Category: Health and Wellness

July 26, 2017

baby antibioticsKilling the Good and the Bad

Use of Antibiotics early in life can reportedly lead to immune-related diseases. In animal studies it has been shown that antibiotics change the intestinal microbiomes and reduce the diversity of bugs. The long term effects are unknown. The antibiotics they studied includes the macrolide family: Azithromycin, Clarithromycin.

The average child living in the United States will receive about 10-20 rounds of antibiotics by the age of 18.

The research indicates that it takes at least ONE YEAR for the intestinal microbiota to recover from antibiotic treatment, and if the child receives multiple courses of antibiotics during their first years, it may not have time to fully recover.

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July 26, 2017

ayurvedic healingAyurvedic medicine or Ayurvedic healing is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems that was developed in India thousands of years ago. Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit word “Ayur” meaning life and “Veda” meaning wisdom or knowledge.  Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness depends on a delicate balance between your body, mind and spirit and the universe.  According to Ayurvedic theory, everything in the universe is connected and a disruption of this harmony can lead to poor health and illness. Some things that can cause disruptions of your balance include genetic or birth defects, injuries, climate or seasonal changes, age, emotions, food, elimination processes and stress.

Ayurveda recognizes that each person if made of a combination of five basic elements found in the universe: Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

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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

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

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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