Posts Tagged ‘vitamin d’

7 Ways We’ve Failed Miserably at Trying to Outsmart Nature

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Failed Attempts at Outsmarting NatureWith our high level of intelligence and the vast amount of technological innovation that we enjoy today, it’s ironic that excellent health is so elusive to so many people. Without any of the modern technology that we rely on today, our primitive ancestors were able to enjoy exceptional health and rarely encountered the many chronic and debilitating conditions that are so common today. These people had an intimate knowledge of nature and a tremendous appreciation for it which is something that we’ve lost without reliance on technology.

While our primitive ancestors were forced to live in agreement with nature, we seem to do everything we can to outsmart it, and we almost always fail. The following are some of the more notable and devastating mistakes that we’re still making.

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Could Tanning Beds Be a Safe Source of Vitamin D?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Tanning BedAs more people begin to realize the importance of vitamin D, natural sun exposure is becoming more widely accepted as a critical aspect of a healthy lifestyle. This raises a question that many tanning enthusiasts are likely to ask. Could tanning beds be a healthy source of vitamin D as well?

What About Skin Cancer?

The primary reason why people avoid tanning, whether it be in the natural sunlight or in a tanning bed, is because of it’s association with skin cancer. However, this doesn’t make much sense when you consider that melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is most prevalent among indoor workers and is most commonly found on the areas of the body that are exposed to sun the least.

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Vitamin D’s Flawed Recommended Daily Allowance

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Recommended Daily AllowanceWhile it’s great that the FDA requires supplement and food labels to contain percentages of daily recommended values, these numbers can often be misleading. Vitamin D is one of the most important substances in regard to supporting good health and also happens to have one of the most misleading Recommended Daily Allowances.

If you look at the label on the back of food or supplement packaging, you’ll see a list of nutrients that specifies the amount of each nutrient contained in a single serving of the product and what percentage of the recommended Daily Value that this amount represents. The FDA requires food and supplement manufacturers to include this information on the labels of their products to help you determine how much of your daily recommended allowance you’re consuming.

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Why Sun Exposure Is Vital to Your Health

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Sun and Vitamin DProvoked by high rates of skin cancer, many people avoid the sun as much as possible and cover themselves with sunscreen before spending any time outdoors. Sadly, these people are actually increasing their risk for cancer and other diseases.

For millions of years, humans have spent many hours out in the sun each day without the protection of sunscreen. As such, it seems completely backwards for this natural and essential part of life to be considered dangerous. A closer look at the issue reveals that it is indeed backwards and that the fear of sun exposure is the real problem.

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The 7 Foundational Factors of Optimal Health

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

7 Foundational Factors of Optimal HealthWith the prevalence of poor health and disease in today’s society, it’s evident that many people are not properly caring for themselves. They often blame their poor health on genetics and circumstance, but in most cases, this is an excuse that will prevent them from ever achieving better health.

Modern medicine is so focused on chasing symptoms that good health is often considered to be elusive and highly complicated. This is unfortunate because excellent health really doesn’t have to be this mysterious. Unhealthy lifestyle habits are nearly always at the root of poor health and disease, and this is something that we all have the ability to change.

Living a lifestyle that promotes optimal health is by far the best method of preventing disease and building the vitality you need to get the most out of life.

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