After the holiday season, most of us feel bloated and out of shape. That’s pretty normal. You certainly cannot imagine yourself saying “no thanks” to a wonderful dish of home-made “cappelletti” served at the family lunch on Christmas Day. And what about that slice of the most delicious panettone you’ve ever seen, covered with rich chocolate icing? You certainly do not want to miss out on those delicious hyper-caloric recipes…
And here you are: all the efforts put into dieting and exercising at the gym so far have disappeared… in one bite!
Do not feel frustrated though, as we have good news for you. Olive oil, the “liquid gold”, can become your ally for an excellent detox programme.
5 REASONS TO USE OLIVE OIL (THE GOOD ONE) AS A DETOXIFIER
1. Olive juice that heals.
In ancient times, people believed that olive oil would provide body strength and youth.
In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, olive oil used to be infused with flowers and herbs to make drugs and cosmetics. In Micene, for instance, researchers have found a list of aromas to be added to olive oil to obtain special unguents.
2. Scientific research
Researchers have proved that olive oil has a huge beneficial effect on our body, inside and outside. It protects the skin, as well as stomach, arteries and liver. In Sweden, researchers have found that the daily intake of 10 grammes of extra virgin olive oil can decrease the risk of breast cancer by 45%.
3. Olive oil, an excellent brain food
Let’s not forget that body wellbeing always comes from the mind. And research suggests that olive oil can be thoroughly effective on the brains too. As a matter of fact, olive oil increases the levels of two important brain chemicals, the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF). Besides, it protects the brain cells from oxidation caused by free radicals and from degenerative diseases.
4. Olive oil lowers cholesterol levels
It is widely known that olive oil decreases the risk of heart attack as it lowers the “bad” Low Density cholesterol levels (LDL) in the blood, whilst increasing the levels of the “good” High Density cholesterol (HDL).
And now, let’s talk about us…
You have just discovered some of the main benefits olive oil can provide. You must know that we produce our own extra-virgin olive oil. Hectares of olive trees at the Batani Farm provide a top quality olive oil. There, olives are collected into an olive-press where they undergo a delicate cold pressing. An extra-virgin oil is thus obtained, which is one of the main ingredients used by our Chefs in their delicious recipes.
Visiting an olive oil-mill
Wish to visit an oil-mill? Wish to discover all the olive oil benefits and the secret of its production? We suggest that you visit Brisighella, an ancient medieval village, not far away from the Batani Hotels, where olive oil production has been a tradition for centuries. The outdoor Olive Oil Museum – located behind the Cooperativa Agricola Brisighellese – Terra di Brisighella – will surprise you with olive oil tastings and recipes for a pleasant and detox day out on the hills.
5. Sorry!!! We nearly forgot our fifth and most important reason for loving olive oil… Batani extra-virgin olive oil tastes wonderful! So, we invite you to detox with… taste!