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July 7, 2016

Vronsky gave his life to Anna Karenina and Serbia

Russian colonel Nikolay Raevsky, who inspired Tolstoy to create the legendary count Vronsky, the lover of Anna Karenina, died defending Serbia from the Turks, near the village of Gornji Adrovac.


The end of possibly the greatest love story of all times happened near Serbian village of Gornji Adrovac (eng. Upper Adrovac), where a colonel who inspired Leo Tolstoy to create the character of count Vronsky, the famous lover of Anna Karenina from the eponymous novel, died defending Serbia from the Turks. Tolstoy was inspired by colonel Nikolay Raevsky who was thought to be the writer’s relative.

In the last dramatic pages of “Anna Karenina”, the most translated work of world literature (after the Bible), count Vronsky went to the Serbian-Turkish war. Tolstoy’s character felt he wouldn’t come back from it and was about to leave on a train with hundreds of Russian volunteers saying he needed no recommendation for death.

The brave heart of Colonel Raevsky will beat in Serbia forever…

It’s no wonder the great Russian writer intended such an ending for Vronsky, since colonel Raevsky did actually die in that war. It was year 1876 and Tolstoy’s legendary novel “Anna Karenina” wasn’t even finished at the time.

When a letter from the Serbian king Milan Obrenović reached the estate of the Raevsky, Colonel’s mother Anna Raevsky didn’t allow it to be opened. She felt it was bad news, and said only that her son died like a true Raevsky.

Anna Raevsky left a large sum of money used twenty years later to build a colorful Russian church among the old lindens in the village of Gornji Adrovac (eng. Upper Adrovac), near the Serbian town of Aleksinac, where the heart of her son and Tolstoy’s inspiration for count Vronsky had stoped beating.

A doctor named Vladan Djordjević spoke with colonel Raevsky only few hours before he died. The doctor found this encounter so interesting he even wrote about it. He described the colonel as a gloomy and silent man, but also wrote he was very happy and cheerful on the day of his death. Even made jokes.

Raevsky rode to his death dressed in a shabby uniform of a Serbian colonel and told the doctor he would defend the honor of his glorious family. So began the legend of colonel Raevsky.

And it says colonel Raevsky has had three hearts. Two remained in Russia: one belonged to his homeland and the other to a mysterious woman because of whom he left Russia in the first place. His third heart belonged to Serbia.

The story has it that Raevsky wanted to be buried on the place where he would die, and his heart taken to Russia. Apparently, a Russian military surgeon took out the colonel’s heart, but it was buried in Serbia to stay here forever, while the masses of grateful Serbs sent the colonel’s body to his homeland with full state honors.

It is not known whether the Raevsky family “looked like all happy families”, or is it was “unhappy in its own way”, but one thing is certain, it was a famous and respected family. Nikolay Raevsky was named after his grandfather, a hero-general from the Russian Patriotic War whose accomplishments were immortalized in Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace”.

Colonel’s father fought against the Turks, and founded the city of Novorossiysk. He was immortalized in Pushkin’s poem “The Caucasian Prisoner”. Colonel Raevsky’s grandmother was a granddaughter of Mikhail Lomonosov, one of the leading Russian scientists of all times.

In times of Raevsky’s death Serbia was fighting a liberation war against the Turks. Beside the brave Russians, Serbian fighters received aid from the Bulgarian, Czech, Norwegian, British, French, Greek and Montenegrin volunteers, but also from the famous Italian “garibaldini” supported by Giuseppe Garibaldi himself.

Although Tolstoy wasn’t happy to see many Russian young men go and fight in “foreign wars”, he was very proud of their spirit and love of freedom. And Serbia certainly is. That is why it carefully treasures one of those brave hearts – the heart of “count Vronsky”.


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July 5, 2016

The Effects of Negative Thoughts and Emotions on Your Body

Not a second of a typical individual’s life passes without having some kind of a feeling.Here’s a fascinating chart on how numerous feelings influence your body.

Whether it would be happiness or despair, delight or anxiety, feelings are a crucial part of our day. But, what we need to also understand is that our feelings are linked to our general health.



