Warm weather means more outdoor activities, and we want to look healthy and attractive,with shiny hair and glowing skin.  Many people bake in the sun or lie in a tanning bed in order to achieve that deep tan that is considered a measure of health and beauty.

It’s interesting to note that prior to the 1920s, pale skin was generally considered desirable and an indication of wealth and sophistication; parasols and large hats protected fashionable ladies from the sun.  But in the early part of the 20th century, medical researchers discovered the therapeutic benefits of sunshine and vitamin D, and bronze skin became the standard for summer fashion.

Unfortunately for sun-worshipers, tanning can result in more harm than good, as a growing a body of research has revealed the negative effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Unprotected skin and hair can suffer irreparable damage, as can the eyes, from overexposure to UVA and UVB rays.

Ultraviolet light is electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun.  UVA rays are present throughout the year, even on cloudy and hazy days, and they penetrate deep into the skin causing signs of aging including wrinkles and sunspots.  UVB rays, responsible for sunburns, vary in intensity, being stronger in the summer, but they can reflect off snow, so skin protection is important year round.  Long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation may damage the skin’s DNA and produce genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancers, including the deadliest form, melanoma.

Our eyes and our hair are also at risk for damage from the sun’s radiation. Overexposure can lead to cataracts, growths on the eyelids, damage to the retina (solar retinopathy) and various types of cancer.  Sun-damaged hair can be dull, dry and brittle. Here are some suggestions for protecting your skin, eyes and hair:
  1. Start with healthy nutrition and ample hydration.
  2. Use sunscreen daily. Both face and body need protection.  Products should be SPF 15 or higher and guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget your earlobes, the part in your hair, and your hands and feet.  Look for leave-in hair conditioners, sunscreen spray for your scalp, eye creams and lip protectors.
  3. Wear protective clothing and accessories. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your hair and face, and UV blocking sunglasses will help to keep your eyes healthy. Some contact lenses screen out UV rays, but they shield only the parts that are covered, so it is important to use sunglasses even with your contacts. And shop carefully; don’t be fooled by high prices and dark colors. Not all sunglasses block UV rays equally. Look for those that are rated to block 99 to 100% of UV rays and screen out at least 75% of visible light.
  4. Remember to balance your dietary and supplement intake of antioxidants to fortify skin, hair, and nails.
Just a few more helpful hints for maintaining supple skin and healthy hair:
  • Chlorine in pools can dry out your hair.
  • Some medications can make skin sunburn more easily. Ask your doctor if you need to be extra careful to avoid burning.
  • Don’t smoke! In addition to cancer, lung damage and heart disease, smoking dries the skin and causes premature wrinkles.

You’re never too young or too old to take good care of your skin, eyes and hair. Always remember the sunscreen and sunglasses and remember to wear protective clothing. You might even take a tip from the fashionistas of the Victorian era, and get a stylish umbrella with UV fabric to help protect you from the sun.

Since 60% of your body and cellular structures are composed of water, hydration is an essential part of a healthy immune system, organ functioning, digestion and more.  Did you know that by the time you register the sensation of thirst, your body is already moderately dehydrated?  There are no early warning triggers, which means that regulating your daily water intake can be more challenging than many people realize. To complicate matters more, some of the fluids you drink every day can fool you into ‘thinking’ you are adequately hydrating.  Coffee for instance, is a beverage that many of us rely on to fuel our early morning alertness and energy throughout the day.  While moderated amounts of coffee act as a gentle diuretic (with healthful benefits), consuming more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day can impact hydration, and even contribute to high blood pressure. A diet that is high in sodium, and consumption of alcohol are the two most common causes of chronic dehydration in adults.

Symptoms of dehydration include:
  • Bad breath
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fever and chills
  • Food cravings (for salt and high carbohydrate foods)
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion

Drinking too much water can also have a compounding negative health effect for your body.  Over hydration may seem less of a health concern, but it can be a problem for individuals who are dieting, and using water as an alternative to healthy snacks and meals.  The general rule is to not drink more than one liter per hour of water (or other hydrating beverages) to avoid placing additional stress on kidneys and other vital organs.

Symptoms of over hydration include:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Confusion or disorientation

An important fact to remember is that, while hydration does aid as an appetite suppressant, over hydration can lead to a dangerous drop in normal electrolytes (sodium level) called hyponatremia in the body, which if left untreated, can cause seizures, muscle weakness, unconsciousness and coma.

How much is enough?
In an average climate (non arid) and for normal, daily activities, the average male requires 13 cups of plain water for health and wellness, or approximately three liters per day.  The average healthy adult woman requires nine cups of plain water, or roughly 2.2 liters per day for adequate intake (AI), according to the Institute of Medicine.

Tips to Make Daily Hydration Easy
Consider purchasing new, non-plastic reusable water containers (glass or medical grade aluminum) for work, at home and for the gym.  Having an ample supply of safe water containers is not only better for the environment, it is convenient for people with busy schedules. Hydrate on-the-go while driving to work, watching television and especially when exerting yourself, as your body displaces fluid volume faster when engaged in aerobic exercise.  

