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Is Your Perfume Toxic?

September 26, 2016 by admin in Health News with 0 Comments

perfume-toxicIf you have ever been stuck in a car or a tight space with someone who’s wearing an overpowering perfume or cologne, you will probably understand what is meant by the term “second-hand fragrance pollution”. What you may find surprising is that you are not wrong to be upset by the overpowering smell, nor should you be reveling in the strong scents that you do like.

Because it turns out that your perfume could be toxic. In fact, anything with a strong smelling fragrance, be it lotion, shampoo, deodorant or aftershave, is full of unregulated chemicals and toxins.

Whether you are wearing the scent yourself or breathing it off of someone else, artificial fragrances are bad for you. They are linked to respiratory tract problems, allergies, hormone disruption and in some cases even cancer.

It may only be a smell – but the truth is it can hurt you, even if you are not the one wearing it!

What’s inside your perfume product?

When you purchase a personal care product that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient, you are buying something that contains any one (or more) of the 5000 stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry. Most of these chemicals are tar or petroleum based. All of them are synthetic.

According to the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, cosmetics companies are to list all ingredients on their labels, except for those used to create the fragrance. Because of this the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned laboratory tests to analyse 17 bib-name fragrances. They found 38 chemicals in these which were not listed on the labels. The Average fragrance was found to contain 14 unlisted fragrance chemicals! Many of these are chemicals which are known to cause bodily harm, especially when built up in the body over time after frequent exposure through the skin or by breathing them in.

 

Common Ingredients in Perfume and Fragrance

Most fragrances are based on tar or petroleum and then manipulated with other chemicals until they smell like what you recognise as perfume. Some other common ingredients include:

Parabens: These preserve the scent. They are known to complicate normal hormone functions in both men and women.

Synthetic Musk: Also linked to hormone interference and disruption, synthetic musk accumulates in the human body over time and can be found in body fat, breast milk, and umbilical cord tissue. It also accumulates in the environment.

Phthalates: These are a synthetic preservative which are used to stop the fragrance from changing or becoming weaker over time. They are carcinogenic (cause cancer) and have been conclusively linked to all kinds of hormonal and reproductive issues, including low sperm count, early breast development, and birth defects. They are also known to cause liver and kidney damage.

With over 5000 chemicals used in the fragrance industry it is impossible to list them all here. Suffice to say that of those 5000 chemicals only 1300 have been evaluated, and even those have regulations imposed on them for their health risks.

It’s Only a Smell and it Will Hurt You

Any chemical that you can smell is already inside your body. To be able to have scent, a molecular structure must become airborne, enter the nose, and come in contact with scent receptor sites which allow us to perceive smell.

Many of these substances bypass the blood-brain barrier and enter your brain for identification.  So if you are in a closed space with a strong smell you are absorbing the chemicals in it through your nose. Anyone who has ever seen an old film where someone is drugged with formaldehyde will know that absorbing chemicals through your nose does have an impact on your health. The same goes for smoke and other chemicals.

If you find that you used to be able to smell something (such as your laundry detergent) and now you can’t, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t harmful to you anymore. It just means that you have already absorbed so much that your brain is not bothering to register the smell anymore. Just like a smoker can no longer smell the cigarette smoke in their own clothing and furnishings.

Could Perfume be as big a problem as Second Hand Smoking?

In short, yes.

Fragrances are not regulated like tobacco smoke is, so whereas people can’t smoke in public places, they can sit right under your nose with as much perfume as they like. Perhaps you have someone in your office who wears perfume every day? Or maybe you have been wearing it yourself? The point is it’s hard to get away from, and a more delicate matter to deal with when trying to protect your own breathing space.

It’s not only perfume. It could be the smell of someone’s fabric softener or dryer sheets, their soap or shampoo. All of these are potentially toxic chemicals being released into the air for everyone to breath.

Many people suffer from allergic reactions because of this.

 

Alternatives to Fragrances and Perfume

A rose by any other name….

There are so many alternatives to using fragranced products! To start off with you can make sure you are buying your detergents, soaps and personal care products from a reputable organic and eco-friendly trader.

If you want to smell like roses, what better way to do that than by using actual roses? How? In the form of essential oils. Essential oils are simply the oil from real, organic products that have been pressed or distilled for their oils. The fragrances are actually stronger and more pleasing than synthetic fragrances. You will usually have to mix them with a bland carrier oil.

