. Everything is connected and brings us home. The home of the heart. To explore your unconscious through the vibrations of the drum. To immerse yourself in an atmosphere that brings you deep into connection with your unconscious.


Listen to the steady beat of a drum, 120 to 130 beats per minute, our brain waves move into a theta state.

We enter into a kind of light trance (i.e. our thoughts are consciously interrupted through sound, meditation and visualisation) and we enter a kind of lucid dream.

The drum is an instrument that has been handed down to us by our Ancestors, by those people who lived on earth long before us, before known history could bring us news of their existence.

Our ancestors had a different relationship with things, a truer, more real, more conscious relationship.

More natural.

Before history, before our civilisation, before progress, Man and Woman had a different relationship with nature and in particular with Mother Earth, so much so that they called her the Goddess.

Sound Drum Healing

Drum Vibes : The Effects

With the help of the vibration obtained above all from the percussion and the rhythm of the drum, bring back to our Body , to the memory of our origins and we have the possibility to find again the original contact with the Earth from which we come and from which we receive every day the Vital Energy.

The drum is connected with the element Earth, with our creative centre and therefore with all our potential, which sometimes we do not even know about, or even just lack confidence in.

It is a broadening of one’s sensitivity, but also a letting go, letting it happen, trusting in the creative force of the Universe that expresses itself through the beating of the drum.

The rhythm influences the brainwaves, leading all participants to higher states of consciousness, to the intuition of problem solving, or stimulating the most artistic and creative part of ourselves.

Sometimes abilities emerge where are not known to exist.


It is essential that we rediscover our connection with Mother Earth, and this is made possible through this musical experience which serves to rediscover a sense of our origins.

The drum takes you to places of inner power, places of healing, places of dreaming, places of heart-opening beauty. This vibrational experience allows you to live in the moment, to shift your attention here and now, leaving behind all the thoughts and worries that unnecessarily absorb energy from everyday life.

In the room where the sound massage is performed, stones can be placed, which thanks to their presence and properties contribute to making your experience unique. The drum beats and the earth receives all the things we don’t need, the burdens that slow us down and the obstacles that don’t allow us to achieve our true goals.

The person receiving the massage can concentrate on his or her own breathing, or on the sensations coming from the body caused by the deep vibrations of the drum being played nearby. There should be no expectation or intention, but simply the request to receive what is necessary for the well-being and balance of the person being treated with the sound massage.

The experience is absolutely personal, individual, everyone receives what they need, and it is also related to the current moment, so every experience is different, always.

The effects of a sound treatment with drums can be various, from simple relaxation to deep stimulation of all the cells of our body; but not only that, its sound positively influences the consciousness, giving vitality to one’s creative power, intuition, inspiration, leaving a sense of joy and happiness.

Can be done also in combination with different other instruments, such as the Tibetan Singing Bowls , Gongs etc.

It is recommended when you have to relax , and you don’t you feel you don’t want be touched by others, as in the case of muscle massages, shiatsu treatments or similar. It is much more than a normal physical massage.

It is necessary to repeat the experience a few times in order to fully appreciate its benefits so that our body, but also and above all our mental part, can tune in to this experience which is not part of our ordinary, everyday life.

At the end of the massage we find ourselves regenerated, light, calm, sometimes a little moved, but also energised. The effect can last for several days after the treatment and the sense of well-being can be maintained and enhanced by contact with nature, away from noise, pollution and artificial environments.

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The Roads of Mayan Change

I’ll tell you a story : The Roads of Mayan Change

Maya Cosmo vision

The Roads of Mayan Change



Amidst the symbols and stories of the Maya spiritual vision.

I advise you to read the article with an open mind, without judgement, as if you were being told a story.



In the Maya Cosmo vision, the four cardinal points are considered to be the axes of all imaginal geography, of the metaphysical descriptions of invisible reality. 

Each direction is a road, a portal, that can take us deep into the higher or lower realms.

 According to the Maya spiritual perspective, white were the roads that connected the temples in the past and in the myths it appears together with three other paths:



The white path, Sacbé, the red one ,

the yellow one  and the black one



  • The white path leads the walker to the source, to the invisible, to the formless. 

It was traced by the Nim Chocoj, the great authorities, the ancestors who knotted their senses to the perfect perception of Tulan (the original homeland), for the walkers of the future.

Sac means “white”, like the whiteness of the moon that illuminates the night but does not completely dispel the Mystery, as luminous as the great lime roads that connected the ceremonial centres. 

Sac also means ‘sacred’ and sometimes ‘silence’. The hieroglyph that encapsulates these three concepts gives us an insight into the forma mentis of the Maya and the inseparability between the search for the sacred in the darkness of interiority and the practice of silence.

