Natural anti-inflammatories

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medications commonly used to treat pain and inflammation in various health conditions. However, these medications are not without side effects, especially when used long-term. Gastrointestinal, renal, and cardiovascular side effects can occur and can be serious. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives that can help relieve pain and inflammation without the risks associated with NSAIDs. In this article, we will explore the various natural anti-inflammatories, including avocado, garlic, rosemary, turmeric, strawberries, and walnuts.

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Caffeine in Swimming


Swimming is a sport that demands a lot from the human body. In addition to proper technique and physical endurance, it is important for athletes to have a focused mind and sufficient energy to perform movements effectively.


Caffeine is an alkaloid found in various plants such as coffee, tea, cocoa, and guarana. It is one of the most consumed substances worldwide and can have various effects on the human body, including stimulation of the central nervous system, reduction of fatigue, and increase in concentration.

Caffeine in Swimming

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that can improve concentration, reduce fatigue, and increase energy and physical endurance. When consumed in moderate doses, caffeine can have beneficial effects on performance in swimming.

Furthermore, scientific studies show that caffeine can increase muscle contraction capacity, improving muscle strength and power. This can be especially useful in short-duration races, such as the 50m and 100m freestyle.

Personal Narrative

As a personal narrative, I have noticed that when I do not drink coffee before swimming class, I feel less energy and strength to perform propulsion with my legs, resulting in bad performance. However, when I drink coffee in the morning before class, I feel more alert and energized, which reflects in better performance in the pool.

I only realized this connection today because it is not my usual habit to drink coffee, as caffeine causes me anxiety, which, in turn, worsens my tics. Therefore, I was able to verify, just like about two months ago, that my performance was better – because I drank coffee.


In summary, caffeine can be an ally in swimming performance, especially when consumed in moderate doses and within the recommended daily limits. However, it is important to remember that proper technique, consistent training, and healthy nutrition are also essential to achieve good results in the pool.

However, it is important to remember that each individual may react differently to caffeine, and it is advisable to consult a health professional before increasing caffeine consumption, especially if there is a history of heart problems, insomnia, or anxiety.

Swimming Lessons in 2023

In 2020, I signed up for swimming lessons at the Covilhã Municipal Pool, but unfortunately the classes were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now, in 2023, I decided to re-enroll and I’m learning how to swim. However, I’ve been facing some difficulties because I can’t relax in the water and end up sinking.
Now I realize that relaxation is essential for swimming and fully enjoying the benefits of this sport. So, I’ve been trying to stay calm and patient, knowing that I won’t be able to swim perfectly right away. Far from it, actually.
In addition to the physical benefits, swimming also has benefits for mental health. For example, I suffer from Tourette’s syndrome and I discovered that swimming helps me control my tics.
When I’m in the pool, I feel calmer and more relaxed. The water has a calming effect on me and helps me forget my tics. In fact, when I’m in the water, I don’t have them. After all, stress and anxiety are factors that can exacerbate them.
Currently, I’m very motivated about swimming and would like to go more often during the week. Unfortunately, spots at the municipal pool are limited and it’s difficult to get a place at this time of year. However, I’m keeping an eye out for new openings and as soon as there’s an opportunity, I’ll enroll to be able to swim more often.

Covilhã Municipal Pool

Sweatcoin – Walk to earn

Sweatcoin is a free app which rewards your daily steps with a new-generation currency you can spend on cool products or donate to charity.

What is Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin is a free mobile app that counts your steps and turns them into a digital currency called sweatcoins.

How does it work?

The more you walk, the more you earn. And the more you earn, the more you walk!

Studies show that rewards motivate people to stay active.

What can users do with their sweatcoins?

  • Buy deals, products, and digital offers
  • Bid in high-value auctions (PlayStation 5, GoPro Hero 9)
  • Donate to charities like Save the Children


Now, although not mastered, but know how to speak english, I’m learning German with this wonderful free app. Try it, that is even fun!

Concluded TI Operator Course

Passed about 8 months formation with 3 syncronous and 4 assyncronous hours per day, all day of the week, I concluded the TI Operator Course.

Upgraded from CS7AKG to CT7AKG

Passed Upgraded my licenseI passed the exam at ANACOM and upgraded my license!

I’m now category 1 radioamateur! Now I’m CT7AKG instead of CS7AKG

I Know about Cybersecurity

Finished in less than 1 hour an online course about cibersecurity with expected workload of 15 hours.


Signed up in a Gym

This month, I enrolled in a Gym, in order to try to lose some weight. And how I pass the day withou doing anything, I signed up in the Covilhã CityGym. I started to love that, right at first training and I always went oriented.

If you would like to apply also, take advantage now that they are offering 4 weeks and the application fee. And do not forget to mention that who recommended the gym was me …