Alternatively, you can buy ready mixed body sprays and oils from reputable aromatherapy and essential oil stockists.

Not only are these scents natural and pleasing to the nose, many of them even have healing properties which can help with things like anxiety, headaches and stress.

 

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12 Charts that Show What’s Wrong with your Diet (and why)

September 15, 2016 by admin in Health News with 1 Comment

fat-dietIf you look back a generation, you’ll see how much diets have changed. Most food that was served when the current thirty something’s were children, was home cooked and locally grown. Today we eat from restaurants far more frequently. At home we prepare many pre-packaged or ready meals to save us time and effort. When we do cook ourselves, the ingredients we use are often loaded with flavorings, sugar and chemicals.

Below are 13 graphs that show how the rate of obesity, food allergies and chronic health problems have coincided with the transition from home cooked to convenience foods.

Sugar Overload – Modern beverages are driving our sugar consumption rates up

There are many great evils lurking in our modern diets, but none more sweetly deceptive, and deadly, than sugar. Sugar has infiltrated our lives to the point that the average American now gets about 350 calories a day from sugar alone. That’s about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day!

Why is this a problem for your health? Well according to a publication in the JAMA internal medicine journal:

15 % of the Average adult American’s daily calorie intake is comprised of sugar.

10% of the Average adult American’s daily calorie intake is from added sugar.

A further 105 of American adults get more than 25% of their daily calorie intake from sugar.

The sources of added sugar that are most commonly responsible for these statistics are sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juice, starchy desserts and sweets (candy).

Those individuals who get more than 21% of their daily calories from sugar are twice as likely to die from heart disease than those individuals who get the recommended less than seven percent.

Sugar consumption is directly related to developing obesity. Obesity related deaths claim one in five people who die in America. The most common deadly killers related to obesity are Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Liver disease, cancer, Heart disease, dementia, depression and metabolic dysfunction.

The chart below shows how the increase in sugar intake over the last several years is directly linked with the instances of obesity in related society:

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With the increase in sugar consumption since 1970 it follows that the average calorie consumption has increased as well. People have not just substituted regular food for sugared foods, they are eating more. Aside from sugar, our diets are now also loaded with refined flour, Trans-fats and hydrogenated corn syrup. The result is that we are consuming about 20% more calories every day than people 30 years ago did.

The chart below shows how the average intake of calories by American adults from 1970 to 2010.

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One of the main sources of the added sugar being consumed comes in the form of beverages. Drinks like soda, fruit juice and sports drinks are loaded with sugar which is known to increase your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, heart disease, type two diabetes and other life threatening chronic conditions.

If you think you are beating the sugar problem by drinking sugar free diet soda or artificially sweetened foods (the words “no added sugar” will most likely be present) then unfortunately you are wrong. The artificial sweeteners used by the food industry are often more harmful than refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

The chart below illustrates the increase in consumption of sugary drinks by American adults over the past few decades:

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Swopping Saturated Fats For Trans Fats

Fats are essential for your body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin D and Vitamin E.  They are essential for growth and development in infants and children, too. Fats also protect your body from many harmful hormones and chemicals that are typically released during digestion of carbohydrates. Without them you would absorb these hormones.

Unfortunately society has been doped into believing that animal fats are worse for your health than processed plant based fats. The metabolic effects of these fats is entirely different. Saturated fats such as butter, coconut oil and animal fat may carry more calories than processed plant fats like margarine, but they are also less likely to make you fat or give you heart disease than the artificial chemicals present in processed plant fats.

The truth of the matter is that hydrogenated vegetable oils like corn oil and canola oil are created using a process that creates harmful trans fats, and in many cases the effect on our health are worse when faced with trans fats than they would have been if we had chosen to stick with more traditional forms of fat.

The charts below illustrate the increase in the consumption of fats and the proportionate change from animal fats to plant fats over the past few decades:

 

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Low Fat diets don’t mean you will gain less body fat

Another relatively new health recommendation, along with using plant fats, is to dramatically decrease the amount fat in our diets. The idea that low fat will cause less body fat is misleading and the effects of not consuming enough fat are actually dangerous. The truth is your body is more likely to convert excess sugar and glucose into body fat than anything else. So to eat a low fat yoghurt sweetened by sugar you are defeating the purpose you set out to achieve by eating low fat. The other important thing being overlooked is that as humans we should actually be getting as much as 85% of our daily calorie intake from healthy, unprocessed fats. Fat is essential for your metabolic health and the protection of your system and your internal organs.

