Sun Does a Body Good.

For quite some time now people have been encouraged not to be out in the sun without sunscreen because of the negative impacts the sun can have on skin. Sunshine is the most powerful source of natural vitamin D known however, so basking in the sun can provide many health benefits. Here are a few that could prove useful to one and all.

  1. Mood Elevator- Sunlight is a mood enhancer that facilitates the release of endorphins that raise the body’s serotonin (Happy Hormone) levels.
  2. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)- is a form of depression that develops during the colder months, commonly known as the ‘winter blues’, SAD impacts people whose genetics are so sensitive to the lack of sunshine, that they develop severe sadness and become debilitatingly withdrawn. The warmth one feels while enjoying a day in the winter sun can help combat this disorder in some cases as effectively as medication does. (note- Always follow your doctor’s guidelines if taking medication for any type of mood disorder)
  3. Vitamin D- The sun is your best natural way to provide your body with the Vitamin D it needs. Spending 15 minutes out in the sunlight during the middle of the day while UVB rays are at their peak without sunscreen can deliver 10,000 – 20,000 IU (international units) of Vitamin D and as discussed previously in my post regarding Colorectal Cancer and Higher Vitamin D intake, more is better here.
  4.  Heart Health- In 2013 a Danish scientist conducted a study that encompassed analysis of four million people, which hypothesised that sunlight can protect and boost the heart’s health. The scientist found that people in the study who unfortunately suffered from skin cancer ironically had decreased their risk of heart attack. Although this analysis included a large swath of people, further research is needed to confirm the hypothesis.
  5. Acne Remedy- Controlled sun exposure and protection of your skin with sunscreen and aloe vera may be good for treating acne. Sunshine works by suppressing the bacteria that can cause acne development and redness.

In conclusion I want to encourage each of us to be diligent in our sun exposure to be sure, yet we can not avoid the sun all together either, as this is known to be a detriment to each of us as well. We must each learn what works best for us as individuals, as well as learn to balance the way we go about gaining all of the health benefits of the sun while mitigating the known risks, the risks can be managed, and if done properly the benefits can be astronomical. So how do you use the sun to benefit your health? Tell me in the comments, I look forwarding to hearing from each of you.

In the meantime I am hoping that each of you have had the best day possible and that your tomorrow is even better.

~Heidi

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Although the majority of us can say we enjoy sex, there are some who do not and that’s ok. I think my biggest challenge with sex has always been my inhibitions. I was born in the mid 60’s and my Mother was very closed off when it came to the subject and we really didn’t talk about anything to do with reproduction and your body. She grew up in an age in which women especially didn’t talk about such things. I on the other hand think I have a much more open relationship with my daughters, because we talk and joke about sex and objectify men we see in film and tv as well as discuss attending male reviews. I found sex fun, and it was an area of my life that I used to enjoy. I was never very good at utilizing protection however, so I am very fortunate to have avoided more detrimental issues, I did face challenges though.

In my teens I contracted an STD, unbeknownst to me, that turned into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), and this disease created some very big challenges. As a result of the PID I ended up with severe internal scarring and a fluid build up in my right fallopian tube. This was all discovered through an exploratory laparoscopy I went through do to severe menstrual complications, when I was 27. I mention this today because of the information I came across regarding the rise in STD’s in the United States over the last four years. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) the number of cases reported by physicians in 2017 was 2.3 billion (yes you are reading that correctly) which is an increase of 200,000 more reported cases over the previous year. Note I say reported cases, most cases of STD infection go unreported and untreated, this fact right here is very scary to me.

The most common STD’s are in order of reported occurrence

  1. Chlamydia; Over 1.7 million cases identified in 2017, chlamydia is the most occuring and also the most reported of STD’s.
  2. Gonorrhea; Diagnosis of gonorrhea increased 67 percent from 2013 to 2017, with infection rates nearly doubling among men going from 169,130 cases to 322,169 cases based on preliminary data examined.
  3. Syphilis; This infection is divided into four stages depending on the severity, with stages one and two- which is when the disease is most contagious- on the rise by 76% between 2013 and 2017.

So now I’m leaving you with this quiz…

Test Your STD Knowledge

Final thoughts for today, if you have children no matter whether they are pre-teen, teenagers, or college bound young adults, I encourage everyone to have that talk again. Have them take the quiz.

