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E is for Eggs – Little Examples of Excellence

Eat Eggs for Natural Health

Poor old misunderstood eggs are in again!  You can eat them and not be worried about your natural health being compromised.  If you eat eggs sensibly (and I hope you’ll eat everything sensibly and in moderation, they won’t raise your cholesterol.  Now don’t get me wrong, eggs are high in cholesterol.  The average egg contains 212 milligrams, however only a tiny amount of that cholesterol from the egg actually passes into the blood.

If you’re looking to be healthy, and of course I know you are, what you need to watch out for are saturated and trans fats in your diet, as they are so much more unhealthy and really do adversely increase the amount of cholesterol in your blood – boo!

Eggs, on the other hand, are a great source of protein, with about 5.5 grams of it per little egg.  Eggs also have selenium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12, as well as choline, which is very important for gene regulation, brain function, and heart health.  Eggs contain those super phytochemicals such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids that help to reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Eating breakfast is one of the most important ways not only to keep up your natural health, but also to help you lose weight.  So why not get up in the morning and eat a healthy egg!

 

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U and V are for UV Rays

Sunshine for Natural Health

Is sunshine good for us?  Is sunshine bad for us?  Can sunscreen protect us?  Should we even bother to wear sunscreen?  Does sunscreen cause cancer?  Does the sun cause cancer?  Should you take more Vitamin D if you don’t get sunshine for 15 minutes a day?  Is 15 minutes too much sun every day?

?????????????????  The questions are driving me crazy!

Today the latest word is a lot of our medical problems are caused by a deficiency in Vitamin D.  Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium which is responsible for making and maintain strong bones.   And the latest research shows that vitamin D may provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.

According to Dr. Mercola, “Wearing sunscreen effectively blocks your body’s production of vitamin D, which happens naturally when your skin is exposed to sunlight. In fact, sunscreens reduce vitamin D production by as much as 97.5 to 99.9 percent.”

And on the Huffington Post, there was another story about how bad sunscreen can actually be for you  – “Almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives, according to an evaluation of those products released today. ”

Coppertone used to be good for Natural Health

The FDA, after decades of denying they had done tests and were aware of the lies about sunscreen being effective and not damaging, has changed its ruling and is coming out with new recommendations that hopefully will clear up the mystery surrounding sunscreens.

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V is for Vitamin D – Very Valuable Vitamin

Vitamin D for Natural Health

Okay – so sunscreen is bad, but Vitamin D is good.  Vitamin D deficiency shows up in many different symptoms.  If you suffer from muscle aches or weakness , have frequent falls or fractures, chronic low energy or fatigue or depression; or if you’re a child with asthma or slow growth, or a senior experiencing cognitive failure; or if you have any kind of autoimmune disorder – these could all signal vitamin D deficiency.

Over 10,000 studies on vitamin D have been conducted over the past 15 years and published in research journals. These studies have shown that more people are staying out of the sun and reducing their exposure to natural Vitamin D; Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread than estimated; recommendations for Vitamin D are too low to keep us healthy; and supplementation is needed in addition to eating Vitamin D rich foods.

How to get more Vitamin D into our bodies can be challenging, but there are many good sources.  While the National Institute of Health (NIH) advises 200 !U per day for adults, Dr. Andrew Weill, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a driving force at Canyon Ranch Spa, recommends 2000 IU daily.

Here’s a list of values to get you started (and don’t forget daily exposure to the sun’s rays give you lots of Vitamin D):

Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil. 1 TBSP (15 ml) = 1,360 IU of vitamin D
Cooked wild salmon. 3.5 oz = 360 IU of vitamin D
Cooked mackerel. 3.5 oz = 345 IU of vitamin D
Sardines, canned in oil, drained. 1.75 oz = 250 IU of vitamin D
One whole egg = 20 IU of vitamin D
Porcini mushrooms 4 ounces = 400 IU of vitamin D

 

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E is for Eggs – A Natural Health Package

Eggs - Natural Health Packages

Eggs are little packages of natural health that are a frugal addition to your daily nutrition.  Eggs are packed full of carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin  – those good anti-oxidants which aid in the prevention of cataracts and may help reduce the incidence of macular degeneration.

Eggs have lots of Vitamin D which helps your body absorb magnesium and calcium and prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.  Vitamin D has also been linked to weight loss.

Eggs have protein and amino acids which increase muscle strength and boosts the immune system.  Eggs are a good source of choline, an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system

It used to be thought that eggs raised bad cholesterol but modern day thinking says no to that.  Saturated fats raise cholesterol, not eggs.

Eggs are high in sulfur which promotes healthy hair, skin and nails.  All of these are benefits for your natural health and natural beauty – so go ahead and eat some eggs!

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