“The first dietary guidelines for Americans were published in the year 1977, almost at the exact same time the obesity epidemic started. Of course, this doesn’t prove anything (correlation does not equal causation), but it makes sense that this could be more than just a mere coincidence.

The anti-fat message essentially put the blame on saturated fat and cholesterol (harmless), while giving sugar and refined carbs (very unhealthy) a free pass. Since the guidelines were published, many massive studies have been conducted on the low-fat diet. It is no better at preventing heart disease, obesity or cancer than the standard Western diet, which is as unhealthy as a diet can get.”

 

It is very difficult for us to “unlearn” these supposed truths that were taught to the current working age generation for our entire lives. But we need to take a fresh look at our diets and those rules guiding them if we hope to have a healthier future.

The chart below illustrate how the guidelines promoting low fat diets have been matched by the instances of obesity in our society.

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Americans have altered their fatty acid composition by eating vegetable oil

One of the side effects of the increased consumption of processed vegetable oil has been a change in our internal composition. These oils are loaded with omega 6 oils and are lacking in omega 3 oils. The result is that instead of an ideal 1:1 ratio of omega oils, we are now outnumbered with up to 1:50 Omega 3 to Omega 6 oils. This results in health issues such as cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.

The only way to correct this balance is to dramatically reduce your intake of trans fats and processed foods and dramatically increase your omega 3 fats such as fish oil.

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The Dangers of alternate oils such as soybean oil

Most soy is genetically modified and contains highly toxic herbicides. If you do manage to find genuine organic soy you still run the risk that it has been hydrogenated. Hydrogenated Soybean oil is one of the major contributors to the average daily calorie intake of adult Americans. Hydrogenated soybean oil contains trans-fat, which as we know are very harmful to our health. the other issue is that many people are actually intolerant to or allergic to soy. Most of the time we don’t even realise that the “vegetable oil” listed in the foods we eat is soybean oil.

The Chart below illustrates the rise in the use of Soybean oil over the last few decades:

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Eggs have a bad reputation but we actually need them

Eggs are another food, like animal fats, that have dropped in popularity after getting bad press. The consumption of eggs has dropped dramatically over the last few decades. But the truth is they are not as bad as we think they are. In fact – eggs play an important role in a healthy diet.  As it turns out, dietary cholesterol has little to do with the cholesterol levels in our bodies.

Free range eggs are highly nutritious (much more so than commercially raised eggs) and these nutrient levels are of huge value to our bodies as part of a healthful diet. They contain high levels of vitamin A, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E and beta-carotene. So there is definitely something to be said for the days of keeping a few chickens in the back yard!

A good free range egg should have a firm, dark yellow or orange coloured yolk and fairly firm egg white that doesn’t run like water.

The Chart below shows the decline in egg consumption over the past few decades:

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Overkill on Processed foods

Roughly 90% of the cash spent on food by Americans is spent on processed foods and fast foods, as well as foods not cooked at home (restaurants).  One of the reasons for this is that the prices of these foods is often more economical than they have ever been before. The result is that more and more people are relying on them as their major food source. What the effect of this is, is more cases of diabetes, obesity and all manner of other diet related health issues.

The table below illustrates how average American households spend on food:

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Take Responsibility for your Health

The long and short of it is that if you want to live a long and healthy life you are going to have to be willing to  get actively involved in what you eat. You can’t expect an industry to have your best interests at heart if their purpose is to sell you as much as possible at as great a profit as they can.

Be prepared to spend time cooking real, fresh and unprocessed food at home.

Avoid sugar and trans-fats. Sugar and corn syrup are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to poor health. Trans-fats are just as bad. Try to avoid eating them on a daily basis and get to a point where things like cake are reserved for birthdays.

Read the ingredients listed on the packet (and avoid pre-packaged foods as far as you can). There are laws ensuring that ingredients be listed on packaging. These are there so that you can make informed choices about what you eat. Read them. If you don’t know what the ingredients are – find out. There are many wonderful sites like Diet Sage whose purpose is to help you live a healthier life.

