Sunshine, supplements and movement: Easy changes for better health

Sunshine, supplements and movement: Easy changes for better health

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DELRAY BEACH, Florida, November 13, 2014 — Humans are facing an alarming number of illnesses as an early age. The instance of diabetes, cancer, ADD and other ailments are increasing rapidly.

While pharmaceuticals may seem to provide quick-fixes at least on the surface, their laundry list of side effects and potential long-term hazards may undermine their effectiveness.

Instead, making a few minor but significant changes can significantly improve individual health.

Get more vitamin D. Humans were made to spend the majority of their time outside, soaking up large amounts of vitamin D or “the sunshine vitamin.” With lifestyle changes emphasizing sedentary, indoor activities, many people have lost that input, causing generally poor physical and mental health. Vitamin D helps calcium absorption, building healthy bones and teeth, promotes nerve growth and boosts the immune system. It can also help prevent chronic nerve-related illness. Moreover, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reports a correlation between depression and low vitamin D levels. NIH recommends a minimum of 600 international units of vitamin D between the ages of 1 and 70, and 800 international units after the age of 70.

Take vitamin C. Anthropologists believe early humans manufactured vitamin C, but current-day humans no longer have that ability. Although we no longer produce the vitamin, we do need vitamin C for good health. Vitamin C helps protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, eye disease, skin aging, and promotes prenatal health. Make sure you get at least 500 mgs a day, through fruits and vegetables or a supplement.

Get plenty of omegas. Our ancestors ate a lot of fish. As we have domesticated animals, we have turned toward other types of protein, and fish has slipped off many of our diets. Omegas are critical components for good health and are essential for brain function. Approximately 60 percent of our brain is made up of fatty acids, primarily omega 3 and omega 6. Omegas have been used successfully to treat ADD, depression and other brain-related illnesses.

Move! Humans are made for activity. Our bodies are made to run, walk and move around, not to sit in front of a television or video game for 12 hours a day. Unhealthy weight, depression and anxiety are all tied to sedentary lifestyles. Move around at least 30 minutes a day for better physical and emotional health.

Eat less processed food. Busy lifestyles have created an explosion of processed foods, aimed at making meal time easy. Unfortunately, these same processed foods are creating health risks. In fact, Authority Nutrition says, “Processed foods are killing us, and we don’t even know it.” These easy-to-eat foods are high in sugar and high fructose corn syrup, contain high levels of chemical and artificial ingredients, are often low in nutrients and fiber, and have high levels of trans fats. Authorities have traced the increase in diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and ADD to high levels of processed foods. Instead of eating something in a package, choose real foods with basic ingredients.

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Lisa M. Ruth
Lisa M. Ruth is Editor-in-Chief of CDN. In addition to her editing and leadership duties, she also writes on international events, intelligence, and other topics. She has worked with CDN as a journalist since 2009. Lisa is also President of CTC International Group, Inc., a research and analysis firm in South Florida, providing actionable intelligence to decisionmakers. She started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service. She holds an MA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a BA in international relations from George Mason University. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Horses Healing Hearts, and is involved with several other charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and AYSO.