The myth informs us in this regard: the prodigious twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, before descending to Xibalbà and resurrecting their father killed by a plot, performed several feats including defeating Wuqub’ Qagix and his sons Zipacnà and Kabracan. Wuqub’Qaqix (whose name means seven parrots) climbed up the trunk of the tree, saying:

“I am the shining one, the sun, my teeth sparkle, my nose is the glow of the sun and the moon!”.

Every day Wuqub Qaqix continued to devour the fruit of the tree, rendering it sterile. Then came the twins, sent from the Heart of Heaven, and they struck Wuqub’ Qaqix in the jaw with a blowpipe dart, making him plummet to the ground, rendering him mute. 

Unconvinced of their victory, the two went to check if the enemy had really been knocked down, and he quickly tore off Hunahpu’s arm and fled.

Only later did the twins succeed in recovering the lost limb, thanks to the intervention of the Abuelos.

Especially Ixmucané, the Ancient Mother, who tricked Wuqub’ Qaqix and pretending to fix his jaw actually condemned him to death, depriving him of his teeth for food.

Beyond the cruelty typical of all myths and fables, this tale is about Sacbé, about silencing the parasitic mind and relying on the wisdom of the Abuelas and Abuelos – here a metaphor for nature.

Otherwise, our inner Wuqub’ Qaqix will climb the tree of our spine and devour everything that allows us to flourish as complete human beings. Hun Winaq.

“Only when we can look with different eyes will we have the courage to create the new world, the one we want in our hearts.”


  • The red road is the path of the sun being born, of consciousness spreading its wings and taking flight in perception; 

A journey that represents looking at reality with new eyes, becoming sunshine inside and out, bursting with energy, learning to perceive the world differently.


  • The yellow road is the path that leads to the beauty and abundance of the natural world and through the difficulties of life,

Walking through the process of growth, learning to observe, to move, to stand still at the right moment, tuning in to the Great Mother.

Learning to know how to navigate through life’s difficulties, with your own tools allowing you to get back on your ‘boat of balance’ even after a fall overboard.


Connect to the unknown territories of the lower world, to the powers that ‘transform everything

into memory’:



  • The black path, that of the west, connects to the unknown territories of the lower world, to the powers that “transform everything

into memory”. leads to the descent into the “dark realms of Xibalbà”, the “occult place” (or the place of terror), the world below the shamanic vision.

In all shamanic cultures, Xibalbà, equivalent to the Andean Uju-pacha or the Kheru Ergu Buga of the Evenki or even the classical Hades, is described as a realm of dense energies, inhabited by memories, lost souls and often animal spirits. 


While for some Cosmo visions the density of the world below is ‘magmatic’, connected to the powerful and invisible movements of the unconscious. The Cosmo vision Maya describes it as a dangerous place, a dark abyss, inhabited by spirits seemingly hostile to life and monsters of all kinds.

In the mythical poem in which the Hunahpue twins descend into the realm of the Lords of Death to redeem the head of their father, Hunhunahpu, who had previously been killed by the latter.

The tale tells that the twins had to face several trials before reaching Xibalbà, such as crossing rivers that were toxic, infected, or even made of scorpions. 

After the rivers, they risked getting lost at a crossroads set up to confuse passers-by, and finally managed to be welcomed by the local lords Hun Keme, Wuqub’ Keme and their court.

Xibalbà is presented as a vast land, in which there are even cities, obviously full of pitfalls and traps designed to kill, and where there are several houses of torment (these, perhaps, connected to the motions of Venus) similar to the various ‘levels’ of the Aztec Underworld.

The myth refers to the spiritual journey of the initiate, but also to the healing process.

In fact, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, at the end of an adventure dense with symbols, manage, by surrendering, to subdue the powers of Death, resurrecting after being killed, bringing their father back to life and ascending to the celestial world, where they are transformed into the sun and the moon.

This path leads to the depths, where everything seems unknown, but where they also reside: powerful memories , talents, emotions & events to be transformed , to create something new , that is in line with the light of the soul.


Through the power of the image, which expresses itself as a symptom, l..]The natural man, who identifies himself with harmonic development, the spiritual man, who identifies himself with transcendent perfection, and the normal man, who identifies himself with practical and social adaptation, deformed, are transformed into the psychological man, who identifies himself with the soul.

– James Hillman


The Cosmo vision is part of the imaginal world of the ancient Maya culture, which is still present in today’s shamanic traditions, especially within the Quiché lineages.

Modern curanderos have actually gone further in their observation of disease development. Within Maya communities as well as within communities of other ethnicities (such as the Huicholes of Mexico), a new category of disease has been added, namely Western diseases. 