Educate yourself. At the then of the day it is down to you to protect yourself and those who depend on you, like your children. Take responsibility for your body and it will serve you well.

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Does Your Home Contain Toxic Building Materials ?

August 25, 2016 by admin in Health News with 4 Comments

home-air-qualityHave you recently moved to a new home? Or are you thinking about building or renovating your home? Read this article before you decide on your building materials and finishes.

When you build a new house there are always a great many things that need to be decided, considered and paid for. But have you considered how your choices will affect your health?

It’s not just older houses that carry health risks. The building materials, furnishings and finishes you choose for your home could have serious effects on your health because of the outgas emissions many of them release. Many home building materials are completely toxic and can pollute the air that you breathe right inside your home. Which is why according to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be between five and a hundred times more polluted than the air outside.

Luckily there are safe and eco-friendly building options available, and goodbuilding practices that can minimize the air pollution from outgas in your new home.

The first step in keeping your new home healthy is to identify the main chemical culprits. Below is a list of the most common silent health violators found in new homes:

Carpet

Carpet is almost always made from synthetic materials. These are usually treated with chemicals which protect them from stains and wear. They are also often dyed and bleached with toxic dyes. These chemicals slowly outgas into your home over time –filling your breathing space with toxins. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause shortness of breath, headaches, blurred vision and nausea. Sometimes you won’t feel the effects at first, but after prolonged exposure you will find yourself experiencing symptoms.

If you can, try to choose Green Label Plus carpets which are certified free from 13 harmful chemicals.  You could also choose natural carpeting, wool or hemp carpets as these are not made from synthetic chemical based materials. Where possible you might even want to consider replacing some of your carpeted areas with hard wood floors or ceramic tiles.

Heat Insulation

Fiberglass and Asbestos are both materials commonly used to seal the warmth into your home. Usually a layer of the chosen material is used to line the ceiling and in some cases even the walls are lined with insulation.

The problem with this is that Asbestos is completely toxic, and even fiberglass is hazardous if it manages to get into the air that you inhale. The tiny shards are toxic and easily inhaled if it comes away into the air (for example if it is not sealed away properly). Fiberglass is often made with formaldehyde too. As mentioned in the section above on carpeting, formaldehyde is very dangerous. Formaldehyde is one of the chemicals which outgasses longest after your home has been completed and breathing it in has serious effects on your health.

The Best option is to locate your nearest green building supply store and inquire about healthy insulation options. These include cotton insulation and recycled paper insulation. If you are not sure about the insulation you are about to purchase, a good measure is to ask about installation practices. If the supplier recommends that a respirator or air mask be used while installation takes place then the chances are you shouldn’t breathe it after the installers have gone home, either.

Paint and Varnish

That fresh paint smell that gives you a bit of a headache is actually loaded with more than 300 toxic chemicals, about half of which do cause cancer. These are all usually found in oil based paints. We use oil based paints in our homes because they are long wearing – but there are many water based paints available these days that don’t pose nearly as much of a health risk.

Oil based paints contain the following poisonous chemicals: Kerosene, lead, alkyl resin, lithopone, methylene chloride and mercury. Also toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, xylene and trichoroethane.

These chemicals release vapours into the air that can irritate your eyes, lungs and skin. The worst part is they can keep emitting gases for a very long time after you stop smelling that paint.

So when you are looking at decorating your home don’t just pour over what colour paint you want. Instead you can make sure that you use water based paints first and worry about the colour scheme after. Look for paints and varnishes that are certified as organic and toxin free.

Pre-Fab or Engineered Wood

Pre-Fabricated Wood is a cheaper alternative to hard wood which is often used to build cupboards, wardrobes, counters and even the paneling in your home. The problem with pre-fab wood board is that it‘s created by gluing layers of processed wood chip fragments together. The glue used to bond these layers is completely toxic and often outgasses all kinds of chemicals, including formaldehyde, for a long time after it’s installed.

Formaldehyde is classified as carcinogenic (cancer causing) by the International Agency on Cancer Research. Exposure to it can cause a burning throat, eyes and nose. Asthma, coughing and wheezing are also associated with formaldehyde exposure.

If you can try to use solid wood instead of Pre-Fab wood boards. You can also look for engineered wood products that are accredited as organic and engineered with your safety in mind.