There are several free apps that you can download to your smart phone to help you train healthy hydration into your day. Improve your personal health and wellness by starting a healthy new habit of routine hydration.  Individuals with health concerns should also consult regularly with their family physician to monitor unique hydration needs.

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Health, Life Balance
Getting outdoors is both beneficial and fun, especially when shared with family or friends.  But convincing your family to get less “screen time” and more fresh air can be a challenge in today’s connected society. It can difficult to come up with fresh ideas for unplugging and enjoying regular outdoor and athletic activities together. Here are few simple ideas we’ve found to help inspire healthy new habits that will get your entire family moving in the right direction.

Bike Riding
There is something magical that happens when kids and bikes connect. Does the wind in your hair, and the feeling of adventure  bring back found memories? Why don’t you pack up the bikes and head to a bike path or city park and explore!  Not only will you be headed for an exciting day of outdoor exploration and learning,  but you will also be improving your muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance and balance.

Prefer to keep two feet on the ground?  Why not have a nature themed scavenger-hunt at your local or national park?  Explore and reconnect with nature in a fun and interactive way.   Get the kids involved in making scavenger list of what they expect to find at your preferred locale.  At the end of the day, compare lists and talk about everything you saw.  Maybe pick one thing and research it as a family project?  Inspire the next generation of conservationists, while reinforcing the value of outdoor fun.

Volunteer Dog Walking
Give back to the community, and show children that being active can also involve helping out as a volunteer!  Explore opportunities with your local animal shelter as a dog walker. The dogs win, families people win, and children can learn a lot about the value of volunteering and becoming responsible pet owners. And it doesn’t feel quite like exercise when you are playing or walking four-legged friends.

Backyard Volleyball
You don’t have to leave home to get out and enjoy the fresh air, all you really need is a length of string and a beach ball for some affordable, outdoor and old school fun.   Set up your own volleyball court, and invite friends and other families over for a tournament. A fun way to get everyone moving, enjoying fresh air and the benefit of healthy exercise (and competition).

Teaching children to balance screen time and healthy, physical activity is an important part to modeling a healthy lifestyle.  For more inspiration, surf for outdoor fitness ideas on  Pinterest.

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Did you know that Alzheimer’s Disease is not a normal part of aging?  While age is a contributing factor to the disease, a diagnosis can be attributed to poor health and wellness management and lifestyle choices sustained over long periods of time.  The disease is the cumulative effect of choices your make (or do not make) every day of your life. Knowing that cognitive decline is something that can be deferred or even avoided all together is an important aspect to motivate each of us to take our health more seriously.  In addition to making the right choices for our health, it’s important to understand that persistence is the key to protecting our cognitive (and physical) health as we age.   And it’s really never too late to start making the right changes.

Factors That May Increase Your Risk

There is no single lifestyle issue that has been proven to cause Alzheimer’s disease, but clinical research studies around the world have evaluated common characteristics between individuals who have been diagnosed with the disease. For Type I and Type II diabetics, poorly controlled glucose is known to damage cognitive abilities.  There is some statistic evidence that demonstrates high blood sugar as a precursor to developing Alzheimer’s in both men and women.

Cigarette smoking is also statistically correlated as a possible factor in cognitive decline.   The University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital conducted a study of 21,123 members within their healthcare system who were between the ages of fifty to sixty years.  The mean age of the participants was 71.6 years and they were evaluated between the years 1978 to 1985 with follow up study in 2008. The study reported that for individuals who smoked on average about two packs of cigarettes per day, the following number developed cognitive decline:

  • 25.4% of participants were diagnosed with dementia as little as 23 years after the initial study.
  • Of the participants diagnosed with dementia, 1,136 had Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Many participants had developed vascular dementia, where oxygen flow is constricted due to hardened or blocked arteries causing cognitive damage or stroke.

It is important to note that the study evaluated individuals who smoked two packs per day during their middle aged life (approximately thirties and forties).   Individuals who quit smoking in the midlife years did not show the same prevalence of cognitive decline; quitting demonstrated a significant health benefit.

Other factors that can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia include:
  • Sedentary lifestyle (low exercise).
  • Hypertension.
  • Inadequate natural nutrition (diet with minimal fruits and vegetables).
  • High cholesterol.
Lowering Your Risk

If you think that your current lifestyle places you at risk for developing dementia or other cognitive impairments that will impact the quality of your senior life, there is no time like the present to begin to make healthy changes.
  1. Enjoy a robust social life and activity.  Some studies have shown that close social interactions with peers and family members can help keep cognitive processes engaged.
  2. Monitor your key numbers (blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol) annually and discuss preventative measures with your physician.
  3. Engage in lifelong learning.  Continuous learners were found to have lower rates of dementia and other types of cognitive decline.
  4. Eat your fruits and vegetables!  Get fresh produce on your plate daily.
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High blood pressure doesn’t seem like much to worry about.  When most people are diagnosed, few understand the concern that their physician has regarding side effects and complications because in the beginning, you feel few to no symptoms of the condition. And that’s what makes hypertension so dangerous.

