Juicing is more than just a passing fad or new dietary craze. It’s a real way to add variety to your diet, give you an energy boost and increase your overall health. Many people who would not ordinarily get enough nutrients from vegetables and fruits are able to increase their intake by juicing. Here are just a few of the benefits you can experience with this popular practice.
Increased Nutrient Absorption One benefit of juicing is that nutrients are absorbed more quickly and efficiently. Without the addition of fiber, the digestive system doesn’t need to break down any food and therefore can More >
Many things can damage our skin, including stress, environmental irritants, and UV rays. However, healthy, beautiful skin doesn’t have to fade. Try these four natural skin-rejuvenating strategies to preserve or regain your skin’s youthful look.
Wear Natural Sunscreen
Natural sunscreen forms a barrier against the damaging effects of UV radiation. Recent studies show that people who wear sunscreen regularly have noticeably younger-looking skin than those who only apply sunscreen occasionally. However, not all sunscreens are created equal; in fact some sunscreens contain ingredients that may actually harm your skin.
When buying sunscreen, avoid these ingredients:
- Retinol (a.k.a retinyl) is known to cause skin irritation, More >
While over-the-counter pain relievers are generally safe when used occasionally, these products can damage the liver and even lead to long-term health problems when used too often – and it can be easy to overuse them. Pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin are included in all sorts of remedies for pain, colds, fevers and even insomnia. In fact, acetaminophen is the most-used drug in the United States.
Whether you suffer from chronic pain or just the occasional ache, you don’t have to rely on traditional pain killers to take the edge off. From creams and ointments to supplements, a variety More >
When it comes to health and exercise, stretching often takes a backseat to exercise – it’s the prerequisite to working out, but one that many people skip. But stretching actually has its own set of health benefits, from increased athletic performance to decreased risk of injury. At Sunlighten, we believe in the value of stretching – and believe that you can kick it up a notch by stretching in a sauna. Step into a sauna, and you enter a whole new world. Stress melts away, muscles relax, and you feel at ease. Combine the powers of stretching with a Sunlighten More >
You may take a variety of steps to protect your health and boost your immune system, but you likely have a variety of products in your house that do the exact opposite. From toilet bowl cleaners to air fresheners, the household product industry is surprisingly unregulated, subject to no FDA-required safety tests. This lack of protective oversight is based on the erroneous belief that chemicals on the skin are not absorbed into the body and bloodstream. People who use nicotine patches or progesterone cream know this is false.
Environmental experts believe we share our homes with about 62 toxic chemicals. While More >
We all want whiter teeth and prettier smiles, and in this modern age, numerous products promise them to us. But not all approaches are created equal. Whitening strips cause sensitivity and eat away enamel, while over-brushing can cause abrasion and pain. The solution? An old folk remedy that can transform both the color of your teeth as well as your overall oral health: oil pulling.
The Benefits of Oil Pulling
Oil pulling involves swishing oil in your mouth for a sustained amount of time, giving it a chance to cut through plaque and buildup while leaving your tooth enamel intact. Oil pulling More >
Many people believe the only purpose of meditation is to relieve stress. But in reality, the practice actually offers a variety of additional mental and physical health benefits that go far beyond relaxing during times of anxiety. Understanding what meditation is and how it affects wellness are key factors to consider before learning how to meditate.
What Exactly is Meditation?
Meditation is a mind and body practice long associated with increased calmness, physical relaxation, coping with illnesses, enhanced psychological balance and overall well-being. There are many types of meditation, but each usually contains four elements:
- A quiet area with minimal distractions
- A comfortable posture, More >
Warm weather is right around the corner, which means it’s high time for tick season. Young deer ticks, the notorious carriers of the spirochete that causes Lyme Disease, are most active from mid-May to mid-August. And since May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, here’s a look at the illness, as well as a variety of natural healing options.
Lyme Disease: An Overview
Caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi, Lyme disease is the most prevalent tick-borne illness in North America. Lyme disease is transmitted through an infected deer tick bite; in most cases, the tick must remain attached for 36 hours or more More >
An often-overlooked but critical aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is blood circulation. Your blood flushes out toxins and keeps your heart pumping, affecting every one of your body’s conscious and subconscious processes. Here are five steps you can take today to improve your health and naturally increase circulation.
1. Regular Exercise
A regular, varied exercise regimen is key to promoting healthy blood circulation. After all, the heart is a muscle, and it needs just as much attention as your biceps and triceps. With exercise, variety is vital. The treadmill alone will not keep your body strong and your blood flowing properly.
The More >
Every day, you’re subjected to pollutants and stress that can lead to an accumulation of toxins in your system. As a result, you may feel sluggish, ill, and just not at your best. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this that will get you feeling better immediately: a detox bath.
The foundation of any good detox bath is Epsom salts, with are essentially powdered magnesium, a well-known natural sedative. There are a number of benefits of Epsom salts, including both detoxification and relaxation. Although magnesium has a myriad of benefits for our bodies, it is easier absorbed through the skin More >