According to some traditional healers, even ‘white man’s diseases‘ have been affected by the separation from nature that characterises our society, and even they have become corrupted, transforming themselves into ‘white men’s diseases’. They have become corrupted, turning into dangerous spirits that do not talk to shamans and do not find their place in the natural order as they did in the past.

If something resonates in you, in the words, in the meaning, ask yourself if you have ever thought of embarking on a path of inner growth, connect deeply to the Nature, heal this relationship with your TRUE NATURE.

A little push towards the depths to your soul.

Whatever is your Journey I hope you enjoyed the article.

The intent of the article was to share small pearls of knowledge of ancient shamanic cultures with which I came into contact ‘by chance’, when I start my Journey of Grow, 10 years ago.

Mat the article will leave you a sense of curiosity and interest in different worlds and cultures, discovering how much we have in common, and how there is no separation but only integration with all of us and with Nature. We are all one.

August : A month dedicated to the maternal archetype

The origins of August:

“behind an emperor there is also a mother who keeps watch”

August takes its name from the first Roman emperor: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian Augustus, better known as Octavian or Augustus, who died on 19 August 14 BC. It was after a decision by the Roman Senate that the month changed its name from the sextilis of the Romulus calendar to the August we know today.

According to history, the month originally had 30 days, but the Senate decided to remove a day from February to give the month dedicated to Augustus 31 days so that it would not be inferior to July, the month dedicated to Julio Caesar, Augustus’ great-uncle on his mother’s side, who made Augustus his legitimate heir without mentioning it in his lifetime.


As mentioned above, August is named after Augustus, but few people know that behind the name of this emperor, who was known in the empire for the climate of peace he managed to bring thanks to his many interventions, lies Atargatis, the Great Syrian Mother, known as ‘The Augusta’ or Deasura.

She was depicted as the goddess of fertility, often naked or with a fish tail, seated on a throne between two lions or sphinxes or riding a lion, a sign of the constellation in which the sun stays during the month of August.



The most important feast in Roman times during the month of August, and perhaps of the year, was the Templum Dianae, which took place on 13 August and saw all social classes, including slaves, making offerings to the goddess Diana who was ‘the mother of all’.

She was the patron saint of cultivated fields and wild herbs, worshipped as the goddess of health for the herbs and springs that cured the ailments of the common people who worked in the fields. She was thus celebrated as a mother who cared for her children, down to the humblest and poorest, giving them the necessary remedies in the nature that surrounded them.
The celebration of the goddess was so heartfelt that the Church was unable to eradicate it and made it a Christian festival linked to the “mother of all” of her cult: the Virgin Mary, celebrated on 15 August.


Magna Mater, or Mother Earth who nourishes and brings healing

It matters little whether the goddess is Syrian, Roman or Catholic because the archetype or Numen always refers to the same force and the message always remains:

“Honour the mother who nourishes, heals and brings wellbeing

and reap the rewards she generously gives you”.


Even though it is the month dominated by the Sun, the goddesses celebrated in antiquity were often linked to water, as a reminder that well-being, health and abundance are achieved through the union of opposites, the balance between them: water and fire are in fact two elements linked to transformation and healing.



take care of your body and honour it, take advantage of this moment to make peace with it and give it all the attention it deserves, thank it for everything it allows you to do every day and in this life by feeding it with good and genuine things.

Enter that temple that you all too often forget about, the inner temple where the answers you have always sought are born from the balance of inner energies, rediscovering your sacredness and rediscovering your most precious asset: life.



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Extra Virgin OLIVE OIL

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the most important condiments in Mediterranean cuisine. It has so many benefits that it is difficult to make a complete list. It is considered to be the best of all fats, as its production process totally excludes chemical processes and the use of industrial means.

Here are the main benefits of extra virgin olive oil:

1. Prevents cardiovascular disease
One of the main beneficial effects of extra virgin olive oil is its high content of monounsaturated fats (over 70%), which are useful in preventing cardiovascular disease. It is also low in saturated fats, which can increase these risks, as well as being directly linked to increased levels of cholesterol in the blood.

2. It has antioxidant properties
Another very important property of extra virgin olive oil is its polyphenols, natural antioxidants that help protect cell membranes and prevent cancer. Each olive oil contains a different amount of the latter, depending on the quality of the product.

3. Fights diabetes
Among its many benefits, extra virgin olive oil contributes to the production of insulin thanks to its fatty acids. According to a study by the Sapienza University of Rome, the main component in reducing glucose levels after a meal is oleuropein.

