is coming and so are days at the pool, the beach and working outside in
the yard. That means we'll be out in the glorious sunshine!
Sunshine offers amazing health benefits. It is one of the best
resources to help our bodies manufacture the best type of vitamin D.
This may be why higher UVB exposure reduces the risk of Type 2
diabetes, breast, colon and rectal cancer, gives higher survival rates
to those diagnosed with cancer, protects bone health, boosts immune
function of T cells, helps restore normal circadian rhythms for better
sleep, reduces depression and improves your mood. All for free!
But sunshine ironically has a dark side, if that's possible. Too much
sunlight can damage skin, raising your risk of premature aging and skin
cancer. This is especially true if you get sunburned.
Ray Ilg, ND
Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of
Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin, IL. A Naturopath who earned a
Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine and then a Doctor of
Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, she
employs Nutritional Guidance, Herbal Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and
Homeopathy in her clinic. Dr. Ray can be contacted via her website,
Olive Branch Wellness Center
skin cancer rates are why some experts warn people against ANY sun
exposure at all!They urge us to slather on sunscreen every time we walk
out the door. But that advice might have its own hidden danger:
Conventional sunscreens contain artificial and toxic chemicals that
cause cancer!In fact, some researchers allege that rising skin cancer
rates have more to do with the chemicals in sunscreen lotions than
over-exposure to the sun. Chemical carcinogens in lotions and cosmetics
are dangerous because our skin can absorb the chemicals and deliver
them to our bloodstream. Then consider that new research shows 73% of
sunscreens don't even work!
So, what's the answer?!!I recommend short but frequent exposure to
sunshine. Unless you have extremely fair or sensitive skin, you can
normally build up to 20 minutes or so of sun exposure without needing
to use sunscreen. If you do have fair, freckled or sun-sensitive skin,
it's better to enjoy sunshine in the early morning (before 10am) or
late afternoon (after 2pm). Sitting in the shade will also help, and
you will still get a bit of indirect sunshine.
you are going to be out in the sun longer than 20 minutes, or if you
burn or freckly easily, then I recommend using a carefully chosen
natural sunscreen. The best sunscreens have no parabens, oxybenzone, or
pthalates. Mineral based sunscreens that use zinc or titanium oxide are
safe and natural, but these may leave a bit of a white sheen. Do a
little research on what's safe and brands to avoid by googling
"Environmental Working Group" and "sunscreen." Then do your best to
bring a little more sunshine into your life!
Olive Branch Wellness Center 630-370-7290
The Monthly "Vita - Mini"
B15, or Pangamic Acid, is a very controversial vitamin that is used to
treat many medical conditions outside the USA – mainly in Europe and
the Soviet Union. Because of FDA concerns, Pangamic Acid is not easily
accessible here. It is also controversial in that it has not proven to
be vitamin, since there is little evidence that it is essential to the
body, nor are there any noted deficiency symptoms.
So, what's up with mysterious B15? In the Soviet Union, it is used to
treat alcoholism, drug addiction, senility, autism, schizophrenia,
heart disease and diabetes. Their research also shows that B15 reduces
the buildup of lactic acid in athletes, so they've used it to increase
athletic endurance. In Europe, B15 is used to treat premature aging
because of its antioxidant effect.
Pangamic acid helps form certain amino acids such as methionine and
plays a role in cell respiration. It is an antioxidant that stimulates
the endocrine and nervous systems, as well stimulating the liver's
Pangamic acid is found in pumpkin and sunflower seeds, brewer's yeast,
beef blood, and brown rice. Since it is illegal to distribute B15 in
the United States, there is no recommended daily allowance for this
nutrient. There are also no known toxic effects, outside of mild
nausea, for high dosages.
Tomato Avocado Burger
4 large tomatoes
1 lb grass fed organic ground beef
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
¼ tsp ground cumin
1 handful alfalfa sprouts
1 ripe avocado
2 tbs Greek yogurt
1 tbs mayo
2 tsp fresh lime juice
Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds and seeds membrane.
Place half of the avocado in a bowl and mash with a fork until almost
smooth. Add yogurt, mayo, lime juice and cumin and stir to combine.
Dice remaining half of the avocado and add it alongside ¼ teaspoon
salt. Stir gently to combine. Set aside.
In a bowl season ground beef with ½ teaspoon of salt, black pepper, paprika, and chili powder and mix well.
Divide into equal 4 portions and gently shape each portion into ½-inch thick patty.
Preheat grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat. Grill patties on each side until desired degree of doneness.
Lightly grease with olive oil a medium non-stick pan/skillet and heat
over medium-high heat. Cook halved tomatoes face down for 2 to 3
minutes, until they begin to brown. Flip and cook for 20 seconds on the
other side so that they get a bit of color.
To assemble burgers, place a large pinch of sprouts on the bottom part
of each tomato, top with a beef patty, about 2 tablespoons of guacamole
sauce and finish with the other half of each tomato.