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Vascular Birthmarks Awareness Day- May 15

Many of us have birthmarks on our bodies. Birthmarks are spots we were born with and some of them accompany us from birth to the end of life.
May 15 is currently the awareness of vascular birthmarks and the entire month of May is the month of awareness for them.
Not all birthmarks are vascular. There are pigmented birthmarks caused by excess skin pigment cells that form moles and Mongolian spots. And there are vascular birthmarks that are created by increased blood vessel accumulations that cause, among other things, hemangiomas and wine-port spots.
Most vascular birthmarks are not genetically transmitted and are not due to maternal behavior during pregnancy.

Vascular birthmarks are divided into three types:
1. Flat / macular spots - delicate spots that appear as pink areas and are usually found in the nape and facial area of babies. Usually the spots disappear within a few months. These spots are also called "angel kiss", "salmon swelling" and "stork marks".
2. Wine-port stains - flat stains that range in color from light pink to deep red similar to wine color. Usually these stains
Appear in the area of the face, neck, nape and limbs. These spots are usually large and are caused by deficiency or lack of nerve
To blood vessels. Port wine stains appear in 0.3% of the population and are more common in girls.
3. Hemangiomas - birthmarks that form from blood vessel tumors. Birthmarks that can appear anywhere on the body, they appear immediately after birth but become more prominent and clear a few weeks after it. The hemangiomas usually grow by the age of one year and then begin shrink and clear, sometimes until they disappear completely.

Vascular birthmarks can have emotional and social consequences in cases where they are prominent in their location and size.
Children who have birthmarks may experience bullying and feel that their appearance attracts attention and comments.
Birthmark Awareness Day is designed to raise awareness of the phenomenon, hold meetings and conferences where you can learn and get to know people who suffer from birthmarks, collect donations to invest in research and find solutions for people who suffer from prominent birthmarks.
In honor of Childbirth Awareness Day you can read about the phenomenon, draw a heart with lipstick on your cheek as an identification, contact people who have vascular birthmarks and tell them about this day.

Link to the website of the Vascular Birthmarks Organization celebrating this day.

Photo link - Facebook page of the organization for vascular birthmarks

International Diabetes Day - November 14

International Diabetes Day is a day set by the UN and is designed to raise awareness of diabetes, its treatment and prevention.
There are three main forms of diabetes: type 1 diabetes (also known as "insulin-dependent diabetes" and "juvenile diabetes"), type 2 diabetes (also known as "adult-onset diabetes" or "insulin-independent diabetes"), and gestational diabetes.

The cause of diabetes is difficulty in producing or absorbing insulin.
Diabetes has two dangerous conditions: an excess of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia), which is usually caused by an insufficient amount of insulin in the blood, and a condition of lack of blood glucose (hypoglycemia), which is usually caused by too much insulin in the blood.
International Diabetes Day was first celebrated on November 14, 1991. November 14 was chosen because it was the birthday of Frederick Banting, a Canadian physician and biochemist, who in 1923 won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for insulin extraction. He discovered insulin in 1922 with Charles Herbert Best.
 International Diabetes Day logo

In honor of International Diabetes Day, get 19 short, good and surprising tips from doctors to deal with the disease and balance blood sugar, which help to live with the disease in a normal life routine:

1. Exercise - Do not settle for aerobic activity such as walking and running, incorporate more exercise into your agenda such as gym, Pilates, design classes.

2. Dietary fiber - Add dietary fiber to every meal that inhibits the absorption of carbohydrates.

3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day.

4. Adequate sleep - Sleep of 7 to 9 hours a day is important for balancing sugar.

5. Sitting in front of the computer - Avoid prolonged sitting in front of the computer. Do not sit for more than two hours beyond what is required of you at work.


6. Herbs and Spices - It has been found that infusions of herbs and spices such as green tea, cinnamon, turmeric, fenugreek, aloe vera and more help balance the sugar level in the body.

7. Breakfast - It is important not to give up breakfast. In the morning the body is sensitive and responds better to insulin and breakfast contributes to the secretion of hormones that are very important for maintaining sugar levels. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day, compared to other meals.