4. Helps lower blood pressure
Another fundamental property, also given by polyphenols, is its ability to reduce blood pressure. According to a Spanish study, in addition to controlling blood pressure, the oil also has anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Helps prevent wrinkles and moisturises the skin
The fifth benefit of oil is that it makes the skin stronger, more nourished and moisturised when used in the form of a mask, together with honey, or as a compress (in the latter case, it can also be used on the hair to make it brighter and healthier).
So those are the 5 main benefits of extra virgin olive oil. And they are not all!
Only the best olive oils allow you to enjoy them to the full.

Extra virgin olive oil is a precious foodstuff that has been called “yellow gold” since ancient times.

Find out which is the best olive oil, the benefits it brings and how to use it correctly in cooking.

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Contraindications and side effects

Extra virgin olive oil is the typical condiment fat of the Mediterranean diet and its use is a true culture.

Used since ancient times by the people of the Mediterranean, it is now appreciated everywhere and exported as a product of excellence all over the world, since it is recognised as having extraordinary properties.
Olive oil is obtained by pressing olives, the fruit of the olive tree, a plant that is typical of the Mediterranean region and presumed to have originated in Asia Minor.

This ancient plant has its roots in Greek mythology and has always been a symbol of prosperity and peace.

Olive oil: characteristics and types

When talking about olive oil it is necessary to distinguish between various types. There is a well-defined classification that allows us to distinguish between extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, lampante olive oil and olive-pomace oil.

Let’s take a closer look at what this means.

Olive oil is obtained by pressing olives and this pressing can take place in different ways: this determines the final result and therefore the distinction between the various types.

Extra virgin, virgin and lampante olive oil are obtained by mechanical pressing of the olives, while olive-pomace oil is an oil that has undergone refining as it is obtained using chemical processes.

The pressing process is crucial because it determines an important parameter, which is the acidity of the oil.
The acidity of an oil represents the amount of free fatty acids present in the oil.
Oil is in fact composed of triglycerides, molecules made up of three fatty acids combined with a glycerol molecule.
In the presence of an oxidising environment this bond breaks down, releasing the fatty acids and causing the oil to degrade.
It follows that the lower the acidity, the higher the quality of the oil.
The acidity of an oil corresponds to the percentage by weight of free oleic acid, which is the main fatty acid in olive oil, in relation to the total weight of the oil, and can be indicated either as a percentage or in degrees of acidity.

In particular, olive oil is classified as: Extra virgin olive oil:

extra virgin olive oil, to be defined as such, must have an acidity of less than 0.8%;
Virgin olive oil: virgin oil has an acidity of less than or equal to 2%;
Lampante olive oil: oils with an acidity of more than 2%, obtained by mechanical pressing, are lampante oils.

Lampante olive oil: oils with an acidity of over 2%, obtained by mechanical pressing, are lampante oils. These oils are all obtained by mechanical pressing of the olives; those obtained by refining with the use of solvents lose most of their nutritional and organoleptic characteristics: we are talking in this case about olive pomace oil.

The acidity of an oil should not, however, be confused with the slightly “spicy” taste that can be detected on tasting, since acidity is a chemical parameter that cannot be perceived, but only measured in the laboratory.
That spicy taste is due to the presence of polyphenols in the oil, and is usually a positive sign regarding its quality.
In contrast, refined oils, which have undergone industrial rectification processes in order to be organoleptically acceptable, are often odourless and tasteless.

In order to obtain HIGH QUALITY oil with a low level of acidity, it is necessary first of all to extract it from olives grown in suitable conditions and on suitable soils, to harvest them in the right way and at the right stage of ripeness and to mill them within a very short time of harvesting.

Equally important are the pressing and preservation processes.
This is why extra virgin olive oil is generally quite expensive.
The best olive oil in terms of its nutritional profile is extra virgin.

Extra virgin olive oil: calories and nutritional values Being a fat, extra virgin olive oil is by nature very high in calories, providing around 900 kcal per 100 grams.
However, the fats from which it is composed are mostly unsaturated fatty acids, the main representative being oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid which accounts for 70-80%, followed by linolenic acid, a di-unsaturated acid, for about 10%.

Saturated fats account for only about 14.5%, in the form of palmitic and stearic acid.
It also contains a good amount of vitamin A and especially vitamin E, two vitamins with antioxidant properties, as well as phenolic compounds. All the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil derive from this particular composition.

Nutritional values of olive oil in detail Nutritional values per 100g of olive oil: Kcal 899 Carbohydrates 0 g Fats 99.9 g Protein 0 g Fibre 0 g Water 0 g Iron 0.2 mg Copper 0.01 mg Sodium traces Potassium traces Magnesium traces Zinc traces Vitamin E 21.42 mg Retinol equivalent 36 mg Beta carotene equivalent 216 mg (source bda-ieo)

Extra virgin olive oil:
The health benefits Extra virgin olive oil is, among the foods that make up the Mediterranean diet, the one that occupies the leading role.