Treated Wood and Sealants

Wood is eaten by all kinds of insects and for that reason we have to take precautions to protect our homes from them. Preservatives and sealants are used to treat the wood against parasites, mould, fungi and bacteria. These are the worst kind of chemicals as they are designed to kill living organisms and that is exactly what they do. They are packed with pesticides, creosote, copper, chromium and even arsenic. None of these are chemicals you want inside your lungs or leaching through your skin into your bloodstream.

Instead of using harmful preservatives, you can choose hardier woods (such as cedar, redwood and cypress) that don’t weather as easily and have your wood surfaces sealed with a simple water repellent. If you do use treated wood ensure that the wood you use is arsenic free. The supplier selling you your wood should know about the processes used to treat if. If they don’t then the probably aren’t too concerned about best practices being followed. Find a supplier who knows where your wood comes from and how it’s treated.

 

Final Thoughts on Home Materials and VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the chemicals most commonly being outgassed through your building materials. These include a range of over 400 compound chemicals, all of which vaporise easily and none of which are good for you. They are found in all of the products mentioned above. You should try to avoid them at all costs.

When in doubt go for a product which is natural and as close to its whole form as possible (just like you would with whole foods). Metal, wood, glass and ceramic tiles are all materials that don’t release harmful chemicals or VOCs. Look for Green Seal (GS) standard products.

These are products that are approved as being environmentally safe. You should also locate your nearest Green Building supplier. There is a huge industry in eco-friendly and human safe building materials – you just have to know to look for them, and then insist on using them.

 

To protect yourself against all these toxins in your daily life, you should take a good immunity-boosting supplement and eat foods rich in antioxidants every day.

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17 Signs Your Body Is Attacking Itself (Autoimmune Disease)

August 8, 2016 by admin in Health News with 0 Comments

autoimmune-diseaseAre you always tired? Does your body ache? Do you have often feel unwell and suffer from low-grade fevers? You might be suffering from an autoimmune disease.

Your immune system is responsible for keeping you healthy and free from harmful infections, bacteria and viruses. Most of the time our immune systems know the difference between pathogens (bad cells, bacteria and foreign bodies that make us sick) and good bacteria. A good immune system certainly knows what is a part of your body, and what isn’t. But sometimes your immune system becomes faulty.

If you have an autoimmune disease your body basically turns on itself. Your immune system starts to attack your own healthy body cells and good bacteria as if they were pathogens.

Autoimmune diseases (there are more than 80 of them) are not always obvious. The symptoms can be very subtle, especially in the early years, and so they often go un-diagnosed for a long time. The time in between can be exhausting and frustrating while you don’t know why you are feeling constantly unwell. Conditions like leaky gut syndrome can affect you for a long time without you even realising that something is really wrong with you.

The average autoimmune disease sufferer will visit the doctor between six and ten times before a diagnosis is made, and it usually takes about five years to do this! Below are some of the signs that you may be suffering from an autoimmune disease.

17 Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

Headaches

If you suffer from headaches frequently and can’t seem to understand where they come from it could be a sign of an autoimmune disease. This is often one of the first signs to appear.

Anxiety

You feel anxious and nervous all the time, sometimes for no apparent reason.  It becomes your normal way of seeing the world.

Confusion and Poor Concentration

Do you find yourself feeling frequently confused? Do you have “brain fog” that leaves you feeling like you can’t think clearly? Are you struggling to concentrate on anything for longer than a couple of minutes at a time and need to constantly bring yourself back to what you are doing? These are all signs of autoimmune disease.

Skin Irritations, Rashes, Psoriasis and Acne

If your skin often comes out in rashes, bumps and flakes your immune system may be attacking you. These can be all kinds of rashes, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and even eczema. All of these skin conditions can be signs of a faulty immune system turning on you.

Allergies

An allergic reaction is an immune system function that is over-reacting to a stimulus in your system. Having allergies tells you right away that your immune system is not behaving normally and you should be aware of any other symptoms that point towards autoimmune diseases.

Asthma

Asthma is another sign that your immune system is not functioning properly. It is often coupled with allergies.