8. Vegetable fat - A very important ingredient in the menu is the vegetable fat that helps balance blood sugar levels - olive oil, almonds, tahini, avocados, seeds, nuts.

9. Foods to avoid - saturated animal fats such as beef, liver, cream ice cream, fatty cheeses, butter, Puff pastry, processed foods.

10. Protein - Even eating protein is not good to eat a lot. The proteins cause an increase in the level of glucose in the blood because they become sugar. Although the absorption of the sugar that the liver produces from the protein is slower and more controlled, it should not be exaggerated yet, because it is still sugar.

11. Combine carbs with vegetables and healthy fats - If you eat bread, eat it with cucumber or avocado. It is better than bread without anything because then the carbohydrate breaks down more slowly.

12. Wine - A study conducted at Ben-Gurion University led by Prof. Iris Shai found that moderate consumption of wine, especially red wine, improves the health of diabetics.

13. Exercise - Contrary to many people's beliefs, exercise does not always cause sugar to drop. Although it causes the sugar to burn in the muscle quickly and this can cause sugar to fall, in some people the opposite happens, the muscle absorbs the sugar on the one hand, and the body secretes hormones that raise the sugar level on the other. To know what is causing you physical exertion, you should measure your blood sugar level using a continuous measuring device.

14. Maintaining contact with doctors - The supervision of a doctor is necessary in the event of diabetes. Although it is not pleasant to hear the restrictions and instructions, but you must demonstrate maturity and responsibility towards your body and tell the doctor about any problem or weakness.

15. Reduce with simple carbohydrates - give up white bread, pastas, rice, sugar, etc. There is a difference between the effect of simple carbs on people. There are those for whom rice bounces the sugar level, and there are those for whom potatoes do it. A recent study conducted at the Weizmann Institute found that it was possible to assess which foods raised blood sugar in patients by examining their gut bacteria.

16. Exercise time - for children it is recommended to play outside for at least an hour a day, for adults it is recommended to do exercise about an hour a day.

17. Do not overdo the consumption of salt. Salt causes an increase in blood pressure. Consume up to 3 grams of salt a day.

18. Treat depression and anxiety - Studies have found that diabetics are 20-25% more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than healthy people. A state of mental stress disrupts the sugar levels in the body so treating depression and anxiety is important. You can use complementary medicine treatments to relieve mental stress such as acupuncture, shiatsu, reflexology and more.

19. Non-smoking - Smoking is dangerous for the entire population, but for diabetics who are at higher risk of developing atherosclerosis it is even more dangerous.

November 14 is also Pickle Day

World Pneumonia Day- November 12

World Pneumonia Day is a day to raise awareness of pneumonia and demand the fight against it.
Pneumonia is the most common cause of death in children under 5 years of age. 155 million children under the age of five are diagnosed with the disease each year, of which 1.6 die.
The day of the war against pneumonia was established in 2009 in order to mobilize the public to fight and prevent the disease.


Pneumonia is a fatal and difficult disease, but its treatment and prevention are effective and easy. There are effective vaccines against the two most common causes: B Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Orthomyxoviridae.
Antibiotics can cure the disease if you start taking it early enough.
The lives of a million children could have been saved each year if the treatment and prevention of pneumonia were being used in the poorest countries in the world.
Among the artists who have joined the fight against pneumonia are Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Laurie.
  Symptoms of pneumonia: fever and shortness of breath. If you have any of these symptoms, you should go to the doctor immediately. Untreated pneumonia can get complicated and cause more signs such as chest pain, chills, headaches, and muscles. Failure to treat the disease can be fatal.

Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day- November 7

Today is the holiday of dessert that is finally healthy - dark chocolate with almonds.
Evidence of a bitter chocolate recipe with almonds has been found in 18th-century cookbooks.
The inventor of this holiday is the National Confections Association, and sites around the internet such as, encourage this day to use dark chocolate with almonds for cooking and enriching various dishes and of course to upload the impressive works to social networks.
Bitter chocolate usually has no milk, and has a high amount of different flavonoids, and eating a small amount of bitter chocolate every day helps maintain healthy blood pressure. Almonds have fatty acids that have many health benefits, which help maintain good health. That is why dark chocolate with almonds is both a delicious and nutritious dessert, which contributes to health and long life.

