Dietary Protection Against Sun Exposure

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Excessive sun exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has detrimental effects on the immune system causing inflammation; therefore over exposure resulting from sunburn can cause major causes of skin cancer such as basal carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant carcinoma. Americans get less than 25% of their lifetime of UV dose by the age of 18 (1). And three forths of lifetime exposure is delivered during adulthood and older age (1). If you want to decrease your chances of over exposure to the sun, a lifelong photoprotection (protection of self from sun exposure & UVR exposure) … [Read more...]

Food for thought….Eat smart!

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Numerous clinical research studies have been published implicating the potential impact diet has on your metal health and function. Your brain is as vital as your heart, in constant need of energy and oxygen. Under normal conditions, it depends mostly on glucose (end product of carbohydrate metabolism) for energy and it uses 20% of your energy intake at rest. (1) Its a highly metabolic organ. But to keep your brain healthy, just like you do your heart, you also need to feed it foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants for brain development and proper function. Docosahexaenoic acid … [Read more...]

Soda consumption is putting your health at risk

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Love this quote: "Change before you have to. Jack Welch" As part of the IFIT FOR LIFE's action steps for a healthier lifestyle; we’re going to outline facts about drinking sodas. Sodas are artificial colored, artificially sweetened, and full of empty sweet calories made from high fructose corn syrup. There are numerous studies that indicate the negative health impact of sodas.  The Childhood Obesity Research Center at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine did a study demonstrating findings of higher than normal levels of fructose in numerous brand … [Read more...]

Hydration and the Elderly

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Water, it’s the most essential chemical substances for life. We could not survive without this clear, odorless and tasteless (1) nutrient within a matter of days. Water is regulated by the kidneys, and therefore drinking plenty of water on a daily basis will protect these two vital organs. However, as the healthy kidneys age, they will function normal but slower. The kidney’s function decrease due to physiological changes such as the reduction of the number of filtering units (the nephrons) which filter waste from the blood, and a decrease in the kidneys tissue and blood supply (2).  In … [Read more...]