Have you ever looked at the back of one of your hand lotions? Were you aware that there is an ingredients list, just like there is an ingredients list for food? The skin is the largest organ of the body, and just like you have to watch what you put in your body, it is just as important to watch what you put on your body. It can even be argued that it is more important to watch what you put on your skin than in your body! That is because anything put on the skin bypasses the digestive system and goes directly into your bloodstream. (1), (2)Read More
What do you first think of when you hear “Milk Thistle?” If you are like me when I first heard about milk thistle, I pictured a milky, thorny, plant. Little did I know! I laugh to this day because when I recommend milk thistle to others now, I often get that same perplexed look, and every once in a while somebody exclaims, “I am allergic to dairy!” Well, turns out milk thistle is actually a weed, a ragweed to be exact, and though it can grow in almost any warm climate around the world, milk thistle is found in abundance in my home state of California!Read More
Fall has finally arrived here in my little town of sunny SoCal! It is hard to believe November is upon us and yet just a few days ago my thermostat read 102 degrees! A brisk fog rolled in off the ocean over the weekend though, and today the high reached 60 degrees. I don't know about you, but in my house, fall screams “warm cup of tea,” and one of my favorite recipes “Chai Spice Muffins!” I finally feel a little better about turning the oven on, and not having to blast the air conditioning to compensate for all that extra heat!
Most notably known as the “calming mineral”, magnesium has so many benefits. It is used by many to settle down, relax, and get a good night’s rest at the end of a long day. But do you know just how important this vital mineral is to our bodies? According to Dr. Sircus, “after oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, vitally important yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it.You can read more about his research here in his article on “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” (1).Read More
Fall is here! Maybe you live in a place where the weather has cooled, leaves are changing colors, scarves and boots are starting to appear, and a hot drink to end a cool, crisp evening sounds lovely! On the other hand, if you live in a place like southern California, like I do, it is still beach weather, and sandal time!Read More
When it comes to calcium more does not mean better. This may come as a shock to the millions of Americans who dubiously gobble down calcium supplements and tactfully wipe off multiple milk-mustaches daily. We are a culture that simply loves calcium- it is our glamorous “superstar” mineral with a name that rolls off the tongue. It has slipped its way into nearly everything from orange juice to glittering sugar-coated chocolate chews. Yet, contrary to the treasured conventional wisdom that calcium can single-handedly build strong bones, recent studies have shown that increasing calcium intake through supplementation has no significant effect on reducing the rate of fractures nor preventing the bone thinning disease osteoporosis. In fact, recent research released in a number of prestigious medical journals is revealing that improper supplementation with calcium is actually correlated with an increased risk for atherosclerosis and heart disease. Is calcium really the hailed bone-savior we have been looking for?Read More
Reflecting on the experience of preparing to welcome our first child into the world (and into our home!), I recall the excitement, the anticipation of the unknown, and the desire to ensure we had everything we would need once the baby arrived. From selecting the best high chair and car seat to determining how many onesies and diapers were necessary, I was struck by the sheer number of options and choices to be made. Despite simplifying where we could, it felt like we would need so many new things to be adequately prepared to care for our new baby.Read More
In recent posts on the Radiant Life Blog, there has been a lot of talk about stress, how to cope with it, and how to manage it in our daily lives. Some great information has been given, as well as some wonderful ways to combat the stress that is knocking you down. In this post I want to offer yet another way to mitigate stress in our lives – Adaptogenic Herbs.Read More
Is it just me, or did summer fly by? I know in my household, Labor Day has always been the last “hurrah!” before the new school year began the following day.
Preparing for a new school year is no small feat, and certainly many items are on the never ending list to be accomplished and crossed off before the school bells ring and your child runs off with his or her friends, full of smiles, in anticipation for the year to come.Read More
As a mom of an energetic, fast-growing little boy, I am continually amazed by how each season is experienced so differently than the last. Last summer, our little bud toddled on sandy beaches, moving his little legs with fierce determination through the uneven terrain and then taking long breaks in the shade of an umbrella. This summer, that same little guy shrieks “Run, Mommy, run!” and races me down the beach, scampering through the waves lapping the shoreline with seemingly boundless energy. What I have heard from many wise folks is holding so very true: time really does slip by so fast with little ones.
Given the marked difference in his independence and physical mobility this summer season, I have found that I need to be much more intentional about keeping my son hydrated. His ever-growing energy and imagination result in little time for breaks, causing hours of playtime outside to fly by without a moment for sips of water. But ultimately, water is what keeps our little guys and girls happy and healthy in these hot and humid months, making it ever more important to prioritize its consumption.Read More