How to celebrate Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day?
You can make dark chocolate with almonds yourself: Melt dark chocolate and mix it with almonds, pour into a mold and wait for it to cool. You can make dishes that contain dark chocolate with almonds and upload the photo to Instagram and Facebook, eat a dark chocolate bar with almonds, or almonds coated in dark chocolate - a perfect and healthy candy! (Just not too much) ...

Source: Amazon

Sunglasses Day - June 27

Everyone has at least one pair of them but Elton John has over a thousand. what are we talking about? about sunglasses of course!
Sunglasses are an item designed to protect our eyes. They absorb radiation and regulate the entry of sunlight to prevent glare, but they are also a popular fashion item that is necessary to complete our look and add a cool style.

We do not know why June 27 was chosen as sunglasses day, but what is known is that sunglasses were invented a long time ago. Already in the prehistoric period, the Inuit peoples (Eskimos) who lived in the Arctic realized that they needed to reduce the amount of light entering their eyes to prevent blindness that could be caused by the glare created by the sunlight returning from the snow. They made ivory accessories that limited the amount of light that entered the eyes.
Inuit sunglasses designed to reduce the entry of sunlight into the eyes
In the 14th century, Chinese court judges used "smoky" quartz glasses to hide their eye expressions during the trial and appear indifferent.

In the mid-18th century, James Iscoff of the United States experimented with glasses with lenses made of dark glass in order to find effective remedies for vision problems. His goal was not to protect the eyes from sunlight to prevent vision problems, but to solve the problems after they appeared. His glasses are similar to the sunglasses we have today, but they have not yet completely protected the eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.
One of the surviving testimonies from the history of sunglasses is that of the famous French scientist Antoine Lavoisier in 1772, who wore dark glasses while conducting an experiment related to combustion created by increasing sunlight.
In the photo: Antoine Lavoisier wears sunglasses (Source)
The sunglasses as we know them today began to be marketed only in 1929, when entrepreneur Sam Foster began selling them to people who visited the promenade on the shores of Atlantic City in the USA.

Those who have made a significant contribution to the promotion of sunglasses and their recognition as an essential commodity are the pilots of the U.S. Air Force in World War I. Many pilots have complained that sunlight causes them headaches, dizziness and nausea and also blinds them and interferes with them performing gentle maneuvers. Therefore, in 1933, the U.S. military ordered a large number of sunglasses from the optics company Bush & Lomb to protect its pilots.
In 1937, Bush & Lomb created the "Ray Banner" brand, which means "Ray Banner". The glasses gained much popularity mainly among men, thanks to the masculinity they radiated because of their connection to the military pilots.
In the 1960s, sunglasses became a fashionable accessory. In the time of the flower children the sunglasses were given an infinity of new shapes, sizes and colors, to complete the popular hippie look.

How to celebrate Sunglasses Day?
Sunglasses have a very long history, but also a promising future. They are a must-have item for everyone both for health and for appearance. The Sunglasses Day website wants to upload selfies with sunglasses to social media and add the hashtag #SunglassSelfie or #NationalSunglassesDay to celebrate this day.

Fresh Vegetables Day- 16 June

Fresh vegetables are an important component of our diet, and studies show that to maintain a healthy and long-lasting lifestyle, eat at least 5 servings of fresh vegetables a day in five colors: green, red, orange, white and purple.

The vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber and therefore protect our bodies from disease. June 16 is the day of fresh vegetables, the day when we recommend a change and start enriching our meals with fresh vegetables around the clock.

The fresh vegetable day is celebrated at the beginning of the summer, when the vegetables are the most delicious and abundant. No matter how, in salad, whole, chic or whatever way you like, be sure to eat plenty of fresh vegetables to keep you healthy.

Vegetables animations
June 16 is also Bloomsday in Ireland

World Blood Donor Day - June 14

Every year on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
The event, founded in 2004, is designed to raise awareness of the need for safe blood for its use and its blockages, and to thank blood donors for their life-saving contributions.
World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Vaccination Week, World Malaria Day, World Tobacco Day, World Jaundice Day and World AIDS Day.

