20 Ways The Sun Benefits Our Health [Infographic]

Vitamin D Insufficiency and Deficiency
Causes and Health Risks
20 Ways The Sun Benefits Our Health
Infographic from SolarCenre
Vitamin D Insufficiency Soars

According to a ScientificAmerican.com article, findings published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggest a dramatic increase in the amount of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S.  As many as three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults may be insufficient in vitamin D.*

Some leading health experts estimate that as much as 90% of the population is effected by insufficient amounts of vitamin D.

Vitamin D's Role in the Body

Vitamin D is thought to play an important role in many human body functions and systems including the vascular system, heart health, skin health, bone health, digestive health, respiratory health, immune health, reproductive health, and weight management (including carbohydrate and fat metabolism).

Vitamin D Insufficiency and Deficiency

Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency has been linked to increased risk for certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), autism, asthma, multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), depression, cognitive decline, and chronic pain.

Insufficiency and Deficiency Causes

Inadequate exposure to sunlight and the use of sunscreens is thought to be a major reason for Vitamin D insufficiency. Nowadays, people spend too much time indoors and when they do spend time outdoors many are wearing sunscreens.

Other causes include malabsorption and accelerated catabolism from certain medications.  

Health Benefits of Safe Sunlight Exposure

As this infographic entitled "20 Ways the Sun Benefits Our Health" illustrates, there are many health benefits of safe exposure to sunlight:

   Mental Health
   Reduces Risk for Cancer
   Boosts Immune System
   Strengthens Bones
   Heals Skin Conditions
   Improves Eye Sight
   Improves Brain Functions
   Lowers Cholesterol
   Stimulates Growth in Children
   Lowers Blood Pressure
   Improves Sleep Quality
   Strengthens Teeth
   Prevents Multiple Sclerosis
   Increases Oxygen Content in Human Blood
   Aids Weight Loss
   Improves Cases of Atherosclerosis
   Decreases Symptoms of Asthma
   Relieves Body Aches
   Promotes Eye Health
   Boosts Fertility

Other Benefits of Vitamin D

The latest research indicates that adequate levels of Vitamin D that are also important in autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal infections, inflammation and leaky gut, and kidney disease.

RDA for Vitamin D

Many leading functional health and nutrition experts propose that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Vitamin D is too low for many individuals.  A simple blood test will reveal your Vitamin D status.  From there, you can do your own research or work with a qualified health professional in terms of nutrition and supplementation based on your unique physiology and circumstances.

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*For more information regarding the examination and investigation of  the data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), please go to JAMA Internal Medicine.

Types of Meditation and Benefits - Summary [Infographic]

Sumary of Meditation : Meditation Types, Hindrances, Effects and Benefits
Infographic from Information is Beautiful
Meditation is Everywhere

Have you noticed that, recently, everywhere you turn, someone is talking about or recommending meditation?

Whether you need to lose weight, have some emotional or mental upset, or perhaps a medical condition, or want to make more money ... meditation is almost always now suggested as part of the process.

Meditation is everywhere.

But, what exactly, is meditation?

Types of Meditation

Just as with yoga, there are many types of meditation.

Although there are some basic "rules" or guidelines, like assuming the correct posture or practicing at certain times of the day, there really is no single or right way to meditate.

Some of the most popular types of meditation include:

Mindfulness Meditation
☯ Concentration Meditation
☯ Loving Kindness Meditation
☯ Attending Meditation
☯ Silent Gratitude Meditation
☯ Breath Meditation
☯ Silent Meditation
☯ Mantra Meditation
☯ Walking Meditation

Summary of Meditation

This infographic from Information is Beautiful summarizes certain key aspects of meditation including the effects and health benefits of meditation, qualities of mind that are thought to be developed as an outcome from a regular meditation practice, common hindrances, and the many types of meditation from several traditions, disciplines or schools including Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Dzogchen (Tibetan Buddhism), Sufism, Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Kundalini Yoga.

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Meditation Summary - Information is Beautiful


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All About Avocados, Health and Weight Loss Benefits [Infographic]

All About Avocados - Varieties, Nutrients, Health Benefits
and Beauty Uses - Infographic from FIX

Avocado - a Health Food

Avocados are incredibly nutrient dense.

They are rich in about 20 micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals aka phytonutrients), dietary fiber and the "good" monounsaturated fat.

Specifically, avocados are very high in:

 Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
❤  Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
❤  Vitamin B9 (Folate)
❤  Vitamin C
❤  Vitamin E
❤  Vitamin K
❤  Potassium
❤  Copper

Adding avocados to a well-balanced diet has been linked to a variety of health benefits including lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lowering the risk for cancer, lowering the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, helping to relieve symptoms of arthritis and helping weight loss and/or healthy weight maintenance and management efforts.

