When many of us think of wellness, we often think of diet and exercise. Though these are important players in contributing to one's overall health, so do the basics around us, such as water, sunshine and air. Here are some things to consider.
Wonders of Pure Water!
The scientific proof of water's benefits continues to pour in.
A recent 12-week study shows that dieters who drank two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals lost an average of 4.5 pounds more than those who did not. Similar studies prove that the most common cause of muscle cramps is a lack of water during exercise. It has also been found that some people experience fewer headaches by drinking more water. Proper hydration is obviously critical to our overall well being and drinking absolutely pure water should be our beverage of choice.
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Vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," is making headlines again. A new study shows that increased Vitamin D can help prevent breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, bone fractures and more. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of death from any medical condition by half over the next eight years.
It's difficult to get enough Vitamin D from foods and supplements except from a high quality Cod Liver Oil (we recommend fermented cod liver oil) or a natural D3 Serum. One of the most effective ways of course is for us to produce Vitamin D by enjoying 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine each day. Eating lunch outdoors on a sunny day is an easy way to create Vitamin D with the sun's energy (Don't overdo it, however. Longer doses don't help and could cause sunburn.)
An Air of Wellness!
The importance of breathing is obvious. (Read our featured article, Our Radiant Breath, The Ultimate Life-Enhancement Tool) But there's more to the story! Research shows that slow, deep breathing for a few minutes per day can help lower or regulate blood pressure. Slow, deep breaths are the body's "built-in stress reliever."
Of course we want whatever air we breathe to be clean. People typically associate air pollution with the outdoors. But indoor air quality is just as important. Pollutants, allergens, molds, radon and more can be hazardous to your health and well being. To help you improve air quality in your home or office, Radiant life offers world-class air purification systems from Austin Air. We offer Free Ground Shipping to the lower 48 States! The Environmental Protection Agency publishes a free online book. Visit http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidest.html#content.
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1Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA;
2Department of Health Sciences, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia, USA;
3Department of Human Development and Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
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(7)Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine,
(8)Indoor Air Quality: