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7. Sun Care

Eby, Myra Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

The sun fascinates me. Sunshine is vital to life and yet its power can do so much damage. Although most of us like to spend time outdoors, the sun is your skin’s worst enemy. Sun exposure is the primary cause of premature aging, brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer.

If you are a trivia buff, here are some interesting facts about the sun you can share at your next dinner party.

The sun is located 93 million miles from the earth.

If you could drive to the sun from the earth at sixty miles per hour (97 kmph), it would take you 176 years to get there.

It takes more than eight minutes for sunlight to actually reach the earth once it leaves the sun.

The sun is so far away and yet some days it appears as if it’s right on top of us. With such an expanse between the earth and the sun, how can it do so much damage? The power of the sun should never be underestimated. The sun itself is sixteen times hotter than boiling water. But it’s not just the heat: It’s what else the sun emits that can do the most damage—ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There is no question that ultraviolet radiation from the sun is dangerous. The ozone layer near the Earth’s surface can deflect ultraviolet radiation; however, it cannot absorb all the radiation emitted by the sun. In addition, pollution (greenhouse gases) continues to deplete the ozone layer, exposing us to more ultraviolet radiation than ever before.

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11. Awesome Abdominals

Lydon M.D., Christine Basic Health Publications ePub

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s it wrong to covet chiseled abs? Only if you take offense at the capacity to attract the opposite sex in droves, radiate energy and passion for life, and enjoy a long and healthy existence. Exaggeration? Hardly! The lifestyle necessary to attain a body that warrants immortalization in marble transcends superficial vanity. Like it or not, its virtually impossible to sculpt a six pack without doing an awful lot of things that are good for you.

Dont rush out and order the latest contraption you saw on the infomercial featuring Mr. Muscle, Ms. Figure, and Dr. Expert. Although ab machines can certainly help to strengthen your abs, there will be no chiseling of definition until youve taken the prerequisite steps to overall fitness. You see, all the crunches, sit-ups, and hanging leg raises in the world wont give you an etched midsection unless your body fat is already quite low. The single most effective means for shedding unwanted pounds is the consistent participation in cardiovascular exercise. See Chapter 8 for details.

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Foundation for the Advancement in Cancer Research. June 21, 2003. White Paper. Palladium Lipoic Complexes: An Overview of Function and Clinical Applications to Cancer Treatment.

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21. Bipolar Disorder

Mindell R.P.H. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

Also known as manic-depressive disorder, bipolar disorder is a chronic condition in which a person experiences mild or extreme mood swings, from episodes of depression to sudden mania (excessive excitement). Although the cause is unknown, it is generally believed that this disorder runs in families. Medication, such as a mood stabilizer, is often prescribed to even out the mood swings, and counseling and support groups often help. Additionally, following a proper diet, along with a good supplement regimen, can bring about lasting positive changes in an affected persons behavior.

SUPPLEMENTS

•  L-Tyrosine: 3,000 mg daily at bedtime on an empty stomach.

•  MSM (with vitamin C complex): 1,000 mg, twice daily.

•  Vitamin B complex: 50 mg, twice daily with food.

HERBS

•  Ginkgo biloba: 60 mg, twice daily.

•  Grape seed extract: 200 mg daily.

•  Green tea extract: 200 mg daily.

•  St. Johns wort (dual action): 300 mg, two to three times daily.

CONSIDER / TRY TO

•  Eat foods rich in tryptophan, such as turkey, avocado, walnuts, bananas, dates, figs, kiwi, fruit, brown rice, and legumes.

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4. Antioxidants Made in the Body

Challem, Jack Basic Health Publications ePub

CHAPTER 4

ANTIOXIDANTS MADE IN THE BODY

Most informed vitamin users know about the antioxidant vitamins; some know that minerals can also be indispensable when it comes to fighting free-radical damage. Many people have heard of antioxidant phytochemicals—non-vitamin, non-mineral plant chemicals—found in foods and herbs, and we’ll fill you in on the best of those later in this book. But what people don’t generally know is that their bodies make their own antioxidant substances to deal with the constant metabolic production of free radicals.

Until recently, there wasn’t much focus in the nutrition news about these endogenous antioxidants—antioxidants that are made in the body. The most likely reason for this is the following logic: If we can’t increase the activity of those antioxidants, as we can increase levels of antioxidant vitamins and minerals in our bodies through good diet and supplementation, why give them any press? Better we should focus on what we can control, right?

Yes and no. It turns out that the body’s production of endogenous antioxidants—including coenzyme Q10, glutathione, and alpha-lipoic acid—can be supplemented, and that this can produce dramatic benefit. Even though our bodies make these substances, adding more to the mix with prudent supplementation can make a big difference in our health.

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