Although it is a fat, it has extraordinary properties from a nutritional point of view.

The particular lipid composition of olive oil, together with the presence of antioxidant compounds, gives it an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, since it is able to act on different risk factors.
It can lower blood pressure, modulate insulin secretion, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, and influence blood clotting.

Extra virgin olive oil has a recognised role in preventing neurodegenerative diseases and has beneficial effects on the intestine.

In short, a concentrate of virtues!

Let’s take a closer look at the properties of extra virgin olive oil.

Prevents diabetes
Extra virgin olive oil is able to regulate blood sugar levels by controlling the secretion of insulin by the pancreas, but also by regulating the sensitivity of cells to the action of insulin itself [1]. In this way, olive oil is of fundamental importance in preventing diabetes.

Fights hypertension
Numerous scientific studies show that extra virgin olive oil can play a key role not only in preventing hypertension, but also in reducing blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Phenolic compounds are thought to be responsible for this effect. [2]

Counteracts the onset of neurodegenerative diseases
Once again, it is the polyphenols in olive oil that are responsible for its beneficial effect on the brain. A diet based on the consumption of olive oil as a condiment helps to lower the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. [3]

Improves lipid profile
The metabolic syndrome, characterised by a combination of disorders such as hypertension, insulin resistance, overweight and an altered lipid profile, is a condition that exposes people to a high risk of developing serious cardiovascular diseases. Scientific studies have shown that in addition to acting on the factors listed above, olive oil, thanks to its composition in fatty acids, can also improve lipid balance, eliminating one of the important risk factors that characterise the metabolic syndrome. [4]

Helps against high cholesterol

Olive oil is very rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. 100 grams of olive oil contain more than twice as many as sunflower oil.
Due to its fatty acid composition, it is one of the most suitable seasonings for people suffering from high cholesterol. Extra virgin olive oil helps to keep LDL (bad) cholesterol levels under control, without adversely affecting the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol.

Beneficial effects on the intestine
Not only does extra virgin olive oil have emollient and soothing effects on the gastrointestinal tract due to the natural action of oleic acid, but the polyphenols it contains give it anti-inflammatory properties, especially in the case of disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. These polyphenols are said to act on the molecules of oxidative reactions and inflammatory cytokines, thus exerting antioxidant effects [5].
In addition, olive oil has a mild laxative effect. To use it for this purpose, one or two tablespoons can be drunk in the morning on an empty stomach.

Antioxidant, prevents ageing
The role of extra virgin olive oil in modulating cellular ageing processes is well known, due to its content of monounsaturated fatty acids and various bioactive compounds, including polyphenols, which have an antioxidant effect. It seems that these molecules can act directly on inflammatory reactions by selectively blocking certain molecules involved in the inflammatory response, which is often responsible for cellular ageing, the cause of many inflammatory and other diseases. [6]

Protects the immune system

As well as having a fat content that makes it excellent for the prevention of many diseases, extra virgin olive oil is also rich in polyphenols and antioxidant agents, which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It has been shown that, in addition to preventing cardiovascular disease, olive oil also has a protective role in the immune system and therefore in the prevention of many autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus erythematosus, as well as inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and irritable bowel syndrome. [7]

Helps bones

The polyphenols contained in extra virgin olive oil, such as ferulic acid, caffeic acid and coumaric acid, are able to stimulate the proliferation of osteoblasts, the cells that build the matrix of bone tissue, thus counteracting the phenomena of osteoporosis and in general the phenomena of ageing and bone degeneration. [8]

Good for children

Olive oil is an essential food in children’s diets and should be introduced in the early stages of weaning, i.e. around 6 months. Extra virgin olive oil contributes to bone formation, the myelination process in the brain and growth, and is also a good immune booster. How to use olive oil in cooking The best way to use olive oil in our dishes to get the maximum benefit from its composition is raw, so that it retains all its vitamins and antioxidants. It would therefore be preferable to cook food in simple ways and then season it with oil. Even if we have to choose a cooking oil for food, olive oil is definitely the best, as it has a rather high smoke point. We often ask ourselves whether olive oil can be used for frying. When oils are subjected to high temperatures they release potentially toxic compounds. Each oil has its own temperature, known as its smoke point, at which oxidation and chemical reactions begin to take place, releasing harmful compounds. For extra virgin olive oil, the smoke point is quite high due to the fact that it contains many monounsaturated fats, which are more stable. In addition, the antioxidant agents in which it is rich make it more resistant to these processes. This is why olive oil is excellent for frying and is preferable to other vegetable oils. For extra virgin olive oil to retain all its nutritional and organoleptic properties, it must be stored properly, i.e. in the dark, in dark glass containers if possible, and away from heat in dry places. High temperatures can inactivate the vitamins it contains. At temperatures below 12 degrees, the oil may solidify. Containers that are used must also be closed carefully after each use to minimise contact with oxygen in the air, which is always a source of oxidation and therefore possible rancidity of the oil. If you buy many litres of tins, it would be better to divide the oil into as many bottles as there are litres to reduce contact with air and avoid keeping the oil in half-empty tins. Finally, it is advisable to consume it within 12 to 18 months of the date of production.

