The days are starting to get warmer, which means the sun is getting closer. Hooray! This also means it's time to talk about sun safety. Three years ago I wrote a blog post on the pros and cons of sunscreen. I just re-read it and I was amazed by the facts that I relearned so I thought it was time to share them again. I've added some new facts too about other sun safety practices to keep it fresh!
The purpose of sunscreen is to block ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun from entering our body. If UV radiation enters the skin it causes damage to numerous structures & processes.
There are 2 different types of sunscreens: chemical UV filters and physical UV filters. Examples of physical sunscreens are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide Both types of sunscreen block most UVA and UVB rays, the biggest difference is in the way they act. Chemical UV filters absorb UV light whereas physical UV filters sit on top of the skin and act as a physical barrier. Most...
High cholesterol is quickly becoming endemic in the developed world. I hear people talking about their cholesterol levels on the bus, in the grocery store, and when they’re out for dinner. It seems to have become so common that it is an expected right of passage as you age.
The problem with this is that many people are quick to accept pharmaceuticals to control their cholesterol because all their friends are taking them. Or they just ignore their increasing cholesterol levels because everyone at their age has high cholesterol, right?
This doesn’t have to be true though. And this shouldn’t be true.
Cholesterol is a fat molecule that is created by all animal cells, including our human cells. It is necessary for normal human functioning. It is a vital component of cell membranes and a precursor for hormone, bile and vitamin D synthesis.
This may seem counterintuitive. If cholesterol is so important, why does it matter if you have too...