Recent research supports the ability of some herbal agents, taken orally or applied topically, to prevent sunburn and limit the damage caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Natural products with proven and promising photoprotective properties are highlighted in an article in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Alternative and Complementary Therapies website at http://www.liebertpub.com/act.
The article “Herbal Sunscreens and Ultraviolet Protectants” specifically identifies golden serpent fern (Phlebodium aureum or Polypodium leucatomos) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) as herbal products that, when taken orally, may reduce the local and systemic negative effects of UV light exposure, including photoaging, increased risk of skin cancer, and harm done to immune system function. Sufficiently high oral doses or topical application of green tea (Camellia sinensis) may also offer photoprotection.
About the Journal
Alternative and Complementary Therapies is a bimonthly journal that publishes original articles, reviews, and commentaries evaluating alternative therapies and how they can be integrated into clinical practice. Topics include botanical medicine, vitamins and supplements, nutrition and diet, mind-body medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda, indigenous medicine systems, homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga and meditation, manual therapies, energy medicine, and spirituality and health. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Alternative and Complementary Therapies website at http://www.liebertpub.com/act.
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, and Journal of Medicinal Food. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. website at http://www.liebertpub.com.
All of us get the same 24 hours each day. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where the day went, most likely you weren’t paying attention to the day. Maybe you were running the kids around, working, going, doing, worrying or thinkingÂ about how to get what’s next done. And we wonder where the day went. All of our day’s doings takes up the space for who we get to be in our day.
Actively creating our day, and by extension our life for ourselves is a powerful act. After all, who cares more about you than you? How we spend our mornings impacts the rest of our day. Incorporating healthy activities into your routine, (and the operative word here is – routine), gives us some easy leverage over those 24 hours.
Setting a context for being healthy dictates which actions to take. Playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game is a life long pursuit and playing is up to you.Â We can use those 24 hours consciously creating our own health or choose something else. Either way it starts all over again each morning. So add a little flavor to your day and follow these 6 healthy habits to start your morning:
Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
Many people find eating breakfast unnecessary. If you are one of those people who cannot wait to get out of the house for work and just grab a quick cup of coffee and a bagel, you should try to alter that habit and prioritize the first meal of the day. Maintain the balance of your blood sugar levels by eating a healthy breakfast. This will give you theenergy that you will need to cope up with the daily mental and physical challenges. Add in supplements to your morning meal to guarantee you with the vitality you will need in boosting your energy for the day.
The positive role that music plays in our overall health has long been known by many. There is even such a thing as music therapy which builds upon the benefits that music has to offer. However, to be able to enjoy the benefits of music, hiring a therapist is not necessary. While doing your usual morning ritual such as eating breakfast, getting dressed, or doing some exercises, try listening to music.
Stretch during a Warm Shower
Warm showers are great for loosening the muscles and inducing relaxation. While enjoying the warm water, try stretching to further help relieve tension and stress that you may be feeling. Additionally, stretches will help give your muscles a form of warm-up which you will need for moving around and doing the stuff waiting for you.
Savor Yourself with some Green Tea
Green tea not only helps you to relax, but has antioxidant properties as well. Try including a cup of tea into your morning to help relieve any stress that you may be feeling.
Keep Your Thoughts in a Journal
One great way to deal with stress is to write in a journal. When you go over the things you did, things you wish to do or your thoughts, you begin to form an increased self-awareness. In order to deal with your negative emotions, writing down your day’s events and thoughts will also help you cope up and have a better outlook with yourself as well as with your emotions.
Have a walk every morning
Though simple, walking can give various advantages to one’s health. Among the benefits of walking include stress relief, lowering of blood pressure, and minimizing health issues such as heart problems. Engaging yourself with brisk walking also makes you fit.
The key to a good quality life is starting and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits. You shouldn’t be afraid to try a new healthy routine in the morning.