Olive oil in cosmetics

Olive oil is widely used in the production of cosmetic products such as detergents, creams and in general body and hair care products. These products make use of the moisturising, emollient, soothing and elasticising properties of olive oil, which can soothe skin irritations and give strength and vigour to the hair and scalp.
While cosmetic companies make use of olive oil, we should not forget that it can also be used as it is, to create wonderful beauty products at home: we can use it directly on the skin for an elasticising and nourishing effect, even during pregnancy, for example, or as a moisturiser for the hands and nails. Used in a hair pack before shampooing, it will give your hair shine and vigour.

For an anti-wrinkle effect, a cotton ball soaked in a few drops of oil can be passed over the face and eye area. On the other hand, it will not only have a soothing effect but also a protective one if we use it on our skin after exposure to the sun, since its antioxidant properties protect against possible damage from exposure to UV rays. [9]

Contraindications of olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil has no contraindications and can be used by everyone. Let’s not forget that it is also the best oil to use during weaning for our children. There is only one drawback, which is intrinsic to its nature, i.e. the fact that it is composed exclusively of fats: as we have seen, it is very high in calories, so it should be used carefully, respecting the recommended quantities, which for a healthy adult correspond to about 30 grams per day, or about 3 tablespoons. However, the recommended 30 grams refers to its exclusive use, not in combination with other fatty condiments and always as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Those who are overweight should therefore stick to the quantities specified by their nutritionist or not exceed the recommended dose.

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WINE : Properties and Benefits

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes that is rich in polyphenols and, if drunk in moderation, is useful against cardiovascular disorders, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and dementia.

Let’s find out more.

Properties and benefits of wine

Wine is obtained from the alcoholic fermentation of grape must and contains various substances, some of which have pharmacological effects that are known or being studied.
Wine is mainly composed of water, which is present in a percentage of about 90%. Then there is the alcohol, which can vary from 4 to 15%.

Among the beneficial components of wine are polyphenols; clinical studies on these substances have associated them with a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and of developing tumours or neurovegetative disorders.

The benefits of polyphenols are attributed to their ability to combat oxidative stress, which is at the root of the aforementioned diseases.

According to studies already carried out or in progress, wine has a positive effect on metabolic syndrome, diabetes, dementia and cancer.
It also has a beneficial effect on bones, joints and the gallbladder.
Despite the beneficial effects attributed to wine, its consumption should not be exaggerated; its alcohol content should not be forgotten.

Wine, allied to
Heart, vessels, bones, gallbladder.

The link between wine, exercise and heart health.

Interesting facts about wine

* The name wine, according to one of the most popular theories, comes from the Sanskrit word vena, meaning to love.
* The Latin Venus (Venus) is also derived from the same term.
* Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominum, we read in the Old Testament.
* Hippocrates said: ‘Wine is extraordinarily appropriate for man if, in health as well as in sickness, it is administered judiciously and in the right measure, according to each person’s constitution’. Wine has been considered the health drink par excellence for hundreds of years.
* It has also been used as a disinfectant, anaesthetic, tonic and diuretic. Today, wine is at the centre of much scientific debate and is widely studied in medicine; however, many aspects remain to be investigated and the diatribes between supporters and detractors are more open than ever.
* Are you familiar with the French paradox? This terminology was coined after a scientific study showed that in France the incidence of cardiovascular disease is lower than in other populations with similar eating habits, i.e. those consuming a high amount of saturated fats.

This lower incidence was explained by the presence of wine in the French diet.

For a wine dessert

Peaches in red wine, an old recipe, but always current.

You need only 4 peaches (4 percoche are also fine),
one tablespoon of sugar
three glasses of red wine,
a cinnamon stick.

Boil the wine with the sugar and cinnamon, add the peaches, peeled and cut in half, and let them cool first at room temperature and then in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.
Serve at the end of the meal instead of dessert.

