Sunlight Benefits for Body and Mind

Sunlight Benefits for Body and Mind

5 Ways to Supplement Sunlight Exposure

Scientific research is shedding new light on the many benefits we derive from being exposed to the sun’s rays; something our primitive ancestors naturally took advantage of. But as the human race has evolved, many of us have gotten further and further away from the sun, quite literally. We live and work inside climate-controlled environments and wear clothing and sunscreen that covers or protects most of the body from the sun’s harshest rays. While our skin is important, so is sun exposure and the many positive benefits it confers on the body and the mind.

In fact, a study from the Journal of Internal Medicine correlated the health of 30,000 Swedish women with risk of death over a 20-year period. The researchers found that the risk of death from all causes doubled for the Swedish women who tended to avoid the sun compared to women who got the most sun. This was a dose-dependent benefit, meaning that the more sun exposure a woman got on a regular basis, the lower her risk of death during the two decades-long study.

This sunshine-related health benefit remained significant even after the study authors adjusted the data for income, obesity, tobacco use and exercise. According to this study, completely avoiding the sun might increase the risk of premature mortality as much as being a pack-a-day cigarette smoker.1

In another recent study, researchers presented tentative evidence showing that red and near-infrared light, both present in sunlight, could explain the associations between sunlight exposure and better health status. Body irradiation with red and near-infrared light, usually termed as photobiomodulation (PBM), have demonstrated preliminary evidence of a potential clinical benefit for chronic diseases.2

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Cellulite, Arthritis, and Mental Fog…

Cellulite, Arthritis, and Mental Fog…

Detox Your Lymphatic System!

Cellulite, Arthritis, and Mental Fog…

The lymphatic system has multiple purposes. Two important functions include bathing cells with nutrients and carrying away waste. However, lymph doesn’t always drain properly on its own. Sometimes lymph nodes become congested and/or swollen, affecting the flow of lymph in their vicinity. On the face and neck specifically, this can lead to clogged pores, acne, slowed healing, dull or dehydrated skin, and puffiness.

Cleansing your lymphatic system is crucial in your ability to heal and prevent disease. It’s a supportive detoxification system that works with the immune system, digestive system, and nervous system.  Many holistic health care professionals believe a toxic lymphatic system is an underlying contributor to everything from cellulite to cancer. Indeed, cancer often metastasizes through the lymphatic system.

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Vitality 5800 Juicer

Vitality 5800 Juicer

NEW JUICER – BEST JUICER I’VE USED!!

There’s a new juicer on the market that I’ve been using every day. The Namawell Vitality 5800.

I never thought I would fall in love with a masticating juicer….but I have.

Here’s what I like about it:

The Namawell Vitality 5800
  • Juice lasts longer; can store at least 48 hr.  It doesn’t oxidize quickly like juice made from a centrifugal juicer
  • You get significantly more juice than with a centrifugal juicer. 
  • It offers a very dry pulp. With my centrifugal juicer, a lot of pulp was leftover
  • Preserves more vitamins and enzymes because of the pressing and slow action
  • Makes juice taste better
  • Quiet machine
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Inflammation and Immune Response

Inflammation and Immune Response

Inflammation Interferes with the Body’s Immune Response

According to Sarah Varney who writes for Kaiser Health News: “A healthy immune system turns inflammation on and off as needed, calling on white blood cells and sending out proteins to fight infection. Blood tests show that obese people and people with related metabolic risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar levels experience a state of chronic mild inflammation; the inflammation turns on and stays on.” Although scientists are still researching its causes, it seems chronic inflammation interferes with the body’s immune response.

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The New Word on Zinc and Vitamin D3

The New Word on Zinc and Vitamin D3

Zinc and Vitamin D3 Can Keep You From Contracting Covid

Did you see the show this week on Fox News with the doctor who said if you take zinc and vitamin D3, you stand a good chance of not getting Covid?

I found some new information on zinc that I think is important as we head into cold and flu season.

  • Researchers from Spain found that people with lower blood levels of zinc who were admitted to hospital with Covid-19 tended to fare worse than those with healthier levels
  • A laboratory study in 2010 showed that zinc inhibited the activity and replication of another coronavirus, SARS-CoV which caused an outbreak in 2002
  • Theoretically, taking zinc during the early stages of COVID-19 may reduce symptoms of severity and the duration of the illness, but this has not been proven
  • Zinc has been shown to reduce the duration of the common cold
  • Zinc supplements should not be taken at too high a dose or for long periods as they can cause toxicity. It is not water-soluble and can build up in your body. I recommend 15 mg.

Zinc is an essential mineral that our body cannot make itself. This means we have to obtain it from our diet or supplements. Ginger is a good source of zinc, which is great added to your juice recipes.

Zinc has many important roles in our body, for example:

  • It is responsible for the activity of more than 300 different enzymes in our body
  • It is vital for our immune system function including maintaining the integrity of our skin and for cells mediating immunity such as neutrophils and killer cells. Studies have shown people who are deficient in zinc are more susceptible to infection
  • It is required for protein and DNA synthesis
  • It is important for wound healing
  • Supports normal growth and development during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy
  • Ensures the proper functioning of our senses (taste and smell). A deficiency causes loss of taste and smell.

(https://www.drugs.com/medical-answers/zinc-protect-you-covid-19-boost-immune-system-3535446/)

Vitamin D3

University of Chicago Medicine researchers led by Dr, David Meltzer, the university’s chief of hospital medicine, found a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and risk of developing COVID-19.

  • More than 40 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D requires exposure to sunlight to activate in the body, a unique characteristic of vitamin D3.
  • A recent meta-analysis of 40 research studies found that daily, long-term doses of vitamin D seemed to protect against acute respiratory infections. Other studies also have found associations between vitamin D levels and COVID-19 susceptibility.

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Probiotics & Your Gut Health

Probiotics & Your Gut Health

Boost Your Hormone and Gut Health!

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates (fiber) that induce the growth of beneficial microorganisms (probiotics) in the gut. In the gastrointestinal tract prebiotics can feed probiotics. Prebiotics are typically Inulin fibers that are not digested in your small intestine; therefore, they make it into your colon where they serve as food for the probiotics.

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Superfoods: Hype or Reality?

Superfoods: Hype or Reality?

Which are the TOP Contenders?

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are called “superfoods” and if they really are better than other foods? Research shows that some foods truly are super healthy and stand out above the rest when it comes to health and healing. The Macmillan Dictionary defines “superfood” as “a food that is considered to be very good for your health and that may even help some medical conditions.”

Here are two top contenders:

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