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How to increase serotonin levels by using 5-HTP
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Orthomolecular Nutrition Daniela Seabra

5-HTP is a dietary supplement that is sold over the counter, available in different pharmacies and health food stores.

It is used to increase our levels of serotonin, the feel – good neurotransmitter.

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In this fortnight: Happiness & Health
Previous fortnight: Preventing & Treating
What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's disease
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Never stop learning Daniela Seabra

Alzheimer's disease affects millions of people around the world, and the numbers will increase in the coming years. But did you know that about half of the cases of this disease can be prevented by improving certain risk factors?

Let us find how.

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Shopping list for stronger bones
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Shopping list Helena Santos

The prevention of osteoporosis goes far beyond an adequate intake of calcium. Exercise, levels of vitamin D and various minerals are also essential.

See our shopping list for the prevention of osteoporosis and start helping your bone health today!

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Fortnight started in 7 October 2013: Studying & Learning 2
The artificial food dyes that alter your child´s brain
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Healthy eating Daniela Seabra
Artificial food dyes are part of the eating habits of many children (and sometimes on a daily basis). Some of them are associated with different side effects and have been banned from different countries. One of the damaging effects described is the induction of hyperactivity.

Come and learn more about the effect of some these food dyes on the brain.

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The 3 best snacks to eat at school
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Healthy eating Helena Santos

Snacks during school time are a concern for all parents. Some snacks are provided by the schools, but in most cases parents are the ones who put in their son/daughter’s backpack what they will eat during the day.

See our suggestions for the best snacks. Accustom your child to eating at home the food you want them to eat at school.

Whole bread, fruits, nuts and seeds, vegetable drinks, yogurts are foods that allow nutritious, natural and different snacks every day.

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The effect of pesticides in the brain
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Healthy eating Daniela Seabra
Several studies have shown the association between certain pesticides and the intellectual development of children and adults.

Diseases such as Parkinson's, several dementias, or diseases like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism have been increasingly associated with different pesticides.

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Black rice with tofu and asparagus
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Good appetite Natalia Werutsky

Black rice has more fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than white rice, and it is a way of making a different dish.

Anthocyanin is the pigment that gives it the dark color. Along with tofu which is a vegetable protein source and along with some vegetables like asparagus, this dish represents a nutritious and satiating lunch or dinner.

Use vegetable soup as appetizer and then enjoy the black but tasty and nutritious dish.

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What shouldn’t be eaten before a school test
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Healthy eating Helena Santos
The meal made before a school test will be one of the factors that influences the lack of concentration and precipitated responses.

See our examples of foods that should never be eaten before a test.
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What to eat before a school test
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Healthy eating Helena Santos

The meal made before a school test is one of the factors which most influence the concentration, calm and motivation to respond. So, see the examples of meals we recommend to you or to your son/daughter/grandchildren/nephews/friends.

The intention is to eat something that promotes an active and serene brain during the test as well as a calm stomach.

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Meditation improves school performance?
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Conscious Me Sofia Baptista
Those who do meditation benefit from better physical, emotional and mental  health.

Science has proven the physical benefits, allowing the practice of meditation to be implemented in schools.
A few minutes of meditation can develop in students and teachers a sense of calm and peace of mind that benefits your physical and emotional health.

Come and see the benefits!

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Shopping list for better school performance
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Shopping list Helena Santos

It is important to make a shopping list when going to the supermarket to avoid bringing unnecessary products and to not forget anything that is really important.

Upgrade your grocery list with foods that help with school performance: eggs, fish, nuts, almonds, dark chocolate, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, tomato, oats ... See our suggestions!

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Fortnight started in 23 September 2013: Man & Woman
Bio-identical hormones: what are they? Which are the benefits?
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Another look Cristina Sales

Bio-identical hormones are produced from phytoestrogen of wild yam and handled on a pharmaceutical laboratory in order to become identical to human hormones.

Oestrogen and progesterone are specially used.

The bio-identical hormones prescription is personalised, done according to hormonal unbalance identified in laboratory results of each woman.

Despite not being completely risk-free, they are safe, well accepted by the organism and can provide a better balance and well-being than synthesis hormones can.

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