Depending upon the feeling you are feeling in a specific moment, our body releases various chemicals and those chemicals create a different environment within the body itself.

Serotin, dopamine or oxytocin are launched when we experience joy. On the other hand, when we feel stress our body will release cortisol, a totally various hormonal agent that puts the body in a various state.

But what happens when we think unfavorable all the time?

Or when you are a favorable person and have delighted ideas all the time? Continue reading and you’ll see how feelings interact with your body.


Sure we can be neutral sometimes towards certain things, but the majority of the time our brain will judge and specify exactly what is positive and exactly what negative. The brain is an effective tool, so as it specifies something to be benefit or unfavorable we’ll get a various reaction in our activity. For example, if while driving you get cut off by another automobile, some will get pissed off and instantly alter their mood to unfavorable even if it was positive the whole time prior to, while some will just hit that brake a little bit and continue like nothing happened. So it seems that things are not constantly favorable or unfavorable by definition, however it is we that specify them as such.


Most of the time, there are no favorable or negative things just by definition, but it is you that discover them to be one way or the other. So, you are the one defining how a scenario influences you and therefore how your body will respond to it. We can always work our definition on specific circumstances, and while we do not have such self-control yet, possibly after understanding how our emotions impact our health, we can work to enhance that self-control.

” If someone wishes for good health, one need to initially ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the factors for his illness. Only then is it possible to assist him.” ~ Hippocrates


Despite the fact that not seen visually, the connection in between our mind and our body is huge. While positive thinking and inner calmness can lead to a healthy lifestyle and self-confidence, destructive thinking and unsettled problems will surely cause an unhealthy and unfulfilling life.

Our feelings are our body’s necessary energy and they can likewise be saved in our cellular memory. You can probably still feel discomfort from something that left an emotional mark from when you remained in a scenario when you felt overwhelmed with stress. That area of your body is most likely to keep the energy released from the kind of experience you had.

Typically, when you feel some discomfort, tightness or injuries, it is often related to some feeling within. Initially it doesn’t seem this way cause we live in a reality paced world, and we often leave our emotions aside. When I had persistent discomfort in my back and neck, it wasn’t from any workout or any physical injuries. I spent time and cash on physical treatments and absolutely nothing occurred, something was not dealt with. It was the emotions involved behind it. Later, when I addressed the unconscious thoughts and feelings I’ve beed experiencing, the discomfort started disappearing.

Typically in that way, the body asks us to take note of our mindset and find peace with ourselves. It’s still a discovering process for individuals and it is early to judge, but we need to get included on the subject.


Davis Suzuki wrote in ‘The Spiritual Balance’, ‘condensed molecules from breath breathed out from spoken expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy, consist of toxic substances. Collected over 1 hr, these toxins suffice to kill 80 guinea pigs!’ So imagine the damage we are doing to our body when you have unfavorable thoughts or unrefined emotional experience in your mind?

We are the only ones what have the power to deal with what life throws at us. So stop judging on little situations as favorable or negative, or get stressed over little things, but try to see the big picture and consider the impact on you total health. Aim to take a look at circumstances with benefit ideas, get a lesson from small demanding circumstances or just decrease and observe things before reacting. And keep a positive attitude, thinking that you will get sick all the time will not assist you preserve your health, but work the other way around.

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Source: healthyfoodstar


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July 3, 2016

Drink Warm Turmeric Water with Lemon

Many studies have suggested turmeric and turmeric water have broad anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.


Lemon water, among many other things, detoxifies the body by giving the digestive system a kick in the morning. Adding turmeric to lemon water not only offers a different taste, but it adds a number of other health benefits, too.


The amazing medicinal properties of turmeric are the result of its active ingredient – it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Warm turmeric water with lemon




1/4 – 1/2 tsp of turmeric

1/2 of a lemon

Warm water

Honey (optional)

Preparation: squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into a mug. Add the turmeric and warm water. Stir well and add honey to taste, (optional).

Keep spoon in the cup as turmeric will fall to the bottom so the drink will need to be mixed again.

Why you should start drinking warm turmeric water today?

