Travel in Europe & Learn from the Europeans: How Europeans Rejuvenate Themselves
It is said that Europeans are very good at looking after themselves, partly because the rich culture in Europe gives people abundant resources in this regard, and partly because most Europeans are health-conscious people. Therefore, when you travel in Europe, you might learn a thing or two from them instantly.
It turns out that the majority of fast food restaurants come from America, whereas Europeans generally prefer a healthy lifestyle.
Statistics show that the average lifespan of Europeans is longer than that of Americans in 2019. Apparently, European people must have done something right. Hence, we probably should learn something from them.
When you travel in Europe, you will notice that instead of absorbing vitamins and supplements in pill forms, most Europeans get their nutrients from the real deal, i.e. the actual vegetables and fruit. For instance, juicing removes the indigestible fiber from vegetables and fruit; as a result, your body absorbs more of the minerals and vitamins from juice than eating the actual vegetables. Nonetheless, the body also needs fiber to maintain healthy, so juicing can’t replace eating vegetables entirely. My recommendation is switching back and forth between the two options. In my opinion, juicing is the best way to fit a lot of vegetables and fruit into my diet.
Traveling in Europe means you will see many juice bars and pre-made smoothies in supermarkets. Therefore, you don’t need to bring your own blender if you don’t want to!
How Europeans drink juice to improve their health and wellbeing:
Many European friends of mine believe in juicing so much that they even taught me several recipes, so I’m happy to share these with you now.
First of all, let me introduce a beauty juice recommended by a female friend from Ukraine.
Make sure you serve this chilled by adding ice so that the consistency is on the thicker side. The good news is this beauty juice can become your breakfast because it makes you feel full for a long time.
- Handful of spinach – spinach is loaded with potassium and iron, and it also contains lutein – this helps eyes to sparkle, so the whites of your eyes will get brighter as a result.
- Handful of parsley – This herb is a superfood, but it’s underrated in many countries these days. Parsley has the highest vitamin C levels of any herb. It also contains beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A for renewing and repairing skill cells quickly. Vitamin K and chlorophyll help reduce puffiness in the face and get rid of those dark under-eye circles fast.
- Handful of watercress – this is a powerful antioxidant with very high levels of iron. It also has more calcium than milk.
- 1 lime
- 1 pear – pears are high in fiber and low in glycerin index, so they slow down the release of sugar into your skin cells and body, meaning your collagen is protected and you will have smoother skin as a result.
- ½ ripe avocado
- 4 ice cubes
Second, a male friend from Ukraine recommended a rejuvenating juice to me.
This rejuvenating juice can give you energy instantly and clears up your skin. It is the best juice if you like continental breakfast in Europe.
- Sprinkle of cayenne pepper – This gives the juice a kick & helps with digestion, circulation and detox.
- 1 lime or lemon – this gives a zingy taste and increases the PH level of the juice.
- Handful of spinach, kale or romaine lettuce – the darker the green vegetable, the better, meaning more chlorophyll and iron.
- ½ apple – good source of fiber which sweetens up the juice instantly.
- 4 stalks total of celery or cucumber – this is a diuretic, draining excess water.
- 1-inch ginger slice – ginger is good for digestion, and chances are you will love the spicy flavor.
Europeans’ natural skin remedies:
Interestingly, unlike Americans who tend to buy skin-care products from shopping malls all the time, a lot of Europeans choose natural skin remedies & here is how it works for many of them.
My friends from Ukraine shared their philosophy with me in this respect – using natural products on your body rather than processed potions in a pot is kinder on your skin, and it’s also kinder on your wallet! Individuals with sensitive skin can’t really tolerate artificial ingredients in skin-care products. As a result, the supermarket shelves may become your favorite place whenever you go shopping in Europe.
In the first place, I have discovered that many European friends use honey to hydrate their skin. This is a rich moisturizer for dry skin. Simply apply a thin layer as a face mask every week to make your skin smooth and soft.
In the second place, a lot of European friends actually cleanse with apple cider vinegar. This is a wonderful product with a lot of health benefits. Apart from killing bacteria and balancing your skin’s PH level, apple cider vinegar also absorbs excessive oil, so it helps prevent acne effectively. All you need to do is to mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ¾ cup of water, and then dip a cotton pad into the solution. Apply the mixture to your skin directly. Leave it there for 9 minutes. Rinse with warm water. This solution could be left on for a longer period of time if you have a sunburn or suffer from acne / psoriasis.
Of course, you would be well-advised to buy organic apple cider vinegar when you go to Europe. This kind of vinegar has enzymes in it, so it will work its magic on the skin.
Thirdly, those with sensitive skin may peel with cucumber because exfoliators which contain crunchy granules must be avoided. Choose a DIY peel each week – it works with gentle acids to get rid of dead cells by removing the top layer of skin from the face. Peels can leave a silky finish. This application of a DIY dry-skin face peel helps relieve any itchy and dry skin. In my opinion, natural peels could be made from many fruits, including cucumbers and strawberries. Personally, I prefer cucumbers as strawberries might stain my skin for several hours.
Lastly, you may exfoliate with coconut. Sloughing off dead skin cells is the best way to boost radiance in record time. You may consider replacing your cleanser with this concoction at least twice a week and see how it goes. Coconut oil is a miracle product which can be ingested or topically applied to hydrate, revive and renew your skin dramatically. I think coconut water is also great. But in order to apply this topically, you need to steam your face for a few minutes to open your pores, and then mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or coconut water together with some cooked lentils into a paste. Rub on your skin for one minute and then rinse away with warm water. This scrub neutralizes toxins, bacteria and fungi on your skin, so it detoxifies your face naturally.
“Visiting Europe means you will experience a different lifestyle which will certainly expand your outlook.”