Drink yes, but well

We often talk about the benefits of wine, but before going into the subject, it is important to make a premise: wine is an alcoholic beverage and, as such, should be consumed in moderate quantities.

The reasonable upper limit is two glasses a day for men and one glass a day for women, preferably during main meals and never on an empty stomach.

The difference between the recommended consumption in men and women depends on the different biological characteristics of the female organism, which can eliminate about half as much alcohol as men.

They should not drink alcohol (and therefore not wine either):
* people who are about to drive a vehicle;
* anyone taking drugs that can interact with alcohol, e.g. antiepileptics and psychotropic drugs;
* pregnant women;
* children under the age of 16. Why 16 years? Before that age, the enzymes capable of assimilating alcohol are completely absent. These enzymes reach full maturity around the age of 21.

The benefits of wine on the heart and brain

That said, according to the extensive scientific literature, wine is good for the body and especially for the health of the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems. It also seems to have the power to prolong life; several epidemiological studies have shown that moderate wine drinkers live longer than teetotalers and heavy drinkers.
Numerous clinical and epidemiological studies have emphasised the protective effect of wine on the heart and blood vessels.

Polyphenols, particularly resveratrol, are responsible for these benefits. However, not all wine is the same; antioxidants are present mainly in aged reds, much less so in young wines and whites.

The components of wine act at various levels:
* they have an antioxidant and anti-ageing effect;
* they have a positive effect on cholesterol, triglycerides and basal glycaemia;
* inducing an increase in tissue sensitivity to the action of insulin;
* have a fibrinolytic and antithrombotic action.
A protective role of wine has also been suggested for Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative diseases of the nervous system. Again, this is due to antioxidants, particularly resveratrol.


The benefits of wine on other organs

But the benefits of wine do not end there.
Moderate intake of wine seems to have a beneficial effect on bones, counteracting osteoporosis in both men and women. Some studies have suggested that white wine has a positive effect on preventing rheumatic diseases; this benefit is said to be due to two substances – tyrosol and caffeic acid – which counteract inflammation.
The benefits of red wine have also been suggested for gallstones and certain types of cancer. We will have to wait for further studies to confirm this.

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Wine-based cosmetics

Why does wine have beneficial properties for the skin and how can we use the benefits of wine in DIY cosmetics?

Here is the answer and cosmetic recipes based on red wine

Have you ever heard of wine therapy?

In many beauty farms, beauty experts offer treatments based on wine and must with the aim of combating skin ageing and promoting microcirculation, as well as detoxifying the body, helping weight loss and reducing stress levels.

Let’s take a look at 1 cosmetic recipe and then explore its properties for the skin.

Wine scrub for light legs
With this scrub, the skin of your legs will appear smooth and soft and you will be able to combat problems related to poor circulation, such as orange peel skin, swelling of the lower limbs and the appearance of capillaries.

> Two tablespoons of raw cane sugar.
> one tablespoon of coarse salt
> three tablespoons of grape-seed oil
> one tablespoon of Cabernet or Merlot
> five drops of cedar essential oil
> two drops of cypress essential oil
Transfer the salt into a wide-mouthed container.
Add the oil in which you have previously dispersed the drops of essential oil.
Add the wine and mix well. Use the scrub immediately in the shower on wet skin. Massage the scrub in circular motions, starting at the ankles and working your way up to the buttocks. Repeat the scrub once a week.

The benefits of vines for the skin
For some time now, beauty farms have been offering cosmetic treatments based on red wine, including baths, scrubs and masks based on wine, must and grapes to combat skin ageing, eliminate dead cells and stimulate blood circulation.

The use of wine for beauty may seem unusual, but the benefits of vines for the skin have long been known and both grapes and vine leaves are used in cosmetics.

Grapes, the fruit of Vitis vinifera, are rich in sugars, minerals, vitamins A and C and B vitamins.

The red grape, dried and powdered, is used as a natural colouring agent in cosmetics, giving them antioxidant properties.

Grape seeds are used to extract grape seed oil, which is rich in linoleic acid, oleic acid and vitamin E.

Grapeseed oil is an emollient and regenerating oil with antioxidant properties, useful for treating mature skin, regulating sebum production in oily and combination skin and nourishing dry, thin hair.
Vine leaves also have beauty properties: the extract obtained from red vine leaves contains tannins, anthocyanins, flavonoids, resveratrol and vitamin C and has a powerful action on venous circulation, as well as antioxidant properties.
Wine has cosmetic properties similar to those attributed to the other parts of the plant: wine therefore has an anti-ageing effect, benefits circulation and has a cell renewal effect on the epidermis.