There are a number of contributing factors that increase your risk for developing hypertension (high blood pressure), but lifestyle is by far the strongest influence.  What you eat, how often you exercise and your habits either support healthy blood pressure or contribute to elevated hypertension.   We’ll talk about some of the causes and what you (with the supervision of your family doctor) can do to manage it.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

Essential hypertension can be an inherited problem where mostly men experience non-lifestyle related high blood pressure.  Individuals who are black have twice the risk of essential hypertension than white peers in similar age groups.  Black women over the age of 65 develop a higher incidence of hypertension than men. Lifestyle or chronic hypertension is related to diet, fitness, weight and age as well as ethnic background. Two numbers are provided to measure hypertension; the first being the systolic and the second the diastolic. The universal ranges for blood pressure are:
  1. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80.
  2. Prehypertension is measured at 120-139/80-89
  3. Stage 1 of hypertension is: 140-159/90-99
  4. Stage 2 of hypertension is: 160/100+
  5. High blood pressure for seniors over 60 years of age is: 150+/90+
Regular blood pressure tests are recommended for individuals over the age of forty, but many physicians recommend an annual check for all adults over the age of twenty-five years.  If left untreated, hypertension can lead to a thickening of the arteries, cardiac distress, and other medical conditions.

Changes that Support Healthy Blood Pressure

It should be noted that hypertension is a serious health concern that requires the ongoing medical supervision of a trained physician.  In addition to supervision by a medical doctor, there are some known lifestyle changes proven to support the regulation of healthy blood pressure.

  • Reduce Sodium Intake
  • Reduce Caffeine
  • Manage Stress Levels
  • Exercise More Often
  • Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
  • Check Blood Pressure Regularly
  • Reduce High Fat Foods

A consultation with a wellness practitioner can help identify individual lifestyle habits and routines that may be contributing to hypertension.  Working in conjunction with a family doctor and medication, most individuals can restore their body to a healthy blood pressure. Remember that healthy changes maintained over time result in better health and wellness.  Persistence is the key (making the changes stick for the long term) and a positive outlook that makes your personal health and wellness a priority.

No matter what age you are, we all share a common goal and aspire for better health and wellness. Making time in our busy schedules to eat healthy and exercise regularly can be challenging though, and some healthy reminders go a long way to inspire us all to remember our personal wellness goals. Continue reading “Introducing ‘Living Well’ Our New Monthly Newsletter” »

Health, Our Products
There is no shortage of natural supplement products on the market that promise to help you increase your body’s glutathione level by increasing your uptake of manufactured glutathione.   The pills are treated like any other vitamin supplement, and often promise consumers that taking glutathione orally is an effective way to increase and sustain the amount glutathione in your body. Glutathione dietary supplements (L-glutathione) or reduced glutathione or GSH are available in capsule, powered form and drops. 

These supplements are advertised using information that is true about the inherent value of glutathione to healthy functioning.  The prospectus for these supplements refer to the benefit of increased immunity, endurance, muscle strength and enhance protection against inflammation and chronic disease. Glutathione is valuable to your body and an important part of aging healthfully, but what they don’t tell you is that oral glutathione supplements do not work well.    It is convenient but according to clinical publications and tests, it is not an efficient way to increase or sustain levels of glutathione in the body.

Facts about Oral Glutathione

  • Oral glutathione is a small protein molecule that is easily digested by the stomach.
  • Oral glutathione is almost completely lost in the digestive track with very small amounts able to successfully enter the blood stream intracellular.
  • Oral glutathione is most rapidly absorbed within the lungs (this offers some benefit to lung cancer patients).
  • Oral glutathione levels were increased for a short period of three hours (average).
“The studies concluded that to achieve the optimal benefit of oral glutathione supplements, an adult would have to be severely glutathione deficient and take a minimum of 14 capsules every 3-5 hours.

Despite the fact that television and celebrities are promoting the benefit of oral glutathione, the medical community acknowledges that glutathione supplements offer minimal value.

The Original Glutathione Formula™ RobKellerMD© manufacturers the Original Glutathione Formula™ which is the culmination of the research of our founder, Dr. Robert Keller.   He lectured tirelessly and published research that conclusively acknowledged the inefficiency of oral glutathione.   What Dr. Keller wanted consumers to understand was that there was a powerful inherent value to increasing glutathione levels in the human body, and his formula devised a method of stimulating the body to accelerate the production of gluatathione nutritionally. What makes our product different?  By supporting your body with healthy nutrients it needs, it is better able to combat the impairment of toxins at the cellular level.   The daily supplement (six per day) provides the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs to produce more glutathione, and rid your body of free radicals more efficiently for better health and wellness.

Learn more about Dr. Keller and the nutritional key to producing more glutathione on YouTube. Visit our website and learn more about Dr. Keller’s Original Glutathione Formula™ and the nutritional impact it has had on personal wellness for individuals with a variety of health and immunological conditions.