My 8 and 6 year old could not be more excited for the Olympics. They have really fallen in love with Michael Phelps and all of his accomplishments. For me personally, watching these athletes compete truly gets me fired up. They work so hard for so long, it is all about personal accomplishment of lifelong dreams. Olympic athletes train for years in order to compete in the Olympics. This typically includes an extensive workout regime, a strict diet, and intense mental conditioning, but they didn’t get there overnight. As with most things, health and wellness takes time and gradual change. More >
Have you ever wondered how celebrities do it? Not only do they flaunt flawless skin every time they walk outside, but they manage to keep and maintain it even with their fast-paced lifestyles. Meanwhile, breakouts and other skin issues follow us mere mortals around like a bad plague! What is their secret, and what can we do to experience healthy glowing skin without needing to purchase expensive creams, cleansers and lotions?
Where Do Skin Problems Start?
Getting down to the science of it all, blemishes and other skin problems can originate from a myriad of sources. For starters, hormonal imbalances can cause acne. Immune More >
Many experts agree that having a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and exercising 3 to 5 times a week for at least twenty minutes helps boost immunity, mood and overall well-being. Since the invention of the fit bit, which conveniently syncs with our smart phones, many Americans are turning their lives around by becoming more active. But let’s be honest, not everyone enjoys working out (even though they should).
It seems like every week there is some new routine or exercise regime that promises amazing results in no time at all. I have watched many people try and fail at More >
There is nothing quite like the 4th of July: family, friends, fireworks, and let’s not forget my favorite part, the food! Typically, a 4th of July celebration is not complete without a little BBQ and other sinfully delicious treats like potato salad, creamed corn, deviled eggs and a myriad of desserts. If you are anything like me, then you don’t feel the repercussions of your actions until AFTER the fun… I call it “eater’s remorse” and it hits the day after partaking in the holiday’s gastronomical adventures – in this case, July 5th.
Before the fun, my bathroom scale and I were friends. More >
My family, like many of yours, is always busy with work, school and sports. It's important to us to eat as healthy as possible. To make it happen, I plan ahead for weekday meals. A little advance preparation goes a long way!
I am always on the lookout for simple and quick healthy foods the whole family will love. Over the last few months, I have shared several of our favorite recipes on this blog. (Gluten-free zucchini pancakes and “tastes-like-potato” soup top the list.) Now I want to share one of our favorite snacks: energy bursts made with dried fruit, seeds and almond butter.
Sunlighten is proud to call Kansas City home. The hometown pride, positive energy and strong sense of community make K.C. one of the country's best-kept secrets. It is so inspiring to see the entire city come together in both times of celebration and times of tragedy.
Back on April 13, 2014, a senseless act of hate took the lives of three cherished members of our community. Following the tragedy at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas, a group of citizens decided that we, as a society, have the power to outshine and overcome hatred. They believe that one More >
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I want to share some exciting news about a new initiative between Sunlighten and Generation Rescue, a national autism support organization. I also want to introduce you to Zack and Ethan Peter, two amazing brothers who are fighting autism together.
Today autism affects one in 68 children, and this number continues to grow at a staggering rate. As a parent, I care deeply about this growing epidemic and its effects on the children and their families who are looking for answers and the best possible care. The detoxification benefits of our saunas are often sought after by both More >
Sunlighten’s 3-in-1 infrared sauna is the only sauna on the market that combines three heating elements in order to deliver near, mid and far infrared energy in a single heater system. In this post, I'll be talking about all the technologies used to create near infrared (NIR) wavelengths and the therapeutic benefits they offer.
For more information about the other wavelengths, check out the first two posts in our wavelength series: The Unique Health Benefits of Mid Infrared Energy and The Unique Health Benefits of Far Infrared Energy.What is Near Infrared Energy?
Near infrared (NIR) is the shortest infrared wavelength on the electromagnetic spectrum. More >
I’m so proud of the Sunlighten and Sunlight Day Spa teams! As part of our annual efforts to support the American Heart Association, we were able to exceed our contribution goal. Even our boys and niece got in on the action with a lemonade stand to raise money—totally their idea! Check out the video; I really liked how their philanthropic message was about kids! It was very rewarding to see them take the initiative to make a difference helping heart health. They were thrilled with their contribution and the number of people who stopped to support them.
Aaron and I have More >
When you’re first learning about infrared saunas, the science behind the therapy can be confusing. But understanding the different technologies used to produce near, mid and far infrared wavelengths is the key to getting the therapy (and value) you deserve.
In this post, I’ll explain how mid infrared (MIR) wavelengths are produced and the specific therapeutic benefits they offer. For details about far infrared (FIR), you can read the first post in our wavelength series. And I’ll be back to discuss near infrared (NIR), so stay tuned!What is Mid Infrared Energy?
Infrared energy is a specific band of energy within the More >