Dry Mouth

This is a symptom that is often over looked. If you often have a dry mouth or feel thirsty all the time it could be due to your body trying to cope with autoimmune disease. Thirst is also a sign of thyroid issues, which in turn are also connected to autoimmune diseases Hashimoto’s disease (underactive thyroid) and Graves disease (overactive thyroid).

Frequent Colds and a feeling of being Unwell

If you suffer from frequent colds don’t just brush it off as a weak immune system. It could be that your immune system is actually working against you instead of for you.

Low Energy levels or hyperactivity

Whether you are constantly exhausted and fatigues, or you have frequent patches of hyperactivity, your energy levels are being effected. Unbalanced energy levels are signs that your body is fighting a battle that you might not even be aware of.

Unexplained weight gain or weigh loss

Sudden changes to your body weight are signs of illness. Sometimes the illness might not even be apparent to you at first, but you should definitely be aware of any other symptoms.

Body Aches, Muscle Pain and Joint Stiffness

These can be signs of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia – both of which are autoimmune diseases which cause your immune system to attack body cells.

Digestive tract symptoms

If you suffer from any of these symptoms regularly you should discuss the possibility of leaky gut with your doctor, especially if you have a family history of autoimmune diseases:

Irritable bowel syndrome

Gas and flatulence

Bloated-ness

Diarrhoea

Constipation

Stomach cramps

See the section below on how your gut can trigger autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune Disease and your Gut

The most common signs of autoimmune disease are problems with your digestion, your gut and your stomach. Most people with autoimmune diseases also have leaky gut syndrome, and often they don’t even know it. They just feel sickly. Having a leaky gut can actually trigger autoimmune disease, and that is why it is so important to take care of the good health of your intestine.

Leaky gut is something that happens when your intestine becomes inflamed and damaged. It can be caused by infection or a gastric upset, but is also caused by inflammation. Years of eating junk food, taking pain pills and being stressed can cause inflammation in your gut and destroy the good bacteria which is supposed to protect you. The result is that the lining in your intestines is damaged and that is when leaks are developed. These leaks can sometimes heal if your system is fairly healthy, but if you continue to antagonise the situation with damaging foods and substances the chances are it will only get worse.

A leaky gut allows all kinds of bacteria, viruses, fungus, chemicals and pathogens direct access to your bloodstream. Your immune system is triggered as your body tries to deal with the influx of unchecked substances. It sees all foreign matter as infection that needs to be fought. To do this it produces T cells. The problem is that T cells also irritate and inflame healthy cells, and if you have a genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases these genes will be triggered.

 

Different Kinds of Autoimmune Disease

If you don’t know which diseases are autoimmune dieses you may be wondering what is so bad about having them. There is more to it than feeling unwell, though. Some autoimmune diseases can be debilitating and even fatal. Take a look at the list of autoimmune diseases below and see if you recognise any of them:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Alopecia areata
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Autoimmune hemolyticanemia
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type II
  • Autoimmune progesterone dermatitis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Graves’ disease
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Hashimoto’s encephalopathy
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus (PANDAS)
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Reiter syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Vitiligo

Now that you know how serious autoimmune diseases are, take a look at your health. If you have any recurring symptoms you should take them very seriously. You can also see yet another reason why maintaining a healthy diet and healthy digestive tract is so crucial to your good health.

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Vitamin D or Skin Cancer – How Much Sunlight Do We Need?

July 22, 2016 by admin in Health News with 4 Comments

vitamind-sunlightDid you know that vitamin D is essential to your health? Don’t worry if you didn’t – many people don’t know about the importance of vitamin D, because it’s something that doctors seldom talk about. Yet you should take stock of your vitamin D levels because many people are deficient in this vital vitamin. A vitamin D deficiency can have serious effects on your health and well-being.

Vitamin D is important because it protects your body from many different ailments. Maintaining healthy vitamin D levels can protect you from osteoporosis, arthritis, asthma, prostate cancer, heart disease and even eczema. Vitamin D deficiency can cause clinical depression and puts you at high risk for the illnesses above.

Many people don’t even realize that the depression and lethargy that they feel is due to a vitamin D deficiency. Instead they treat the symptoms – when in fact what most people need is a healthy dose of vitamin D. If you suffer from seasonal depression during the winter months then  you should defiantly have your vitamin D levels assessed.

As you can see maintaining your vitamin D levels is essential. Unfortunately a lot of controversy exists around how to boost your vitamin D levels.