A blood donation is the taking of blood from a person to use it or its products until it is given to another person who needs it, through a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions help save millions of people every year. They help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions to live longer and a higher quality of life, and support complex medical and surgical procedures. They also play a vital and life-saving role in maternity care. They help lower death rates due to severe bleeding during and after childbirth.
In the blood donation process, a donor of 450 ml of blood + 3 test tubes is taken from the donor to check the type of blood and that the blood is not infected with AIDS, jaundice or syphilis.
In the process of blood transfusion, the blood or its components are transferred to the person who needs an increase in blood volume.

Many countries do not have a sufficient supply of safe blood, and blood services face the challenge of obtaining safe blood to use a sufficient amount. Adequate supply can only be guaranteed through regular donations by blood donors who do not receive payment. The goal of the World Health Organization is for all countries to receive all their blood supply from donors by 2020. In 2014, 60 countries had their own blood supply based on 99-100% volunteer blood donations, and in 73 countries are still largely dependent on donations Of family members.
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on June 14, the birth date of Karl Landsteiner in 1868. Karl Landsteiner was a biologist and physician who developed the modern method of blood classification in 1900 of the ABO, based on identifying the presence of collapse factors in the name. In 1937 he discovered the factor RH (a protein component that if present in the blood the blood type is a plus and if not then a minus). He was born in Austria as a Jew but converted to Christianity at the age of 22. In 1930 he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing the ABO blood classification method and in 1937 he received a prize for discovering the RH factor.

Why should you donate blood?
Already in ancient times bloodshed was a common medical treatment and was considered beneficial to health.
Today it is known that blood donation encourages the bone marrow to produce new blood cells at an increased rate, to compensate for the deficiencies caused by the blood donation. During the renewal of deficiencies the body creates cells that aim to provide the body with protection against viruses and bacteria, so a regular donation maintains a more resilient immune system. It has been found that people who donate blood regularly live on average five years longer than those who do not donate, because their immune system is stronger.

A person who donates blood regularly to stay alive after massive blood loss is higher than a non-donor, because his body is already "trained" in blood loss situations and knows how to fill in the gaps faster.
It was found that people who donated blood at least once a year showed better results in blood sugar tests. It has also been found that blood donation reduces the risk of heart disease.
World blood donor day

World Bicycle Day - June 3

In April 2018, the UN General Assembly declared June 3 to be International Bicycle Day. The decision to dedicate a special day to bicycles came to recognize them as a sustainable, simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally friendly means of transport, unique, longevity and flexibility.
This is certainly true. Bicycles have been around since the 19th century. The first documented model of a bicycle was presented to the public in Paris in 1818 by the German Baron Karl von Drais. These were bicycles that were propelled by pushing the rider's feet against the ground and were known as "running machine", or "Draisine" in the name of their inventor.

In 1839 the first modern bicycles were created by the Scottish son of a blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan who included the previous bicycle model when he created a crankshaft to propel the rear wheel.
In the late 1860s, the French Ernest Michaux and Pierre Lallement designed the first bicycles with pedals. Their bikes were all made of wood and later contained metal tires. Their model was called a "boneshaker" because riding them was very uncomfortable.
In 1870, the Englishman James Starley invented the "Penny-Farthing" bicycle model, which contained an extra-large front wheel that allowed the rider to travel at a higher speed than the boneshaker bicycle. These bikes were dangerous because of the great height of the rider who fell from them quite a few times. In the 1890s the safety bikes were invented that contained two equal wheels and a drive chain.

Two riders riding a Penny Farthing, Santa Ana, California, 1886
The nineties of the 19th century were called the "Golden Age of Bicycles". Add gears to them, move the seat back and develop the paddle using a chain. Cycling has become a comfortable ride and they are becoming more and more popular.
The bikes are not harmful to the environment because they do not waste any resources and do not pollute. Cycling contributes to health and is especially beneficial for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

How to celebrate World Bicycle Day?
There are many reasons why World Bicycle Day celebration is vital to the health of the people of the planet and to the planet itself. Bicycles are an easy-to-use and affordable means of transportation for those who may not have access to a car.
In honor of the bike day you can ride them on the way to work or your place of study. You will not have to find parking when you arrive.
You can also go on a bike ride in nature and enjoy the view and good air.