In the meantime I hope each of you are having the greatest day possible and that your tomorrow is even better. Let me know how you do with the quiz. Talk soon.

~Heidi

 

3 Weeks Post Final Acumazing Treatment

Hello one and all! I hope today finds each of you in a joyous place. I just wanted to touch base with you all about how things have progressed with undertaking the three session gift of Acupuncture my daughters gave me this past June.

I was seen three weeks in a row and I tell you I am amazed in the results. As I mentioned the day of my first treatment I was able to actually bend and touch my toes! I was able to stand up straight and my ability to walk was greatly improved. In addition I was able to raise my right arm (which has been virtually useless for the last year) level with my shoulder without feeling horrendous pain.

The second treatment did present a bit of challenge as it seemed that it kind of increased my pain the first couple of days afterward. The next few days were really good however, I was able to stand for longer periods, I was able to extend my right arm backwards and could almost reach the small of my back when trying to bend it behind me. Here again this is something that has been unattainable for over a year now.

My final treatment we focused on the small of my back and right arm as these two areas have been the most pain ridden. My last treatment was on August 23rd only a couple of days shy of three full weeks. I am still ecstatic with how I am feeling. I am still able to extend my right arm behind me although bending has become unobtainable. I am able to raise it straight without wanting to scream, actually there is only a twinge of pain now. Best of all with my arm I no longer have the large knot that has been present and growing on my right upper arm along the tendon which was not only creating constant pain it would for good measure spasm at times and cause shooting pain down into my wrist. This has stopped completely and the knot is only marble sized now.

I tell you I am tickled pink and however I can manage to continue with this type of treatment I am going to do it, even if all I can manage to afford is once a month.

Have any of you ever utilized acupuncture treatment in your health care routine. Did it help and would you do it again? Let me know in the comments, I can’t wait to hear of your experiences.

‘Til next time I’m sending each of you hope for a great day today and an even better tomorrow.

~Heidi

Low-Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse By Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE | Reviewed by a board-certified physician Updated May 15, 2017

Tis the season or almost anyway.

The Road to Health and My Journey on it

Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 5 1/2-cup servings (136 cals)

Dessert does not have to be off limits because you have diabetes. This smooth pumpkin mousse is made decadent using whole milk ricotta cheese and gets it sweetness from pure pumpkin and a little maple syrup. Spiced up with nutmeg and cinnamon, this simple yet rich mousse is a delicious dessert that’s ready in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of nutmeg, plus more for garnish
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Combine pumpkin, ricotta cheese, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl; whip until fluffy and all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  2. Refrigerate at least…

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Are You Diabetic?…Did You Know?

I have a family history of diabetes, I had gestational diabetes and a little over 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. So as you can probably imagine I have done some looking into this disorder more than I may have previously. I have taken a Diabetes nutrition class, and I also utilize two different types of Insulin, one long acting and one fast acting. Now for the longest time I believed that once I started taking better care of myself I would be able to stop utilizing Insulin. Evidently according to my last two healthcare providers Dr. Amy Tubay and Megan Greising, PA this is not the likeliest of outcomes. So when I came across this article today in Very Well Health by Debra Manzella, RN and reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD, I took time to read it and found a break down on insulin that I appreciated for its simplicity in explaining insulin and what the different types are and what they do.

Knowing as they say is half the battle of course the other half is implementation. Unfortunately for me I am not great at the implementation part the majority of the time, I am very easily derailed by things I like that are not conducive to good health, but I continue to try and do the best I can for the most part.

When your physician prescribes insulin, needs of the patient are matched to the best insulin characteristics, of which there are three.

  1. Onset- the time it takes for the insulin to start working
  2. Peak Time- the time during which the insulin is most effective
  3. Duration- the length of time that the insulin is considered to be effective.

The six types of Insulin listed in the article are

  1. Rapid-acting
  2. Regular (short-acting)
  3. Intermediate-acting
  4. Long-acting
  5. Combination
  6. Inhaled (this is fairly new to the game only available since 2015)

https://www.verywellhealth.com/insulin-action-reference-chart-1087281?utm_campaign=diabetesirl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=14357666&utm_term=fluentl

Above is a link to the article, I hope you’ll find it as beneficial as I did and of course I encourage you to bring up any questions you may have regarding the information enclosed within the article with your primary healthcare provider.

I hope that your day has been and continues to be a great one, and that your tomorrow is even better. ‘Til next time.

Heidi