Category: Health Bullets

Live Better and Longer

Dinner is served. Grandmother Sally, alert and happy, is facing her first meal, in some time, at her son’s California ranch style home. Her son Clyde is a comfortably settled dairy cattleman who loves his wife Lela’s cooking, a bit too much—Uncle Clyde believes in eating generously.

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There Is Sunshine In My Soul

Studies show that up to 90% of the vitamin D in our bodies is obtained from our skin being exposed to sunlight. Exposure to sunlight converts cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream by the capillaries. As it passes through the liver, vitamin D undergoes a biological change.

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Are You Being Short-Changed?

Sleep expert Dr. James Maas asks these three questions: Do you need an alarm clock in order to wake up in the morning? Do you hit the snooze button a few times before finally getting out of bed? Do you sleep extra hours on the weekend? If so, consider yourself one of the millions of chronically sleep-deprived people.

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An Unsung Biological Hero

If I were to offer you an all-natural supplement that helps to prevent undesirable clotting, improves your antibody function and mental processing, increases endurance, reduces skin wrinkling, and perks up every cell in your body, how much would you be willing to pay for it? “Well,” you might say, “before I spend money—what is it?” The answer may surprise you—it’s water!

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Twelve Lifestyle Tips for Vibrant Skin

The skin is a vital organ. Indeed, with a total area of about 20 square feet, it is the largest organ of our bodies. We cannot live without it. One square inch of  skin is composed of 19 million cells, 625 sweat glands, 90 oil glands, 65 hair follicles, 19,000 sensory cells, and 4 meters of blood vessels. The skin protects, provides immunity, excretes, breathes, and is involved in thermal balance. The outer part of the epidermis helps maintain fluid balance. How can we keep it healthy and slow down its aging?

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Could a Regular Schedule Help Your Arthritis?

Cultivate a regular schedule. Cartilage cells have a functioning body clock which switches genes that control tissue function on and off. Scientists believe imposing a rhythm by regularly scheduled exercise, restricted meal times, or by targeting the joint itself with scheduled warming and cooling of the joint, could have a significant impact on the future management of joint diseases and with further study it could relieve sufferers’ symptoms.

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Water Drinking as a Disease Fighter

Scientific studies show that even mild dehydration, from short periods of fluid restriction, decreases alertness and ability to concentrate and impairs performance. German researchers have found that dehydration contributes to and exacerbates many chronic diseases. For example, dehydration increases the risk of developing urinary tract infections, kidney stones, constipation, asthma during exercise, high blood pressure, clots, stroke, chronic lung disorders, and diabetic ketoacidosis.

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How Vitamin D Helps Obese Individuals

Chronic inflammation is one of the major factors to obesity’s deadly medical complications. After all, pot-belly fat cells generate pro-inflammatory chemicals. For obese individuals acute exercise activates inflammatory triggers inside the body. Furthermore, obese individuals are at a greater risk for vitamin D deficiency. This complicates matters as vitamin D makes a very important anti-inflammatory hormone.

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Could Vitamin D Protect You from Influenza?

Ideally, before the flu season begins, find out your vitamin D status. A study involving 18, 883 participants, 12 years and older, found that people with the lowest blood level of vitamin D reported having significantly more recent colds or flu. The analysis adjusted for demographics and clinical factors–season, body mass index, smoking history, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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