Why? Because the best known source of vitamin D is sunlight. That’s right. Your body uses sunlight to convert vitamin A into vitamin D.

Which is why many people exposes themselves to the sun to try and up their vitamin D levels. The problem is, while exposure to sunlight may be a great source of vitamin D, it also causes melanoma – skin cancer.

There are some doctors who will recommend sun exposure to increase your vitamin D levels, but other doctors who maintain that the sun exposure is too dangerous – because of the risk of skin cancer that comes with it.

According to experts from the Cancer Council Australia (one of the sunniest countries in the world) two out of three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetimes, and roughly 2000 Australians die from skin cancer every year. They also warn us that having a tan is a sign that your skin has already been damaged.

So what should you do? You want the benefits of Vitamin D, but by exposing yourself to the sun you are risking skin cancer instead.

How to get enough Vitamin D without risking Skin Cancer

 

Limit your Daily Sun Exposure

In summer time you are probably getting enough vitamin D just by walking around in your daily activities. If you really spend all day indoors then you should try to get some sun exposure in the early morning or late afternoon / evening, when the sun is not too strong.

In winter time, or colder climates, you can go out into the sun during the middle of the day for up to 15 minutes a day. That’s all you need for your vitamin D boost. Then you should return indoors, cover yourself up with a hat and protective clothing, and apply a good zink sunscreen to any areas still exposed to the sun.

Check the UV index in the Weather Report

The weather report will always tell you what the expected UV index is in your area for the day. The UV index is measured on a scale from one to ten. Here is what you should do at the different levels on the UV index:

UV Index of One to Two: Danger to your skin is fairly low. If it’s bright you should wear sunglasses and if you are very fair (you burn easily) you should always wear a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or more.

UV Index of three to five: There is moderate danger to your skin under these conditions. You should stay out of direct sunlight during the heat of the day. If you are in the sun, make sure to wear protective clothing, a hat and sun glasses. Use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen on any exposed skin.

UV Index of six to seven: This is means there is a high risk of serious skin damage if you are exposed to the sun. You should protect both your skin and your eyes. Stay out of the sun between 10:00AM and 4:00PM if you possibly can.  If you have to be outside, make sure you wear SPF 30 sunscreen or higher, a wide hat, sun glasses and protective clothing. Remember that swimming may cool you down but it doesn’t protect you from the sun. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

UV Index of eight to ten: These are extremely high risk conditions. Take extra care or you will burn quickly. Stay out of the sun between 10:00AM and 4:00PM, wear sunscreen, protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses.

UV Index of eleven or more: Extreme Risk. Stay out of the sun. Use all of the precautions laid out above, but try to stay out of the sun instead.

Sun Rules to Remember: Bright surfaces like sand, snow and water increase your UV exposure because they reflect the sun’s UV light. Take extra precautions under these conditions.

If your shadow is taller than you, as it is in the early morning and late afternoon, your UV exposure is lower. If your shadow is shorter than you, as it is at midday, your UV risk is higher.

 

Natural Alternative Sources of Vitamin D

Instead of exposing yourself to the harmful rays of the sun for your vitamin D  boost, you can eat foods that are rich in vitamin D. Here are some great sources of vitamin D that are really healthy and delicious:

Maitake mushrooms, Portabella mushrooms, Chanterelle mushrooms, egg yolk,fortified Almond milk, fortified orange juice, fortified yogurt – both the soy and the cow’s milk varieties, and Swiss cheese. You can also buy vitamin D fortified milk.

Of these foods, Mushrooms and Egg Yolk provide the highest levels of vitamin D. By eating these two things regularly you can ensure that you are getting plenty of vitamin D without having to be exposed to direct sunlight.

Vitamin D Supplements

If none of the foods above appeal to you, or maybe you are still worried about your Vitamin D levels in spite of eating vitamin D rich foods, then you can always take a good supplement. It’s better to supplement your diet than allow yourself to become deficient in such an essential mineral.

Lastly, medicinal mushrooms contain a form of a vitamin D precursor that can be transformed into usable vitamin D! Go to the next page and learn more about medicinal mushrooms that are rich in vitamin D precursor and helps boost your immune system.

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About the Author:

Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Is your blood making you sick? Watch this video presentation and find out how to alkalize your body..

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