Avocado - a Weight Loss Food

In spite of being a high fat food, avocados are actually thought to promote natural, safe and healthy weight loss because they are high in fiber, very low in carbohydrates, rank very low on the Glycemic Index (GI) while ranking relatively high in terms of satiety level, which can lead to less snacking and overall calorie consumption.

Additionally, the healthy fats in avocados can naturally raise insulin sensitivity, lower and help regulate blood sugar levels.   A well balanced blood sugar level is considered crucial to overall health and an important factor in metabolism.



This infographic from Fix.com describes eight varieties of avocado, how to peel and remove an avocado seed, the key vitamins in avocados, and several different uses of avocados in foods and alternatively, as a natural skin and bad breath treatment.

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Infographic source and to learn more about the health benefits of avocados, and how to select, ripen, cut, pit, skin and prepare an avocado (including a few easy recipes), please go to Avocados - More Than Guac.


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Cultao Premium Thyroid Support Supplement - My Review on Amazon

Cultao Premium Thyroid Support Supplement 
Product Review

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Testing and Diagnosis

Several years ago, my Mom was diagnosed by her doctor as having Hypothyroidism based on the results of one blood test (TSH levels) and given a prescription for Levothyroxine. Over time, and again based on that one TSH blood levels test, her dosage of Levothyroxine was increased several times.

Then, in one of my holistic healing courses, I learned about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (aka Autoimmune or Chronic Lymphocytic Thyroiditis) and the drawbacks and limitations of running just the one TSH test to assess thyroid function. So, I had her do a complete Thyroid Test Panel, which includes testing TSH, Total T4, Total T3, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 (rT3), T3U, Free T4 Index, and very importantly, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb). As it turned out, she has Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is actually an autoimmune disease and more than just hypothyroidism.

An Excellent Patient Guide

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis:
Lifestyle Interventions for
Finding and Treating
the Root Cause
We then read an excellent, highly recommended and best-selling book on the subject, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP.  

This book is basically a public, patient and health professional educational guide which covers in great depth and detail the root causes, symptoms, testing and appropriate diagnosis, prescription medication management, supplements, diet and other lifestyle and integrative medicine interventions for Hashimoto's.

In the book, Dr. Wentz writes that certain supplements (Selenium, Zinc Picolinate, Chromium, B-Complex Vitamins, Iodine, NAC, Biotin, Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Probiotics) may be helpful with managing and healing Hashi's. Certain herbs are also thought to help, most notably Ashwangandha.

Effects of Diet Modification and Supplements

My Mom modified her diet, started taking her supplements and ... lo and behold ... she felt better and her subsequent thyroid panel and antibodies tests reflected a marked improvement - enough that her doctor lowered her Levothyroxine to the lowest dosage.

Thyroid Support Supplements

My Mom started off taking NOW Foods Thyroid Energy, 90 Vcaps because she trusts this brand. But, she likes to change things up once in a while and try new brands and so she asked me to get the CulTao Thyroid Support for her. Her main reason for wanting to try CulTao was that the formulation was significantly different than the NOW brand and seems to be more complete in that it also includes Vitamins A, C and D, Magnesium, Green Tea extract, patented Bacopin leaf extract and twice as much Selenium.

Although she has not been in for testing since taking CulTao, she says she feels great, and what better indicator is there than that? Other aspects of CulTao Thyroid Support that my Mom really likes include:

1. Its easy to take (swallow)
2. Vegetarian capsule
3. Its made in the U.S.A. under cGMP standards, according to the marketing literature.Why we are giving CulTao Thyroid Support four stars instead of five stars:

* Both my Mom and I are of the opinion that information concerning country of origin or manufacture, and manufacturing facility certifications should be right on the label and on the company's website. We find CulTao lacking in this.

* CulTao's Thyroid Support contains Folic Acid (as does the NOW brand). Folic Acid is a synthetic form of Vitamin B9 (Folate). There is some controversy about supplementing with Folic Acid for certain individuals, particularly those with a MTHFR genetic mutation. It is my understanding that progressive supplement companies are now beginning to leave Folic Acid out of their formulations.


Disclosure: I purchased this product on behalf of my Mom at a discount in exchange for my (our) honest and unbiased review, feedback and opinion.

Disclosure:  I am an Amazon affiliate and may earn a small commission if one of my readers clicks through a link to Amazon and completes a purchase.


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