June 3 is also Repeat Day

Sunscreen Day- 27th May

Today, May 27, is the day that reminds us of how important it is to put on sunscreen, as the song by Buzz Luhrmann says "Wear Sunscreen." 
Ultraviolet radiation can cause sunburn, skin cancer, sunspots and premature aging. The sunscreen should also be used on cloudy days, because UV rays penetrate through the clouds.

If you live in the northern hemisphere (like about 88% of the world population), then you are entering into summer. If you live in the tropics of the earth (like about 40% of the world's population), you are always in an area with direct sunlight. So, now is the time to purchase a new sunscreen.
If you already have sunscreen, check the expiry date. Most modern fluorescence filters work up to three years. So if you want the cream you put to work (that's the whole idea, isn't it?), You need to replace the protective cream that you have expired.
Another last thing, sunscreen is not only when you go to the sea. Our skin is exposed to the sun even when we are in the car, walking, running, etc., so as the song says: 
Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

Copyright: olegdudko / 123RF Stock Photo

May 27 is also Cellophane Tape Day

Eat What You Want Day- May 11

It is known that most delicious foods are unhealthy.
Many people spend their time maintaining their diet, constantly thinking and checking what they are allowed and what they are not allowed to eat. As part of maintaining a healthy diet, many people avoid eating things that they like because they are unhealthy.
Eat What You Want day is a day founded by Thomas Roy, an American TV and filmmaker who co-invented with his wife 80 special days in the US. The purpose of this day is clear, on this special day you are allowed to eat whatever you want without taking into account Anyone.

How to celebrate this day? You're probably already guessing. Just eat what you want.
This is not saying that you are allowed to devour like pigs junk food, cakes and ice creams and then again cake and ice cream and chocolate. Because it's really unhealthy and you'll regret it later. I mean you are allowed to eat something unhealthy but do not overdo it, okay?
What this day does say is that you are allowed to eat things that do not fit together, such as ice cream with pickles, or pasta with chocolate, because today you are allowed to eat whatever you want. This day is also suitable to eat meals that are not impressive gourmet meals, but taste good to you and remind you of childhood like pita with chickpeas and pickles.
What unacceptable and strange foods do you like?

Eat What You Want Day

May 11 is also World Ego Awareness Day

No Diet Day- May 6

May 6 is a day devoted to raising awareness of the dangers of unbalanced diet.
An unbalanced diet designed to lose weight quickly, or a diet based on too few calories, or the failure to eat some essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, can cause the body irreversible damage.


The No Diet Day was initiated by Mary Evans Young from England, a woman who recovered from anorexia, and has been celebrated since 1992. This day is actually designed to encourage us to accept our body as it is, without making harmful diets, even if we have a few extra pounds. On this day we should stop and think if the low calorie diets we do do not harm us or endanger us, and whether we get all the food, minerals and vitamins we need on our daily menu.
The No Diet day is marked by feminist groups in several countries around the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Israel, Denmark and Brazil.


The goals of the No Diet Day are:  
To stimulate the discussion of whether there is only one "correct" body shape.  
Raise awareness of discrimination against high-weight people, and fat phobia.  
Declare a free day from diets and obsessions related to body weight.  
Present the facts about the diet industry, emphasizing the inefficiency of commercial diets.  
Respect the victims of eating disorders and weight loss analyzes. 
How will we celebrate this day?
First of all, we will celebrate and love our body as it is.
We will listen to our body and eat according to the signs of hunger and satiety it sends us.
We will do a soul-searching about what we do to our bodies when we do diets as a meal.
We'll think about the future, how we want our body to be in a few years. Do we want to be healthy as adults or sick and weak?
We'll learn a little about why diets do not work.
We will eat tasty and nutritious food that we love and will not regret it.
While eating, we will chew well and concentrate on the taste of the food.
While eating, we will do nothing else.
Avoid talking about diets, weight and fat.
We'll do something physical that we really like.
Start loving your body on May 6th, say good-bye to the harmful diets and you know what, go on like this all your life, because your body is beautiful how it is!