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The extraordinary properties of TOMATOES

Tomatoes, the simple fruit with a thousand beneficial properties.

Rich in antioxidants, it helps cardiovascular health, the waistline, eyesight and is counted among the foods that are potentially anti-cancer.

Tomatoes are one of the most typical foods of the Mediterranean diet.

Raw or cooked, used in a thousand recipes, they are almost never missing from our tables.

Summer is the best time to enjoy them raw, while during the colder months we can take advantage of the benefits of tomato preserves.

Cooking brings out some of the beneficial properties of tomatoes.
Tomatoes, thanks to their qualities, bring numerous benefits to the body. To paraphrase an old proverb, we could say that ‘a tomato a day keeps the doctor away’.

Botanically speaking, tomatoes are a fruit in the truest sense of the word and are considered one of the symbolic vegetables of the summer season, when they reach full maturity. The summer months are a great time to get the family together and try your hand at making homemade tomato sauce so that you’ll have some in your pantry for the rest of the year. Find out about the benefits and calories of tomatoes.

Tomatoes can also be dried and preserved in oil. That’s why it would be a good idea to consume more of them (unless you have an allergy to them and also watch out for a nickel allergy in some cases).

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The benefits of tomatoes:

Tomato calories
Tomatoes are a fruit rich in water, vitamins and minerals, but low in calories. Even those on a calorie-restricted diet can usually eat tomatoes without any problems, as 100 grams of fresh tomatoes provide only 18 calories. We take advantage of fresh tomatoes when they are in season to enrich our diet with these precious vegetables.

Benefits for the heart
Consumption of tomatoes is linked to a 29% reduced risk of heart disease. Tomatoes, provided they are organically grown, are considered to be a natural medicine for the prevention of heart disease and more.

Vitamin C content
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, an element considered essential for the proper functioning of our immune system, which the body should therefore take on a daily basis in order to protect itself from disease. The WHO states that the daily intake of vitamin C should be 45 mg. 100 g of ripe tomatoes contain 25 mg, while 100 g of tomato paste contains 43 mg. (Source)

Lycopene content
Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is considered a highly protective food for our bodies against degenerative diseases linked to the ageing process. Lycopene protects us from genetic damage and the resulting diseases. The lycopene content of tomatoes is 11 mg/100 g in the flesh and 54 mg/100 g in the skin. (Source )

Anti-cancer properties
The key nutrients contained in tomatoes, including the aforementioned lycopene, give them proven cancer-preventive properties, particularly for colon and prostate cancers.

Slimming properties
The consumption of tomatoes can be considered suitable for all those who need to undertake a slimming diet. They are said to help the body lose weight. This is because tomatoes are said to stimulate the production of the amino acid carnitine, which is used by the body to convert lipids into energy.

Prevention of osteoporosis
According to some experts, a lack of lycopene during the menopause can lead to osteoporosis. It is therefore advisable to consume foods rich in lycopene at any age as a preventive measure (unless individual contraindications apply). In addition to tomatoes, lycopene is contained in foods such as watermelons, persimmons and grapefruits.

Controlling cholesterol
Tomatoes are considered to be a food that helps the body keep cholesterol levels in the blood under control. Consumption of tomatoes is therefore considered suitable for those who have this need. Other foods that can help lower cholesterol are oats and spinach.


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Sight protection
Tomatoes are good for the eyes and eyesight, which they are able to protect due to their beta-carotene and lutein content, which can repair them from degenerative diseases. Broccoli, aubergines, pumpkins and courgettes are other foods that are particularly recommended for protecting the eyes and vision.

Digestive properties
Tomatoes are able to promote good bowel function due to their content of plant fibres, such as hemicellulose and cellulose, which are particularly present in its skin. This is why the consumption of tomatoes is often recommended for those who suffer from constipation and a sluggish bowel.

Diuretic properties
Because of its high water content, tomatoes can stimulate diuresis, especially when eaten fresh and raw, without the addition of salt. Other typical summer foods that can help purify the body by eliminating excess fluids are watermelons, melons and cucumbers.

Contraindications of tomatoes
Like all foods, however, tomatoes have some drawbacks.
They are rich in solanine, a substance which, if consumed in large quantities, is harmful to the body. It should be noted, however, that the solanine content is inversely proportional to the degree of ripeness. Naturally ripened tomatoes in season contain less solanine than tomatoes out of season.
Tomatoes are also rich in histamine, a substance that can cause allergic or pseudo-allergic reactions, even severe ones, in predisposed individuals.
Tomatoes can cause heartburn and are contraindicated in cases of gastric irritation, gastroesophageal reflux and other disorders of the gastrointestinal system where the intake of acidic foods is not recommended.


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