Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?
Contrary to popular belief, research shows nearly 3 out of 4 people are deficient in Vitamin D. Unfortunately; very few foods naturally contain vitamin D. This fact, coupled with the reality that many people do not have adequate everyday access to sun exposure, leaves most children and adults with a deficit of this important nutrient. Studies have shown vitamin-D deficiency can affect normal cellular replication, proper immune responses, and resilience against infections, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Other areas affected include heart function, bone and joint health, breathing, and even mood.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer affects many women and families in our society, and we at EnivaHealth offer our support to those fighting it. We believe there are many ways to help the body stay strong and maintain good breast health – here are a few suggestions:
Fruits and Veggies – More Matters
September is National “Fruit and Veggies – More Matters” Month and we at EnivaHealth know that more does matter! Most likely you’ve heard many times you should “eat your fruits and veggies” – you actually should be eating 7 to 11 servings per day — but what’s the real reason these two food groups ought to be the most prominent component of your diet? Here’s our list of why you should be eating even more fruits and vegetables!
Setting Kids Up for Success at School
We all want our children and grandchildren to succeed in life – this includes doing well in school. But sometimes it’s not easy for some kids – attention disorders, learning disabilities or behavioral challenges make going back to school tough for everyone.
How Food Affects Performance in School
The foods children eat can play a huge role in their performance at school. Statistics show less than 50% of children consume the recommended number of servings in any food group on a daily basis. Nearly 80% do not eat the recommended level of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables! You’ve probably heard the news on obesity in children as well: one in three children today is overweight or obese; 20 to 40% of children are physically unfit.
What is Nitric Oxide?
What is nitric oxide? Laughing gas you get at the dentist office? Rocket fuel for an engine? In fact, nitric oxide is one of the most critical molecules used in our body’s cellular activities. Primarily responsible for how our cells communicate with one another by transmitting signals throughout the body, nitric oxide supports and protects different areas of our body in many ways. Over the last two decades, over 60,000 scientific studies have been performed, including the discovery of nitric oxide’s signaling function, which received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1998.
Nitric oxide has proven to help memory and behavior, support the immune system’s fight against bacteria and tumors, assist with blood pressure regulation, inflammation reduction, sleep quality, endurance and strength, gastric motility, and both men and women’s sexual health. So, how do we increase our production of nitric oxide, a molecule our body so desperately needs?
Since When Is Red Wine Good For You?
Health professionals concur that red wine is proven to have numerous general benefits, while specifically supporting heart health. Red wine is high in antioxidants, known as polyphenols, used in your body to protect your body’s cells and tissues and the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Unlike white wine, these polyphenols originate from the colored skin of grapes, allowing a higher level of support for the normal functioning of cardiovascular system and other body systems.
Resveratrol is the key ingredient in red wine that helps maintain blood vessel integrity, aids in supporting cholesterol levels already in a healthy range, and assists with normal blood flow. While these facts hold true for moderate consumption of red wine, drinking alcohol does add extra calories, can interfere with medications, and may impair judgment.
To Your Health this July 4th
When July 4th comes along, there’s no doubt folks are excited for some delicious barbeque, great fireworks, and quality family and friends time. But, the 4th of July weekend can sometimes be a little too exhausting. Maybe it’s your 3-day long annual family reunion, or you find yourself out on the lake under the hot sun for too many hours straight. Maybe you’ve been put in charge to work the grill at the neighborhood block party. Whatever it is, it’s important to maintain your healthy lifestyle during this time — here are some tips and tricks that might help.