March 29th, 2012 3:18pm - Posted By: Kathleen Farrell, MS, RD
Cheers to the CHIA PET!!! I must admit I didn’t think I would ever be writing a blog on the infamous CHIA PET, clay figure which has been sold in the US, however, the CHIA SEEDS are making some headlines in the world of nutrition.
Here is information from the Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database - http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=CEPDA~MBR&s=ND
Chia is an annual herb which originated in Mexico and was cultivated by the Aztecs. Chia literally means "oily." Chia is grown commercially in Central America and South America. It is primarily used for its seed, which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
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March 15th, 2012 6:09pm - Posted By: Kathleen Farrell, MS, RD
The sun is a significant source of Vitamin D because the UV (ultra-violet) rays from sunlight trigger vitamin D synthesis in the skin. UVB rays allow the skin to convert the precursor of vitamin D to its active form. This depends on latitude, time of day, season, amount of body exposed to sunlight, skin pigmentation, body mass index and amount of body fat.
Exposure to moderate amounts of sunlight can result in health benefits such as increased vitamin D, increased levels of melatonin (a hormone produced by the body which aids in sleep and may fight inflammation and infection) and increased serotonin levels (a "feel good" chemical in the brain). But too much exposure can lead to health problems. Too much sun exposure increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Experiencing even just one severe blistering sunburn may double the risk of developing skin cancer.
Most people do not get enough vitamin D from th ...
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