Year: 2017

July 19, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Sun and Sunscreen for Summer

sunscreen safety tipsAbout the Sun

The sun’s light contains invisible ultraviolet rays which can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. There are 3 types of UV light. UVC is the most damaging but it does not reach us because it cannot get through the atmosphere. UVB is responsible for delayed tanning and burning, however it cannot penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Most UVB is filtered by the clouds in the atmosphere and causes the most impact between 10am-4pm. Most of the UV radiation that reaches us is UVA. It can reach the deeper layers of the skin and causes immediate tanning. It is also the type that causes skin aging and wrinkling and potentially skin cancer. Increased exposure to UV rays can cause sunburn, speed up skin aging and increase the risk of skin cancer.

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July 10, 2017

probiotics for healthDid you know that Probiotics can help your mood?

For thousands of years, clinicians have observed a connection between the gut, brain, and overall health. Hippocrates is famously quoted as saying “all disease begins in the gut.” This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever experienced gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms like diarrhea, indigestion, or abdominal discomfort in response to changes in their emotional state. The gut and brain communicate through neural, endocrine and immune pathways. It has become increasingly clear that interactions with intestinal microbiota play an important part in this communication.

Recent insights into the role of the human microbiota in cognitive and affective functioning have led to the hypothesis that probiotic supplementation may act as an adjuvant strategy to ameliorate or prevent depression.  In a recent research study (Reference below), 20 healthy participants without current mood disorder received a 4-week probiotic food-supplement intervention, while 20 control participants received an inert placebo for the same period. In the pre- and post-intervention assessment, cognitive reactivity to sad mood was assessed using the revised Leiden index of depression sensitivity scale. It was exciting to see that the participants who received the 4-week multispecies probiotics intervention showed significantly reduced depression, less repetitive negative thoughts and less aggressive thoughts. Yeah probiotics!

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July 10, 2017

healthy skin hair nailsSummer is a great time to show-off your healthy skin, hair and nails! The condition of your skin, hair and nails is a reflection of your overall state of health. A variety of factors can affect their condition, including your exposure to tobacco smoke, sun damage, medications, drug use, and nutritional status.  Guess what is the best way to keep these parts of you looking shiny and healthy – a well-balanced diet! Be sure you are eating a lot of vegetables and fruits along with a smaller portions of protein, healthy fats and grains.

Sometimes vitamin supplementation is needed to support your body, especially if your thyroid gland is under stress (which can lead to pale skin, dull hair and brittle nails). Vitamin formulas for healthy hair, skin, and nails contain many of the same nutrients that your entire body needs for growth and maintenance of cells such as Biotin, the B vitamins, Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin C & E, and essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). These vitamins also support the production of keratin which is the essential building block for your skin, hair and nails. Talk to your wellness practitioner about the following key supplements that can give strength and shine to your hair, skin, and nails.

July 6, 2017

top healthiest foodsThese 15 top healthiest foods help you feel good, increase your energy and help prevent diseases. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients. Be sure your shopping cart has these healthy foods when you check out at your next visit to the grocery store!

Blueberries

Blueberries are loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants that help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Blueberries may also improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.

Tip: Toss fresh blueberries on your yogurt or oatmeal in the morning. Buy extra in the summer and keep in the freezer for the winter months.

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July 6, 2017

germs on cell phonesIt’s a well-known fact that cell phones are dirty objects, but just how unclean are they? Each square inch of your cell phone contains roughly 25,000 germs, making it one of the filthiest things you come in contact with on a daily basis. That’s something to think about the next time you press your face to your phone. Dr. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, says this is not surprising. “Nobody ever cleans or disinfects their phone, so the germs and bacteria just keep building up. The germs that accumulate on the phones include E. coli, as well as influenza and MRSA, a germ that causes rashes and skin infections.”

Frequent use of our cell phone causes them to remain warm, creating the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Now that many phones have touch screens, the germs are easily spread from your phone to your hands and face, increasing your chance of infections. Keeping your phone in a warm place such as your pocket or a purse, just acts as a petri dish for the bacteria to grow.

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