World Day for Safety and Health at Work- April 28

World Safety and Health Day is a day dedicated to promoting awareness and ensuring safe conditions for workers in their workplace.
This day is also set in the United States as a day of remembrance for workers, which commemorates those who died at work and aims to try to make workplaces safer and promote safer working conditions.

Every year, thousands of workers around the world die in work accidents. Thousands of construction workers fall to their deaths every year during the construction of new houses or are killed by heavy objects falling on them, and so on. Thousands of workers are also killed in horrific accidents every year in factories as well. We hardly hear about them in the news, but each of them has a family, children, and relatives who care about them and need them. We hope that the number of injuries at work will decrease as safety awareness increases.

April 28 is also Superhero Day

World Malaria Day- April 25

World Malaria Day is a special day of the year designed to raise awareness of the global effort to control malaria and ultimately eradicate it. The date of Malaria Day was set for April 25, 2001, but then it was called Malaria Day in Africa, in order to control malaria and reduce mortality from it there. In 2008 Malaria Day in Africa expanded to World Malaria Day.

World Malaria Day was set at the 60th Session of the World Health Assembly (a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organization [WHO]) to recognize that malaria exists in countries around the world other than Africa and raise awareness of the importance of the global fight against the disease.

Interesting facts about malaria

Malaria is an infectious disease also called swamp fever. It is most common in areas with tropical climates and especially in Africa, Central and South America and the Far Eastern countries.

Malaria mainly affects the red blood cells and causes damage to vital organs in the body as a result of anemia and blockage of blood vessels.

The origin of the name of the disease is in the Italian language, which means "bad air" (mala aria), due to the belief that existed in the past that the bad swamp air is the cause.

Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in the world! In 2018, an estimated 228 million people contracted malaria, of which about 405,000 died, most of them children under the age of 15 in sub-Saharan Africa.

Malaria is spread by the Anopheles mosquito. It exists in more than 100 countries around the world.

Malaria can be prevented by protecting against mosquitoes and spraying their incubators. The goal of the World Health Organization is to raise, among other things, the use of bed nets treated with insecticides and spraying with insecticides in places of origin in countries that are particularly vulnerable to malaria.

The cause of malaria is a unicellular creature called Plasmodium, which exists in the stomach of the Anopheles mosquito. There are ten other species of plasmodium that also harm other animals such as birds, reptiles and rodents.

In 1897, Ronald Ross, a British physician, parasitologist and epidemiologist, showed the existence of a plasmodium in the stomach of a mosquito. Thanks to this discovery he received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1902.

The drugs for malaria are based on quinine, a substance extracted from the bark of quinine or synthetically produced. But the treatment with these drugs is not enough, and to fight Plasmodium additional drugs are needed.

In 2015, Tu Youyou, a Chinese physician specializing in pharmacology and drug treatment for malaria, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for the discovery of the substance Artemisinin, which is used as a cure for malaria.

Symptoms of malaria include high fever, tremor, joint pain, severe headache, vomiting that contains blood, excessive sweating, chills, diarrhea, abdominal pain, skin punctures, hypoglycemia and general malaise. Complications of malaria include coma and when left untreated, it ends in death in about 20% of cases.

The eucalyptus tree is a natural fighter for malaria. In the 19th century it was believed that the eucalyptus fought malaria by disinfecting the soil and air. At the end of the century, the real cause of the disease was discovered and the connection between it and the eucalyptus was clarified. The water-loving eucalyptus dries the swamp water in which the Anopheles mosquito larvae spread the disease. It originated in Australia, where malaria did not exist. Eucalyptus has been used as an anti-malarial agent in California, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Israel and Italy.

April 25 is also East meets West and DNA Day

Weed Appreciation Day - March 28th

Weed Appreciation Day is celebrated on March 28 every year. This day is designed to learn how herbs are actually beneficial to us and our ecosystem. We usually treat weeds as a nuisance, something that needs to be weeded and eradicated, but weeds also have a lot of value. The herbs have been used by humans as food and herbs for most of the documented history.

