Our bodies need water to survive. About 60% of the adult human body is water, and a large number of body systems require it to function normally. Take a look at all the ways our bodies use water:
- Body temperature: Sweat helps to regulate body temperature and keep us cool.
- Circulation and heart health: When properly hydrated, the blood carries more oxygen cells, and the heart can pump easier.
- Digestion and waste removal: Water helps your body break down food and absorb nutrients; water also helps the kidneys transport waste out of the body’s cells, and keeps the gastrointestinal tract in good working More >
Corporate wellness programs have been around for years, but it’s been in the last several that they’ve really taken off and become mainstream. With healthcare costs increasingly chipping away at company profits and the health of our nation a continuing concern, organizations are taking notice of their role in employee wellness.
What Is a Corporate Wellness Program?
A wellness program is one that offers an incentive to improve health. These take vastly varying forms from organization to organization. While one company might make next year’s gym membership free to someone who used it a certain number of days this year, another company More >
Every day we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals, from cosmetic products and household cleaners to the air we breathe and the foods we eat. The body’s natural detoxification system helps to break down and get rid of many of these chemicals, but in this age of chemical overabundance, the liver and kidneys are often overworked, leading to a buildup of chemicals in our bodies.
This chemical burden makes regular detoxification a critical practice for your health and wellbeing. Being smart about what you eat and drink can help support your liver and kidneys and aid the body in its natural More >
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 >