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If you are taking Omeprazol or another proton pump inhibitor
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You are taking ...? Cristina Sales

Omeprazol, as all proton pump inhibitors, is prescribed to treat gastric ulcer, gastritis, esophagitis and gastro-aesophagical reflux. The long-term prescription is linked with B12 vitamin and magnesium deficiency and can trigger intestinal flora impairment and colitis.

If you are taking these drugs, take B12 vitamin and magnesium supplementation and keep an eye on your bowl wellness.

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In this fortnight: Cristina Sales
Previous fortnight: Gluten & Gluten free
Gluten-free bread with xanthan gum
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Good appetite

Making gluten-free bread can be a challenge, but if you follow a recipe that others have tried and that you know works, everything becomes simpler!

This fortnight we will make two suggestions. Today’s is a gluten-free bread that uses xanthan gum, which can be a precious helper to achieve the desired consistency. Rice flour and tapioca flour are very popular in recipes without gluten and are used in our suggestion.

Try it and Good appetite!

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Xanthan gum: what it is and what it is used for?
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Health secrets of foods Helena Santos

Making bread or other gluten-free products may not be easy, especially at the beginning when you have only practiced a few times. But it is a task within your reach!

We should use flour mixtures that mimic the characteristics of flours with gluten and xanthan gum is an aid that may prove valuable. Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide which arises from bacterial fermentation of corn and which confers elasticity and "fluffiness" to the gluten-free bread.

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Gluteomorphines – when the digestion of gluten is incomplete
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Health secrets of foods Daniela Seabra

When we eat a certain food, we assume that we are able to digest it completely, and that we are going to absorb and use all the nutrients it contains, but do you ever wondered what happens if it we are not able to properly digest the food you eat?

When we are not able to properly digest gluten, a king of opioid peptides called Gluteomorphines can be produced. Today we are going to explain how they are formed, and what they do.

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Intestinal mucosa: the enemies that can make the danger peek
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Healthy me Cristina Sales

The intestinal mucosa is the largest surface of contact, interaction and protection between us and the outside world. The selective absorption of nutrients depends on the maintenance of its structure and its balanced operation.
The loss of this selection ability allows the entry of foreign substances into our organism that may lead to inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders and cognitive disturbances.

Reactivity to foods, food additives, intestinal flora imbalance, drugs and natural substances may be responsible!


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Gluten and gluten-free books
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Read and Write Nuno Seabra Lopes

Bread has always been an object of rebellion. From Christ, the divisor of the loaves of bread, to Queen Isabel of the rose’s bread, we could not stop, in a theme that targets gluten,to talk about books with lots of gluten. So we don’t feel to bad, we join another book. This one is gluten free and delightful.

Dough and Gluten-Free Baking are two books you can not help to enjoy.

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Intolerance, allergy and food sensitivity: Understand the differences
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Labs Cristina Sales

The personal reactions to foods can be the cause of many types of clinical symptoms and have various designations, which has generated some confusion.
Food intolerance is the inability to digest food by the lack of specific digestive enzymes.
The allergy and food sensitivity are immune reactions mediated by the immune system, which are immediate or delayed responses, respectively. They are involved in the origin of chronic disease.

In this sense, it is important to know well the differences between intolerance, allergy and food sensitivity.

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Gluten: the hidden cause for so many diseases!
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Another look Cristina Sales

Intolerance to gluten is the known cause for celiac disease.
Science is currently showing that gluten sensitivity or reactivity might be the cause for irritative bowl syndrome, fatigue, anxiety, depression, psychiatric diseases, allergies, dermatitis, arthritis and several autoimmune diseases.

For 10% of the population, health can be found in a gluten free pathway.

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Fortnight started in 11 February 2013: Love & Passion
Aphrodisiac foods – myth or reality?
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Healthy eating Daniela Seabra

Much has been said and written about aphrodisiac foods, but what to they do?
Do they really work? What is most aphrodisiac? Everything that involves an aphrodisiac meal, or the foods themselves? And what do these foods do? Increase desire? Optimize sex and fertility?

Today, we explore some of the foods considered to be aphrodisiac.


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Watch and Listen

The Notebook is an excellent film production about love and romance, a movie that gives us a story about true love in its purest sense and how much people are willing to give of themselves, to gain and maintain that feeling throughout life.

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Pablo Picasso: the love in his work
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Never stop learning

Pablo Picasso is one of the world's most famous artists and his art was often inspired by love and passion.

With an always bohemian life, the presence of women was constant. There are 8 known love stories, although they are probably many more. Only two were his wives, many were abandoned by him, but all of them were his inspiring muses. This was reflected in his art throughout the years and it is possible to identify each period when he was with each love.

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Bioconstruction, love by nature
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Eco Catarina Pinto

Bioconstruction uses natural materials such as straw, earth, wood, cork, among others. It favours the development of humanity as it promotes harmony, health and sustainability. It creates comfortable spaces that respect and connect us to nature. It manages resources, establishes a favourable relationship with the place, uses environmentally friendly materials and spaces where we truly feel good!

It is a form of construction that intervenes in the natural environment with sensitivity and love.

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