Minerals are to the body as spark plugs are to a car – they are necessary to make the engine run. The human body doesn’t have an engine, per se, but each cell manufactures energy, similar to an engine. Unless, of course, minerals and other nutrients are missing, at which point energy cannot be produced. When energy isn’t produced, hormones can’t be either.
With the cold winter months about to descend upon us, the heaters are beginning to blow their dry heat and virtually eliminate all but the tiniest drop of moisture in the air. Even if you venture outdoors, the cold temperatures will literally suck all of the humidity from the air out there too. It’s no wonder that every winter my hands look less like skin and more like the sandpaper hanging in my husband’s workshop!
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 . . .
Even if we wanted to, we certainly can’t forget that the next flu season is right around the corner . . . flu shot signs are everywhere! Grocery stores, pharmacies, even the schools are doing their part to promote this vaccine. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t jump on that bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in protecting myself from the influenza virus, I just choose to do it in a way that gives me a bit more control over the outcome.
Do you know that, today, about 31% of adults have high blood pressure? What can be called an epidemic now, was actually quite rare prior to the 20th century. People’s blood pressure has risen steadily over the years. But why? And what can we do to correct it? What is “high blood pressure”? Probably the […]
Vitamin C is one of my favorite nutrients because it has so many far-reaching, positive effects on our health. We tend to hear about Vitamin C mainly for its general immune system support, but C has also been studied extensively for its potential cancer-cell-killing ability. That said, despite being a big fan of Vitamin C, I pondered whether to […]
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 Susan Hughes, MSEd, HHP, CNC I remember back in “the day” when my elementary school classroom consisted of a mix of shy and talkative, lazy and hyper, “smart” and “dumb”, bully and nice, and of course the class clown. Considered back then to be a result of . . . well, nothing really . . […]
It’s amazing. I swear that Doctor-Oz-recommended supplements sell out coast to coast faster than Jimmy Buffett concert tickets in the summertime! That is what can be termed “The Doctor Oz Phenomenon”. Recently Dr. Mehmet Oz has been at the forefront of the news, and not in a good way. Senators reprimanded him for making “false” claims regarding weight loss […]
There is a lot of conflicting information out there on nutrient supplementation. Questions like: “Do we need to take vitamins to be healthy?” or ” Can’t we get everything our bodies need from the food we eat?” have different answers depending upon who you ask. I’ve decided to weigh in on the subject in an […]
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