Monday, February 10, 2014

The DANGERS of Sitting

Originally from: KQED Science
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KQED Science: The Hazards of Sitting

The health hazards of sitting

“We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.” (via Washington Post)

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Many Benefits of Vitamin D!

The mighty vitamin D has been muted by the naysayers of the sun.   The sun really is the best source of vitamin D, but if you must protect yourself by covering every inch of skin 100% of the time, then please, for the love of all things holy, take a supplement.  Here's how it works; Vitamin D is produced by our bodies when we are in the sun.  Even with sunscreen on, you will produce vitamin D.  In winter, most of us do not get enough sunlight to get adequate amounts of vitamin D, thus making us deficient.  It is recommended to take 1000iu's of Vitamin D3 as a supplement in the winter.  The benefits of Vitamin D are too many to list.  I'll highlight a few of my favorites here.
Of course, because I am in the skincare business, I am especially interested in the benefits it provides to the skin.  Vitamin D has been proven to help people with psoriasis and eczema.  Oh, what a REAL relief that is.  It's a cheap and easy fix to a really pesky problem.  Here are some links to the research I read: