We here in the northeast US are heading, once again, towards the shorter days of autumn and winter. I, for one, dread the impending lack of daylight. There’s something about the seeming endless supply of sunshine during the summer months that makes me feel really, really good. My research tells me I’m not alone – exposure to sunshine boasts a few physiological benefits . . .
It’s true. Research is continuing to support the fact that our indoor environment can actually be more toxic than our outdoor environment! But how could that be?
Well, bacteria and viruses that we have picked up during our travels will spread to others more easily in a closed-in environment. In addition to that, we must bear the load of toxic fumes created from chemical-based household cleaning products, synthetic air fresheners, new carpet or paint, as well as ingredients from building materials.
We often hear about the effects of pollution or other environmental stimuli on our health, but what about the electrical charge of the air we breathe? Ever feel better when you’re near the ocean? Or worse when a storm is about to hit? How about when you simply breathe in fresh air? Well there’s a reason for all of that. Learn more about exposing yourself to negative ions for good health!
Essential oils on the market vary greatly with regard to quality and purity. There is quite a bit of research showing that essential oils massaged onto the skin make it through to the bloodstream, with all of their components, very quickly. In fact, studies have found peak levels of the compounds of an essential oil in the bloodstream after just 19 minutes following topical application. With the skin being our largest organ, this doesn’t surprise me. This fact alone makes it critical that we do our research to make certain we are purchasing essential oils that are what they say they are!
The other day I was walking with a good friend of mine who abruptly declared, obviously out of frustration, “it shouldn’t be so stressful to try to be healthy!” I knew exactly what she meant, as I often feel that same frustration. I suppose it’s because we’re “blessed” with an endless stream of information “… Dr. Oz recommends ….,” “I read a book that said …,” “I saw a commercial that warned of … ” You probably get the picture. Maintaining good health doesn’t need to be stressful. Simply reducing your “toxic load” is a great place to start.
You’re probably not surprised that Vitamin D is included in this list of anti-cancer nutrients. After all, both alternative and conventional health circles have been touting its benefits for the past few years. Well, let’s just say that I’m on that bandwagon. Rather than reiterate the plethora of positives associated with optimal blood levels of Vitamin […]
by Colleen M. Story, Healthline.com If you think your allergies are getting worse, you’re not alone. A 2011 report by Quest Diagnostics stated that 17 million doctor’s office visits and 30,000 emergency room visits can be blamed on allergies every year. The organization’s analysis of allergy blood tests indicated that overall, sensitivity to allergens is increasing, […]
We’ve had some beautiful spring weather here in PA this year. Just wet enough, warm enough and, many times, sunny enough to result in incredible growth of our plants and flowers. Unfortunately, the weeds have been doing quite well too. But before you wage a war on those weeds with chemical herbicides like Roundup or […]
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