Many herbs have healing properties and have great nutritional value:
Nettle - Nettle can be found almost anywhere where weeds grow, even on your lawn. Nettle has prickly hairs at the bottom of the leaf that contain acids, which causes a strong burn if touched with exposed skin, so it is recommended to pick it with gloves. Nettle is rich in iron and therefore good to eat in cases of anemia, hair loss, skin and muscle problems. It also has a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The nettle leaves are cooked, for example in nettle soup or a vegetable omelet with nettles.
Mallow - The mallow is also known as "Malva". You can pick it and eat it fresh and you can also put it in stews, omelets and pastries. It is rich in antioxidants and soluble fiber and good for digestive, respiratory and urinary diseases.

Rosemary - Rosemary can also be found in many public or private gardens, a free and wild plant. The medicinal rosemary is an evergreen perennial shrub with blue flowers. It is resistant to harsh conditions of climate and air pollution. It also contains antioxidants and antiseptic properties and is believed to help in cases of fatigue, headaches, migraines, vascular problems and more.
Oxalis- Who among us did not like to eat Oxalis when we were a child? The Oxalis also grow on the side of the road almost everywhere. It is fun to eat their fresh stems which are sour, but care should be taken not to eat too much, because their sour taste comes from the oxalic acid they contain, which in large quantities is harmful to the digestive system. 

March 28 is also Black Forest Cake Day

Spinach Day - March 26

The spinach day that occurs every year on March 26 reminds us of the health benefits inherent in this green leafy vegetable. Spinach is not only healthy but also very tasty and there are many wonderful ways to combine it in many different foods and enjoy it.
You can eat it baked in a pie, cooked in a patty or pancake, fresh in a salad or sandwich, in a spinach puff pastry, as an addition to a pizza, add it to a fruit or vegetable smoothie and anything you can think of!
Spinach is an annual plant with green leaves used for food and medicine. The plant originates from Central Asia. Spinach has three main varieties classified by leaf type. The taste of the leaves and their nutritional composition vary according to the seasons.

The spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia. From there Arab merchants brought it to India and then to Nepal and then to ancient China. In the past, spinach was called a "Persian vegetable."
During her reign as Queen of France, in the 16th century, Catherine de 'Medici enjoyed spinach so much that it was served to her at every meal. To this day, there are spinach dishes called "Florentine" and the origin of the name is Queen Katrina's birthplace, Florence.
Spinach is a good source of iron, calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein and vitamins A, C and K. It is full of antioxidants that fight cancer. It is believed to help improve cardiovascular and intestinal health.

Types of spinach:
Savoy: Dark green color with curly leaves; Usually sold in fresh bundles.
Spinach Smooth Leaves: Large and smooth leaves; Grown mainly in canned and frozen spinach, for soups, baby food and processed foods.
Semi Savoy: A hybrid variety with shriveled leaves: sold fresh and processed.
How to celebrate Spinach Day?
There are lots of ways to celebrate, and the main thing is to eat spinach in any way you like and best when it is fresh for health!

World Sleep Day- The Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox

The day of the reversal or spring equinox falls every year on March 20th. This is a day where the length of daytime hours equals the hours of night and spring begins. From here the hours of light get longer and the hours of darkness shorten. So Friday before that is World Sleep Day, a great day to grab a long nap or wake up late in the morning if possible or sleep all day.
World Sleep Day is an annual event designed to help people with sleep problems, teach people everywhere about the importance of sleep and change the way people see and experience sleep by providing valuable resources to help them sleep well in their daily lives.
World Sleep Day focuses on issues related to sleep, sleep medicine, sleep education and the social effects that sleep deprivation has on daily life.
The day is organized by the World Sleep Day Organization (WSD) and aims to reduce the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.


Sleep can be one of the most valued aspects of people's lives, but for those who suffer from sleep problems, getting enough hours of sleep can be a real challenge.
According to the American Sleep Association, over 50 to 70 million people suffer from sleep disorders, over 25 million suffer from sleep apnea, and the most commonly reported sleep problem is insomnia.
On the organization's website you will find interesting activities on the subject of sleep, consult with sleep experts and learn about sleep disorders.


World sleep day dates for the coming years: 
March 19, 2021

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