  1. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Inflammation can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues. It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs (1).

  1. Lower your risk of heart disease

Studies have suggested curcumin may help prevent the buildup of plaque that can clog arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes. In one study, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomized to either placebo or 4 grams of curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery.

The curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital (2).

  1. Relieves arthritis

Turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation (3).

  1. Useful for all cancers

Curcumin has been shown to benefit cancer patients as it can inhibit the proliferation and survival of almost all types of tumor cells.

  1. Controls diabetes

Turmeric is effective in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes. However, when combined with strong medications, turmeric can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules (4).

Important: always ask your doctor before starting a new health regimen anyway.


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July 1, 2016

For Woman over 40 – Essential Eye-Makeup Tips

They’ve been touted as the windows to both your soul and your health,  but your eyes can also give away one of your best-kept secrets: your age.


These 7 age-defying tricks will keep people guessing.

  1. Use a double-duty concealer.

Water retention is inevitable as we age, which means so are those dark circles under your eyes. Make your concealer work a double shift by choosing one with yellow undertones, which will act as a highlighter as well, says Tomy Rivero, celebrity beauty expert. (Check out these 7 natural solutions for dark circles.) One to try: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24;

  1. Go warmer.

With eye shadow hues, that is. Gray shades and cool browns will only make your eyes look tired, says Rivero. “Go for warm tones; anything that resembles light or warmth creates the illusion being well-rested,” suggests Rivero.

For lighter skin tones, stick to vanilla or light mocha bases; darker skin benefits from peachy oranges or yellow-golds, says celebrity makeup artist Michelle Radow. (Look younger and feel more radiant by reversing the signs of aging naturally, with The New Natural!)

  1. Always prime.

Normally, less is more when it comes to the amount of product you put on your eyes—but prepping your lids for color is necessary, even if you don’t plan on wearing shadow or liner. “Primer will smooth and correct the color of your lids, making them look younger in seconds,” says Radow. And if you do want a little extra color on your lids, primer will prevent creasing. Radow’s a fan of Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer ($29;, Benefit Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer ($29;, and Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette ($54;

  1. Make it matte.

“When you put shimmer on top of skin that’s wrinkled, it can actually age you more by drawing attention to those areas,” says Brandie Hopstein, celebrity makeup artist. A matted shadow will smooth out the eyelid, concealing any fine lines.

But if you’re aching for a little extra shine, add it to the corner of the eye—just enough to add a little pop when the light hits it, suggests Hopstein. Radow suggests trying Viseart Eyeshadow Palette 01: Neutral Matte ($80; or The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette ($42;

  1. Avoid liquids at all costs.

As you age, thick, harsh lines are the enemy, so liquid liners are a definite “don’t.” “I usually suggest a gel liner for over 40; you have more control on the depth of the color and application,” says Rivero. But keep it thin. “By keeping your liner line fine and as close to your lashes as possible, you’re creating the illusion of a thicker, darker lash line and a more defined eye,” says Radow. A good gel option: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($25; bobbibrown

  1. Go back to black.

Black mascara is universally flattering—but application is key, suggests Rivero. “Take your mascara wand, wipe almost all of the product off on the sides of the tube, and then swipe your lashes,” says Rivero. That way, you get the definition of black mascara without the clumpiness that often comes with it.

But focus on your top lashes, only. “Stay away from applying product to the bottom lashes,” says Rivero. Any product there, even waterproof mascara, will flake and add more darkness to the area under your eyes. Two to try: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Mascara ($20; and Jane Iredale Pure Lash Lengthening Mascara ($18;

  1. Bump up your brow game.

To make your eyes really stand out, you need to pay attention to your brows—especially as you age and hair thins out. (Here are 3 fast solutions for thinning brows.) But instead of penciling them in, use a shadow that matches your brow color, such as Bobbi Brown Light Brow Kit ($48; “Everyone can benefit from making their brows look a little more present, so take a bit of powder eye shadow on a small fluffy brush and brush it through the brow,” says Rivero. That way, you’re not filling them in as much as giving them a tint for a little extra oomph.




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